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Top 10 Anime Moments of Suck 2016

c0sqgzjxeae9che-jpg-largeIt’s been fun this last year. Anime has been generally quite good and we just had our wonderful Christmas meals and a big comfort sleep after a massive dinner and too much chocolate. But before we enter the new year, there is one final cleansing exercise we must all embark on. On the day furthest from Christmas, as I have done in 2015, and 2014, and even 2013, even even 2012, as too in 2011, and even 2010, we must list the worst moments in anime in 2016.

10: Battery boredom

aikyatti-11Every year since Noitamina started, one of their anime has been in my top 10 for that year. 2015 only just about got one in on a technicality with the Psycho Pass movie being technically produced as part of Noitamina despite not airing in the timeslot. But 2016 is definitely the first year where there’s nothing. OK part of this is down to The Great Passage airing on Amazon and therefore everyone forgetting it exists. Erased and Kabaneri will appear later on this list. But Battery was possibly the most disappointing because it tried nothing. At least the others tried something. Battery was just the most boring, least ambitious project ever conceived for the timeslot and failed miserably. It’s hard to get mad about the show in question because it was such a non-entity, but in a poor year for Noitamina, the fact they went with this compounded the problem that much more for me.

9: Bakuon bike washing

big_1471469317_imageBakuon was legitimately funny. It had a slightly off-colour, anarchic sense of humour that you don’t see in these sorts of anime, and normally not with as much success as the early episodes had. But then it was clear it had run out of ideas, and depressingly early on as well. What felt like an author trying to write a motorbike manga and using cute girls to sell it, turned into a cute girl manga that just used fanservice due to it being devoid of ideas. The moment I gave up was when they decided the best course of action was to soap up the girls, put them in bikinis, and have them rub their bodies all over their bikes. OK cool Bakuon, thanks for letting me know you have run out of ideas and are now being a creepy young teenage girl pinup magazine. I can stop watching you now.

8: Grimgar screaming at small boobs

hai-to-gensou-no-grimgar-06-large-16I understand why Ranta exists in Grimgar. You want someone in that group of wet blankets to cause havoc, create tension, and move the story forward. I understand that you don’t want the entire cast to consist of nice people otherwise conflict can’t happen. But god damn was Ranta too much for me, perhaps partly because I didn’t feel like the show shared my level of dislike for him. The moment that did it for me was when they were in the pub with their female party members and he said one of the ladies had small boobs. When she asked him not to say that, he started screeching and yelling about how tiny her tits were to this pub packed full of fellow adventurers. Worse, it felt like the anime was treating this as a hilarious joke rather than a humiliating experience for a person currently going through loss. I just couldn’t stand to watch anymore of him after that.

7: Magical Girl Raising Project killing Winterprison

mahou-shoujo-ikusei-keikaku-08-large-11Early on in Magical Girl Raising Project I developed a theory that this was all about capitalism. Fav was representative of the cruel, unfeeling corporate middle managers of capitalism, selling you dreams then crushing them under the weight of societal expectations. The early deaths of the NEET and the one who asked too many questions were representative of that. But after that they started killing characters with a different aim in mind: To draw out the most depression in the cast. Let’s kill off one of each duo. Split Snow White and her boyfriend. Split the two angel twins. Split High Speed and Ninja Tchits. Split the lesbian couple. Give them tragic stories that make it more depressing when they die. I’ve heard the term misery porn be directed at Madoka before but it’s something I don’t buy because it was always working towards an overall theme. In Magical Girl Raising Project, any belief that there was a theme was dumped when they started killing in this manner. Load of misery porn rubbish.

6: ReLife solving problems via head patting

relife-05-large-02I was interested in the set up for ReLife originally. Yeah sure it had production values so low it looked like it was a low budget anime from the early 00’s, but who cares if the story is compelling, right? But nope, I swiftly realised all it had was lame, unoriginal teen drama. Leaving aside the undercurrent in the story that apparently all men want to bone teenage girls and only the law prevents them from doing so (although that could be one of the moments of suck from this year alone), the part that irritated me most about the show was that when we reached climactic parts of the character arcs, the issues were solved via a quick head pat from the main character. Like his 10+ years out of school taught him that all ladies need is a pat on the head like they’re all pets and all their problems will be cured. Why do so many people like this boring piece of forgettable rubbish? Why did this anime that should have been completely lost under piles of much more interesting, ambitious anime get so many viewers? I don’t get it.

