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KantonKage: Doki Doki Precure episode 26. While Cure Ace has been annoying me for a while. However, this episode really takes the cake. Rikka's been nursing Ira, who suffered from Laser-Guided Amnesia. Then Ace pops up and transforms and points her weapon at the injured Ira. A couple moments later, Gula shows up and Ace ABANDONS them, using the "I want to see your resolve."
Lily Nadesico: Fairy Tail chapter 322. Following a pretty cool fight between Laxus and Jura, we are "treated" to the rather short and rushed outcomes of the Grey & Juvia VS Lyon & Cheria and the Erza VS Minerva fight. Then, after all is said and done, it seems that it will be Sting's time to shine... and yet, after seeing the worn-out Grey, Juvia, Erza, Laxus and Gajeel getting ready, he just... gives up? Talk about a disappointing and anticlimatic end to what was until then a fairly good arc.
jaydude1992: Also from Fairy Tail, the end of the Erza/Minerva fight. Minerva has previously beaten up one of Erza's friends, tortured another one purely for the evulz, and threatened one of her guild's members with the death of his Morality Pet if he doesn't win the Grand Magic games. After being thrown around by Minerva for a while, Erza reveals that she has magical power in reserve, and chooses to tap into it. Does this mean we'll get an epic showdown between the two of them, ending with Erza paying Minerva back for all her jerkassery? Nope, she just pulls a new suit of armor seemingly out of her ass that effectively makes her a God-Mode Sue for a few seconds and then one-shots Minerva. That's it. That's all the punishment she ever gets for her behaviour. At best, it's an anticlimactic end to what should have been a kickass battle, and at worst, Minerva becomes a downplayedKarma Houdini.
Super Saiya Man: From Fairy Tail we get a desperate battle against seven allmighty dragons that have came through the timegate by Future Rogue. A tense situation where the Status Quo could really be thrown for a loop! We even have Gray dying in a Heroic Sacrifice for Juvia! How can it...wait she's reversing time by one minute...reversing any deaths? Any tension? People thought Kishimoto was bad with Rinnei Tensei, but at least it was excusable in universe. In Fairy Tail...no. Not at all.
Animeking1108: Episode 2 (Chronologically) of Haruhi Suzumiya. The SOS Brigade needs a computer, so what does Haruhi do? She forces the president of the Computer Club on Mikuru's breast and takes a photo. She threatens to tell everyone that it was a gang rape. Want to know the worst part? Haruhi got away with it. I officially stopped watching the series after that. I don't care if Haruhi is god. Someone should have smacked her across the face.
Man With The Plan: For me, it was in The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya and the whole "Mikuru is my toy!" incident. Not only was the moment overblown with melodrama, but the end of the first novel implied that Haruhi would start getting better, so why reset her development to have her be an even bigger Jerk Ass than ever before and have Kyon dislike her again? Some fans have never forgiven Haruhi for this.
Rare Foil: You know, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was a really good show. Not the be-all, end-all of anime the fanbase makes it out to be, but certainly a show that merited watching. All of this exacerbates my disbelief towards the travesty that was the "Endless Eight" arc. Eight consecutive episodes with the exact same plot justified by a time loop plot device is not only a bad idea for a story arc, it's a bad idea in general. It's monotonous beyond the point of mere filler, and it's even more draining as a result. It's a complete and total dishonor to the premise, potential, and staff of what was otherwise an excellent show. I wouldn't be as unhappy if they'd cut it down to at most three episodes, where it wouldn't have eaten up nearly two-thirds of the season's runtime.
KingCrInuYasha: At one point, the gang encounters a mountain spirit that gives them information on Naraku's heart, along with a crystal that could help them track it down. The manga supposedly handles this one alright, but in the anime, Hakudoshi offs the spirit, making the crystal the heroes just got not five minutes earlier completely useless. Granted, Inuyasha by that point was becoming notorious for adding pointless MacGuffins and power-ups and needlessly dragging the storyline, but even by its standards, this plot point was a total waste of time.
Lord TNK: Berserk's ending, if only for how it was aired: just when the saga was getting started in the Manga, spoiling it completely.
Retro Friday: For me, it was Negi befriending Fate at the conclusion of their last battle in the manga's Magic World arc. After all of the crap that Fate had put Negi and the others through in the Magic World, Negi decides to forgive and befriend the same emotionless prick who had tried to kill him with a stone spear through the back from within the past while Fate suffers no karmic backlash for his own despicable past actions, instantly making him into a Karma Houdini who gets away with his past transgressions. Truly a disappointing and unsatisfying moment in my honest opinion.
Kesra Kiranov: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko for the same thing. Is Erio an alien or not? What exactly does Yashiro know? Who does Makoto end up falling in love with? Who knows! They ended it at visual novel #3 of 8 total, with literally no questions answered.
Kesra Kiranov: Video Girl Ai also for the same reason. The anime ends with Ai disappearing, and never comes back, leaving Youta devastated. Though this ending is incredibly tragic, the manga keeps going, and Ai is not actually lost forever.
