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Hatul's Recommended Hidden Gems (TV/OVA/ONA Series Edition)

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byHatul
May 31 2022, 6:24 AM | Updated Jun 2, 2023 9:33 PM
Only series that are ranked below 2,000 in 'Popularity' on MAL.
Area 88
OVA, 1985, 3 eps Me:- Author:8
Breathtaking War Drama
Back Arrow
TV, 2021, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
Another great mecha title from the writer of Gurren Lagann and director of Code Geass.
Be-Bop Highschool
OVA, 1990, 7 eps Me:- Author:7
A surprisingly mature delinquent series with very authentic feeling dialogue and characters
Betterman
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
Incredible Metaphysical/Psychological mecha/horror series and one of the weirdest anime ever made
Blassreiter
TV, 2008, 24 eps Me:- Author:7
Insane, unhinged, violent, unpredictable, and nihilistic to the core. Urobuchi actually living up to his reputation and it also happens to be his best work (it really is, fight me!).
Blue Gender
TV, 1999, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
A dark alien invasion, mecha series, with great characterization and an appropriately grim atmosphere.
Brigadoon: Marin to Melan
TV, 2000, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
One of the weirdest anime ever made. An imaginitive sci fi and coming-of-age story with lots of emotional moments

Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken (2020)

Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai

Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken (2020)
TV, 2020, 100 eps Me:- Author:7
A really fun and creative shonen series with very good production values that is criminally under-watched
Fantastic Children
TV, 2004, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
The definition of 'slow burn. Very complex storyline told in a way that may alienate some but is very rewarding.
Giant Gorg
TV, 1984, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
If Spielberg made an anime, this would be it. An engaging action adventure with a giant robot and great production values.
Glass no Kamen (2005)
TV, 2005, 51 eps Me:- Author:8
A great shoujo drama series that heavily features method acting in plays.
Gets you emotionally involved in plays within the show itself.
Gasaraki
TV, 1998, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
A fairly dry, but excellent 'real robot' anime with metaphysical elements and deep political stuff

Gokinjo Monogatari

Neighborhood Stories

Gokinjo Monogatari
TV, 1995, 50 eps Me:- Author:8
The art style takes some getting used to, but a classic shoujo series from the creator of Nana and Paradise Kiss.
Golgo 13 (TV)
TV, 2008, 50 eps Me:- Author:7
One of the most iconic and referenced characters in anime. Strictly episodic, but always pretty fun and cool.
Gun x Sword
TV, 2005, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
A fun action adventure with very good character designs and more depth than it seems at first.
Hanada Shounen-shi
TV, 2002, 25 eps Me:- Author:7
A somewhat dark comedy with lots of emotional moments and Backstreet Boys op and ed.
Hidamari no Ki
TV, 2000, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
Great period drama from Osamu Tezuka and semi-autobiographical if I'm not mistaken.
Hyouge Mono
TV, 2011, 39 eps Me:- Author:8
Hilarious period drama.
Karakuri Kiden: Hiwou Senki
TV, 2000, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
Very unique. Steampunk combined with bakumatsu era politics, written by Sho Aikawa.
Kaze no Youjinbou
TV, 2001, 25 eps Me:- Author:7
A very well done, smart slow burn mystery that's very satisfying to watch. Recommended if you like Monster.

Kemono no Souja Erin

The Beast Player Erin

Kemono no Souja Erin
TV, 2009, 50 eps Me:- Author:7
A unique fantasy adventure series with good world building and character drama.
Key the Metal Idol
OVA, 1994, 15 eps Me:- Author:7
An early example of a dark sci fi drama series with a wide range of themes and artistic direction
Kiba
TV, 2006, 51 eps Me:- Author:7
An insane, dark shounen series with creative world-building, evolving main characters, and relatively mature war themes.

