Top 30 Unknown Anime & Manga You’d Recommend


Hardcore anime fanatics have been questioned as to those minor titles they would like to see recommended more widely – with an unusual title largely free of both moe and shonen camaraderie not unexpectedly netting the top spot.

The ranking, consisting of 10,000 votes:

1. Baccano!


2. Kill Me Baby!


3. Corpse Party


4. Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight


5. S-Cry-Ed


6. Fractale


7. Choubakuretsu Ijigen Menko Battle: Gigant Shooter Tsukasa


8. The Daily Lives of High School Boys


9. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!


10. Kaleido Star


11. Ef: a Tale of Memories

12. Inumarudashi

13. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

14. GA : Geijutsuka Art Design Class

15. Revolutionary Girl Utena

16. Bokurano

17. Haibane Renmei

18. Mangaka-san to Assistant-san

19. Psychic Detective Yakumo

20. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

21. Ashita no Nadja

22. Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

23. Hybrid Child

24. Dennou Coil

25. Jormungand

26. BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase

27. The Big O

28. Drifters

29. Jinzou Konchuu Kabutoborg VxV

30. The Flowers of Evil

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 29/03/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Scrapped Princess

    Comment by Anonymous

    Melody of Oblivion

    Comment by Anonymous

    I second that, great work.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Baccano is soooooo GOOD!Possibly the best overall show I've ever seen

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I've seen the anime of a few of these...
    And kill me baby is boring... just another 4-koma that seems to be doing the same thing over and over again.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:13 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kill me Baby sold so bad, everyone who bought it got a custom avatar as a present.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The vast majority of these are quite well known, and even well regarded. I'm happy to see them on a list featured here, but seeing them called "unknown" is very disappointing when they aren't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The survey was done from the Japanese audience so it isn't that crazy that these shows are on here.

    Western anime tastes usually differ from japanese tastes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:44 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was basing my statement on what I knew of Japanese viewers, though I won't pretend I know anything more than what I've soaked in frequenting 2ch, and what my Japanese colleagues/friends have hinted to me. And I can honestly say that the anime on this list are hardly "unknown", unless I've been rigorously mislead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    just me but that list sucks... doesn't even list something that i don't already know about. I was expecting something new to read or watch... at lest one of these to show up

    tate no yuusha no naragari
    ubel blatt
    Mushoku Tensei
    gate thus the JSDF fought there!
    shina dark

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hated Both Utena and Scryed. Though Utena is mostly because I lose all respect for Utena near the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What no My Balls?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is Corpse Party really that unknown? I thought it was pretty popular. Guess not?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    How is Kaleido Star "unknown"..? It even has an OVA and is translated into multiple languages outside Japan.

    Define "unknown", please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess this list is meant for stuff that is "unknown" to most anime viewers. Say, you look at 1000 anime lists and only a handful have these anime in their list.
    Sure, Kaleido Star has dubs, that doesn't make it well-known or popular. Personally I loved it and would recommend KS, but I'm absolutely certain that most anime people haven't even heard of KS. You also have to consider the huge amount of people who only follow current seasons and what's "in" (current stuff is always "in", duh).
    I've completed more than 1400 anime (inb4 haters calling me a weeaboo and shit) and several from this list can be found there, but most of them I haven't seen. Of course I've heard of Baccano (and I wouldn't consider it unknown or unpopular, rather the opposite), but it's not on my list.
    Btw it doesn't matter whether an anime has OVAs, nowadays everything has OADs/OVAs, specials, movies etc.

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    Comment by Rya
    06:26 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Everyone should read Mujaki no Rakuen.

    Who defines what is unknown? How is Baccano unknown? Or fucking Star Driver? Kiraboshi!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Jungle wa itsumo hare nochi guu

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto is amazing highly recommended
    I like Manabi Straight too gives me feels

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    Comment by John Hayabusa
    01:32 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kill Me Baby was a good anime in the end. Love the Boku and Tsukkomi routine.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:25 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Want some real unknown gems? Here you go in no particular order.

    Gallery Fake
    Tenshi na Konamaiki
    Air Master

    Shocking Pink Girl MoMoKo
    Junk Boy
    Kyoukasho ni Nai
    Yagami-kun no Katei noJijou
    Sukeban Deka
    Call Me Tonight
    Kyou Kara Ore Wa

    Fuse Teppou Musume no Torimonochou

    Why you should watch 'em, let's give you an example. Call Me Tonight is about a guy that turns into a Monster when he gets an hard on, he calls a help hotline and some hot chick comes and tries to help him with is problem.

