Otakuite | Posted 01/04/13 | Reply
ToraDora. I'm unsure if it has a dub to it but when I ask people about it, no one has heard about it.
L'Cie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 12/02/12 | Reply
do it cuz it's worth checking out
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/24/12 | Reply
Yeah, there's a film. It's practically the anime into a film. The needle in the onigiri scene in the film was better than the anime IMO. I've only read a few chapters of the manga so no comment here.
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/24/12 | Reply
If we are here to discuss an anime nobody has heard of, how can we?
If we have posted it up here, then it has been heard...Therefore the title of this discussion is incorrect.
Sorry, I couldn't resist
Otakuite | Posted 11/23/12 | Reply
Ok, so my favourite anime EVER in Yu Yu Hakusho..And I was so surprised(in a bed way)to hear that people doesn't actually saw this anime. For me, it's perfect..The story line is amazing, the characters are simply hot, it also has a love story..so if you didn't saw this anime you should check it! <3.
Otakuite | Posted 11/22/12 | Reply
Another that may be just as, if not even more obscure is the mecha anime Aura Battler Dunbine. Same dude that did Mobile Suit Gundam did this one.
Akataro Daichi's Now and Then, Here and There. Yes I know, the same guy that did Fruits Basket, an anime I do admit to liking, but very much different in almost every aspect when put next to Now and Then, Here and There. It's one of the first anime I really got into. It's only 13 episodes but it was totally different then what I had always expected anime to be like. Much darker, and a hell of a lot more emotional. Since then I have found other anime to be much more extreme in both of those categories, but as a first experience it still really stands out to me. I occasionally see something pop up about it, but usually it hides behind most of today's Shonen super giants.
Tokyo Underground. It is a romantic adventure/supernatural series that is cliche and perhaps a bit cheesy with the hero and damsel in distress set up but I still think it is one of the better series out there.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite it is really sad and will make you cry
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/21/12 | Reply
Popotan: Probably better known for popularizing caramell dansen.
Itsudatte My Santa: Ken Akamatsu short about a magical girl santa.
Read or Die: The British Library's special forces involving individuals who can manipulate paper.
Samurai Pizza Cats: Legend says that due to lack of original footage & audio for the US release, the distributors decided to just fill in the blanks, essentially turning the series into a cheesy parody. This series did abridging long before LittleKuriboh & TeamFourStar made it popular
Moldiver: The geeky way of becoming Superman. Seriously watch this one, it's amazing.
Otakuite | Posted 11/21/12 | Reply
i played this anime game called solatorobo and no one heard about the game! it is so awesome and no one knew about it put me!
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/21/12 | Reply
I remember DN Angel!! Vic and Greg played main characters in it! I liked the manga more, but the original artist never finished it D..:
Otakuite | Posted 11/20/12 | Reply
Inuyasha... it used to be really popular back in its prime, but nowadays it seems like hardly anyone's heard of it... really sad, because it's a great anime.
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/20/12 | Reply
Seen it. liked it. XD But very sad :/ ...
ANNNYWAY...My fav that isn't super popular and that I consider obscure is those of the Zoids franchise, mainly New Century 0 - broadcast simply as "Zoids" on toonami LONG ago - and Fuzors (for those who have seen/may be fellow zoids fans, YES, I just admitted to Zoids: Fuzors being one of my favs of the franchise)
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/19/12 | Reply
I've never met anyone else who knows this show, but Wolf's Rain is my absolute favorite
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 11/19/12 | Reply
That would be either Z-loan, Magical Girl Nanoha or the manga Bloody Kiss. They all are good on their own manners.
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/18/12 | Reply
Hunh. Now that I think of it... I haven't met many people who actually know Lovely Complex. It's a shoujo, but it's so funny it's almost ridiculous.
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/17/12 | Reply
Sorry about that. It's just that I thought FEW would know "Beck" since no one mentioned it. ~_~
125% bling (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/17/12 | Reply
Heh, judging by the comments, lots have heard of Kaleido Star, so I won't mention it as a lesser-known series I like.
Princess Tutu would have to take the cake here. Or Puni Puni Poemi. They'd have to share. I love PT because it builds on fairytales and is quite dark and serious at times, especially towards the ending of the second season (and the "final" ending isn't as bright as most expect/want it to be either). PPP is just stupid fun. Stupid, loud, offensive, highly enjoyable fun.
