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10 Anime Moments of Suck 2012

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The 26th of December is the suckiest day of the year because it’s the furthest away from Christmas you can get. So, as per tradition, what better day to ‘celebrate’ the truly horrible moments of anime in 2012. In the past I’ve called them moments of HATE, but as I said earlier, this year I just haven’t felt quite as angry about shitty anime. However that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still some prime examples of terrible writing in anime this year.

Bear in mind that I didn’t keep watching already bad anime, so you won’t see any Guilty Crown or Sword Art Online on this list. A few of these are for some anime that are otherwise pretty good. But these specific moments in the anime are still terrible.

10: Bread of Happiness

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I can’t get too mad about Bread of Happiness because what else were you expecting? An adaptation from game about bread baking to be anything other than a load of shallow nonsense? The only thing that was surprising was just how vapid it was. The 3 main female characters had about half a brain cell to share between them, and seemed to suck in personality into their exact same facial expressions and character designs, same-facing their way apparently entranced by the main character’s juicy succulent bread. Bread of Happiness is the worst first episode I’ve seen this year. For that alone, it really deserves a spot on this list.

9: Speedwagon being totally useless

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You know I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel when one of my moments comes from the otherwise awesome Jojo’s. But yes, Speedwagon is useless. Please tell me why Speedwagon needs to be with Jojo. What does it serve to have him tail Jojo around that couldn’t have easily been solved by having a disembodied narrator. Roughly 100% of the things he said are clarifications of what’s happening on screen. His involvement in the battles are to get in Jojo’s way, to warm up a cold hand, and to hold Jojo’s sword. He could have easily been replaced by a rock, a slab of meat, and a belt respectively. Thankfully in the second half he was captured and tortured by Nazis, which I consider to be the perfect place for his character to be.

8: Seeing Blood-C uncensored

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Now taking moments from anime I didn’t even watch this year. I saw the first episode of Blood-C, thought it was boring and never touched it again. From reading reviews though, I heard about what happened and how drastically it changed into an all out gore-fest. This year I saw the uncensored clips from Blood-C and they have been burned into my mind since then. I’m hardly a stranger to ridiculous anime violence. I’ve seen plenty of those stupidly hyper violent OVAs of the 80s and early 90s, including stuff like Violence Jack and Apocalypse Zero. But there’s something more brutal and unflinching about the violence in Blood-C that is genuinely unsettling. I want to unsee it. Why can I not unsee it!?!

7: WHO IS IMOUTO cure the gay

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Complaining about WHO IS IMOUTO being bad is like complaining about someone’s fart not smelling nice. Of course it’s not going to be good. It’s a light novel adaptation with the word ‘imouto’ in the title. However even by those standards, this moment still shook me from my stupor to question whether I had read the insipid dialogue correctly from the subtitles. Did the girls really say they were going to cure his gay? In another anime it might be self-aware in how it brought this idea to the table, but WHO IS IMOUTO is so culturaly backward, where the ideal woman is a braindead baby-maker, that you realise it’s being serious with this. Sure it’s born from ignorance rather than a place of genuine malice, but seeing it actually play out was a bit like suddenly seeing a black minstrel in a modern TV show.

6: Haru is the new Nessa

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As much as I might have appreciated the visual style and creativity of Tsuritama, the two male lead characters are so astronomically dense that I couldn’t enjoy the show. Genuinely cataclysmally thick, incapable of thinking straight about anything, their minds befuddled by the simplest of mental tasks. There’s a difference between social anxieties and actual mental disabilities, for which these guys would give the Little Busters girls a run for their money. Haru in particular, I swear he said the exact same lines as Nessa from Fractale did. Haru loves love! Haru hates hate.

5: Moyashimon Returns final episode

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Be careful what you wish for. If I had to choose an anime to get a sequel, and it wasn’t allowed to be something written by Ryougo Narita, it would have been Moyashimon. It’s not like the staff really changed all that much between 2007 and 2012 either. I’m still reeling a little from what the hell happened with this season of Moyashimon. It was so lifeless, tedious and…sexless! Something about that final episode where the characters all looked at each other saying “gosh, didn’t we have such a great time together” was soul-sucking. It was right at that moment that I wanted to reverse time and prevent the sequel from happening, but instead had to sit there in sulky silence.

