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GabeZhul:
I also see a lot of people mentioning Code Tranwreck, and I have to ask: What the hell is wrong with you people!? That is the single most enjoyable "so bad it's good" show ever made!

I know, right? If the series ever gets re-released on Blu-Ray (Come on, FUNimation! I know you can do it!!), I'm buying it, popping A LOT of popcorn, and letting the laughter commence...

DuctTapeJedi:

Kaimax:
I recommend not reading this thread... >_>

Why do I now want to know if Rarity would agree or disagree on "not" recommending Paradise Kiss? *assuming the only anime she watches is fashion-related in some way*

OT: The third Tenchi Muyo OVA, mainly on the grounds of some of the English VA cast changing and the "anti-climatic" ending... (Only watch it if you REALLY want to see everything Tenchi-related..)

Also, the anime version of Witchblade... on the grounds of having bad fanservice... and a predictable ending...

(And, yes, I own the complete series of the anime Witchblade and would probably buy the third OVA of Tenchi just to own everything Tenchi-related...)

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.

...And Brotherhood fixes those problem... by making the series longer and having more characters under the spell of "melodrama"... The only way that series makes it "better" than the original is its "extra" action sequences...

I won't mention stuff that has been mentioned already...

Rah Xephon.

*shivers, rocking back and forth*

Well, most of the really awful stuff seems to have been said so I'll go for something a little more non-standard. In fact, I'll go with a Studio Ghibli film!

From Up On Poppy Hill.
I wouldn't say it's bad, or insulting or... well it's not anything really. It's just dull. Nearly every secondary plot point is completely predictable and boring and the main plot is built on a non-issue that's so convoluted and silly it's hard to take it seriously.

It doesn't even have the good manners to have the mysticism that other Ghibli films have, like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle or Laputa. The visual and sound design are great as per usual for a Ghibli film but everything else is dull from start to finish and I only remember it for how boring it was,

Azkar Almsivi:
I won't mention stuff that has been mentioned already...

Rah Xephon.

*shivers, rocking back and forth*

I feel ya. I attended the very first MechaCon anime convention back in 05 where ADV studios (productions? I don't remember) had a giant wheel of fortune with 5 varieties of colored segments. Blue segments won you a DVD, while the single black segment won you a DVD box set. I hit the jackpot and, not knowing any anime by ADV, the fellow running the wheel offered me the Rah Xephon box set. After opening it later, I found it was a single Rah Xephon movie DVD with a huge-ass chuck of Styrofoam to fill up the rest of the box. As I'm sure you can imagine, I was pissed. Then I watched the movie, and I got really pissed. It sucked, and I was really hoping someone would bring it up in this thread. Thank you.

Caramel Frappe:
Bobobo-bo bo-bobo

What? How can you not like my second favorite anime parody of my youth?! ...Eh, whatever... Besides the manga being more satifying, kind of, if you want a better parody series, there's always Excel Saga...

TheEvilGenius:
Excel Saga: Oh, god. I will never get those brain cells back. Hands-down the worst anime I have ever seen.

...On second thought, despite own the complete Excel Saga series on DVD, you're better off watching a parody series from Gainax...

Then again, most over-the-top anime parodies need a level of "don't think too much about it" to even find some enjoyment within them... (except SGT Frog... Just know that there's going to be A LOT of Gundam references, I guess...)

Azkar Almsivi:
I won't mention stuff that has been mentioned already...

Rah Xephon.

*shivers, rocking back and forth*

...I got to be honest... The only thing I like about that series, let alone REMEMBER from that series, was the opening and ending theme music...

OT: Actually, a lot of the anime series that have been mentioned in a more serious matter (compared to my list of "pretending" to not recommend anime series and/or movies) are ones I probably only watched for it's opening and/or ending theme song(s)...

I mean, I would mention Ergo Proxy in this thread, but the opening song and the show's choice of an ending theme (SPOILERS: It's a Radiohead song) makes want to joke about not recommending it to others that want a series that asked deeper questions than NGE and the like, yet decides to only answer most of them in the most ironic way possible EVEN BEFORE the final episode itself... (Then again, I'm not going to buy the complete series on DVD... So, there's that...)

Dragon Ball GT:
A horrible continuation of a series that end well.

Darker Than Black SE2:
The hell happened with this shit?

Does RWBY count as a anime?

'Cause that's terrible and most of my other picks are up here. Namely Sword Art Online, Bleach, and Attack on Titan. With the first two actually having the reasons why I dislike it.

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.

Now, people, the anime in this thread are all indeed not the best shows the medium has to offer, in fact most of these are pretty bad (and for some reason people are posting actually good or decent anime). But there are anime out there that are so bad- I mean really, really bottom-of-the-barrel horrendously bad, you begin to wonder how many drugs the producers took to give the green light for production.

[Kira Must Die]:
Hmmm... interesting.

I've seen a ton of bad anime, but in my opinion if someone wanna watch them, so be it. I'm not one to tell people not to watch something.