Lily Nadesico: Despite being a mostly excellent show (in my humble opinion), the penultimate episode of Overman King Gainer contains a very infuriating moment - when the Overdevil possesses Gainer and Gauli, their respective love interests Sara and Adette both try to make them snap out of it through a True Love's Kiss... but it turns out, only Adette manages to, while Sara fails and gets possessed as well. Now, the common Hand Wave is that Gainer and Sara had gotten distant, and that's why Sara's kiss didn't work on him... but then, Fridge Logic kicks in: Adette and Gauli barely had any interaction before declaring their love to each other, and furthermore, only 2-3 episodes before, Gainer and Sara had had a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming / Ship Tease moment together in King Gainer's cockpit. So, exactly, why are we supposed to believe that Adette and Gauli have a stronger, more significant connection? The whole thing felt like it was only done for the sake of cheap drama, and to make sure the series lasted another episode (because when Gainer came back to his senses, the Overdevil got Curb Stomped)...
Charred Knight: The Curb-Stomp Battle between Suzaku and the three "aces" of Britannia in Code Geass, basically the ultimate example of Informed Ability. Not only does it make Britannia look like a pile of shit, but it makes the Black Knights look like morons for not being able to destroy them.
Valkir: The ending to R2: The war between Britannia and Japan was over resources, not hatred, racism, or all that other puppy-hugs social worker bullcrap. Lelouch focusing the world's hatred on him and then planning his own demise doesn't mean anything to the ultimate reason anyone was fighting in the first place unless his corpse suddenly makes the sky rain Sakuradite. Britannia was only treating Japan like third-class citizens to try and vindicate to their own people why there was any reason to invade and take their resources. But so we can have a sappy, feel-good ending and have the show shoehorn in some cheesy savior motif, suddenly we're expected to believe that everyone loves each other because Lelouch was the worst person ever.Ozymandias did something similar in Watchmen - at least Alan Moore was smart enough to realize that some overly elaborate Thanatos Gambit like Zero Requiem would only stop the fighting for a very, very short time. It's only a matter of time until either nation wants more resources, but why even acknowledge that when there's Lelouch circle-jerking to do? Totally insulting to the viewer's intelligence. Never mind that they never even explain what the hell is going to happen to all the other nations that are dominions of Britannia - apparently the only nation whose freedom matters is Japan. Self-centered, much?
Palmon18: Euphemia's genocide. So, Lelouch looks at her and says "Hey, now that we have world peace, I wanna show you my powers! If I wanted to, I could make you kill millions and become a monster in the history books!" And then, his Geass went off. So after she took a gun and started shooting all of the Japanese around her, Lelouch gave her a bullet for her troubles and I left the series for good.
Man With The Plan: It was a prime example of They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. If the world peace plan had actually been allowed to happen, and then somehow get devastatingly crushed, it would have been really interesting, and it would have given Euphemia plenty of Character Development to go through in response to her dream being dashed like that. But no, she gets killed instead and the plan never really gets off the ground.
Acesoldier Zero: The Black Knights deciding to join Schneizel after learning the truth of Lelouch's past in R2 should definitely qualify, if only because it makes them all come across as treacherous and stupid, and, in the case of Ohgi, completely hypocritical. The fact that all of them get happy endings while Lelouch, the guy who made them what they were and led them to victory after victory, dies does not help one bit.
JusticeGundam: For me (and for many other Italian fans), the lowest moment of Mai-Otome was the 8th OVA special, where Mai tells Natsuki how she disappeared. Not only does it make Mai look like an idiot for getting lost in a forest she should know very well - and, lest we forget it, she's a trained Otome! - but it also felt to many like a silly excuse to write Yuuichi out of the continuity, pander to his haters who just wanted him gone, and somehow pair up Mai and Mikoto. In fact, when reading the Mai-Otome manga, I was glad to see that Yuuichi actually has a substantial role there, even as a posthumous character, and is/was married to Mai.
Xiantera: YuYu Hakusho: the low point for the manga was when much of the Three Kings Saga builds up how powerful Yomi is and that he could be planning to take over all three worlds, only to turn the fight against Yomi into an anticlimax when Yomi apparently gives up on his ambition after Yusuke starts the Demon World Unification Tournament, and reduces the fight against Yomi to the opening moves.
Sahgo: For me, it was way before that: Yusuke vs. Rando. Are you honestly telling me that he won through sheer luck? Don't get me wrong here - I know that luck is a factor in any conflict... but it's one factor; any anime who has the character surviving through luck also has it winning through effort/intelligence/etc. In this case, Yusuke only won because he had algae inside his ears (not by his own planning, mind you; it simply got stuck there). Nope, no strategy, no willpower-that-defies-biology... just algae. What a cheap victory, Togashi.
Justice Gundam: In Fushigi Yuugi Nakago goes to heaven after his death, despite never showing a trace of regret or sympathetic traits. We get treated to his angsty childhood flashback, we get the reason behind his Disproportionate Retribution, and we're supposed to feel bad for him as he dies. "Oh, poor baby, sure he was raping dogs left and right, and wanted to commit genocide, but he was doing it because the bad, bad king killed his mommy and raped him. He was a good guy after all..." Puh-lease, Watase. Give me a freaking break.