4: Car crash in Kids on the Slope

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Starting to get into the truly bad moments that did make me legitimately angry now. I liked Kids on the Slope for the most part. When it focused on the music playing part, I wanted to cry to the heavens about how the king had returned. It’s just a shame these music segments had to exist in the same anime that had the dumbest friggen melodrama this side of Ano Hana. The scene where Sentarou gets hit by a car was so stupidly mawkish and out of nowhere, I thought it was a joke for a while. This is the kind of thing you see parodies of this genre do! Where a character out of nowhere gets hit by a car! No actual show does this for real, do they? I guess Kids on the Slope missed that memo.

3: Accel World is shallow wankery

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Much to many people’s dismay, I won’t be having any Sword Art Online in this post. Part of the reason why I bailed on SAO so early on was because I’d seen these first 2 episodes of Accel World and felt I already had a pretty solid grip on what this writer’s forte was. It’s the most blatant piece of loser teenage male wish-fulfilment I have ever seen anime produce. It eclipses every other shallow harem bullshit by the depth of fanboy wankery it goes to. Are you a fat loser who is only good at video games? Well great, because here’s a show where that ability gets you all the hot ladies! I’ve heard his books described as Twilight for Teenage Boys, and that fits it quite nicely.

2: THE SKY IS BLOO!

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You know the way the first segment of Literature Girl in Daily Dudes had the two characters spouting nonsense in an attempt to sound profound, but in their heads they realise how utterly stupid they sound? That’s the opening segment on Black Rock Shooter. No seriously, go watch it again. When you have Literature Girl in your mind when you watch Black Rock Shooter, it becomes the height of ridiculous comedy. This is the secret value of Daily Lives of Highschool Boys. It’s knowledge in your mind utterly destroys the poorly written nonsense attempting to be deep but not really understanding how to do so.

1: Rea in the Bunny Suit

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This scene was a lock in at #1 from the second it happened. It’s one of those amazing moments that utterly destroys the entire point of the show with one single dumb swoop. The only other anime I can think that did this so smoothly in one single move was the ending of Abenobashi, and when your ending is being compared to Gainax endings, you know something has gone horribly wrong.

Let me lay out the story of Sankarea for you. Rea lives under her abusive father who only treats her as an object of his ideal creation. She lives an unreal life where her only escape ironically comes from dying and being resurrected as a zombie. She moves in with Chihiro, who is built up in the story as someone who actually listens to Rea. Thing is, Chihiro doesn’t really treat Rea as anything other than an object either. She’s a hot zombie chick. But I suppose what they could do is have Chihiro develop to see Rea as a person too.

But nope. In the climactic scene where Chihiro faces off with Rea’s dad, Chihiro yells about how he only treats Rea as an object while Chihiro treats her like a person. Right at that moment, Rea bursts in wearing a bunny suit, and Chihiro goes “dur hur hur bunny suit on a zombie so hot”. It’s such a backlash from what had been going on, utterly destroying the entire point of the ending scene and the entire point of the story all for the sake of one dumb fucking joke. What this director managed to do with a manga as shitty as Sankarea is nothing short of a miracle. Based on the early episodes, Sankarea would be easily in my top 3 anime of the year.  I wish they had taken a bigger risk by ignoring far more of the manga’s original material. But they didn’t, because then manga fans would complain. That’s why we get story-breaking scenes like this. I mean yes, it had been coming for a while, and there was always a disconnect between what the story was trying to achieve and how Chihiro treated Rea, but I wasn’t expecting them to blatantly clash like this in what was supposed to be the narrative conclusion.

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85 Comments

  1. Shengar
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    “If I had to choose an anime to get a sequel, and it wasn’t allowed to be something written by Ryougo Narita”
    Dammit, these realization of how Baccano would never have S2 and the uncertainty of Durarara S2 make it the top of my Suck Anime Moment of all time. You made me cry out of despair Scamp

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      We have to get more Durarara sometime, right? Right??? RIGHT???????

      • Shengar
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

        Of course they have to make more. Those fangirls are already squealing as we speak it. If not, more Durarara wannabe like K would be spawned out there.