However, some of the worst anime I've seen are:

Eiken

The Rebirth of Buddha

Apocalypse Zero

Penguindrum

Nerawareta Gakuen

Those are the ones that really get on my nerves. The other bad stuff I've seen I usually enjoy for their shittiness. Such as:
Mars of Destruction
Garzey's Wing
Master of Martial Hearts
Skelter Helter
Panzer Dragoon
Sleeping with Hinako
School Days

You may not know this, but I love watching shitty anime.

Now these are examples of some all-encompassingly revolting anime. While Penguindrum is debatable (I didn't like it much either, but it had some merit) as is School Days (It had an incredibly satisfying ending) this is some shockingly horrible stuff. I'm highlighting Mars of Destruction and Apocalypse Zero for being abundantly detestable in particular.

To add another few:

Kenya Boy

Mad Bull 34

Angel Cop

Super Mario Bros.: Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach

Vampire Wars

Musashi Gundoh

All of the above are unquestionably atrocious.

Let's see. The top 5 worst animes I've seen. So bad its good series like Tenchi in Tokyo or some of the seasons of Sailor Moon don't count.

5. Burn-Up W - Some competence but an overall boring storyline, unmemorable action, and one dimensional characters. I haven't seen Burn-Up Excess so maybe that one is better.

4. Shattered Angels - I didn't beforehand think it was possible for a story to be both predictable and nonsensical but somehow this anime accomplished that. Really boring and the main character might be the most vapid character I have ever seen.

3. Dragonball Z - Got to get some controversy in my list. If steroid pumped guys shouting at each other in long drawn out action scenes where not much action happens is your cup of tea, then I'm pretty sure you have huge nostalgic goggles on for this series.

2. Tenchi Forever - Watching this is like watching paint dry. There is nothing that happens in the movie. This movie also has the gall to show us that something interesting is actually happening while not showing any of the interesting stuff on camera.

1. Queen's Blade - Well, how do you top infinitely boring? How about some rampant offensiveness mixed in with the boring. The action scenes are awful, the characters one dimensional, and the fanservice ultra-creepy.

Shadow-Phoenix:
Attack on Titan, the anime honestly had a great start but as time went on there was less and less action and more talk. The ending itself left the possibility that there would be a second season (I've read the manga and there should) but I feel like it'l end up just like HSOTD which had a great start and decent action but never got a second season and the anime aired back in 2010 and the OVA in 2011 which was a slight extension.

What I tend to look for in anme is a decent pace of action, character development and overall story, Animes Ghost in the Shell have a CSI theme going but still keeps up the pacing and action, Outlaw Star and Cowboy bebop back in their days along with Trigun could do the same, but something like Attack on Titan just dragged on for me and felt like a slog of episodes with nothing but a few terrified and surprised people and then eventually a titan would show up.

I was actually thinking I might be the only one who hated this anime. I really did not enjoy it after the first couple of episodes which was a really sad thing because it did have a great start, I agree. People can say what they like about SAO but at least something HAPPENED each episode, the plot got moved forward, a character got significantly developed, etc... But yeah, AoT was just such a massive disappointment because it seemed so good and then turned into ANOTHER mindless, pointless action anime.

Chaos Isaac:
Does RWBY count as a anime?

'Cause that's terrible and most of my other picks are up here. Namely Sword Art Online, Bleach, and Attack on Titan. With the first two actually having the reasons why I dislike it.

Huh, you might be the first person I've ever seen who hates both SAO and AoT both. As for RWBY, I can't say I agree with you on that but your opinion is your own so w/e.

I am going to go with Death Note. It starts off just fine but the last half of it felt like filler that was written but a completely different person.

[Kira Must Die]:

I've heard of most of these and those I didn't I was able to look up with ease, EXCEPT "Sleeping with Hinako". What exactly is it? Because from what I gather it's just a girl with big boobs that sleeps and you watch her or something... I'm confused.

OT: This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
I feel as if I was tricked into watching this one. I haven't watched it for years and year and years, so sorry if I get it a little wrong. however If I remember the description right. It was about a girl from space that is discovered by a teenager, they fall in love, but it turns out that they're natural enemies, and can love conquer all, yadda yadda yadda.

I thought it was going to be a nicely romantic anime with a philosophical tinge to it about whether or not the natural order is the natural order or if we can overcome the base instincts to destroy and fight.

Here is a short synopsis of the entire series: Tits, tits, tits, giant monster fight, tits, tits, another giant monster fight, more tits, even more tits, hot springs episode with lolicon tits, tits 2: the titening, oh look another monster fight but let's breeze past that for more jiggly-wiggly-wobbly-bouncy-bouncy titty tits, tits, tits, tits, TITS 3: THE TIT MAN COMETH!, final monster fight, unsatisfying non-ending ending, THE END

It is the most pretentious fan-service anime I have ever seen. And let's talk about fan-service a moment shall we? Why in the name of the 20 fucks is fan service still being made? We're not cavemen, we have the internet! I can see any kind of corker I want. giant knockers, flat chest, big tits, small tits, tits that climb on rocks! I can see it all! Why would anyone deal with a cock-tease!? Please, somebody explain this to me I really want to know! Also sorry for being a little aggressive in this post, I still haven't gotten over the time I wasted watching that piece of shit.

