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Top 10 Moments of HATE 2011

Today is the worst day in the entire year, as it is the furthest away from Christmas. Keeping in the spirit this depressing day, as well as keeping with tradition as I did a similar post last year, it’s time to wrap up the top 10 moments in anime that caused me to rage in 2011. Some self-imposed rules though: Firstly, NO TERRIBAD! That’s just cheating. Secondly, it has to be from anime that came out this year. With that out the way, let the hate begin!

10: Towa no Quon pervert

I was looking forward to Towa no Quon. Bones running a movie series in the same vein as Break Blade. 6 movies, each 50 minutes long, with top quality animation and experienced staff behind them. Hopefully this means they’ll put the effort out into making something unique and ambitious, right? In about the 10th minute of the first movie, our bland male lead is strolling along, only to be confronted by feisty female love interest here. She spins around, waves her bum into the camera and inquires as to whether this outfit made her bum look big. Male lead ignored her and walked on, upon which the feisty female yelled ‘pervert’ at a random passerby. I would like to thank Towa no Quon for making it abundantly clear that it would be uninspired dribble very early on.

9: Supernatural’s Dad Ex Machina

I was one of the very few who actually watched Supernatural: The Animation with no prior knowledge of the live action version. I did quite enjoy it for the first half where they just covered episodic stories. But the second half of the series focused on the woeful attempt at a plot and suffered massively because of it. The final 2 episodes were a joke. First they changed the voice actor of one of the male leads, apparently back to his original actor’s voice, which is bloody retarded. If I’m on the penultimate episode of the anime, of course I’m going to be used to the anime voice by now. But the worst was how they solved the final battle. Sam was about to die, being choked by the devil or something, with no help in sight. Until suddenly his dead dad appears behind the devil and shoots him. No explanation why he rose from the grave nor how he knew Sam needed help. Possibly the most pathetic Deus Ex Machina plot device I’ve ever seen this side of Mai Hime.

8: Why oh why Go Nagai

Another year goes by, another year in which I’m completely baffled by Go Nagai. His taste for writing absolute garbage means his works have frequented my terribad friends’ viewing schedules. I did say I wouldn’t cover any of my terribad viewings in this post, so instead I’ll just mention that first episode of Dororon Emna-kun. Stupid, boorish, disconnected, pathetic drivel, its attempts at humour were so off the mark I frequently found myself wondering why the characters kept pausing, only to realise they were meant to be space in which we laugh during. It was like watching one of those awful sitcoms where the laugh track is the only indicator you have that the preceding line was supposed to be funny. I respect the massive influence he had on anime and manga, second only to Tezuka himself. But if Tezuka is the God of Manga, then Go Nagai is the God of Terribad.

7: How dare you, woman!

Bakuman was a fairly average anime. I made it through to the end on a combination of respect for the authors of Death Note, genuine interest in the world of manga publishing it portrayed, and associated manga readers proclaiming the usual cry of IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR (another reason not to listen to that cry, as if I needed anymore). I started the second season in vague hope that it would improve and sure enough, the first episode wasn’t so bad. But then we got this scene a few episodes later. Miho had been told by her manager to do a gravure photo shoot, which she wasn’t feeling comfortable about. So she called her boyfriend, Mashiro, for some moral guidance. Mashiro had to deliver a manuscript of his manga that day, first day of serialisation, but instead he dropped everything to visit Miho. Mashiro’s manga partner Takagi got out his phone, not to call Mashiro to tell him to stop being a moron, but instead to call Miho to stop dumping her problems on Mashiro and to just get on with her own life. It’s entirely her fault that Mashiro is going to miss his first deadline, so shape up and just pose naked for cameras you damn attention seeking woman you!

