Anime has been around for more than half a century in the commercial sense; Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy launched a phenomenon that would go on to become one of the largest and most lucrative industries in the artistic and entertainment departments. Anime series come in all shapes and sizes, some of which are more famous and some of which are less. In this article, we are going to focus on the latter.
The topic of this article is going to be those anime series that are actually great but have never entered the spotlight in a way you’d expect but with a twist. Namely, the anime series we have selected for you are not just underrated; they also have an overpowered main character, which is their common trait. The list is going to contain a total of 15 underrated anime series with overpowered main characters.
1. The Misfit of Demon King Academy
Tired of the perpetual war with the other humanoid races, the king of demons, Anos Voldigoad, wishes for lasting world peace. So he offers to kill the human hero Kanon so that a powerful spell can be cast that separates the worlds of demons, humans, ghosts, and beastmen. Lying dying, Anos announces that he will be reborn in 2,000 years and hopes to meet the hero again, whom he promises in his last words to then want to be a friend to Kanon. 2,000 years later, Anos is reborn with memories of his past life.
Anos, though reborn as prophesied, attends a school for demons reserved solely for the descendants of the late demon king and purebred demons. There, he has to realize that his descendants have become weaker due to the peace with the other worlds and that magic itself is steadily decreasing. He is also confronted with the fact that someone has changed history in the past 2,000 years, and no one remembers his previous reign. As a result, he fails the proficiency test and is classified as an “outsider,” which is why other classmates avoid him. Anos decides to find out what has happened in the past 2,000 years and tries to regain his position as demon king.
2. Is This a Zombie?
Aikawa Ayumu is a normal high school student until the day a serial killer murders him. He is then reborn as a zombie thanks to the necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe. Aikawa then becomes his servant but inadvertently absorbs the powers of a “masō-shōjo” named Haruna and, in turn, becomes a masō-shōjo. The young man will then have to manage his schedule between his duties as a masō-shōjo, his studies, and the search for his assassin, with Eucliwood, Haruna, and a vampire ninja named Seraphim living with him.
3. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Satoru Mikami, a thirty-something man seeking a girlfriend, is reincarnated as a sentient slime after saving a colleague during an ambush. Endowed with unique and powerful abilities, Rimuru, as he is now known, discovers his power to disintegrate and absorb other beings, acquiring their skills. Guided by a computer voice, Rimuru befriends a dragon named Veldora and gains the ability to see. Together, they escape the cave where Veldora is imprisoned, and Rimuru embarks on a journey in a world filled with goblins, wolves, and dwarves.
After defeating hostile wolves and earning the allegiance of grateful goblins, Rimuru becomes their leader, naming them and enhancing their strength. They establish a new village and face threats from other monsters. Rimuru, accompanied by goblins and wolves, travels to the dwarven city for assistance. There, he aids a blacksmith with an impossible task assigned by the king’s minister.
4. The Irregular at Magic High School
The story unfolds in a world where magic is scientifically understood and harnessed through Casting Assistant Devices (CADs). Set in the year 2095, 35 years after a third world war influenced by modern magic, the narrative centers on the 1st Magic High School in Japan. This institution trains magically gifted individuals, admitting 200 students annually, divided into two groups: Bloom, receiving actual education, and Weed, serving as reserves.
The male protagonist, Tatsuya Shiba, excels in theoretical magic but is placed in the second group due to poor practical skills. Despite this, Tatsuya possesses unique talents in magical analysis and irregular magic, allowing him to disrupt others’ spells. His younger sister, Miyuki, is a model student and considered the most talented magician, creating a dynamic duo in the story.
Noblesse revolves around Cadis Etrama Di Raizel (Rai), a powerful nobleman who has been in a deep slumber for 820 years. Upon waking up in modern-day South Korea, Rai adjusts to the advancements of humanity and befriends a group of students. With the assistance of his loyal servant, Frankenstein, Rai enrolls in high school and forms connections with individuals like Shinwoo, Ikhan, and Yuna. The series unfolds as Rai and his friends embark on perilous adventures, often confronting a secretive organization while uncovering Rai’s mysterious past.
6. So I’m a Spider, So What?
During a long, fierce fight between the hero and the demon king of a fantasy world, their magic power was so intense that it crossed another world and formed a gigantic explosion in a classroom, killing the students inside. inside. The latter are immediately reincarnated in this world; while some became princes or prodigies, others were not so lucky.
The protagonist, who was the most antisocial of the group, discovers that she has reincarnated as a spider within a dungeon filled with vicious creatures. Currently, at the bottom of the food chain, she must adapt to this new situation with great determination in order to survive in a world that is unknown to her. She thus goes through extreme trials, with only her human knowledge and her overwhelming positivity, to continue to persevere against creatures much stronger than her.
7. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Kusuo Saiki is a high school student who was born with all kinds of psychic abilities, including telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and many more. Despite having all these powers, Saiki faces endless difficulties and tries to keep as low a profile as possible. The story follows Saiki as he attempts to secretly use his powers to live a normal high school life while dealing with his less-than-ordinary classmates at P.K.
8. The Saga of Tanya the Evil
The Saga of Tanya the Evil, also known as Youjo Senki in Japanese, is an anime series based on a light novel of the same name written by Carlo Zen. The story is set in an alternate reality resembling a steampunk-inspired world and follows a salaryman reincarnated into a young girl’s body named Tanya Degurechaff.