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/17/12 | Reply
i've heard of Daughters of Mnemosyne and i love the fruits basket manga, i read it 4 times. its a million times better than the anime.
Detective Mask (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/17/12 | Reply
Anybody here seen Hakushon Daimao? Also known as The Sneezing Magician or The Genie Family? It's not exactly my favorite now, but I loved it when I was still a kid. And I have a feeling it's not that popular here, especially with the new generation who probably never saw this at all in Cartoon Network.
APPEAL FOR HELP: Please pray and send aid to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Otakuite++ | Posted 11/17/12 | Reply
Kaze no Stigma was a good show.
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
YES!!! LOVED BOTH OF THEM!! I HAVE THE MUSIC ON MY IPOD!! Sorry, got excited as soon as I saw those. Orphen and Kain Blueriver were my favorites.
Angelic Demon (Otaku Legend) | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
My -tiny- list:
Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne- This is a mature anime by Funimation that I discovered a while back ago on Netflix. It's a really awesome show, only 6 episodes long (each 45 minutes long) so its easy to knock out in one day. If you are over 18, you should DEFINITELY look into it. Immortals, fight for immortality, Yygdrasil, and full of plot twists and other goodies :3
Blue Seed- I saw this when I was 8 or 9, so its one of those, "omg you haven't heard of that?" I can't really summarize it since I haven't seen it in a very long time.
Fruits Basket- No, not the anime. Everyone is so into the anime. This is for the Manga. Read it. The Anime starts off following the manga perfectly for a few episodes, but then SKIPS over several volumes, then returns to the ones they skipped and then just basically made up an ending that wasn't even in the manga!!! It is soooooooooo much better than the anime, you get to meet the ENTIRE zodiac and get a true ending that will have you in tears. It was my first Manga series to complete, too :)
With every end, there is a new beginning
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
Barton (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
Both, totally awesome!
Mushishi is simply gorgeous, people should definitely see it! ;3
Otakuite | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
I forgot to add I like Mushishi and Angelic Layer too
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
Mushishi is an awesome series! I don't know why I didn't even think of it TT^TT
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/16/12 | Reply
oh and the one Usui-sama's from,I forgot that one.
theyre not my faves. fruits basket, naruto, samurai 7, pandora hearts, wild ones, D.N.Angel are my favorites.
i think Toriko, Bakuman, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan(Well this might not be true, theyre in a magazine, a popular one too. for my classmates its unknown and dumb. i have few friends. oh, um, in my school some high schoolers should be able to identify these.)
Barton (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/15/12 | Reply
Hmmmm...let me think, Kaleido Star, Angelic Layer, Chrono Crusade, Samurai Deeper Kyo oh and Mushishi!
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/15/12 | Reply
@Hisaishi:- Sadly it's one of those series that failed to make the grade as all OVA's are essentially extended pilot shows. We may like Gunsmith Cats but the Japanese didn't so a TV series was never green lit. Having read the manga, the series would benefit more if it were made as an anime for America given the setting of the story.
Otakuite | Posted 11/15/12 | Reply
I really like Black Bird, it hasn't been made into an anime but its amazing, I also like Anohana which is SUPER cute and sad..
I also love Princess Tutu. C:
My favorite animes are Fullmetal Alchemist, DN Angel, D. Gray Man, Hetalia, Sailor Moon, Death Note, and Lucky Star. I love alot of anime...-U-
I really like Jyu oh sei! A really short sci fi anime that sadly there are few fans of!
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/14/12 | Reply
I feel so left out. No one remembers IGPX.
Ah, Gunsmith Cats. The only OVA I could see as an amazing anime. This show should be brought back as soon as possible.
EXCUSE ME? I freaking loved BECK and it is certainly well known! I'm not criticizing you or anything. Please know that people like this anime and it's more well known than you may think.
Otakuite | Posted 11/14/12 | Reply
My favorite anime would be all the haruhi animes for example the melancholy to the dissaperance plus lucky star but I just can't have only a few I love all animes like the ones mentioned including clannad
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/14/12 | Reply
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Otakuite | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Mirai Nikki!!! >:D
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Maison Ikkoku: Simple love story about a dormitory of misfits, very old Rumiko Takahashi series.
Dominion Tank Police: It's a police force with tanks.