    Tenshi na Konamaiki is like GTO, only with a girl which is really a genderbendered guy. If she/he isn't pissed off at guys, s/he knocks punks out.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:07 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    unknown, Baccano

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:47 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    ITT: list of animes adult swim would never air

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    They aired The Big O

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 31/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    And S-cry-ed

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    05:58 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a shame that the list, even in Japanese, doesn't let us see what would have otherwise come in at number 30 if they had excluded from the list creepy rotoscoped shows that are basically just live-action with After Effects filters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The manga is really good and nicely drawn, the anime is awful.

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    Comment by Sasazuka
    05:36 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, I suppose the FLOWERS OF EVIL manga deserves to be mentioned. Maybe one day it will get a proper anime adaptation where the "character designs" aren't just live-action actors wearing anime-style wigs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, nostalgia and blast from the past. Would recommend all but the anime version of #30.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    As well as a ton of real old school ones.

    Comment by Anonymous

    To be honest quite a few anime (even popular ones) look like crap, so I fail to see your point. Even some that were highly-regarded as visually beautiful now look like utter crap. In fact I'd say the rotoscoping wasn't even the biggest problem with "#30".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:42 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unknown? I've seen all of them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    it means unknown to most people.

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    Comment by eridani
    07:20 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Utena is unknown!

    Well, I didn't knew that at least.

    Well, glad Naruto isn't listed, if it were this would've been the most unaccurate list of Sankakus of all times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who class of lulz found this companys to maked this rankings?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    S-cry-Ed, bitches!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:59 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you never watched fractale you're missing out. Its the industry standard for calculating sales volumes.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:17 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fractale sold just as bad as Kill me Baby, averaging at around 700 sold units. It was a pretty crappy show for it's time and everyone will be better off not watching it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    unknown to nowadays would be any quite old anime title

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly the biggest surprise to me is the fact that Big O is made the list.

    Comment by Anonymous

    There are a lot of anime I could add to this list, but I'm calling one that no one else will name. That one I consider the first "anime" I've ever seen back in ~1994.
    (I highlighted anime because as a child one might have watched countless anime, but it's not known whether they are anime or cartoons. Also, at that time the term anime was alien to everyone^^ I've seen NGE, Escaflowne, Gantz and even rare gems years before hearing the term "anime". Still, I consider "my first anime" to be the earliest I remember watching, which is definitely considered "anime")

    Attack No. 1 / Mila Superstar
    (great sports anime, full of hardships, tears, drama and even some "brutal" scenes. I don't remember any happy moments, just suffering lol)

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    Comment by Anonymous

    Glad to see Haibane Renmei here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    detroit metal city

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    Comment by Falos
    10:56 29/03/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Baccano was good, but not #1 good.

    Fractale was okay, but it's no lost gem.

    Daily Lives is not unknown.

    Seto no Hanayome didn't make the list, but I suppose it gets mentioned now and then.

    Kyouran Kazoku Nikki was never seems to make radar, though. I'm not actually sure why. Did they botch the broadcast or something? Distribution? Didn't seem like a high level series at all, and it was plenty fun.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What, no mention of the infuriatingly-titled Sketchbook: Full Color's?

    Comment by Anonymous

    All in all not that bad compared to the usual lists that get posted here.

    Out of 7, 12, 21, 23, and 29 are any particularly noteworthy?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Kino's Journey and Kamichu!

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    08:56 30/03/2015 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Bonus point for not for including the fucking master piece that is Revolutionary Girl Utena.

    Also anything that Ikuhara farts is gold, go watch Mawaru Penguindrum preferably without reading spoilers.

    I'd like to add Rah-Xephon. It's from the era of the Eva clones, except Rah-Xephon didn¿t try to just be "like eva". It pretty much tried to school Eva on proper writing and in many ways it succeeds.

    Also Planetes for the most realistic science fiction anime/movie ever. It makes the movie Gravity seem fake.

    And do give a try to Okusan wa Mahoushoujo. It starts slow but it get's way better towards the end.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's a nice list, of least popular shows.
    That's why you should recommend them, to make em more popular.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Igano Kabamaru, Nobunaga Concerto, Speed Grapher...

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