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I can't believe I forgot to mention my personal Nemesis of anime, Evangelion 3 point fucking zero. I just rewatched the first 10 minutes of it, and blimey charlie did everything that annoyed me the first time come rushing back in! What an indulgent, incomprehensible waste of tons of money, talent and great animation it is. While it removes some of the worst aspects of Evangelion almost altogether, like Shinji's constant whining, it only means it allows the ones left grow exponentially like a lethal cancer and making the movie reach all new levels of suck.

I intend to rewatch it tomorrow, so stay tuned for the ultimate bashing!

Jasper van Heycop:
Gonna get hated for this but Full Metal Alchemist it is just sooo melodramatic. There's nothing lighthearted about it, so you eventually just get numb to the endless barrage of drama.

You're either discussing the original series (which WAS too melodramatic, but not even remotely close to the level you're bitching about.) or you have no concept of what melodrama actually means. Brotherhood is a damn good remedy for anyone who feels ripped off by the first adaptation, if you can forgive a rushed start to get past what little shared ground it has with the first show.

My own anti-recommendation would be, sorry to say, Berserk. There's just so much goddamned rape. To the point that I think there are more rapes than main characters. It's disgusting an horrifying, and not in a compelling way. It just makes you think that the mangaka is the sickest fucker alive and shouldn't be allowed out of a mental ward.

schrodinger:
hmm...

How about every yaoi anime ever? Most of the time it's overly dramatic soap operas with barely any interesting characters and highly inaccurate sex scenes; going in dry would hurt anyone, squeak.

Junjou Romantica being the sole exception...Sort of.

Don't watch Kill La Kill. It's bad.

Do4600:
What to avoid in Anime; pretty much everything.

As with all things there are only a few gems and a lot of huge shapeless, worthless blocks of granite.

What you see now in American television is a lot of people trying to find something that will fill the gap left in their lives by the ending of Breaking Bad, these people are trying to find something that will capture their attention in the same way, something that will excite the senses, and the truth is that a lot of them will either end up settling for a much worse product or end up rewatching breaking bad several times just because they have nothing better to do or watch.

This is exactly the same with Anime, there are maybe 5-20 series maximum that are truly worth watching and the rest are things you watch because you watch anime, and what else would you do with your time? That's the truth.

How many have you seen to say that?

It's true there's lots and lots of shit, but where did you take the 5-20 worth watching shows?

Bleach.
Starts off decent but fails to explore some interesting elements and then takes a real nosedive when the second damsel gets kidnapped literally right after they saved the first one.
In the manga, that is. The anime is chock full of filler and slaps a whole arc that goes absolutely nowhere inbetween those 2 story lines.

Oh and you think aizen and ichimaru are cool and that something interesting will be done with them some day?
Well too bad for you.

After saving damsel #2, the story just goes apeshit and flails about aimlessly.
Kind of sad when dragon ball z has better structured story with more interesting villains that have actual motivations.

I watched it years and years ago so I thought it is pretty obscure but somebody beat me to it twice: MD Geist is, probably, still the worst anime I ever saw [aside of an obscure hentai gifted to me as a joke just to see my reaction]. It is just ugly in a bad way and pointless in any other way.

One I haven't seen mentioned is "Ergo Proxy". I can't say it is the worst anime evarr! but I watch all anime series I start to the end (except those really long ones, like Naruto) and this was the only one that was so boring I stopped watching two episodes before the ending. It is supposed to be suspense but it does bad job on it.

If you liked "Darker than Black" first season, don't watch the second one. It isn't horrible, but it would be better as a standalone story in the same universe than the story that trashes all over characters from the first season.

If people thought "Excel Saga" was bad, I'd say "Puni Puni Poemy" is even worse. As a parody it just doesn't work well and by itself it is horrible.

