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In preperation for this week's DinnerRoll, we've rounded up some of our top overlooked titles that deserve a chance here on Crunchyroll!

Join the Crunchyroll team Friday, March 19 at 5pm PST as we watch some of the titles below, and maybe even a few surprises! Watch on www.crunchyroll.com/live



MUSHI-SHI
The most talked about hidden gem by far, MUSHI-SHI is a thought-provoking show that follows Ginko, a man who solves problems caused by “Mushi,” the most basic life forms in the world. Each episode tells a dreamlike short story of someone bewitched by Mushi, as Ginko strives to better understand the creatures.



Mononoke
A collection of stories about haunting spirits and supernatural entities, this fantasy anime practices the best of classical Japanese horror: not with guts and gore but tension and terror. If Mononoke’s exceptional storytelling doesn’t grab you, its distinctive art-style will.



Humanity Has Declined
In the distant future, humanity’s population has decreased, and the world is home to a host of fairies. This off-beat, oftentimes hilarious yet thought-provoking story follows the few remaining humans as they learn to live with their smaller neighbors and explore the remains of a world without humanity.



Flowers of Evil
A bit of a controversial title, Flowers of Evil is a psychological horror anime about Takao Kasuga, who must obey all the demands of Sawa Nakamura, a girl in his class who caught him stealing another girl’s gym clothes. The show notably employs rotoscoping animation to create an uncanny, uncomfortable effect—not for the faint of heart!



Moyashimon
Tadayasu is a freshman in college who has the unique ability to see and speak to microbes that get him into all sorts of trouble. This silly show is host to a great cast of characters, and its hilarious premise makes it a hilarious off-the-wall comedy. If you’re looking for fun on a microscopic level, check out Moyashimon!



Future Card Buddyfight
Looking for some harmless fun for both kids and grownups alike? Look no further than Future Card Buddyfight! In the not so distant future, humans can summon monsters to earth in order to participate in battles known as Buddyfights! Fans of shows like Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh! will love this lighthearted shonen adventure.



Sherlock Hound
Sherlock Hound is a whimsical spin on the iconic detective: Sherlock Holmes. This wacky series may look familiar to some due to its distinguished director Hayao Miyazaki (yes, that Hayao Miyazaki). If you’re looking for a fun detective story reimagined by one of the greatest creators in anime, give this dog a try!



Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World)
In a small town in a seemly perfect world, 12-year-old Saki Watanabe has awakened to psychokinetic powers. Now she joins other gifted students to foster her powers, and must realize the dark and shocking truths of her society. Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World) is a harsh coming of age story with captivating themes of fear, hope, and betrayal.



Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

This slice-of-life short tells the story of Yokoi, an extremely studious girl who sits next to Seki, a boy who has a talent for distracting her! From detailed miniature golf courses to dramatic war reenactments, there’s no telling what will happen next on Seki’s desk!



Teekyu
Teekyu takes all the fun of a full-length show and condenses it into just a few minutes. This hilarious comedy barrels through each episode so quickly, if you blink, you’ll miss out! The show has enjoyed seven seasons with the Kameido High tennis club, and it’s no secret why it keeps coming back.
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Posted 2/18/16 , edited 2/20/16
aw I think this was a really good idea, the vast majority of these are on my want-to-watch list, especially Mushi-shi, which I've heard is amazing (also Teekyu is quite possibly the greatest thing ever made (sort of), if you haven't watched it, do it now, the episodes are only 2 minutes long)
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Man... Tonari no Seki-kun, Mononoke, Mushi-shi, and Humanity has Declined?! Those were all great times and it feel like a month ago when I first saw them when it was really 2 or 3 years ago. You guys should really do Natsume Yujin-chou since I feel like it's a bit overlooked too.
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I was expecting the eccentric family but I the list is more or less good.
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Shin Sekai Yori is a must watch
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I watched a few episodes of "Tonari no Seki-kun" with my kid niece last summer, & it was the most I had seen her laugh to a show all year!

It's definitely a hidden gem.

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I´ve been interested in watching MUSHI-SHI for a very long time, but I realized that in my region Crunchyroll only has the OVA and the second season of the show. I know it is episodic, but could someone tell me if the anime has a major plot that carries on between seasons? Or can I just watch the second season without having to worry about it?

And by the way, Shin Sekai Yori was amazing, but it isn´t for everybody. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what exactly is going on, especially in a certain interaction around episode 10 between the heroine Saki and a character whose name I won´t spoil, but those who have seen the anime probably know who I am talking about.
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Man, I love Tonari No Seki Kun, just finished it like a week ago. Best short anime on here besides I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying.

P.S. The robot family theme song... xD "Everyone loves scrambled eggs!"
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JosephJoestar01 wrote:

I´ve been interested in watching MUSHI-SHI for a very long time, but I realized that in my region Crunchyroll only has the OVA and the second season of the show. I know it is episodic, but could someone tell me if the anime has a major plot that carries on between seasons? Or can I just watch the second season without having to worry about it?


You can jump right into the second season - it's entirely episodic (and very good, if I might add ~)
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Yesss thank goodness Shin Sekai Yori is on this list! It's such an amazing anime full of plot twists. I showed it to my roommate last year and she really liked it as well. I wish more people knew about it
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Tonari no Seki-kun could have been made off of my high school life. I was the straight A student, and my friends were all incredibly disruptive, antics driven students (almost all straight-A as well). There were multiple cases of a donkey pinata doing lewd things to a sombrero. Then there was the "carry on conversations across the room when the teacher splits us up" strategy that they employed, eventually the teachers just gave up and dealt with them whispering, it was far less disruptive than "Mr. Austin! Did you smoke pot in college? Are you the formerly gay man in Stephen Colbert's I am America and so can you ?". I usually just slept.
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IngramIV wrote:

I was expecting the eccentric family but I the list is more or less good.


One of my favorites too! Honestly, I watched the first episode and didn't like it, but I ended up watching the second episode some months later and loved it. Another one is Yuki Yuna Is a Hero. Starts out pretty generic but suddenly turns dark and tragic. It doesn't get enough love.
Posted 2/19/16 , edited 2/28/16
This show wreck me emotionally.
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Some of the above mentioned titles have regional restrictions, are you sure CR won't get into any trouble with some of the local license holders by showing these titles on the live stream?
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Teekyu is a hidden gem? Its the longest running short i know of (as well as the most "WTF did i just watch?" genuis show youll ever see) lol.

Otherwise i must confess a lot of these ive not seen and are available to me so ive no excuse not to check one or two out. Maybe CR should do threads like this more often, i like this kind of thread.
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