This is a golden age for anime lovers. There are a lot of great series and is pumping out the crowd with its content and execution. As older, more mainstream anime series are ending (except one piece, even your great-grandchildren will get to that anime’s ending) newer anime series are showing up. We are living in the time where even anime are being judged by its quality than its quantity. Meaning the competition has become very fierce. There are some mainstream anime which are very popular while there are some not getting the due credit. Among the many anime series of 2019, here are three top underrated anime series that are the best of the best or the cream of the crop.
1. Kaguya-same: Love is War
Kaguya-sama is a romantic anime series directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama. This series is produced by A-1 Pictures and was released on January 12, 2018. This series takes place in a romantic world where the one who confesses his/her feelings first is a loser. Or at least, that’s what Kaguya-sama: love is war is trying to say. Adapted from the popular ongoing manga of the same name, Love Is War follows the story of Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, two genius students attending the Shuchin Academy.
They are in love with each other. It’s a basic romance, slice-of-life anime plot till here. But soon the similarities end as the teenage pride, lack of maturity and class consciousness kicks in. Neither Shirogane nor Shinomiya tries to confess their feelings. Rather than expressing emotions and talking things out like real mature adults, Shirogane and Shinomiya try to force each other into submitting into others and make to confess them. This combination of romance and tsundere-ness creates a perfect anime of comedy and psychological thriller genres. It is equal parts hilarious and infuriating for all the right reasons, yet it is still one of the top underrated anime series ever.
Dororo is a Japanese anime directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and produced by MAPPA, Tezuka Productions. It was released on January 7, 2019. The anime takes place during a period of Japan where every state is fighting against each other. Daigo Kagemitsu, lord of the Ishikawa province creates a contract with 12 demons in order to save his region from poverty, drought, and bad omens. In exchange, the demons collect the debt by taking body parts from Kagemitsu’s newly born son–including limbs, eyes, tongue, skin–until the baby is rendered into a terrifying testament to his father’s sins.
Years later, the boy grows up to become a swordsman named Hyakkimaru with a prosthetic body, with swords for arms, and the extrasensory ability to ‘see’ demons. It is a remake of its 90’s original. Adapted from Ozamu Tezuka’s original manga and anime from the late ‘60s, Dororo tells the story of Hyakkimaru’s quest to slay demons, regain his humanity, and learn to love and open up to other people in a time of immense cruelty with the help of his companion, an orphaned thief by the name of Dororo. So, this is one of the top underrated anime series that you should not miss.
3. Mob Psycho 100 II
Mob Psycho 100 II is a supernatural-based thrilling anime series directed and produced by Yuzuru Tachikawa and Bones. It was released on January 7, 2019. It is a sequel to equally heart-bursting and seat-clutching Mob Psycho. After its first season was a hit, Mob Psycho 100 II brings back the thrill of exploding emotions of young psychic Shigeo ‘Mob’ Kageyama.
This anime brings seat-clutching adventure of Mob along with his teacher, a con-artist, Arataka Reigen. They and their friends go on perilous adventures. This anime is a must watch as this conveys a strong message for all adolescence going through the stages, the main protagonist is going through.
I hope you guys give these three top underrated anime series of 2019 a try. If you like it, comment below if you have any other underrated anime series in your mind.