Mirrai Nikki-do not be fooled by the recommendations and praise this show gets. It's a pretentious, stupid mess where the creator throws whatever bullshit enters his mind into a melting pot and then tries to pass it off at times as a serious, psychological thriller. It's not. Its characters are one-note and are solely defined by their over-exaggerated quirks (looking at you Yuno) and plot goes full retard a couple of episodes before the finale. On my first viewing, I dropped it eight episodes in, because I had enough. It just spewed what random, insane thing entered its mind and used that define its plot. Even eight episodes in, it still hadn't defined a consistent tone and direction of where the show wanted to go, and just kept digging itself more and more down a hole. The fact that it's mentioned in the same breath as shows such Death Note or Fate/Zero drives me up the wall. It actually pisses me off more than a majority of the slice of life/moe bullshit out there that defines the industry at the moment, because if this is what the modern anime community holds up as a pedestal for a great show, then by god, have standards dropped.

And did I mention that this show's fanbase are the most obnoxious group of people ever?

Epicspoon:
School Days. Yeah...... don't. Just don't.

Except for the last five minutes. Those are hilarious.

bartholen:

Berserk.

TERRIBLE animation and background art, chopped-down story with lots of things left unexplained, yet with added inconsequential bits, weak soundtrack and a legendarily abrupt ending. Just read the manga. The animation is so bare-bones it hardly makes a difference anyway.

The anime has Susumu Hirasawa. The manga has Puck.

It balances out.

SadisticFire:
Highschool of the dead. It's terrible, mysonigistic, fan service, terrible plot, meh voice acting. I felt like a worse person for watching it.

I knew something was wrong when I started rooting for the zombies.

chiggerwood:
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World

You... have NO IDEA how much I agree with this... to the point that I own the manga version of that series just to remind myself why I REFUSE to believe Gainax was even involved in this series' original conception...

Dr. Cakey:
What? You just said I had to Not Recommend an anime. You didn't say it had to be bad.

That explains every one of my OT posts in this thread in a nutshell...

OT: Uh... I got nothing to (not) recommend this time... Oh wait...

I guess any English-dubbed hentai would have to do... (I sometimes find it hard to believe that some of those dubs are done by ACTUAL porn stars... I know their acting might be bad, but those dubs are just TOO ridiculous to listen to all at once...)

Also, if you don't like Space Dandy by it's first episode, then you should be glad that first episode ends the way that it did...

EyeReaper:
Well, I have a few.
Firstly, Squid Girl.

Weaver:

A runner up award goes to Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Squid Girl).

I'm frowning pretty hard over my keyboard.

OT:

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge - This one is for the record books.

This is all setup in one episode. It's perfectly paced. Unfortunately, there is no payoff in the other episodes.
Just awful.
Don't watch it.
I stopped at episode three.

Berserk.

I Think it's a good anime, but the problem is that it doesn't have an ending. It just stops. I mean, even Mass Effect 3 had an ending, albeit a terrible one but sill and ending. Berserk does not. If you can handle that, by all means Watch it. It got an interesting artstyle and a solid story.

Edit: And one of the best anime soundtracks ever, swear to God.

I feel like a lot of the "recommendations" on this list are by people who feel burned by the heavy hype of a series.

Attack on Titan is good, Evangelion is good. I like them both a lot. They get hyped as life-changing incredible experiences, and maybe for some people they are, but just because you don't see them as that doesn't mean they're bad or not worth watching. They both have their issues (pacing problems, Titan has too many characters, Evangelion's characters can be pretty grating at times), but just because some fanboys on the internet crow about them endlessly doesn't mean you'll look cool and edgy for hating them.

As for my own don't watch list, I'll say:

Code Geass: Mentioned repeatedly on this threat, but I really need to stress that you shouldn't watch it. I did and regret it every day. Things start out promising enough, and there are some memorable moments, but Lelouch is an atrocious protagonist, his friends and allies are either callous douchebags or brainless pawns, and his enemies... holy shit, if Suzaku isn't the worst characters in anime, then he has to be top ten. It brims with xenophobia, depicting Americans as mindless imperialist assholes, Europeans as haughty aristocrats, Arabs as greedy and sleazy sheiks, Chinese as backwards and corrupt eunuchs... if you aren't from Japan, Code Geass says, then you're some kind of disgusting garbage. The show's few redeeming qualities are the mech fights and a few of Lelouch's early plans are fun, but just as you get comfortable, the anime proves itself to be utterly incompetently written.

Oh, and Kallen's great. She deserves to be in a better anime.

