There's a whole world of anime out there, not just what's playing on the super-popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll. With a variety of other digital platforms that publish their own original anime series and, of course, the open frontier of the Internet, there's a nearly endless catalog of anime out there to look through. But with so much out there, a truly great one can be hard to find. This is a list of popular and obscure anime that's not on Crunchyroll, so vote up the best series and movies you think others should check out, and vote down the ones that aren't so great.
From highly revered cult classics to undiscovered gems, there's something for everyone on this list. Dystopian sci-fi futures, slice-of-life comedies, and existential mecha smash-hits are all out there waiting for you and, while they may be on this list, they're just not on Crunchyroll.
Code Geass is the story of Lelouch vi Britannia, the exiled prince of a relentless imperial family. Empowered with the Geass, otherwise known as the "Power of Kings," Lelouch puts his extraordinary powers to use by setting out on a vengeful path to find his mother's killer, bring down the empire that cast him away, and create a better world for his sister. And he even becomes a masked vigilante in the process.
Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name)
Your Name is an animated story about your classic body switch, where two completely opposite high school students wake up in each other's places. They enjoy their new lives and even live them better than their original owner, but the switch wears off and they wake up in their original bodies again. They begin to investigate what caused the body switch, which takes them on a paranormal and romantic journey. Your Name has also been critically acclaimed for its emotional impact and is the second highest-grossing anime film in history.
Based on the video game of the same name, Steins;Gate follows a mad scientist and a cell phone-operated microwave oven that can send text messages back in time. Of course, the characters begin to meddle with time and use the machine to send "D-mails" to the past, eventually getting them into a series of exciting and tragic events. Heavily dealing with themes of time travel and existentialism, this anime is certainly a treat for anyone who loves science fiction, thrillers, and drama.
The Danganronpa anime series is based on the murder mystery Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The main character, Makoto Naegi, is trapped in an elite high school called Hope's Peak Academy. In order to "graduate" and escape the school, he must murder another student... and get away with it. The psychotic and sadistic Monokuma, a remote-controlled bear, is the cruel ringleader of these events and forces them to live in the school until they finish their savage moral test.
If you like sci-fi, action, and romance, then Guilty Crown is right up your alley. In this anime, your typical high school kid gains super-human abilities that throw him in the middle of a struggle between a powerful secret government organization and a vengeful resistance group that strives for liberation. Shu Ouma is able to use the "Power of the King" to bring out items called "voids" from others, and this puts him in quite the stressful and epic situation.
Kei Nagai discovers that he is an immortal being called an "Ajin" when he is run over by a truck and, instead of dying, he miraculously gets up and walks away. Both society and the government consider him dangerous, and the only person who sticks by his side is his childhood friend, Kaito. After he's hunted down by the government, he realizes that the "safe environment" that they provide for Ajin is a total lie, and they actually conduct torturous and inhumane experiments on them. Ajin are able to produce extensions of themselves called "Black Ghosts," and Kei finds out that his is unstable and uncontrollable. In order to change his Ghost and fight back against the government and other Ajin, he must also change himself.
Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist
Shimoneta is a funny, lewd, dystopian anime about a high school student who joins one of the top "public moral schools," but ends up finding himself in a much more risque situation than he expected. In this morally perfect world, any action that is considered offensive is illegal. But where there's an oppressive ruler, there's a resistance organization, and our main protagonist gets involved with a girl who forces him to join her in spreading pornographic materials in protest.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion revolves around the existential journey of Shinji Ikari and the giant mecha that he is forced to use to destroy the waves of unknown beings called the "Angels." Not only is the anime full of epic robot fights, it's full of deep psychoanalytical concepts that shape the characters throughout the span of the series. Evangelion has made a deep mark in the world of anime and mecha genres, becoming a worldwide cultural staple and influencing an artistic revival of the anime industry.