  2. Anca
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Re: Accel World – obligatory comment that…

    …oh, fuck it. I liked Haru. The problem with other useless male harem leads is that their anime not only never acknowledge them as being useless wastes of space with the personality of a doormatt, they actually reward them for it. It’s fine to stay just as you are, you are beautiful/kind/great as you are, no need to change, girls will throw themselves at your feet, etc. Accel World doesn’t do this – its message towards Haruyuki was ‘get over yourself and stop whining, others have problems too’. The fact that Haru’s own problems weren’t all that light either (a nice cocktail of insecurity, victim mentality from having been bullied and lack of self-worth) made the message that much stronger.

    It wasn’t AOTY, to be sure – it had all the pacing flaws LN adaptations typically have, and a lot of the issues caused by the genre requiring too many stereotypes around the MC (the worst one being the red haired tsundere imouto but not loli but not) – but it was still something very enjoyable to watch. Unlike SAO. Fuck SAO.

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I watched 11 episodes of Accel World, and from what I saw, he was rewarded for having the personality of a doormat. In fact, from what little I’ve seen of the episodes after 11, it seemed he actually degraded as the show went on.

    • Cirith
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      I watched quite far, sometimes I have a high tolerance for shallow shounen (even with harem added), but after that evil kid appeared I couldn’t bear watching it anymore.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

      idk mate, I counted 2 girls in the first episode alone that were already throwing themselves at him even with all his whining and complaining. Boo hoo oh you poor soul

  3. leo
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    dang you Scamp >”< why you have to drag others to the same fate as you :( now I also can't unsee the gore fest from Blood-c :(

    • Cirith
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      It was damn funny, that clip made me laugh much more than many comedy animes. It was just so ridiculous.

  4. Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    >Speedwagon
    >useless
    All this faggotry. It’s like you’re completely blind to his main appeal – namely his charms. He’s moe, he’s fabulous, he was willing to step aside as a rival in love so Jojo could find happiness with Erina, and, last but not least, his narration is absolutely awesome. He is a man amongst men.

    Shame on you.

    • Shengar
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      *slowclaps
      Speedwagon was men amongst men Indeed. Santana was awoken not because those prisoners blood, but rather the sheer manliness that Speedwagon spilled when his head got butt-kicked by that douchebag Straits.

    • fathomlessblue
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      How can you claim to like anime aimed at fujoshi, yet not get Speedwagon’s character? He’s the original Wild Tiger, only with burning-hot chesticles replacing the superpowers.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      His narration is not awesome. It rarely adds anything to whats going on, and it’s just clarification of what’s already happening on screen. He’s not a man, he’s a humongous waste of space who only gets in people’s way

      • Shengar
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

        Oh wait, I know why is it suck. Speedwagon is so manly, yet not so useful. That’t why he makes you feel so suck because waste of such character.

  5. Kiseki
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Do humans really contain that much blood? I expected more guts.

    • Mr.RR
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      In anime the guts are replaced by blood don’t ya know?

  6. Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I thought that when all the people are thrown in that sack and then the monster turns his fist into a blending rotor and starts grinding them – that was genuinely inspired.

  7. Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    10. Never watched this show, but I like bread, so maybe I will like it?

    9. I don’t mind Speedwagon that much, though I will admit a lot of what he says his redundant and doesn’t need to be said.

    8. Not clicking that play button.

    7. …

    6. Yeah, Haru grated me at times. I liked some of his development but Haru, Yuji (or w/e his name is) and Natsuki annoyed me at times with their slight angst. The only main character that never annoyed me was ~Yamada~. Oh and Tapioca to.

    5. I watched the first season this year (loved it to death). Watched a bit of the second season, but stopped for some reason. I am glad I stopped.

    4. I never got that far.

    3. I liked how they tried to make the main character not a perfect, “I can do anything” kinda guy, but yeah, it looks like it ended up turning into a wish fulfillment anime (though I barely watched any of it).

    2. Nichibros thought us many things.

    1. Didn’t see the scene, but am I a depraved person for admitting that the intro pic to this post is kind of cute?

    tl;dr: I stop watching stuff before the bad moments happen, so I can’t make fun of it. :(

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      I’ve dropped most anime this year before getting to the crap stuff, but as always there are exceptions

  8. Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    A bunch of these moments would have had more impact on me if I cared more about the shows. I liked the original Moyashimon, but I’m far from the biggest fan, so the sequel being crap didn’t really offend me that much. Same with Sankarea, as I just couldn’t get past the content after Episode 4. Kids on the Slope on the other hand (and Chuu2 for that matter) was a slap in the face because I was really enjoying those, so there turns in drama pissed me off.