5: The real Kiznaiver were the friends we made along the way

kiznaiver-12-large-46Really Kiznaiver? This was the big reveal? This was the main theme of the whole story we were leading towards? The story that’s usually just a joke? We learned that teenagers have feelings and that friends are good? That’s really the dramatic story you were trying to tell? I understand Japanese culture is supposed to less inclined to talking about feelings, but you acted like these teens didn’t even realise they all had feelings at all, and that this was some kind of grand revelation. Then you finish up on the revelation that the real goal of the Kiznaiver project was to get them to make friends? Go fuck a bag of nails Kiznaiver.

4: Realising I don’t actually like Jojo’s

jojos-bizarre-adventure-diamond-is-unbreakable-01-large-17This is less a moment of anger and more a slow, depressing realisation. At the time of writing I’m about 10 episodes into Diamond is Unbreakable, watching at the pace of about 1 episode every month, and I can’t move any faster. Every time I watch an episode I lose the will to watch any more. Battle Tendency is legitimately one of my top 10 anime of all time, but Stardust Crusaders wouldn’t make my top 100 and Diamond is Unbreakable wouldn’t be anywhere near either. Not only that, but everything I’ve read makes it sound like later seasons of Jojo’s are similar in structure to those two season. These one-off stand battles with overly long explanations and plots leading to nowhere as we turn slowly on the stop in an endless parade of episodic battles. It turns out I don’t actually like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. I only really like Battle Tendency.

3: Kabaneri why does anyone follow Biba

koutetsujou-no-kabaneri-11-large-20Biba was a terrible character. Not in the Ranta way where he was just a bad person who I personally disliked watching, but a badly created character whose inconsistencies ruined what was otherwise turning out to be a simple but well executed story. A man who wanted to force the world to confront the kabane but left no room for counterattack for those he made confront. A man who built a following based entirely on his daddy issues and maintained his following even when that became clear. A following that by all rights should have realised his words didn’t match his actions anymore but instead acted stupidly evil without apparent goals. Why oh why did you have to bring Biba into this story? You were doing so well without him!

2: Erased conversation on the roof

boku-dake-ga-inai-machi-12-large-18I had heard about the disappointment of Erased’s ending and figured I was prepared for it. Sure the reveal of the killer was the lamest thing ever as logical elimination would have only led to this conclusion long ago, so I was saved the tragedy of waiting for some final act twist. What I wasn’t prepared for was the coma, the rehabilitation, the final conversation on the roof with him blabbing on about spiders webs and that this kid he taught for like one year was his reason for living. The entire scene made no sense in regards to any of the character motivations, felt completely out of place, and would have been better without the entire timeskip part. What’s worse is this whole moment threw the rest of the series into question and made me realise how poorly realised the whole thing was. Why couldn’t the story just been about saving this one girl from abusive parents because in this go-around he actually paid attention to her suffering? Why did we need the whole future part in the first place? Why did he go back? What did the teenage girl have to do with anything except for author wish fulfillment allowing their self-insert to have schoolgirls like them? Why did we only spend half an episode saving the other victims? Was this whole story just some kid solving young girls problems? Was I tricked into watching a Key show? Argh!

1: Big Order ribbon pregnancy

order-3-24I liked Future Diary. I feel that’s worth mentioning before I launch into just how terrible a show Big Order was on so many levels. Future Diary was dumb, but kept characterization consistent and followed its own internal logic perfectly and kept to its story threads as required. Big Order did none of that and instead wallowed in its own stupidity without the recourse of it following its own rules because it consistently broke them. Perhaps the dumbest moments of all, and one of the dumbest moments in all of anime history, was the scene with the ribbon pregnancy. There was this psychic girl that apparently became pregnant if you grabbed her hair ribbons. So our main character grabs them accidentally and she suddenly has a 9 month old baby ready to emerge in her belly. Then we follow some deranged series of events where in the middle of battle he remembers he’s now a dad or something and it’s all taken weirdly seriously for what a mind-blowing dumb moment it is. That is until the next episode where I guess the author saw a butterfly in the window and got bored of writing that storyline and the whole storyline is dropped with one line of the girl saying “lol guess I’m not pregnant anymore”. Normally the worst moments of the year are saved for anime that I had such high hopes for only for them to be crushed, but Big Order is a special exception because holy shit was that the single stupidest plot point of any anime ever.

