20 Best Underrated Anime Everyone Must Watch (2022).
Anime is one of the best sources of entertainment and as time passes the number of people watching anime keeps on increasing and as the demand increases the production rate of the anime also increases. In this large ocean of anime, anime that comes into the picture got a lot of recognition such as Jujutsu Kaisen, My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer but what about the anime that has a good premise, promising plot, and good animation but still slipped under the radar and anime fans don’t even know about them, watching them is far from possible.
Keeping all of this in mind we have put together a list of the 20 best underrated anime that every anime fan should watch and give them the recognition they deserve.
- 20)Aria the Animation
- 19)Yona Of The Dawn
- 17)Hikaru No Go
- 16)Ping Pong The Animation
- 15)Air Gear
- 14)Golden Kamuy
- 13)Eden of the East
- 12)House Of Five Leaves
- 11)Terror In Resonance
- 10)Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
- 9)Ergo Proxy
- 8)91 Days
- 7)School Rumble
- 5)Ushio and Tora
- 4)Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
- 1)Hell Girl
20)Aria the Animation
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Slice of life
Length: 13 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.68
Drift into Neo Venezia, a city on the planet Aqua, in harmony (formerly known as Mars). Humans had found a method to colonize the previously uninhabitable planet by the 24th century. As futuristic as that may sound, Neo Venezia maintains its rustic elegance; gondolas on vast canals and waterways are the dominant mode of transportation. The city itself is an identical copy of Venice on Manhole (the planet previously known as Earth).
To ensure that residents and tourists alike get the most out of Neo Venezia’s many wonders, organizations providing guided gondola tours, also including Aria Company, were formed.
As an underrated anime, I would endorse that everyone watches it. Yes, everyone; this anime will significantly change your attitude to life. This anime’s hopeful worldview will make even the most jaded cynic reassess whether the world is truly doomed.
19)Yona Of The Dawn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Length: 24 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.03
Based on the manga by the same name written by Mizuho Kusanagi, the story of the anime revolves around a fallen princess named Yona.
Yona has grown up in the royal residence, safe from any danger that might come her way. But one day, all good things come to end for Yona.
Yona’s ideal world is destroyed when a horrific act of betrayal threatens to erase everything she truly values, such as her birthright as Princess of Kouka. She is forced to evacuate the palace because she has no one to trust but her close friend and loyal bodyguard Son Hak. Yona recognizes that her kingdom is no longer the safe haven it once was when she is faced with the perils of surviving in the wild with a target on her back.
Yona pledges to her that she will do everything in her power to become strong enough to crush her adversaries now that she is free of the shackles of naivety. With Hak, as her companion, she must piece together the fragments of an ancient legend that may hold the key to taking back her kingdom from those who plotted to steal it from her.
With its addictive plot, stunning soundtrack, and superb character development it is one of the best underrated anime that you can watch.
Genre: Adventure, Isekai, Action, Supernatural
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.91
The saga of Drifter is set in 1600 at the Battle of Sekigahara and revolves around a brave warrior named Toyohisa Shimasu who, even after being severely wounded in the war, tries his hardest so that his comrades can retry. Soon after, he finds himself in a gleaming white corridor surrounded by hundreds of doors, where he meets an elderly man named Murasaki. Toyhisa is then drawn into one of these doors, and when he opens his eyes he finds himself in a different world from which he used to live.
This world is filled with different ethnicities such as elves, dwarves, and hobbits, as well as the great warriors of Toyphisa’s world who were assumed to be dead.
They are all transferred into this world as drifters and must have to fight Ends, people who are mainly accountable for the Orte Empire and are fixated with killing drifters.
Drifters is an amazing anime from the start; the plot is very good, events that led up to an amazing showdown; the animation is flawless, and the characters are very well developed. It doesn’t get as much recognition as it should, and when you watch this, you will understand why Drifters make a place in the list of the best underrated anime.
17)Hikaru No Go
Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Sports
Length: 75 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.08
Based on a sports manga written by Yumi Hotta the story of the anime revolves around Hikaru Shindo.
Hikaru Shindou finds an old go board while looking through his grandfather’s attic. Just w When he tries to touch it, he is warmly welcomed by an enigmatic voice and soon falls unconscious. When he regained his consciousness, he acknowledges that the voice is still there and belong to Sai Fujiwara no, the spirit of a historic go expert.
Sai, a go instructor for the Japanese Emperor during the Heian Period, has a love of the game that transcends time and space, enabling him to continue to play as a ghostly entity. Sai’s ultimate objective is to master a divine go tactic that no player has achieved till now, and he intends to do so by playing the board game with none other than Hikaru.