    No Ano Natsu or Eureka Seven Ao though? I’m shocked.

    And while I’m at it, I might as well whore out my own list. Quite a bit of crap you missed this year: http://flawfinder.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/the-top-thirteen-worst-anime-moments-of-2012/2/

  9. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    In a slightly similar vein to you, I’d probably rate Dusk Maiden of Amnesia as my no. 1, solely for beating both Nisemonogatari & Sankarea as the most visually appealing, expertly directed piece of horseshit this year. My god, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show that left me so simultaneously awestruck & infuriated! Maybe Silverlink think the sun will explode if they decide to put their talents on something of merit?

    • shytende
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      The show was already pretty bad, but the ending ruined it even more ! I balanced between being indifferent or annoyed, but this ending… That’s something I’d expect for a Keyjerker…
      I compare Dusk Maiden of Amnesia with Mahoromatic. they left the same bad tastein my mouth…
      …And I’m the least critical person you could find !

      I don’t remmber this scene for Sankarea. I don’t know if this a good thing or not…

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Dusk Maiden more visually appealing than Nisemonogatari or Sankarea? I highly disagree with that. I wouldn’t even put it on the same line as Jojo’s or Kids on the Slope

      • shytende
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

        It was more or less on the same level as Another…
        The ending was awful… That’s one of the rare show I regretted to watch…

  10. rubberluffy
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    There’s an anime about baking bread that isn’t Yakitate!! Japan? Why? Y!!J is the pinnacle of the bread-baking genre.

    Also Speedwagon is incredibly moe.

  11. Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Why did you pick up Happy Bread to begin with, lol.
    I didn’t even bother to download it, after seeing it’s description.
    It’s easily one of the worst anime ever created.
    But it’s rarely talked about.
    Because it’s not a shock at all.
    It’s a given.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Yess, which is why I only rated it at #10. But really, it is shockingly terrible

      • Shengar
        Posted December 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

        Those picture of three girls from Bread of Happiness give me a creep……

  12. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Accel World, I said this before, but if I didn’t restrain it to 1 moment per anime, then Accel World would have at least 4 different moments of pure unadulterated RAGE.

    1) First was episode 14 when Nomi appeared, that episode had a cliche rape hentai plot. I raged. http://www.nihonreview.com/forum/index.php?topic=1763.msg31082#msg31082. Then episode 15 came along and made it worse: http://www.nihonreview.com/forum/index.php?topic=1763.msg31222#msg31222

    2) Chiyu suddenly helping out Nomi.
    3) Hypocritical speeches that made no sense.
    4) The ass pulls that Nomi kept pulling out. Om my god the ass pulls.

    I wrote so much raging on it…. oh dear.

    The first two episodes of Tsuritama pissed me off as well actually. I dropped it half way through episode 2 because I was so angry. I picked it up again, and it wasn’t too bad in the end, but those first two episodes.

    Black Rock Shooter was shit, but it didn’t make me angry.

    So in all you have a good list, however I feel you’ve forgotten something. The most sucky thing I’ve heard recently is that the last two Girls Und Panzer episodes have been delayed for an entire cour. ARGGHHHH!!!!

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Don’t forget Kuroyukihime showing up at the last episode, completely invalidating all the bullshit in the second half of Accel World. Pretty important moment of loathing Accel World, man!

    • Fumoffu!!
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      True, but that didn’t get me that angry compared to the other bits. I did make note of it at the time.

      Like, if I’m being thorough in all that was wrong about Accel World then I have this http://www.nihonreview.com/forum/index.php?topic=1763.msg32206#msg32206 which is my 2000 odd word rant.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      I like how the post starts with someone defending accel world and then loads of comments coming in saying NO GOD NO ITS TERRIBLE

      • Anca
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        To be fair, it had plenty of terrible moments. I’d rate red loli king disguising herself as IMOUTO higher than Noumi, but each their own. (I personally liked Noumi’s conclusion.)

