Horrible / Anime and Manga
aka: Anime

"I could go on, but the point is this: Psychic Wars is bad. It is very, very bad. Looking for good anime? You probably turned back at the mere sight of the cover, and I tip my hat to you for being smart enough to do so. Indeed, it is sometimes smart to judge by outward appearances, which only goes to show that no proverb is entirely unbreakable. On the other hand, if you are looking for melodramatic drivel to bash, MST3K-style, this will be the perfect match for you."
Nicoletta Christina Browne, T.H.E.M Anime

Ignore for a few moments the great Subbing vs. 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, It's 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.

Important Notes:
  1. 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.

  2. An anime isn't horrible just because Bennett the Sage, Professor Otaku, Don East, Doggy D. Dachshund and Conroy Cat, Black Critic Guy, or any other Caustic Critic reviewed it. There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual professional pannings, to list it. Once it is listed, those critics can provide the detailed review(s).

  3. This page is not for horrible episodes of otherwise good shows. For those, see DethroningMoment.Anime And Manga and Seasonal Rot.

Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order):

  • Abunai Sisters Koko & Mika landed a spot on many "worst" lists shortly after release. The animation (all CGI) is about on par with a PS1 CG cutscene, despite the show being released in 2009, the voice acting is incredibly annoying (and is in broken English for some reason), and there's basically no plot. It tries to be a comedy, but in a critical flaw for a comedy, it's not even slightly funny (once the shock of "oh god this thing exists" has worn off). With no jokes and no plotting, the only thing the show has left to rely on is its fanservice, with an uncanny number of scenes focusing on the central characters' breasts. Unfortunately, the characters are designed like bobbleheads, and their vaunted cleavage looks like they've shoved basketballs down their shirts which, when coupled with the awful animation, renders any attempt at fanservice utterly unappealing. Only two episodes were ever aired, with the studio locking the remaining eight up and never showing them and frankly, it's easy to see why. If you have any doubts, allow Demolition D+ to relieve them.
    • Surprisingly enough, a DVD was released, and someone bought it and released the rest of the episodes onto the Internet. The other eight episodes are just as bad, if not worse, than imagined. Adding to that, the audio was pitched up for some reason, so it's somehow even more difficult to watch than before.
  • The anime adaptation of the visual novel Amnesia is often used as a shining example of why anime of otome games are usually awful. It has a convoluted plot that tries to be intriguing but instead comes across as confusing and pretentious, ugly and garish character designs, characters who are either extremely bland or completely unlikable (including a nameless Too Dumb to Live Flat Character as the main protagonist), quite possibly the most poorly handled yandere in anime history, and oodles of sexism. When Sentai Filmworks announced both an English dub and a Blu-ray release, there was actual outrage from anime fan communities as to why it deserved such treatment (it was allegedly to promote a possible English release of the original visual novel).
  • Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de, a three-episode OVA adapting the first story arc of the comparatively much better manga of the same name. While the concept (an action series heavily based off of the Console Wars between Nintendo and Sega) is interesting, it's ruined by bland characterization, poor pacing, very few actual fights despite being purportedly an action series, a large amount of gratuitous fanservice, phoned-in audio and, most glaringly, a complete lack of any kind of budget, giving the series an incredibly cheap feeling (both the opening and closing consist largely of still images).
  • Art of Fighting received an absolute mess of a 45-minute OVA, with a ridiculous story, depressingly predictable plot twists, and not one interesting or likable character. It has nothing to do with the story of the games beyond the premise of "Yuri gets kidnapped, Ryo and Robert try to save her", they didn't even get the character designs right (Ryo and Robert have their hair colours swapped for no reason). It even falls flat when it comes to spectacular fight sequences, the one thing you'd expect it to be able to deliver—none of the characters use any of their signature moves, and the animation is embarrassingly limited. About its only saving graces are the decent music and turning Butt-Monkey Ryuhaku Todoh into a hilarious nutcase police chief. Watch Bennett the Sage tear it apart here.
    • Fun fact: The voice for Yuri Sakazaki in this clunker is uber-famous J-pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, in her first (and only) voice acting role.
