Anime Underground The 16 Most Underrated Anime From The Past 5 Years  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the fantastic recent series that deserve a little extra attention.

The past five years have seen an explosion of awesome anime, so it's only natural that some truly good shows got lost in the shuffle. While most anime fans have seen My Hero Academia and Food Wars!, not everyone is familiar with The Great Passage or Selector Infected WIXOSS. 

There are tons of underrated anime from the last five years, and it's time these shows got the love they deserve. Whether a great show received lukewarm reviews, or simply failed to attract the anime fandom enjoyed by more mainstream series, there are tons of amazing stories that far too many fans are missing out on.  

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Terror in Resonance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 16 Most Underrated Anime From The Past 5 Years
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Anime and terrorism don't cross paths too often. While no country is immune from acts of terror, the threat isn’t a daily reality in Japan. As such, it makes sense why the concept doesn't appear too often in anime. However, when it does show up, it’s worth paying attention to. 

Terror in Resonance tells the story of Twelve and Nine, two escapees from The Settlement, an organization that experiments on children to turn them into weapons for the Japanese government. Fueled by revenge, the duo commit multiple acts of terror while attempting to steal an atomic bomb, as they plan to wipe The Settlement off the map.

For the most part, the story provides a fascinating look at terrorist groups' motivations. However, it occasionally loses its focus, which may explain why it’s not universally renowned in the anime community

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How To Keep A Mummy

How To Keep A Mummy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 16 Most Underrated Anime From The Past 5 Years
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How to Keep a Mummy first aired in January of 2018, but since its debut, it seems to have been largely forgotten. The super cute show follows a young boy named Sora Kashiwagi who receives a strange package from his father: a miniature mummy that he nicknames Mii-kun. As Mii-kun adjusts to life in Japan, Sora encounters a slew of delightful supernatural creatures. This anime doesn't have much of a plot, but it's beyond adorable.

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March Comes in like a Lion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 16 Most Underrated Anime From The Past 5 Years
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March Comes In Like A Lion is generally well-regarded, but it isn't regularly discussed in anime circles. Even though the story is centered on a shogi tournament, winning isn't especially important, which can be a turn-off for people who enjoy the hot-blooded suspense commonly found in competition-based anime.

Instead, the show takes a deep dive into the psychology of its protagonist, Rei Kiriyama. Rei is a depressed orphan who finds it hard to connect with others, and who feels guilty about succeeding due to his abusive childhood. Over the course of the series, viewers come to understand Rei, and get to see him make friends while trying to work through his problems. 

The show couples nuanced character development with breathtaking art, and round, adorable cats provide relief from the more story's most painful moments.  

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The Eccentric Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 16 Most Underrated Anime From The Past 5 Years
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The Eccentric Family is one of the best anime to come out since 2013, but it hasn’t received the recognition it deserves. In a world dominated by three species – humans, tengu, and tanuki – the disparate groups must learn to get along despite their conflicting priorities and proclivities.

After Soichiro Shimogamo is killed and eaten in a ritual held by a group called the Friday Fellows, his family must come to terms with his death, and discover the terrible truth about who killed him.

Despite the grave premise, The Eccentric Family is remarkably light-hearted in tone. There are some harrowing moments, but Yasaburo (the show's protagonist) is dedicated to enjoying life no matter what, which helps keep things cheerfully bopping along. The story can sometimes get a little abstract, which may account for its relative lack of notoriety, but it’s truly a hidden gem.

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