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Post about forgotten, neglected, or unfairly reviled anime favorites in this thread. Please be sure to say why it's underrated, what makes it worth watching, and what makes it worth revisiting.
Shigofumi: A seemingly forgotten gem from JC Staff. Shigofumi is a fairy tail about overcoming adversity, finding closure and acceptance. Released to middling popularity in 2008, Shigofumi now seems forgotten by most, and rarely discovered, or passed down, to newer generations of fandom. Sharply written, perceptive, well animated, and directed; Shigofumi will appeal to fans of anime like Angel Beats, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, and Natsume's Book of Friends. Chief director Satou Tatsuo went on to helm Mini-Skirt Pirates and Rinne no Larange. Kuroboshi Kohaku, artist of the Kino no Tabi novels, designed the characters. Code Geass's Okouchi Ichiro wrote the script. Episode director Nagai Tatsuyuki (taking the Shigofumi animation staff with him) would go on to direct Toradora, Railgun, Anohana, and Anonatsu. All in all a very good anime that deserves to be revisted.
Last edited by Kaiten; September 02, 2013 at 11:57 AM.
Red Data Girl: Despite being widely disliked around the internet (and not selling in Japan), I enjoyed Red Data Girl. It's a slow paced, subtle anime, that only slowly reveals the intricacies of it's world. It is not a flashy show, viewing requires a little bit of patience, but it was very enjoyable. Suzuhara's evolution from passive and socially isolated, to assertive and stronger willed, was handled extremely well, feeling unforced and organic. Hayami Saori was typically excellent in the role, providing a full range of emotions, and never forgetting socialization was difficult for Suzuhara. Even as the character gained in confidence, Hayami made sure to play her as someone who still struggled to express herself. One of the more enjoyable shows from Spring 2013, deserving of a better reputation. PA Works animation is typically gorgeous, well directed, including a vibrant score.