10 Lesser-Known Anime You Should Watch Right Now
"Hiyori Iki was a regular junior high student until she was hit by a bus while trying to save the life of a track-suit-wearing person named Yato. This incident causes her to transform into a half-phantom. Soon after, she learns that Yato is a god and she ends up being dragged into the world of Gods while attempting to stay in the realm of the living."
This anime has a stunning visual look, as well as a distinct sound track. I enjoyed the animated action sequences, as well as the lighter feel of the show. Great characters and bountiful laughable moments.
2. The Devil is a Part-Timer
"The Demon Lord Satan and one of his generals, Alciel, escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan after being confronted by the Hero Emilia and her companions. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually the Hero Emilia, who now goes by Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically."
Studio: White Fox
A balance of comedy and action, I found this anime very enjoyable. Extra funny if you've ever worked in food service.
3. Beyond the Boundary
"One day, high school student Akihito Kanbara instinctively goes to save his fellow schoolmate, Mirai Kuriyama, from committing suicide. Following his pleas, Mirai suddenly stabs Akihito with a sword formed out of her own blood and is shocked to discover that Akihito is an immortal "half-youmu"—the offspring of a supernatural creature, called a youmu, and a human. After learning that Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior—specialists who protect humans from being affected by youmu—and the last surviving member of her spirit hunting clan, their lives become intertwined as Akihito seeks to help Mirai gain the confidence to kill youmu so that she may stop attempting to kill him as practice."
Studio: Kyoto Animation
A show filled to the brim with emotion and stunning color and style, this anime has beautiful battle scenes, unforgettable characters, and an interesting fantasy world.
4. Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions
"Yūta Togashi is a boy who, during junior high school, suffered from "chūnibyō" ("second year middle schooler syndrome", or "delusions of grandeur"), believing that he possessed supernatural powers and calling himself the "Dark Flame Master", therefore alienating himself from his classmates. Finding his past embarrassing, Yūta attempts to start off high school where he does not know anyone, free from his old delusions. This proves to be difficult, however, as a delusional girl in his class, Rikka Takanashi, learns of Yūta's past and becomes interested in him."
Studio: Kyoto Animation
If you're looking for a non-traditional romance anime, look no further. Humorous battle sequences, and high school love all in one place.
5. From the New World
"Five children living in the future are the protagonists. The story begins when they are 12 years old and starting their lives at an advanced school to learn the ‘cursed power’ of telekinesis."
Studio: A-1 Pictures
If you like plot twists, this anime is for you. The show keeps you guessing at every turn, and is very suspenseful. The anime spans several years of the characters lives, and the animation is charming.
"Psycho-Pass is set in 2113. The Sibyl System is actively measuring the populace's mental states, personalities, and the probability that individuals will commit crimes, using a "cymatic scan" of the brain. The resulting assessment is called a Psycho-Pass. When the probability of a person engaging in crimes measured by the Crime Coefficient index exceeds a certain level in an individual, he or she is pursued, apprehended, and killed if necessary."
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
If you like crime and mystery shows on television such as Bones, Sherlock, or NCIS, this show is for you. It follows the story of a female cop dealing with intriguing morality issues. This show will make you think. I personally found it to be lagging at times, but the finale was well-worth it to me.
7. Log Horizon
"By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale has become a global success, with a user base of millions of players. However, during the release of its twelfth expansion pack: Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese gamers who are logged on at the time of the update suddenly find themselves transported into the virtual game world and donning their in-game avatars. In the midst of the event, a socially awkward gamer named Shiroe, along with his friends, Naotsugu and Akatsuki, decide to team up so that they may face this world, which unfortunately has now become their reality, along with the challenges and obstacles ahead of them."
If you like Sword Art Online, this anime may just be for you. With a similar plot line, it has sparked quite a controversy between the two fandoms. As a fan of both, I enjoyed Log Horizon and its majorly different style compared to Sword Art Online. With it's story being more drawn out, and a vast amount of characters and representations, Log Horizon brings an interesting concept to the table.
"Mushishi is set in an imaginary time between the Edo and Meiji Periods, featuring some 19th-century technology but with Japan still as a "closed country". The story features ubiquitous creatures called Mushi that often display what appear as supernatural powers. It is implied that there are many more lifeforms more primitive than "normal" living things such as animals, plants, fungi and bacteria, and Mushi is the most primitive of all. Due to their ethereal nature most humans are incapable of perceiving Mushi and are oblivious to their existence, but there are a few who possess the ability to see and interact with Mushi. One such person is Ginko, the main character of the series. He employs himself as a Mushi Master, traveling from place to place to research Mushi and aid people suffering from problems caused by them."
This anime is full of beautiful imagery and a distinct color palette. I enjoyed its supernatural element, soundtrack, and characters.
"Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, whom he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he doesn't want to cross in the city, such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as "The Dollars." After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the "Black Rider", who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally neighs like a horse, and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The "Black Rider" is Celty Sturluson, an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and creating a greater plot line from what each character knows about a common incident."
Studio: Brain's Base
This anime has wheels upon wheels of plot and momentum. There is hardly a dull moment because you will likely be confused until the very last episode. Super interesting and addictive.
10. Samurai Champloo
"A young woman named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea shop when she is abused by a band of samurai. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young ronin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent. The pair begin fighting one another and inadvertently cause the death of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate's son. For this crime, they are to be executed. With help from Fuu, they are able to escape execution. In return, Fuu asks them to travel with her to find "the samurai who smells of sunflowers."
A cool blend of historical backdrops and a hip-hop setting!