There's nothing wrong with loving popular anime. After all, a lot of it is popular for good reason. That said, sometimes it's nice to branch out a bit, and try out some great non-mainstream anime instead. Yes, you can still enjoy Tokyo Ghoul and Sword Art Online, but if you're hungry for something else, perhaps try expanding your horizons. There's good anime no one has seen out there, and not all of it can be found on Crunchyroll.
The best obscure anime come from all genres. Are you in the mood for a slice of life anime about a high school music club that isn't K-On? Try Tari Tari. What about an emotionally wrenching seinen thriller about a group of boys in a juvenile detention center? Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin is a great choice. Do you want to watch a robot try to become an idol? Try Miss Monochrome.
There are great under-the-radar anime for every taste and preference. If you want to see some good anime not a lot of people have seen, check out this list. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite.
Do you like Black Butler, but wish it had more vampires? Are you a fan of the seven deadly sins motif, but you've already seen Fullmetal Alchemist 47 times? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the often overlooked Servamp might be right up your alley.
The show focuses on Mahiru, a high school student who finds what he thinks is a stray cat. This "stray cat" actually turns out to be a powerful vampire who drags him into a dangerous supernatural conflict beyond anything he could have ever anticipated.
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan looks like an ecchi comedy on the outside, but it's so much more than that. While it definitely has its perverted moments, it's worth watching even if that genre isn't your thing.
Please Tell Me! Galko-chan's real goal is turning stereotypes about teenage girls on its head. At first blush, the main characters, Otako, Galko, and Ojou, all seem to fit the stereotypes that their names reference (ganguro girl, anime nerd, and princess), but as they get to know each other, it becomes clear that there's more to them than their appearances suggest.
Also, while the show is rife with sexually themed jokes, most of them are from a female perspective. Instead of objectifying the girls, it addresses actual questions that they have about their bodies and sexuality as a whole – all while still remaining hilarious.
Jyu Oh Sei is a sci-fi anime that most people don't even know exists. 11-year-old twin brothers Thor and Rai Klein are sent to a distant planet after their parents are murdered. The planet, Chimaera, is dominated by man-eating plants, so survival isn't exactly easy. To get off the planet, they must conquer the few humans living there.
It's a cool sci-fi concept, but what makes the show really stand out is the characters. Every character has their own unique motivation and backstory, and their decisions make sense in light of who they are.
Pale Cocoon is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, seen through the eyes of its protagonists, Ura and Riko. The two are involved in an archival excavation project that will help them piece together what life was like before they became detached from history. The characters exist in a claustrophobic world, utterly detached from nature.
Their dilapidated surroundings are beautifully animated, and the ending ties up the story in a satisfying bow. As an OVA, it's short but it still manages to get its point across in the little time that it has.