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10 Anime Moments of Suck 2014

PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 09 - Large 01This has become something of a tradition for me. Every year for the past 4 years on the day after Christmas, I go down and list the moments from anime this year that irritated me the most. Not necessarily the worst moments from anime because that would require me to get through more than 1 episode of crap like Rail Wars, but the moments for me personally symbolised the suckiest moments in anime I watched in 2014. Every year I sit down to write them and think that actually I didn’t watch too many bad anime this year and this list might be difficult to form, but when I start to go through the titles the rage picks up as I recall the horrible moments that doomed each anime. Then I write them all out, smashing my keyboard furiously as pure rage pours through my fingertips until I feel drained yet emotionally satisfied. It’s a cleansing experience. So join me as I rid my body of anger before 2015 begins.

10: Nobunagun – Perv on your clones

Nobunagun-03375For pure creep factor, this scene from Nobunagun is truly skin-crawling. It might have been an incredibly effective as a psycho stalker villain in a science fiction series, but as a mentor character’s method of motivation it didn’t seem to understand how fucked up it was. Our main character was doing her training montage episode when the trainer decided a unique method of motivation. He was able to create clones so he created some of our teenage girl main character. He then proceeded to take one and then start to strip them slowly in front of our main character. What made it even creepier was the clones were completely lifeless, like Ayanami Rei dolls. The episode eventually ended with the mentor sharing pictures of the girl in a bikini with her fellow soldiers. He had made a clone, dressed it in a bikini and then modified it slightly to give it larger boobs. Yup, that’s not horribly creepy at all.

9: Reconguista – world is not square

rvgfBMAThis moment became something of a flash point between detractors and fans of Reconguista. A character randomly blurted out that the world is not square in the middle of a space mecha battle with seemingly no reason or logical connection to anything anyone else had said during the scene. Fans tried to explain that what it meant but that wasn’t so much the problem. You could come to the conclusion yourself that it was something to do with everything is not as you think it is. The issue is it made no sense whatsoever for that character to say it at that specific moment in time. It’s the same problem as King Gainer in that nobody seems to be responding to what anyone else says, but instead responding to the happy little fairies in their head to the point that none of the dialogue makes any sense. Watching that first double episode of Reconguista was like having midgets in my brain in tiny pneumatic drills. It was as bafflingly awful as it was headache inducing.

8: Argevollen – animation going to pot

argevollen-1601Watching Argevollen’s animation slowly but surely get worse and worse with each episode was a depressing experience. I can imagine the staff sitting there, working with this small team on a 26 episode mecha TV series inspired by early Gundam anime. The show never really looked that good to begin with, but perhaps the show would find its audience and it could really go somewhere. But as the first few episodes rolled out, they realised how dire their position was. The show was generating zero buzz and the sale predictions were abysmal. Moral is slowly sapped from those working on the show. They know their reputations aren’t going to be helped working on this show. The show won’t be a success. Staff members jump ship as soon as they possibly can and those left watch as the funding dries up. But as they already agreed to this 2 cours length, they’re stuck farting out poorly animated episodes where nobody has the energy or drive to improve them. Argevollen wasn’t a good anime, but the most depressing part of the whole thing was feeling sorry for the people stuck working on something that was long since categorised as a failure.

7: Dai Shogun – existing

Shogun - 01 -6[2]Every year on these posts I usually toss in the worst first episode I saw this year, more as a complementary nod than any actual anger. The worst deserve to be recognised, even if very superficially. Dai Shogun is this year’s lucky winner, but even by worst first episode standards Dai Shogun is amazing. Everything about it is shockingly incompetent to the point that I can barely believe this thing even exists. From its literally non-existent animation to awful characters and story to NO REALLY NO ANIMATION THEY LITERALLY JUST SHAKE THE SCREEN ON STILL IMAGES EACH EPISODE!!! Dai Shogun is the worst anime I have seen this decade.

6: Noragami – mopey mopey

Noragami - 07 - Large 24Remember those early episodes of Bleach? This cool story about a bunch of hip teenagers fighting supernatural creatures that were representations of the worries of the dead, before it eventually became Every Shounen Battle Anime Ever? That was the early episodes of Noragami, except possibly better. Better animation, better characters, better humour, not quite as good music but otherwise it was great. But it took even less time to completely lose its sense of humour than Bleach did by introducing that whiny blonde kid. Suddenly the lighthearted show turned into endless teenage angst and moping and angst and more bloody moping. I really liked those early episodes of Noragami but the speed at which is set about destroying all the humour it had was remarkable.