6: Deadman ripping out eyes

I’m perhaps straying into proper terribad material here, but I feel like talking about this scene in Deadman Wonderland anyway, because it highlights the thing I hated most about it. In this scene, Senji had just lost a fight and had to undergo a punishment game. A wheel was spun around and landed on a picture of an eye. Cue an incredibly gory awful scene of Senji getting his eye ripped out. The scene had no effect on his character. It did nothing more to the story. It was there solely for the purpose of showing how sadistic this anime was. There’s something seriously fucked up that this is considered entertainment. This is a brainless teenager or minchild’s idea of cool. People complain frequently about entertainment that appeals simply by using sex appeal, but at least I get that. The only appeal from this scene in Deadman Wonderland comes from the desire to watch sadistic violence. You guys are fucked up.

5: Project Ice gets licensed

Firmly into terribad territory now, but I’m still allowed to use this because it’s not about something that happened directly in the anime itself. Instead, it was the announcement by Sentai Filmworks that they had acquired the license to the 2007 OVA Project Ice. Project. Fucking. Ice. A proud contender for Worst Anime Ever (certainly top 5 material), was getting licensed. Better yet, it was getting an english dub. Think of all those other anime you’d love to own in english. Kaiba, Moyashimon, the entire Macross franchise, Nodame Cantabile, Time of Eve. And they chose Project Ice.

4: Guilty Crown beach episode

The bottom 4 moments in anime all belong to the appraised Noitamina timeslot. It’s not that Noitamina necessarily went down the drain. 2 of my top 5 anime of 2011 still came from there. I’m sure I’d have more moments from other anime this season if I bothered continuing watching them past the first 2 episodes. But let’s not take away from some of the utter garbage Noitamina managed to produce this year. It’s the move away from the mature approach to storytelling and focus on characters over the age of 16 that depressed me most. Guilty Crown episode 8 summed this all up perfectly. A beach episode. No purpose beyond showing teenage girls in swimsuits. The only part of Shu’s character that was developing was the size of his harem.

3: No.6 is a totalitarian state

The moment I’m choosing from No.6 is not, funnily enough, from the final episode. My patience with No.6 died a few episodes earlier. Shion and Nezumi were going to god only knows where to find out god only knows what, only to suddenly stumble upon the tribe of god only knows who. They met with some priest bloke who started blabbing about Eliurias, some mystical goddess that lived in Nezumi’s tribe. It had nothing to do with anything that was going on in the plot, randomly introducing a magical element to something that had been pure sci-fi up until them (which would later explode in that ending). But the line that got to me was his explanation why No.6 was a totalitarian state. It was because…wait for it…because it was a totalitarian state. Yup, that was his explanation. What the fuck? That’s your explanation behind the big mystery of the anime? Gyeaaaarrrgghh!!

2: Ano Hana BAWWWW

I was willing to give Ano Hana a pass up to episode 10. Teenage melodrama, not my kind of thing, but competently produced nevertheless. That is, until the final episode. Any trace of subtlety was thrown out of the window and into a pit of lava, then stuck on a rocket and blasted into the sun. Every single character bawled their eyes out, yelling constantly, each one of them suddenly and dramatically revealing their tortured souls in one of the most pathetic attempts at drawing tears from the viewer I’ve ever seen. No, do not try tell me I have no soul if I didn’t cry at this. You are the one without a soul.  You are just a machine programmed to cry when something tells you too. If the final episode did nothing more than flash the words “CRY YOU BITCH” you would have had the exact same reaction.

1: Fractale episode 10

Reading back over my episodic posts about Fractale was fascinating. The more the series went on, the more I started to question what on earth were the creators trying to do. What was the thread connecting these stories together? It finally dawned on me in episode 10. There was no connecting thread. There was no purpose to these scenes. They were just a random selection of ideas thrown together with no idea of what they meant. Fractale had taken scenes it had seen from other anime, thought they were cool, and tossed them into their own production with no thought given to what they originally meant. This is the worst kind of storytelling. Pretending you have one when in fact you haven’t a fucking clue what you’re doing. There are probably worse moments this year than this moment, but it was the realisation what a fool I had been taken for in trying to follow Fractale that got to me so much.

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  1. Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Totally agree with all this, you will be getting no hate from me. Although I would probably have put 6: Dead­man rip­ping out eyes up higher. That stuff is so totally unnecessary.