Even though he has no interest in board games, but still Hikaru finally agrees to play, trying to follow Sai’s advice. Although, when he meets the young go prodigy named Akira Touya, he eventually evolved an interest in the game. Hikaru’s adventure into the world of go is just getting started, influenced by his newfound rival.
Hikaru No Go is an enjoyable anime to watch, and for anyone who wants to watch underrated sports anime with good quality and character development, it will be a good watch.
16)Ping Pong The Animation
Genre: Drama, Psychological, Sports
Length: 11 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.62
The hero appears. The hero appears. The hero appears… Chant such words in your head, and I’ll come to you…” This mantra acts as a source of inspiration for Makoto Tsukimoto as he combats the stress of not only grueling ping pong contests, but also circumstances in his life.
Each year, students from all over Japan compete for national and international recognition in the inter-high table tennis contest. Only the best sustain the rigors of intense training or competition.
Ping Pong: The Animation is one of the most amazing anime I’ve ever seen, with a great combination of drama and psychology. It could only have come from the passion and devotion of an eccentric auteur who takes pride in the unique and extraordinary.
Genre: Action, Sports, Comedy, Ecchi
Length: 25 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.50
Based on a manga written by Oh! great, the story of the anime revolves around Minami “Ikki” Itsuki. He is the leader of the “East Side Gunz,” a youth gang.
Air Trecks, also widely recognized as AT, are motor-driven and futuristic inline skates that have swept the country. Regardless of the fact that each AT comes with a speed limiter, a group of adrenaline junkies known as “Storm Riders” are brave enough to interfere with the device.
Individual teams use ATs in underground battles, wagering valuable AT parts or team symbols symbol of honor- to dominate the city.
Itsuki Minami, a middle school student known for interacting in street fights, is living in this era. The irresponsible punk, along with his closest buddies Kazuma Mikura and Onigiri, will break through any obstacle that stands in his way, always wanting to reach heights no one else can. But even so, it is only when he discovers a pair of Air Trecks in his residence that he is able to recognize his true desire: to rule over the skies.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.86
Based on a manga written by Satoru Noda the story of the anime revolves around a man named Saichi Sugimoto. He was a former soldier who now works as a panner in order to provide support to the family of his deceased friend who died in the war.
It is difficult to find friends like him, which is why I began watching this anime, but I don’t know if it is an underrated anime with a great story/characters.
Saichi Sugimoto meets a drunk man one day who tells him about the treasure, which can only be discovered by accumulating tattoos from the bodies of Abashiri prisoners.
Golden Kamuy is nothing short of a work of art. There is no single factor that I attribute sole responsibility for my pleasure in the series. Its magnificence is found in the harmony of its parts.
13)Eden of the East
Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Mystery, Drama
Length: 11 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.79
On November 22, 2022, ten missiles launched at Japan in a terrorist attack that, thankfully, did not prove harmful, and the day became known as “Careless Monday.” Humanity quickly forgets and resumes its normal operations. Three months later, on her graduation trip to America, Saki Morimi’s life is turned upside down when she is unexpectedly saved from trouble by a man named Akira Takizawa.
Takizawa is an enthusiastic man who is peculiar in a variety of ways. He’s completely naked, has amnesia, and believes he’s a terrorist. He also has an unconventional cell phone that appears to contain 8.2 billion yen in digital cash.
Regardless of Takizawa’s questionable characteristics, Saki quickly becomes friends with the enigmatic young man. Nevertheless, she has no idea that this is just the start of an exhilarating death game that involves money, cell phones, and the salvation of the world.
Eden of the East is one of the best underrated anime with a good combination of Sci-fi and mystery.
12)House Of Five Leaves
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Samurai
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.80
The plot of House Of Five Leaves revolves around a man named Masanosuke Akitsu, who is a roaming ronin stranded in Japan’s peaceful Edo period. Masa’s meek personality has managed to earn him the label “unreliable,” and he is frequently precipitously dismissed by his employers, leading him to doubt his resolve as a samurai.
Masa is at the lowest point of his life when he is approached by Yaichi, a free-spirited man dressed in pink who makes it appear to hire him on the spur of the moment as his bodyguard.
Unknown to Masa, the job is not as genuine as it appears, and he becomes tangled up in the illegal activities of the group led by Yaichi. Masa continues to struggle with his own principles as he becomes more engaged with the “Five Leaves” gang. Notwithstanding, his curiosity drives him to investigate the origins and motivations of this enigmatic band of outlaws.
