* The genre in general was considered to be going through one during the later years of the TurnOfTheMillennium and the first half of TheNewTens, when there was a prominent shift towards LighterAndSofter {{Moe}} productions that [[PanderingToTheBase pandered]] to otakus, with [[AudienceALienatingPremise little to no regard]] towards international appeal. Meanwhile, the rise in fansubs and illegal torrenting discouraged dubbing companies from producing dubs for foreign audiences, who could easily download a fansubbed anime episode just hours after its Japanese airing for free. During this time, it became more popular to mock anime fans than to be one, with the {{Kawaiiko}} and OccidentalOtaku stereotypes becoming common insults against them. The age is arguably considered to be ending nowadays, since the airing [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica of]] [[Anime/DragonBallKai several]] [[Manga/HunterXHunter well]]-[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure received]], [[Manga/AttackOnTitan non]]-[[Anime/KillLaKill moe]] [[Anime/SpaceDandy anime]] [[Manga/PingPong in]] [[Manga/{{Parasyte}} recent]] [[Webcomic/OnePunchMan years]] and the revival of Toonami have [[WinBackTheCrowd spurred a renewed interest]] in anime & manga in the west and a gradually re-emerging interest in international appeal in the east (for instance, Toei Animation decided to [[{{Uncancelled}} uncancel]] ''Dragon Ball Kai'' as a result of the anime's wide appeal in the west).
* ''Manga/AstroBoy'' might be a classic, but not even it is immune to dork ages. In the sixties, Tezuka had Astro Boy go through a FaceHeelTurn, and wrote a story where a construction error turned Astro Boy evil. Instead of being a champion of justice who never wanted to hurt a human being, the evil Astro didn't care a bit about human lives anymore. Though Tezuka was fully aware that violent anti-heroes were the latest trend in manga, he didn't feel that it was the way to go for Astro Boy, but his [[ExecutiveMeddling editor insisted that an Astro Boy who killed people and destroyed buildings would be more interesting.]] Tezuka himself was convinced that the readers preferred Astro to be a good-hearted robot, and was proven right when the readers turned out to have zero interest in reading about an evil Astro Boy. Tezuka [[HeelFaceTurn changed him back,]] but it took a lot of time and effort to get the series' popularity back.
* Once Reiko Yoshida left the ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' project, Mia Ikumi tried to write a sequel incorporating the {{retcon}}s made in the TV show and replacing Ichigo with a new character named Berii. Ichigo herself [[BroughtDownToNormal lost her powers]] except as a living accessory to the new heroine, her origins and family life were completely ignored in favor of [[PutOnABus sending her to Europe]], and she became a washed-up hero. It's no surprise ''Tokyo Mew Mew a la mode'' has a high degree of FanonDiscontinuity amongst fans who also [[TheScrappy really dislike Berii]]. Berii herself has been MisBlamed, though; the real blame lies in the publishers, who, among other things, restricted the series to just two volumes when commissioning the sequel.
* Many, '''many''' fans of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' see ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' as this. After the end of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Creator/ToeiAnimation decided to bank off of ''Z'' 's success by creating an original sequel series taking place after Goku leaves to train Uub. The anime attempted to [[LighterAndSofter return]] the franchise to the comedic roots of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'', but suddenly went back to ''Z'' 's DarkerAndEdgier tone after Toei realized how little people appreciated the comedy. Many of ''GT'' 's detractors state that both the comedy and drama of the show was shoehorned in compared to the more natural flow of the original manga, and the [[CerebusRollercoaster sudden shifts in tone]] taken by ''GT'' certainly didn't help matters. Despite ''Dragon Ball'' creator Creator/AkiraToriyama having been heavily involved with the show's production and giving his personal approval of the series, it's become so disliked that one of the biggest [[BrokenBase points of debate]] in the fandom is whether or not the show is canon. Luckily for these fans, Toei seems to have redeemed themselves with ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', which are not only seen as superior sequels to ''Z'', but also seem to ignore ''GT'' entirely.