  • Blue Flames is a deservedly obscure and aggressively horrible 45-minute OVA from 1989 about a stoic social climber named Ryuichi Kaizu who wants to go to Tokyo University. He is a sex-addicted Invincible Villain Protagonist who uses women as stepping stones to achieve this goal, and he doesn't care if he hurts them at all. For example, the parents of one woman he sleeps with ask him to break up with their daughter, so he makes the breakup as harsh as possible, driving her to attempt suicide. Another one of his targets objects to his sleeping around, and when she confronts him about it, he rapes her into submission. Ryuichi has been compared unfavorably to Light Yagami because he lacks any of Light's cool or redeeming qualities. The anime never portrays Ryuichi's choices or actions in an unsympathetic or judgemental light, and he gets away with everything in the end. As if those reasons weren't enough for it to be considered horrible, the anime also fails technically; it is hideous, with bland designs and animation almost completely devoid of style, which is especially egregious considering that OVAs have higher budgets than TV series. The tone is utterly misogynist, the pace is sluggish, the voice acting is lackluster, and the soundtrack sounds more like something from a melodramatic soap opera. At least two reviews exist, and can be found here and here, but be warned: they don't flinch at describing how disturbing the sexual content is.
  • The broken English in the title of Cosprayers (short for The Cosmpolitan Prayers) is the least of the show's problems. The characters are incredibly idiotic, inconsistent, and one-dimensional. The girl who loves the male lead makes out with the main (female) protagonist, and the other girl also likes the guy, and there is no motivation for the Triang Relations. There is random, unnecessary Fanservice alongside loads of rape imagery, which makes anything potentially titillating just plain creepy. There are no transitions one minute, everyone's chained up in a cave; the next, they're on a pier fighting with tennis rackets (a power upgrade, by the way). It has a plot that must have been thrown together between rounds, and the conflict and characters never give the audience any reason to care. It heavily rips off Super Sentai and is much less entertaining. It culminates in an extremely lazy Gainax Ending with singing and rainbows... no, seriously. The whole thing was created by the company MOE (Masters of Entertainment), but they don't show their mastery here.
    • To add insult to injury, there's two spinoff shows which portray this as bad in-universe in the Recursive Canon, to the point where in the second series, it turns out the identity of Cosprayers's writer is kept secret.
  • Dark Cat, an obscure horror OVA from 1991, suffers from many problems, such as an unfocused narration; lifeless, uninteresting characters; ugly, practically artless animation; and a horrific English dub with some of the worst, flattest voiceovers you will ever hear. One of the many direct-to-video OVAs that flooded the market in the late 80s/early 90s, it is best left forgotten. Bennett the Sage remembers, though, and he really wishes he hadn't. The same can be said for Emer Prevost here, with him considering it the biggest example of what not to do in an anime dub moving forward when it comes to voice acting, sound effects, and writing.
  • Both seasons of the Diabolik Lovers anime try to be a Guilty Pleasure, but manage to fail even at that. They contain bland animation, extremely unlikable characters (the male leads are all creepy assholes and the female lead is supposed to be The Woobie but is as flat as cardboard personality-wise), loads of squick, boatloads of sexism, incredibly insensitive and disgusting attempts to fetishize Domestic Abuse and Stockholm Syndrome, and a stupid and contrived plot. Each episode's only about 15 minutes, but they feel like hours. Watch the Black Critic Guy's rant on it here.
  • The yaoi manga Dog Catalogue, with its ridiculously flat characters who receive absolutely no attempts at development, a frightfully generic storyline, and arguably some of the worst art put to paper. Every page is an artist's nightmare.
  • Eien no Aselia: Spirit of Eternity Sword is a great visual novel, but its OVA adaptation... not so much. The plot is nothing like that of the game, the pacing is horrible, the animation below average, the background music is copypasted from the game, and the characters have almost no resemblance to their video game counterparts. It's as if the staff made this on a lunch break. Thankfully, it's only two episodes long.
  • Garzey's Wing, a 1996 OVA set in the same world as the much better classic Aura Battler Dunbine, has bottom-tier animation that looks far older than its release year suggests. It also has an utterly generic story that, despite featuring such weirdness as peoples' souls being kidnapped by giant geese and soldiers riding freakin' velociraptors, utterly fails to entertain. And that's before touching upon the amazingly awful English dub, which had even less effort put into it than in the already poor animation. Localization is nonexistent the voice actors simply read from the (incredibly literal) subtitle script... and were evidently they were only given one take, resulting in dialogue so wooden it must be heard to be believed. That kind of thing was actually noted by Emer Prevost of Reaction & Review here. Sage and Spoony are willing to share their review with you, with the former referring to it as "the Battlefield Earth of Anime". A reviewer on Anime News Network also referred to it as "the Battlefield Earth of Anime", additionally comparing the dub to an Ed Wood production. The review from the Gundamn! podcast agreed that it was the worst thing Yoshiyuki Tomino was ever involved with.