You're Under Arrest: Police comedy featuring two girls, um sorry one girl and one very convincing cross dresser
Gunsmith Cats: Old series about two Bounty Hunters which has a Shelby Cobra, a very sweet car.
Ex-Driver: Speaking of cars this is pretty much the same thing only with more cars.
DNAngel: Largely forgotten series about a boy who turns into a dark angel, I forget what happens after that I found it pretty boring.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite: An Arina Tanemura piece (or happy ending Tanemura as I call her) about a girl who is due to die in a year receiving the gift of singing from two death gods. Features lots of death and suicides but still finds time for a happy ending, that's Tanemura for you always making a happy ending out of the most horrific stories.
That's all for now.
Freelance Hylian (Otaku Legend) | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Well, we're getting a Blu-ray player, so Citrus has certainly been looking for some discs to play on it :D I'll have to tell him we've got a recommendation :)
If it's all the same to you, Pit doesn't mind being called "sir" :D
Yeah, someone I knew online showed me a few clips because they liked it, so that's how I found out about it. Kind of funny the knowledge you store up over the years that comes back later :)
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Finally someone here knows it! It's pretty cute so I'd watch the whole show as a refresher if that makes sense x3 & it's not so long too.
L'Cie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
do it! it's awesome i was laughing my head off bcuz of the screens between yukimura and shingen lol! but the rest of the storyline is FANTASTIC
Ochibi~ (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/13/12 | Reply
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin. Classic 80's style animation plus a great story to back it up. Highly recommend :)
Abundant Love (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/12/12 | Reply
Kowarekake no Orgel (aka Half-Broken Music Box) is a great little one-shot OAV that seems to have slipped under the radar. I even missed it when it was first released, despite hearing about it previously and thinking it would be something I'd like, and I didn't come across it again until a year later when it was rereleased on BD.
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/12/12 | Reply
Oh look, if it isn't the Grim Heaper. Great, another stalker.
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/12/12 | Reply
King of Bandits Jing: Most underrated anime of all time about a thief and his crow friend who can turn into a laser gun. There's also alot of alcohol references.
Escaflowne: Forgotten in recent years, fantasy series made the same time as Gundam Wing.
Jubei-Chan: Series about a heart shaped eyepatch that turns a girl into a ninja.
Saber Marionette J: Robot girls with hearts on a man only planet.
Steel Angel Kurimi: Robot girls with hearts.
Those Who Hunt Elves: A group of humans enter an elf world to find magic symbols on sexy female elves and capture them by stripping these elves. Also features a T74 Tank possessed by a cat spirit.
That's all for now
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/12/12 | Reply
Oh, good. I'm glad to know that it's not being "neglected"! The film? There's a film? I've seen some of the anime, but I mainly like to read it. It's just creepier that way :D
Freelance Hylian (Otaku Legend) | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
I heard of it once and saw a few clips online... didn't watch the whole series, but I certainly have heard of it :)
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
wait - which anime? Not sure which comment of mine you're referring to? x3
Haha My Friend Told Me About That Anime.
Isn't It Horror?
Higurashi's actually more watched than you think. I used to go to a big forum where they practically all knew it. have you watched the film too?
I'd be surprised if people knew what Potemayo is. It's a cute anime - go check it!
Cool. Obscure anime is zeta awesome. Oh and I'm sure you would appreciate that reference
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
Heard of C-Control but didn't get that far in the anime.
I like these somewhat discreet anime. Tell me if you guys have caught em. Im curious.
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
Turn A Gundam
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
Hmm. It feels like no one else really watches or reads Higurashi. It's cute and bloody (not to mention creepy). What else could one want?
-AKB0048 is good. The story is quite interesting.
-Mayo Chiki! is nice also.
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
mhm, cross game is a sweet one :D though I was in an expectation of Aoba having a part in the game, till the end >_>
Just a Nerd (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/11/12 | Reply
Odoborou Jing, or King of Bandits Jing as it was called in the US! I loveloveLOVE the anime and I read most of the manga a few years back too. The early volumes of the manga are a bit weird in the art style, but the artist improves as it goes on and it's just absolutely lovely - and thankfully the anime used a style more like the artist's improved style. I think there's an OVA for it too floating around somewhere, but I've yet to see it.