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  1. Adamar
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    >tfw Scamp-senpai will never enjoy “Great Days” and YOSHIKAGE KIRA

  2. Shikamaru
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m always waiting for this post every year. It will be a sad day when you stop blogging.

    It’s always sad to hear when person stops loving a series that they used to love. That hasn’t happened to me yet or at least I can’t name one right know. I know that many people didn’t like Genshiken Nidaime. I absolutely loved it. I’m one of the few guys who thinks that it’s better than the original. I didn’t like Fumoffu, but thank god Second Raid exists. Endless eight was pure hell especially for a guy like me who is a HUGE Haruhi fanboy, but the movie after that is the best anime movie I have ever seen.

    I have to blame anime that everytime one of my friends (who are girls) is sad I want to pat their head. I have never done it because they would probably just be confused. It just doesn’t work in real life. It doesn’t feel natural. Hugging them is the safer way.

  3. Meon1845
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I guess our stance on JoJo’s is quite similar, but I was at least okay with SC because it felt like it was going somewhere. There was an end goal we were moving forwards to, albeit at slow pace.

    DiU doesn’t have that. Plot just starts happening so there is some of it. Most episodes feel like filler with no real point. Some of them are really infuriating to go through and the enjoyment could no longer make me ignore all the plot holes.

    That being said, the villain in DiU is amazing. They managed to make a crazy psychopathic serial killer a character you can relate to and you root for.

    • Ken
      Posted December 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      I agree about Diamond Is Unbreakable. It doesn’t get relly good until Killer Queen is introduced. And the final episodes are fantastic.

  4. Ibri
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Hmm I don’t really see your viewpoint of relife (though I only read the manga and never saw the anime so actual differences are possible) I can’t remember him solving any problems via head patting and his love interest is his age or older although he doesn’t know it and he doesn’t show interest in any other girl as far as I can remember. (One of the two drama sources the other is the memory loss thing which is contrived and solely exist to create drama. (Everyone will forget them probably including each other.)) Though it is weirdly over hyped it is a decent manga for its genre but not more.

    Damn that big order thing sounds stupid, I gave up on the manga before getting that far and never gave the anime a chance.

    Also this reminds me that I never read the ereased chapters after he fell in a come. And I haven’t finished kabaneri or Kiznaiver, I liked both of them though, shame if their end/second halves are crap. Also I never finished grimgar but renta already annoyed me.

    • Outcast
      Posted December 27, 2016 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      From what I’ve heard, the anime ending of Erased is vastly different from the manga. A1 only allowed the director to make it a 1-cour show, so the story got chopped to shit.

      • Leif
        Posted January 9, 2017 at 12:42 am | Permalink

        The manga >……..> the anime. [spoilers occur] which round off the time-hopping subplot.

  5. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    For me Jojo’s last season was amazing start to finish, but for very different reasons compared to the ones that made me like Battle Tendency, so I can understand your point. DiU for me was more the premise of that lame Trigger show about Supernatural Battles Becoming Commonplace actually done *right*. Slice-of-life with superpowers. Friends randomly goofing around and then kicking some ass with ghost psychic powers. Perhaps one of the arcs that embodies this best is when they have epic Stand battles over cheap ways to make cash by gathering lost change, then cheating the lottery, and how to split this less than honestly earned money. It’s the sheer absurdity of the contrast between these two things that sells the arc as a huge joke while at the same time having legitimately enjoyable fight scenes.

