The 35 Most Underrated & Unique Anime Series and Filmsby dnesmith09 | created - 01 Aug 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
For noticeable departures from traditional animation styles and formats of the Japanese to more narrative cinematic structures or non-linear approaches. Here's 35 of the weirdest hidden gems from my avant-garde anime viewing.
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1. Kemonozume (2006– )
Animation, Adventure, Drama
Kemonozume "Beast Claw" is an anime series written and directed by Masaaki Yuasa, animated by Studio Madhouse. Since ancient times a race of flesh eating monsters called shokujinki that can... See full summary »
2. Gilgamesh (2003–2004)
TV-14 | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Set in a future where the sky has been changed into a giant mirror, two teenage children are caught in a struggle between a group of super-powered beings and a mysterious woman's team of children aiming to stop them.
3. FLCL (2000–2018)
TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
4. The Count of Monte Cristo (2004– )
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman ... See full summary »
5. Paranoia Agent (2004– )
TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Horror
Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.
6. Texhnolyze (2003– )
TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to ... See full summary »
9. Flowers of Evil (2013– )
TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Thriller
Takao worships the class beauty, Nanako, from afar. When he is alone in the classroom one day after school, he notices her bag of gym clothes on the floor. He can't resist picking it up. He... See full summary »
10. Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
R | 111 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
2 boys defend Treasure Town. Yakuza try to take over and clear it for new development.
First American directed anime!
11. Mind Game (I) (2004)
103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.
Votes: 7,572 | Gross: $0.04M
12. The King of Pigs (2011)
97 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller
Jong-suk and Kyung-min meet up to talk about their high school past, it's been 15 years since they last talked. It brings up all kinds of memories.
14. Ergo Proxy (2006)
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.
15. Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012 Video)
Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Horror
The friends Kaori, Erika and Aki are on a vacation to celebrate their upcoming graduation, when suddenly an infestation of mysterious walking fish forces them to reevaluate everything they care about in order to stay alive.
16. Mushi-Shi (2005–2006)
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi. Instead they resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known ... See full summary »
19. Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000– )
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery
A light in the sky, followed by a strange aura and grisly murders. Each character tells their own connection to the event and to a similar murder spree 5 years ago. All of the different ... See full summary »
22. Ghost Hound (2007– )
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Horror
The experiences of three boys who have had traumatic experiences in childhood from which they have learned to transfer their souls to a parallel world known as the "Unseen World".
28. Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
Unrated | 86 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
An evil feudal lord rapes a village girl on her wedding night and proceeds to ruin her and her husband's lives. After she's eventually banished from her village, the girl makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability and take revenge.
Votes: 3,045 | Gross: $0.11M
29. Kuuchuu Buranko (2009– )
25 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
Many patients with different problems visit the psychiatric ward of Irabu General Hospital; a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia after suddenly failing his jumps, a gangster afraid of ... See full summary »
30. Pop Team Epic (2018– )
TV-14 | 12 min | Animation, Comedy
Two high school girls, the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and much more calm Pipimi, do insane things and swear like sailors in this absurdist comedy filled with references and meta humor.
31. Midori (1992)
56 min | Animation, Drama, Horror
A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group.
32. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.
33. From the New World (2012– )
TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
In a post-apocalyptic world set a thousand years after our era, the remaining humans, now with telekinesis, live in a seemingly peaceful society, but dark secrets of the past will soon be discovered by a small group of friends.
34. House of Five Leaves (2010– )
TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Drama, History
Timid samurai Akitsu Masanosuke becomes involved with the group "Five Leaves" after becoming the bodyguard for their mysterious, yet charismatic leader Yaichi.
35. Devilman: Crybaby (2018)
TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
Demons invade humanity after being frozen in ice for millions of years. Akira, a timid boy, is tasked by his friend Ryo to merge with one of these demons in order to be able to fight back against them for the sake of humanity.