Most Underrated Anime

The Top Ten

1 Kekkaishi

This anime is awesome! Better than Bleach or Sword Art Online

This is the most underrated anime in the planet. It deserve more attention

2 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an anime television series produced by Production I.G and based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell.
3 Fate/Stay Night Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel and anime series by Type-Moon. There are three story lines in the visual novel: Fate, Unlimited Blade Works, and Heaven's Feel. A 24-episode anime series based on the Fate route and a film based on the Unlimited Blade Works route were made by Studio Deen. A ...read more.

It's not underrated anywhere else where anime is involved, but over here on TheTopTens, it surely is underrated. I never see anything on the list feed where a visitor or a user other than me votes for something Fate/Stay Night-related. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Not many people nowadays talk about Fate/Stay Night anymore. It's a shame.

I don't know this anime but it has certainly caught my attention. I want to see it!

This anime was really good. Definitely in my top 10 favorites.

4 Air
5 Hell Girl

An amazing series. The main character Ai Enma is a great and tragic protagonist.

My favorite horror anime! Sadly it gets little to no attention.-Vestalis

6 Samurai 7

Is a retelling of a classic but in a fantastical setting including mechs and whatnot.

7 Arata: The Legend
8 The Law of Ueki

Most underrated in my opinion! This anime is so good! I think it's one of those shows that is amazing the first time you watch it, and also when you watch it from then on! It's pretty layered if you look for it! And I think people of any age, gender, background, etc can enjoy this! There is something in it for everyone!

If you're a fan of G Gundam or Zatch Bell you'll love this one

9 Nabari no Ou

The end is heartbreaking but it is definitely worth the watch!

10 Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. Samurai Champloo is set in an alternate version of Edo-era Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a ...read more.

This anime is full of action, witty comedy and overall very entertaining. Even though its story and ending were lacking, fans still loved watching it the entire way through.

Unfortunately, all people wanted to watch at the time in terms of action anime were "Naruto" and "One Piece", which is why Samurai Champloo didn't gain much attention.

Everyone should watch it, that's all that can be said about it.

Completely enjoyable. story, art work. etc.

The Newcomers

? Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

Way overhated. It's a refreshingly lighthearted and childish take on the franchise

? Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

The best yugioh series since the original. It has exciting duels, interesting characters, and emotional stories.

The Contenders

11 Shaman King

People tend to overlook this shonen gem. It's got great characters, humor, and ethnic diversity. Needs to be in more critics' top lists. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

12 Ponyo

Aw this was my favourite when I was a kid

13 Nichijou

So true! - narutoisepic864

14 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, also known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing, is a 1995 Japanese mecha anime series directed by Masashi Ikeda and written by Katsuyuki Sumizawa.

It popularized Gundam in the West, but for some reason is unknown in Japan

15 Heroic Age
16 Mobile Fighter G Gundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam, also known in Japan as Mobile Fighting Legend G Gundam, is a 1994 Japanese animated television series produced by Sunrise and the fifth installment in the long running Gundam franchise.

The black sheep of the gundam family. It may not have the dark themes and serialized stories of the classics, but the action, music, and animation are awesome. - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

Wait? G Gundam is underrated?! But it's one of the Gundam series that people in the US and (I think) Canada tend to talk about the most!
I still love this series though. XP - PerfectImpulseX

17 Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

I don't hear many people praise or talk about this anime, but it certainly is worth the watch, even the reviews of it on youtube don't have many comments about it.

18 Venus Versus Virus
19 Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova

It is such a shame this anime got overshadowed by Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann as it came out the same time as TTGG. - PerfectImpulseX

One of the few good animated T.V. show remakes - PerfectImpulseX

Even though it has almost nothing to do with the source material - PerfectImpulseX

20 Majestic Prince
21 Zatch Bell!

Perfect for Law of Ueki fans

22 Tenchi Muyo! GXP
23 Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video ...read more.

It's not really unpopular but I feel like it's not getting the popularity it desires. I get really disappointed when everyone knows the "Big 4 Shounen series", when this is one of the best shounen series I've seen.

Even though it's not underrated but I think this show deserves much more attention than some other crappy shows like Naruto which literally copied a lot from this show.

None of my friends even know about this show and call themselves "anime fans"...It's kind of sad...

