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Rarest/Most Unknown Anime You've Watched
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I know I'm probably going to get a lot of crap for having such a hispter-sounding thread, so I apologize if this thread (or me, personally) comes across that way.

I'm curious to see what's the most overlooked, underrated, or unknown anime that you have seen. I wanna know how far you guys have ventured into the anime realm.

For me, it'd have to be The Girl from Phantasia. It was released back in 1994 back on VHS (it's never been released on DVD, I don't think) and even the local videostore, which has some pretty rare stuff, even makes the rent on it pretty expensive. I saw a video of it on Youtube, so I figured I'd watch it just to know what was going on.

So what's the rarest anime you've watched?
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This is actually a good thread.

I have started watching recently Romeo no Aoi Sora, which isn't very known. It's a great anime.
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The raresst amine i have watched would have to be this little inie series that aired a few years ago, then ended at a point that left off the last arc in the manga wierdly. Right now it has 366 episodes. (BLEACH).
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Ah, I love Romeo no Aoi Sora! I thought of the Sekai Meisakuhin works when I saw this thread too. My friend's grandmother used to tape them and send them to her, so I've watched a fair few, like Ienaki Ko Remi and Nanatsu no Umi no Tico. I don't know if 'rare' is really the right word, you'd be able to get most of them in any video rental store in Japan (or probably China and Korea too for that matter), but they're pretty hard to get your hands on in the west.
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I don't know anyone who watched it or .. told me they did... But i Loved the Cromartie highschool series... never saw the live action movie... but man i loved that show
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The most underrated anime in existence.

Try watching Needless and Burst Angel, it`s awesome!
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AH Burst angel was a fun one!!!
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Manami and Nami: Sprite. It was an OVA from Central Park Media that I bought on a whim at FYE. I don't even know how they let me buy it, since it was marked as "Adults Only" and I was 16 at the time, but it really only had one R-rated sex scene. It's kinda weird, but I liked it. When I had to buy a new copy a couple of years ago, I had a really hard time just finding it.
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Wild Arms for me, I guess. I actually really enjoyed it, despite not being about the video game in any way. The parallels made me chuckle, though.
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Spice and Wolf
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heroman, wild arms.
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12 Kingdoms!

SUCH an amazing series with a fantastic setting in a fantasy world, a multi-layered plot, SERIOUS character development, great music, a deeply interesting political setting, and all based on a series of incredibly written novels (available in English!). DON'T let the main girl character annoy you - at first, she starts off as annoying and weak but in a couple episodes becomes a seriously kick-ass, strong and brave person, and eventually the leader/Emperor of a whole country.

This show also does not focus on just one person, but a lot of different people, and in a lot of different perspectives, showing many points of view, from Emperors to peasants; human to creature; rich to poor...etc. It's a really well rounded series.

I recommend this show to anyone!!!




X (Or, X/1999)

This anime is based off Clamp's epic (but STILL unfinished) manga X; basically a story about a two groups of people fighting for and against the Apocalypse, and how one guy must make the decision to either end the world or save it. (Depending on your view, the anime has a tragic or bittersweet ending). The manga is fantastic - starts off slow, but then picks up into this extremely violent, deep, tragic masterpiece with awesome artwork and a cast of really intriguing characters. The manga is a million times better than the anime, but if you don't want to read it...However: the manga DOES contain shonen-ai - no kissing or anything (Clamp doesn't DO kissing) but it's still entwined in the plot nonetheless. And I suggest reading Tokyo Babylon BEFORE reading X - three characters in X originally appear in that series, and their backstory is revealed. Like X, Tokyo Babylon is also a dark story (especially the horrific ending!) and is shonen-ai.

The anime for this show was alright in my opinion. It had great art/animation, beautiful music for some good points. But the adaptation cut out/decreased important scenes and plot points in the manga, and it did drag a bit in some places. Since the manga is NOT finished, the anime drew it's own conclusion. I would still recommend the anime adaptation, for people who like tragic stories and a character driven series with lots of dialogue. X was also made into a movie which I would NEVER recommend. It has gorgeous art, gorgeous music - but NO plot; it's just a kill fest.



Now and Then, Here and There

An absolute CLASSIC of anime that is not well known outside of Japan sadly. An anime about the terrible emotional and psychological cost of war and how it affects children. It also talks about things like rape, child-soldiers, torture, war-crimes...etc. It's a really deep show and it's not for everyone.

The plot is basically this: In order to save a young girl, the main character is transported from modern Japan into a world torn by war in every possible way, and suffering from a severe lack of water.

This is a series for anyone wanting a deep, thought-provoking, tragic and gripping show. It's only 13 episodes, but has a truly sad ending.



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I would agree with 12 kingdoms, I also started to read the novels Tokyopop was translating into english but after 2 volumes they of course went out of business.

Looking forward to more answers on this thread as I need some recommendations.
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I watched this show called "The Moomins" or "Moomin." And an anime called "Super Yo Yo." (Chosoku Spinner)

Another one was just old, "Blue Blink."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin_%281990_TV_series%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1276
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aoi_Blink

The Moomins was a weird show, but Super Yo Yo was cool to me. Blue Blink didn't really make sense to me when I saw it because I was young.
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