Fiendish: The whole "Tasuki tries to rape Miaka" situation, complete with the reveal that it was More Than Mind Control and he had secretly been in love with her for ages. I mean, seriously? At that point in the series the number of male characters falling obsessively in love with Miaka and/or sexually assaulting her was already nearing laughable proportions, and this was just like the unholy combination of both.
Avatar Sango: I love Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Still, in the second movie, Gainax crossed the line when they altered the Antispiral torturing Nia scene. In the series, it was only a little creepy. In the movie, however... He destroyed her clothes, started grabbing with Naughty Tentacles and straddled her while she called out for Simon in fear! Way to go Gainax. You literally raped my favorite character, and still kill her in the end.
Rpgingmaster: The last five minutes of the last TV Episode retroactively piss all over the point of the show (which was supposed to be about hope of some sort, right?), and manages to Up to Eleven (fitting, given the show) in subverting it. First off, Nia dies, even after that was a perfectly good chance to save her but it wasn't taken for some bullshit reason. Boo. And then the Distant Finale manages to make everyone (save Viral, Boota and Leeron, though the first is justified) look like they just let themselves go and they aged horribly (Rossiu and Simon pretty much lost all their good looks in their middle age), Yoko got it even worse (and her face isn't even shown, mostly because it most likely probably looks like her badly aged figure, and the dark, dreary colors in most of the scenes really give one a feeling of hope. As if one's gut needs more punches, Viral has a wife (but he can't have kids and he'll outlive her, which is just cruel given his circumstances), and Simon is essentially robbed of one final chance to be awesome and pretty much admits he's useless. And, as the cherry on top, the above could've been cut and the show ended as Simon was walking into the distance after the wedding, and the hope and optimism would've been retained, but some jackass added five minutes of the deplorable crap outlined above, and it pretty much retroactively poisoned all the awesome I watched in the last 27 episodes.
Baronobeefdip: In Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed's 2nd death in the manga. It just felt like nothing more than a major Ass Pull, especially since Greed had just gotten a major dose of Character Development in the previous chapter when he stated he wanted friends above anything else. Oh, and just to rub salt in the proverbial wounds, they let Pride live...but use the flimsy excuse of "Amnesia". Why couldn't Arakawa just pull a Scanners and make it ambiguous as to whether or not Greed was still inside Ling at the end instead of killing him off?
Styx D: The show's worst moment for me was, often considered a Crowning Moment of Awesome, Alphonse sacrificing himself to restore Ed's arm and the subsequent fight with Father. To me it looked like a huge contrivance for the sake of drama and allowing the protagonist to land the final blow on the Big Bad. Father in his shambling, deprived of Philosopher's Stone state was no danger to anyone. There were more then enough strong characters standing around to take him down, even without getting close to him, like Roy or May, who instead seemed to be content just cheering for Ed. Hell, even a regular soldier would do, as proven by the fact that Father didn't manage to retaliate against Ed's blows even once. But no, we had to have forced dramatic tension and then a boring Curb-Stomp Battle. Fortunately, this didn't manage to ruin the great series for me, because it ended soon after that.
Fluffything: The fact that Scar's real name was never revealed is a huge DMOS for me. Not only was this one of the biggest mysteries of the series, and one that the fandom in large wanted to know the answer to since, well, since Scar first appeared. But, Hiromu Awakawa herself said that she would reveal Scar's real name at the end of the manga. Guess what? She didn't!? His real name isn't revealed in the actual manga, it's not revealed in any footnotes, it's not even revealed in any side material. If that's not a slap in the face to the fandom, I don't know what is.
Anime King 1108: Dante. After several episodes of building her up as a great threat, how does she go out? Gluttony eats her offscreen. Say what you want about Father's defeat, but at least he actually went out fighting. Instead, we get this Anti-Climax Boss that swears revenge like Doctor Claw, only to die immediately after.
Gyrobot: Queen's Blade's shift in to Cerebus Syndrome territory causes Shizuka to die for Tomoe to get stronger, only to be beaten by Reina and not coming back. It just came out as a giant middle finger to Shizuka and Tomoe fans in a series where the female cast's plot armor is much thicker and durable than their clothes. Shizuka is the only one who isn't brought back by Deus Ex Machina, many fans didn't like that at all.
GX Next: Kimino Iru Machi A Town Where You Rage. The way the relationship between Haruto and Yuzuki ended is understandable given the circumstances, however the issue this troper took was with Asuka, the Tsundere that Haruto met while in Tokyo and pursuing Yuzuki to learn why she broke up with him. Asuka's Dere comes out in force after Kazama dies to the point that everyone in the series, including two of the girls that were previously pursuing Haruto suddenly decide to Ship Asuka as the perfect girl for him even though it has only been a few months since he got the double whammy of Kazama dying and he and Yuzuki deciding to stay away from each other. Cue a two year time skip, and what has happened to them? Haruto has basically stayed the same as he was at the beginning and all of Asuka's previous flaws are gone to the point of she really is just his girlfriend, and nothing more.
