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18 Great Anime Series Not Enough People Have Seen

Updated October 4, 2020 29.3k votes 12.1k voters 646.8k views18 items

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So, you just got through your anime starter pack. You're wearing a Konohagakure headband and an Attack on Titan t-shirt, and you know way more about volleyball than a person who doesn't play the game has any reason to know. It's understandable that you're eager to show off your newly acquired nerd cred, but not so fast — there's a ton of great anime no one knows about that you should watch.

If you want to be a true anime expert, you have to watch the obscure, high-quality anime that other people haven't seen. Try some of these super underrated anime, and see if you find something you like. And if you don't find anything, it's totally cool to go rewatch your favorite Miyazaki movie again. Hey, at least you tried, right?

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    The Eccentric Family is one of the best anime you've never seen. It focuses on the Shimogamo family, a group of tanuki (mythological raccoon-like creatures who can transform into anything they want) struggling to cope with the loss of their father.

    Boasting complex characters with nuanced and varied reactions to grief, colorful and exciting art, and scenes that range from madcap battles to philosophical debate about eating meat, this anime is one people have been missing out on for too long.

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    Paradise Kiss, an anime by the same folks who brought us the more popular Nana, is one of the few anime that takes an in-depth look at the process behind fashion design. If that's something you're into, Paradise Kiss is right up your alley.

    Besides the unique subject matter, Paradise Kiss features creative character designs, fun interactions, and theme songs by the fabulous Tomoko Kawase and, unexpectedly, Franz Ferdinand.

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    Tatasuhiro Satou is a depressed, paranoid shut-in who can't seem to get his life together. He eventually comes to believe that he's trapped in a never-ending cycle of porn addiction, joblessness, and suicidal thoughts because of a mass conspiracy perpetuated by the NHK, a television news network. With the help of Misaki, a neighbor girl with questionable motives, Satou gropes his way toward functional adulthood. 

    What makes Welcome to the NHK so great is how painfully relatable it is. Now, most of us aren't hikikomori, but let's be real, the transition to from adolescence to adulthood is really hard. While the show's animation may be a little dated, the resonant stories it tells make it a gem of a series all the same. 

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    Kodomo no Omocha is worth watching for the opening theme alone. The shows starts with one of those songs that never gets old, even years after you finish the anime itself. Besides the song, Kodomo no Omocha is just plain fun.

    The show focuses on Sana, a child pop star with a ton of energy, and her grumpy crush, Akito. While in many ways the sheries is your typical shojo romp, what makes it really stand out is Akito's tragic back story: his mother died giving birth to him, which created distance between him and the rest of his family. Instead of detracting from the upbeat nature of the show, this facet of Akito's life is handled compassionately and with respect, adding depth to all the characters involved. 

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