This along with the 1999 version should easily be among the top 10 greatest animes of all time

24 Pani Poni Dash!
25 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

The best entry of the entire Nanoha franchise, the best magical girl anime I've ever seen, and a pretty underrated one at that (in my opinion)
It's such a shame that almost nobody talks about the Nanoha franchise anymore and if somebody even talks about it, they almost always just talk about the original series and A's and never about StrikerS, ViVid, ViVid Strike, or any of the movies. :( - PerfectImpulseX

26 Please Twins
27 Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby, is a Japanese anime series created by Warpstar, Inc.

So underrated and underappreciated this anime is way better then pokemon in my opinion the voices are done well it's sad it ended so fast and just was forgotten - Toptenanimallovers

In my opinion, this is by far the best anime based on a video game. The characters are just so amazing in this show. I actually prefer Right Back At Ya over the actual games. - Smash64

The original sub is adorable and has a nice charm on it, with some dark episodes to spice things up. Deserve more attention in my opinion

It was good. But the problem is that 4kids got their dirty hands all over it.

28 Chibi Maruko-chan Chibi Maruko-chan was originally a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Momoko Sakura. It was adapted into an anime and aired on January 7, 1990. The anime ran from January 7, 1990 to September 27, 1992 with a total of 142 episodes. A second anime aired on January 8, 1995.

This was the childhood of many people

29 Kanon (2002)
30 Elder God Demonbane
31 Hamtaro Hamtaro, known in Japan as Trotting Hamutaro, is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai.

It's such an adorable and lovable series

How the blazing ---- is this not higher? I'm the only person on this site that probably knows what this is.

32 Magic Knight Rayearth The anime adaptation of Magic Knight Rayearth aired first on Japan's Yomiuri TV on October 17, 1994 and ended on November 27, 1995.
33 FLCL FLCL is an anime original video animation series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records.
34 Betterman
35 Digimon Frontier

A unique series where the humans actually transform into Digimon

36 After War Gundam X

It's such a shame that it got overshadowed by Neon Genesis Evangelion. - PerfectImpulseX

37 Gatchaman Crowds Gatchaman Crowds is a 2013 anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and directed by Kenji Nakamura.
38 Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

Nah, this ain't underrated. u know what is underrated? The Haunted House Secret of The Ghost Ball! one of my favorites

What? This is actually very popular

I wouldn't say that black butler is underrated its more on the overrated

Kinda underrated kinda overrated because of rabid fangirls like me

39 Space Dandy

Mind blowing this Anime saved my mood more than once - TopiTaupe

40 Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. The series is influenced by ...read more.

Nobody's heard of this anime, it's really crazy.

41 Digimon Savers

AKA. Digimon Data Squad - PerfectImpulseX

42 Darker Than Black Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. In 2007, the 26 episode anime named Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor aired with a huge commercial success. It was ...read more.
43 Ajin: Demi-Human

This is amazing! Took a while to get used to the 3-D animation but the story and the characters are mind-blowing! - Spiceberry

DEFINITELY underrated that makes me sad ;-;

44 Danganronpa

One of my favorite animes out there it's really amazing and well put together.

Such a suspenseful, intriguing, and surprisingly psychological anime about hope versus despair. Sadly, it's constantly overlooked, and when it is acknowledged, it's criticized for not being as good as the source games. On its own, this is an amazing series. - Absolite

The most creative anime with the most exciting plot but it's not even popular. We must make this first! - Tuana123

A great anime based on a great game

45 Kodocha

Kodocha goes back to the good 'ol days of romance anime.

46 Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z is a Japanese magical girl anime series directed by Megumu Ishiguro, based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex and was animated and produced by Toei Animation, featuring character design by Miho ...read more.

While it isn't 10/10 by any means, I still find it enjoyable to watch. To add to this, this is a spin off, so it isn't going to be exactly like the original Power Puff Girls.

This is fairly underrated series overall.

Should be higher on the list. Powerpuff Girls Z is more family friendly and better than most T.V. shows I've watched

Forget What I Said About Powerpuff Girls Z(PS:It is Still Better Than 2016 Powerpuff Girls Reboot)

I Mean:Powerpuff Girls z is Not The Best Anime ever and Isn;t All That Great

47 11eyes

Yeah if you want to see a crazy yandere who doesn't hesitate to make the world in danger just for her creepy ass go ahead. - TopiTaupe

48 Spider Riders
49 I My Me! Strawberry Eggs
50 Squid Girl Ika Musume is the main character from 'Shinryaku! Ika Musume' an anime about a Squid Girl that wants to punish humanity for polluting the oceans, but ends up breaking a wall and is forced to work at a restaurant to pay off the damages.

It's very underrated, and it's one of my favorite comedy animes.

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