If you don't mind, I'm going to reverse your reversal and recommend some things mentioned in this thread.

Naruto and Bleach. One Piece didn't appeal to me, so I didn't watch past the first couple arcs, but it's in the same boat. These are good shows, good, surprisingly smart shows with a lot of thought put into them. Er, well, except for Bleach. Kubo never had any clue what he was doing with that mess. Also, they're delicious snack food. You can easily gobble down ten or more episodes in a day if you have the time. Lastly, watching one of these keeps you humble, and prevents you from becoming an asshole who tells people they're dumb for watching shounen.

Attack on Titan. AoT rolled over the anime fandom like a wave. Very much like a wave, in fact. You could think of anime fans as a rock in the middle of the ocean and the rest of the Internet as a beach: the wave rolled right over us without stopping and then broke on the beach in a big, beautiful rush. Attack on Titan is fresh and fun and exciting and gritty and flashy and awesome...and it went over the heads (or perhaps under the feet) of monocle-adjusting otaku.

Neon Genesis Evangelion. Flawed? Sure. After watching Evangelion 1.0 for a second time, I can say that Hideaki Anno is a piss-poor editor. "Huh?" you say. Yeah. That movies cuts were awful. Other than that, though, I don't know if there's any anime which can equal Eva's cathartic power. I'll be quiet now. You can stay and whine about how whiny Shinji is.

Lastly, Fate/stay night. Not because it's good, I haven't actually seen it and have no doubt it's quite bad. But there is no way, no way in any possible universe, that the anime could possibly be as bad as the visual novel on which it's based. The VN outclasses in terribleness everything else I am about to mention.

Fate/Zero is great, by the way.

Moving on to the suck!

Here's one people haven't mentioned: Wolf's Rain. Yeah, Studio Bones seems to have a gift for adapting manga (they were responsible for a show you might have heard of: it rhymes with Null Petal Malcolm-ist) but their in-house productions seem to pretty much universally be clusterfucks, and - in my opinion - Wolf's Rain is the most fucked of all of them. Believe it or not, I'm not going to complain about the recap episodes - in fact, I think those episodes improve the show. For those who don't know, there are four recap episodes in the latter third of the show; I believe there was an epidemic of some kind at the time, and so those episodes simply couldn't be made. No real harm done, though, because the last four episodes of the series simply went onto disk without ever being aired. Except those last four episodes turn a tolerable 22-episode show with an odd and vague but surprisingly satisfactory ending into a confusing, ridiculous, almost amusing 26-episode failure of a resolution.

Honorable Mention goes to RahXephon, which only escapes because it's by the same studio and has basically the same problems. It does, however, earn a silver medal in the category of Worst Opening Song.

Bruce:
Elfen Lied. Its worst flaw isn't the nudity, the pointless cruelty, the violence or any of that.

It is that it is boring. It is one of the most boring pieces of crap I have ever watched, with stale, unrealistic characters, a plot trying to be so "adult" it raps itself right around to being juvenile again, and really nothing to redeem it.

Uh, what this guy said. I have nothing to add.

Another one nobody's mentioned: Eden of the East. I'm honestly not totally sure what's so bad about it. It's bland, but lots of things are bland. But when I was ranking the anime I'd seen a few months back, I could think of almost nothing I liked less than it.

Witchblade. Hoo, yeah, so my problems with this one are the same as my problems with most ecchi anime, Witchblade just sucks at it the most. It has two basic problems: 1) too much fanservice, and 2) not enough fanservice. Yeah, this seems to be a thing with a lot of ecchi: dividing their attention to between story and titillation. Which is stupid, because let's be honest here, there's only one reason you're watching this show. It's like watching a porno in which the pool guy arrives, fixes the pool, they chat for a while, have coffee, have dinner, and then in the evening go upstairs and have sex. Except without the sex. And less interesting.

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control had a pretty great first episode. It's not as bad as anything above, but this is still a mediocre series with a cool premise but some infuriating idiosyncrasies. Like when the main character is in a battle and has all but lost after one attack, without his enemy expending any effort at all. Cut to after the battle, with the main character victorious with no real explanation. The worst part by far, though, is the ending. A plot-thing is about to occur which will erase Japan from existence. This is a known phenomenon which has happened in the past. The villain is attempting to save Japan. His plan, while it does require significant sacrifice, has no collateral damage. The main character opposes him. He has no alternative. In other words, if the main character succeeds, all 100 million+ people in Japan will die. The show has stated this. The main character succeeds. Japan is not destroyed, and in fact all the damage which has previously done is undone. HAPPY END.

Star Driver. If there is one show in this post you shouldn't see, it's this one. Do not watch Star Driver. I repeat, DO NOT WATCH STAR DRIVER. Star Driver is fun, exciting, and gorgeous, but it's also brilliant as hell and you won't get it. If you didn't like Revolutionary Girl Utena, don't watch this show. If you did like Utena, don't watch this show, because Star Driver is twice as good. Seriously, STAY AWAY from the genius that is Star Driver.