* For some portion of the fanbase, ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaFORCE'' has become this for the main continuity of the franchise. The series became DarkerAndEdgier, but the method of doing so was introducing an AntiMagic virus into a magical setting. This led the new villains to become a VillainSue gang that beat beloved favorites almost insultingly easily while being insufferable, {{hypocrit|e}}ical {{jerkass}}es, the heroes have to combat them with FlawedPrototype weapons that barely even work and the new main character is, [[HoYay unus]][[ImprobablyFemaleCast ually]], a heterosexual male that has so far not done anything beneficial for the heroes. Even worse, it has undergone a massive ScheduleSlip, releasing only 30 chapters in the four years of its publishing. Perhaps due to all of these reasons, it is currently on (a most likely permanent) hiatus.
* While ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is still very popular in Japan and considerably well-loved in the west, each region has their own candidate for the comic's low point:
** In Japan, ''Diamond is Unbreakable'' is seen as a rather inferior PostScriptSeason compared to the first three parts. Reasons for this include the [[{{Retcon}} retcons]] of the bow & arrow and the protagonist Josuke being the illegitimate son of Joseph, the incredibly formulaic MonsterOfTheWeek plotline (which had already been established as a formula in ''Stardust Crusaders''), and the lack of a real end goal until Reimi Sugimoto and Yoshikage Kira show up. Not helping is Creator/HirohikoAraki displaying a conspicuous bias in favor of ''[=DiU=]'', classifying Josuke as his favorite [=JoJo=] and pushing for representation of part 4 to the point where Japanese fans see it as over-represented.
** Overseas fans of the series tend to look down on ''Vento Aureo'' due to the perception of main protagonist Giorno as bland and uninteresting (though translations may be to blame for this), the extremely-formulaic MonsterOfTheWeek nature that exacerbated the flaws of the previous two parts' plot styles, the [[{{Narm}} narmily]]-[[WTHCostumingAgency designed]] and overly-generic villain Diavolo, and the ending, which reeks of DeusExMachina even by ''[=JoJo=]'' standards. Detractors take particular ire towards Giorno, who for the latter reason plus the fact that he's the illegitimate son of [[GreaterScopeVillain D]][[CrazyAwesome I]][[MagnificentBastard O]] (even reappropriating his battle cry of "MUDA MUDA MUDA") comes off as somewhat of a MartyStu.
** Interestingly enough, each of the above parts that is loathed in one region is highly enjoyed in the other.
* A sizeable portion of the fanbase felt that ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' went into a DorkAge with the Fullbringer Arc. The arc focused on new characters with totally new powers instead of the established characters and featured a plot that seemed almost completely unrelated to any part of the MythArc. To be fair, with [[spoiler:Ichigo depowered and Aizen alive but imprisoned]], there weren't many plot threads that could be carried over directly from the previous arc ''and at least nothing involved Aizen''.
** There are also fans who consider the four year long Arrancar Arc a Dork Age. In general, the writing became a lot more divisive after the Soul Society arc, and the series' sales and ratings dropped to the point where the anime was cancelled as soon as the Fullbringer Arc wrapped up.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has ''Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket'', which consists of the third anime series and the ''Legend Of The Gold Of Babylon'' film. Both the series and the movie had Lupin wearing a [[RealMenWearPink pink jacket]], most of the adult themes downplayed and the slapstick brought UpToEleven (as well as [[OffModel a bizarre design for Fujiko]]). Today, it is [[CanonDiscontinuity widely ignored]] by both the anime producers at Creator/TMSEntertainment and most fans in general in favor of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' and the yearly specials it inspired.
* Some renowned studios have also taken big hits. Creator/StudioGainax has lost some key creators like [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Hiroyuki]] [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Imaishi]] and Creator/HideakiAnno, who have formed their own studios. As a result, Gainax seems to have decayed from producing acclaimed original series to mediocre adaptations of {{Shonen}} manga such as ''Manga/MedakaBox''.
