Ignore for a few moments the great Subbing versus Dubbing
debate among the anime fandom. There are certain shows or works in that medium that fail on their own merits and prove that being So Bad Its Horrible
is not exclusive to any one side of the Pacific. You know it's bad when even fans looking for a Widget Series
exclaim "WTF?!?!?" after viewing. Feel free to curse these titles, anime haters
— the fans don't bother defending them, anyway.
Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not enough to justify a work as So Bad It's Horrible. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy (no matter how small a niche it is). It has to fail to appeal even to that niche
to qualify as this.
Second Important Note:
An anime isn't horrible just because Bennett The Sage
, Professor Otaku
, Don East, The Other Side
, Doggy D. Dachshund and Conroy Cat
, or any other Caustic Critic
reviewed it. There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual professional pannings, to list it. (Though once it is listed, those critics can provide the detailed review(s).)
Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):