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"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
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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.
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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 (and made by Production I.G), 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. View it in its entirety here.
  • The anime adaptation of 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, 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).
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  • Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de, also known as The Center of the Blue World or World War Blue, 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). Whatever the manga's like, it was done an incredible disservice by this OVA. Watch ConnerTheWaffle rip into it here.
  • 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 father and brother 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 judgmental 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. 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.
  • 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 - the characters look like someone partially deflated their heads and used the air to inflate their hands. A perfect example of Uncanny Valley.
  • 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.
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited has almost nothing to do with the whole Final Fantasy franchise except for the presence of iconic motifs such as Chocobos, Moogles, Cid, and the crystals. Beyond that, only two members of the main cast are actually fighters. One's "fighting" involves an overly long summon scene animated in plodding Conspicuous CGI every episode, and the other one comes across as a knockoff of Sephiroth with Cloud's hairstyle and without the characterization or depth of either. Furthermore, the main characters were only there to appeal to younger audiences and generally did nothing to affect the plot, despite the world of Final Fantasy being a World of Badass which features multiple kid heroes such as The Onion Knight, Rydia, and Relm; the art direction can't decide whether it's aiming to the arthouse, children show, or CGI action crowds, resulting in an inconsistent artstyle filled with gratuitous levels of Conspicuous CGI on top of the myriad Off-Model scenes that are already present; and the cast's Faux Action Girl is not only the biggest scrappy in any piece of Final Fantasy media, but is presented in such an inappropriate manner for the show and its younger demographic that her presence may as well be an insult to feminism. Only the first half of the whole story is animated, and if this Wordpress summary is true, then it's for the better since unlike any other installment in the Final Fantasy franchise, the story ends on a cliffhanger and remains unfinished, while what ended up being broadcasted at least has a vaguely definite end. Anime News Network's review for the second DVD single says it all. It's no wonder that after all of this, Square Enix likes to pretend that it doesn't exist.
  • 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, the 2002 anime adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori 's 1979 manga Genma Taisen: Shinwa Zenya no Shou, a spin-off/prequel of the Genma Taisen series, note  created by science fiction author Kazumasa Hirai with his illustrations. Judging by the stealth and more overt Take That that he threw at it in some of his later works, Ishinomori seemed to consider it a bit of an Old Shame, but despite this the manga has fans to these days, so it wasn't surprising that an adaptation would be produced eventually. However, this series from 2002 made all the possible mistakes it could have in handling a source material like this: first of all, it tried to be a self standing adaptation note , and did so by keeping and eliminating things from the manga very arbitrarily, taking away elements of lore that tie the manga back to the rest of the franchise and give it its identity and depth note  while not exploring others, making the story confusing for people not familiar with the series, and changing the tone from Fridge Horror by adding gratuitous amounts of violence and nudity (which were censored, pretty clumsily, in the English localization), alienating even more old time fans. Despite that, not enough changes were made to account for the fact that the source material was more than 20 years old and very much a product of its time, so contemporary viewers found themselves thrown off by a relentlessly grim and gritty series that deals with sexual violence much differently than modern sensibilities would allow note . But even people who might enjoy the series for the sexplotation and gore would find themselves unable to get into it due to the awful, cheap as chips animation note  and incredibly lazy art direction - in stark contrast with the manga, one of Ishinomori's most ambitious works in the visual department. Overall, the final product fails under all possible aspects, and is more a case study in what to avoid when making an adaptation.
  • 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 .
  • Gundress is a science fiction film with character and mecha designs by Masamune Shirow, best known for Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. Would that it were anywhere near as good as those two were! Instead, you get a production that fell way behind schedule every step of the way, right up to the theatrical release, and looks every foot-and-a-half of it. It got so bad, patrons were treated to an apology from the producers and a voucher for a free VHS cassette of it. Its only redeeming factor is the behind-the-scenes documentary on the DVD, where the animation team makes up some very unconvincing excuses for why the film turned out as bad as it did, with hilarious results. On top of all of the other flaws, Anime Works blatantly lied about the depth of Shirow's involvement, claiming on the cover that the movie was "from the creative master of Ghost in the Shell and Dominion Tank Police". Kid Fenris reads the anime its rights here.
  • 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 led 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 plot driven by stupidity, 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. Watch Mother's Basement tear it apart here.
  • 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 (that being the main character being a boy, so it's OK if the girls treat him like dirt), 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 foreseeable 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. Making 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 MikuMikuDance), 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.
    • To compare, the internationally beloved Kemono Friends was made under the exact same circumstances 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.
  • Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls is a three-minute all-CGI short which makes Abunai Sisters and JK-Meshi! look like Studio Ghibli productions by comparison. As a bit of background information, the studio behind the short, gdgd, had released a series called gdgdFairies which had very low-quality CGI models and no plot to speak of, but was saved by the characters' top-tier voice actresses adlibbing and doing basically what amounted to improv comedy, and it developed a small cult following. gdgd had the bright idea to repeat the formula for their next series, but this time outright told the voice actresses to go out there and adlib; unfortunately they weren't nearly as high quality as the previous series, and it showed. The plot and jokes are 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 even worse than fairies, featuring models that jerk and twitch every second like marionettes being controlled by someone having a seizure, and the audio quality is terrible; the voice actresses sound like they're recording through wool socks, which makes it impossible to even tell if a joke was going to be there since you can't understand what they're saying at all. Apart from the characters, the budget was so cheap that there were only a couple (hand-drawn as opposed to CGI) backgrounds used throughout the entire series. Even worse, beginning at the seventh episode, the studio couldn't even afford to use the CGI models and had to use pans of still images with the voice actresses talking over them. Somehow the still images managed to be considered better quality than the CGI, mainly because they were actually competently drawn and didn't shake and spaz all the time. Anime Randoms takes a look at it here, but doesn't have many kind words to say on the matter.
  • 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.
    • It also received a manga adaptation by Ken Ishikawa, of all people. And while the manga is not a masterpiece by any stretch, it's still considerably better than the atrocious anime and it's worth a read for anyone who's a fan of Ken Ishikawa.
  • 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. MasakoX of Team Four Star reviews it here. You can also watch it in its entirety here if you really want to.
    • There's an another Idea Factory anime with the same director, Tenkuu Danzai 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, and the anime itself can be watched here.
  • The anime adaptation of My Sister, My Writer is the horrific result of combining art that's Off-Model in nearly every scene (this compilation shows just how prevalent it was and how frighteningly poorly drawn the characters were), a Cliché Storm of a genre (Brother–Sister Incest) already considered audience alienating even when written well, obnoxious Meta Fiction elements concerning Otaku culture (that are in and of themselves cliche for the genre) and a production so troubled the animators actually apologized in the end credits for an episode. Mother's Basement names it the worst anime of 2018 in this video, while expressing disbelief at how everything that could possibly go wrong in this series did.
  • 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, also based on a hentai manga made by Maeda), 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 short anime adaptation of Nobunaga-sensei's Child Bride. If the title didn't already give a vague idea of what watchers were in for, what little plot there is revolves around a dorky schoolteacher who is the descendant of Oda Nobunaga. He has the ability to turn inanimate objects and people into reincarnations of his more famous ancestor's concubines, all who want to marry him, and who are fourteen at the oldest. This leads to twelve deeply uncomfortable episodes of barely-teenage girls trying to seduce an adult man. And for those few who can get past that, the anime's hideous artstyle, atrocious animation, and obsession with the only adult female in the cast's horribly-animated nipples that render everything the least sexy it can possibly be will certainly turn you off. Add to that a wholly disgusting scene where the (straight) male protagonist gets basically gaslighted into almost having sex with another man, as well as Unfortunate Implications about transgenderism and transvestism, and you have a Fetish Retardant garbage fire of an anime. Perhaps the only saving grace of this anime is the fact that the episodes are only nine minutes long. The anime is being riffed here.
  • 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.
  • Omae wa Mada Gunma o Shiranai (You Don't Know Gunma Yet) is a short 3-minute anime mini-series that's a blatant ad for tourism in Gunma Prefecture, but the only thing it succeeds at is driving people away from ever wanting to visit there. It's presented as a comedy, and many of its "jokes" come from acting like Gunma is a Place Worse Than Death, as a bit of Self-Deprecation, but there's never any attempts to show why that perception is wrong or even any punchlines at all. You're more likely to learn random facts like that people from Gunma drown the most out of any prefecture in Japan (yes, really) more than you are any reason why you should come for a visit. The art doesn't help, as it could have been taken straight out of a cheap 1990s OVA when the series was made in 2018. Instead of presenting Gunma as a misunderstood but nice place (which the creators were obviously aiming for but seriously botched), this anime will probably convince anyone viewing that the only things that the prefecture has are residents who hate outsiders and terrible weather, and to only take a trip there as a last resort.
  • 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 that 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 that the plot is condensed down to the bare minimum story elements (leading to certain twists coming completely out of 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 on 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 as this anime) 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.
    • The one positive critics and fans alike agree on is that its soundtrack is absolutely amazing. Many, including Bennett the Sage in his review mentioned above, have been utterly baffled on how a show this bad managed to get such a high-quality score.
  • 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 has 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, inconsistent 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.
  • 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).
  • Touhou Project Side Story: Memories of Stars was among the first animated adaptations of the Touhou franchise. It was created by SOUND HOLIC, one of the biggest names in Touhou fan music. Sadly, it is plain to see that outside of music videos, animation was not SOUND HOLIC's forte. Ambitious though this OVA was, its plot was incredibly slow and plodding (in addition to contradicting canon), the original characters were not compelling in the slightest, the animation was painfully limited, the special effects were archaic, and the fight scenes (what few there were) fail to impress.
  • 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, the worst example being a filler episode based on a throwaway bit from the VN that adds literally nothing to the story. Worst of all, they changed Ciel's Trademark Favorite Food from curry to spaghetti. 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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