  • Genma Wars, a spinoff of Harmageddon, of all things. There are two major reasons why this series from 2002 failed so very, very hard:
    • The Gratuitous Rape. Now, to be fair, the series is predicated on one sexual assault: a young woman offers herself up to the Evil King to save her clan from raiders, and conceives half-breed twins. But then, one of the twins is taken to eke out a miserable existence among the Evil King's subjects. After he grows up and leaves the King's castle, he meets a woman and, after being at least somewhat friendly and decent to her, decides to assault her, too. Without so much as a "get away you bastard", she doesn't fight him off. She doesn't even seem to understand the way that she was violated, and pontificates to the effect of, "It felt like his life force was entering me..."
    • The horrible, horrible animation. It is often recycled, cheap, awful, and so very digital. For example: the "good" Wild Child twin has a wolf for a guide after his mother perishes, and he can talk! The problem? The wolf's jaw literally just flaps up and down. In a better series, it may have been justified, but in this series it just adds to the seeming laziness of the production crew. His jaw literally hangs open for a few seconds at a time as he "talks", and his English VA has a hokey, Speech-Impaired Animal voice to boot.
  • Gilgamesh is an In-Name-Only adaptation of the Shotaro Ishinomori manga of the same name, which already is a very loose adaptation of The Epic of Gilgamesh. The plot (or lack thereof) barely advances for over more than half the anime, and has a glacial pacing at best bogged down further with excessive Infodumps. The environment is a dour, lifeless greyscale, the characters are lifeless and uninteresting, and the music is particularly amateurish. The animation is horrendous, with awkward movement, ugly designs, and Limited Animation that serves to make the already dour series even more boring. Throw in loads of squick, including gratuitous incest, and a lazily-written ending that straight-up rips off Evangelion's, and this trainwreck is complete. Watch the guys at Animerica explode reviewing this show, declaring it the worst anime they've ever seen.
  • Glasslip suffers from poor characterization and a plot that goes nowhere. Supernatural elements like "future fragments" are introduced, but not expanded upon. The ending doesn't bother to conclude the story in any satisfactory way. The animation has a lot of Scenery Porn, but is also stiff and lifeless note .
  • Hand Shakers became notorious almost instantly after it began airing, largely in part due to its horrendous animation style full of janky frames, poor colour mixing, awkward movement, abundance of Conspicuous CG, and a number of other issues which has lead to many labeling the anime unwatchable. Those who try to watch the anime for the plot aren't going to get anything out of it either, with bland characters, a non-existent Idiot Plot, terrible pacing (with very little in the way of plot happening over more than half the anime) and a heaping amount of off-putting Incest Subtext. The anime especially became notorious on Anime News Network, where its fourth episode ended up being one of the very few anime episodes to ever get an "F" ranking, with the rest of the series almost never raising above a pathetic "D". This led to many watching out of pure Bile Fascination.
  • The anime adaptation of Himegoto suffers from Off-Model animation (even in the intro), unimpressive voice acting (nearly all of it is obnoxiously high-pitched and squeaky, even for supposedly male characters), degrading fanservice, unlikable and flat characters, poor attempts to integrate new characters into the main story, a Wholesome Crossdresser aspect that's clearly there just to exploit a Double Standard (also making the whole thing seem unpleasantly transphobic), and a sense of humor that falls into Dude, Not Funny! territory (99.9% of the jokes involve the main character being bullied, humiliated, and sexually harassed). To add insult to injury, most of its four-minute running time is dedicated to bland opening and ending songs. It's very likely that it'll be the only Otokonoko Genre anime made in the forseeable future. Its only redeeming factor is the occasional stealth Take Thats at the manga it was based on, but they sadly don't come up nearly enough to redeem the show.
  • Honey X Honey Drops, a two-part OVA adaptation of the shoujo manga of the same name. Unlikable and flat characters, underwhelming art and animation, and a very degrading and sexist premise that's basically about a teenage girl forced into prostitution. Nearly every review on MyAnimeList is a warning to avoid it.
