So, you like anime. You know the big three; “One Piece,” “Bleach,” and “Naruto.” You’ve followed “Dragon Ball” all the way up to last week’s episode and you have binged all of “Fairy Tail.” There are many mainstream anime and highlighted titles for each new season. But there are many series that get overlooked, especially if they don’t get simulcasted or picked up to be dubbed. Here are three more recent anime that I feel need more love.

‘Aoharu x Machinegun’

I like to call this series “Ouran High School Host Club” with toy guns. Why? Because it starts out with a host, a recluse, and a High School Student who dresses as a boy. The series is full of action as high school student Hotaru Tachibana is dragged into the survival game team, Toy Gun Gun, after losing a challenge to host, Masamune Matsuoka.


Soon Hotaru finds herself in love with the game, playing alongside her teammates but scared to be kicked off the team. An incident with a rival team led Masamune to ban girls from Toy Gun Gun, leaving Hotaru to keep up her disguise.

You should watch for the action, comedy, drama, and suspense, which is essentially everything you need for a good show.

‘Kids on the Slope’

Full of music, emotion, and friendship, “Kids on the Slope” is something to experience. Kaoru Nishimi is a loner and classical musician. After moving around because of his father’s job he gave up on fitting in. Now he must move in with his relatives where his piano playing is a nuisance. One fateful day, he becomes involved with the bad boy, Sentaro Kawabuchi, who only loves jazz.


He plays in the basement of his childhood friend’s, Ritsuko Mukae’s, family music store. Soon Kaoru is learning jazz and coming out of his shell. For the first time, he’s making friends. They each follow their own journey while trying not to lose their music. Watch for the music and relationships. If you cry easily grab a tissue box and be overcome by the beautiful writing.

‘Terror in Resonance’

Terror In Resonance,” also called “Terror in Tokyo,” is a dubbed series that follows two teenage boys, Nine and Twelve. Together they create the terrorist persona Sphinx. With their goal unclear, they leave videos full of clues for the police to follow. During one of the attacks, Twelve meets Lisa, who makes a deal that saves her life.


The relationship between them grows and resolve is questioned. The US is brought in on the case and the mysterious Five is introduced. It is when the detective, Kenjirou Shibazaki, puts together the clues from the posted videos does Sphinx’s intentions become clear and tragedy ensues.

Watch for the soundtrack, art, story, and the tragedy. Be ready to fall in love with the characters and uncover the mystery behind Sphinx.