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

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

Yeah, quite a lot to choose from, much of what has already been mentioned.

I really would LOVE to put Bleach and Naruto up here, but starting from a certain point I completely abandoned both animes and turned exclusively to the mangas. But considering what an absolute crap-turn THOSE took, I can only imagine the horrible clusterfucks the respective animes are today.

Bleach pretty much turned into Kubo's personal "art"-project (and you can pronounce the word art here in the most pretentious french accent that you know) and Naruto desperately tries to be DBZ. Why the fuck ever you want to be DBZ (aside from the hordes of nostalgia-fans who throw money at you) is beyond me. Which is a shame, because both series had really great premises and surprisingly mature themes and/or a varied cast of support-characters that had their own importance in the world...in contrast to, you know, everyone just being there as a stepping stone for the bloody protagonist.

One Piece on the other hand I really, really like........the manga that is. The anime....mmmmno. Most of the voices make my ears bleed and afaik it suffers from the same bugbears most famous adaptations suffer: horrible pacing and stiff animation that somehow lose to STILL pictures in terms of dynamic.

Dragon Ball Z - Holy mindfuckery. I will never, EVER understand what the thought-process was behind taking one of the most iconic manga/anime-franchises, a light-hearted martial arts-adventure with lot of wacky, fun-characters and a truly fantastic world and turning it into a generic "villain of the week"-style anime with everyone constantly looking like they're trying to hold back a shit. Oh yeah, and turning every fantastic character into a fucking alien.
And the most idiotic part? It's always hailed as a great battle-anime. And the fights are absolutely boring. Everytime you get maybe two or three punches animated, which are the usual straight hits to the face or stomach and the rest is speed-lines and laz0r-barrages. No technique, no witty maneuvers. Just speed-lines, energy blasts and one or two straight punches. Battle-manga my ass.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - NGE I...honestly I'd even recommend watching it. In my eyes it's THE prime example of a weird trend in anime, where interesting shows with nice premises and room for character development, mixed with giant robots and a heavy subtext turn into outright metaphor-humping BS. It's fascinating. It's like someone gifts you your personal space shuttle and as it is delivered to you, it falls off tracks and all you can do is watch how it rolls of the hill, crashes and burns into a giant mess of iconography. Also, the goal of Seele is to turn mankind into apple juice. Try following that logic.

Hellsing (not the OVA) - Imagine someone taking Bram Stoker's Dracula, the idea of a secret army of vampire-nazis bent on a thrid world war, a militant organization of the vatican and some of the most weirdly awesome over-the-top yet somehow working art you can imagine in manga, throws it into a blender and makes an absolutely awesome fight-fest out of it. Even giving you one of the very, VERY few Mary Sue-characters that bloody work.
Now hand it to the guys behind a panty-shot-anime.
Yeah.

And last but not least, and I really cannot believe that no one mentioned this before:

Love Hina.
To my shame, I have to admit that I actually read the manga when I was younger. No bloody clue why, though. Looking back at it it's just plain stupid. The art is stiff, the emotional parts are incredibly shallow (no feels there, folks) the nudi...the fan service is unsatisying beyond believe and oh my god the story-lines are...*shudder*.

And that's just the manga. The anime...it's just...just..

Just don't watch Love Hina. Okay? Yes, everyone likes to press the giant red button but...guys, please...don't. You will get stupid.

Techno Squidgy:

Neverhoodian:
Time to roast a sacred cow here:

Dragon Ball Z. Good Lord, what a boring show.

The plot moves at a glacial pace, with way too much pointless filler between fights. Even the fights themselves are tedious. The combatants spend most of the time floating in place while grimacing and yelling like they're suffering from a chronic case of constipation. What's worse, when one of them starts charging an ultimate-bullshit beam attack, the opponent does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to prevent it, instead opting to stay in place and stand there all idiotic and slack-jawed. Just fly up there and punch him already, dammit!

Go watch Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged instead. It covers the main plot points more succinctly and is way more entertaining to boot.

I whole heartedly agree with this.
If you didn't watch Dragonball Z as a young 'un, don't watch it now, nostalgiaCam is just about the only thing this show has going for it.

I sort of agree, but I'll say this: Original Dragon Ball was charming as hell. Seriously.

Z was ridiculous, but I fucking love it because of nostalgia. However, Dragon Ball Kai streamlines it and actually (imo) turns it into a fairly decent anime. The plot doesn't lose itself in retarded tangents, and the voice acting is much better than the original show.

OT: Naruto and Bleach. All of my wat.

chiggerwood:

[Kira Must Die]:

I've heard of most of these and those I didn't I was able to look up with ease, EXCEPT "Sleeping with Hinako". What exactly is it? Because from what I gather it's just a girl with big boobs that sleeps and you watch her or something... I'm confused.

