What makes an anime a “hidden anime gem”?

The world of anime is chock full of fantastic series and films, with fantastic characters, gripping storylines, stunning animation, and plenty more.  However, despite the vast amount of anime that is available to watch (see Renster’s entry below on just how many anime series have been made recently), only a few shows seem to garner any kind of attention from the general public, and fewer still become part of the lives of people who, well, generally “don’t watch much anime.”

There seems to be this idea that only some anime shows are watched by true “anime fans,” or “otaku,” or whatever you wish to call them.  Other anime become “mainstream” simply because they are viewed by many people who generally wouldn’t sit down after a long day and think, “Ooh, let’s watch another anime today.”  But are all shows that generally aren’t watched by these people automatically “hidden gems?”

Hidden gems perhaps could be anime which, even in the community, are generally not mentioned, despite that the fact that they are technically as good as many of the more populat anime shows (within or outside of the community).  And those will mostly likely be the shows which are most discussed on this blog.

Having said that, it is worth remembering that there are anime that are “nearly” mainstream, and that are quite well-known in the anime community, which definitely deserve a mention simply because they are worth watching by those outside of the community.  In fact, such anime may even attract people to the community itself.

Hello all, I am Enirahtak8, and when I have time, I will post entries about anime that I believe are worth talking about, and deserve to be watched by more people.  Just for a taster, though, I’ll give a quick shout-out to some of my favourite “obscure” anime:

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“Nijuu Mensou no Musume”: A lovely mystery anime, at times comforting and at times surprisingly scary, this anime hints at themes seen in some other detective anime and manga.  However, with a strong heroine, a mysterious and beguiling hero, and some well-developed, charming side characters, this is one that should not be missed!

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“Mouretsu Pirates”: While this sci-fi pirate anime has a lot of typical shoujo moments, it remains intriguing as well as charming, with some decent animation and likable characters.

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“Bokurano” – I won’t dive too much into this one just now, as I suspect either Renster or I will discuss it in greater detail soon enough, but it is by far one of the most underrated anime I’ve watched.  I reckon this would be enjoyed by many people who enjoy unsettling, psychological, emotional stories.

Looking forward to seeing this blog develop (and become one of the best anime blogs on the internet, AHEM)!  😀  😀  Please give me constructive criticism in a comment if you so wish.  Until next time, ta ta for now!

Will you be my Valentine ?

Just joking, I’m hoping I’m not the only one who despises Valentines day. Anyways since it’s Valentines I thought it might be a good idea to talk about a couple of lesser known or not as popular Romance Anime.

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Series Information

Mysterious Girlfriend X (Nazo no Kanojo X)

Directed by: Ayumu Watanabe

Written by: Deko Akao

Studio: Hoods Entertainment

Anime based on the Manga of the same name.

Genre: This series is a strange mix of Romantic comedy, school story, slice of life and supernatural

Okay where do I begin with this one, ummmm lots of saliva swapping. This series is a bit on the weird side but it grows on you. So what makes this series weird you ask?  I shall explain. New student Mikoto Urabe transfers into a new class, has a weird sleeping pattern and laughs randomly from time to time, nothing majorly weird here. However,when main Protagonist Akira Tsubaki walks into the seemingly empty classroom in the evening to find Urabe sleeping on her desk, things get really weird. After waking her he stays behind after she leaves staring at a pool of drool left on her desk. He then dips his finger into this drool and tastes it.

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That is a very good question!

That same night Akira has a strange dream in which Urabe is leading him by the hand through a strange town. Then a couple of weeks later Akira gets ill and passes out at school. Whilst recuperating Urabe visits him explaining she knows everything about the ‘Incident’. She then further explains he is suffering from withdrawal symptoms and was now addicted to her spit… It was at this moment the romance between these two slowly began to blossom. The question is will it survive High School life ?

So why should you watch this ?

This series has a great mix of comedy and romance spit shined to perfection. It portrays this young couples development from an addiction to spit into genuine true love. There is a high level of trust found between these two and the feelings these characters have for each other feel so genuine. Whilst I have to admit there were some really weird parts I feel as if the peculiarity of this series is what makes it stand out so much.

You can find this series at Crunchyroll.com

Please tell me what you thought about this series in the comments below.

I am always open to suggestions and constrictive criticism please leave a comment below.

Increase in the amount of Anime being produced

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I thought it would be a good idea to start of my blog with a look at the actual Anime industry itself. I always find myself in my spare time browsing through ANN and Crunchyroll looking, for interesting topics on Anime and Manga. At the beginning of the year I found an interesting story on Crunchyroll by Scott Green showing the amount of anime being produced. According to this story the amount of anime being produced since 2010 has almost doubled. According to the graph created by ultimatemegax in 2010 around 125 anime shows were produced and that doesn’t even include anime films. This number has almost doubled, that’s a lot of anime being produced !

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What I’m trying to say is, it’s no wonder a lot of people tend to stick to Popular anime they know and love. Names like Dragon Ball,Naruto,Gitama,Bleach etc. They know they will enjoy these series and they will stick to them. There’s just too much to sift through and for the average person they would rather stick to the bigger name they know than risk wasting what precious free time on a series they might not like.

I believe there is an Anime out there for everyone but there’s just too much to look through. For those of you Interested I’ve posted the link to the Crunchyroll’s story for you to have a look at.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/01/18/charts-illustrate-who-is-making-the-most-anime-plus-how-many-artists-it-takes

Thank you Crunchyroll,Scott Green and ultimatemegax

@aicnanime @ultimatemegax