Anime that undersold, but you really enjoyed



  • Ever had a time where what is subjectively, a wonderful show was really unpopular?

    Has a classic gone anime to the cult status for lack of advertisement?

    Is that obscure show you like so obscure that it is over $400 on eBay?

    Here you can share why these deserved better respect.

    To start, Key The Metal Idol really deserved more time on the sun (and Amazon reviews) for being a brilliant reimagining of the Pinocchio fairy tale and writing the title character in a way that helps normal people understand what people with mental handicaps deal with when it seems like are emotionally numb or not understanding things clearly. It also made some little metaphors and analogies that explain what it's like when people grow into an infantile distress without their mother and desire to have their comfort when they can't. And one could see Key as a conflicted person who wants to be one thing, but has to give up another thing to make her wish come true.

    Extra credit for having exceptionally good art style and (obviously) music.



  • Most of my favorites XD

    But yea Case Closed would be the most noticeable for me.



  • Master Keaton.

    'Nuff said.



  • Probably a good chunk of my favorites list. Higurashi and Lyrical Nanoha are probably the two major victims, since we can actually extrapolate an idea of the actual sales figures. But I'd wager that Princess Tutu, Utena, Gunslinger Girl, Kino's Journey, Gankutsuou, and Haibane Renmei aren't exactly selling gangbusters in the NA market.

    And then there's Kyousougiga, which didn't even break 1500 units sols in Japan, and hasn't been picked up for NA distribution. Which is criminal.



  • These are a few I know right off the top of my head.

    Asobi ni Iku yo! Or as it’s known here; Cat Planet Cuties – Sure, harem/ecchi shows are a dime a dozen, they use “been there done that” premises and characters, however; they usually perform well for sales regardless of whether I consider them good or not. In the case of Asobi ni Iku yo! I feel that I found a polished diamond, a real gem, something that stands out the same way Samurai Girls and High School DxD does.

    The series manages to delicately balance innovative comedy and well-executed drama with well written characters, a cool premise, playful fan service, actions that have consequences and a vibrant presentation. It’s a shame this series went to SAVE as opposed to Classic when a series like Heaven’s Lost Property did; and yes, I do like Heaven’s Lost Property, I just think Cat Planet Cuties is immensely better and more enjoyable to watch.

    Shiki – Another mind blowing great anime cast into the dark abyss of SAVE due to low sales when I feel this series is surely deserving of the Classic line title. Everything about this series, from the way the characters are fleshed out which sets the stage for their development to how it takes vampire lore back to its dark and sinister roots. The show is a triumph; you can’t take your eyes off it.

    The Tatami Galaxy – This series hasn’t even gotten a hard copy North American Release, which is shame because I would love to see how this would turn out in an English dub. The Tatami Galaxy follows a college student in the midst of a quarter life crisis; each episode repeats the two year period he was in college with him joining a different club each time.

    By episode 4, the viewer begins to see how these various lifelines intersect and only continues to unravel as the series progresses. The comedy in this anime is unique and remains to be one of, if not the funniest anime I have ever watched. The jokes are more mature and intelligent than the run of the mill comedy anime, but are executed with such precision yielding a massive impact and lasting impression on the viewer.

    Speed Grapher – One of the most underestimated series; it has a tight story, well developed characters and a unique take on the whole superhero/villain premise. From the way super powers are acquired to the nature of the type of power, the series is enjoyable just to see how the next demented antagonist freak will manifest and how they use their abilities. It’s also a thrilling chase anime, with an even balance of action, drama and mystery that contributes to the solid pacing.

    Kyousougiga - I finished this show about a week ago, it’s an emotional roller coaster; one minute it has a brilliant joke played, the next, dramatic tension that can and probably will make the viewer tear up, all on a colorful, and artistic series. This story follows a family and spends a great deal of time fleshing out and developing each character in that family. Once again, I enthusiastically recommend this anime for people who want something different off the beaten path.



  • Ah! My Goddess, Big Windup!, Chrome Shelled Regios, Asobi ni Iku Yo! aka Cat Planet Cuties, Dragonaut, Kanon and Suzuka just to name a few.



  • I will always wonder if Utena would explode on the markets if it were released for the first time, now. The early episodes' art dates itself, I feel, at this point, but the story feels a lot more like the stories being told now. I feel like it might have been more accepted now?

    Also, my addition to this is Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. No one has ever heard of it and it's premise is ridiculous, and I'm pretty sure it didn't do well, but I watched it all in one weekend with my mouth hanging open.

    Most of my other favorites a lot of people agree on/did well.



  • @CJ:

    I will always wonder if Utena would explode on the markets if it were released for the first time, now. The early episodes' art dates itself, I feel, at this point, but the story feels a lot more like the stories being told now. I feel like it might have been more accepted now?

    I bought and watched Revolutionary Girl Utena on iTunes, and overall I enjoyed it. While I do have some strong criticisms for it, but I think it started strong, and ended strong, it has some great use of allegory, and that’s an encouraging enough reason for people to at least give the series a try.