Tenchi Muyo GXP: This was on Toonami a while ago, and I decided to give it a chance. I didn't expect to like it, but I thought it might surprise me. I haven't watched the main Tenchi Muyo series, it's apparently pretty good, but GXP is a mess of atrocious animation (there's a loop of our forgettable lead on a bicycle that is used like five times in the first episode), terrible characters, an uninteresting and generic plot, and is just plain boring. Don't watch unless you're a die-hard Tenchi fan, and even then I still can't recommend it.

Casshern Sins: A remake of a 70's anime, Casshern roams a boring wasteland fighting boring robots in a boring way. Every conceivably interesting character dies immediately after they're introduced. The "mystery" that drives the plot is one-note and completely easy to figure out. Watch Fist of the North Star instead, because at least that series has heart and likability. Casshern Sins is just a shameless, mercenary cash-grab on a potentially lucrative franchise.

SomeLameStuff:

Tony2077:

SomeLameStuff:
Never watch Clannad. Ever. Trust me... ;-;

i am going to have to ask you why?

Feels! Feels everywhere! >.<

Well, I suppose if you want to feel like you got kicked in the chest, you should go watch it.

No, the reason we don't watch Clannad is because Nagisa is the most piss boring character to ever be created. I watched that entire show and Clannad : After Story and the point where Nagisa

She is boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, oh so boring. The only saving grace is the Fuko storyline and Kotomi storylines. But then they turn Fuko into a horribly unfunny recurring character.

As for what I would suggest people stay away from:

Full Metal Alchemist : Brotherhood

Honestly don't watch this. People say that it is better then Full Metal Alchemist, but the character development is stretched incredibly thin. The plot is an uninteresting good vs. evil type deal and the villain is incredibly bland. It actually assumes that you've seen Full Metal Alchemist so some of the most interesting and dramatic early plot points are rushed. They try on several occasions to humanize the villains and make you pity them, but it does a horrible job of it. A lot of the villains have no real rhyme or reason to what they can do, or what they eventually turn into once defeated. The best part about the entire series is Greed and The Prince, two characters that have similar attitudes to the world but go about their goals in radically different ways, and who are forced to work with each other. All in all though the series tries to cram to much into to little time, so everything comes off as thin and uninteresting.

The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya

Often hailed as one of the great anime of it's time. This anime touches on several interesting ideas but never actually goes anywhere with them. In fact the entire plot of the show is "Make interesting things NOT happen". I'm not even kidding that is the main characters entire goal. A few of the episodes take that premise and do make great episodes. But the majority of them are just bland and obnoxious. The whole thing has an undercurrent of subjugation to it. Most of the characters only do what they do because they have to, not because they want to, due to one of the major plot points.

Movitz:
Berserk.

I Think it's a good anime, but the problem is that it doesn't have an ending. It just stops. I mean, even Mass Effect 3 had an ending, albeit a terrible one but sill and ending. Berserk does not. If you can handle that, by all means Watch it. It got an interesting artstyle and a solid story.

Edit: And one of the best anime soundtracks ever, swear to God.

I second this. I would not recommend Berserk to anyone even though I found it to be one of the best animes I've ever watched (up until the ending). The ending is the biggest mindfuck you'll ever have and if you dare to touch the manga to see where the story goes you'll be scarred for life.

Mersadeon:
Bleach.
Haven't read the entire thread, so it might have been mentioned already, but god damn. The author even admitted that he writes himself into corners and whenever that happens, he just invents a new overpowered character to break out of it. And you notice it.

To be precise, he said that when he isn't sure where to go with the story, he creates a bunch of new characters at once. It's equally evident, though, given that the show has umpteen trillion heroes/antagonists/neutral characters... so many that it's pretty much guaranteed that whoever your favorite winds up being, they'll never get all the development they need.

He's actually not so bad with overpowered characters... the biggest problem being the same thing Kishimoto has wrong with him... they both fanboy their big bad too much, and wound up making him so strong they have no idea how to make him lose.

hmmm... bad anime... Well, super milk chan comes to mind.... generally with a bad anime, there's at least something to it to be liked, art, animation...SOMETHING... but there was really nothing to like about this one... crude scriblings delivering jokes so utterly incomprehensible to the non-japanese ear that even the world's most talented translator can't make it funny.

huh... my inability to pull more bad anime from the top of my brain is saddening... I need to watch more.

Hmm.

