That’s a controversial post, because every single one of us has obviously different tastes, we hate and like different Anime series as well. But there are also cases of the Anime that were made really badly and if someone disagrees with that – the fact that it made many people fall asleep during the show should get you to thinking.
Usually there’s that awesome procedure that we conduct: dropping, but this post isn’t about dropped series, yet about something rare and dangerous – bad series that we actually hated and watched to the very end. I’m sure every one of us had atleast one like that, either completed because it was recommended to you by friend, or just popular at the time, or maybe you were convinced that it will get all better.. Oh how naive!
Well, here are my ‘pearls’:
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Starting with a really controversial title, while there are some total fanboys/girls of NGE, most of people I know consider it a total crap. Characters are such a huge butthurt (I mean, who likes terrified, shy boys as main heroes..), especially Asuka – typical annoying kind of tsundere. The plot wasn’t too amusing to me, but maybe all the fans are right – I just didn’t catch the depth and a beautiful, true meaning behind all of this. But honestly speaking – more than that serie I actually hate people who call Code Geass a NGE’s cheap ripoff. Comments like that just make me cry blood.
2. Macross Frontier
Another serie of the kind above, but this time the whole love toward this title is based on female characters. (Or so I think) It’s hard for me to say anything good about it, the only reason I’ve watched it whole is because it had some awesome music, plus Ranka on stage was quite amazing. I remember how the song – Seikan Hikou – made me rewatch the scene several times, that was my favourite one, or maybe the only one I actually liked? The plot wasn’t exciting or compelling at all, Alto flying in this… Uh.. Transformer made me laugh rather than anything else. It looked so goddamn lame! Every scene with these machines involved were in about 80% made of PC graphics, if it wasn’t for that music it wouldn’t feel like watching Anime at all. OH and the love triangle, surely a way to rate that bad serie high..
Now that I attacked two famous series, now comes the one that is without a doubt a total shit waste of time. I started it only because there was that whole group of girls with funny sword-like weapons, which appearently have some funny dismensional powers. But when I actually started watching it, I found myself the top #1 hated main hero of all time – Takumi – He’s a perfect example of what the main character of the series SHOULDN’T be. A hikkimori I can understand, sure, but also a total loser who imagines himself a girlfriend and is scared to fight just makes me headbutt the screen. How the fuck could someone create a protagonist like that is just unimaginable, if you ever check the serie – stop it right after the first episode, as the action doesn’t really get any better and the girls like to stand with their weapons rather than swing them around, not to mention Takumi crying, hiding and making his sad panda faces. Argh I wanna kill him! (Which is interesting, I wonder what did they expect us to feel when he was getting hurt.. Madhouse went mad)
4. 2×2 Shinobuden
Now that’s what I consider a bad comedy. I’m still asking myself why the hell I watched it, but I guess I was very desperate to laugh.. And before I realised it, I was actually getting headache and completing it whole. Funny thing is, these random ninjas in the background were funnier than the boring main characters.
5. Jigoku Shoujo
The mysterious blood-red eyed girl in kimono got my attention to this title, which consists of 3 series filled with retards who want her to send people to hell who for example yelled at you. I’m serious, all of these cases in which people enter someone’s name on the mysterious Jigoku website is based on so dumb and minor facts that if it were to actually exist, whole Japan would be purged in 2 weeks. Now why I kept watching it? Enma Ai is actually a well-made main character. Throughout all the series we learn about her personality and the past. She uses straw dolls who turn into humans(Also quite splendid characters) to help her sending people to the inferno.. But then again, the process of doing so looked terribly lame everytime. I was annoyed so many times that it’s ridiculous and ubelievable I kept going on.. That’s one extreme case in which a few characters got all my attention. Do I regret it ? Hell yeah.
When I read the storyline I was seriously convinced that I’ll enjoy it – what could go wrong, I always liked Fantasy and Anime, when we mix it together something really nice is supposed to come out, right? Well, it indeed would, if it wasn’t for the slow, retarded pace and lack of action in it. As a result, it was my sleeping pill for about 25 nights. I barely remember anything other than shitload of unnecessary dialogues and ruined battle scenes. The only good thing like in Macross case was the music. Tbh .hack series aren’t worth attention, unless you’ve got PS2 – then you’re obliged to watch .hack//Roots and then play .hack//G.U which is one of the best jap. PS2 games I’ve played.
7. Pandora Hearts
Forgot about that title (Thanks Canne for recalling). Before it even started airing, whole bunch of people who were fans of the Manga were running around yelling how good it is, so with that popularity working like the gravity in Anime industry, I was compelled to give it a shot. Even though I didn’t enjoy the first few episodes (mainly because of sadly bad lineart and no interesting plot whatsoever) I continued to watch it hoping for some kind of *sigh* improvement. Maybe there was one or two episodes that I actually liked, but overall forcing myself to watch the show was a bad idea.. When I finally finished it all after few months of fruitless hope I realised what kind of crap it was and how much I regret even starting it. I don’t know how much different manga is, but basing on what I saw in the Anime (or felt), it didn’t have any good action, love story or drama. Everything was average or below.
What are the series that you hated and for some odd reasons watched till the very end?