Sometimes great anime are forgotten with time. With an ever-increasing amount of series being produced with each new season, it’s sad to see great stories fade away from the community’s memories.
Here are some anime that were well-received by fans at the time of their initial airing, but have become forgotten during various discussions and re-watch nights.
Genre: Adventure / Romance / Science Fiction
Quick pitch: In the future, a violent war between two dimensions threatens the existence of space-time. A group called the Dragon Calvary is dispatched to search for the Dragon’s Torque, which is said to be the only thing to stop the war.
Genre: Adventure / Drama
Studio: Studio 4°C
Episodes: 1 Movie
Quick Pitch: Black and White are two delinquent orphans who roam the streets of Treasure Town, which is a decaying metropolis. Mysterious entrepreneurs want to tear down Treasure Town and replace it with an amusement park, but the two orphans will do anything to prevent that from happening.
Studio: Production I.G.
Episodes: 1 movie
Quick pitch: Constable Kazuki Fuse fails to follow an order to execute a frightened young girl before she commits a suicide bombing. Scarred from the event, Fuse is ordered to go to training camp for re-evaluation. During some down time, he visits the grave of the girl and meets Kei, who is the deceased’s sister. Over time, they form a peculiar bond.
Genre: Romance / Slice of Life
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Episodes: 1 Movie
Quick Pitch: Taku and Yutaka have been are best friends, but the beautiful transfer student Rikako causes friction. Yutaka has a crush on Rikako, but she has been spending a lot of time with Taku. Rumors start spreading around school about the two, but Taku insists that nothing is going on.
Genre: Crime Drama / Cyberpunk / Psychological
Quick Pitch: Ichise is an orphan turned prize fighter who loses an arm and leg to satisfy an angry promoter. On the brink of death, he is discovered by a young doctor who uses him as a guinea pig for the next evolution of artificial limbs. The new limbs win Ichise favor with one of the controlling families of Lux, but they also pull him into a four-way war for control over the city.
Genre: Historical / Horror / Mystery / Occultic
Studio: Toei Animation
Quick Pitch: Kusuriuri is a wandering medicine seller who seeks out malevolent spirits called mononoke. Once Kusuriuri arrives in an area, he must discover the Shape, Truth, and Reasoning of the spirit before it can be exorcised.
Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Supernatural
Studio: Madhouse / Gainax
Quick Pitch: Childhood friends Arumi and Sasshi are taken to an alternate fantasy world after an accident. While trying to get back to reality, they travel across a series of other worlds that are manifestations of Sasshi’s otaku hobbies.
Genre: Science Fiction
Quick Pitch: A group of kids use their smart-glasses and meta tags to interact with their half-internet, half-real city as they try to unravel the conspiracy behind the technology.
Genre: Action / Romance / Supernatural
Studio: Production I.G. & Ashi Productions (TV Series) / Xebec (OVA Series)
Episodes: 26 + 3 OVAs
Quick Pitch: Momiji is an average middle school student until she discovers that she is a descendant of the Kushinada family. Her blood holds the power to defeat the demonic Aragami monsters from destroying Japan.
Genre: Adventure / Chanbara / Steampunk
Quick Pitch: The Kanna Village send their water priestess to recruit samurai to defend them against the mechanized Nobuseri bandits. They can only offer rice to willing samurai, which makes the recruitment a challenge. However, the priestess finds seven samurai willing to defend the village, but it’s to add meaning to their lives.
11House of Five Leaves
Genre: Drama / Historical
Quick Pitch: Akitsu is a masterless swordsman, and while skilled, his personality causes clashes with his employers. Desperate for work, he agrees to become the bodyguard for the leader of the Five Leaves gang.
12The Twelve Kingdoms
Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Studio: Studio Pierrot
Quick Pitch: Youko is a timid high school student. One day, she is approached by a strange man who swears allegiance to her. Before Youko can understand what is happening, a group of creatures attacks the school, which results in Youko being pulling into a “Twelve Kingdoms” inspired version of ancient China.
What are your favorite forgotten anime?