Can't really think of others quite as bad as Sword FArt Online. (See what I did there? I know, hold your applause.)

The show had promise. A shit ton of it. But after it tried to throw in the romance into the plot, I lost a lot of interest. Like, the episode near the beginning where the guy killed his wife in the game because it technologically wasn't illegal because it wasn't real life, but in a game? That was great. More stories like that please.

BUT NUUPE. Shitty rushed love plot. I made it to episode 17 and called it quits. It goes full harem, and that totally makes no goddamn sense. Also, sister incest subplot? That's just.. yeah, okay, that's great. Good.

Good.

I had to give my sister props for having the nerves to finish the show. She also pushed through Attack on Titan when I was bored as shit with it and it's dang-ass slow pacing.

CAN'T WAIT FOR SEASON 2 LATER THIS YEAR LOLOLOLOLOLOL

MM!
Strike Witches
Infinite Stratos - Second season.
Sword Art Online
Another
Kanokon - Unless you're into that stuff and don't mind turning off your brain.
Kill La Kill- Every episode should be like the "No-Late day" episode, but it's not so fuck it.

deserteagleeye:
MM!
Strike Witches
Infinite Stratos - Second season.
Sword Art Online
Another
Kanokon - Unless you're into that stuff and don't mind turning off your brain.
Kill La Kill- Every episode should be like the "No-Late day" episode, but it's not so fuck it.

i rather liked strike witches haven't seen the rest

FPLOON:

Also, if you don't like Space Dandy by it's first episode, then you should be glad that first episode ends the way that it did...

But Space Dandy is awesome, even if it is just a "fart around" anime. xD The animation is psychedelic in places and the main character is such a dumb goofball that he reminds me of Johnny Bravo. I get that it's not everyone's thing though, so ah well. Guess I'll just go with the flow~

OT: Buh, someone mentioned Gantz already. Crap. I like the manga for it, but it has so much fan service that I feel awkward having it around. The anime is terrible though, especially the english dub for it. Seriously, watching it almost put me off the manga, but it had an interesting enough premise to make me want to give it another shot.

Bleach was already mentioned too...so was Dragon Ball Z, surprisingly.

Oh, I know! The Marvel animes! X-Men and Iron Man were adapted to be animes, along with others I haven't seen. I thought X-Men was boring but not overly bad. It had enjoyable moments, but they were far and few in between. Too much drama, not enough action, in my opinion. Iron Man though? Holy shit, the 3D animations for the suit and any other piece of technology on the screen were teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerible. The story also goes against Tony Stark's determination not to share the suits with anyone either, completely throwing that out of whack. Just...eeeegh. I stopped after the first episode and couldn't pick it up since.

SilverBullets000:

FPLOON:

Also, if you don't like Space Dandy by it's first episode, then you should be glad that first episode ends the way that it did...

But Space Dandy is awesome, even if it is just a "fart around" anime. xD The animation is psychedelic in places and the main character is such a dumb goofball that he reminds me of Johnny Bravo. I get that it's not everyone's thing though, so ah well. Guess I'll just go with the flow~

Considering there was a time where I have mentioned at least more than once on a [random] Space Dandy thread that I wanted to buy this series on Blu-Ray despite not actually seeing a single episode at the time... I'm not lying when I say that I will still buy Space Dandy on Blu-Ray!!

Besides, in that post, I was trying to make fun of the fact that people seem to judge stuff by just the first episode...[1] and Space Dandy, to me, made fun of that by having that particular ending in that first episode... and I loved it for that!

Like hell am I going to stop watching this series or take back what I said about buying the series on Blu-Ray... (Also, I laughed harder than I thought I would with the "Google Street View" reference in just the second episode...)

[1] Or maybe that describes most of my anime friends in a nutshell... (I forgot...)

Hellsing. Just...don't watch it. It's only redeeming factor is the theme song, which is admittedly, catchy as all hell. If you insist upon watching Hellsing, just watch Ultimate which has better animation, plot, pacing, characters and everything.

Evangellion. It is long, and rambles on entirely too much. I skipped a couple episodes at the end becuase I thought they were clip episodes but in reality the budget ran out and they couldn't afford to create new episodes. Yes I know there was a movie, no that doesn't change anything for me considering it ended with thirty minutes of crosses and vaginas.