It's exactly that. Hinako talks to the camera, goes to sleep, and the camera ogles her body for 45 minutes. There's two dream sequences where she checks her weight, and a scene where she wakes up half asleep and kisses you (or the camera), as well as sings a lullaby, but they're brief compared to how long you watch her sleep.

Neon Genesis Evangelion. By itself, it's a mediocre anime with a crappy ending because they ran out of money. Then they had the money to redo the ending... and still gave a crappy ending. Throw in an obsessed fandom who thinks the Anime is the Anime Messiah, and I'm so full of hate.

[Kira Must Die]:
Eiken- I can't think of a single redeeming factor for this anime. It's tasteless, unfunny, unsexy, irredeemable, disgusting trash. Everything from the one dimensional characters, awful and inconsistent animation, generic and forgettable music, terrible voice work both Japanese and English, and lack of any sort of story or plot. I've seen hentai that had more class, plot, and better animation than this vile, unwatchable garbage. If you think HighSchool of the Dead was bad with its fanservice, you'll faint if you ever decide to watch this piece of shit. This is seriously the worst anime I've ever seen. I just can't squeeze any sort of enjoyment out of this, not even ironically.

Sweet tap-dancing Jesus, I clicked on the link. How do the girls in this series not snap their spines the moment they try to stand up?

This is supposed to be an 11 year old child?! Who did their character design?

bluegate:

Manji187:
As for the anime I wouldn't recommend; Log Horizon. Inspired by Sword Art Online, but decides to focus entirely on the gameplay aspects. Why can't people log out of the game? Who cares when there's cooking to be done! How does this game even work? Matrix-style plug-in to the neck? Who cares...when NPC's are apparently leading their own lives now!

There's only so much "just roll with it" that I can take.

Got Ninja'd I see... That the guy from Vagabond in your avatar by the way?

Anyway, here are some of my reasons why I would recommend to stay away from that series;

The main character comes very close to a know it all god character, the series seems riddled with inner dialogs explaining situations all the while emphasizing how smart and cunning the main character is.

He has his own personal ninja girl groupie that obviously likes him but he doesn't seem to notice. She role-plays that she is indebted to him for life, constantly calls him her lord and clings to him because he is so awesome and what not. She is totally insecure about the way she looks, acting embarrassed and what not whenever she is asked to dress or act femininely in front or around the main character.

I just can't stand these kinds of characters. The anime might have a nice story further down the line, but.. I just didn't stick around to find out. Also, it struck me as an anime that would end up making up game techniques just for plot convenience.

As to my avatar, you are correct.

Your reasons concerning the portrayal of the characters are pretty spot-on. God forbid Shiroe is ever shown as someone less than a total badass in all he does, the show seems to be implying. Self-insert character for the teenage viewer much? Also, what's up with those two kids being used as slaves? Just run, get yourself killed....RESPAWN and head to the nearest friendly guild. Maybe I've missed something, but I couldn't understand why they were patiently enduring it all until Shiroe the Savior came to the rescue.

What is a glaring flaw, IMO, is the fact that even though everybody is essentially trapped in the game, nobody seems to mind that very much. You don't see anyone freaking out (which would be a normal reaction from a normal person) and trying to find a way out, oh no, they'll happily play on and focus on all the things that don't truly matter. That's why I believe you are correct when you say that this anime will probably make stuff (like game techniques) up. The creators are likely to pad the anime out with all sorts of, ultimately irrelevant, shenanigans.

Don't watch Elfen Lied or Black Lagoon. Both are a kid's idea of mature viewing, but in their own uniquely obnoxious way. Elfen Lied thinks it is trying to say something, but its navel gazing is diminished by gratuitous fan service, under-developed characterisation and excessive gore. Black Lagoon wants to be a throw back to 80s action movies, but it tries way too hard. All the swearing, boobery and akimbo guns feels a bit pathetic.

I'm not saying this because stuff has to be mature and I am happy with childish, mindless gratuitous stuff. But I like it to admit it's childish, mindless gratuitous stuff, and not making some attempt to be what it isn't. Elfen Lied is not clever or mature, Black Lagoon is not a Woo/Schwarzenegger movie.

hazabaza1:
From Up On Poppy Hill.
I wouldn't say it's bad, or insulting or... well it's not anything really. It's just dull. Nearly every secondary plot point is completely predictable and boring and the main plot is built on a non-issue that's so convoluted and silly it's hard to take it seriously.

It doesn't even have the good manners to have the mysticism that other Ghibli films have, like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle or Laputa. The visual and sound design are great as per usual for a Ghibli film but everything else is dull from start to finish and I only remember it for how boring it was,

Well, it was directed by the same guy (Goro Miyazaki) who directed Tales from Earthsea. So it's no real surprise his next venture would be of comparable quality.

Japan seems like the type of culture where it's expected of children to follow in their parents footsteps, taking over the reigns. So eventhough Goro Miyazaki can't direct, and maybe doesn't even want to, it's still expected of him. I could be completely wrong though, but somehow I feel this might be the reason behind it.

