This is a recent anime that I feel didn’t get the attention that it deserved. It was actually one of my earliest reviews on this site. I’m referring to the fall 2018 anime Tsurune. It was always a highlight for my week, an almost calm in the storm. But it wouldn’t be here if that was a popular opinion, now would it?
This anime embodied passion to me. I’m not talking about the kind of passion where the character is running around screaming at everyone because, well, that’s their quirk (so hyper and random, amirite?). The passion in Tsurune is the kind of passion that you typically see out of real world professionals. It’s a group of people who love and are dedicated to their craft, giving it their all as they work to overcome challenges and personal shortcomings.
KyoAni worked really hard to bring the sport of Kyudo alive between the art, storytelling, and amazingly, the sound design (which I talk about in my original review if you want to read more). But, it’s still a sports anime (and a slow-paced quiet one at that) so the viewership is lacking along with the score. It’s a shame, because I feel like this anime is a unique treat, but obviously everyone will have their preference. If you decide to give this one a try, clear out all distractions and really focus on what you’re being shown. It might surprise you.
What’s your most underrated anime?