Last Updated on April 3, 2021
Best Lesser-Known Anime That You’ll Love
Most of us have already heard of anime shows like Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. They’re classics and highly talked about. But there are some anime shows that don’t get as much hype but deserve so much more. Let’s show a little love to some of these super awesome anime shows and give them the love they deserve!
Best Lesser-Known Anime That You’ll Love(Probably)
Aired: April 2003-September 2003
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Action
I think I read the manga for this one before I saw the anime. It was super cute though. I rewatched this a couple of times and still love the story. It’s simple, but that’s one of the reasons that makes it so amazing. It touches your heart and reminds you of a simpler time.
When Daisuke Niwa turns 14, he finally decides to confess his love to his longtime crush Risa Harada but is rejected.
In an unexpected turn of events, however, Daisuke finds himself transforming into Dark Mousy, the infamous phantom thief, whenever his mind is set on Risa. Though Daisuke is unaware of this strange heritage, his mother is certainly not: since before the boy was born, his mother had been planning for him to steal valuable works of art and let the name of the elusive art thief be known.
Basically, he’s an angel stealing artwork in hopes of preventing world destruction, if you put it in very simple terms.
With doubt and confusion constantly clouding his mind, Daisuke finds himself struggling in his relationships with classmates and family. And it is not long before Daisuke realizes that he is not the only one with a fated family legacy—his greatest adversary could be the one classmate he is most unwilling to fight.
Fun fact: Vic Mignogna(Edward Elric, Tamaki Suoh, Zero Kiryu) does the English opening song and it’s truly beautiful!
Aired: April 2018-
Studio: Platinum Vision
Genres: Action, Romance, Supernatural
This anime is still airing and I’ve done a couple of reviews on it already. I haven’t seen a ton of fans talking about it. In fact, if you search for it, you might get a couple of images but there’s a lot of mature content mixed in with some sketchy stuff. If you do go looking for it, make sure to add anime after it, or it could lead to some pretty dark places.
So far I’m really enjoying this story. Vampires live alongside humans but have to be super careful because they are stronger and can easily hurt humans and also go into a frenzy and will kill if they see blood. Naturally, there is discrimination against them and harsh laws restricting their lifestyles because they are dangerous and it is very easy for them to lose control. Despite that, the vampires are essentially humans underneath and most just want to live their lives, go to work, fall in love, and not be hated by everyone.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite
Aired: April 2002-March 2003
Studio: Studio Deen
Genres: Music, Romance, Comedy
This is another super awesome anime even though it is different than the manga. I still loved it though. It was one of my first OTP’s and ships and I cried through both the anime and the manga.
Two years ago, Mitsuki Kouyama’s friend, Eichi Sakurai, moved to America before she could confess her feelings to him. Though she cannot contact him, they made a promise to fulfil their respective dreams: Mitsuki wants to become a professional singer, and Eichi an astronomer. She hopes that one day her music will reach him across the world with a brilliance like that of the full moon.
There is just one catch: Mitsuki suffers from throat cancer, which makes her voice quiet and singing strenuous. Her grandmother, who has a hatred of music, insists that Mitsuki undergo surgery to remove the cancer, but she refuses due to the risk of losing her voice. One day, two shinigami—Meroko Yui and Takuto Kira—appear to tell her that she only has one year left to live. This sudden revelation spurs Mitsuki into action, and she decides that with Meroko and Takuto’s help, she will become a professional singer in the time she has left.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite follows the emotional story of Mitsuki and her shinigami friends as they discover what it means to sing—and ultimately, what it means to live.
And Last But Not Least!
Hotarubi no Mori E (Anime MOVIE)
Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.
Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.
Based on Yuki Midorikawa’s manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.
Which ones have you already seen or heard of? Do you have any favourites? Let me know in the comments below and as always,