Casual Shinji:

hazabaza1:
From Up On Poppy Hill.
I wouldn't say it's bad, or insulting or... well it's not anything really. It's just dull. Nearly every secondary plot point is completely predictable and boring and the main plot is built on a non-issue that's so convoluted and silly it's hard to take it seriously.

It doesn't even have the good manners to have the mysticism that other Ghibli films have, like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle or Laputa. The visual and sound design are great as per usual for a Ghibli film but everything else is dull from start to finish and I only remember it for how boring it was,

Well, it was directed by the same guy (Goro Miyazaki) who directed Tales from Earthsea. So it's no real surprise his next venture would be of comparable quality.

Japan seems like the type of culture where it's expected of children to follow in their parents footsteps, taking over the reigns. So eventhough Goro Miyazaki can't direct, and maybe doesn't even want to, it's still expected of him. I could be completely wrong though, but somehow I feel this might be the reason behind it.

I remember kind of liking Tales from Earthsea. It was a bit slow at times and a little generic maybe but the mysticism was nicely done and I can remember more about the characters in Earthsea six years on than I can from Poppy Hill in less than a month.

Let's stop watching Naruto.

Let's stop watching Bleach.

Let's stop watching everything Gainax has produced.

And let's stop talking about how Evangelion is "deep" and "meaningfull", even though the producers themselves said that because Christianity is rare in Japan (0.023% of Japan practises Christianity, or a similiar number) they thought putting in a bunch of religious references would be fun and maybe they'd increase the popularity of their show by having a fight with censors.

In other words, the "deap and meaningfull" aspects of your shitty like anime are just a marketing ploy.

Stop talking about Evangelion. Please, oh God... please...

Roggen Bread:
Unless you happen to stumble about a list of useless fillers: Naruto. Reasons have been specified. However, recent episodes all the cool shit has been happening one has waited for years to happen. I suppose it's a guilty pleasure of mine.

Not a guilty pleasure of mine: Fairy Tail. Yes. The music is fucking amazing. No other anime has managed to bring tears to my eyes yet. This one does. And I blame it on the beautiful, mind boggling music.

However: Complete lack of blood?! Seriously?! Even the chick whose "magic" it is to slice everything up with swords. How does one manage to do this without bleeding? No. I am not a gore addict. But this just... bothers me. I can't even bump my forehead without bleeding (you know, very hard and stuff), and they... well...

The female characters are just plain bad. In every fight: First cry, than kick ass, than cry some more, than tragic backstory blabla, don't forget crying... oh yeah! And the crying! If that has been done we might even get to see some action. in EVERY arc.
Also the filler arcs are pointless. And what was about that fucking episode with the body switching magic?! First things go bad. Than things go worse, than solution is impossible. THE END! Coming up next: completely different arc. Also we retconned the episode you just finished watching. Sure you don't remember it, do you?!

In most animes you have a "learing curve". 2-3 standard attacks, 3-4 attacks for heavy foes. While undergoing physical/psychological trauma "the enraged mega death knock". After some uses of this, this one gets adopted into the arsenal. Not in this show. But, it's always a new "the enraged mega death knock". So yeah. Pretty creative writers who manage to find synonyms for "fire" "flame" "dragon" and "of doom!"

Anyway. The music is awesome.

To this day I still don't know WHY I actually liked this show. I blame it on the music, the tits, the fights scenes and the tits.

No but seriously the fanservice! The fucking fanservice! It somehow manages to not really interfere with the plot or seem overly ridiculous, even when it really really should.

It's not a great anime, it's probably not even a good one, but it's so much fun to watch.

And the No blood thing is especially ridiculous considering how extremely and absurdly R rated this series pretty much has to be because of all the god damn tits.

What the hell is the point?

OT: At this point it's really obvious that yes, Darker then Black was an amazing anime and yes, it went to hell in the second season and yes, were all extremely pissed off about it.

But I'm saying it anyway.

Tengan Toppa Gurrenn Lagann
Grotesquely overated, overhyped, overpromoted crap.
It mocks, mimmicks, and references other, much better anime constantly. But has zero peronsality of it's own.
One of the stupidest animes ever made!

Spirited Away
Grotesquely overated rated, overhyped, crap.
Vile characters, stupid story.

Arriety
This anime is one of the worst animes ever made.
It bears little to no resemblance to the books.
The dialogue is so badly done, IN THE JAPANESE VERSION, that it runs independantly of the film.
Most of the dialogue is porno sounding grunts. There is a point, were Pod is talking, but a uh, uh, uh, track is playing over it! Almost all he says is uh, uh, uh.
In fact, that's all most of them say. The entire dialogue is like this
uh, uh, hmm, uh, mmmm, grunt, huh, huff, groan, hurr.
After 5 minutes you feel like hitting them all with a stick like some pissed off headmistress/master and screaming 'speak properly you idiots!'.

Naruto
Total and utter trash.

Bleach
Trash that goes absolutely nowere.

Attack On Titan
Grotesquely overated, overhyped, overpromoted, trash.
Literally every single thing about this anime is garbage.
Every single line is either in dead tones or screamed hysterically.Every single thing is dragged out for the longest time possible.