        (regarding the harem elements, there were the two girls in the first episode – one of whom already had a boyfriend. Another one, the mindbuggeringly annoying red loli, joined later – but the rest of the female cast were just side characters that happened to be female and didn’t hold any particular romantic interest towards the MC).

  13. shytende
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I agree.
    I never watched and will never watch it.

    It’s like Mashiro-iro Symphony, but with bread, right ?
    One of the most vapid Harem series ever made ?

  14. shytende
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Just a question out of nowhere…
    Do you guys watched Code : Breaker ?
    Not that it’s bad… Not that it’s good either…
    And it’s as subtle as Keyjerker when it try to look serous…

    • Fumoffu!!
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      I forgot Code;Breaker, that shit would make my list too.

      It is absolutely terrible, especially at the beginning.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

      I saw about half of it. It’s bad, but I can’t think of any particular moment that stood out, a bit like K

      • Fumoffu!!
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

        What about the “hilarious” misunderstanding of the other pupils when she keeps dragging Ogami aside? That was infuriating.

      • Anca
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        What about every time the chick (Sakurakouji was it?) opens her mouth?

      • shytende
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

        K had these awesome cleaning robots ! Seriously that’s the best part of the show ! B)

        Heike-Toki fight was hilariously dumb. Each time it doesn’t takes itself seriously, it’s bearable and can even be entertaining ;)

        @fumoffu ! : oh, that was horrible… There’s a lot of cringe-worthy moment in this.
        But I think the worst was the first episodes were the ennemies are so purely evil that it totally invalidate the point of the show.
        I won’t say the manga is better because it have the same problem, but I had the impressions it takes itself less seriously. I liked Sakura in the manga, but I can hardly stand her here. And Yuu (the red-haired guy) was more dumb and less do-gooder IMO…

      • Scamp
        Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

        I liked Sakurakouji! She’s basically a female Jojo. She’s loyal and forthright and gentlemenly and everything

  15. XXL
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see either the anime or manga of Sankarea, but your comments about it just made me think… if the manga really IS that sucky, why would you adapt it in the first place and try to FORCE it to NOT suck? Why not just make an original anime if you’re going for quality? If you’re adapting something that sucks, might as well go all out and make it as sucky as possible to pander to whatever crowd the manga was pandering to.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I totally agree, but seeing what this staff managed to make from that manga made me wish that they made something of their own volition.

  16. Himari
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, JoJo is a clash of Titans and Speedwagon is a one-man Greek chorus. He’s there to overdramatize through redundant narration of the sheer awesomeness of what is happening something that’s already too awesome for our mortal comprehension, thus exponentially increasing the awesomeness. And he only shouts. He has no indoor speaking voice. >:D What’s not to like?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Well, for one I don’t think he increases the awesomeness. The visual direction does that far better, and him shouting only diminishes it. But even with that aside, I don’t see why he has to be a character, and such a useless one at that. He follows around and gets in the way. Either get rid of the character and make it narration, or make him actually useful

    • Mucasama
      Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:46 am | Permalink

      We can say that he somewhat will get pretty useful for the joestars later in the series…

  17. TheVoid
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I still find Blood-C to be a terrific comedy even uncensored.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      It’s too brutal for me, so it crosses the comedy barrier into genuine unsettling-ness

      • Shengar
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

        The blood its just ridiculous so I laugh ass off out of it. No seriously, all of that is just gore for the sake of gore, nothing else. And ridiculous gore, that one. One of gore moment that make my mind really hurt is Mami’s Death. That is when gore done right I think.

  18. Embok
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Time to disagree with you on everything.

    1. 26th of December is better than Christmas. No social obligations and sales on literally everything.
    2. Shining Hearts was fun. Especially whenever the catgirl raided the castle. A bit plot light though since it’s just the game’s prologue.
    3. Speedwagon is great, get out. Every shounen needs someone like him.
    4. I’m so excited to rewatch this. Shame Funi didn’t release it just a bit earlier – would have made a nice Christmas present to myself.
    5. Accel World is a parody. Sword Art Online is legit. Big difference.

    Now to agree
    1. (Tsuritama) Haru sucked. The MC started out pretty bad as well but he got better – Haru didn’t. Still liked the show as a whole though.
    2. Kids on the Slope was the worst anime (that I watched) of the year. It was pretty much K-ON! in the ‘You came here for the music premise? Well fuck you!’ sense.