5: Fate/Stay Night – 20 mins of Rin walking around doing nothing

Fate stay night ubw - 00 - Large 12I feel stupid because I fell for the hype. The type/moon fanbase jumping up and down in anticipation for Unlimited Blade Works managed to sweep me up in its excitement and caused some serious memory loss on my part. Specifically making me forget that I didn’t like Fate/Zero parts that didn’t include Rider or Waver, or how it came from an obnoxiously overly wordy visual novel. When the first episode aired it had somehow become one of my most anticipated first episodes of the season. 45 excruciatingly boring minutes later which featured Rin walking around the school engaging in tedious conversations that felt like being trapped at your boring neighbour’s dinner party with people you barely know and don’t particularly like but you’re forced to engage in meaningless small talk anyway WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA!?! Who thinks this is fun? Who thinks this is a good way to start an anime? How can you think Unlimited Boring Words is good writing?

4: Aldnoah Zero – Princess dies again

ALDNOAH ZERO - 10 - Large 02Spoilers here for Aldnoah Zero, but you should read anyway because fuck this anime. This goddamn show is so cheap in trying to generate drama and provoke a reaction from the audience that it killed its perfect princess 3 times. I can accept the first death. OK it’s a bit fridge-y to create this perfect beautiful light of my life princess and then assassinate her, but bringing her back made for an interesting twist that drove the early plot. But then they fake-killed her again later on in the series, ending an episode with her apparently dying. But then whoop start of the next episode she’s alive again because screw continuing the plot let’s just make the viewer feel like something dramatic has happened when actually we’ve effectively maintained the status quo. Then at the end of the series they do it again. For three times in the same anime they kill the princess. And even then, judging by the promo material for next season, she’s been fake-killed again. Fuck you Aldnoah Zero you cheap piece of shit.

3: Pilot’s Love Song – Sacrifice myself for nothing

Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta - 07 - Large 34For last year’s post I had a bit of a theme going. Scenes in which they were trying to make you cry but in the context of the show made no sense and were done purely as a shock tactic to get an emotional reaction out of you. The Key method of storytelling. This year didn’t have so many of these moments thankfully, but there was one. One brain-meltingly stupid moment that really deserves to be thrown into the spotlight and laughed at as someone pulls down its pants. So in this anime nobody watched called A Pilot’s Love Song, this guy and this girl were getting along and probably gonna fuck. But then when they were flying as a duo their plane was hit and he was injured. But instead of jumping out of the plane with his parachute, he told the girl to jump out and he’d stay behind. He had a parachute too. He could have jumped out. They could have both been OK. But nope, this show had spent too much time erecting a death flag that it wasn’t going to pull out now despite the fact it was the most avoidable death if he didn’t completely pointlessly sacrifice himself. This moment was supposed to be the emotional gut punch at the halfway point to get you excited for the rest of the series. It instead made me drop the show.

2: Mahouka – The speech

[HorribleSubs] Mahouka - 04 [480p].mkv_snapshot_21.00_[2014.04.27_12.18.44]A rundown of 2014’s shittiest moments wouldn’t be complete without some mention of my token hatewatch for the year. Mahouka turned into an experiment for me in trying to understand why such a thing could become so popular. It could just be another power fantasy in which multiple characters fawn over an overpowered self-insert made remarkable only through how truly overpowered he was. But it was the speech in episode 4 that showed the much more worrying side. In that scene a main character and his sister sit in their penthouse suite at their highly prestigious elite school and complained about how all the unprivileged folks with no magic power were just workshite jealous plebs who didn’t understand how hard it was to have money and power and magic and how dare they want to try level the playing field somewhat for those without magic. And these were the supposed heroes of our story! This is the type of literature becoming popular amongst otaku audiences in Japan and boy do I hope it doesn’t become a more noticeable trend.