Betterman
One of the worst animes ever made.
Every single thing about this anime is garbage.
Lamia is potentially good. But he is grindingly stupid.
The dialogue is like attack on titan.
The dialogue is some of the most painful, boring , crap I ever saw. It's dragged out in the most boring way possible, for literally every single line.

Clannad
Boring, pathetic, trash that goes absolutely nowere.

Code Geass
Grotesquely overated, overpromoted, overhyped, garbage.
It's so cynical, you can see were the planning went into it. Zero inspiration went into this anime. Absolutely zero. It's cynically made money grabbing crap.
Lelouch is one of the most grotesquely overated cretins ever made.
He is some kind of attempt at forcing Light from deathnote into a pretty boy emo pansy.
Except Lights a brutal, ruthless, man who will kill anyone and do anything to get what he wants.
And Lelouch is a constantly posing whiner, emo pansy, who fails to grasp that his position means he can get things by politics or form killing off the other contenders. And constantly whines about being royal and rich. ALL HE DOES IS POSE!
And he hates his country, which is wrong. You should never hate your country.

Ghost In The Machine
Overated garbage. It makes no sense whatsoever.
When the sensibely dressed female lead took her clothes off to go to work, I said firetruck this crap!

Casshern Robot Hunter
Casshern is inherantly stupid. But this takes the cake for stupid.
This casshern goes beyond mascochist into practically begging to be fused with the machine.
Then he stands about being emo, when not fighting.
Luna is beyond ridiculous. she looks like a freaking clown! And is retardly stupid.
So cretinously stupid she looks, there are times when Casshern looks like he's thinking, 'WTH are you wearing?!'
He looks like he wants to run away from her whenever they're together.
The story is beyond terrible. It makes no sense.

Tales Of Earthsea.
Absolutely atrocious.

Ponyo
That films emcompass' everything bad about the studio.
Absolutely atrocious story. Ugly chinless hamster faces. Stupid characters.

Basically, everything after Princess Mononoke is terrible from Studio Ghibli.

Wow, some people don't seem to understand the difference between 'bad' and 'over-rated'. Spirited Away? Seriously? There is no objective standard by which that is bad, no matter how little you enjoyed it.

I gave up on Code Geass, was annoyed by the reset-buttoning of Clannad, and utterly despised Mind Game. Perhaps I'd advise you to avoid them. But they're all popular and/or respected enough in their own way, so that's just my opinion.

Anime to truly avoid, that no-one in their right minds could think was good? Evangelion, Black Lagoon, Attack on Titan, Elfenlied, RahXephon, Excel Saga; none of these are shows which fit the bill.

MD Geist, Sleeping with Hinako and the rest of that series probably should be avoided at all costs, though I can't speak from experience there. ThemAnime has a fascinating list of 'adult reviews' which are not adult for the obvious reason, but because they are likely to finally destroy your inner child. Those are more realistic anime to avoid than Death Note, for example.

...four pages and not a single person has mentioned Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.

You lucky bastards.

Suckered in by the promise of a show where the main character tries to bring the annoyingly quirky underage b8 back to reality and succeeds, I jumped aboard... and three episodes in, said plot was resolved. Cue nine episodes of NOTHING. Also, is anyone else more than a little creeped out by how, for some reason, when an older man makes sexual advances towards a young girl it's sick and wrong, yet the other way around it's supposed to be hilarious and sexy? Yeah, no, fuck that. That and the character design is hideous.

The one redeeming thing it has? The theme song is so bad, it's good incarnate. Here, have a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J5KHLXrcF8

EDIT: While I'm here:

Gurren Lagann spends way too much time focusing on a character I desperately wanted to see die, wasted an opportunity to develop a character with great potential(though I will concede he did get the most badass death of all time), most of the characters are complete idiots, and it continuously shoots itself in the face by twisting it's own message around to where the last episode basically tells the rest of the series to go fuck itself. An you know what? So do I.

Needless is one of the most accurately named anime of all time. Needlessly slow pacing, needlessly stupid and pointless characters, needless sexualization of characters for comedy that is neither arousing nor funny, and a needlessly dragged out ending that did manage to be creative while still boring as hell. Oh, and writers? YOU CANNOT MAGIC IN A ROMANCE IN LITERALLY THE LAST SCENE OF THE BATTLE CHARGE WITH NO PRIOR DEVELOPMENT.

Guilty Crown. First season was actually kind of an interesting character study with an acceptable conclusion; not really terrible, but Shinji Ikari .5 and generic fanboy bait Rei Ayanami ripoff #9001 do not interesting lead characters make. SEASON TWO, however, is absolute shit. Let me give an example of how bad this show is: there is a character who is wheelchair bound, and is clearly shown to be strong, mature, and independent. What, might you ask, is her "void"(basically a superpower every person has, each one being different for each character)?

BEING ABLE TO WALK. I wish I was kidding, I REALLY do. It just gets worse from there; characters become brain dead for no reason and get other, better characters killed, causing other characters to go insane and become evil, and it's just an utter fucking disaster.

