Top 10 Anime that are Underestimated at First Glance

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The Top Ten

1 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, ...read more.

At first glance, I dismissed this series as not worth watching since it looks like a typical magical girl anime show, a genre that I have never been into. But then I saw how much MLPFan liked it, how TwilightKitsune watched it and praised it, and I saw how many people said that it was actually a dark show, so I decided to give it a try and it was definitely worth it. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a truly brilliant psychological anime with a deep and gripping story, with amazing characters and really good animation. - Goku02

When I first watched this anime, I thought it would just another boring Magical Girl anime. I'm so glad I was wrong. This anime completely blew my mind. - TwilightKitsune

Cute and charming but it grabs your attention after it reveals its true nature during episode 3

I under estimated this anime but my sisters loved it so I watched it Best Anime Ever!

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2 Princess Tutu Princess Tutu Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime series created by Ikuko Itoh in 2002 for animation studio Hal Film Maker. Inspired by ballet and fairy tales, particularly The Ugly Duckling and Swan Lake, the story follows a duck who is transformed into the mythical ballerina Princess Tutu in order to ...read more.

Similar to Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I thought that this show looked really boring, but from what I've heard till now it seems to be a dark psychological anime despite its cutesy appearance, much like the former. Definitely gonna give it a try some time. - Goku02

It's dark, but not in a psychological way like Madoka Magica. It's dark because of how the overall concept is portrayed and how the characters are affected by it. They are trying to change their fates that were given to them from a fairy tale which leads to unfortunate events. I would explain further, such as what the character's destined fates are, but that would get into spoiler territory. - Rue

People literally don't want to watch this anime because of it's name and how girly it is. It's actually an anime that's really dark when it comes to the story. Don't let the cutesy ballet concept fool you. - Rue

The person who came up with the name ruined everything.

come on, who names an anime after a tutu?

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3 Kill la Kill Kill la Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. In Kill la Kill, Ryuko Matoi transfers to a new high school in order to find her father's murderer.

Blatant fan service appeal but it surprisingly had an incredible plot and characters that you can get attached to. - Rue

People don’t believe me when I say this show is the best I’ve ever seen. It’s characters, story, everything about it really is so good it’s unreal. Literally the brilliant and fun show I’ve ever seen. You have no idea what you’re getting into with this one...let me just say... this anime is not to be under-estimated. - Twixx

4 Case Closed Case Closed

People stray away from this anime because of how many episodes it has, but a lot of people say it's very good regardless. - Rue

Case Closed is one of the most popular anime / manga series in my country, and I've known about it since I was a kid. I've read quite a lot of this and it's pretty good. One of my favourites. - Goku02

5 Yuri on Ice Yuri on Ice Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime television series about figure skating. The anime was produced by MAPPA, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurō Kubo.

Everyone thinks this is your generic sports anime, while it actually isn't. - Absolite

One of the best anime's of all time

This anime got my whole siblings screaming except for my little brother and sister and big brother.We all screamed through the top of our lungs because of this graceful anime.My sister and I wanted to have a season 2 but all of us still don't know yet if there is.I'm still pretty happy that reactions in youtube when they watched this all of them were screaming so loudly I can't stop laughing.Still this anime is always in my heart even though my sister showed this to me but we both felt happy about this.PLEASE SAYO! MAKE SEASON 2!

6 Chivalry of a Failed Knight Chivalry of a Failed Knight

People find this anime to be exactly like you typical generic Harem anime but it actually isn't. - Rue

7 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
8 Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt

This show is honestly the most unique um...”anime” you will ever watch. If this show was made in America, I guarantee everyone would say it’s the best cartoon ever made. What a gem lol. - Twixx

9 ViViD Strike! ViViD Strike!
10 Love Live! School Idol Project Love Live! School Idol Project

The Contenders

11 Love Live! Sunshine!! Love Live! Sunshine!!
12 Lucky Star Lucky Star Lucky star is an anime that first aired (april 8th, 2007 to September 16th, 2007) in Japan. The anime follows the daily lives of Konata Izumi, Kagami and Tsukasa hiiragi, and Miyuki Takura. The show is best known for the cute "moe" characters. The target audience is shouen.
13 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

Underestimated? Seriously, after watching the first episode, I find it impossible anyone would underestimate this - TwilightKitsune

I don't think there's anyone underestimating it... It looks like some brilliant show ( which it definitely is ). - Goku02

14 K-On! K-On!
15 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

I can't believe I actually overestimated this anime. I was actually wanting to watch it based on reviews but when I watched the real deal, then everything about it turned into a mess. - SelfDestruct

I think it was a good concept but it wasn't executed as well as it could've been. - Rue

Should I watch this anime? Everyone on MAL loves it but everyone here hates it. I don't know what to think anymore! - Absolite

Just try it for yourself and give it a chance. And this is coming from someone who hasn't watched it yet. In fact, how about we both watch it and judge it for ourselves? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

No guys, it actually sucks. Believe me. I've watched it. - TwilightKitsune

In a top ten list in my country, the character named Rem coming from this anime has beaten a character that has quicky risen to one of the top spots in my favourites list, Osamu Dazai from Bungou Stray Dogs. Ironically it seems like thetoptens community generally hates this Rem. - Goku02

16 B-Project: Kodou Ambitious B-Project: Kodou Ambitious
17 AKB0048
18 Clannad Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted ...read more.
19 Fafner in the Azure Fafner in the Azure
20 King of Braves GaoGaiGar King of Braves GaoGaiGar
21 Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova
22 Gravion Gravion
23 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
24 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
25 Mobile Fighter G Gundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam
26 Majestic Prince Majestic Prince
27 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.
28 Kemono Friends
29 Medaka Box Medaka Box
30 Girls' Last Tour
31 Show by Rock
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