Dr Zulu 2010: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the Africa Arc was for me, a three part Big Lipped Alligator Moment where 1) it introduces a second Love Interest who was already fiancé to someone else (which was never explained or lampshaded), 2) derails the character of Nadia where not one episode ago she says that Jean was more important to her than her Blue Water, 3) derails the character of Grandis to fall into the same trap that ruined her family in the first place (with the same person to boot) and 4) gave us a Bizarro Episode where Jean tries to express his love for Nadia in form of a song. The only thing it gave us is a closure to Grandis' character arc (which is pointless after all).
Gaston1991: The worst part, is in episode 23 when Nadia said Grandis, Hanson and Sanson are evil and deserved disappear in the sky in episode 21. What. No only that Out of Character for Nadia since she was friendly with Grandis in many episodes, but at this point of the series they had done more heroic things than Nadia.
Darth Josh: In one episode of Crayon Shin Chan, Hima kept bothering Mitzi. However, she crosses the line when she damages a magazine her mother's trying to read. Instead of punishing Hima, Mitzi hits Shin for no reason. What the fuck? Why hasn't she been arrested for child abuse yet?
Nani: In Death Note, L's death was this for me. Sure, it was a turning point for the series and brought it into a whole new arc (along with a time skip), but not only did it cause about half of the fan base to stop watching and reading the series, but they tried to correct it (at least, this is how I see it) by bringing in Mello, Matt, and L's expy Near. So, they technically never got rid of L, which made his death totally pointless.
Dr Zulu 2010: I actually continued the part with Mello and Near just to see Light losing. The reason why? It all came to one part of the story I cannot watch or read at all without feelings of anger. Which is when Light killed Naomi Misora for three reasons. 1. It was the part where Light jumped the Moral Event Horizon and lost all redeeming qualities. 2. Because it's the first and, maybe, only time he killed a good character who was at the wrong time at the wrong place and 3. The way the writer killed her was so out of character that a real person would have never fallen for it. They took a character I wanted to see in future chapters and made her kill herself.Thank god for that ending.
Anime King 1108: Nami's backstory in One Piece was set up to be a massive Tear Jerker. However, they ruin it by showing a scene where Nami and her sister are being scolded for beating up two kids. When Nami tells Bellemere that they didn't like her tangerines, she just beat the crap out of them. What? I'm sorry, but as a victim of many kinds of physical and emotional abuse, that made me lose all sympathy for Bellemere when she died.
Kashima Kitty: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Episode 3. The major Wham Moment of the episode, you know the one. Mami getting decapitated and devoured. After the series spent the last two and a half episodes pretending to be Lighter and Softer than it really is, this moment arrives for the sake of pure shock value. Not only was three episodes too soon to care about this character, but up until this point, said character came off as ignorant and Holier Than Thou. The recap/movies make it even worse, as what little character development this character had is completely removed, making her seem even more expendable.
Shotgun Ninja: I agree that this show felt stupid and pointlessly dark, but the one thing I really liked in it was Kyouko. That's why the ending of episode 9 annoyed me so much. So she starts the show as somewhat psychopathic, but one single Wham Episode - which she really has no excuse for being blind-sighted by, considering everything she already knows - causes a complete change in her personality, to the point where she seems completely focused around Sayaka. This all culminates in her suddenly deciding to kill herself to beat Witch!Sayaka, rather than, oh I don't know, asking Homura for help! Why is she suddenly worth dying for when you can't have known her for more than two weeks? This was where the show officially lost that last shred of interest I had in it, because if that is what passes for good writing in this series...
Disco Glacier: While I would argue that the movies overall improve on what was already a masterpiece, one change I didn't like was the replacement of "Nux Walpurgis" with a second playing of "Surgam Identum." As terrific as the latter is for the final battle between Homura and Walpurgis Night, the former fit Homura's falling to despair much better, and replaying a musical number twice in any case is just bad form.
melonpan09: I agree with the first two tropers, but my moment came when Sayaka suddenly starts wailing about being unable to embrace people after she's found out the true purpose of her Soul Gem. I was already watching the series with slight dubiousness, and the sheer melodramatics of that scene actually lowered my opinion of it as a whole. While the cause is painfully obvious, Sayaka had far too little character development to even hint at something of that magnitude being on its way; it's supposed to look like a plain old nervous breakdown, I'm sure, but instead it looks like a completely uncalled-for temper tantrum. What's even sadder for me is that it could have had real power and impact, if only it had been written differently.
Slo Motion: I love this series to death, I really do. I loved the idea of movie continuation, that is...until I saw the movie. I liked the first half, but then oh boy did things take an awful turn. And that horrid turn was Homura's Face-Heel Turn into Devil!Homura and just the way she acted like a creepy Psycho LesbianStalker with a Crush willing to selfishly rewrite the world for her own demented sake just killed it for me. Homura is my favorite PMMM character and in my opinion this movie just took a huge dump on her whole portrayal. The whole point of Homura is that she seemed cold and bitchy at first, but then it was so beautifully revealed in the series that she's Not So Stoic and truly has a good heart and sacrificed her own happiness and sanity to attempt to save her best friend. But here...she's just obsessed in a really creepy ass way. I know Love Makes You Evil and whatnot, but this just felt like a pointless attempt and being 'dark' (which, of course this series always was but this was just ridiculous) but fell flat on its face instead. Total bullshit. As far as I'm concerned, there is no Rebellion movie. The series ended after episode 12/the second movie.