Edit: No stop, click the back button. Do not click the quote button. Do not snip my post, I don't care if the exploits of Shinji the most deplorable human in the world changed your life. Nothing you say will change how I feel about this show.

Baku No Pico. No seriously, do NOT watch Baku No Pico. Well, unless you're into Shotacon [1] and yaoi.

[1] The FBI wants a word with you

Another de-rec for Eva. Relentlessly negative and downright mean-spirited, which would be forgivable if it actually had something meaningful to say, but once you dig through the frankly meaningless symbolism, you find that it's just so so shallow. Basically the height of pretension. Production values are fine, and the big monster fights are cool, but beyond that....

SinisterGehe:
I am going to go really broad here. 90% all Anime that are not movies, 90% of all movies. 100% of all movies based on a anime series or a game.
But I am just being an asshole here:
If you didn't start watching and didn't get into Naruto (along side with movies and side-content) don't even bother trying. Unless you have time and access to all 550+ episodes and all the movies. They explain nothing, merely reference earlier things. Which to be honest I find good because otherwise every episode would be 10/22 minutes of recapping earlier things.

Also another note in C-minor:
Why does animes need title sequence and end credit sequences that can easily take 7 minutes of 22 minute episode + the Ad break screens which there can be up to 3 in 22 min episode.
And why the hell the title sequence has never anything to fucking do with the Anime itself.

Honestly:
Something just happened around the age of 16 to me: I lost interest and care for all Anime and very much most of Manga. (I still do own All Akira books and few things like that). Even something I started to watch and enjoyed a lot, i.e Planeteers (Also not recommended unless you want the same arc of drama IN EVERY EPISODE! And the female protagonist has the IQ of kitchen sponge!).
But I don't know I just can't seem to enjoy that stuff anymore, not even the art style, specially not the art direction on most of them. Somehow I disliked the idea of chekhov's gun being introduced 5 minutes in after title sequence (WHY THE FUCK DOES ANIME MOVIE NEED TITLE SEQUENCE?!)- does not apply to all movies).
Even Steamboy which is easily my favorite ones and start quite grounded on reality go off the balls towards the end.

Now that I think about it: I lost the taste for them around the time I started doing my Drama, Art and Music combined specialization along side with my Academic graduation. And the final stave was very quickly driven in with me starting my animation studies (still on going)
Somehow I started to appreciate European comics, animations more and their art-style/art direction more.

The reason anime openings and closings tend to have little to do with the show aside from general mood is because Japan considers them not "The soul of the show" like the West but instead a really good way to give a musician an incredible amount of publicity, hence why getting the opening of a major anime is a VERY big deal in Japan. It's basically instant hit unless the song is extremely bad, which usually would prevent you getting the opening. Therefore, the songs generally are designed in a way that can be totally listened on their own. It's very rare for an opening or closing to be specifically made to be just a closing. Baby Sweet Berry Love from the closing of The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat is the only one I've seen, although it may of just been a really fucking short song.

FPLOON:

Full Metal Bolshevik:

Fappy:

Aw, I liked Anohana a lot >.>

There was a bit too much crying, however. I will give you that.

OT: I have seen a lot of shit anime, but one that sticks out in my mind is Rin. Holy shit is it bad. Do you enjoy when your protagonist is torture raped/killed every episode? Sometimes, more than once? Well, I've got an anime for you, my friend!

Also, why the fuck were all the characters naked for the entire last episode? Fucking schlock. Stay away.

Is Rin, Mnemosyne? It's what I found after google.

If it is, well, it's not that bad, I liked the fact time passes and we met three generations of a family.

Better than Anohana :D

Plus, Rin gives you the one scene you've wanted to happen since the very first episode...

OT: Well, this is going to be tough, so I might just end up "recommending" more that not recommending... (Just as a heads up...)

*ahem*

Another - It's like a better Final Destination... and NOTHING'S better at doing what Final Destination does... except Final Destination... (Also, it involves middle school children... Yeah, I said it...)

Shin-chan - If you LOVE the original Crayon Shin-chan, then this version will shit all over it with abridged-like humor! (That's right... This version was abridging WAY before LittleKoriboh... That, alone, makes it unwatchable...)