  2. mcm38
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Good thing I dropped all the anime listed before those episodes came about, except for Bakuman offcourse.

  3. Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Hate? On the contrary; just the memory of that fat guy from Ano Hana crying out of nowhere inspires a mirthful chuckle from my heart. ;)

  4. Karry
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    “Go Nagai is the God of Terribad.”

    You have no soul. Or male genitals. One or the other, possibly both.

    • Ryu
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      wrap it up femailures looks like having a vagina means you can’t appreciate ~animes~ like real men (me) do

  5. Moomba
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Despite the horror that is Guilty Crown, I’m still trying to stick with it because it’s pretty funny how badly put together it is. I want to see what made them think they could justify Shu’s awful personality (which somehow, defying logic, manages to worsen with each successive episode) and Inori’s complete lack of one.

    I dropped most of the others listed due to how generally terrible they were, except for No.6 and Fractale… frankly Fractale I only watched because Minami Tsuda’s lisp is adorable.

    No.6 on the other hand had a good first half of the series, but everything after that was just mindfuck.

  6. Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’m kinda glad I didn’t get to watch as much anime as I wanted this year. Then again I still wasn’t able to avoid Deadman Wonderland or Bakuman. But at least I got the heads up on Guilty Crown. I haven’t gotten to that episode yet. Hell it’s amazing to me that I haven’t dropped that over-hyped show yet. Also, while I haven’t watched any of Ano Hana yet, that crying scene sounds so hilarious I just may have to watch it for that.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      More people need to stop watching Guilty Crown. It’s like a loud child, it just wants attention.

  7. EnpatsuShakugan
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Yeah that bitch from Towa no Quon should be deleted from the strory. Nonetheless, I watch it and I’m looking forward to the final episode.

  8. Anonomyous
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    What you said about Fractale applies to Guilty crown as well.

  9. Posted December 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Agreed that the crying at the end of Ano Hana was downright pathetic! The series was without it a lot better…:P

  10. Posted December 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Let’s see. From the 10 anime that is in this list, I tried to watch Fractale, AnoHana, No. 6, Guilty Crown, Deadman Wonderland and the first season of Bakuman. I dropped every single one of these except for Fractale and AnoHana. Fractale is downright terrible and AnoHana is one of the worst drama shows I have ever seen in my entire life and I finished it only to have a right to bash it.

  11. Flawfinder
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Did you read the article on the AnimeNewsNetwork on why the noitamina slot is sucking so badly? Apparently, they want to make the slot more mainstream. Ignoring the fact that it’s a retarded idea, making a good mainstream anime isn’t exactly easier than making an unconventional one you stupid production crew (in fact, I think it’s harder).

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, they’ve been meaning to make this move for a while now. It was only after the poor season ratings they got during Tatami Galaxy/House of Five Leaves did the producer decide to start bringing in more of the so-called mainstream stuff.

      • Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

        which only brought them lower.

      • Posted December 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

        And the great tragedy of that is that Tatami/Five Leaves were both great shows. Going from those two to Guilty Crown is an abomination.

  12. Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I never finished any of these shows. And I’m okay with that.

    • sage
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

      10: Towa no Quon – didn’t bother trying
      09: Supernatural – do not want
      08: Go Nagai – didn’t bother at all
      07: DisappointiMan – ragequitted early @ season 1
      06: Deadman – boring thus instadrop
      05: Project Ice – what is this i don’t even
      04: Guilty Crown – instadrop
      03: No. 6 – shounen-aiii overload in trailer /stab eyes
      02: Ano Hana – … childhood friends only work in harems, duh.
      01: Fractale – tripped on OP then gtfo

      2011, I ain’t even mad.

  13. Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Well I guess I have no soul because I sorta cried at that scene :heh:. Besides Anohana, you’re pretty spot on with your choices.

  14. Hogart
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Not that I find Go Nagai particularly hilarious or anything, but without his influence all we’d have left for perverted comedy in anime is the kind you derailed in Towa no Quon.