I've read the first few volumes of the manga for Orphen back in junior high and I rented the first volume of the anime around the same time. I wasn't aware that anyone else besides my friends knew about it.
Freelance Hylian (Otaku Legend) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Don't know about the "Samurai Kings" subtitle, but I've definitely heard of Sengoku Basara before :) In fact, CitrusStorm and I were thinking about checking it out.
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
yeah! >u< it's such a good show!
I freak out every time I see jacuzzi. he is by far my favorite character! >u< and Ladd, so scary. he's definitely a guy I want on my side!
Yeah, those were cool.
I know, right? It was like my favorite show to watch after Samurai Jack and Rurouni Kenshin :3
L'Cie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
hmm.... let me think, MINE would be "Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings" idk if anyone has heard of it, but i was intrigue by it bcuz JOHNNY YOUNG BOSCH is one of the main characters and i was all "OMG! HE'S A MIXTURE OF ICHIGO KUROSAKI AND VASH THE STAMPEDE COMBINED!"
i was looking up JYB bcuz i was wondering just how big his voice acting list is and THERE the show was listed.
You like Big Windup as well? It's really a great series. I love how each character truly does grow individually (and as a group) even if it may not seem like it at first.
The Marker Maniac. (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Has anyone ever watched Gokusen? I think that one is a really good anime though it's pretty short, also Tonari No Kaibutsu-kun and Code Breaker premiered this year! XD
Oh and I loved Kikaider!!! that one is an old one, the style is a little like Astro Boy and Cyborg 009! XD It was shown on Adult Swim a while back! XD
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Jewel BEM Hunter Lime: A one off series about a demon and her sidekick tracking down big-eyed monsters.
Twin Signal: While the opening shows pretty boy robots and scenes you won't be seeing, it's simply about a boy and his robot defeating one goofy villain while fighting another robot.
Debutante Detective Corps: Utterly cheesy action series about five rich girls defeating terrorists, only lasted one episode.
Rune Soldier: Fantasy Slayers-like series about a muscle clad wizard who does a lot of punching instead of magic.
Godannar: Over the top Mech series featuring lots of shouting, tits, more shouting, robots that combine, even more shouting, Gurren Lagann style action & oh no more shouting.
Wandaba Style: Comedy about a misfit pop group attempting to perform on the moon while helping a young scientist fulfill his dreams.
Akikan: Weird harem series about drink cans who turn into girls.
Grenadier: Trigun with tits.
and finally for now
Fire Tripper: InuYasha prototype before Rumiko Takahashi became a household name.
I know Angelic Layer and Usagi Drop (aka Bunny Drop) have already been mentioned, but they're both great series (I actually wish that Angelic Layer existed... that would be so cool to design my own angel doll :3)
GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class (available on Crunchyroll! :D) is also a fun series. It's one of those "bunch of girls go to school and we watch them have fun" kind of slice-of-life series, but it's still fun (and centered around art). There's also a manga, and that's pretty good too (released in the US by Yen Press).
And I know I've thrown the name ARIA the ANIMATION around quite a bit, as well as the names of its other seasons (the Natural and the Origination), but it's simply a beautiful series ^_^
On the topic of manga (since some people are also talking about that), I like Oishinbo (VIZ only released a sort of "best of" collection here in America... but I like what I've read ^_^), Mixed Vegetables (there's a category here on theO for it, but it's pretty... sparse ^_^U), and La Corda d'Oro (which also has an anime... it's great to actually hear the music they're playing, but I personally feel like the manga is better despite the lack of actually hearing music. Actually, if you look for the songs yourself you could probably just play them in the background while reading XD).
it girl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Cheeky angel: anime based on manga of the same name.
Its about a boy who saves a magician and gets a book , a fairy says he will grant Megumis one wish. And Megumi asks to be The manliest man in the world. The fairy decides to make him a Woman. only Megumi and his friend know of the interaction, everyone else seems to be brainwashed to believe he was always a girl.
Still rowdy in highschool she searches for the book to turn her back.
Its the best manga Ive read and the anime nails its style and pretty much is verbatim.
Tea pixie (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Yes, I used to have the opening song on my MP3player! I wonder if I still have it...
I like Nanatsuiro Drops and Allison & Lillia, but I don't think I have heard (m)any people mention them.
I liked Shinigami no Ballad :). I have the opening on my phone.
