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18 Criminally Underrated Anime That Don't Get Talked About Enough

Updated April 22, 2021 51.5k votes 16.8k voters 973.1k views18 items

List RulesVote up the underrated anime that doesn't get as much acclaim as it deserves.

With so much anime out there, it's hard to tell what's good or what's not unless you do a bit of digging and research. In the process, there are tons of great anime series that get overlooked or don't get as much credit as they deserve. This list is full of underrated anime that doesn't get brought up enough, even though they're all fantastic series that deserve your viewing time.

Good anime can get outshined and overshadowed by other creations from the same studio, or just plain forgotten about or overlooked. These underrated anime series range from older series to like Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent to more modern hits like Shinichiro Watanabe's Space Dandy. Vote up the overlooked anime series on this list that you've seen and want others to watch too!

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    Paranoia Agent involves street assaults, victims, detectives, and a mysterious "Bat Boy" (AKA "Lil' Slugger") that brings them all together. The anime has a lot of satirical and existential paranormal aspects and is very enjoyable to follow if you're a fan of dark thrillers.

    Although Paranoia Agent had a brief run on Adult Swim, it's not an anime that would come up in casual conversation or really gets as much attention as it deserves.

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    Ben-To is a ridiculous harem anime about brawling for bento boxes. Why make such a big deal over bento boxes? They're half-priced, of course. Bento brawls have rules though, and if Yō Satō wants those bento boxes, he'll have to learn and abide by them. The fights are pretty much a melee free-for-all where chopsticks are thrown and tactics can get sneaky.

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    This Battle Royale style anime follows Ryōta Sakamoto who seems to have fallen into the world of Btooom!, a combat video game which he holds the title as one of the world's top players. Everything in this world is exactly like his game, and he is forced to kill other players in the "game" in order to make it out, and even meets up his in-game wife.

    It's very psychological and impactful, and is filled with tons of gritty action scenes. If you love bombs and survival game anime, this one is definitely for you.

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    This cryptic sci-fi series came out during a time in the '90s when cyberpunk was thriving. Lain gets herself into a chain of dark events that bring her to a virtual reality network called the Wired, which she slowly uploads herself into permanently. The psychological horror and trans-humanist themes will undoubtedly captivate you.

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