9 Epic Underrated Adventure Anime to Check out.

underrated adventure anime

Let’s speak the universal truth! while anime genres like action and romance have the most amount of audience, the Adventure anime genre has a very few selected viewer base. Meanwhile, the genre provides an insane amount of thrill, treasure hunting, vast lands of seas, and an unbelievable amount of nature settings. The abandoned shipwrecks, unexplored islands, and discovering friends and foes along the journey could only attract the real adventure junkies. Not to mention, the amount of action and romance subplots it includes and sometimes the dark twists and turns need your immediate attention. Here is the list of 9 epic underrated adventure anime that are hidden gems.

9. Jing: King of Bandits

Jing: King of Bandits
AiredMay 15, 2002 to Aug 14, 2002
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformFunimation

With just 4 reviews in MAL, it’s disheartening to watch such an amazing anime be labeled as an underrated adventure anime that describes the most feared thief, a young boy named Jing.

Jing owns a super ability feathered partner Kir, with their combined trick performed, Jing is well known as the King of Bandits. Jing roams from city to city stealing valuable things no human can think of.

With the episodic adventure, Jing’s adventure combined with great animation and casino-like music is just bliss to watch.

8. Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk

Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
AiredApr 5, 2008 to Jun 21, 2008
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformFunimation, Crunchyroll

Balancing between the hilarious episodes and sober-sided ones, Tower of Druaga is a ten-on-ten adventure anime. The imaginative world setting and different characters just make it a wholesome anime.

In the Summer of Anu, the country of Uruk has decided to evade the tower where all the demons exist. The Demons lose all their power in that particular summer of the year.

To silence the most powerful demon, Druaga in the tower, the army of Uruk forwards but they aren’t the only ones in the towers, Adventurers in seek of treasure also climb the tower.

While fighting and climbing the tower, the anime has a few twists which makes it more interesting.  It is a must-watch underrated adventure anime with light humor and dark violence.

7. Alderamin on the Sky

Alderamin on the Sky
AiredJul 9, 2016 to Oct 1, 2016
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll

Alderamin on the Sky is such an underrated adventure anime with warfare and tactics that nobody talks about, it may surprise you not only in one place but many with unique main characters.

Ikta Solork and his childhood friend Yatorishino joined the military forces of the Katjvarna Empire to battle their neighbor Republic of Kioka, leaving behind his peaceful life.

On their way to the exam site of battle forces, They discover the unfateful incident of Princess Chamille Kitora of Katjvarna has been taken hostage. After rescuing the princess Ikta has been granted the imperial knight honor.

With clear and crisp animation from Madhouse, the show might feel slow at first but paces up with moving episodes and gets even darker with battles.

6. Kino’s Journey

Kino's Journey
AiredApr 8, 2003 to Jul 8, 2003
GenreAdventure, Drama, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformHIDIVE

How amazing it is? When you travel places it always has something up on the sleeves to teach you. Kino’s journey is a collection of stories told through the eyes of a wanderer who visits from place to place and observes them.

Kino, a young teen boy befriends a talking motorcycle named Hermes, as their journey begins they come across many kinds of land and people lost in their world or others, chasing dreams, fighting.

Kino and Hermes observe the rights and wrongs of society and move on to the next journey. The episodic journey consists of short stories that are ultimately connected not in a linear way but with the chains of events.

While each episode explores themes of society, the plot is incredibly amazing which leaves you smiling in front of your screen. Kino’s journey is a hidden gem.

5. Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
AiredOct 6, 2014 to Dec 29, 2014
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformFunimation

If adventure is a word you seek for in anime then Rage of Bahamut is solely for you. Maintaining the adventure thrill with each episode with beautiful natural settings, the anime just excels in terms of underrated adventure anime.

The ancient dragon Bahamut always frightened the natives of Mistarica but the dragon is sealed by deities to protect the land gods and devils among mankind.

Favaro Leone is a bounty hunter, running from other bounty hunters like Kaisar but it all changes when he encounters a woman named Amira, who holds a piece of power to unlock the ancient dragon.

The adventure/fantasy anime excels in animation, of course, Mappa is crowned with the responsibility, this anime is a pure entertainer.

4. Chaika – The Coffin Princess

Chaika – The Coffin Princess
AiredApr 10, 2014 to Jun 26, 2014
GenreAdventure, Romance, Fantasy
Streaming PlatformHIDIVE, Crunchyroll

If there is a talk about the least hyped show that surprises with adventure-filled moments? Chaika undenyingly wins the argument, on the surface, it may seem dull or cliché but delivers a fresh and original plot.

Tooru Acura is a war veteran who struggles to live in the present peaceful world where a 300-year-long war between the Gaz Empire and the alliance of six nations just concluded killing the evil Arthur Gaz, who experimented on people.

Tooru encounters a white-haired wizard named Chaika, with a coffin on her back searching for her father’s scattered remains. She appoints Tooru and his sister for this job. But her identity starts a new war.

With some decent original animation and 3d magic effects, the anime is one of the most underrated adventure anime out there.

3. Moribito- Guardian of the Spirit

Moribito- Guardian of the Spirit
AiredApr 7, 2007 to Sep 29, 2007
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy, Romance
Streaming PlatformFunimation

From the creators of Ghost in the Shell: stand-alone, Production I.G is the sole reason to watch Moribito which isn’t like your regular anime, giving you the taste of an assassin and being in the run.

The story traces you to the land of the Shin Yogo Empire which stands on the sacrifice of a water demon that is slashed by the first emperor and eight warriors to avoid the great drought.

But in the present time, the drought yet to happen can only be avoided by again slashing the water demon that resides inside the prince of the kingdom, Prince Chagum.

The king announces the sacrifice of the prince’s life to save the land. Meanwhile, a mercenary named Balsa takes up the bodyguard’s job to save the prince from assassination attempts.

Named as the best-looking anime of 2007 by fans, Moribito is still an underrated adventure anime that craves your attention.

2. Baccano

AiredJul 27, 2007 to Nov 2, 2007
GenreAdventure, Action, Mystery
Streaming PlatformFunimation

Just imagine! Thirty characters within 13 episodes with three different timelines, equally holding importance to the story that intertwines with each other, and pulling off a great story. It’s just a masterpiece.

The three extremely complicated stories include the first one in 1930 revolving around the mafia and their connection to the elixir of immortality. In 1931 the train Flying Pussyfoot with a hostage.

In 1932, a girl’s search for his missing brother, the non-sequential tale has some extremely gore scenes and might take a second time to grasp every connection.

Baccano is a hell of a show and one of the best underrated adventure anime you should experience once in a lifetime.

1. Yona of the Dawn

yona of the dawn
AiredOct 7, 2014 to Mar 24, 2015
GenreAdventure, Action, Fantasy, Romance
Streaming PlatformCrunchyroll, Funimation

The only underrated adventure anime that deserves a second season badly is Yona of the Dawn. The anime may seem like a reverse shouju anime but don’t let it deceive you, stick to it you will thank me later.

With a main theme of trust and betrayal, Yona is the princess of Kingdom Kouka living for best life inside the castle, waiting for the King’s approval to marry his dream prince.

But Fate has some other plans, When the King is murdered in front of their eyes and the treason for the throne surfaces before her eyes, she becomes a fugitive hiding in the forest with her childhood friend and bodyguard Son Hak.

Yoma and Son Hak continues to look for pieces of ancient legend that might be the only way to reclaim her kingdom.

The anime leaves no plot holes and the instrumental music just hits right with fantasy elements and lots of emotions.


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