    I don’t think the art is too dated save for the more cartoonish/gangly character design, but that was common for older shows. For 1997, it looks like it was ahead of its time, and I can clearly see how the art, design and even characters of Revolutionary Girl Utena have played a role in influencing many of my favorite anime, even Queen’s Blade. I mean, Elena is pretty much a rehash of Nanami in almost every way and Annelotte and Leina have a total Utena vibe to their characters in the way they behave. Of course I can see the obvious influence on shows like Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

    It’s hard to say if it would do well if released now, if it was, a redub would be an order. I would like to see how it would do, and what it would be like if it was completely rebooted with some variations to the story and up to date animation.



  • I think Utena would sell very poorly if it were released today because of how dated it looks. I know it was one of J.C.Staff's earliest works and they're a little more discreet about reusing assets, but scenes in Utena are reused so often that it's nothing short of grating

    I think the story would be more well-received today thanks to the desensitization of yuri and incest exposure lately, but even with a Blu-Ray remaster, it would still look pretty ugly and lazy



  • @CJ:

    I will always wonder if Utena would explode on the markets if it were released for the first time, now. The early episodes' art dates itself, I feel, at this point, but the story feels a lot more like the stories being told now. I feel like it might have been more accepted now?

    I think it might be more palatable for a mainstream audience aesthetically, with the psuedo-fantasy elements and fairy tale motifs. But I don't think stuff like Utena will ever really be "mainstream" popular. I mean, Princess Tutu and Kyousougiga are very similar to Utena on a surface level, and they aren't super-popular. Stuff like Utena will always be critical darlings with cult followings regardless of what era they're made in.



  • I think it would have at least a CHANCE of hitting the Madoka sweet spot, in terms of plot –> popularity-- but the art definitely shows it's age, like I said. It's still beautiful, mind you. But it's 1990s beautiful, not current beautiful.



  • @CJ:

    But it's 1990s beautiful, not current beautiful.

    I think anime art from any time can be beautiful. :p



  • @CJ:

    Also, my addition to this is Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge. No one has ever heard of it and it's premise is ridiculous, and I'm pretty sure it didn't do well, but I watched it all in one weekend with my mouth hanging open.

    Most of my other favorites a lot of people agree on/did well.

    I loved Dansai Buri no Crime Edge. Pitty Sentai is only releaseing with Subs but at least its coming over if nothing else. But its premise was definitely out there.



  • When They Cry and Good Luck Girl :-( Very sad to hear the rating for GLG were not too good, love that show.



  • Two collections I would like to buy but cost too much are Crusher Joe, and Generator Gawl.



  • Dragon Crisis, Kiss x Sis, Oreimo, and Blood +. Dragon Crisis was never released here. Neither was Kiss X Sis but I'm guessing the heavy incest theme soured that here in the states ( yet OniAi was released). If I'm not mistaken, Oreimo was a success in Japan. Again, heavy on the incest but an excellent anime. Only the first season was released here not the second or subsequent final OVAs. And Blood + is amazing and hard as Hell to find or afford now.



  • @h1k1k0m0r1:

    I'm guessing the heavy incest theme soured that here in the states ( yet OniAi was released).

    Kixx x Sis is essentially softcore porn, so that means pretty much just Media Blasters would be interested, and I don't think they have either the clout or capital to license something with as much recognition as KxS.



  • One show that I'm surprised that people dont talk about much is "Sunday Without God"
    I thought it was great, it was definitely different from most anime.

    I also recently found out that its getting dubbed so maybe it will become popular after the Dubs are released.
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  • Is this sales in general, or is it just the US?
    @Riles:

    I think Utena would sell very poorly if it were released today because of how dated it looks.

    I thought that it did as RightStuf has sent me their rescue release sets as $10 bargain bin items. Even the low resolution afforded by DVD seems underutilized by the cheapy art and animation of Utena.

    There must be some crazy celestial alignment right now as I kinda agree with neonwalrus about some things, like Utena needing a redub. Unfortunately the arguably most anti-dub releaser (RightStuf/Nozomi) got its hands on it so the odds of that happening are abysmal.

    Gotta agree with Speed Grapher as that was the "original Darker than Black" and was overlooked. It is the real Count of Monte Cristo anime lol. It also had an exceptionally rare style of ending in anime; Chris Ayres even makes a point of this (or at least did) when autographing it.

    Solty Rei: Gonzo was a bit too "experimental" for this one as the show seems largely pointless until episode 14 or so and then the seemingly inane previous episodes "click", and the show was far better than expected. Same could be said about Gonzo's Chrono Crusade as that show (which also had that rare type of ending).

    Initial D: might just be the only "sports anime" that treats character development and the sport equally, where the sport isn't just a premise that is all but forgotten as the show goes on. One of the main characters even eschews a relationship in order to keep racing, while the "average sports anime" would have just used the racing to get him hooked up in a relationship and then dropped the racing.

    Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero: Ends on a cliffhanger and any show where the main male lead isn't a wuss and the female characters are more than just stereotypes that all end with "dere" is a real diamond in the rough.



  • I would have to say Cased Closed as my main and Inuyasha towards the end.



  • I'll definitely go with Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge.


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