Haganai - If you're not a dick and/or have no sense of humor for dickatry, then stay the hell away from this "harem" anime...

Gunslinger Girl (Both seasons) - If you'd rather see terrorist always getting shot in the face by little girls instead of actually caring about each of the character's interactions and/or philosophies, then the "boring" button has been set on the "ON" position for you...

Romeo X Juliet - Remember Shakespear's most popular masterpiece known as "Romeo and Juliet"? This series tries to do that story better... and fails hard...

...Okay... Enough of that joking about... Let's actually take this seriously this time... *keeps on joking*

*ahem*

Blood-C - It's like Blood+... only shorter and less satisfying...

Toriko - Censored AND not on the FOOD network? Fail...

Akira - Manga does it 100 times better...

...Yeah, not recommending stuff I hard for me... because I would most likely recommend each and every anime I just mentioned... (Just not at once and probably at different times...)

TimeLord:

perfectimo:
I wouldn't recommend Cardcaptor unless you watched it growing up, but man is it awesome.

Loved Cardcaptor when I was younger. I haven't watched it in a while but I can imagine it would be through rose tinted glasses if I did now.

...And that's why you watch its sequel... Tsubasa... (I think...)

On Another. Another, unlike Final Destination, has an undeniably incredibly well done atmosphere, where Final Destination is just a terrible horror movie with very predictable and gory deaths. Of course, Another has one of the shittiest endings after so much build up I've ever seen, nailing it down to "She let dozens kill each other because she didn't want to make him depressed even tho she'd have to eventually anywho, and he's probably already depressed from EVERYONE FUCKING TRYING TO KILL HIM"

MeChaNiZ3D:
Since people already said Naruto, imma go ahead and not recommend NGE. I realise that you sort of have to watch it as education if you like anime, but as far as I can tell, it goes from cool premise to that sort of teambuilding filler stuff where they just defeat a new enemy every episode to some fucking creepy shit and ends with...congratulations.

EDIT: To be fair, it should get points for breaking from the typical structure. It's like there's a team of misfits and instead of having a rocky but functional beginning, breaking down and then pulling together for the final triumph, they start off rocky but functional, start showing how serious their issues are, and are still headcases at the anticlimactic end.

While it does end with "CONGRATS LOLZ BYE" most people will also rightfully say that End of Evangelion is also required, as it explains WTF is going on outside of Shinji's mind in the final two episodes, which gets really confusing since THESE EPISODES REFERENCED THINGS IN A MOVIE THAT HADN'T BEEN MADE YET. Still, End of Evangelion is like a fucking drug trip, but still.

And the beginning of Evangelion is fucking awful, if you mean after the first episode or two (which is literally exactly like the later parts which you claim are different) as it's just a generic Mecha anime.

Queen Michael:
Naruto. There's a ****load of filler. Read the manga instead if you feel Naruto might be interesting. Not as much filler.

Or if you prefer anime, just skip the filler.

shintakie10:
About half (maybe even more) of the anime on netflix is a gigantic no. Like, I cant possibly tell you loud enough to stay the fuck away from them. Most are just horribly generic, others are just...I dont have words for the stupid.

For my personal stay the fuck away list, I'll just load up netflix and see which ones offended me the most recently.

Welcome to the NHK -

There's a story in this what I assume was drug induced trip fest, but honestly I have no idea where it was. The first episode was confusin, the main character established himself as an annoyin fuck within the first 3 minutes, and the weird ass imagery was just...well weird as fuck. I couldn't sit through the first episode before I got out while my brain was still intact. Maybe I missed the greatest anime ever because of that, but honestly I'd rather keep my sanity instead.

I have to inform you that you missed out on something great, a story of young unemployed shut in fucktard getting his shit together. Something that was almost ahead of the curve in 2006 and still culturally relevant today. The imagery was exactly as you said Satou tripping balls on some legal highs due to being bored out his face.

My avatar is a big sign of my bias, but please do consider giving it another go : D.

To stay on topic there are so many.

-NGE for being trite pseudo philosophy.
-Ah My Goddess, for being the first instance of harem I had seen.
-Lucky Star for being Weeb shite
- Watamote, if you genuinely identify with Motoko seek euthanasia

Gundam SEED and it's sequel, Gundam SEED: Destiny. Horrendous re-use of footage, bad character designs and shit characters.

