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20 Great Modern Anime That Probably Flew Under Your Radar

Updated July 29, 2021 6.5k votes 1.5k voters 48.7k views20 items

For the past five years, the anime world has been dishing out hit after hit. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying popular shows like Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia, Fruits Basket and Demon Slayer, sometimes it's good to give lesser-known series a chance. You never know, you could find a new favorite! That's why for this list, we're looking at underrated modern anime from the past five years. 

We've collected anime from all genres, so there's something for everyone. Some of our picks are underrated shonen anime like Darwin's Game, which takes viewers through a high-octane survival game. Others are seinen anime like Pet, which deals with people who commit crimes by entering other peoples' minds and altering their memories. There's comedy like Zombieland Saga, which features an idol group composed of zombie girls. Then there's romance like Bloom Into Youa coming of age tale about two girls with very different personalities falling in love. There's...whatever Planet With is. 

Vote up the underrated anime that you think deserves more appreciation! 

  • Kaede Honjou isn't a gamer, but when her friend asks her to try out a VRMMO called New World Online, she decides to give it a go. Afraid of getting hurt and not entirely sure how to play the game, she puts all of her points into defense. You'd think this would make the game unplayable, but it turns out that there's a lot more to defense than there appears. 

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    Subaru Mikazuki is a mystery author who has to be forced into socializing. Introverted and bookish since childhood, he's become straight-up isolated when his parents passed away. Meanwhile, Haru is a stray cat who's had an incredibly hard life. When Subaru takes her in, the two slowly begin to heal each other. 

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    Saichi Sugimoto is a former soldier in the Russo-Japanese war, but these days he spends most of his time hunting for gold. Why does he want gold? To support his late friend's wife, who needs medical treatment for her deteriorating eyesight. After a young Ainu girl named Asirpa saves him from a bear attack, the two team up to find a pile of gold that was stolen from Asirpa's family. 

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    Kaname Sudou thinks that he's just playing a phone game, but when a snake pops out of the game and bites him, that notion is proven wrong. Soon, he's locked in a survival game with mortal consequences - will he make it out alive? 

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