Z of the Na'vi:
Those two...individuals...who recommended watching Team Four Star's Dragonball Z Abridged as opposed to the actual Dragonball Z anime are classy people who I in no way disagree with whatsoever. Funny enough how at the beginning of every DBZA episode they go out and tell you quite directly to please support the official release.

You're free to believe whatever you want to believe, it's cool.

*twitch*

OT: I didn't really enjoy One Piece when I watched it here and there on Toonami all those years ago. Then again I'm not the biggest watcher of anime, so you should probably take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Actually, make that a 4 lb bag of it.

If it makes ya feel any better, I am a huge DBZ fan. I love the series and it's probably one of the first anime I ever watched. That's half the reason I love DBZ Abridged. I've even enjoyed the more recent DBZ movies like Battle of the Gods. Kinda hope they start up more DBZ, since it seems to have done well. Heard it was released in theaters in Japan and was the number one movie when it came out.

You should Google Dragon Ball Multiverse, if you need a DBZ fix.

Elfenlied for me as well, it is boring bile fantasy nonsense interspersed with a bad harem anime where the main love interest is literally mentally retarded and can't even dress herself. Chobits for the same reason minus the gorn sections. Those late 90's/early 2000's "romances" really had a thing for inert female objects.

In fact, all harem anime, just that entire genre. But especially He Is My Master for the central ideal to it being "Yup, women exist to be subservient and indentured servitude is totally cool."

And I got one that's not so much an anime as it is a concept that's present in a lot of it. That blue-balling bullshit where the characters and by extension the audience are supposed to find innocence as a sexually attractive quality. The whole "I get off to the idea of this girl but I will never act on it because that will spoil her purity" and the highly sexualized situations those characters are placed in without any idea that it is indeed sexual.

Naruto. A lot of standing around talking about stupid crap when the characters are supposed to be locked in mortal combat, You are supposed to believe that some kids that just graduated ninja school can somehow train so fast that they can take on the best in the world in like a couple of weeks, the audience is supposed to recall the "good old days" when team 7 were friends and had adventures which are never actually shown so it has no effect on the audience what so ever.
Also Lucky Star, unless you enjoy hours of girls talking about nothings more boring than your real life conversations.
Code Geass R2. OK that's cheating because after one sees R1, seeing R2 is a requirement but after the amazingness that was Code Geass R1, R2 is just disappointing.
any anime dubbed by 4kids.
Oh yes Lets not forget DragonBall Z, the most overrated anime of all time, episodes of nothing but characters standing still, characters that are too overpowered for their own good, a story that nobody could take seriously, all fun and life sucked out and replaced with a bunch of identical looking muscle boys that could only be cool to children below ten years old, or so you would think.
Love Hina the anime. Studio Xebec decided to remove the good parts of the manga and blow up all the worst parts.
Negima! Same as Love Hina, ever other anime adaptation of the manga has been better than the xebe one. Read the manga instead.
Anything that has a premise of "a mysterious extremely attractive girl who is an alien/angel/robot/whatever ends up in a situation where they must live with our hilarious looser protagonist." Prepare for recycled jokes, unsatisfying fanservice, and ever character that isn't the main one acting like a complete moron for the sake of "comedy." Actually even the main character usually acts like a moron in these shows. The worst of these is Dokoro-chan which thinks it's clever because it takes the most overused anime joke of all time and uses it constantly and adds more blood.

dylanmc12:

And let's stop talking about how Evangelion is "deep" and "meaningfull", even though the producers themselves said that because Christianity is rare in Japan (0.023% of Japan practises Christianity, or a similiar number) they thought putting in a bunch of religious references would be fun and maybe they'd increase the popularity of their show by having a fight with censors.

In other words, the "deap and meaningfull" aspects of your shitty like anime are just a marketing ploy.

Stop talking about Evangelion. Please, oh God... please...

You know not even on Evageeks, the Evangelion fansite, do they believe that :P. In fact I don't think I've actually seen someone try and justify or make sense of these symbols because it's so widely known that it was indeed, a marketing ploy. That isn't to say other parts of the anime aren't looked into perhaps, too deeply such as the cultural significance of lunchboxes in 2.0 or Shinji's sleep patterns in 3.0.

UPISTRVIMYD:
...four pages and not a single person has mentioned Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko.

You lucky bastards.

Suckered in by the promise of a show where the main character tries to bring the annoyingly quirky underage b8 back to reality and succeeds, I jumped aboard... and three episodes in, said plot was resolved. Cue nine episodes of NOTHING. Also, is anyone else more than a little creeped out by how, for some reason, when an older man makes sexual advances towards a young girl it's sick and wrong, yet the other way around it's supposed to be hilarious and sexy? Yeah, no, fuck that. That and the character design is hideous.

The one redeeming thing it has? The theme song is so bad, it's good incarnate. Here, have a listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J5KHLXrcF8

I entirely agree with you on this one the only thing that kept me from throwing this thing was the great quality of the scenery that this show has. Example: http://i.imgur.com/QuAhMx3.png. Though to enjoy it like this you need to have it in HD.

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