  • The two-episode OVA of Hourglass of Summer is a prime example on how not to do a Compressed Adaptation. It tries to squeeze a 10-hour character route (Kaho's true ending route, to be precise) into a 45-minute anime. There's a distinct lack of explanation of many major plot points (the time-traveling aspect, most notably), some things no longer make sense (again, time-traveling), and the pacing seems to suffer due to being so tightly crammed into such a short runtime. Makings things worse are a ton of Off-Model animation, and many unwanted and unneeded fanservice moments, despite the original visual novel being clean.
  • Ijime ("Bullying"), a short anime OVA released for free in a issue of Ciao (which should tell you a lot). It has amateurish voice acting, flat animation, a hideous art style so deep in the Uncanny Valley it hurts, and incompetent handling of serious subject matter (childhood bullying). There's also a scene that plays out like a gang rape. It's very telling that it's the only Ciao Ciao TV short so far that never became a mini-series. Watch The Cartoon Hero review it here.
  • JK-Meshi! is a Three-Girl Ensemble four-minute anime about cooking airing in the Fall 2015 Anime Season. Sounds promising, right? However, it's gained a fair bit of infamy from just how low the production values are: the entire series is animated in horrible CG (seriously, better looking character designs can be made in Miku Miku Dance), and for a series about cooking, the budget is too cheap to show the characters actually doing what the show is supposed to be about. While the animation is bad enough, the "plot" condemns the show entirely - most of the episode is taken up by unfunny, forced, and stilted "comedy" consisting of the girls basically complaining about school, and all of their voice actors sound bored out of their minds. It got so bad the actors announced they would not be returning to the series after the fourth episode, and an episode late in the series features the characters admitting that the anime is the worst-produced and worst-received of the year, following by begging for the audience's sympathy. Just as an example of how poorly-received this series was, on MyAnimeList.net anything with a community rating of below 6.5 out of 10 is widely considered to be awful. What did JK-Meshi score? A 4.67, placing it on the same tier as some other luminaries mentioned here.
    • And if that wasn't enough, the next season brought with it Bishoujo Unit Senshi Crane Game Girls, straight from the creative team behind JK-Meshi! and just as bad. While the animation could be said to be of slightly better quality, the show is still beset with the dullness and phoned-in voice acting of its predecessor, and the comedy is even less funny, if it could be imagined. Despite all this, it managed to get a second season, probably because it was cheap to make. You would think this would be the bottom of the barrel for 2016...
    • ...until the Summer season brought Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls, which makes the aforementioned two shows look like Studio Ghibli productions by comparison. The plot, which mainly consists of the three main characters talking about completely random things, is nigh-incomprehensible (trust us, "magical girl" is about all the information you're going to pick up from it). The CGI for the characters is horrible, featuring jerky and unnatural movements in the vein of a bad marionette show, and the voice actresses sound like they're recording through wool socks. Apart from the characters, the budget is so cheap as to feature the same one or two (hand-drawn as opposed to CGI) backgrounds throughout the show. It's telling how awful a show like this is when, due to budget constraints, the studio had to start using still-frame slideshows for parts of the episodes from Episode 7 onwards-and these slideshows are widely considered to be of far better quality.
    • To compare, the internationally beloved Kemono Friends was made under the exact same circunstances as many of these animes.
  • The anime adaptation of Koi Koi 7 does everything one should not do when adapting from a manga. The animation quality is shockingly bad, and the designs of the mechs and characters are blatantly ripped off from far superior shows (the mechs from Gundam, for example). As if the technical shortcomings aren't bad enough, the plot is compressed to the point of being totally bland and leaving virtually no sign of character development nor meaningful action whatsoever. Above all, it's crystal clear that the actors and music composer phoned in their performances, as the voice acting and soundtrack are bland and utterly terrible to listen to.
  • The Kyo Koi O Hajimemasu OVA was made by the same people who did Honey X Honey Drops, and suffers from pretty much the same problems, including flat animation and voice acting, unlikable and/or bland characters, a cliché and uninteresting plot, sexism, and zero attempt to make sense to viewers who haven't read the manga.
  • The Magical Warfare anime adaptation is widely hated, even by the original writer of the light novels. It suffers from a boring Cliché Storm of a plot that's full of Plot Holes, unlikeable characters, flat and Off-Model animation (needless to say, this was made when the great animation studio Madhouse was struggling with much of its original staff gone), and a Gainax Ending that resolves nothing.