Silvermoon424: Seconded. I was extremely disappointed by the ending of the Rebellion movie. To make matters even worse, apparently the original ending consisted of Madokami taking Homura with her to heaven so they could finally be together forever. That's an actually satisfying ending that does justice to both the series and the characters. Unfortunately, Executive Meddling kicked in when the writer was told to scrap the original ending and replace it with an Ass Pull that would allow the series to be continued. So instead of a beautiful, if somewhat bittersweet, ending where Homura and Madokami get to stay together and Madokami can continue her duty of being a magical girl savior, we get one where Homura turns into a Psycho Lesbian and locks Madoka away in a Gilded Cage.What a great ending to the series!
Kashima Kitty: Ore no Imouto pleasantly surprised me by not being the tasteless incest anime I expected. The only moment in the anime that made me facepalm came during the climax of episode 4. Kirino receives a package from Saori, unaware that there's an eroge game inside. Knowing what's inside thanks to a call from Saori, Kyosuke barges in and steals it before Kirino can expose her secret to her two friends. A chase and struggle ensues, ending with the two falling over and Kirino's shirt somehow flying all the way up, with Kyosuke's hand conveniently on her chest, just in time for said two friends to see this. These kinds of Accidental Pervert moments were never convincing or entertaining.
Man Called True: GUN×SWORD chickening out and revealing Michael and Fasalina survived in the audio drama. Congratulations, you've managed to commit serious Karma Houdini in the name of fan wankery and retroactively ruined one of my favorite series!
CJ Croen 1393: I loveDescendants of Darkness, but the Devil's Trill arc ended on a sour note for me. The basic point of the story was to keep Hijiri and Kazusa safe from a demon that wants to kidnap Kazusa and take Hijiri's eyeball out. At the end of the story, a fierce battle is raging and Hijiri caught underneath a collapsing pillar. Kazusa is the last thing he sees, having left the room they were hiding in when he told her not to. He then wakes up in the infirmary and it turns out that the Demon is dead! Well that's a load off everyone's mind! So he asks if he can take Kazusa home. What do Watari and Hisoka tell him? They pretty much just say "Oh yeah, she died. She pushed you out of the way of that pillar and was crushed under it" ...What!? You guys tried and succeeded at protecting her and she still dies!? This makes the whole. Arc. Completely. Pointless! The dub made it even worse by giving Watari a mercilessly cheerful tone of voice when he says "Kazusa died! ^_^" and Hisoka delivers his line with a cruelly unsympathetic monotone. Yeah, let's all pick on Hijiri when his best friend just died. To make matters worse, the anime version totally brushes off the fact that the eight year old they were trying to protect just died. Deaths in this series are usually treated with sympathy, but no one seems to care that Kazusa is dead! When she's back as a shinigami it's all over-shadowed by Hijiri. When Hijiri receives a gift basket from his three friends after his concert, who does he thank? Not Kazusa! Just Hisoka and Tsuzuki! I love bishies as much as the next Yaoi Fan, but still, give your best friend some credit, wouldja? Especially since she saved your freakin' life!
Sardns: The second-to-final episode of Rurouni Kenshin. The last arc of the anime (which was filler) involved the Kenshin Gumi teaming up with a Feng Shui master to stop a rival Feng Shui clan from destroying Tokyo. After the battle, Kenshin says goodbye to the Feng Shui master. And that's the end of the episode. This doesn't sound too bad until you learn that, at the time, the last episode wasn't broadcasted on TV, so the only way to see it was to buy the DVD.
Anime King 1108: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: In the first episode, During the placement exam, the Himeji has a medical emergency in the middle of class. Despite this, the teachers still failed her. I know Japan has high education standards, but that's just absurd. They wouldn't let her retake the test for something she had to go to the hospital for? Adults Are Useless would be a compliment to these incompetent hacks. How did these people become educators?
Heroshii15: Then, in the first series finale, she's given the chance to take her test again and she erases her name so that she'll fail and end up back in the F-class with her friends. This is already talked about on the What an Idiot page, but I must add that getting a zero for forgetting your name seems like a Disproportionate Retribution to me, and that this was a very blatant example of Status Quo Is God (A huge Pet Peeve Trope of mine).
Kanton Kage: The ending to Aquarion Evol, Mykage gets what he wants at the end. Despite his heinous actions such as: killing Jin, Alicia and Izumo. Also the two Zessica and Kagura he didn't kill got hit with a Ship Sinking so hard that they were forced to pull a I Want My Beloved to Be Happy. The worst part however was that Mikono apologized to him! Not cool.
Anime King 1108: Episode nine of Eureka Seven was when I finally decided to give up on this series. Out of nowhere, Holland decides to beat up Renton for no clearly given reason. The worst part of it was that nobody called him out on what he did and he got away with it. That was when I realized that this series is just incredibly mean-spirited.
