Japanese Fans Recommend Their Personal Favorite Overlooked Anime

Charapedia readers name anime that never became hits, but which more fans should check out

"Shiruhitozoshiru" is an idiom suggesting something that those in the know, know very well (though it isn't known to many people). The concept was at the center of Charapedia's recent 10,000 reader poll asking fans to recommend an anime or manga that's a personally favorite, but which never became a more broadly recognized hit.


They explicitly allowed for plenty of subjectivity in the definitions of what consisted a proper overlooked favorite.

375 works were suggested by a poll of respondents that was 54.6% male and 72.9% in their teens and 20's. 


30) The Flowers of Evil

29) Jinzou Konchuu Kabutoborg VxV

28) Drifters

27) The Big O

26) BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase

25) Jormungand

24) Dennou Coil

23) Hybrid Child

22) Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

21) Ashita no Nadja

20) Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

19) Psychic Detective Yakumo

18) Mangaka-san to Assistant-san

17) Haibane Renmei

16) Bokurano

15) Revolutionary Girl Utena

14) GA : Geijutsuka Art Design Class

13) Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

12) Inumarudashi

11) Ef: a Tale of Memories

10) Kaleido Star

9) Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

8) The Daily Lives of High School Boys

7) Choubakuretsu Ijigen Menko Battle: Gigant Shooter Tsukasa

6) Fractale

5) S-Cry-Ed

4) Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight

3) Corpse Party



2) Kill Me Baby!


1) Baccano!


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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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