After encountering a mysterious being claiming to be God, Tanya is reborn in a world where magic exists and military conflicts are rampant. Despite her small stature and innocent appearance, Tanya possesses exceptional magical abilities and quickly rises through the ranks of the military. The series explores themes of war, ambition, and the consequences of Tanya’s ruthless pursuit of power.
9. Mushoku Tensei
In Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, a 34-year-old Japanese NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) faces the end of his life and is reincarnated into a fantasy world. This NEET, now named Rudeus Greyrat, is reborn as a baby in a medieval-like world with an atmosphere reminiscent of Europe. Determined to make the most of this second chance, Rudeus leverages his past experiences and genetic potential to become highly skilled in magic.
As Rudeus grows, he embraces his new identity as the son of minor nobility and navigates the challenges of this fantasy world. The story follows Rudeus’s journey as he learns about magic, encounters various characters, and seeks to make a meaningful life for himself in a world filled with magical creatures and adventures. “Mushoku Tensei” explores themes of self-discovery, redemption, and personal growth in a rich and fantastical setting.
10. To Your Eternity
In To Your Eternity, an immortal, disembodied being is sent to Earth and initially takes various forms, starting with a rock, then moss, and eventually a wolf. In its wolf form, it encounters a boy who lives alone in an abandoned village on the tundra. The boy, a friend of the wolf, is the sole caretaker for the elderly residents who chose not to pursue a promised paradise.
Together, the boy and the wolf set out to follow the others to this promised paradise, but the boy eventually passes away. The immortal being takes on the form of the boy in its quest to find more people. In this new human form, the being must navigate the challenges of a completely unfamiliar body, adapting to its needs and attempting to continue the search for others. The story explores themes of companionship, mortality, and the profound experiences of existence.
11. The Saint’s Magic Power Is Omnipotent
One evening, 20-year-old employee Sei Takanashi is unexpectedly summoned to a strange world: the kingdom of Slantania. Monsters regularly visit this, so a “holy maiden” has been summoned to help. However, Aira Misono, who is considered a saint instead of Sei, has also appeared alongside Sei. She cannot be sent back and receives accommodation and support in the castle but is otherwise ignored.
So she looks for a job herself and finds it in the herb garden and with the pharmacist Jude. He teaches her how to brew potions with magic, for which Sei shows a special talent. Her arts are soon needed when many potent potions are needed in an emergency. This shows Sei’s benefit to the soldiers and the court while Prince Kyle still spares Aira.
12. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
After living an arduous life as an office worker, Azusa passed away from overwork at a young age. A goddess grants her wish to be reborn into a quiet life. So she finds herself as an immortal, non-aging witch at 17 in a new world. She vows to spend her days as stress-free and as pleasant as possible. She has a house and a field that she can cultivate, and there is everything else she needs in the nearby village.
She joins the Adventurer’s Guild and regularly hunts down slimes in the area, which drop crystals to make a living. But after three centuries of doing this simple work, she has reached the highest level of witchcraft. When this becomes known and Azusa becomes famous as the powerful “Witch of the Plateau”, all sorts of adventurers and powerful beings suddenly appear who want to compete with her. The witch’s quiet life is now over.
13. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Takuma Sakamoto is an ordinary human who is mysteriously transported to the world of his favorite MMORPG, Cross Reverie, in the guise of his own character, the mighty Demon King Diablo. The two young girls who summoned him, Rem and Shera, attempt to use a spell to make Takuma their servant, but the spell is considered, and they end up with magical necklaces tied around their necks, thus becoming his slaves.
With a serious case of social anxiety, Takuma still decides to take on the role of his character while interacting with others and uses his high stats and vast knowledge of Cross Reverie to survive in his new environment, traveling with him.
14. Wise Man’s Grandchild
In Wise Man’s Grandchild, an employee is accidentally hit by a vehicle and reincarnates in a fantasy universe while retaining his memories. He is adopted by the powerful wizard Merlin Wolford, known as the wise man, and raised as if he were Merlin’s own nephew, named Shin. Shin discovers innate magical abilities and, under Merlin’s guidance, becomes incredibly powerful. However, lacking common sense due to being raised away from society, he is recommended by Diseum, the king of the Kingdom of Earlshide, to attend the Academy of Magic. There, Shin saves two girls, Maria and Sicily, and later forms a club with them and other friends in the capital. The narrative follows Shin’s adventures as he navigates his magical abilities and relationships in the new world.
Overlord takes place in the year 2126; the popular MMORPG Yggdrasil is scheduled for discontinuation. Momonga, the leader of the Ainz Ooal Gown guild, decides to stay online until the game’s closure. However, when the servers shut down, he discovers that he is still in the game world. The Great Tomb of Nazarick, the guild’s base, has become a reality, and Momonga has transformed into his in-game character with all its powers. The NPCs in Nazarick have gained sentience, and the tomb is now in a fantasy world filled with magic and mystical creatures.
Renaming himself Ainz Ooal Gown, Momonga decides to achieve greatness and uncover if other players are also in this new world. He aims to become renowned and feared, hoping to attract the attention of any lost players. Disguising himself as an adventurer, sorcerer, mercenary, savior, or conqueror, Ainz Ooal Gown travels the world, utilizing his game-derived experience and skills. His goal is to make the Great Tomb of Nazarick a significant presence in the history of this new world.
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