One of the first anime shows I watched was called Shinigami no Ballad, but I don't think many people I know have seen it. It is only six episodes long, as I remember, but it was enjoyable.
Also, I'm sure loads of people have watched it, but I really love Mushishi.
Oooh yes! I really enjoyed watching Time of Eve ^^
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Zatch Bell was so cool!
For me, it was Cyborg 009, Mobile Fighter G Gundam and Zatch Bell. I loved Zatch Bell because it was like a bizarre version of Pokemon, but had a much more human element to it. The other two are the only mecha anime series that I will ever admit to actually liking.
That being said, Adam, you never heard of Utena prior to that encounter? I'd be honestly shocked of that were true.
Last time this question was posed on theO, I said IGPX. As time fades, this series for some reason gets more and more obscure. If not for the almighty Gurren Lagann, I would call this the best mecha series ever. Keep your Gundam, I'll take racing/dueling robots any day, thank you. The series was a fascinating look at competitive sports, the cost of fame, the haunted past, and forbidden love and how they mingle with real life. The scenery is futuristically breathtaking, the action is rock-solid, and has one of the more underrated soundtracks. Yes, it may be synth atmospheric elevator stuff, but it works every time. I have a special place for this one.
The staff is considerably impressive. The five part OVA was headed Koichi Mashimo, a creator of mainly "girls with guns anime" (Dirty Pair, Noir, Madlax, El Cazador De La Bruja). The full series was handled by director/writer Mitsuru Hongo, previously known for Outlaw Star and the Sakura Wars movie. Midway through the show, I.G. president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Kill Bill anime scene, Ghost in the Shell films) joined production.
To this day, it is the first of two animes Cartoon Network, through Toonami, ever co-produced and imported directly (the other being Powerpuff Girls Z), leading to creative dub cast choices from Bang Zoom!. The main characters are Takeshi Jin (Haley Joel Osment), Liz Ricardo (Michelle Rodriguez), and Amy Stapleton (Hynden Walch). Rouding the cast out is Steve Blum, Kari Wahlgren, Karen Strassmen, Mark Hamill, and Tom Kenny.
Mermaid Melody was one of my first anime :))
I have watched, and love both! :D I'm so happy someone knows of Cross Game ^^
Thank you for bringing up Big Windup! Such a great series that actually touches on a most interesting subject - when you win, does it really make you feel better or is it just an action you committed to?
@kamichama karin s:
More people are finding out about the show, thank in part to gigguk
I have yet to find anyone who knows Rune Soldier. I started watching it thinking that it would be about these magical adventurers, and it was, but it brought this whole new humor to a fantasy adventure that I never thought would work with it. xD
System Ghost (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Witch Hunter Robin was an anime that didn't really feel like an anime. I always thought it could easily translate to live action here in the states.
Stellvia is a simple pleasure of mine, but none of my friends have heard of it.
Otakuite | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
I found Holy Knight when trying to find another anime, and when I watched it, I was surprised there were only two episodes. It's only an OVA, but the manga didn't get far either. Only read the manga if you're brave ;)
Mermaid Melody!!!! I always wait for the part when they sing <3
Same. I think that series was the reason why I tried fried rice and now it's my favorite. The way it ended (anime) is not satisfying enough. I can't even find the manga :((
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
I don't know if nobody's heard of it or its just unpopular, but Mermaid Melody was a good one. I also like Nyanpire. :3
The Wandering Elf (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
I loved the Twelve Kingdoms! Definitely a series that deserves more attention. Baccano was great, too ^^
Detective Mask (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Cooking Master Boy was a really good show. Sometimes, it even made me hungry for some Chinese food. It's a shame that the anime series ended abruptly.
The depressing part (you know that) got me depressed in real life as well omg.
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Amagami SS <333
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Code E and Cross game :D
Yes! Cromartie! I love that robot dude who also smokes omg. That anime needs more love too!
That's all I can think of right now.
The Hero of Time (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
I don't know what people have or have not heard of/seen XD
But one thing I think more people should watch/read= Spiral!
I enjoyed that series so much for the mystery solving and suspense!
It never really resolved the mystery of the Blade Children, and it is relatively short. Definitely recommend though!
D (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Most recent for me- Baccano!
The Twelve Kingdoms
The Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Chinese Ghost Story
Major was a great show, I enjoyed it a lot!!
