Top 20 underrated anime of the last 20 years

In the world of anime, we've always had a steady stream of critically acclaimed anime that has been widely received. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that the number of these animes was more than the needs of the audience. Some of these anime, such as Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, or even a more recent work such as My Hero Academia, have become widely popular around the world.

BingMag.com Top 20 underrated anime of the last 20 years

In the world of anime, we've always had a steady stream of critically acclaimed anime that has been widely received. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that the number of these animes was more than the needs of the audience. Some of these anime, such as Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Neon Genesis Evangelion, or even a more recent work such as My Hero Academia, have become widely popular around the world.

But It's not like all the good animes that have aired have been able to get the reception they deserve. Among the animes that have been made during the last two decades, there are many animes that have been overshadowed by other works and have not been seen as they should be.

20. Hell Girl (Hell Girl)

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  • Creator: Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Director: Takahiro Omori
  • Year: 2005

"Hell Girl" is a supernatural anime/It is scary, full of interesting parts and characters who suffer a lot from those around them. These characters, who can't stand all this harassment anymore, set up a website and summon a mysterious hell girl named Enma Ai. Enma Ai promises them that if they make a pact with him, he will send their persecutors to hell. Although this pact has a heavy price: these persecutors themselves go straight to hell after death.

"Hell Girl" is a wonderful series that shows how revenge can take a person to unimaginable limits. There is a dark pleasure in witnessing the suffering and horror of those who deserve such punishment, but on the other hand, this anime succeeds very well in questioning the nature of an element such as revenge.

19. AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day (AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day)

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  • Creator: Tatsuyuki Nagai, Marie Okada, Masayoshi Tanaka
  • Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai
  • Year: 2011

Jintha and her friends are separated after the tragic death of their childhood friend Menma. Jinta herself is very reclusive. Some time passes until one summer day, Menma's ghost comes to him. All grown up, Menma asks Jinta to help her achieve her dream.

Anohana is a moving coming-of-age story that deals with deep themes of grief and growing up. Jinta, Menma and the rest of their friends are highly fleshed out characters whose personal experience of grief is as painful as their collective experience. You should not miss this sad and beautiful story.

18. beat! (Skip Beat!)

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  • Creator: Yoshiki Nakamura
  • Director: Kyoko Sayama
  • Year: 2008

Kyoko Mugami is a rising pop star. He loves to support his favorite boy. When this boy reaches the peak of fame, he betrays her and ignores all her support and love. Kyoko decides that the best way to get revenge is to reach such a level of fame that she overshadows her former love.

"Strike!" It is a fascinating story about love, loss and revenge. But it never got the attention it deserved. This anime is undoubtedly one of the most underappreciated shoujo anime of the last two decades.

17. Hagani (Hagani)

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  • Creator: Yumi Hirasaka
  • Director: Hisashi Saito
  • Year: 2011

A group of wayward and unsocial high school students They form a club to teach each other how to make friends. This anime, which is very audience-oriented and full of black jokes, is not a series that can be approached very easily. But over the years, it has managed to gather loyal fans, and it definitely deserves more attention than these. And his contemporaries are hard to see. It is definitely not an anime that is suitable for everyone, but those who value this kind of jokes should definitely go to "Hagani".

16. Hikaru no Go (Hikaru no Go)

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  • Creator: Yumi Hota
  • Director: Susumu Nishizawa, Jun Kamiya, Tetsuya Endo
  • Year: 2001

We have many anime based on popular card games, things like "Pokemon" and "Yu-Gi-Oh!", but it is rare to find anime based on a board game. "Hikaru Ball" is one of the few animes that It is based on the ancient board game Go.

This anime series gives the game an interesting and fun twist as it tells the story of a middle school student named Hikaru who is guided by a spirit left over from the Heian era (in The history of Japan, the period between 794 and 1185 AD), makes its way into the competitive world of professional Go players. Much of the series focuses on the competitive nature of professional Go players and their surprising level of competitiveness. Takeshi Obata, the art designer of "Office of Death" is also its main designer.

15. The Twelve Kingdoms (The Twelve Kingdoms)

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  • Creator: Fuyomi Ono
  • Director: Suneo Kobayashi, Hikari Kurihara
  • Year: 2002

Without a doubt, Inuyasha is one of the most popular anime series in the fantasy/historical genre, but it is not the only anime in this field. Twelve Kingdoms is also an underrated gem based on the manga of the same name. While the original manga introduces many characters, the anime adaptation focuses on Yoko Nakajima, a mischievous girl who discovers that she is an emperor after being transported from Japan to another world.

This underrated Iskai anime based on Chinese mythology is a bit unconventional, but it's a great choice for fantasy fans. Yoko is a strong female protagonist who achieves the title of king with great effort.

