Worst of 2015

Good golly this was a year full of crap unlike in 2014. I don’t want to be cynical about it as I do enjoy talking about anime despite it being terrible. It does provide some fun in thinking about why an anime is terrible. So let’s get right to it as usual!

Worst Animation

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Winner: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Grating animation hiccups that even someone like me who doesn’t see continuity errors in animation very often can notice. Not to mention the off-kilter animation in the action scenes make the experience jarring.

Runner Up #1: Triage X

Same problems as Fafnir’s except with less animation errors. That still doesn’t excuse the lazy animation process that goes with character movement and so forth.

Runner Up #2: Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

It felt as though the artwork was more focused than the animation itself. I know ecchi is great to look at but I can’t get over the poorly animated breast and butt jiggles that look like they’re on autopilot.

Honorable Mentions: (Lance N’ Masques, Isuca, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace)

 

Worst Art

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Winner: Lance N’ Masques

Almost looks like it was drawn by Studio Shaft rejects. It doesn’t look exactly like Madoka Magica, but the hair and character features look like they were copy and pasted with no ambition to it whatsoever.

Runner Up #1: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

Strangely enough, it looks like a harem anime that was rejected in the mid-2000s and was brought back to life ten years later. Seems to me that it should have been shelved back, never to see the light of day again.

Honorable Mentions: (Isuca, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki)

 

Worst Male Character

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Winner: Yoshio Kobayashi

Nothing grates my soul more than an annoying character. However, what makes a character worse than just an annoying one is when he has become so devoid of any humanity to him that it makes him beyond annoying. Yoshio happens to be that character who has only one expression. It makes him so one-note and grating that it actually makes me wish death upon him,

Runner Up #1: Yuu Mononobe

Worst harem protagonist of the year by far. It isn’t so much that he is annoying or hateful, it’s just the fact that there is nothing to him at all. He’s literally a walking sleeping pill commercial every time he opens his mouth.

Runner Up #2: Embryo

This is by far the most hilariously bad villains I’ve ever had the chance to see. Not only are his intentions so stereotypical and devoid of any thought, but he also just comes out of nowhere with no buildup to his first appearance. I guess a really dumb evil family isn’t enough, we just gotta come up with an over-the-top villain that would make Sword Art Online‘s antagonists blush.

Honorable Mentions: (Toujou Basara, Takeru Amato, Ibuki, Arashi Mikam, Tusk, Youtarou Hanabusa)

 

Worst Female Character

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Winner: Mamori Tokonome

Similar to my hate for Yoshino, except Mamori is just annoying and useless as a character. It would be one thing if she was just your bland damsel in distress character that our big busty silent protagonists protects. However, when you add that absolutely atrocious, shrill voice into the mix, then it is just unbearable to even think about.

Runner Up #1: Mirei Shikishima

Although it is interesting to see a female character playing the role of the “white knight,” I just couldn’t help but notice how unbelievably vapid Mirei’s development is. It felt tact-on and didn’t strike me as something writers even gave two shits about.

Runner Up #2: All of the girls in Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

I put all of the girls in Fafnir because all of them are exactly the same in terms of bad quality characters and similarities. None of them have any characteristics that make them distinct from one another. They all love the protagonist for some reason and want to be with him, and that’s about it.

Honorable Mentions: (Sakuya Shimazu, Sylvia Ikaruga Misurugi)

 

Worst Cast

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Winner: Triage X

A cast like Triage X‘s has to be put up as an example of terrible character writing. None can come even close to the amount of flat development that all of the characters possess.

Runner Up #1: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

As I’ve mentioned beforehand, all of the characters seemed poorly developed and were cliche to the point where I couldn’t even see them as characters. Their chemistry was so wooden together from their dialogue and interactions together.

Runner Up #2: Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

From vapid and boring to straight up annoying as hell, I can’t think of another ecchi with this much character diversity of suckage despite the fact that there are no men in this anime, ooop spoiler!