I'm not really a fan of sports generally, unless its anime. haha
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
People Probably Have Watched This Before But..
Kampfer Anyone? I Mean Not Much FanArt On Natsuru Here. :P
AKANE-CHAN FTW! XD
Finished The Entire Anime In Three Days...Well Almost~
Otaku Idol (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/10/12 | Reply
Okay, I'll make one quick distinction here with my anime: While these anime would probably sound familiar to some, they likely haven't been widely seen by North American fandom. Not hearing about something doesn't quite match up with not seeing it, as my own experience revealed to me.
Burn-Up Scramble is one of those anime that won't take your breath away with it's scope and originality, since, I'll admit, it's quite dumb - but that's what I like about it! It plays out like a send-up of cyberpunk/police anime, but it's not a parody. While it does share the usual trappings of those genres, it doesn't take any of it too seriously (for example, you'll find delinquent bands of biker road-warrior clowns, lots of things that explode when shot, a crazy little assassin girl, and secret plots!). Plus, even though it was made fairly recently (2004), it looks as if it were made in the late 80's or early 90's...which somehow makes it even better. Burn-Up Scramble is just oodles of dumb fun.
On the other end of the continuum, I'll mention Pale Cocoon. This is another sci-fi styled anime, but is quite serious. Even though it's a one ep. OVA, I think it works well with the short time. This work preceded Time of Eve, both created by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, so you can see Yoshiura's existentialist leanings here too (while the mood isn't unremittingly dark and brooding, Pale Cocoon is more sparse and introspective than Time of Eve). It's a meditation on what makes us us, and what would happen if things were otherwise. Isolated, austere, contemplative - Pale Cocoon is a quiet classic.
Detective Mask (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Despite my efforts in promoting it here, I think a lot of people here in theOtaku probably haven't heard of the manga and anime series Major. The series is about baseball, but as I've said several times before, it also tells a very good story about the struggles that the main character had to endure in order to reach his dreams.
Season 1 and Season 5 of the series, in particular, were very enjoyable to watch. I'm no baseball fan, but don't necessarily have to be one to appreciate this show. Like I said, it doesn't just focus on the sport; it also gives us a look at the relationship of the character with his family and friends. For the family, I'll just say it's a bit complicated since I might run the risk of giving out spoilers. But let's just say that you may find the father-son relationship between the main character and his father as heartwarming.
Otakuite | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
LONG before Ah My Goddess was Ah My Buddha! an ecchi show I really enjoyed!
Also The original Monster Rancher TV show was a favorite of my whole family!
Otaku Legend | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I have...a few episodes but still! I should probably watch it all.
Neko Girl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I LOVE Moribito! The novel it is based off of is very good too.
I feel like Big Windup (Oofuri) is a really underrated anime. It does seem like it would be boring for people who are uninterested in baseball, but for me, it actually sparked an interest in the sport. The characters are all so rich and well-developed; you just fall in love with them.
Local Tales Nerd (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Hmm...I wish I could think of a good one, but I feel like I know too many people that have seen the ones I have (online, anyway). ^^;
Anyone seen Orphen or Lost Universe?
Who remembers Witch Hunter Robin or Speed Racer?
There's another one - it's Gundam but I forgot which one. The guy looks for his brother with his engineer?
& Escaflowne. I haven't seen it but meaning to.
Mrs. Dragmire (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
My favorite anime right now is Blassreiter but I also like Record of Lodoss War.
Ask DR. Rin! I don't see many people have watched that anime.
Senior Otaku++ | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Well, for me, it has to be Soul Hunter. It was apparently released in the 90's around the time of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter, but I guess it was very unheard of. In fact, I barely learned of the anime early this year. It's actually pretty good, despite some voice actor and animation issues. I hope they make a remake someday, really I do.
Chale, me too.y
Otaku Eternal | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I have seen Morbito: Guardian of The Spirit and the opening theme has been done by L'arc-en-Ciel (the same band who did the opening theme to FMA series and the movie), Outlanders, Sky Crawlers and Vexille. Only Sky Crawlers and Morbito of the four mentioned weree based on novels
I recorded so many episodes of 009. I wish they'd finished it too.
I saw the first season when I was alot younger. But after the theme song changed, it threw me off and I didn't watch it after that.
