5 Underground or Under-Appreciated Anime of Spring 2021.

Hello everyone, I’m trying to expand the content that get’s published on this blog, so don’t freak out, I’m just experimenting with different posts and see how it goes. For now here is a list full of feelings for currently airing anime shows. I hope you enjoy it.

  • 1. Odd Taxi

And no, I didn’t choose Odd Taxi just because I’m covering it over on the RandomC blog. I choose it, because those that are watching it, are very much enjoying watching this mystery unfold episode by episode. Things are not as they seem, or at least that’s what the show’s been alluding to. We don’t know if something is going on behind the scenes. Or if it’s all just a red herring. Those who are watching are being very vocal about its mystery and the strings attached within. Yes, they are anthropomorphic animals (furry) but that’s an aesthetic choice. Don’t let that deter you, the writing here is on par with something like a quirky Woody Allen movie, with some quick and witty dialogue, and just a little bit of Tarantino mixed in. The inspirations for this show are sure to be outside of the conventional norm anime is used to. Give this one a go if you’re looking for something a little bit more slow-paced, but with a riveting and well-written mature story. Not a show you could watch while eating, mainly because of how fast everyone speaks. The show has an eclectic cast of characters, some which share the same relationship in the show, that they share in real life. And sometimes the characters from the show appear in the real world, via a coordinated Twitter account, that would premiere tweets appearing in the show in real life. Certainly, a lot of thought and care was put into this production.

  • 2. Fumetsu no Anata e (To Your Eternity) 

Okay, do you like e m o t I o n s? Do you like it when your anime moves your heartstrings? Or do you like sitting there and have fun? Fumetsu no Anata e is both, believe it or not. There are moment’s in this show that makes you laugh and think ‘this is so wholesome’ and then there are moment’s in this show where you cry like a baby. But like a bad type of cry. The first episode should be enough to either entice you with its promise or dismiss you. Yet don’t just judge it by the first episode! This one deserves the 3 episode rule. If you still don’t like it after that, you can turn off the tv and go outside. But the latter is really that you’ll fall in love with it, and learn to love Fushi for what he is. This show is beautiful by the way. Its animation is fluid and dynamic, and gorgeous to look at. The production is high level, and high budget, two rare conventions in anime. And the fact Utada Hikaru sings the opening [Pink Blood] is by far the greatest touch to this anime. It fits perfectly with the themes of the show, and even Utada herself wrote lyrics to piggyback on the story! So the opening is thematically and musically linked! A great show all around, with coming of age themes and exploring an unexplored world for the first time!

  • 3. Vivy: Flourecentine Eye Song

Don’t freak out! But the world is ending… Super Advance A.I. robots built to serve customers in a Disneyland-like (Nia-land) park have gone rogue and are attacking (and killing) the customers. Soon the incident spreads city-wide, and later world-wide. Humanity is seemingly being wiped out by the machines, and a mysterious entity is controlling it all. But there’s nothing to worry about, as someone in the future created a new A.I. that is sent back in the past, and its sole mission is to stop this from happening. It attaches itself to Vivy or Diva, a songstress A.I. built to perform with all of her heart. She asks a question and is fundamentally part of her persona. There’s so much introspection it ends up fragmenting her core and becoming two different brains. She lives her life as one entity and sometimes the other. ‘What does it mean to sing with all your heart?’

Man! that was some explanation. But that summarizes the show into its most important bits. Hopefully, it’s enough to hook you into trying Vivy out. It’s not for everyone as some of the cooler scenes are hidden away in later episodes. But once you watch enough you’ll be able to understand and grasp the situation of this futuristic world. It doesn’t take a lot of time for you to feel comfortable in this world and accept it without a shadow of a doubt for what’s happening on screen. Animated by the same people who did Attack on TitanVivy is not a titan in its popularity, but only because not enough people are talking about it. You’ll be happy to know Aniplex has streaming rights. And whatever they put on their name, is always good, no matter if it’s quirky and weird. Like this season’s Bishounen Tanteidan. Certainly when their logo comes on at the beginning of an animated piece of media, my brain starts firing happy neurons because I know they have a vision for their creations, and I respect that.

  • 4. Bakuten! (Backflip)

Do you like sports anime? Do you like sports anime with slightly homosexual subtext? Well, Bakuten! is for you. Some might find it cringe-worthy, others might fall in love with it at first sight. The world of men’s rhythmic gymnastics is no joke! And people work hard to achieve their dreams and what they want in life. Not only that but each character in this show feels genuine. Crafted with essence and love. It’s hard to explain, but it certainly feels like the boys are real, and support each other through their problems and anxieties that might arise from performing a very intricate and complicated routine. You’ll follow them as they go to practice day in and day out, live together in a dorm, and discover themselves and how to interact with others, while still brining their A game, and holding themselves to a very high standard. There’s not much to say about Bakuten other than it’s animated with love and care, and I look forward to it every week. It’s one of those shows that gets me in a certain mood, and I love it for that.

  • 5. Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou desu (The Saints Magic Power is Omnipotent) 

Okay hear me out, yes this is shojo, but hear me out. An overworked girl who is loyal to his employer day in and day out, comes home one day, only to be summoned to another world. Crazy right!? 

When she arrives, she’s cast out because, turns out, another girl was also summoned at the same time. Part of the ritual is that they summon two persons. This is the saint summoning ritual. Soon, though, we discover who’s the real saint, and the implications that come with it. It’s a good show because it’s different. It’s not your typical isekai, but instead, it has a shojo twist. And yes it goes a little Visual Novel at times with the male (romance) counterparts. But that doesn’t mean its wholesome vibes are lost because of that. Romance is treated genuine and real, the male counterparts to Sei, the protagonist, respect her and treat her with kindness, instead of lounging themselves at her. A little un realistic for it’s high medieval setting, but something that doesn’t really deter from the overall experience since the romance is not the core of the plot, but instead how Sei uses her power to craft potions and use her healing abilities to show how truly magical she is.

I hope you enjoyed this little list of mine, I’ll be making more post’s like this in the future, so stay tuned!

Author: FJ

A young fantasy writer during the night, motion graphics and illustration during the day. Currently living in Mexico. Aspiring to make a feature film.

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