    For me that moment would be replaced by people’s hyping and evangelizing of Madoka. I had to tune the fandumb out to keep from retroactively downgrading my opinion of the anime itself. Haruhi and Geass all over again.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

      You hate fandom enthusiasm? You joyless individual. I think my Madoka post on Christmas day should give you adequate indication of my thoughts towards fandoms enthusiasm for that show

      • Hogart
        Posted December 26, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

        There’s enthusiasm and then there’s being a buzzkill. To me, Madoka’s fandom became the latter after a while.

        Besides, if people stopped worshiping Madoka so much they might stop being so joyless with respect to say, Go Nagai :)

      • Alterego
        Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

        You realize that this whole blog is named after a huge fandom craze?

      • Hogart
        Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

        Yes yes, it’s not as if I’m picking a fight, it’s all in good fun. This *is* a self-professed hate post after all, and I’m not out to change anyone’s mind. Opinions are opinions, even when they’re mine and they’re wrong.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      Well said my friend :D

  15. Balloon Thief
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Yeah that final Ano Hana episode took away any subtlety in the show, though I’m not really sure there was any to begin with. It was just obviously trying to get a reaction which is what I loath in most tv show and movies.

    It’s kind of sad to hear that the Bakuman anime isn’t holding up to the manga. If I remember correctly that specific scene happens differently in the manga.

  16. Mr.Derp
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Scamp is a fucking hipster

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

      Death Note is, like, so hipster

  17. Anonymous
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Personally I think you’re a retard. Do you actually think that Go Nagai is actually responsible for the animated works of his mangas?

    Yeah you don’t like Shin Mazinger’s first episode, but Nagai had nothing to do with the anime. That clusterfuck of the first episode is Yasuhiro Imagawa, the director who’s known for making things that way and then explain in the following episodes what the fuck was going on. (Still, the plot was incredibly well written and though out)

    You hate Mazinkaiser SKL alright, but tell me, did Go Nagai design the robot? Nope. Did he write the plot? Nope. Did he even create the characters? Nope. Was it even based on any manga by Go Nagai? Nope. The director Jun Kawagoe wanted to make a tribute to Go Nagai’s original Mazinger and he did it in 3 episodes. Hating on Go Nagai because of Mazinkaiser SKL is like hating on Yoshiyuki Tomino, Gundam’s original creator and director for Gundam Age, Seed, Seed Destiny, 00 etc, as if he even had a say in what goes on
    in these shows.

    And now you’re hating on Enma-kun, for again asinine reasons. The humor is Japanese, the setting is old, and all of it was a tribute to the shouwa era directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani, known for GaoGaiGar. You expect a 35 year old comedy manga to have the same standards of humor as today. I mean not to mention the manic pacing of the first episode has Yonetani written all over it. (Betterman, mind you)

    Whatever you say about Go Nagai won’t change the fact that not only he massively influenced manga by breaking taboos and introducing a lot of concepts and ideas to the medium, his Devilman manga which he wrote in 1972 is ranked among Japan’s all time top 50 favourites. In Japan, Devilman is classified as literature along with Osamu Tezuka’s best works.

    So yeah, continue your blind hatred for one of the industry legends, while Yokoyama, Tezuka and Ishinomori all look down on you from the skies. It’s quite amazing that you even thought you had what it takes to write about Japanese animation (and even set up a blog about it!). You’re one deluded person.

    • Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      Or… he just didn’t like it?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      By any chance are you the same guy who complained on the other Go Nagai post?

      Look, everything that has a direct connection to Go Nagai’s manga I’ve hated. There comes a point where this stops being a coincidence

  18. Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I have barely watched any of the older noitaminA shows, oh well. Moyashimon was fairly good, but nothing too special. Tokyo Magnitude was meh.
    Other than that, I only have the horrible shows that aired this year. At least Usagi Drop, Un-Go and to some degree Ano Hana saved it. Otherwise I would call noitamina overrated.

