Though anime fans may hate to admit it, the medium is as vulnerable to shoddy series as any other medium.
Just as there are bad movies in the world, there are even worse anime titles out there ready to knock IQ points off its viewers. Not every show can be as thrilling as Attack on Titan or inspiring as Sailor Moon. For some studios, a good day's work can come from simply finishing a D-rate anime, and fans have not been quiet when it comes to roasting such series.
If you have heard of the 'so bad, it's good' trope, then this list is not the one for you. ComicBook has sifted through the worst of the worst to give anime fans a look into an industrial nightmare. The following anime titles are not ones which will grow on fans; If anything, they will leave audiences bored once the initial shock value sinks in.
From video game adaptations to ecchi action, the following anime series have everything fans want to avoid. Every anime lover knows a class-act show is shadowed by a handful of dubs. So, if you are wanting to know about some of the industry's hilariously terrible series, then you can flip through the slides below.
Devil May Cry
Sadly, anime has yet to nail down the art of video game adaptations. If you want to look into the industry's most volatile case of adaptation-gone-wrong, fans need to look no further than Devil May Cry. The anime does its best to hone in on the game's slick aesthetic, but it tries too hard to be cool. The dialogue is cringe worthy, the plot is basically nonexistent, and action scenes are drawn out in a way that'd make Dragon Ball blush. Sure, the anime does its best to flesh out Dante's life as a devil-hunter, but the anime gives no context for why audiences should care for the Dark Knight. So, when fans choose to wrap the anime early, no one can be too surprised.
You might think the men of Miracle Train are catches, but anime fans know better than to judge a flower boy by his looks. This anime looks like a simply reverse-harem series from the outside as various young girls board a mysterious train that carries insanely handsome men. However, viewers will soon figure out there is something off about the show's sexual overtones. The boys which ride this so-called Miracle Train are really just human incarnations of Tokyo underground train stops - and the girls still dig it! The show winds up teaching audiences more about the subway's history than how to handle a relationship. But, hey - at least leave the show knowing how a metro pass works.
Mars of Destruction
For anime fans, sci-fi is a genre which they've seen handled brilliantly by shows like Neon Genesis Evangelion or even Mobile Suit Gundam. However, when it comes to Mars of Destruction, there is no part of the OVA which audiences can salvage. The one-off adaptation has a plot that is of no consequence. The OVA follows a group of girls who don Mars suits and fight aliens for absolutely no reason. Devoid of any world building, fans are left to watch the crudely animated OVA and balk at its over-the-top reactions. The girly soldiers seem to be scared of the littlest things, leaving fans unsurprised when several soldiers get decapitated in increasingly trite ways. By the end of the anime, most fans are lucky to still be awake.prevnext
If ecchi is your thing, then you will at least find Manyuu Hikenchou visually pleasing. After all, the softcore action series spends most of its time giving fans close-up breast shots. The anime is set in an alternate world where feudal Japan is taken over by the Tokugawa Shogunate. With a new ruling power in place, the government declares that breast size now dictates political power amongst women. In this world, there is a powerful clan whose members wield the ability to magically change a person's breast size. However, when one of the clan members grows tired of the busty manipulation, the girl Chifusa abandons her family and takes the clan's secret powers with her.prev