1: Psycho Pass – Nessun Dorma

PSYCHO-PASS 2 - 09 - Large 28It was going to take something quite special to top American Tea Party-level themes in an anime, but at least I didn’t expect Mahouka to be good. At least Mahouka wasn’t a sequel to an anime I really enjoyed. God fucking damnit Psycho Pass Season 2. There are so many fundamental problems with this season, only half of which can be blamed purely on calling it a sequel to Psycho Pass. There wasn’t a single moment that perfectly captured all of its problems, so instead I’ll pick the dumbest moment of the series. When Akane shows up at a burning hotel full of illegal immigrants chopped up and disguised as wild animals after businessmen are fed their innards and all killed afterwards…christ even typing that I can already come up with several reasons why that whole sequence was stupid. But the crowning moment was when they handed Akane her grandmother’s ear in a box. A character introduced solely to torture her later to get a reaction out of the main character, whose torture then ended up being completely irrelevant to the plot since Akane basically ignores that thread in later episodes. Cheap shock factor, much like the ones done by Aldnoah Zero.

Then, to top it all off, they started playing Nessun Dorma. At that point it felt almost like parody. Like a set of canes and top hats would be thrown from the side of the stage and they would break into a dance number. It became a parody of what people thought the first season of Psycho Pass was. It was supposed to be shocking. All I felt was second-hand embarrassment for the people who came up with this plot thread along with the faint hope that maybe none of this will be relevant at all to the upcoming movie.

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33 Comments

  1. Posted December 26, 2014 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Can’t even remember 10 anime I watched this year, but Ghost Banri from Golden Time would be up for my moments of suck. Not as bad as Tatsuya’s spiel or WC?, but it’s up there.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Oh I have heard of people complaining about Ghost Banri.

      You know what, let me put this out now. I’d love to hear from people what their worst moment in anime in 2014 was. Just make sure you put in a spoiler warning for the show in question.

    • MusubiKazesaru
      Posted December 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

      Yeah Ghost Banri was awful. Golden Time was somewhat painful to watch, I expected better from Toradora’s author.

    • kai
      Posted December 27, 2014 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      Thirded, Ghost Banri turned Golden Time into my hate watch.

  2. Outcast
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Silly Scamp, we don’t watch FSN:UBW for the writing. We watch it for the…uh, the…let me get back to you on that.

    • shytende
      Posted December 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      The fight scenes are pretty cool.

      So if you just watch 1 episode every 2 weeks, it’s actually good (if youb take the right week, obviously.)

      • Traintop
        Posted December 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

        Eh, you can get all the fights on youtube. The real reason we watch is to see Shirou in pain and Rin make amusing faces.

        I do believe Scamp should consider himself lucky, because the material covered in the first two episodes of UBW was five times as long and boring in the VN. If my twitter feed is to go by, people are engaged by this thing for the same reason I am – after suffering the VN, we are simply floored by how not-painful the anime is in comparison. It skews our evaluation a little.

  3. shytende
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, Nobunagun was awfull. It was also disturbingly mean to its heroine, mocking her mercilessly, or sexually assaulting her.
    And then, afew episode afterwards, they upped the creep factor by having our heroine sexually assaulted by Gandhi and Newton’s avatars (But since Newton is a girl, it’s hilarious, right ?).
    I thought I had forgotten that stupid show.

    My main reasons to watch Argevollen is that I didn’t had any serious reasons to drop it. It became slightly more interresting near the end, but was mostly unforgiveable.
    The worst part was Namie’s appearance, where I nearly dooped the show. Hopefully, they also understood nobody watched the show for awfull harem antics.

    My bad Meha experience was with Captain Earth, which quickly devolved in a bunch of boring nonsense, where they just throw all the idea going through their head, while trying to invent stupid ennemy idea.
    I realized the whole show was a joke, when after fighting one last time against Salty Dog, they faced the ultimate ennemy : Robin Goodfellow.

    • shytende
      Posted December 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

      *Mecha. This may be slightly spoilerish, but who cares.
      I just realized all the good scenes where the one with Akari.
      Besides, this shows way to artificially pass time (and save costs) with his 2 minutes of Mecha Preparation, where really bad.

      People often complete about not having enough time to developp, but Captain Earth is the exact proof why it’s a false argument. It was a 1-cour show artificially lengthen to 2-cour, and ended up beig both needlessly obscure, and a boring as hell mess.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

        After rewatching Madoka lately and seeing 2-cours anime like Garo and Argevollen faff about lately, I’m on your side. Fast paced 12 ep series are preferable to the longer ones that could cut out the faff. For the most blatant example compare Stardust Crusaders to the earlier Jojo’s arcs.

