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The 15 Most Underrated Anime of 2020

Updated May 5, 2021 7.8k votes 2.1k voters 67.3k views15 items

2020 has been a great year for anime so far, but not every show is getting the attention it deserves. While super popular shows can definitely be worth watching, sometimes it's fun to go off the beaten path and explore what else the world of anime has to offer. With that in mind, lets take a look at some underrated 2020 anime.

What are some great shows you might have missed? One is Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, a Winter 2020 anime with a supernatural story that has very little to do with its title. In Spring 2020, there's Wave! Listen To Me, a show about a woman who accidentally stumbles into a job as a late-night talk show host.

Which of these shows do you think are underrated?

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    If you liked Rosario + Vampire you'll find something to enjoy in Welcome to Demons School! Iruma-kun. After Iruma Suzuki's irresponsible parents sell him to a demon for a profit, he's terrified about what's going to happen to him. He soon discovers that all the old man wants is a grandchild, and he relaxes - that is, until he has to start going to a school for demons and he discovers that despite being human, he's expected to become the next Demon King. 

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    In a world where humans have been all but eradicated, a golem whose job is to take care of a forest encounters a small child. With only a small amount of time before his own life ends, the golem decides to use that time to guide Somali towards her human family. It's not easy - humans are widely discriminated against, and she's too young to really cooperate with hiding her identity - but the two grow closer as their journey unfolds. 

    If that sounds heart-warming, that's because it is. And it's all the more so because Somali's behavior is pretty realistic for a child. 

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    Who doesn't love an innocent video game turned into a terrifying reality? If that concept intrigues you, check out Darwin's Game, a show about a phone app that turns out to be far more dangerous than it initially appears.

    When Kaname Sudou first turns on Darwin's Game, a snake comes out of his phone and bites him in the neck. After recovering from the injury, he thinks that he was just hallucinating. But when he turns on the game again, he finds himself in life-or-death combat with another player. Will he be able to survive this brutal game?

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    Toilet-bound Hanako-kun is one of the most artistically stunning series of 2020, so even if the plot doesn't sound interesting, you should watch it for the imagery alone.

    The story itself is definitely captivating, though. After Nene Yashiro is cursed by a mermaid, she's rescued by Hanako-kun, one of her school's "Seven Wonders." To repay him, she starts working as his assistant as he fights spirits who threaten that safety of the school. She quickly gets to know his friends and his enemies - and starts to learn more about the secrets of his painful past.

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