    Also, the visual direction/cuts/montage in this series was amazing and the villain in the second half is awesome. He’s the exact opposite of the villain in Erased in that he’s a serial killer but actually an entirely believable one. Except for the part where he has superpowers and a ghost dad trapped in a flying polaroid that helps him from the other side, but well.

  6. Sunny
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Just read the manga for JoJo. In my opinion, it’s less a problem of the source material and more on it not being adapted well to the medium. David Production pacing is atrocious. They adapt JoJo panel for panel whilst keeping all the explanation dialogues that readers often don’t need. This turned some exciting action-packed fights into a slogfest (Sheer Heart Attack and Highway Star). Outside of the first 2 and the penultimate episode, the animation is mediocre at best.

    The arcs that are most similar to Battle Tendency in terms of formats and high stake conflicts are Stone Ocean and Steel Ball Run. If you decide to quit JoJo anime together you should give those two a try once they come out.

  7. gedata
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    There’s already enough people here going to bat for Jojo so there’s not much left for me to say than the bike watching and rapey teacher scenes were the only truly questionable parts to Bakuon!! I can remember. Everything else was business as usual i.e good.

  8. AH
    Posted December 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    People are way too harsh on Biba. Not a strong character, but it’s like nobody has ever seen a zombie movie or played a Resident Evil game. In any case, I still liked his defeat.

    Posted December 27, 2016 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    The best post of the year is back!

  10. Posted December 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    26th is the second day of Christmas in my country, shops still closed, so that day feels inappropriate for such an entry. And today is my wedding anniversary. And the new season starts soon, so I want to focus on that. So there’ll likely be no such negativity on my blog, only positives.
    I’m glad, because Jojo is good and head patting is best and Biba is hot and your opinions are wrong :)

  11. Nigouki
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Reading about the JJ’s realization was really sad. This blog is what had me looking forward to JJBA and I still haven’t gotten around to watching it. I’ll have to see if I eventually come to that same sad, slow realization.

    The rest of the list was pretty much where I was at. Even though I don’t necessarily hate ReLife, I wouldn’t watch it again and I have really mixed feelings about it, especially because I have a strong feeling that you could still make something way better with that premise.

    And then I got to number 1 on the list.
    W h a t?
    Pregnancy ribbons? I…I feel like I lost some brain cells just by reading that part. I feel secondhand shame and embarrassment for everyone responsible for Big Order.

    Anyway, it’s great to read the 12 days of anime and have the moments of suck for dessert every year. Thanks again.

  12. Nigouki
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Reading about the JJ’s realization was really sad. This blog is what had me looking forward to JJBA and I still haven’t gotten around to watching it. I’ll have to see if I eventually come to that same sad, slow realization.

    The rest of the list was pretty much where I was at. Even though I don’t necessarily hate ReLife, I wouldn’t watch it again and I have really mixed feelings about it, especially because I have a strong feeling that you could still make something way better with that premise.

    And then I got to number 1 on the list.
    W h a t?
    Pregnancy ribbons? I…I feel like I lost some brain cells just by reading that part. I feel secondhand shame and embarrassment for everyone responsible for Big Order.

    Anyway, it’s great to read the 12 days of anime and have the moments of suck as the icing on the cake every year. Thanks again.

  13. Inushinde
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    My own additions, because I can’t string words together in post-sized chunks in a way that I’m happy with:

    Kumamiko – Machi shows signs of legitimately crippling social anxiety and regresses, everyone arounds her basically praises her for it.

    Occultic;Nine – Doctors Without Borders or Mensa or whatever holds a big evil meeting, with their leader explaining their evil plot in excruciating, incomprehensible detail for the sake of unnecessary exposition that actually kills whatever mystery was left in the show. It’s actually impressive just how inexplicable it is.

    Magical Girl Raising Project – Why the fuck would you kill the robot magical girl from the future voiced by Satomi Arai?

    Big Order – The entire final episode.

  14. Dark Kain
    Posted January 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Erased adaptation basically stopped at the killer reveal. The two following episodes were anime original super rushed ending.

    3 manga volumes (over 9) were cut out, including the killer backstory and Airi’s (the schoolgirl) most important moment.

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