Honorable Mentions: (Cross Ange, Isuca, Lance N’Masques, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Hibike! Euphonium, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki)

 

Worst Sequel

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Winner: Shinmai Maou no Testament Burst

I never thought Shinmai Maou no Testament could ever get worse story-wise. They sure did accomplish that goal. So poorly executed in terms of pacing and exposition, Burst just turns into what could have been a promising dumb ecchi anime and mesh it into a really bad serious action plot that quickly turns into a really bad tournament style plot for like two episodes until it just ends abruptly like that.

Runner Up #1: Aldnoah Zero 2nd Season

Honestly I wasn’t really looking forward to this sequel based on the mediocrity of the first season. From what this was, it was worst based on how even more dull it became than the first. At least the first season had hilarious ass pulls that made it interesting.

Runner Up #2: Tokyo Ghoul A

I’m sure the manga series is superior, but this anime adaptation still leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. Lack of exposition, a really rushed plot, and rushed character development is what keeps me from being grabbed by Tokyo Ghoul‘s supposedly intense story.

Honorable Mentions: (Gatchman Crowds Insight)

 

Worst Story

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Winner: Triage X

Plot arcs that don’t feel connected anyway, aren’t even fun or captivating on their own, and with the worst character development I’ve had the displeasure of seeing. On a full anime series no less. Even with just ten episodes, you could have attempted to do so instead of showing the most boring fanservice since Eiken.

Runner Up #1: Shinmai Maou no Testament

I’ve mentioned how Burst‘s story was worst than its predecessor, that still doesn’t mean that the latter wasn’t terrible. With hardly any exposition of how the demonic world is or why the antagonists are evil and their intentions, my interest became beyond apathetic. As much as the ecchi was really sexy, there was not enough of it for the show to be given a pass with this amount of lazy writing.

Runner Up #2: Cross Ange

Many have shouted from the rooftops about how dumb this anime is. And yes it is dumb. In fact, I actually thought it started to get interesting after the first episode. Then by the mid-point, it’s almost as if the writers completely forgot where to go with the story and just made up stuff as they went along.

Honorable Mentions: (Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki, Isuca, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Valkyrie Drive : Mermaid, Lance N’ Masques)

 

Worst Action

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Winner: Triage X

Action that is paced too quickly and without hesitation is always bad. Triage X does that to the Nth degree. Animation that seems like it was running on a limited budget, nothing could excite me with really boring set-pieces that are completely predictable and as a result have no tension in them.

Runner Up #1: Shinmai Maou no Testament

Its supreme ecchi could not match the horrendous action in this. Most notably the animation cuts a lot of corners that makes it hilariously bad to watch.

Runner Up #2: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

When you build up your action to a really bad finale, you have yourself another Mahou Senou situation. Which is something no studio should ever tread water on.

Honorable Mentions: (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki, Isuca)

 

Worst Comedy

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Winner: Isuca

If there was any anime that could manage to break my tolerance for bad cliches that many people harp on anime for, it’s anime like this. Absolutely horrible comedic timing and predictable outcomes of the sex jokes that have no punch to them, whether it be typical panties on mouth or boob grope. The cat girl was at least funny on some scenarios.

Runner Up #1: Lance N’ Masques

I actually laughed a lot in the 1st episode of its absurd premise. Until I watched the third episode and realized, “Wait, they’re really trying to make this white knight angle seriously?” After that I became befuddled by how stupid the comedy of this show became as it continued, and not in the good stupid way.

Runner Up #2: Ore Monogatari!!

Do you love characters spouting out the same catchphrase over and over again and thinks the joke is not over? Then this one is for you.

Honorable Mentions: (Cross Ange)

 

 

Worst Slice of Life

 

Winner: N/A (Considering there were not a lot of Slice of Life anime this year, all of it wasn’t bad. So there’s at least that)

 

Worst Ecchi

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Winner: Triage X

When you market your anime as action with ecchi, the ecchi will probably be secondary. Yet, I couldn’t help but be so underwhelmed by the fanservice, what little there was to go by. Almost like it wasn’t even there to begin with, like I got ripped off. Don’t let the screenshots or poster fool you, those scenes are one of the few scenes of ecchi there is. In fact the only episode where ecchi is prominent is the bathing scene, and even that was disappointing.