Gundam 00 as well, first season had an interesting set-up but the second completely ruined anything set up in the first.

Wow, so many people butt-hurt about Eva.
TBH, I love it.

As for my least enjoyed Anime.

Rahxephon

I think I'm going to have to throw another vote for Elfen Lied in here. Recommended to me by multiple friends, and I now value their opinions less because Elfen Lied is nothing more than thinly disguised stroke material for teenagers.

People act like it's some kind of masterpiece in storytelling when it's absolute dross. Bioweapon escapes from military lab, goes Tetsuo on some folks, disappears. Bad guys try to track down bioweapon, who now has amnesia and joins - of all things - a harem anime. And the series has literally no ending. Confrontation is set up, no resolution, end.

Think of an irritating trope, because it's in here. Socially awkward boy suddenly surrounded by girls continuously acts like a moron. Multiple misunderstandings between him and his primary idiot love interest (who I seem to remember he is related to). The "discovery" that Amnesia Bioweapon Girl and Moron have been linked since birth - OMG FATE. The show's constant poor excuses to take these underage girls and remove all their clothing.

The most egregious example of Elfen Lied's real objective comes during a heartfelt (read: sickening) conversation between Moron and Idiot. The entire scene is inter-cut with a scene of the girls taking a bath together. How does the conversation resolve? The door behind Moron and Idiot flies open and ABG appears, completely naked, to throw her soap-covered breasts onto the screen. End scene. Absolutely purile.

I ended up rooting more for the bad guys, because they were actually kind of developed and not infuriating. They are genuinely trying to contain a species that is demonstrated time and time again to be extraordinarily dangerous. They have horrible things happen to them, and part of the series shows them trying to cope, or not coping as is far more likely. They're not great people, but they're a thousand times easier to relate to than the protagonists.

TL;DR - Elfen Lied is everything that non anime fans tell me anime is. If you want to watch porn, just watch porn. If real folks don't float your boat, there's hentai out there better written and far more enjoyable than this. If you want to mix the two, get yourself an uncut copy of Kite and have some fun. Elfen Lied is pandering of the worst kind, enjoyed by knuggle-draggers everywhere. I hate it for squandering all its potential in the name of making a skin flick, and I hate it for making me respect my friends less.

Great theme music, though.

GabeZhul:

Scarim Coral:
Neon Genesis Evangelion

I just find the anime far too despressing for my taste and I never get all of the religon subtext either. Honestly those past Critial Miss bash on the show explain it better on why I didn't like it.

Fate/stay Night: Read the visual novel instead.

It's getting a remake by the guys who did Fate/Zero. Shirou even looks a bit less like a shithead. Could be really good. And while I enjoyed the visual novel, it is reaaaaally goddamn long, I have yet to get very far into the second route. I know it's supposed to get better (though I enjoyed Fate, for what it's worth) but it is still really a lot of the same goddamn dinner scenes.

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I just find the anime far too despressing for my taste and I never get all of the religon subtext either. Honestly those past Critial Miss bash on the show explain it better on why I didn't like it.

Fate/stay Night: Read the visual novel instead.

It's getting a remake by the guys who did Fate/Zero. Shirou even looks a bit less like a shithead. Could be really good. And while I enjoyed the visual novel, it is reaaaaally goddamn long, I have yet to get very far into the second route. I know it's supposed to get better (though I enjoyed Fate, for what it's worth) but it is still really a lot of the same goddamn dinner scenes.

Yeah, the Food Discussions (this is actually a thing, we even have a tag for it over at VNDB) are one of the two major flaws of F/SN (three, if you count Shirou starting out pretty unlikeable at the start because of character-development purposes), the other being the H-scenes, which were not only silly but they were also completely botched by the forced reasoning behind them (mana-transfer is still a bit of a meme among the TM fan circles for a reason, alongside of DOLPHINS! :P).

And yes, even though the new anime will probably be better than the original (which is not hard at all), reading the actual visual novel is still better because I say so. :P

I would not recommend the 07 ghost anime. The anime ends with a massive "to be continued" mid way through the slow paced storyline and then is never continued, giving no resolution at all.

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