  • The anime adaptation of Futaro Yamada's Makai Tensho, which was renamed to Ninja Resurrection in the West by ADV Films to deliberately mislead people into thinking it was a sequel to Ninja Scroll, has horrible no-name voice acting that makes the words "Tokugawa Shogunate" a Brown Note, an extremely disturbing and unnecessary rape scene in Episode 2, and a nonsensical plot about the Stupid Good Amakusa Shiro with a Devil in Plain Sight Evil Chancellor leading to the pointlessly squicky resurrection of Amakusa into Satan whereupon his new evil cronies begin slaughtering townspeople... and on top of all that, the series finally ends there due to people wisely avoiding any further trick-marketing. Sage has some harsh words on the matter.
    • Some could argue that the series ended just as it was about to get good (it actually ends as the antagonist groups leap off-screen, implying a big showdown and/or massacre to come). It also features Mataemon Araki, the only likable character by virtue of being a gigantic badass who kills ninjas with combat tentacle entrails. He has barely three lines, but is somehow one of the most fleshed-out and interesting characters.
  • The short promotional OVA Marimo no Hana has awful voice acting (a preteen boy has the voice of a screechy little girl, among other examples), terrible pacing, stupid characterization, and a vague, borderline nonsensical plot filled with Mood Whiplash (it's apparently about a young girl with a badass Split Personality, but good luck figuring that out). Its only saving grace is that it's actually decently animated, but sadly not enough to make it worth watching.
  • The OVA Mars of Destruction is clearly a pathetic attempt at being dark and edgy by way of Neon Genesis Evangelion, only the plot is totally non-existent, and the characters don't ever get any development and end up completely forgettable. The animation and fight scenes aren't any better, either. It's as if the animators weren't even trying to make an anime. And the title has nothing to do with planetary explosions, which would've been far more interesting. Masako X of Team Four Star reviews it here.
    • There's an another Idea Factory anime with the same director, Tenkuu Danzato Skelter Heaven, which is a very similar failure to Mars of Destruction, except with much better visuals. It's no wonder why Idea Factory stopped producing anime and instead focused on video games, and Yoshiteru Satou didn't get the rights for directing the Hyperdimension Neptunia anime. Most anime directed by Sato is despised by viewers, in fact; his best anime only reached a 6.00 average audience rating on MyAnimeList, with one commenter referring to him as the Ed Wood of anime. Watch the Black Critic Guy review it here.
  • The five-episode OVA Master of Martial Hearts (aka Zettai Shougeki ~Platonic Heart~) isn't certain whether or not it wants to deconstruct the Panty Fighter genre, as it spends much of its time using many of the very same tropes of the series it appears to mock. The series ends on a Cruel Twist Ending, but because the twist comes so far out of left field and the characters involved have very little actual "character" to them, there's little reason for the viewer to care what happens. The only saving grace is that against all odds, the English dub is surprisingly competent, though it's hard to tell if the actors should be commended for putting in the effort or the effort just makes the show's overall quality even worse. JesuOtaku tears it down thoroughly (in two parts). WickedAnimeReviews also takes a look at it herenote .
  • In the mid 1970's, many Humongous Mecha anime were produced in the wake of Mazinger Z, and there were a lot of clones of variable quality to cash in on the Super Robot boom of the time, but the most poorly written and conceived is Mechander Robo. Made by the then-dying toy giant Bullmark to try in vain to save itself by boosting toy sales, the show contains a cliche plot even for its time, bland, one-dimensional characters (the only real notable one being the token black character), and animation so bad that it looks like paper cutouts most of the time and, by the end of the show, is nothing but stock footage. After midway through the series, after it should have mercifully ended, another plot is drudged up to pad out this scrapheap of a show even further. Even an admittedly cool mecha design wasn't enough to save the series: after this development, much of the anime became one huge clip show, both intentionally and unintentionally due to the aforementioned abuse of stock footage. Unsurprisingly, this was the downfall of Bullmark as a toy company, and while the Bullmark Mechander Robo toy is now a cherished part of Japanese otaku culture, the show created to promote it is most definitely not.
