10 Most Underrated Anime Shows Of 2021
The anime in 2021 was memorable as fans got to watch shows like Beastars second season, Horimiya, Fruits Basket ending, and Jujutsu Kaisen. While great titles like these grabbed headlines, fans missed out on some hidden gems.
In that vein, here are some underrated anime shows from this year. The choices on the list are based on the opinions of the author.
Ten anime series of 2021 that deserve more love
10) Do a back somersault
Backflip is an anime that premiered on April 9, 2021. Shotaro Futaba has always been into sports but hasn’t made his mark on his school’s baseball team. A practice session piques his interest, leading him to attend the rhythmic gymnastics tournament.
He transfers to Shoushukan High School to join the rhythmic gymnastics club. Without previous gymnastics experience, will he succeed?
9) These Snow White Notes
Setsu Sawamura struggles to find his unique sound while playing Shamisen. His grandfather, a legendary Shamisen player, asks him to stop playing the instrument if he continues to imitate other people’s playing styles.
Setsu’s mother enrolls him in a prestigious school where he meets Shuri Maeda, who starts a Smaisen Appreciation Club. When Setsu is invited to teach club members, will he find his unique sound?
8) House of Shadows
This anime first aired on April 11, 2021 and was animated by CloverWorks. A noble family called Shadows live in an isolated mansion far from humanity. They have featureless faces and exude soot while displaying intense emotions.
A child is nearly of age and is assigned a living doll which is meant to serve the child. The living doll comes into contact with similar living dolls and learns the secrets hidden from it.
7) Lower level character Tomozaki
Fumiya Tomozaki is Tackfam’s best player in Japan. Although he is exceptionally good, he fails in other aspects of life. He is weak in social skills or grooming.
He then meets another high level player who happens to be his classmate. Aoi Hinami, popular, intelligent and excellent at the game, decides to lend a hand to Fumiya.
This anime first aired on January 8, 2021 and was adapted from a light novel series.
6) Takt Op Destiny
This anime takes place in America, where aliens have invaded through a black meteorite. The music was banned because these aliens reacted negatively to it, causing widespread destruction.
Takt Asahina is a piano prodigy and takes the help of Musicarts, who are women drawn from classical music scores, to destroy the aliens. This anime was animated by two renowned studios, MAPPA and Madhouse.
5) Saint’s magic power is omnipotent
Sei Takanashi and another girl are mysteriously drawn into an issekai, where Sei is chosen to be a saint to save people from monsters. Upon meeting the commander of the Third Order of Knights, her powers as a saint awaken.
This anime first aired on April 6, 2021 and was adapted from a light novel series.
4) Super Cub
This is an iyashikei anime that takes place in a quiet environment. It revolves around a high school student, Koguma, who buys a used Honda Super Cub.
She explores the city on her new bike and forges new bonds with the people around her.
3) SK8 Infinity
This anime is set in Okinawa and revolves around a teenager and his friend who happen to be skateboarders. Canadian teenager, Langa, is introduced to S, an underground community of skateboarders. Langa catches the attention of founder Adam, who is violent.
Although it may be awkward, Langa has the opportunity to put his skills to the test and show what he is made of. This show premiered on January 10, 2021 and was hosted by Bones.
2) Weird Taxi
This animated series takes place in a world where the characters are animals with human qualities. It’s about a blunt taxi driver named Odokawa who is supposedly connected to a case involving a missing child.
The police and Yakuza attempt to track him down. Is he really the culprit, and if not, who is? This anime premiered on April 6, 2021 and was animated by OLM and PICS
1) Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song
Vivy, an AI who can act on her own will, is interrupted by an AI from the future. The latter tells Vivy that a terrible war will take place in 100 years, and it is up to Vivy to prevent that from happening.
She finds herself stuck in a complicated situation, because the future depends on her actions. This show aired on April 3, 2021 and was hosted by Wit Studio.