The 25 Most Underrated & Unique Anime Series and Films

A collection of rare finds and hidden gems from my anime viewing starting from Saturday Anime on SciFi channel to current offerings.
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1.
RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging...
“ If Cinemax did a live action fantasy thriller... ” - dnesmith09
 
2.
Kurozuka (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
“ Madhouse, 'nuff said. ” - dnesmith09
 
3.
Kemonozume (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
“ Referred to as the anime "Aeon Flux", this series unique line drawing animation combo will evoke themes of Bakshi meets Peter Chung ” - dnesmith09
 
4.
Gilgamesh (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in a future where the sky has been changed into a giant mirror, two teenage children are caught in a struggle between a group of super-powered beings and a mysterious woman's team of children aiming to stop them.
“ Unique animation style and story that blends themes of X-men, Greek Mythology and dystopia ” - dnesmith09
 
5.
Samurai chanpurû (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers." (24 mins.)
“ Hip Hop + Samurai = turntables and track suit inspired kimono's ” - dnesmith09
 
6.
Le Chevalier D'Eon (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
It's 1742 in Paris, France. Louis XV is still king of France. A woman was found dead in a coffin floating in the Seine River... (25 mins.)
 
7.
FLCL (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening. (151 mins.)
 
8.
The Tatami Galaxy (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
“ Uniquely indescribable, must been seen! ” - dnesmith09
 
9.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz... (24 mins.)
Director: Mahiro Maeda
 
10.
Paranoia Agent (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way. (30 mins.)
 
11.
Texhnolyze (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux...
 
12.
Serial Experiments Lain (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired". (24 mins.)
 
13.
Eden of the East (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to...
“ You have to watch this now, this anime was one of those poignant series that makes you say - this is a story that is so relevant ” - dnesmith09
 
14.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father. (24 mins.)
 
15.
Flowers of Evil (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Takao worships the class beauty, Nanako, from afar. When he is alone in the classroom one day after school...
“ This series gets bashed a lot for its animation technique, but rotoscoping is unique method to utilize in an anime ” - dnesmith09
 
16.
Perfect Blue (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A retired pop-singer-turned-actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
17.
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White... (111 mins.)
Director: Maikeru Ariasu
“ First American directed anime! Unique style, amazing story and mesmerizing animated landscapes - should be re-released in 3D ” - dnesmith09
 
18.
Mind Game (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia... (103 mins.)
“ Head Trip, 'nuff said - from the creator of Kemonozume ” - dnesmith09
 
19.
The King of Pigs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jong-suk and Kyung-min meet up to talk about their high school past, it's been 15 years since they last talked. It brings up all kinds of memories. (97 mins.)
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
 
20.
Redline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it. (102 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Koike
 
21.
Darker Than Black (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as "Hell's Gate" appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics... (24 mins.)
 
22.
Ergo Proxy (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life. (25 mins.)
Director: Shûkô Murase
 
23.
Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The friends Kaori, Erika and Aki are on a vacation to celebrate their upcoming graduation, when suddenly an infestation of mysterious walking fish forces them to reevaluate everything they care about in order to stay alive. (70 mins.)
Director: Takayuki Hirao
“ This is one of my favorite horror mangas of all time, still is etched into my memory but this adaptation doesn't really do it justice but is still entertaining none of the less. Fans of Giger, Cronenberg...defintely check out Junji Ito ” - dnesmith09
 
24.
Mushi-Shi (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
They are neither plants nor animals. They differ from other forms of life such as the micro-organisms and the fungi... (25 mins.)
 
25.
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.
 
26.
Welcome to the NHK! (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
N.H.K ni yôkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K) revolves around the life of Tatsuhiro Satou, a 22 year old hikikomori...
 
27.
Casshern Sins (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The world is falling apart and Casshern is to blame. He is said to have killed a robot named "Luna"... (24 mins.)
 
28.
Highschool of the Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
High school students are overwhelmed with the start of the zombie apocalypse. (24 mins.)
 
29.
Kaiba (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In a futuristic dystopian world where memories are literally stored, bought and sold and rich have all the privileges, a young amnesiac is trying to find out who he is.
 
30.
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A continuation of the story told in the Daft Punk music videos "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." (68 mins.)
 
31.
Colourful (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is 'lucky' and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. (126 mins.)
Director: Shun Nakahara
 
32.
Cat Soup (2001 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul. (34 mins.)
Director: Tatsuo Sato
 
33.
Loveless (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Twelve year old Aoyagi Ritsuka is left with his insane mother as his only family when his brother, Seimei...
“ Bizarre and very uncomfortable sometimes it leaves a lot of questions unanswered ” - dnesmith09
 
34.
Boogiepop Never Laughs: Boogiepop Phantom (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A light in the sky, followed by a strange aura and grisly murders. Each character tells their own connection...
“ The David Lynch of Anime, I've watched this twice and I still can't give an explanation for what I just watched: Aliens? Demons? I still don't get it ” - dnesmith09
 
35.
Detroit Metal City (2008 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The life of a split personality man who secretly sings for death metal. (168 mins.)
“ Very unique animation style and kinda out there: check it out on Hulu ” - dnesmith09