11)Terror In Resonance
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Psychological
Length: 11 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.11
The plot of Terror in Resonance revolves around two boys named Nine and Twelve, who serve as the inspiration for Sphinx’s masked characters. They should really not exist, but they continue to exist in a world of deception and secrets, causing the city to fall to pieces around them in the hopes of burying their own terrible truth.
They upload a video to the Web and threaten to destroy Tokyo if an unexplained riddle is not solved. They are surviving members of the Rising Peace Academy’s clandestine experiment to modify orphaned children with Savant syndrome into human weapons. Their only purpose is to bring the truth about the experiment in front of the people and seek justice as they haven’t killed a single person in any of their attacks.
Terror In Resonance is a sort of underrated masterpiece with a good amount of thrilling moments ending is breathtaking and so emotional. So, for anyone who is want to watch an underrated anime with a combination of suspense and mystery then you definitely have to watch this.
10)Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Length: 26 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.15
On the verge of potentially disastrous drought, the Shin Yogo Empire’s Star Readers must devise a strategy to avoid widespread famine. As per ancient myths, the first ruler, together with eight warriors, slew a water demon in order to avoid a great drought and save the land that would become Shin Yogo.
If a water demon showed up again, its death could bring salvation. The water monster, however, expresses itself within the body of the emperor’s son named Prince Chagum—by the emperor’s order, Chagum is to be killed in order to save the empire from the threat of the water demon.
Genre: Mystery, Sci-fi, Psychological
Length: 23 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.91
Ergo Proxy is a science-fiction anime television series produced by Manglobe, directed by Shk Murase, and written by Dai Sat that aired in 2006. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic utopian society in which humans and androids live together peacefully until a virus grants the cyborgs self-awareness, causing them to commit a string of murders.
Inspector Re-L Mayer, the anime’s main protagonist, is instructed to investigate the case, where she discloses a more complicated plot involving a humanoid species known as “Proxy” who have been the subject of secret government experiments.
Ergo Proxy was praised for its complicated visuals, cyberpunk visual style, and conceptual themes. The fans enjoyed the concept of the show, which features complicated controversies surrounding the stunningly beautiful crime investigator Re-L Mayer, and a complicated sci-fi setting, incorporating robots, resides in human society and a distorted array of unique monsters.
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Genre: Action, Drama
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.83
Angelo Lagusa witnessed a tragedy as a child growing up in Lawless: his parents and younger brother were ruthlessly murdered by the Vanetti mafia family. After losing everything he cares about, he abandons his name and place of birth, adopting the new persona of Avilio Bruno.
Avilio finally gets an opportunity for vengeance seven years later, when he receives a mysterious letter directing him to return to Lawless. Obliging, he soon comes across the Vanetti don’s son named Nero and makes efforts in order to befriend him using the skills he has discreetly developed over the years.
91 Days anime tells the story of Avilio’s dark, bloodstained path to desire for revenge as he gradually kills each and every person involved in his family’s murder.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School
Length: 26 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.90
Everything changes with the words “I love you”—such are the heart-wrenching tribunals of high school romance. Tenma Tsukamoto, a second-year student, is on a mission to reveal her true feelings to the boy she is in love with. Kenji Harima, an infamously delinquent, is in a similar situation, unable to properly express his feelings to the one he loves. With school, friends, rivalries, and hobbies, these two will explore that high school love story is not for the faint of heart, particularly as misunderstandings complicate their situation.
Tenma and Kenji both try to win the hearts of those they really want in School Rumble, a high-octane love story full of approachable situations.
If you are the type of guy who loves to watch love triangles then School Rumble will be a good underrated anime to enjoy.
Genre: Comedy, Slice of life
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.39
Based on a manga written by Satsuki Yoshino the story of Barakamon revolves around a boy named Seishuu Handa, a rising calligrapher who is energetic, attractive, skilled, and, unfortunately, a narcissist. When a former soldier calls his award-winning piece “unoriginal,” Seishuu loses his cool and did suffer severe consequences.
Seishuu’s dad exiles him to the Goto Islands, very far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the highly-strung artist is accustomed to, as punishment and also to aid him in self-reflection.
Seishuu now must try to find new motivation and establish his own distinctive art style in a rural setting—that is, if rambunctious children (led by the rambunctious Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energized old men stop barging into his house! The youngest addition of the small and eccentric Goto community merely wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful rural areas he expected. The pompous calligrapher learns far more than he could have dreamed thanks to his eccentric neighbors who are totally incapable of minding their own business.
