MAPPA has made significant contributions to the world of anime. With shows ranging from slice-of-life to full-fledged Shonen, it has experimented and delivered immaculate story representation in its projects. With Jujutsu Kaisen breaking records and winning hearts, we now have the proper opportunity to look at the longstanding legacy of MAPPA and the top underrated shows which shaped its foundation over the years.
Top 3 Underrated MAPPA anime shows
Here is a list of the Top 3 underrated anime shows to watch for the fans of Jujutsu Kaisen. The list has been curated after careful consideration of ratings and reviews on various sites and also the critical acclaim that they received. Therefore, views might vary with a shift in perspective of the reader and make the list only a piece of guide and not a categorization of any sort.
3. Terror in Resonance
Terror in Resonance, or Zankyou no Terror, is a psychological thriller that revolves around the lives of two young boys named Nine and Twelve. This MAPPA masterpiece brings to us the adventures of these two characters, as they embark on their journey to undertake terrorist attacks across Tokyo.
Their handler, who calls themselves Sphinx, leaves cryptic clues at each of the attack spots, which confuses and puts in a spiral both the government and the public. These riddles initially seem like they are just mere tools of distraction, but as the show unravels, we are met with the hidden mysteries of the actual agendas of Sphinx and the meanings behind these puzzles.
Dorohedoro is a peculiar anime that falls under the dark fantasy genre. It revolves around the life of Caiman and the world of the Hole. This is a realm that holds a world of magic and is inhabited by magic users (who are basically outsiders) and their torture of the original inhabitants. The dark experimentation and oppression of the inhabitants make it a thrilling story to follow.
As we journey along with Caiman, we will unravel the dark mysteries of the realm and the sinister nature of the Hole. Caiman, who is a man born with a reptilian head, wishes to regain the memories he lost and sets on a journey to find the sorcerer who caused him this ill fate. Alongside him, we see his friend Nikaido, who also belongs to the Hole and is a waitress managing a restaurant in the depths of this pit.
1. Banana Fish
Banana Fish by MAPPA remains one of the most mature and heartbreaking stories. This underrated anime series revolves around the life of a 17-year-old gangster named Ash Lynx and his affairs with the mob, his friends, and an underlying mystery revolving around a certain Banana Fish.
Ash navigates through a series of heart-wrenching tragedies as he tries to solve the mystery of the titular element and break free from the chains of bondage. The tragedies befall pretty soon in the show, and they continue to turn darker as we navigate along the show. But it is a tale of love and friendship, and that of an undying urge to resolve what has been created to unleash evil.
The Top 3 underrated MAPPA anime shows in this article hold a special place because they experiment and articulate the essence of their respective genres. They are a symbol of extraordinary achievement in the world of storytelling and these stories which have been narrated in such an extraordinary manner need to be acknowledged within the community more often than they are.