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Obscure anime you feel should be mainstream?
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Posted 7/6/14 , edited 7/6/14
I don't know what is or isn't mainstream, but these are ones I encounter that people don't recognize often as often as I think they should. They may vary in your area. Beginning with...

Chihayafuru - A surprisingly good sports anime based on a very japanese card gamegame (obscure in the west ) - Karuda. Somehow makes it pretty interesting and fun.

Katanagatari - How this one isn't more well known I'll never understand. A different but great art style and attention to detail, and a pretty good story. It's definitely a little shounen for some's taste, but it's still a great anime.

My Little Monster - A fairly different relationship take on the standard boy meets girl. The non-stereotypical protagonists sell this one.

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Go Nagai's Devil Woman. There's one more, but I can't recall what it was called. I thought is was the best freakin' competitive sports anime, ever (at the time). I still like it a lot. But I can't, for the life of me, remember what it was called. BLASSSSTT!
Posted 7/6/14
Hmm. I'd want these anime to be more well-known than mainstream for the reasons others have listed when it comes to making something mainstream.

Shiki
Air Gear
C-Control
Gankutsuo
Shin Sekai Yori
Michiko to Hatchin
Vampire Princess Miyu
ef-A Tale of Memories
Shuffle!
Princess Tutu
Monster
Kaleido Star
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I thought Gun X Sword was pretty good and it did manage to get a dub, but I don't think it ever did particularly well. I never hear anyone talking about it, but it's probably my favorite mecha anime.
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Shiki, Gun-buster, Higurashi, Maria+Holic
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Shiki most definitely. Another one that is well known, but I think should get even more recognition is Steins;Gate. Anywhere you go the ratings are like top 5 all time but you almost never hear about it
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Posted 7/7/14
Theres a few in there that ive never heard of, and ive been watching anime for many years now. I also know that bringing an anime into mainstream can be detrimental because they have to edit and change stuff to suit mass appeal and sensibilities. Personally for me I'd Love to see Black Lagoon be more mainstream/popular but the problem is half of the show is them talking like pirates (tons of swearing) and if it went mainstream theyd have to edit the hell outta it. it wouldnt be anything near what its supposed to be then, but most people i know have never heard of it even though i believe its a great story.
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Posted 7/8/14
Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro.

Ugh, still one of my favorite animes ever.
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