Otakuite+ | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I love Code Lyoko! Good choice.
Probably Hikaru no Go. Everyone I asked has been all "HUH???"
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Great choice, I love that show. My anime club hates me for this show because I got them to watch the first episode and I refused to explain what was happening.
I cried at the end of Chrono Crusade! I read the manga and tried to watch a couple episodes of the anime too.
I watched the anime of angelic layer! It was a good series I happened to see at the library.
REALLY?! Only 8 eps? I think you can order the movie on Amazon.
Kaleido star! It's such a great series.
Whitey One Bite (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Ah, Cyborg 009! I positively LOVED that show as a kid (heck, I still love it now)! I actually own the first 8 episodes, but unfortunantly that's all they ever released in the U.S. sad...
Ah, i have Revolutionary Girl Utena, as well as a poster from the series (which is one of my favorites). Central Park Media/U.S Manga Corps released alot of anime gems back in the day, and i still order vhs anime online every month or so because there is an endless supply of older unknown anime titles out there that are begging to be bought and watched.
As i type this, i am going to browse through my anime collection and make a list of some of my favorite anime titles that are sadly overlooked by "real anime fans". It's going to be a long list, so i hope you are ready lol.
Mad Bull 34
Cyber City Oedo 808
Heroic Legend of Arslan
Hades Project Zeorymer
The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors
The Weathering Continent
Voltage fighters: Gowcaiser the Movie
Demon City Shinjuku
M.D. Geist 2
Legend of Lemnear
Space Adventure Cobra
Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman
Now and Then, Here and There
Aura Battler Dunbine
IRIA: Zeiram the Animation
Loups = Garous
Kimagure Orange Road
That's a pretty good list for today,i'll be sure to post more titles when i get home from work in the morning :)
If you have any questions about any of the anime titles i listed, feel free to ask and ill help you out any way i can :)
Master of Lists (Otakuite++) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Shinesman:- Silly Comedy that makes fun of Power Rangers replacing teenagers with five working class adults.
Yeah, and I think it might've been better if it had been longer too. Still, it was quite good.
Shameless Fangirl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I'm not sure what it says about me when I say that I've heard of pretty much every series listed in here so far...and I'm not sure I'd consider Utena in any way obscure but I guess that's not my call.
I think one of my somewhat obscure favorites is Sasameki Koto. It's a yuri, but it's not explicit and is a rather gentle and quiet series, save for a few very minor instances of slapstick here and there. My only complaint is that it just sort of ends; the final episode doesn't differentiate itself from any others leading up to it. Which, I get that's because the manga was ongoing at the time, but still.
As for manga, the first manga I ever bought and completed was Angelic Layer. I'm surprised it's not more well-known since it's CLAMP and it's the prequel to Chobits to boot, but eh, what can you do? It's a fun little shounen-y series that did the female protagonist in a shounen thing long before Soul Eater kinda popularized it, so I suggest people give it a go. [There's also an anime but I've only seen a few episodes, and I know it differs later on.]
Well... My favourite anime is Air, The Theme song and the story line are a big plus to the Show.
I really loved "Kaiba", not to be confused with the dragon duelist or "Kiba".
It's goes deep into the philosophy and ethics of emerging technology. Just like Ghost in the Shell and Fullmetal Alchemist, Kiaba touches on really heavy subjects like what it means to be human including mercy and desire. The bubbly animation throws a lot of people off, but I dig the style.
Not really anime, but
Code Lyoko (I know a few people that still remember it.)
The Life & Times of Juniper Lee (Old CN show. When CN was still good.)
Duel Masters (A really god anime that is a bit like Yu-Gi-Oh, but its still very good!)
Cyborg 009 (A know one person that does know it...It's so sad that it only had one season.)
Samurai Jack (Again, not really anime, but it would've made a good anime. It was a good cartoon.)
Rideback is good too. I just didn't care for the end.
I LOVE Kino's Journey! It's so different from other series out there. ^-^
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I really loved that show. Very touching.
Even did a review of it on the Anime Pulse podcast.
Senior Otaku | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I havent heard of many people watching Bunny Drop. I love it! :)
I'm not sure actually how popular it really is. but I don't know of that many people who know of it, so I choose Baccano!