    No comment on the rest since I try to avoid bad shows.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      1) If best days are defined by sales, your life sucks
      2) No. Your opinion is wrong. I know it’s opinion, but saying you like Shining Hearts is like saying you like listening to songs in reverse. It’s just wrong
      3) Full Metal Alchemist has nobody like Speedwagon. FMA is the best shounen. Your proof is invalidated.

      Also seriously Kids on the Slope worst anime? I can understand disappointment, but episode 7 with that ballroom scene man! That was amazing!

      • Erif
        Posted December 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

        Like dat deductive reasoning. <3

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      You have the worst taste I have even seen. Seriously, to the point that I actually think you deserve a prize.

      Also, “fun” is the worst vague bullshit defence of a show.

  19. Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    God forbid Kids on the Slope didn’t turn out to be the 11-episode music video that everyone wanted.

  20. Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    God forbid Kids on the Slope didn’t turn out to be the 12-episode music video that everyone wanted.

    • Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

      …I’m so good at this commenting thing, aren’t I?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      I wasn’t expecting the alternative to be utterly terrible melodrama

  21. Inushinde
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I did find it funny that Kids on the Slope actually found it necessary to insert a car crash that, in the end, added fuck all when it was at least dramatically capable before. Oh well!

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      I disagree that it added nothing. E Minor explained it better than I could, so I’ll just link this: moesucks.com/2012/08/02/freedom-and-guilt-in-sakamichi-no-apollon/

  22. Adrian
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I for myself wouldn’t want to live in a world with no Speedwagon overdramatizing every single thing and saying the obvious. Hell no. He’s the guy nobody has invited and yet he just stands there making sure to witness Jojo’s awesomeness, just as we do. And that’s precisely the reason we like him. Because he dares to be there. The funniest thing is how he doesn’t notice he’s being a bother and just takes his presence for granted. That’s his magic: he doesn’t need to be there, but he is. If I were him, I’d do exactly the same thing.

    • Golos
      Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      We are Speedwagon. Speedwagon is us.

      • Adrian
        Posted December 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

        This. Perfect.
        Pretty much sums it up.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Good for you, but I’d prefer to watch my anime without having some useless dude yelling into my ear explaining what’s happening on screen

  23. luffyluffy
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I’m going to ignore the Speedwagon abuse because everyone’s already harped on it and my faggot crush on Speedwagon will probably prevent me from saying anything constructive.

    However, I can’t believe I’m the only person here who actually enjoyed Blood-C! I mean I know I know it wasn’t good, but holy shit it was so much fun to watch, and I mean that 100% unironically too. I guess I’d seen far worse as far as slow plot development so I was really easy on it. Oh well.

  24. Shikamaru
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    10. Most anime series that are based on visual novels have WAY worse first episode. This wasn’t that bad.
    8. Why can’t we have gore (because I like gore) AND a good story/characters. I miss Elfen Lied.
    6. Main characters were all annoying, except Yamada. This show had bad melodrama IMO. And most of the side characters were awesome.
    4. Sometimes I just don’t understand people. Well I’m an idiot, but still. Why can’t you have a car crash scene out of nowhere? That can happen in real life. Can’t there be any accidents in anime that results in sudden drama? Is everything nowdays considered bad melodrama?
    If your friend crashed his car tomorrow, would you say: “This doesn’t make any sense. This is forced melodrama, I’m not going to care.” I don’t know. Sorry. Melodrama isn’t that horrible to watch.
    3. Haru ruined Accel World for me too. I REALLY liked the setting and plot. I still somehow finished this series.

    • Shengar
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 1:31 am | Permalink

      8. Gore that is not for the sake of gore? Yeah, I’m looking forward for something like that too. Gore that is not for laugh your ass off but something that can really send chill and shiver down to your spine.

      3. Fat main character can be triky to be handled to. Done it right, you might create a main character that have unusual appearance and trait that make them feels different just because of it. Done it wrong, you got yourself horrible mess of wish fulfilling self-character. It more of the latter for AW but mainly not because Haruyuki himself, but rather other characters and how the story handled.

      Man, I do hope I can see more diverse characters in reent day anime, not just a bunch of bishounen or bishoujo. Fat character that is not a butt monkey or a chubby girl that is loveable.