    Still, a bit harsh to judge only from this. I really want to watch Monoke, Nodame Cantabile and Tatami Galaxy. But I can’t really see why these shows couldn’t have aired in another time slot.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Also Paradise Kiss, Honey and Clover, Eden of the East, Trapeze and Kuragehime if you aren’t convinced yet

      • Posted December 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

        And Hataraki-man. A story about a women in her 30s who is dedicated to her job (writing for a weekly magazine). If other time slots showed stories about people I could relate to, maybe Noitamina wouldn’t be necessary. Until that happens, Noitamina should realize they had something special before they have completely lost the credibility they once had.

  19. Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Wow all the hate bundle up in one post. I would have to say I agree with the majority of criticize you spouted out. lol.

    Hilarious how you go saying Shin is increasing his character by increasing his harem.

  20. fathomlessblue
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    What, how dare your opinions regarding Japanese cartoons be slightly/partially/completely different to my opinions regarding Japanese cartoons! Worst blog ever!

    I dropped G.C. after that beach episode. It felt so good, like I was finally standing up for myself and saying “No, go fuck yourself noitaminA, I’ve put up with enough of your shit for one year!” So proud of myself…

    …although I’m watching Bakuman…

  21. Posted December 27, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure if what noitaminA is doing right now is brilliant or makes me cry. Guilty Crown and BRS are otaku pandering. They’re going to pay for the timeslot for the rest of the year.

    But Guilty Crown is between so tryhard bad it makes me laugh and makes me cry for being a good company and in Noitamina.

  22. Posted December 27, 2011 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I can see it now.
    NewsPaper Headline in the Morning of the 27th:
    “Christmas Spirit forgotten in a day. The Cart Driver spreads hate on the 26th”.

    Ok, well, uhh, back to serious business. I would totally agree with you, but unfortunately, I do not have your mental fortitude and simply cannot watch bad shows for as extended a period of time as you have.

    Now, If you will allow me to indulge, I have an Ice related story of sorts to share.

    You see, unlike everyone else, I had no idea the episodes sucked and was given horrible awards. Nope, I had no idea whatsoever. So, when I saw that they were showing the dubbed version(all episodes back to back) in some Japanese cultural place, I made plans, bought tickets (for a decent sum to!) and hopped on over.

    It didn’t seem so bad. But, that might only be the case because I paid good money, and when I pay good money, I hate to hate. I didn’t like it either though. It was kind of confusing, but whatever, I thought I had gotten the gist of it. Everyone else in the theatre, not so much….

    Everyone was talking about how horrible or how confusing it was after the movie ended. I just “uh-huhed” them and went on.

    On the bus stop I encountered a dude (a hipster maybe), who liked Ice. He said everyone else found it bad because they did not know enough about philosphy or something like that… So, I “uh-huhed” him and got on my bus.

    Strange day to say the least. Looking back on it, I think Ice is “ok” if you totally turn of your brain, look only at the pretty pictures/pretty faces and concentrate on the action-y scenes. Thinking about the characters just ends up confusing you. “Wait, is she a bad guy now, was she always a bad guy, oh she is a good guy now, oh wait, I am confused…”

    Anyway, that’s my dumb story. Have a good day?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      But…not even the animation was good! It wasn’t even pretty to look at

  23. Posted December 27, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    I would have expected you to put Guilty Crown in general as your #1. Because that anime felt like getting slapped in the dick repeatedly after you just got it worked up from all the hype foreplay. I could barely get through the first episode and I got to see a nice downward spiral that I never really had the patience for sticking around with.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

      Part of the reason why I put it in #4 was so I could have that little complaint about Noitamina

  24. stupid commenter
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    why hate? all of these moments are hilarious. I still think the best part in Bakuman is the hospital arc. People boycotting the magazine because the editor-in-chief was worried about the health of one of his employees, seriously?

  25. Averan
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Will there be a top 10 moments of LOVE to balance this out? ‘Cause there was a lot of awesome moments in this year’s anime.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

      Err, yeah, that was the 12 Days posts. This was actually to balance out all the love from those

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