* The retirement (which appears to be permanent [[TenMinuteRetirement this time]]) of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki in 2013 sent Creator/StudioGhibli into an existential crisis. But, even before Miyazaki gave up film-making, the studio is considered by its hardcore fans to have entered a Dork Age starting around 2004 when Miyazaki released ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', which did well on both sides of the Pacific but got mixed reviews. This was followed by his son Goro's ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'', which was critically-panned ([[CreatorBacklash especially by Ursula K. LeGuin]]) and thrown into NoExportForYou limbo in North America for several years due to rights issues. After that came Miyazaki's ''Anime/{{Ponyo|On The Cliff By The Sea}}'', which was a return to the whimsical tone of his late-80s-era movies but still disappointed hardcore fans despite doing quite well at the box office. By 2010, longtime producer Toshio Suzuki openly speculated about closing the studio, although a shutdown was at least delayed by the modest success of ''Anime/{{Arrietty}}''.
* ''[[Anime/NGKnightLamune40 VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh]]'', a sequel to ''VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire'', breaks the concept of the original series of light hearted and comedic SuperRobot fantasy adventure genre into a [[DarkerAndEdgier dark military story]] with [[HotterAndSexier girls showing off her]] [[{{Eroge}} breasts]]. It didn't go well, considering every previous show before it [[{{Shonen}} was made for children.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' hit the dorkiest of all ages with ''Anime/SaintSeiyaOmega''. It's not Kurumada canon, it changed the super-suit from metal armor to spandex, it added a superhero school, the eponymous character is rarely in the spotlight(!), and so on. It seems that the writers eventually understood why it was so hated, and gave it a second season that thoroughly reverted all changes.
** On the other hand, this has caused a broken base, with people that ''liked'' the first season of ''Omega'' (including some fans who didn't like the original SS) being unhappy that they reverted things, and declaring season 2 a Dork Age.
* Among [[PeripheryDemographic certain fans]], the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise has been in one since the end of ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'' (which admittedly was a DarkerAndEdgier ToughActToFollow and is almost universally considered the franchise's highpoint).
** ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'' is considered one of the weaker seasons. [[TooSoon The 2011 Tsunami didn't help either]], as it made what was going to be a dark series aggressively LighterAndSofter. ''Suite'' is also disliked for its characterization, as many feel that Hibiki and Kanade come across as flat copies of [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa and Honoka]] with a rather forced VitriolicBestBuds angle that gets dropped so quickly you wonder why they added it in the first place.
** Some fans also consider ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' this (though it is slightly better regarded) due to its episodic, goofy nature (to the point that it feels more like a spoof of the genre), childish writing (with both the MythArc and character growth being non-existent), and what many see as blatant pandering to the {{Moe}} crowd. On the other hand it was allegedly very financially successful...though mostly only with otaku. It says something when its first Toys/SHFiguarts figure is the EnsembleDarkhorse otaku character (Yayoi/Cure Peace) and not the leader.
** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' is itself better regarded than ''Smile'', but it is also considered this due to its overly-complicated plot and the poor reception to some of it's twists. For example, the SixthRanger Aguri/Cure Ace was not a previously established character (like the {{Sixth Ranger}}s of every Pretty Cure season before) but an entirely new one. [[ReplacementScrappy She also replaced Regina]], [[RedHerring when the show seemed to be building up to Regina becoming a Cure herself]]. (In the end [[PutOnABus Regina vanishes for most of the second half]].) Finally, the lead is regarded as a CanonSue. Basically, they tried to do the opposite of ''Smile'' where ''every'' episode tied into the MythArc...and despite some initial promise, they couldn't pull it off. It currently has ''the'' lowest Website/MyAnimeList rating in the franchise, and allegedly got some of the worst TV ratings as well.
** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrecure'' looked like it would escape the Dork Age...in its first half. The second half was struck by a RomanticPlotTumor while other plot threads from the first half were either [[AbortedArc dropped]] or [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot poorly resolved]]. It's telling that original series creator Washio Takashi returned to be the series planner for the next season, ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure''. It is also telling that this was the first series to bring in ''less'' than 10 billion yen to Bandai since ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''.
