Let’s take some time to appreciate some of the underrated anime from 2016. These shows were overshadowed by big names like Re:Zero, ERASED, and Yuri!!! on Ice.
However, being overshadowed doesn’t mean these shows are bad, it just means that people didn’t take the time to watch them.
1. Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness & Lightning)
An emotional drama-comedy about a single father trying to raise his daughter. Amaama to Inazuma will make you laugh as much as it will make you cry. Too bad the series was overshadowed by Re:Zero, New Game!, and 91 Days.
Amanchu! is home to beautiful art and funny characters. The humor is more restrained to other slice of life series, and is packed with trivia about deep sea diving.
3. Flip Flappers
The most unconventional series of 2016. Every episode had a new art style, and the writing was fairly heavy with symbolism and “unspoken” dialogue. Unfortunately, the unique style got drowned out by Keijo!!!!!!!!, Yuri!!! on Ice, and Drifters.
4. Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)
You wouldn’t expect a series revolving around the dictionary department of a book publisher to be touching, but Fune wo Amu is an emotional trip. Lovers of character driven stories should check it out!
5. Girlish Number
This is what happens when the writer of OreGairu takes shots at the anime industry and its contradictory fans. Girlish Number is cynical, but underneath the sarcastic humor lies some truth.
6. Macross Delta
It seems like the international community ignored Macross Delta for not being a rehash of Macross F. The franchise always changes its style with a new entry, and Delta focuses more on the music side of the franchise.
7. Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin (Alderamin on the Sky)
If you can get past the ugly art, you’ll find that Alderamin is a really great war story without much romance or magic elements.
8. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
One of the most calming comedies in recent memory. Anyone with a slightly lazy personality, or who has a lazy friend, will relate to Tanaka-kun.
9. Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari (Poco’s Udon World)
Try not cry when you watch Poco’s Udon World. It’s a slice of life series that blends comedy with emotions…and the emotions will punch you in your heart.
What do you feel were the most underrated anime from 2016?