Not every anime is good. In fact, most anime are not. But that doesn’t mean the whole vast landscape of series should be judged as “bad.” Most series lie somewhere between the extremes, and while critical judgments of them may amount to “nothing special,” they all still have the potential of becoming someone’s favorite, of being shows that really connect with us.
I’m willing to bet that each of you has several anime that you adore which many have dismissed as too plain or uninspiring. For me, series like Tokimeki Memorial Only Love, Suzuka, and To Heart come to mind. They hit all the right spots and came along at the right times for me. None would be considered classics, and Tokimeki, especially, is largely forgotten. Still, they each left a mark: Suzuka reminded me of the adolescence I wanted to have, of the track team I wish I tried out for, and featuring lovely voice over performances; To Heart infused with an incredibly comforting feel, keeping me glued to my TV during a time when I was starting to get into anime again after a lengthy absence; and Tokimeki pulling on my heartstrings during a time that I was actively seeking out romance and harem series.
But enough about me! Tell a series or two that you love which hardly anyone else does. We’re not looking for great series that are forgotten—I’m asking for anime that virtually no one, including yourself, would consider “great,” but which are still meaningful to you. And let us know why you like them so much!