    • Posted December 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Permalink

      Just because it happens in real life doesn’t mean it transfers well to the visual medium. It just looked silly, especially with the little sister riding with him in the back with almost no prior warning.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      10: No. I have seen a lot of anime. There are none based off a visual novel that have more vapid first episodes than bread did.
      4: Giant robots aren’t real. Stewing 9-5 in front of a desk is real. Realism != good story. The car crash was random, there to serve some attempt at drawing shock and emotion, and ended up being barely relevant to the story anyway. This is a story.

      • Posted December 28, 2012 at 7:36 am | Permalink

        Again, I disagree it was randon and served no purpose. See previous response to Inushinde.

    • shytende
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      8. you also could have the main character crushed by a flower pot when walking the street. It’s something that can happens, but nobody want to watch it.
      Even story in the “realism” movement try to avoid this sort of thing because the story is more imortant than realism. That’s a really poor excuse…
      Especially in Anime…

  25. Redcrimson
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    I actually thought Accel World was a lot better than SAO. They’re both nerd power fantasies, sure. At least the main character in AW has flaws. Kirito was basically videogame-Jesus.

    Accel World also bothered to actually explain the eponymous game’s freakin rules.

    I felt like AW had actual structure and forethought. I mean it wasn’t good by any stretch, but I’ve seen worse.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      SAO had a reason for all the girls to like Kirito, namely he’s video game jesus. Accel World had no reason, but they all did anyway

      • Anca
        Posted December 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

        Only one of the girls in AW had no reason, and in her case it’s somewhat ambiguous whether she ever was interested.

        idk, I definitely self-inserted into Kuroyukihime a lot, and I could totally see where she was coming from falling for Haru. I’d have done the same. I couldn’t actually self-insert into Haru – I’m not a guy, I’ve never been bullied, I’m not really courageous, I’m bad at video games (likely because I play them once in a blue moon), etc. He just has a lot of the qualities I actually look for in romantic partners.

        …erk. I feel so dirty defending LN adaptations.

      • lisa
        Posted December 29, 2012 at 2:53 am | Permalink

        Actually I agree with you, both about identifying with Kuroyukihime and finding myself strangely fond of Haru. My sister was fond of him too. I can absolutely see why Kuroyukihime could have fallen for him, especially when I felt like the virtual world was far more important to her than the real world.

        lol I feel odd every time I mention that I liked it too.

  26. Posted December 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Shit….should I not watch the second season of Moyashimon? IS IT REALLY LIKE THAT!?!?!?!

    I’VE WAITED SO LONG!!! SVIOSIVSOVSIOGOSDHIOSFHSEHFSEH P

  27. Shadow
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I predict the worst of 2013 will have a lot of slice of life series. The bad sales Psycho Pass is having are slowly making me give up in japanase society.

    • shytende
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Psycho Pass isn’t selling well ?
      Could you post your source please ?

      (Not that we’re doing anything to help them, obviously…°

    • Shengar
      Posted December 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

      I’ll always think that Japan have shit taste as long there is no Baccano S2 :p

      No seriously, the core of the problem lies within their dvd/bd sales based economy. No matter how good, how deep, and how really different your anime is, if it sales below 4000 copy, it will not having a next season and regarded as shit. Japanese is too conservative about their entertainment industry.

      At least man, GuP and JJBA are in #1 and #2 of BD preorder there (at least, that’s what I heard from my friend).

  28. matrixEXO
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Somehow, Scamp, that turkey at the end of the Blood-C video made me laugh so madly I forgot what and why I was watching it. Shame on you!!!

  29. Posted December 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s a good thing I think that I clicked on that Blood-C video, since I’m more terrified of my imagined sound effect when you just posted the .gif images. Sure it’s a bit of an eye-popping video, but in the end it’s more of the same hyperbolic gratuitous gore. Still can’t laugh at it though.

  30. paper
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    I tried playing the clip of the Blood-C gory scene but it wouldn’t play. I’m guessing it’s a sign that I shouldn’t watch it…

  31. Erif
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m ashamed to be a fan of anime while something like Blood-C exists. ;_;

  32. madoka
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I never thought anything could ever be both disturbing AND boring, but it seems Blood-C has proved me wrong..

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