* The shoujo magazine ''Magazine/{{Nakayoshi}}'' is considered to be going through one, as most of their series in the last 5 or so years are either otaku-bait or a cheap attempt to be HotterAndSexier.
* ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam|Age}} [[{{Irony}} AGE]]'' is simply condemned a mediocre and a mixed bag inconsistent attempt with [[GenerationalSaga a multi-generational plot]]. Some fans criticize it for [[TastesLikeDiabetes looking too childish]], others says it [[RecycledScript rips off everything the previous Gundams had]], others notice that the series digs deeper and deeper into having [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy needless deaths, violence]] and [[IdiotPlot stupidities]]. The 2nd arc is considered better, but the 3rd arc pushes the series into rock bottom.
%%* Not even ''Manga/OnePiece'' has remained unscratched. After Marineford, which is the climax of the first part of One Piece came Fishman Island and then Punk Hazard. Fishman Island was poorly received by fans, who cite the very slow pacing and weak villains as the reasons for disliking the season. Punk Hazard was better received, but not by much. Punk Hazard's problem, according to most, is that most of it was running.
* Happened to ''Anime/YuGiOh'' once it hit filler. Arcs tended to give Kaiba's backstory or company more prominence, and each arc had its own kind of sin for the fans: the Virtual World interrupted Battle City, and was incredibly weird and nonsensical to many people. Waking the Dragons/Doma had irrational characterization for both Yami and Mai, and screwed with the history of the Shadow Games, and the KC Tournament arc was perceived as just a long breather episode that did little even to expand on Kaiba's character, who the Big Bad of that arc was targeting. And that isn't even mentioning the oddness that is Capsule Monsters.
** And when the people who write the filler arcs have to do their own series, you get the first two seasons of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. The original series ending and the considerably lower quality of ''GX'''s dub did it no favors in the popularity department, but even fans of the series acknowledge that the series's lack of focus, slow pace, and excessive goofiness did a lot to ingrain the "[[FirstInstallmentWins spinoffs are always awful]]" mindset. That it came directly after one of the most filler-heavy and poorly-animated segments of the original meant that fans tend to label just about everything after Battle City to be a DorkAge. Thankfully, it GrewTheBeard with the Yubel arc, rescuing the franchise from its DorkAge in time for the first season of ''5Ds.''
** You also won't find many fans of the first two arcs of the second season of ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'', which is sometimes considered the weakest point of the franchise. Criticisms include either dropping plot threads from the first season or resolving them in anticlimactic ways, [[DemotedToExtra demoting the female characters to extra]], an absurd amount of ProductPlacement, and a gargantuan block of irrelevant {{filler}} episodes at the beginning of the season. The season had to be [[RealLifeWritesThePlot extensively rewritten]] [[TooSoon following a real-life scandal]], namely the discovery that one of season 1's voice actors was a member of the dangerous Roma Sophia {{cult}}, under investigation in Japan at the time. In particular, it was required that almost all elements of mysticism be removed from the series, which led to a hasty {{retcon}}ning in of a [[DoingInTheWizard sci-fi rather than magical origin]] for the BigBad Yliaster organization, among other changes.
** The ''5Ds'' DorkAge extended into its successor series, ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', which took the childishness, stupid designs, filler, and RecycledScript of the other series and magnified them. Thankfully, it pulled itself together by the introduction of the [[KnightOfCerebus Arclights]] and [[GrowingTheBeard jumped heavily in quality]] with ''ZEXAL II'', but the back-to-back combo of ''5Ds'' second half and ''ZEXAL'' first half was quite the blow to the show's older fanbase.
* The second season of the ''Manga/BlackButler'' anime is seen as this by nearly all of the fandom. The {{shotacon}} fanservice was cranked up to intolerably {{squick}}y levels, the new characters were poorly written and completely unlikable (and the returning ones were derailed or {{flanderized}}), and the plot was a near-complete mess that had nothing to do with the manga and had a GainaxEnding. It took ''years'' for another season to be made, and it unsurprisingly ignores everything that happened in this.