  • The In-Name-Only anime adaption of Toshio Maeda's manga Nightmare Campus heavily rips off almost everything from Go Nagai's Devilman, including the plot, the characters, and even the art style (to the point where it can be assumed that the production was most likely doing it to try and convince the audience into thinking they're watching a Go Nagai creation). The sex scenes are largely Fetish Retardant, take up most of the plot, and seem to go on forever. And when the plot doesn't focus on the gratuitous sex, it shoves in incredibly gross and equally gratuitous gorn seemingly only for shock value. Finally, the soundtrack consists of crappy covers of Beethoven pieces as well as songs stolen from other anime, such as Urotsukidoji (ironically, made by the same creator as the manga version of Nightmare Campus), Giant Robo, and Ninja Resurrection (produced by the same animation company as Nightmare Campus, itself stealing a bit of music from the Giant Robo soundtrack).
  • The four-part OVA adaptation of the yaoi manga Okane Ga Nai. The animation and anatomy are awful, none of the characters are likable (and it suffers from some of the worst Protagonist-Centered Morality in all of anime), it manages to feel deeply homophobic despite being a yaoi series, the sexual content is very brutal and rape-y, there are attempts to be "deep and dark and edgy" that just come off as horribly immature, and the story doesn't even make much sense. This is even believed to be the series most negative stereotypes about the genre come from. To top it off, because it's anime and because it's yaoi, it always ends up topping searches for the title, much to the dismay of people looking for the 90s J-Drama of the same title that certain universities use in their curriculum.
  • While it has some contenders for the title, as detailed below, Ousama Game The Animation may possibly be the worst Deadly Game anime ever made. The attempted story of a class of high-schoolers forced into a death game by the mysterious "King", the anime attempts to adapt both the original novel and its sequel, and it does this by putting the sequel first, meaning that no less than five episodes spent mainly on a plot that the audience knows the exact conclusion to from the very start, and this isn't even done with a modicum of respect to proper chronological order, as the plot of the original novel is addressed in stop-and-start Flashback sequences while the sequel's action is going on. What results from this is an utter nightmare of a plot. The terrible pacing means the viewer likely won't have much of a clue when the events that are currently going on are supposed to take place without paying very close attention. Additionally, deciding to adapt two very content-heavy novels means the plot is condensed down to the bare minimum story elements (leading to certain twists coming out of utter nowhere). Even ignoring the timeline butchering, the story is still awful, featuring inane plot points that make little sense (such as the deaths of entire classes being passed off as "group suicides"), loads of nonsensical and distracting sexual content done purely for shock value (or at best, horribly inappropriate examples of Fanservice), characters who receive literally no focus or development before they're about to be killed off (with the Foregone Conclusion meaning the few who do get development usually end up biting it as well). The Compressed Adaptation boils down almost every character, even the main ones, to one or two traits; the second-most-important character in the original novel is turned into a Satellite Love Interest. The setting is ridiculously over-the-top Narmy with its dark elements, and it doesn't help that the plot requires the characters to seemingly have the mental capacity of goldfish. The main human villain only gets anywhere close to succeeding because the rest of the cast is just that brain-dead, and The Reveal is the most nonsensical Shocking Swerve of all. Add in terrible animation and a cheap soundtrack (the opening and ending themes being the only exceptions) and you get an anime that managed to be the king of Snark Bait for the Fall 2017 anime season in both Japan and abroad. Even then, the anime's insulting Cliffhanger ending that renders the entire story pointless, as one final middle finger to the audience, means even the appeal of mocking it vanishes after awhile. Yes, this anime is bad in a way that even riffing it is a draining endeavour.
  • Pilot Candidate, a.k.a. Candidate For Goddess, has horribly-integrated CGI even for its era, plot holes practically from the start (it's stated early that only men can become Goddess pilots, except the best pilot on the protagonist's squad is a woman), and an aggressively unlikable protagonist in Zero Enna (a mashup of Ash Ketchum, Amuro Ray, and Taichi Kamiya note , but with none of their redeeming qualities). The greatest failing, however, is that every piece of the story is incomplete. Several characters and concepts are introduced but never explored, each battle is an unfollowable mess with key points missing, and while the focus on cadets should make for an interesting angle, the main characters are barely involved with the plot. And to top it all off, even though the story is too thin and weak to support twelve episodes, it still has a Gecko Ending. Watch Bennett the Sage make fun of it along with Blue Gender (which, while mediocre, is nowhere near as bad) for his "[adult swim] Month" feature, and watch The Cartoon Hero tear it apart here.
    • Interestingly, the series is based on a longer manga by Yukiru Sugisaki, the author of D.N.Angel, but its failure made her very hesitant to allow D.N.Angel to get an anime adaptation. Eventually, XEBEC (producer of this series and of Martian Successor Nadesico) made a competent adaptation.
