Six (non-mainstream!) anime you have to watch to be a weeaboo

Stop being a weeb and level up to become the ultimate weeaboo with these 6 obscure anime you can brag to your friends about.

Anime is so mainstream these days, it makes me want to vomit. Every self-proclaimed “weeb” watches Naruto, One Piece, or (ugh) Attack on Titan and thinks they’re one of us.

Fat chance. Are you really an anime aficionado if you haven’t spent hours obsessing over which cosplayer had the most realistic Shinigami Ryuk costume at the last convention? Can you even call yourself a fan if you can’t do all 12 basic ninjutsu handsigns? Are you even worth talking to if you think Avatar: The Last Airbender is an anime?

Well if you consider yourself a true weeb, read on to find 7 non-mainstream anime you need to add to your watchlist to make the jump from obsession to Otaku.

P.S. If you haven’t watched every single anime on this list, you’re either a baby weeb or a normie pretender and I hate you both equally.

  1. Inuyasha

Okay, odd choice to begin a list like this with one of the most well-known anime/manga series of the early 2000s. But hear me out. Inuyasha is required watching for anyone who wants to claim they love anything about Japanese culture.

Set in both feudal and modern Japan, this anime should have been your entry point into the world of Japanese media. If it wasn’t, you probably did it wrong.

2. Boruto

“Oh? You’re a Naruto fan? What’s that? You’ve watched all 500 episodes? Have you started Boruto? Oh you haven’t gotten around to it? Get lost normie.” – An actual conversation I had with a former friend the other day

If you’re a Naruto fan, you must be watching Boruto right now. You should be on the latest episode, no excuses. What’s the point of internet piracy if you’re not desperately refreshing the page to see if the new season is out?

Oh and if you settled for watching the dubbed versions on Hulu, stop reading this list and re-evaluate your life choices.

3. Hoshi ni Negai wo: Cold Body + Warm Heart

This is an anime that’s very close to my heart. Where do I start with praising this masterpiece.

Maybe with the art style that’s hauntingly beautiful yet innocently simple. This right here, should be the gold standard for all anime. Hell, maybe all animation in existence.

And the storyline? Well if you watched Hoshi ni Negai wo all the way till the end and didn’t cry, maybe you should take a trip to behind the green curtain and ask the wizard for a new heart, because your current one ain’t workin

4. Joukamachi no Dandelion

I hate comedy, especially in anime. If you want to have a laugh, go watch some shitty sitcom or Sacha Baron Cohen. But I will make an exception for Joukamachi no Dandelion which I found side-shakingly funny.

The anime is centered around a Kardashian-esque royal family all of whom possess a unique superpower. Pretty standard anime plot line. Things become a little more complicated because they’re constantly being watched on CCTV cameras throughout the entire city like some Black Mirror crossover episode.

I’m going to stop here because I don’t want to give away too much. Suffice to say, the tightly plotted show uses the classic formula of having the members of the royal family compete in an election to find out who takes over as ruler. If you’re still not convinced to give this anime a go, you’re out of your damn mind.

5. Cupid’s Chocolates

Ok admittedly, I haven’t gotten around to watching this yet. This was recommended to me by a very good friend of mine who told me in no uncertain terms that this show “Does not suck completely.” That’s all the endorsement I need to watch this anime, maybe when I’m a little more free. Maybe after they finish filming this stupid documentary. I can’t stand having cameras on me all day. My makeup supplies are starting to run out.

6. Cowboy Bebop

Another surprise addition to the list. Why? Because nearly everyone I’ve met who claims to have watched Cowboy Bebop is a faker. That definitely makes it non-mainstream in my eyes.

I don’t usually like anime that borrow heavily from American themes. If I wanted to watch a Western I’d watch The Ranch (saw it on Netflix, looks interesting). But I’ll give a pass to Cowboy Bebop because I think it’s the greatest anime of all time.

There is no other anime that can stand up to the stunning visuals (and soundtrack!) that Cowboy Bebop brings to the plate. The characters are classics and must rank among the best of all anime characters, and the plot is complex, poignant, chock full of interesting references, and crescendos into a heartwarming and complete ending.

Anime is love. Anime is Life. Please watch this feature about me to find out why:


I am not a weeb.

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