Updated: Jan 10
*Potential Spoilers: Read at your own risk!*
With every new season of anime, we get a few animes that are overshadowed by the more popular animes. Here is a list of the underrepresented and underrated animes of this season so far.
5. To Become a Real Heroine! The Unpopular Girl and the Secret Task
Gene: Music, Idol, Reverse Harem, Drama
Currently 8 episodes (Sub), 6 episodes (Dub)
Hiyori Suzumi, just moved to Tokyo to pursue her passion of track and field. However, her high school life is turned upside when family has an accident, Hiyori needs to get a part-time job to help her family and support herself. In a twist of fate Hiyori ends up as an apprentice manger for two upcoming idols LipXLip.
HoneyWorks does is again it with another great music inspired anime. We have an interesting trio of characters: Hiyori who is a sweet, kind but hard-working person. Yuujirou Someya and Aizou Shibasaki, who are up and coming idols but aren’t on the best of terms. The plot is simple and straight foreword, but the characters are what drive the series. Watching the character chemistry form and the development of the story is cute and heartwarming. It is a fun and interesting anime for this season.
4. Love After World Domination
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Action, Slice of Life
Currently 8 Episodes
Fudou Aikawa is the leader of Gelato 5, a group of heroes dedicated to protecting Japan. While Desumi Magahara is the Reaper Princess combatant leaders of an evil secret society bent on world domination. How will these enemies to lovers keep their relationship a secret?
This is the one of the cutest romances of this season. This show can be cheesy and a bit cringe with the romance, but the animation and fight scenes are somehow incredible. The storyline is wholesome, hilarious, and cute. This is a “power ranger” type of show can be a bit off putting but it is the Target Brand Power Rangers not the Walmart Brand. A great underrated series you won’t be disappointed in starting!
3. A Couple of Cuckoos
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Harem, Slice of Life
Currently 6 Episodes (Sub), 4 Episodes (Dub)
Switched at birth Nagi Umino and Erika Amano now have the chance to meet their birth parents, but however their parents have different plans for them. To restore them both to their rightful families and ensure everyone's happiness, the two should get engaged.
I really enjoy this romance comedy. It gives me Tonikawa: Over the Moon for You vibes. The characters dynamics are hilarious, and I enjoy the storyline. I like the characters because they all have a uniqueness to them and have an understandable objective. Being a RomCom can turn people off to it but give this anime a chance. It is fun and entertaining anime to watch!
2. Summer Time Rendering
Genre: Action, Supernatural, Mystery, Suspense, Drama, Time-Travel
Currently 7 episodes
Since the death of his parents, Shinpei Ajiro had lived with the Kofune family and their two daughters—Mio and Ushio. Although he then left his home island to continue his education in Tokyo, Shinpei returns after Ushio tragically drowns during the attempted rescue of a little girl. During the funeral, his best friend informs him about bruises found around Ushio's neck, casting doubt over the cause of her death. Shinpei must now uncover the truth of Ushio’s death.
This anime is a hit or miss anime for some. The story is mysterious and suspenseful, it gives me Stein Gate and Higurashi vibes. The animation is beautiful. It engages the watcher from start to finish with pretty scenery and has excellent character design. One of favorite parts of the anime is the soundtrack. It is eerie and chilling complementing the ambiance of the anime. Summer Time Rendering does a fantastic job incorporating a doppelgangers into its mystery theme. It is a great anime to start!
1. Ya Boy Kongming!
Genre: Music, Isekai, Slice of life
Currently 9 Episodes
Zhuge Kongming earned a reputation as one of the greatest tacticians of the Three Kingdoms period of third-century China. Having led his army through countless grueling victories, Kongming falls gravely ill during the Battle of Wuzhang Plains. However, on his death bed Kongming wishes for a different life. His wish comes true when he is reincarnated in modern-day Tokyo. Kongming’s new life begins.
This is the most underrated anime of the season. This anime will have you hooked from the first episode. This series has great characters, phenomenal music and the creativity of this show is through the roof. This is the top anime, I will be recommending! Even though, I am truly enjoying Spy X Family, it is truly overshadowing this gem! A must watch!