Top 5 Underrated Anime loved by Reddit

Top 5 Underrated Anime loved by Reddit

When it comes to underrated anime, everyone has a different show to offer that they consider underrated. Shows like Mushi-shi and Magi are very little spoken about, yet it is not such that people do not know of their existence. What truly marks an anime as underrated is its inexplicably amazing story that does not reach the popular masses.

A list of truly underrated shows that I guarantee you haven’t heard before, from the one and only Reddit-chan. If you love underrated content in the community, be sure to subscribe to Spiel Anime’s Newsletter, which brings the most intriguing yet lesser-known to your fingertips.

Reddit’s pick of truly underrated anime

Arete Hime

Arete Hime Promotion Poster
Arete Hime | Courtesy of Studio 4ºC
  • Studios: Studio 4ºC
  • Episode: 1
  • Genre: Fantasy

Trapped in a castle tower by her father, Princess Arete is set to be given to anyone who is strong enough or anyone who can bring the most exotic and powerful magical objects, made by the long-dead race of sorcerers. All efforts to win her over, when all she wants is to leave the looming tower and explore the vastness of her world. Her life changes when the Sorcerer, Boax, arrives to take her away as his wife.

The movie gives you a free ticket to a rollercoaster ride of emotions, ranging from absolute bliss to deplorable sadness. The movie is set in a fantasy setting, and while there are hints of war, the entire movie is pretty non-violent. It will take you on a journey of self, by exploring the depths of the world, and the character, and you will realize the heights of your potential. Overall, a brilliant movie that has been overlooked by its peers in the 7.5-8 rating.

Kemono no Souja Erin

Erin from Kemono no Souja Erin
Erin | Courtesy of Production I.G
  • Studios: Production I.G
  • Episodes: 50
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Shin-Ou and Tai-Kou live in peace next to each other. Queen Shinou and her greatest general, Grand Duke Taikou, protect the lands with their fierce army of lizard-like beings called Touda. When a calamity strikes, Erin and her mother, who was tasked to take care of the army, have their life stripped off. Attempting to save her mother, Erin falls into a river and drifts away to an unknown land. At a new point in life, Erin has to understand the truth behind beast-folk and humanity as the tensions between the two regions rise.

The show is long and slow but it allows its audience to truly understand Erin, and how life has shaped her. She is left alone, broken at heart, to find a way into this new world while tackling the immeasurable longing for her mother. It is an amazing experience to see Erin grow into an adult, as we follow her journey from the time she is very young. It is a classic tale that will question humanity and how the vices consume all beings in existence. It truly delves into the cruel nature of how the governing authorities rarely understand the plight of the people they look after.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Miyuki and the two Shinigami in Full Moon wo Sagashite
Miyuki and the two Shinigami | Courtesy of Studio Deen
  • Studio: Studio Deen
  • Episodes: 52
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Supernatural

Mitsuki has a dream – to become a professional single. But maybe not all dreams are meant to be conquered. She suffers from throat cancer, which makes her voice quiet and singing strenuous. I said maybe, the catch is always about how determined you are to follow your dreams. Meeting two shinigami who came to remind her of her remaining time on earth, she finds inside her the fire to persevere and fulfill her dream.

The story is about her journey with her shinigami friends as they venture into the world to find if life is worth living, and if fulfilling your dreams is what makes life meaningful. The story has a good pacing, and enough episodes to completely express the character and her depths while allowing the story to go through necessary events without rushing them.

Guin Saga

Guin Saga Promotional Poster
Guin | Courtesy of Satelight
  • Studios: Satelite
  • Episodes: 26
  • Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Awakening in a new world, with no memories but besides his name, he is a warrior with unimaginable power. When the two twins of Parros meet him, their lives are saved. Being the innocent victims of war, Guin understands that he has to protect the twins and get them to safety.

The story is an epic of the tragedies, betrayals, and unrelenting willpower these characters have shown to possess. It undergoes multiple themes that would usually be not right for kids, giving the story far more depth than a simple hero adventure story.

Hanada Shounen-shi

Hanada Shounen-shi Promotion poster
Hanada | Courtesy of Madhouse
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Episodes: 25
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural

If Yu Yu Hakusho was a slice of life, replacing hunting down spirits with counseling, this is exactly what it would be. Hanada is a rowdy boy, carrying out pranks and mischief every chance he gets. When one day, he pulls a terrible prank that gets his mother chasing him down, he finds himself running straight into an accident. Hit by truck-kun, he fortunately did not get Isekai. Instead with 9 stitches at the back of his head and now bald, he gets the ability to see wandering and lost spirits.

The story is Hanada’s journey of understanding the strife and grief people hold within themselves till the end of their lives. It allows the once mischievous boy to understand the complexity of human life and what it means to regret. A wonderful tale of lost spirits finding reprise in him, it will make him re-evaluate his once energetic spirit of messing with people, and will make us re-evaluate what it means to live with others.


These shows are rated very well in MyAnimeList, despite their low members. This is proof that these are such brilliant shows that nobody who watched them could rate them badly. These shows have very deep messages that they attempt to send, making the entire experience of watching them a surreal one. Paired with the fun and lightness associated with anime, these shows are prime examples of why people should be confused between anime and cartoons.

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