14. Kaleido Star (Kaleido Star)

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  • Creator: Junichi Sato
  • Director: Junichi Sato, Yoshimasa Hiraike
  • Year: 2003

Everyone has a dream, Sora Naegino, a Japanese teenager, dreams of becoming a great artist on the Kalido stage with worldwide fame. Although he has a big dream, he realizes that he has to shed a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make this dream come true. It has a place in itself, which makes the fans sympathize with the hardships and sufferings of Sora and other characters in the story.

13. Mushi-shi (Mushi-shi)

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  • Creator: Yuki Uroshibara
  • Director: Hiroshi Nagahama
  • Year: 2005

"Moshi-shi" is a slow anthology anime series that tells the story of the travels of a man named Ginko. An extraterrestrial spirit named Moshi surrounds the whole world. He goes to people who want to resume their daily lives. Ginko can see Moshi, so it's been her job for some time to help people who are suffering from the side effects of this spirit.

This anime focuses on people's lives rather than plot. that Ginkgo helps them. With a concise narrative and beautiful animations, "Moshi-shi" manages to merge action and suspense very well. This anime also adopts a very slow rhythm so that fans can easily understand its mood.

12. School Rumble (School Rumble)

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  • Creator: Jin Kobayashi
  • Director: Shinji Takamatsu
  • Year: 2004

This romantic comedy series of two main characters Contains: Tenma and Kenji, along with a mysterious classmate named Oji, are involved in a love triangle. The story is told in short cutscenes, and not only focuses on the main characters very well, but also goes into the secondary characters and their strange stories in a great way.

Fans of both Shounen and Shoujo anime, this The anime series has been welcomed, "School Bustle" has managed to gather diverse audiences under its banner. Many believe that the fast and energetic rhythm of "School Buster" and its kind of surreal jokes play a big role in its success. This anime has all the necessary conditions to become a successful work, but unfortunately it remains underappreciated.

11. Tsuritama (Tsuritama)

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  • Creator: Toshiao Ono
  • Director: Kenji Nakamura
  • Year: 2012

"Suritama" although it looks like an anime It looks like a sport, but it advances its story by relying on a not so popular sport like fishing. This anime also separates itself from the usual sports anime format in several other ways. For example, it has no interest in showing heavy dramas and action scenes, something that is often seen in other sports anime.

The main story that "Suritama" takes is very personal and limited. This anime is the story of a high school student named Yuki who has been traveling all his life and knows nothing Not to be friends with anyone. When he and his grandmother move to the town of Inoshima, a transfer student named Haru arrives, who claims to be an alien and asks Yuki to let him live in their house. This strange story idea creates a great story about friendship and the problems of anxiety.

10. Yakitate!! Japan (Yakitate!! Japan)

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  • Creator: Takashi Hashiguchi
  • Director: Yasunao Aoki
  • Year: 2004

This cooking comedy anime in Comparison with similar anime is very underrated. Kazuma, the main character of the story, dreams of making Japan's national bread and having a respectable position among the country's prestigious bakeries. Kazuma has a special power called "Solar Hands", a power that makes his hands slightly hotter than a normal human's. No need to explain that with such power, he can prepare his buns faster than others. The characters of the overall story try different food and react to them.

9. Monster (Monster)

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  • Creator: Naoki Urasawa
  • Director: Masayuki Kojima
  • Year: 2004

"Monster" is a series that It has been praised by critics, on the contrary, it has been ignored by the audience. This dark and realistic horror series is about a neurosurgeon named Dr. Kenzo Tenma who decides to operate on a young twin instead of the mayor of their town.

Nine years after this fateful decision, Tenma realizes One of these twins, named Johan, has become a horrible serial killer. That one Qol, unaware of everything, lives a quiet life with his step parents. Pirang is about Tenma's attempt to make up for the mistake she made by saving Johan's life. This anime series very well succeeds in bringing the acclaimed manga of its source adaptation to the television screen. All the important aspects of manga are seen in this series, from its dark art design to its complex narrative line.

8. Samurai Flamenco (Samurai Flamenco)

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  • Creator: Manglobe
  • Director: Takahiro Omori
  • Year: 2013

The anime "Samurai Flamenco" is the story of a model A man named Masayoshi Hazama dreams of becoming a superhero. Unfortunately, he does not have any special powers and abilities. However, he often clashes with gangsters and the city's police force. Among them, a young officer named Hidenori Goto is added to him.

"Samurai Flamenco" at first looks like a cheerful comedy superhero anime, but suddenly in the middle of the story, it changes its atmosphere, the tension And the excitement of each episode is so high that you can't even look away. Flamenco Samurai, which can be considered as the source of inspiration for new superhero anime like My Heroic School, is a very underrated work that should be seen more.