I really enjoyed Speed Grapher, except those middle episodes where Kagura was captured and Saiga was out cold. I kept yelling at my TV. :P
I'd probably have to pick Key the Metal Idol as my favorite anime that most people wouldn't know about.
Its a very odd, 15-episode OVA from the 90s. Its a strange mix of scifi and supernatural, a creepy modern Pinocchio tale of a robot girl named Key who is sent on a mission by the dying words of her 'grandfather': if she can make 30,000 friends, she will become human. So what does she do? Go to Tokyo and decided the best way to make 30,000 friends is to become an idol singer.
There's a lot of plot threads running at once: Key and her mysterious past, the work of her grandfather, the machinations of the robot-obsessed industrialist Ajo and his right-hand-man D, Key's involvement both with her friend Sakura and a cult who believes she is a miracle healer, and the mystery behind the idol singer Miho Utsuse.
Its just one of the more bizarre shows I've ever seen, but easier to get into than other more esoteric shows like Serial Experiments Lain.
Hm, well my two favorite anime, Speed Grapher and Bokurano, are generally pretty much unknown. Both of them have such wonderful dark elements. Also, I LOVE in Bokurano how they give you characters that are super mundane and plain and make them each interesting and likeable. Both of these animes also have simply heart-rending moments, which also always gets major points from me. Speed Grapher has a bit more of the "fantastical" element (I mean, your main character blows things up by taking pictures with his camera) but it works well in the context of the show and somehow just heightens the dark elements that are present.
Honorable mention would also go to Angel Heart. While it wasn't one of my favorite animes ever, it was still really good...and no one I've ever met has heard about it...
P.S. To the person who mentioned Chrono Crusade and the person who mentioned Kino's Journey; you guys are awesome. I also really like those animes. ^-^
Lady-person (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Can I share a manga? :o
I recently read Negative-kun to Positive-kun. (It's a bl, but it's very PG so don't worry.) I thought it was really silly and fun to read, but I couldn't find any fan art/etc of it anywhere, even on dA! .o. So I assumed not many people have read it. The story is really simple and very short, but I liked reading it. xD
As for animes... Yeah, I don't watch a lot of anime. ;u; S-SORRY... Princess Tutu is my favorite anime that not a lot of people have watched. It's great! :D The fan base isn't huge, but a fair amount of people have at least heard of it.
13th Angel (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I started reading Utena about 5 years ago, and even in my SHOUJO-Y KAWAII-DESU-NEEEEE days I couldn't get into it. /shot But yeah, it definitely had an interesting story, and I'm sure there are many who haven't heard about it!
Pretty much anything I watch has been suggested to me. I'm sure I've read plenty of manga no one has heard of, but for me to watch anime means I have to have good motivation to do so. LOL. I guess some of the quieter ones I've watched are Another, Sakura Wars movie (which I never understood because I didn't watch the actual series LOL), and Azumanga Daioh. ; u; I tried Garden of Sinners as well, but it was another one of those things I kinda just dropped.
Hmm... Well, the most obscure anime I can think of that I'm rather fond of is a little twelve episode series called Rideback. The ending might've been a little weak, but it was still a pretty cool series.
Transient Rain (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I haven't met many people who've seen Cromartie High School...
And its one of the Funniest anime I've seen! Come on How can you beat Freddie Mercury and a talking robot in a school full of delinquents?! Oh and theres one normal guy...
I also really enjoy the Shin Agyo Onshi anime movie adaption, Blade of the Phantom Master.
It pretty awesome, sadly the rest of the great manga didin't get to be an anime but still...
The Wandering Elf (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Ghost Hunt! I’ve met very few people who have heard of it, but it's one of my favorites.
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
I watched 'Sands' when it was in Funi's On Demand section a while ago; it was interesting. Anthropomorphizing an atomic bomb FTW.
Kino's Journey (Kino no Tabi) and Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan). People always give me weird looks when I mention them, but they are amazing.
Hmm...Well, not many people have watched "Sands of Destruction" or "Birdy the Mighty: Decode". The first season of "Birdy" and all of "Sands" were very good! Actually, I watch and read a lot of underdog anime & manga. ^^
Otakuite++ | Posted 11/09/12 | Reply
Not many people I know seem to have heard of Chrno Crusade, and that is my all-time favorite anime. Ronin Warriors (Samurai Troopers in Japan) is another one, but if kids watched Toonami back in the day that was on all the time.