Tropers/Sanfranman91: To make one thing absolutely clear, I really enjoyed the original Eureka Seven. That said, it does not take a genius to recognize why so many of my friends gave up on the show after Episode 7, the one where Renton was given a "mission of utmost importance." What was this "mission", you ask? It was for Renton to dress like an absolute buffoon and be left out in public so the entire crew can laugh at him. Watching the entire crew pick on poor Renton for no reason whatsoever still makes me cringe today. Thank God the show improved dramatically since that rather disgusting episode.
Jackedup85: The final episode of Eureka Seven AO effectively poisons not just the sequel series, but the original as well. The series had problems staying consistent and filling out plot holes throughout its entire run, but the moment that made me throw my cereal across the room was the revelation of what happened to Ao's sister. It shows that human-coralian hybrids turn to rocks when exposed to high densities of trapar and die. That's right: Eureka and Renton are not able to have biological children in their home universe, as they horrifically learned through the stillbirth of their daughter. 1. Talk about a brutal and flat-out cruel Diabolus Ex Machina. Creating a shocking death just to torture fan-favorite characters without purpose doesn't create good drama; it creates a Shocking Swerve that will surely trigger Internet Backdraft. 2. So humans can live in high trapar and Coralians can live in high trapar, but a hybrid child can't? Tell that to the original series' last DVD's cover. 3. Even if Tomoki Kyoda created a legitimate excuse for this ludicrous rule, what Renton does next goes completely against the original's message of co-existence. I guess Dewey Novak is right, Scub Coral and Humans can't live together lest Renton later loses it and tries to kill off his first and only love's species. 4. It proves that Tomoki Kyoda thinks it's more dramatic to have a Convenient Miscarriage than to form dynamic relationships between family members, which is what a hack thinks.
Sanfranman91: Remember the Gekko, the ship where Renton, Eureka, Holland, and the entire crew lived together and where they all thoroughly developed as characters and became stronger because of it? Yeah, upon its arrival, Eureka was the only original series character to come out of it, which was disappointing but somewhat understandable. The real DMOS involving the ship, however, came in Episode 14, when Generation Blu scuttles the ship, all so that the Japanese can't get their hands on it. What's worse, the show couldn't even muster some shred of respect to the iconic ship upon its rather unceremonious sinking, which left a truly bad taste in my mouth when I first saw this. In hindsight, I should have seen the sequel's lack of respect to the original story coming.
Mightymoose101 barely one episode into Zero no Tsukaima F and the show's already shocked me to my fucking core. To wit; Saito, once again, gets into an argument with Louise. What's it about this time? He suspects that she's eyeing up another man. Now, normally I'd just pull up their long history together as proof of how fucking stupid and irrational his jealous is here. But who does he think she's interested in? The Pope. He's worried that she may be eyeing up and intending to form a relationship with the most holy man on the planet who's dedicated his whole life to religious pursuit. Saito, I doubt the Pope's gonna fucking violate his vow of celibacy and spit in God's face in order to shag it up with the girl who's shown time and time again that she loves you completely.
Philip Marie: Kenichithe Mightiest Disciple and its excessive use of Fanservice. I mean seriously. To wit, when Miu is kidnapped by Silcardo Jenazad as she's falling off a building and Kenichi is helpless because he himself got knocked off said building, the way she is drawn is so indecent that it almost totally ruins such a dramatic moment. Why'd the mangaka choose this time to provide some fanservice?
Ilovededede AGAIN: Kirby of the Stars episode 12 (13 in dub). Escargon scaring Dedede out of his wits with a ghost (in the dub we're never told who the ghost's name was) was not funny. Not only that, this episode gives a glimpse of Dedede's abusive nature by showing him chasing Escargon with a chainsaw! Thankfully this scene never made it into the dub version (probably because it was too violent for kids to see). But even without the chainsaw scene, the episode's main point is that Dedede likes abusing his minions.
Rahkshi500: The second half of the Carnival Phantasm special, Hibiki-Chikagi. You wouldn't think that Type-Moon could do anything wrong with this little series, but they did. So Shiro and Shiki decide to take the alternate option of their dating dilemma and just go out with the main heroines, and for three days they had to suffer the scorn of the other girls, and it's all played for drama and horror. I would've been fine with this if it turned out to be a bad dream or a prank show like Punk'd, but no, instead it turns out to be an elaborate prank by all the girls to teach Shiro and Shiki a lesson in two-timing and getting them to repent. Dude, Not Funny! doesn't even begin to cover how utterly wrong this is. First of all, no one deserves that kind of retribution. Shiro and Shiki are not bastard boyfriends who cheat For the Evulz; they're both good kids who do care about the well-fare of all the girls they love and want to do their best to make them happy. There's no excuse, I repeat, no excuse to put them through three days of physical and psychological torment. And no, even the line where they admit their prank "probably" went too far does not let them off the hook, because that line was just glanced over. And worst of all, Shiro and Shiki both accept this and everything's all hunky-dory now? Bull! Crap! If this ran on any slight amount of real-life logic, both Shiro and Shiki would be pissed as hell and refuse to speak to the girls for weeks, if not drop all ties with them. Seriously, Type-Moon, what the hell!? You don't do that to people! You just don't! The fact that this is how they decide to end the series leaves an incredibly godawful taste in my mouth.