      • shytende
        Posted December 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

        Captain Earth is an extreme example (If you cut all the mecha preparation montage, you may have 2-3 full episodes), but the other problem is the strong impression they are inventing the story week after week, and have no real direction.
        Argevollen with Namie being introduced out of nowhere and ending up absolutely inconsequential to the story is a good example.
        It seems here like the episodes are just here to let the creative team more time to write the story (Captain Earth spending full episode introducing minor ennemies that ends up having no roles afterwards, like that gambler or motorcycle girl, is also a perfect example).
        And Stardust Crusaders’ story is just a pretext to try new ideas with the Stand concept, clearly.

  4. Posted December 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    So true about Reconguista, scamp.
    But that was just a part of the reasons.
    I dropped it at episode 1 because:

    “The world is square!” – Uh, not only it doesn’t make any sense, but also, where does that come from? As long as I know, the most popular theory of the old times is “floating disc”.

    “You kicked her!” – Well, we can all see that ourselves, girl.
    I can’t the stupid cheerleader girls.

    Also the protagonist talked too much while in his cockpit, who are meaningless blabber, mostly.

    • MusubiKazesaru
      Posted December 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

      I recently picked it back up because I was told it got better. The story is still slightly incomprehensible, as well as the dialogue, but the mecha fights are some of the best I’ve seen and I like one or two characters (Captain Mask and Klim). It picks up around ep 5 quite a bit and becomes at least “watchable”

  5. Popka
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I would have gone with a different speech from Mahouka, the one from episode 5 when the student council president accuses all of the weeds of being responsible for their own misery and wanting to discriminate against the blooms, and then everyone applauds her. Of course, if I did a top 10 moments of suck, I would probably just put all of Mahouka on it.

  6. Inushinde
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Knife girl’s standoff with the police in Grisaia would probably be my top choice. Weeks later, I’m still in awe of how convoluted, baffling, and ultimately pointless that entire episode was. And I’m still telling people to watch it. So please watch it, Scamp.

  7. Maxulous
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Agreed with most of the list. Noragami gets far too much flack though for introducing a fairly tame (by anime standards) teenage character with understandable issues. The show actually produces some of its funniest moments after he arrives.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      Noooo, that blonde kid was awful! Awful awful awful awful awful ruining that show argh no never defend him argh!

    • Posted December 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      The emo kid was awful.
      The way he snapped and broke school windows.
      The way he stole money.
      I want to slam it. It’s so cliche and not interesting.

      Unlike the lazy and piss poor god, and the girl who turned into an ayakashi with tail.
      The blonde kid ruined the show.

      • Maxulous
        Posted December 28, 2014 at 3:58 am | Permalink

        He’s a goddamn middle schooler deprived of living a normal teenage life. Visiting the school only inflamed that reality. At the time he was also resentful of effectively being forced into a contract as Yato’s shinki. Yato’s piss poor decisions and inexperience had a huge part to play in Yukine’s behavior as well. None of it excuses some of the shit he pulled, but there’s much more to it than him just acting like a dick.

        People just fail to look beyond the surface sometimes.

      • gedata
        Posted December 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        The wrap up for that arc wasn’t good as well. So what, are we supposed to believe that the kid will never commit a sin again? Not even a dirty thought? Bah. Besides, the whole ordeal ate up like a quarter of the shows runtime, and only got followed up with a crappy filler arc. Yukine didn’t ruin the show, but focus on him did kick off it’s downward spiral

      • Maxulous
        Posted December 29, 2014 at 1:28 am | Permalink

        That’s like expecting a drug addict to be fully reformed after a few weeks of rehab. Obviously we aren’t expected to believe Yukine is now chaste or virtuous, but he does grow up somewhat after the ordeal and starts appreciating the toll his actions could have on those he cares about.

        The filler arc wasn’t great, but a fair trade off for a possible second season down the line.

  8. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    I wasn’t a super big fan of the blonde-haired kid from Noragami, but I think it’s an exaggeration to say he ruined the show. The writing & humour remained consistent, & even though I wasn’t super into the build-up & conclusion of his arc, comparatively speaking it was nowhere near as bad as teenage angst issues are usually treated in anime. It was hardly Mari Okada writing.

