The 20 Most Underrated Anime On Netflix

In recent years, Netflix has become a hot spot for anime. While the streaming service offers the chance to watch popular shows like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Aggretsuko, and Fairy Tail, there's plenty of underrated anime on Netflix that's worth checking out.

If you're looking for an emotionally resonant story about two people from different walks of life bonding over a shared passion, you should check out Forest of Piano. Looking for a gritty action? Try Dorohedoro

Which obscure Netflix anime do you like the best? Vote it up to help guide your fellow fans. 

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    Those looking for a dark and gritty action anime will find Dorohedoro to be a perfect match. While some people dislike the series' use of CGI, others don't let it distract them from the unique art style. It follows Kaiman's journey through the Hole (a decrepit and violent realm filled with magic users) as he tries to undo his curse. Originally a human, Kaiman was cursed by a magic user and given a reptile's head. He vows to find the person who did it and embarks on a journey filled with death and carnage. If you're tired of the same, typical shonen anime, Dorohedoro will provide you with an original and unconventional story. 

    2,530 votes
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    Great Pretender
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    If you're looking for a well-written anime that's free of tropes, chances are you'll love Great Pretender. Boasting incredible animation and colorful characters, this Netflix original follows two con artists as they attempt to swindle millions of dollars out of a rich film producer/mafia don in Los Angeles.

    Fans of Baccano! or Cowboy Bebop will probably love this fun and suspenseful crime show.

    1,359 votes
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    After new breed of human called Ajin start appearing, humanity is in an uproar. That's because Ajins possess a number of incredible powers, including immortality, super strength, and more. In an attempt to control them, the government mandates that all Ajins be arrested and subjected to harsh and painful experimentation. 

    High school student Kei Nagai never gave much thought to Ajins - until he realizes he is one, and has to go on the run to escape persecution.

    2,105 votes
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    Sirius the Jaeger
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    Set in the 1930s, Sirius the Jaeger features a version of Tokyo that's overrun by vampires. A group called the Jaegers is dedicated to putting a stop to them. Yuliy, the organization's most powerful fighter, is a werewolf who is motivated to hunt vampires by a tragic past - his village was overrun by vampires when he was a child, and his family was destroyed. He also wants to get his hands on the mythical Ark of Sirius before the vampires get to it first. 

    2,078 votes
  • Children of the Whales
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    Mud Whale isolated island in a sea of sand is home to a group of children whose supernatural powers will shorten their lifespans. Despite their circumstances, some of them hope to make contact with the outside world. Chakuro, the village archivist, spends his days searching for other populated islands, but all of them seem to have been abandoned. One day, he and a scouting group find the remains of an ancient civilization on one of those islands - with a mysterious girl living there. This girl will change the lives of everyone in Mud Whale, forever. 

    1,543 votes
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    Kuromukuro is an anime that fuses two seemingly incongruous genres - mecha and time travel - and it does so seamlessly. Yukine Shirahane is a shy high school girl whose father heads the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute, an organization in charge of researching an ancient artifact. When she Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma, a samurai from the Sengoku period, the two of them end up embroiled in a fight to protect the Earth from alien invaders. But what is Kennosuke doing there - and do they have what it takes to save everyone? You'll have to watch the show to find out.

    1,331 votes