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Criminally Underrated Anime Series That Flew Under Your Radar  

Crystal Brackett
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List Rules Vote 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!

Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Criminally Underrated Anime Series That Flew Under Your Radar
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Eden of the East is suspense, drama, and romance all bundled up into 11 episodes of psychological awesome. A mysterious man has his memories erased, and discovers that he's part of a game where he has to save Japan with only ¥10 billion (about $93,109,000 USD.) If all the money gets used up, his game is over. Eden of the East is accompanied by 3 films, Air Communication (a compilation film), The King of Eden, and Paradise Lost, which accompany the series beautifully. Fans of thrillers, mysteries, and high tech will really enjoy this one.

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Mushi-shi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Criminally Underrated Anime Series That Flew Under Your Radar
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Mushi-shi is a collection of stories following Ginko, who can see ethereal beings called Mushi. A lot of people can not see or interact with Mushi, so Ginko employs himself as a traveling "Mushi Master" in order to aid people who are disturbed by their presence.

The paranormal and surreal experiences Ginko goes through while dealing with the Mushi are cool insights on Japanese superstition, and very enticing to follow. It's a tad bit slow, but well worth the watch.

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Last Exile is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Criminally Underrated Anime Series That Flew Under Your Radar
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Last Exile was well received in America, but isn't often talked about. The series has a steampunk theme, with a lot of the deigns being a wonderful fusion of Europe's rising industrial period and German inter-war technology and mechanics. With flying ships, WWII-era fashion, and an amazing storyline, this anime is basically candy for people who are into science fiction, steampunk, and adventure genres.

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Paranoia Agent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Criminally Underrated Anime Series That Flew Under Your Radar
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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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