Kidou Senkan Nadesico

Martian Successor Nadesico

Kidou Senkan Nadesico
TV, 1996, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
A parody of mecha, while also being a great mecha series in its own right.
Sho Aikawa at his finest.
Kodomo no Omocha (TV)
TV, 1996, 102 eps Me:- Author:9
Best shoujo series I've seen. Succeeds at comedy, drama, romance, you name it, it conquers it.
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
TV, 2008, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
Cute comedy with a charming cast and family dynamic with weird but light sci-fi ideas and gets serious at times. Strongly recommended if you like Gintama.
Le Chevalier D'Eon
TV, 2006, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
Complex storyline, multi layered characters, great visuals and every component complements its themes. Made for multiple viewings. A Masterpiece.
Maison Ikkoku
TV, 1986, 96 eps Me:- Author:8
Surprised this isn't more popular since it's Rumiko Takahashi at her finest.
Mugen no Juunin: Immortal
ONA, 2019, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
Director Hiroshi Hamasaki adapting this manga is a match made in heaven.
Engaging from beginning to end with some of the best and most cinematic directing and sound design (in a tv series) of the past decade.
Neo Ranga
TV, 1998, 48 eps Me:- Author:7
Very weird mecha with interesting themes both a lighthearted and dark tone at the same time. Written by Sho Aikawa again.
NieA Under 7
TV, 2000, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
One of the best slice of life and character studies ever made.
Oh! Edo Rocket
TV, 2007, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
A sci fi comedy that gets increasingly serious and weird overtime. Sho Aikawa once again! Why are all of his shows so underwatched? Don't you know he wrote the best versions of Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Shaman King (2001)???
All you care about are his shounen stuff?
I give up.
Oniisama e...
TV, 1991, 39 eps Me:- Author:8
Classic drama shoujo series from the author and director of Rose of Versailles
Planet With
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
The best mecha series to come out in the 2010s. Not that it has much competition...
Project ARMS
TV, 2001, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
Transforming hero series with a strong flowing narrative
R.O.D: The TV
TV, 2003, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Very well rounded characters with great chemistry, good directing and very well told wacky storyline.
RideBack
TV, 2009, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
Well directed coming of age and terrorism war drama stuff.
Shin Getter Robo
OVA, 2004, 13 eps Me:- Author:7
Very self-contained Getter Robo series with great action and a crazy storyline.

Shoukoku no Altair

Altair: A Record of Battles

Shoukoku no Altair
TV, 2017, 24 eps Me:- Author:7
A surprisingly good war drama set in a fictional Ottoman empire, featuring absurdly handsome male characters that will make you question your sexuality..

Soukou Kihei Votoms

Armored Trooper Votoms

Soukou Kihei Votoms
TV, 1983, 52 eps Me:- Author:8
Classic mecha, war drama with a fantastic main character and cool cyberpunk-ish aesthetics.

Souten Kouro

Beyond the Heavens

Souten Kouro
TV, 2009, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but with a Jojo-esque vibe to it. Cao Cao is the main character and it's relatively easy to follow.

Space Cobra

Space Adventure Cobra

Space Cobra
TV, 1982, 31 eps Me:- Author:7
A superbly made arc-based action-adventure series with incredible visuals.
Super Crooks
ONA, 2021, 13 eps Me:- Author:7
Addictive and edgy superhero anime based on an American comic by the author of "Kickass".
Super GALS! Kotobuki Ran
TV, 2001, 52 eps Me:- Author:7
Quite mean spirited in places, but an otherwise stand out shoujo series with unique characters, good comedy, and drama.
Terra e... (TV)
TV, 2007, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
An excellent space opera.
Tetsujin 28-gou (2004)
TV, 2004, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
A surprisingly serious, arc based mecha series that tackles some taboo subjects with grace.
The SoulTaker: Tamashii-gari
TV, 2001, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
An excellent artsy transforming hero series and my favorite anime from Shinbou.
Zegapain
TV, 2006, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Smart sci fi, great characters, great mecha series.
Zipang
TV, 2004, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Captivating and mature war drama.

Zone of the Enders: Dolores, I

Zone of the Enders: Dolores

Zone of the Enders: Dolores, I
TV, 2001, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
Awesome action adventure, mecha series with very good production values and an endearing cast of characters.

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