Sea Maid 96: The second episode in the third season of the anime Gag Manga Biyori. As somebody who likes insects, and had several species as my favorite animals for most of my childhood, I was rather exited at the thought of an episode starring a kid (called Tooru) who likes insects. I expected a fun parody of edutainment shows and maybe some new facts. Enter Doctor Insect (yes, this is a character who takes Meaningful Name to the extreme). Dr. Insect is despicable in general, but his worst moment comes halfway through the story: he strips in front of Tooru, who is in third grade, and shows off his privates. When Tooru says that he doesn't want to see them, the Doctor just says "So you say the same thing as my daughter..." with what comes out as a Creepy Monotone. Jokes of that kind just are not funny, especially not with such young people as victims.
Raxis: Episode 8 of Toradora! Ami challenges Taiga to a swimming contest, and Taiga, despite being very aware that she has Super Drowning Skills, agrees to it anyways. Over a few days she attempts to train, despite being so nervous she can barely put her head underwater. Then, literally the day before the contest she tries to swim - and discovers she can effortlessly swim at amazing speeds. The day of the contest she cheats by kicking Ami into the water, savagely attacking her underwater and stealing her bikini top, and nobody calls her out on this. After a bizarre series of extremely stupid events, Ryuuji ends up knocked out underwater and Taiga fishes him out - and then forbids anyone else provide him any care because "they had been distracted by Ami's bikini" or somesuch. She was evidently dissatisfied at the speed with which everyone else reacted, as we have nobody's word but her own to go on they were allowing Ryuuji to drown. Taiga's out-of-nowhere swimming talent, excessive cheating, the unlikely sequence of events that saw Ryuuji in danger and Taiga's over the top reaction afterwards ruined the whole episode.
Mesousa2877: Pani Poni Dash! is one of my most favorite series ever, but it does have a few issues, notably episode 6. The plot and setup of the episode is actually really good. The 1-C students navigate through a mysterious building so Becky can have a "Research Room" taking place there. What follows are quite the funny antics that pretty much waste all the funny humor of the episode. What follows in most of the second half of the episode is a set of lame and awkward jokes. One weird moment involves Becky trying to help Yuna in something, which involves her randomly talking about her sister...then almost taking her clothes off?Huh? I know this show is meant to be strange, but that just seemed rather risque and unnecessary, almost veering to shock humor territory. As bad as that was, what really setted me off is how Kurumi was written in this one. A random girl (long story short, she's just a gag character, just roll with it) called Kurumi "boring" and she sets off crying to Becky. I'm sorry, what? Wasn't this already done 4 episodes ago? They pretty much made Kurumi a crybaby simply because she doesn't learn to ignore insults! You're a teen, Kurumi, not a 5 year old! What then follows is a really bizarre gag, that is so badly made, that Big Lipped Alligator Moment also doesn't cut it on how awful it was delivered. Oh, but it doesn't stop there. Then, and I'm not kidding here, she basically just floats away out of the episode as if she was a ghost! So basically, it also doubles a Kick the Dog and random Flanderization on her for no real reason than her to be miserable on something she should have gotten over by this point! Oh, and the ending has a bit of a bitter taste of my mouth. It results in "Yay! Becky is awesome!", despite her not really doing much work (and only really helped one person), also ending on a surprisingly unfunny gag of Himeko trying to kiss Becky. Great build up, flawed execution for a whole different reason. Easily the hardest to watch PPD episode ever.
Anime King 1108: The Girls' Day episode of Keroro Gunso. Throughout the whole episode, Natsumi has been acting like a whiny, spoiled brat about Girls' Day, so the Keronians decide to help her get into the spirit. Since Failure Is the Only Option for them, the results are predictable. The episode then ends with Natsumi, who just five minutes ago denounced the holiday, chasing the Keronians for ruining the day (even Giroro, who she's usually nice to).
Legomaniac90: This troper enjoyed Sailor Moon S, but the end of the season left a bitter taste in his mouth. It starts out with Crowning Moment of Heartwarming as Michiru and Haruka give baby Hotaru back to her father. However, Haruka then mentions one more thing to do, and from there it all goes downhill. Said thing is to approach Sailor Moon while she's still depressed from losing Hotaru, and denigrate her, throw a rock at her, and generally act like a bunch of pricks. The two main reasons they are upset are (and I kid you not) "Usagi, you were too kind!" and "You risked the Earth by protecting the Soldier of Destruction!" Then they flat out say that Usagi shouldn't be a queen. First off, it's not their decision, since Usagi happens to be Princess Serenity and they are supposed to serve her (not the other way around). Second, how dare they get angry about Usagi risking the Earth when they did next-to-nothing to help the Inner Senshi and actually hindered them on several occasions? Thirdly, if they think Usagi was being too kind when she protected Hotaru, why'd they give Hotaru to her father? She (presumably at this point) still has the power to destroy the Earth. And lastly, unlike them, Usagi actually has saved the world not once, but twice (four times counting the movies made up to this point).