Runner Up #1: Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

I summed up the ecchi in this anime quite good in one sentence: “Boobs and ass without souls, might as well not be boobs or butts at all.”

Runner Up #2: Isuca

It just comes across as another ecchi anime that runs out of ideas halfway through and repeats the same jokes over and over.

Honorable Mentions: (Yuri Kuma Arashi, Juuou Mujin no Fafnir)

 

 

Worst Short Anime

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Winner: Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2 & 3

I like Yui Horie, in fact nobody on earth can dislike her. But for Monochrome, it’s just cheap marketing at its finest.

Runner Up #1: Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou

If you’re a fan of Shingeki no Kyojin, then you probably won’t care if I say that this was just pointless fanservice that’s just there so people can still remember that the 2nd season is coming so it won’t be forgotten like Susei no Gargantia.

Honorable Mentions: (Wakaba Girl)

 

 

Worst OVA/Special

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Winner: Isuca Gokuraku

Although mildly better because it was a decent fanservice OVA, it still didn’t win me over with the characters. The neko girl is great though.

Runner Up #1: Shinmai Maou no Testament OVA

I’d love to suck on Maria’s banana strap on. Who wouldn’t? But Basara is still awful, so this OVA isn’t special.

Honorable Mentions: N/A

 

 

Biggest Disappointment

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Winner: Kantai Collection: Kancolle

Shimakaze was the only girl I was looking forward to seeing. And when you make her a complete afterthought in a series that should’ve been longer than it was, that’s no good. With such a large cast of girls, you can’t just make that into 12 episodes where you have a really boring melodramatic story that all amount to nothing in the end.

Runner Up #1: Gatchaman Crowds Insight

I felt like the story in this one wasn’t as well-focused as I wanted Gatchaman Crowds to be. The first one in the series was simple enough that it fit well enough with the type of anime it was trying to be: a fun action anime. Putting a complex story with new characters that are average feels alien to me.

Runner Up #2: One Punch Man

I don’t think One Punch Man is bad, keep this in mind. I just feel as though the show became too much like the genre that it was trying to satirize. Satire is where you are self-aware of what you’re doing is silly, and there are a few moments where they do. However, by the 2nd half of it, I felt as though it just became another action anime with a really underwhelming story.

Honorable Mentions: N/A

 

Most Overrated

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Winner: Ore Monogatari!!

Cute as it might be, I found the comedy to be so tedious after several episodes. Repetition is always an aspect of comedy but in such a way where it fits well with timing, which Ore Monogatari is mostly devoid of.

Runner up #1: Shokugeki no Souma

It could be that I’m not a food person who cooks a lot of food. However, I do know what makes good and interesting characters which I only found a few to fit those two things. Not a bad anime, but something that just didn’t tickle my funny bone a lot.

Runner up #2: Hibike! Euphonium

Many have praised this as Kyoto Animation’s comeback. While I do think this is better than most of the anime that it has come out of Kyoto in the past couple of years, I feel like it was missing the spark to ignite it to full greatness. The cast is the big factor that led me to this distinction, didn’t care for a lot of them.

Honorable Mentions: (One Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul A)

 

 

Worst Anime of the Year

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Winner: Triage X

I don’t know if any full anime series could get any worse than this dreck. I’ll eat my words up until that day comes, but until then, Triage X belongs in the dark pit of shit from which nothing shall escape from.

Runner Up #1: Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

Worst yuri anime that I have ever had to sit through. I love my yuri in hentai form where the girls actually look like they love each other instead of this artificial love that Valkyrie Drive had. Funny how any hentai can do better in a genre than one that isn’t hentai.

Runner Up #2: Juuou Mujin no Fafnir

This is the prototypical terrible anime that has all of the stereotypical aspects that make a terrible anime.

Honorable Mentions: (Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki, Isuca, Lance N’ Masques, Shinmai Maou no Testament, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace)

 

That’s it for the worst of 2015. Now for the thing that many always wait for every year: Top 10 Cutest Girls of 2015! Stay Tuned in a couple of days!

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