* The Anime/UnicronTrilogy as a whole is considered a Dork Age for ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', even among the franchise's notoriously split fanbase.
** ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' was ''very'' rushed, with many bouts of OffModel on par with those seen in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation 1]]'', an English dub with clunky dialogue, incorrect names and [[LullDestruction originally silent moments filled with inane chatter and stock phrases]], and a slow beginning with repetitive episodic adventures happening [[GrowingTheBeard before the plot really kicks off]]. But the main reason why ''Armada'' isn't considered the worst ''Transformers'' series ever...
** ... is because ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' took that spot with almost little competition. All the problems with ''Armada'' were [[UpToEleven amplified]], with the plot starting off good, before repeating itself halfway in and having the final few episodes have nothing to do with anything, character arcs largely being quietly dropped or else ended in a way that doesn't actually resolve them, the setting robbing the cast of any real ''need'' to transform, and the CG models [[DullSurprise lacking emotion]] (to the point where sometimes they're hand-drawn ''just because it looks more impressive''). The dub is even worse - unfinished animation is used, LullDestruction is in full effect (seriously, count how many times you hear "Uhh?" in a moment of silence), mistranslations are plentiful and an important episode is dropped and replaced with ''a Japanese special that is non-canon in the series''. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Transformers:_Energon_%28cartoon%29 Just read what]] Wiki/TFWikiDotNet has to say about it.
** ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' is, however, agreed to be a ''massive'' improvement over its predecessors (with the dub and animation being far less shoddy than them), though it still has its flaws (such as an abundance of StockFootage used to pad episodes and a drawn-out first half with a comparatively trunciated second half).
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': You'll get a lot of answers for what the anime's have been. Two examples crop up more often than others: Johto and Unova.
** The first one (chronologically) is Johto; between the start of the fall of Team Rocket, Brock and Misty being reduced to moving background, {{Flanderization}} of the main cast, and the "Filler Hell" in general. While it started within Season 3 (with the GS Ball becoming an AbortedArc and such), it is Season 4 where the reputation for Johto comes from: very little of significance takes place (no captures, only several evolutions and three ''very'' spaced-out badges), and the {{Filler}} was less memorable overall - the slower pacing led to much of the old vanguard becoming disillusioned with the show. That said, the succeeding "Master Quest" season is largely considered a return to form: more development of the show's MythArc, more {{Story Arc}}s to spice up the plot, stronger standalone episodes, and wrapping up the Original Series with a solid TournamentArc (the Silver Conference being a ToughActToFollow judging from the overall response to later League arcs) makes people more forgiving of it compared to what Johto previously gave them.
** Unova, due to how hard the ResetButton was pressed, the amount of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot potentially awesome plot threads that were left untapped]], having ''several'' [[TheScrappy Scrappys]], the massive AssPull to make Ash lose at the Unova League that's possibly worse than [[DiabolusExMachina Tobias]], [[EndingFatigue and ending on a]] FillerArc. [[FleetingDemographicRule And that's]] [[ReplacementScrappy not even]] [[PlotHole getting into]] [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened the Genesect movie]].
* Majority of fans believed that Creator/{{Clamp}} entered the Dork Age when their first original anime, ''Anime/BloodC'', took off which earn a LoveItOrHateIt reaction from viewers and poor BD sales for having a FailureHeroine which invokes a lot of GenreBlindness, IdiotPlot and [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy the needless gore and violence]]. Though many argued that the dork age started when the last chapters of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' enter into MindScrew territory and the NoEnding of ''Manga/{{Xxxholic}}''. Clamp is now trying to WinBackTheCrowd by continuing ''Tsubasa'' and ''xxxHolic'' in order to fix the problem, the sales went down on its second week which indicates that Clamp really needs to step up from their game to pass the dork age.
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