    • [adult swim] aired the anime once, when the block was still finding its legs... and we do mean once this is one of very few shows that [as] never showed again after its initial airing. A commercial bumper over five years later said, to paraphrase, "Pilot Candidate: Never Again."
      • What's worse is that it was originally going to be on Toonami (back when Toonami was a daytime action cartoon lineup) and was edited down to Toonami standards, making it more incoherent. When Adult Swim decided to air it, it was the Toonami-edited version.
    • Locomotion, a (now defunct) Latin-American animation channel, dubbed the whole series into Spanish, and in the period before they changed hands, they repeated it daily since it was one of their few anime left. Not even the (surprisingly good) dub could save this series.
  • Psychic Wars, a 1990s OVA that suffers from a nonsensical plot, boring characters, flying plot leaps, and bad pacing. It was originally going to be a three-episode miniseries; unsurprisingly, only one episode was made due to its low budget. Bennett the Sage dedicated his very first Anime Abandon review to it.
  • The anime adaptation of Pupa. Fans of the horror genre had high hopes for it due to the lack of good-quality horror anime, but then it was postponed from its original Fall 2013 lineup and pushed back to the Winter 2014 lineup, where it was revealed the episodes would only be four minutes long (its only saving grace, according to viewers). It's been universally panned for horrid writing and piss-poor pacing (including a subplot that gets dropped the moment it's introduced), uninteresting characters, mishandling of the manga's disturbing material, shoddy censorship as it was airing, simultaneously disgusting and dull "scares", and a final episode that does nothing to wrap up the plot. Special mention goes to the infamous Episode 6 (and Episode 8 when it comes to the censorship). Not only is it one of the lowest-ranked TV anime series on My Anime List, it also broke Anime News Network's rating scale in its Shelf Life review, earning the column's first "Flushable" score in over a year. Anime Viking also has a few words to say regarding the matter.
  • Pure Love, a.k.a. Rhythm - Koi no Ritsudou, is a horrible No Budget late 90s hentai that has dreadful, stiff animation and artwork that looks like it was done in MS Paint, laughable CGI backgrounds, a nonexistent story, ugly sex scenes, awful characterization, and a terrible English dub. Luckily, it's only two episodes long.
  • Roots Search, a 1980s OVA with stiff animation; unlikable, poorly-developed characters; and a pretentious and incoherent plot ripped off from Alien. Anime News Network analyzed it and found nothing good to say about it.
  • The 13-episode anime adaptation of Samurai Gun. Low-budget animation, uniformly one-note and unlikable characters, repetitive story beats, sub-par voice acting (at least for the dub) and a script "punched up" with gratuitous profanity all combine to derail an interesting concept (elite secret agents in an anachronistic feudal Japan). What would've been below average and forgettable is pulled firmly into SBIH territory by the show's rampant, hateful misogyny: Every Villain of the Week plot seems to involve the gratuitous and brutal abuse and deaths of random big-breasted women. And the show seems to relish showing women being slaughtered more than showing the good guys kicking ass. See what Animerica had to say about it here and here.
  • The Deadly Game subgenre is of often subjective quality but, without a doubt, Shojo Shikkaku is the absolute worst. The "plot" is a class of Middle-school girls trapped in a school being forced to kill each other in pairs. Pacing is terrible, with the protagonists spending close to half the story in the room they start in, then speeding through the rest at an extremely fast rate. Characterization is virtually non-existent, with many characters appearing just to die, while their deaths go completely unacknowledged by the protagonists. Plot holes abound. A class of Middle-School girls with no combat training are able to use weapons perfectly. It is shown early that a slight tug on the chain used to pair the girls up will release a fatal poison, but the chain is tugged repeatedly later. It is revealed the killing game is apparently yearly and secretly sanctioned by the government, but this is never explained or resolved. The Yuri element is completely wasted as there is too little time focused on that aspect and it's dropped with a sudden thud when the protagonists suddenly are revealed to be sisters out of nowhere. This is all topped off by a terrible Esoteric Happy Ending that has the Big Bad get everything she wanted without consequence while nothing else is remotely resolved.