7. Detroit Metal City (Detroit Metal City)

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  • Creator: Kiminori Wakasugi
  • Director: Hiroshi Nagahama
  • Year: 2008

A failed musician and singer Named Switchi, Nagishi dreams of becoming a pop star. But in order to pay his living expenses, he becomes the lead singer of a notorious death metal band called Detroit Metal City. As his dream of becoming a pop star fades, another side of his personality that has been given a chance in metal music is gaining popularity, and it's something Switchi doesn't like at all. Looking for a way to escape his new status as a metal legend, he splits from the band Detroit Metal City, but this only makes him more famous. which it has, becomes a stage for honoring all kinds of music. The name of the series is also a tribute to the pop rock group Kiss and one of their famous songs, "Rock City Detroit".

6. Hamatora (Hamatora)

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  • Creator: Natsu Matsumai, Yuki Kodama
  • Director: Seiji Kishi, Hiroshi Kimura
  • Year: 2014

"Hamatura" It also has aspects of the superhero genre. Interestingly, this anime follows the continuation of the manga story and is not a 100% adaptation. But you don't have to read the manga to enjoy this series. Nice and Morsaki, the two main characters of the story, have a private investigation agency, and to solve their cases they use a power called Minimums use.

This series, which should be considered primarily as a mysterious supernatural anime, has a lot of excitement thanks to surprising plot twists. You may sometimes get lost in its nested stories, but most of all, it is the lovable characters of "Hamatura" that draw fans to them.

5. Ghost Stories (Ghost Stories)

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  • Creator: Hiroshi Hashimoto
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe
  • Year: 2000

This supernatural series is about a group of teenagers. After local construction disturbs sacred shrines, they face a series of unusual fears. "Ghost Tales" was not well received in Japan. Because of this, the team responsible for its Western distribution decided to change parts of the script. The result was a black and strange comedy anime.

Anime fans usually look at "ghost stories" with a bad view, although the general audience may not know much about the stories behind it. But still, many believe that the western version of this series is a very good option that you should go for.

4. Eden of the East (Eden of the East)

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  • Creator: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Director: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Year: 2009

"Eden East" mixed Weirdness is a survival, political, and psychological species, and it's hard to put it in a specific category. The main premise of the story is that a twelve-member group called Selkao, with access to more than ten billion yen, is tasked with protecting Japan from an upcoming missile attack.

If Selkao runs out of money or spend for personal use, a mysterious person named "Hami" destroys them. There is no limit in this game, even the rest of the participants can be destroyed. Takizawa Akira, the protagonist of the story, is one of the Selecao members. Due to his bad luck, in the middle of such a crisis, he has to deal with amnesia. This anime succeeds very well in introducing its fans to a captivating and unusual plot and increasing their thirst every moment to find out the rest of the story.

3. Last Exile (Last Exile)

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  • Creator: Gonzo
  • Director: Koichi Chigira
  • Year: 2003

In "The Last Exile" which is a space Classic futuristic inspired by World War I, a pilot and a navigator named Klaus Valka and Loveyhead go on an adventure with their plane. Given a mission beyond their abilities, they become part of a larger conspiracy that has formed between two warring nations.

The Last Exile is best known for its unique steampunk style. But fans of classic futuristic anime will definitely enjoy it.

2. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere)

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  • Creator: Minoru Kawakami
  • Director: Manabu Ono
  • Year: 2011

Hard It is possible to provide a specific definition for the anime "Horizontal in the middle of nothingness". But this series is primarily a sci-fi anime about mankind's failed attempt to travel to space and escape from the dying earth. An unknown force prevents the surviving humans from leaving, they are forced to return to Japan, because Japan is the only habitable area left on the planet.

Most of the Earth's population has been moved to small places to live. But the same population invades and conquers Japan, causing the former inhabitants to live on a spaceship that is constantly orbiting the country. When the rumors of the apocalypse are stronger than before, Tori Aoi, the protagonist of the story, finds a way to take back her homeland.

1. Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit)

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  • Creator: Nahoku Uehashi
  • Director: Kenji Kamiyama
  • Year: 2007

A tragic adventure fantasy with a female protagonist, Moribito is the story of a questing and spear-wielding hero named Balsa who wants to make amends for the deaths he has committed in the past by saving the lives of various people. During his journey, he met Prince Chagom and became his protector. His goal is to protect Chagom from the assassins sent by Chagom's father.

This anime series has beautiful animations and a lovely fantasy world, and is full of fascinating characters whose painful pasts are slowly revealed. . Anime fans should definitely give a chance to this lovely and overlooked work.

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