    Most of my sucky moments that haven’t already been mentioned are chiefly disappointments rather than anything, eg Bahamut descending into full-on D&D magical weapons & deus ex machina territory, or Gundam Build Try not hooking me as much as the first season did.

    Brynhildr in the Darkness, Wizard Barristers & Tokyo ESP for existing. Also, Pupa for being even worse than anyone could have expected.

    I’d also include Chaika, which for the most part was a charming enough show, but utterly feel apart during the final arcs of both seasons, when the show, faced with having to focus on its central story, completely fell apart in a mess of underutilised characters, plot points & contrivances pulled out of its ass, & nonsensical motivations. It was like the storyboards had been handed over to a gibbon.

    Initially, I was also rather happy you didn’t include Terror in Resonance, as that really more dull than straight up awful. However, then I started remembering the repeated nonsense of the riddles, the convenient family member that acted as a ‘bombs for dummies’ walking exposition machine to answer questions that could have just been googled in seconds, or the fact that kids managed to blow up trains, planes, buildings & finally a nuke, but nobody dies. Not even of radiation poisoning. You see, these guys weren’t like normal evil terrorists. They had something to say to people. *facepalms*

  9. Nagisa33
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    G Reco got me pretty annoyed in episode 6 where the MC kills a friend and then blames the friend who he just killed. He decided to get in the Gundam, shoot at people, and when poop hits the fan he pushes the blame elsewhere. Ridiculous.

    PP2 was dumb and I wish I dropped it. It was only slightly fun to see how crazy it got and it’s a shame that it’s a stain on the franchise.

    That’s pretty much it. Thankfully, nothing was really that painful.

  10. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I usually try to stay away from blatantly sucky stuff. My worst anime moment of the year is therefore quite tame – the first thing I can come up with is World Trigger. The first episode of World Trigger (not like I watched further after all). God that was awfully boring and incompetently done. Dropped it 10 minutes in.

    (Also Sailor Moon Crystal – the moment in which I saw they made the transformation sequence in CGI. SERIOUSLY TOEI? FUCKING SERIOUSLY?)

    • Kiseki
      Posted December 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      I wouldn’t have minded the CGI as much (but still definitely would have never asked for it) had they at least looked as good as Precure. They’re clearly capable of gorgeous 3D but ayy scheduling and ayy budget.

  11. Posted December 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I’d probably stick in that short arc of Haikyuu where it got all angsty because of that one guy who lost a game and could Never Play Again because of it. The show would have been almost perfect (for what it was) without that part.

    Otherwise it looks as though I was lucky enough to avoid most of the worst moment on this list.

  12. Zephex
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Trust me Scamp, some moments in UBW are worse than that, like Shirou having the biggest Plot Armor ever.

    • Gan_HOPE326
      Posted December 28, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      * Has no magical power to speak of whatsoever;
      * Survives encounter after encounter with enemies which could wipe out entire cities.

      Seems legit.

  13. Pusswookie
    Posted December 28, 2014 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    Sometimes anime makes me wonder how such incompetent – or sometimes just creepy, even pedophillic – people manage to get into positions where they can make this stuff for such wide audiences.

    Like don’t a whole table of old businessmen have to see these things, to some extent, and then agree to air it?
    And who are the test groups for this shit?!

  14. Posted December 28, 2014 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    I think the worse moment of anime 2014 could be Akame Ga Kill, where the main leads die 1 by 1 in the worse manner. There also some gore moment with Terra Formars Uncensored. But no doubt, anime got no limitation, its up to the creativity of the artist.

  15. Anon
    Posted December 28, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Anon’s Worst Anime Moment of 2014, off the top of my head, would be Brynhildr in the Darkness’ last few scenes, specifically that battle between the sisters and another amnesia for kuroneko.

    That was the epitome of stupidity for me this year, nothing can top that, I even started laughing when the mc cried that he lost kuroneko again.

  16. Posted December 31, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Dudes my suck moment on this 2014 , was on the anime zankyou no terror, the part on the fair mountain with 12 trying to quit the bomb T_____T

  17. Posted February 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up thhe good work.

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