  • Fans of the First-Person Shooter video game SiN absolutely loathe its horrendous anime adaption Sin: The Movie and pretend it doesn't exist for several good reasons. The misleading title is a bad start (it's called Sin: The Movie even though it's actually a two-episode miniseries), but to make matters worse, major unnecessary changes have been thrown in. Examples include John Blade being changed to a cyborg (even though he wasn't one in the original game), JC Armack being killed off and replaced with his Suspiciously Similar Substitute sister (whose sole purpose seems to be Fanservice) and the setting being moved to the 2070s (even though the original video game is set in 2037). Other problems include mediocre animation and art, lame canon foreigners, a few giant plot holes, and a bland story. It's painfully obvious that Sin: The Movie was created just to cash in on the success of the original video game it was based on. Watch Bennett the Sage make fun of it here.
  • The anime adaptation of Togainu no Chi was panned by fans of the original game for good reason. Admittedly, given the nature of the game and its multi-route system, some elements had to be removed to placate the censors, but it still doesn't excuse the fact that so many things were removed from the story that people being introduced to the series for the first time didn't know what the hell was going on. Terrible animation (to the point that Episode 12 nearly completely consists of Stock Footage), constant deviation from character models, and a mediocre script combine to make a fairly celebrated BL game into an animated train wreck. There are even rumors that the anime's staff deliberately sabotaged it (the reason why is currently unknown).
  • While Transformers has produced many works of high-quality fiction, and the fandom disagrees about nearly everything, there are some anime and manga so horrid that everyone shuns them:
    • While Transformers Armada got off to a bad start, the show did improve as it went on and eventually became fairly decent by the end. The same cannot be said for Transformers Energon, which was (and to some extent, still is) widely considered the worst show the franchise has had, though The Transformers: Combiner Wars is a viable contender for that dishonor (see the Western Animation section for that). The story itself is fraught with Padding, plot points are introduced and immediately dropped, and an unlikable Jerk Sue leads the main storyline. Animation for the robots is done almost entirely with CGI, albeit very badly, with all the emotional range of a potato. All this is topped off by an incredibly rushed production schedule, resulting in English scripts full of mistranslations and lines that don't fit the on-screen action, making the already confusing story nigh-incomprehensible. The voice actors almost unanimously turn in incredibly uninspired performances, despite the fact that many of them had long proven their vocal abilities in past series like Beast Wars. Even though the series does have one or two So Bad, It's Good moments, trying to watch the whole thing to find them is considered an act of torture. This is all summed up by what Alpha Q said in the final episode:
      "Something cool finally happened!" note 
      • To give a better idea on how bad this thing is, TFWiki.net provides an extremely critical look at the series, complete with sections in the episode articles dedicated to how badly the dub fails. It's easily some of their best work.
      • And if that's not enough, watch Diamond Bolt tear it a new afterburner here.
    • When Transformers Kiss Players was announced, most American fans generally chuckled at the concept of girls kissing Transformers to bond with them and power them up... but the manga scans depicted characters being swallowed whole and alive, blatantly suggestive scenes (such as the Legions' infamous "penis-tongues" and the endless stream of implied-rape imagery), the sexist overtone-plagued antics of Atari Hitotonari (and the Ethnic Scrappy Shaoshao), and late teenagers/young adults appearing to be eight years old (no, this isn't an art style quirk, they're literally and intentionally drawn that way). Series creator Yuki Ohshima openly admitted to making the series this way for no reason other than shock value. The second half of the series attempted what can only be damage control by shifting gears and becoming a Continuity Porn series which happened to star cute girls, but by then it was too late - American fans were left disgusted, and Japanese fans feared this would set a very poor example for the perception of anime in the West. As a result, most fans tuned out. Even with the heavily fractured nature of the series' fan base, it's pretty much the only thing in the Transformers franchise that's universally hated (with the possible exception of Energon and Combiner Wars), which is a real accomplishment.
  • While it isn't surprising that certain parts of Tsukihime were changed for its animated adaptation, given the original visual novel's content and structure, what was changed is completely awful. The writing is littered with plot holes, outright bringing up important details from the visual novel and then ignoring the actual cause or context; the animation is cheap enough that a character falling is shown as a moving still frame, the music is dull and repetitive (the only good song is the opening, an awesome instrumental that makes the rest of the soundtrack even more boring in comparison), and despite only being 12 episodes long the plot often slows down to a dull crawl. Predictably, it was savaged by critics and did terribly, and to this day Type-Moon fans pretend it never happened. By contrast, the manga adaption is pretty faithful to the source material and avoids a lot of the anime's failings.

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