13 Most Underrated Anime Of 2020: The year 2020, has had so many ups and downs in the anime industry. Starting from the unexpected pandemic that hit all monetary sectors, it could get its hands upon. Next, the problems with theatrical releases and delays amid emergencies caused much more pain. But still, the cinema industry thrived on existing. And it not only survived but gave us some gems that will be listed in the books of history.
Besides the historical ones, there were also shows that came out despite all the hurdles of the pandemic but couldn’t grab enough attention to make history. Yes, we are talking about the most underrated shows that came in 2020. These were the anime that was capable of receiving much love but couldn’t attract enough audience. So without any further ado, here is a list of the Most Underrated Anime Of 2020.
An underrated masterpiece that went by without getting its due is Arte. Set in the 16th century, Arte deals with the gender biases of that period. For women who want to pursue art, society has strict norms against it. But Arte is a rebel in herself. She will do whatever she feels is right for her.
So, she decides to make it her mission to find a capable mentor who would help her achieve her dreams. Ultimately, she finds Leo, who was also looking for a student. Arte is a beautiful story of what happens when one decides to chase their dreams no matter the consequences.
2. Somali & The Forest Spirit
Satelight productions added to 2020 this amazing anime show which was nothing short of an entertaining piece. The premise of Somali & The Forest Spirit is set in a world where only a few humans have survived a dangerous attack. We are introduced to a mysterious Golem of the woods. One day, the golem finds a child in the forest.
The goodwill inside him forces him to help this child. Hence, they both set off on a journey to find the child’s family. Over the course of their journey, the two of them bond over several concepts. Watch this heartwarming piece to witness the proximal relationship of a demon and an innocent child.
3. Welcome To Demon School!
Brought to us by Bandai Namco Pictures, Welcome To Demon School is an enjoyable piece of cinema. After Meet Iruma Suzuki, a perfectly normal boy whose parents sell him off to a demon out of greed. But now, he has no choice but to accept the new life in the demon’s world.
To his surprise, Satan only wants to have a grandchild. But he discovers that despite being a human, he has unknowingly become the demon’s heir. He is now expected to become the next demon king. Watch this enthralling show as a human thrives on finding his place in the world of magic.
4. Darwin’s Game
Nexus studios decide to bring a crazily innocent series which quickly becomes one horrifying experience. Darwin’s Game is a show about the theme of virtual reality taking over the world. We are introduced to an app that is a harmless game at first.
Kaname Sudou is our protagonist who comes across this game for the first time. What happens next will blow your mind. Kaname soon realizes that he has signed up for something far dangerous than he thought. If you love the classic film Jumanji, Darwin’s Game will not disappoint you.
5. Chihayafuru Season 3
Another Madhouse Studios production that couldn’t get its due last year was Chihayafuru Season 3. It has almost been three seasons, and this show is not getting its due even now. The show is based on the energy of sports and the competitiveness the characters possess.
The series focuses on the Japanese card game of karuta. Chihaya is our protagonist who wants to be the best karuta player in the world. But she must look for the best players and culminate them into a team. Meeting new people and finding compatible companions make up for the plot of this show. Thus, this one deserves to be on the list of Most Underrated Anime Of 2020, and surely some more attention.
6. Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
Toilet-bound Hanako-Kun is a pretty unconventional story of a weird deal. The artistic aesthetic of the show was loved by fans all around the globe. Even if you are not a fan of murder and thrillers, this show will keep you at the edge of your seat. The story revolves around Nene Yashiro, who saves the life of a magical mermaid.
In return, the mermaid offers to become her personal bodyguard and assassin. But little does she know that she has signed up for something more dangerous. Her journey with a secret assassin in her school makes up for an enthralling plot. Do watch this show if you want to learn a few tricks to survive High School.
7. Great Pretender
History-based anime that went under everybody’s eyes was Great Pretender. Makoto “Edamame” Edamura believes that he is Japan’s Greatest Swindler. But such dreams are short-lived. His belief quickly shatters when French con man Laurent Thierry thugs him easily. Makoto finds himself in Los Angeles in search of this thug.
But what happens in Los Angeles changes his life forever. He has never seen a robbery of this scale in his entire career. The Los Angeles setup, the secrets of the underworld, and the stakes of the robbery are all beautifully defined in this show. If you’re a fan of Baccano! or Cowboy Bebop, then this crime story is for you.
8. The 8th son? Are you kidding me?
The 8th son? Are you kidding me? It is one of the most underrated anime that you will ever watch. Read the premise, and you will be instantly intrigued to watch this one. Shingo Ichinomiya is a 25-year-old normal salaryman who is reincarnated as a six-year-old child in a royal but bankrupt family.
To his surprise, he also possesses magic abilities. But right now, he must learn to use his magic to make money. This broken family has nothing but a noble name. The show has its fair share of comedy and magic beautifully combined to present a binge-worthy experience.
9. The Case Files of Jeweler Richard
As the name suggests, this one is a thrilling story of crime and the drama that follows. Meet the protagonist, Seigi Nakata. Seigi saves a renowned British businessman Richard Ranashinha de Vulpian.
In return, he gets a contract for his life’s biggest robbery. In this chaotic world of daylight robbery and high stakes, you have to do nothing but enjoy the back and forth. The Case Files of Jeweler Richard is a light-hearted watch that has nothing large at stake.
GEEK TOYS studios brought Plunderer to us in 2020. If you are looking for an unconventional watch, then search no more. The premise of Plunderer is set in a world where everyone is getting scored on the basis of their regular activities.
Once your score gets below zero, there is no place for you but the Abyss. Only a cult of Legendary Ace heroes from the war can save the common people from this obnoxious system of grading. Plunderer is a story that you might not have ever seen. Hence, this one had to be on our list of Most Underrated Anime Of 2020.
11. Smile Down The Runway
If you are into fashion and modeling, and you want to witness the story of a struggling model, then Smile Down The Runway will suit you perfectly. Meet Chiyuki Fujito, who is a well-connected girl in the modeling industry. Her father happens to be the owner of one of the pageants. But her beauty is always under the radar.
The only problem with her is that she is not tall! Because of this, she faced many rejections. Enters Ikuto Tsumura, a fashion designer who to befriends Chiyuki only to boost her body confidence. Fashion is rarely explored in the world of anime. If you like the world of makeup and costumes, then do watch Smile Down The Runway.
We have all seen anime that are based on manga anthologies. But have you ever seen an anime show which is based on the life of a manga writer? Kakushigoto is just that. Meet Kakushi Gotou, who is a renowned manga creator in Japan. He is famous for creating adult content for a certain section of the audience.
But he is also father to a minor little girl Hime. Being a single father, he must come up with new plans each time to protect the identity of his edgy material from his daughter. Kakushigoto is a heartwarming family show which will give you flashbacks from Gilmore Girls. The relationship of this father-daughter duo is beautifully explored in this show.
Witness the story of two contrasting friends as they struggle to find their place in a weird competition. Meet Sorano Appare and Isshiki Kosame, two childhood friends who are off on a voyage. But the journey is not so smooth as the waves take them to an unknown Island.
According to the rules, they must now compete in a racing competition that might even take their lives. This exciting race will remind you of the classic Tom and Jerry racing movie, which we all used to binge on ages ago. If you want to take a trip back to nostalgic times, then do not miss out on Appare-Ranman.
So these were the 13 most underrated anime of 2020. Are you satisfied with the rankings? If not, then what, according to you, should have been the order? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section. For more such interesting listicles, we will be right here only on The Anime Daily.