Interest Stacks

Obscurities - Part 02

Jul 10 2022, 9:14 PM | Updated Sep 13, 2022 10:05 AM
The criteria here is simple: Anime released in 2001 or earlier, with under 25,000 MAL Members, and which I've rated a 6 or higher.

A rating of 6 counts for this second Obscurities list given the increased obscurity. A 6 is still an alright score. I've excluded anything that's particularly well-known, like Speed Racer or Voltron, despite both meeting my criteria.

It is perhaps worth noting that I rate things entirely on gut feeling. It's just, "I like that, that was good, it gets a 7.", that's the whole process. I can also find enjoyment in just about anything and there's very little that bothers me.


Tags: Old, Obscure, Oldtaku, Retro, Underrated, Hidden Gems
Iria: Zeiram The Animation
OVA, 1994, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
If you like schlocky rubber-suit monster fights and practical effects, check out the Live-Action Zeiram movie in addition to the animated version!
Megazone 23
OVA, 1985, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
Are you ready for Cyber Game HARD ON?
Kaze no Na wa Amnesia
Movie, 1990, 1 ep Me:- Author:6

Vampire Hunter

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge

Vampire Hunter
OVA, 1997, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
This is related to the Darkstalkers video games, which are also worth playing.

Baoh Raihousha

Baoh the Visitor

Baoh Raihousha
OVA, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:6

AD Police

AD Police Files

AD Police
OVA, 1990, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
This is a prequel to the more popular Bubblegum Crisis series.
Plastic Little
OVA, 1994, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Kaze to Ki no Uta Sanctus: Sei Naru Kana
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:6


Photon: The Idiot Adventures

OVA, 1997, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
This series has a great dirtbag villain.
Bio Hunter
OVA, 1995, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
The Cockpit
OVA, 1993, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
OVA, 2000, 6 eps Me:- Author:6
Self-driving cars gone mad, mad I tell you!

Terra e...

Toward the Terra

Terra e...
Movie, 1980, 1 ep Me:- Author:6

Teito Monogatari

Doomed Megalopolis

Teito Monogatari
OVA, 1991, 4 eps Me:- Author:6


Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

OVA, 1989, 2 eps Me:- Author:6

Casshern: Robot Hunter

Casshan: Robot Hunter

Casshern: Robot Hunter
OVA, 1993, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
The Casshern Sins series is also worth a watch. The live-action movie was better the first time I saw it, less good upon rewatch, but perhaps still worth a recommendation.
Tatakae!! Iczer-1
OVA, 1985, 3 eps Me:- Author:6
Dream Hunter Rem
OVA, 1985, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
Ippatsu Kiki Musume
TV, 1999, 16 eps Me:- Author:6
Most of this show is okay to not great, but there's one specific episode that makes it worth a watch. Pure genius involving a snake.
Green Legend Ran
OVA, 1992, 3 eps Me:- Author:6

Project Zeorymer

Hades Project Zeorymer

Project Zeorymer
OVA, 1988, 4 eps Me:- Author:6
Fire Tripper
OVA, 1985, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
OVA, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
1 Pound no Fukuin
OVA, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Eightman After
OVA, 1993, 4 eps Me:- Author:6

The Supergal

Maris the Chojo

The Supergal
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Happy Birthday: Inochi Kagayaku Toki
Movie, 1999, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
SF Shinseiki Lensman
Movie, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Down Load: Namu Amida Butsu wa Ai no Uta
OVA, 1992, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Cool art style.
Uchuu Kazoku Carlvinson
OVA, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Urban Square: Kohaku no Tsuigeki
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:7

Harbor Light Monogatari: Fashion Lala yori

Fashion Lala: The Story of the Harbour Light

Harbor Light Monogatari: Fashion Lala yori
OVA, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I enjoyed it, and I think you should watch it too.

Hon Ran

Crimson Wolf

Hon Ran
OVA, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Kid's got that Fist of the North Star punch. The story isn't the best, but this anime definitely has some cool shit in it.
Hengen Taima Yakou Karura Mau! Nara Onryou Emaki
Movie, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Time to bust some ghosts in the old haunted school building.
Adachi-ga Hara
Movie, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:6

Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Joutarou

Government Crime Investigation Agent Zaizen Jotaro

Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Joutarou
TV, 2006, 11 eps Me:- Author:6
This is perhaps the most juvenile depiction of coolness I've ever seen. It's fantastically stupid.
Mori no Youki na Kobito-tachi: Belfy to Lillibit
TV, 1980, 26 eps Me:- Author:7
This is a show from my childhood, though I barely remember watching it outside of the theme song and a few scenes. I watched it in full as an adult and it's actually quite good.
Midori no Neko
OVA, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Mother: Saigo no Shoujo Eve
Movie, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:6

Ryuuseiki Gakusaver

Shooting Star Gakusaver

Ryuuseiki Gakusaver
OVA, 1993, 6 eps Me:- Author:7
The Flying Luna Clipper
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
This is quite bizarre, a total fever dream. Most of it looks like the cutscenes for a 1990's adventure game, but then you get live-action footage of a man high-diving into milk and a naked baby falling over. It's an experience.
Dead Heat
OVA, 1987, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Bounty Hunter: The Hard
OVA, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:6


Red Hawk - Weapon Of Death

Movie, 1995, 1 ep Me:- Author:7

Nezha Nao Hai

Nezha Conquers The Dragon King

Nezha Nao Hai
Movie, 1979, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Karuizawa Syndrome
OVA, 1986, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
I wasn't too sure about this one at the start, but then it got all real on me and I found myself drawn in. I'd watch more of this if more existed.
Akuma-kun (Movie)
Movie, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
There's a 2023 adaptation of this. Start here so you can point at the screen knowingly while watching the new one.
Sweet Spot
OVA, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Golf! Business ladies! I really like the art style and humor here.


Girl from Phantasia

OVA, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:7

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