Ms CC 93: One moment that infuriated me was in episode 61 when Chibi-Usa pees on the bed, and Usagi gets misblamed and gets punished for it, and Shingo makes fun of her for it. It came off as mean-spirited than funny. I'l be honest here, I loathe Shingo. I think he's an annoying and useless character and he does nothing good for the show but to annoy Usagi. Plus, the fact that viewers are supposed to agree with him annoying Usagi makes it more infuriating and makes me loathe his character even more. I know Usagi is supposed to be the Butt Monkey, but this moment took her Butt Monkey status to ridiculous lengths. Not cool.
Lin Taylor: Don't get me wrong, I love Haiyore! Nyarko-san in just about every way, but then we get episode 6 of Nyarko-San W. Mahiro has to pretend to be Cuuko's fiancée in order to get her cousin off her back, while Nyarko goes through your standard Clingy Jealous Girl reactions. Then when the group goes to a restaurant, Nyarko pulls Mahiro aside and begs him to just put an end to it; rather thoughtlessly, he tells her "If it bugs you that much, just go home", at which point her pain stops being comical. Then comes Nyarko's Anguished Declaration of Love, where she talks about how painful this incident has been and the fact that Mahiro's refusal to just say if he likes her or not is driving her crazy. His response to all this? "You've been going on for a while now, are you done yet?" I do like Mahiro as a character (I kind of see some of my younger self in him), but when he said that line I just wanted to punch him right in the face and chew him out for having the emotional sensitivity of a rock. A young woman is having an emotional breakdown right in front of you; Lovecraftian creature or not, would it really kill you to give her a damn hug or something?
Mesousa2877: One of my major beefs of the series overall is that we're supposed to believe that Mahiro is a good guy, when really, he's just a Jerk Sue who pretty much is either clueless or is delirious on having someone who supports him and even having friends. If I ever wrote this series, I'd turn him into more of a strategist-like character and pep talk to his creature friends. Unfortunately, should we get a third season, it's likely he still won't get development because he's not a female character.
Dellanotte: So, several chapters of Soul Eater included build-up to the Big Good's death, including a surprisingly serious conversation between Shinigami-sama himself and Excalibur, with the latter assuring the former that he'll be sure to look after Death the Kid. So his charge in question finally walks in in denial, demanding where his one parent is. The answer? Excalibur, in signature pose, declaring that "Fool! He died!" Which is harsh. Beyond harsh, especially as this kid blames himself, since his own ascension to power assured the death of his father. Naturally, a Take Up My Sword speech follows as Kid re-avows to make this awesome, sorely missed parent proud. Or at least attempts to. Excalibur, of course, talks over the whole thing, in what is probably supposed to be a spoof of the whole dramatic "I will not fail you" speech. Instead of being funny, it fully cements this self-absorbed fish-dog-reject as a weapon nobody should want, because here's a kid crying over the loss of a parent and Excalibur's talking about going out for Yakiniku. Yes, thrice-cursed, completely unnecessary and inappropriate Yakiniku. Who does that to a kid? The fish-dog-reject who should finally go to California, the least-populated desert in California we can find, and stay there.
Andy Jay: Episode 8 of Suisei no Gargantia, when Ledo departs to fight the Whalesquid/Hideauze and leaves Amy behind in tears. Her crying is somewhat understandable given that she has a slight crush on him, but her subsequent statement to Bellows about Ledo being "in torment" and how she'd seen "the real Ledo" after the dance was a bit too Narmy for what should've been a genuinely poignant scene. No, Amy, Ledo has been trying to tell you that he's been fighting the Hideauze his whole life; cold combat mode is "the real him". Meanwhile Melty, one of her best friends whom she's presumably known for much of her life (as opposed to a couple months at best with Ledo), is joining Ledo on a departing ship. Amy doesn't even seem the slightest bit concerned about her, even though Melty's also putting her life at risk from a possible Whalesquid attack (which Gargantia was in deadly fear of just two episodes before). Needless to say, this marks the decline of a previously vibrant, independent leading lady into a shallow cheerleader who likes Ledo forveryvaguely defined reasons.
Alvarocasalino: While I liked a lot the Bunny Drop anime (Which was cute and heartwarming) I loathe the manga ending since it manages to ruin and in a spectacular way all what was good and charming about the anime and the first half of the manga. To summarize it there is a revelation that Rin and Daikichi aren't blood-related and they get married. In the anime series, Rin and Daikichi had a very heartwarming father-daughter relationship, so even when they aren't actually blood-related this ending still has a creepy and inappropiate feeling, especially considering that Daikichi raised Rin as his daughter for ten years, so changing that kind of relationship just for the revelation of not being blood-related feels forced and out of character for him.
theAdeptrogue: Sket Dance, halfway through the Happy Birthday Arc, Bossun discovered that his mother and sister are actually not his biological family and started Wangsting about how they are strangers. I mean, what? He knew them his whole life, and was raised among them, and he immediately called them "strangers" just because they're not blood related?