5)Ushio and Tora
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural
Length: 26 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.58
Based on a manga written by Kazuhiro Fujita the story of the anime focuses on Ushio Aotsuki, a persistent middle school student and the son of an outlandish temple priest who ignores his father’s claims about supernatural monsters recognized as youkai. Nevertheless, while tending to the temple while his father is away on a business trip, he makes a surprising discovery: in the basement, he discovers a threatening youkai impaled by the fabled Beast Spear.
Tora, a monster infamous for his destructive capability, makes an attempt to coerce Ushio into releasing him from his five-hundred-year seals. Ushio doesn’t really believe his words and refuses to release him. When a sudden youkai outbreak poses a threat to his friends and home, he is forced to rely on Tora, his only insurance being the ancient spear if he gets out of control.
The meeting of Ushio and Tora is just the beginning of the unexpected duo’s journey into the spirit world. With the legendary Beast Spear in his possession, Ushio will explore how serious and dangerous the miraculous world can be.
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4)Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Genre: Drama, Disaster
Length: 11 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.03
The plot of the anime revolves around Mirai Onozawa, a middle school student, who is unsatisfied with her family’s situations and, in a fit of rage, hopes to tear everything apart. Regrettably, these counterproductive thoughts appear to be coming true a few shortly afterward in the form of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake.
When summer vacation begins, Mirai unwillingly takes her younger brother named Yuuki to Odaiba to see a robot exhibition that he has been wanting to see. However, while they are in the exhibition center, a major earthquake shakes the Kanto region; helpless, both children witness the destructive potential of this natural catastrophe as it introduces the city to its knees.
In the immediate wake, they come across Mari Kusakabe, a motorcycle rider and single mother who intends to assist the young siblings. The team set out on a long and difficult journey through the devastated city, hoping to go back home and reunite with their families.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Length: 12 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.27
The capacity to execute miracles is not just a miraculous phenomenon; it is a gift that only a few individuals have. Widely recognized as “Minimum,” or small miracles, are special abilities endowed by a select group of people known as “Minimum Holders.” The “Minimum Holder PI Duo,” Nice and Murasaki, operate the detective agency Yokohama Troubleshooting, or Hamatora for short. Their working place is a single table at Cafe Nowhere, where they and their coworkers wait for new clients.
Suddenly, the jobs they start getting seem to have mysterious ties to the serial killer that their friend Art, a police officer, is looking for. The homicide victims all have one thing in common: they are all Minimum Holders. Nice and Murasaki, as holders, are drawn to the case—but what is the correlation between Nice and the one who organizes everything?
Genre: Mystery, Slice of life, School
Length: 22 Ep
MAL Rating: 8.10
Based on a manga written by Honobu Yonezawa the story of Hyouka revolves around a Highschool freshman Houtarou Oreki.
He only has one goal in life: to live a grey life while conserving as much energy as possible. His peaceful days are cut short when his older sister, Tomoe, forces him to save the memberless Classics Club from abolishment.
Fortunately, Oreki’s dilemma appears to be over when he enters the clubroom and learns that his fellow first-year, Eru Chitanda, already has joined. Regardless of the fact that his responsibility has been fulfilled, Oreki has now become entangled by Chitanda’s naturally curious and bubbly personality and soon joins the club on his own volition.
Hyouka is absolutely one of the amazing I love this title so much, probably one of the best underrated anime that I’ve watched in my free time in this boring life.
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological
Length: 26 Ep
MAL Rating: 7.63
It is said that those seeking vengeance could perhaps dig two graves—this is especially the case for those using the Hell Correspondence website. This foreboding web domain becomes accessible at midnight, so whoever enters the name of their grudge will be visited by Ai Enma, the Hell Girl. Ai clarifies that she will send the target’s soul to hell, but the person asking will also die in hell.
That cost is far too high for some; for the others, where they will spend their afterlife has no direct effect on their current, day-to-day hell. However, one thing is certain: the Hell Girl will always be accessible to those seeking vengeance while unflinchingly carrying souls into the darkness.
Hell Girl is my favorite underrated anime for a variety of reasons. I believe the overall story and premise of the hell correspondence are both extremely interesting and brilliant. The animation is simply gorgeous; I love how reasonable and unique it is, and everybody should watch it.
With this, I end the list of best underrated anime. I hope you will enjoy each and every anime mentioned on the list, if you think we have forgotten your favorite underrated anime then you can suggest us in the comment section. Also, don’t forget to share your opinions and favorite anime from the list.