What is the best anime that's ranked 1000+ popularity on MAL?
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I've been wanting to watch something a little lesser known, an underrated gem of sorts. What do you guys recommend? I'm looking for something with unique character designs and some adventure that's 24+ episodes. Any recommendations?
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MrSaturn24 wrote:

I've been wanting to watch something a little lesser known, an underrated gem of sorts. What do you guys recommend? I'm looking for something with unique character designs and some adventure that's 24+ episodes. Any recommendations?


I've moved this to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

While I agree that the notorious "School Days" may as well be something to try just so you'll be in on the joke every time it comes up, most people would not put this in their list of super-high quality excellent masterpiece shows. It is quite watchable though, just takes an unexpected turn.

I personally recommend Gankutsuou. Visually gorgeous and unique. Good story based on classic The Count of Monte Cristo but told from a different viewpoint--though I now see that it doesn't meet your 1000 or greater ranking (meaning actually less popular). Still, at popularity #529 it's not like it's right at the top of the pop list.
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Danchigai Popularity #1408
R-15 Popularity #1061
Girls High Popularity # 3631
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Popularity #1464
Onee-chan Ga Kita Popularity #1220

Sorry. None of these are 24+ episodes and some are short in length, but still.
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Bodacious Space Pirates: Popularity #1158
Ixion Saga DT: Popularity #1083
Kyoukai No Rinne: Popularity #1184 (S1), Popularity #2406 (S2)
Magic Kaito 1412: Popularity #1270

Hope these shows are to your viewing pleasure.
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Yeah, browsing through the popularity ranks on MAL I didn't see much that even meets your base criteria of being actually quite good and over 24 episodes.

Ushio and Tora comes close in my opinion. The two seasons together are 39 episodes, and while season 1 has a popularity ranking of 640, season 2 is at 1264 (though it's score is higher than season 1). It's very good, has an interesting old-school character design, with really bold dark lines, has action, supernatural battles, drama, comedy, a smidgen of romance and Tora is the best tsundere ever.

I also agree with CamYuP18 about Ixion Saga DT. It's got some action, but it's mostly just very light and funny with fun characters.
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You mean like starting here and higher?
https://myanimelist.net/topanime.php?type=bypopularity&limit=1000

watchable:
Rolling☆Girls
Break Blade
Ushio to Tora
Nobunagun
Mushibugyou

recommended:
Juubee Ninpuuchou (film)
R.O.D
Expelled from Paradise (film)
Young Black Jack
Gatchaman Crowds Insight
Kemono no Souja Erin
Gingitsune
Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro (Miyazaki's first film)
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Kagewani
Black Jack
Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Harlock

highly recommended:
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (OVA)
Rose of Versailles
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
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Scrapped Princess (around 24-26 eps, #1050 popularity, which is higher than I would have thought. Not currently available, but recently got picked up by FUNimation, so... remember it for when they finally get to it ^_^;).

Edit: Probably not what you're looking for, but if anyone wants a reaaally good historical/fantasy shoujo/reverse harem that's 39 episodes and not based on a game, Story of Saiunkoku. It's out of print and not license rescued, though. But hopefully, someday, someone will get it and finally release the second season in English. That and Kyo Kara Maoh.
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Oh, that looks like a helpful resource.

I don't use MAL, but the fact that within 3 pages there we have Aria the Origination, Saki, and Shigofumi ranked comparatively "low" in popularity is shocking to me. Aria is a part of a series, so perhaps the others are more popular and Shigofumi is 13 eps I think. But Saki should be good.

And I'll go ahead and throw in Kemono no Souja Erin and Maria-sama ga Miteru as well because why not? I think most of my favorites meet this criteria, actually.

Erin in particular fits all your requirements. It's very family friendly though, if for some reason that's a negative to you
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