In Japan, there is an idiomatic expression called shiruhitozoshiru (知る人ぞ知る), which means “Those in the know, know it very well”. It is often synonymous with things which are not really well known but for those people who know about it, they are quite knowledgeable about it.

For this week’s poll by anime character database, Charapedia, they have asked 10,000 fans which anime or manga series that they know about but are not very much well-known to the mainstream audience, would want to recommend to people they know. Of these 10,000 respondents, 54.6% are male while 45.4% are female.

However, before we get to the results, please note that the phrase shiruhitozoshiru is subjective from voter to voter. Here are the Top 30:

30) The Flowers of Evil

29) Jinzou Konchuu Kabutoborg VxV

28) Drifters

27) The Big O

26) BPS: Battle Programmer Shirase

25) Jormungand

24) Dennou Coil

23) Hybrid Child

22) Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto

21) Ashita no Nadja

20) Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto

19) Psychic Detective Yakumo

18) Mangaka-san to Assistant-san

17) Haibane Renmei

16) Bokurano

15) Revolutionary Girl Utena

14) GA : Geijutsuka Art Design Class

13) Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge

12) Inumarudashi

11) Ef: a Tale of Memories

10) Kaleido Star

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9) Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

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