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Top 10 Most Disappointing Anime of All Time

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Written by Alex Crilly-Mckean These anime make us as proud as Yamcha’s parents. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten disappointing anime of all time. For this list, we’ll be looking at the shows that aren’t necessarily awful, but they most certainly didn’t live up to their full potential, and as a result left a lot of fans feeling deflated. Special thanks to our user Leo Lazar Jakšić for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Most Disappointing Anime of All Time


These anime make us as proud as Yamcha’s parents.
Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we are counting down our picks for the top ten disappointing anime of all time.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the shows that aren’t necessarily awful, but they most certainly didn’t live up to their full potential, and as a result left a lot of fans feeling deflated.

#10: “The Lost Village” (2016)

Ok forget about that not-being-awful thing for this entry...
In order to find a new haven away from modern society, a bunch of misfits all board a bus and head out to the mysterious Nanaki Village. Sounds like the premise for a decent psychological thriller, right? Well, that quickly falls apart as the show tries to balance out a weak plot with thirty different characters, the majority of which might as well be cardboard cut-outs, in just twelve episodes. Throw in a lack of scares and you can easily label this one as a fail.

#9: “Robotics;Notes” (2012-13)

We can’t say enough good things about Steins;Gate. It is one of if not the perfect example of how to take a visual novel and adapt it into an intriguing, heartfelt and well-paced series. As you can imagine, what with it being a spiritual successor, this series had a lot to live up to. It then proceeded to stumble and eventually break apart at the seams. Even if you look past the massive shadow that Steins;Gate cast, the way the show is unable to tie up its loose ends and fails to make robot fighting tournaments as awesome as they could be, is a huge let-down.

#8: “Tokyo Ghoul Root A” (2015)

While not exactly living up to the potential of its masterful manga counterpart, the original Tokyo Ghoul anime certainly managed to hit a lot of the right notes. An interesting world, elements of true horror, some truly uncomfortable moments, it made fans eager to see what came next. And what did come next? A series that decided to tell a story that made absolutely no sense. Why did Kaneki decide to join the people who tortured him? Why are all the major plot points glossed over? And why in god’s name did you skip the final battle???

#7: “Kiznaiver” (2016)

We love Studio Trigger, they’ve given us some of the most enjoyable and crazy anime in recent memory. However, that’s not to say they aren’t immune to failure. After the awesomeness that was Kill la Kill, we all had high hopes for their next project, which unfortunately ended up being Kiznaiver. Much like Ninja Slayer the Animation this series certainly looked the part, but it had so little substance that its sci-fi narrative about several stranger sharing pain with each other just made for an unremarkable viewing experience.

#6: “Aldnoah.Zero” (2014-15)

Intergalactic conflict, giant mecha, love triangles, are any of these sounding familiar? In a genre as saturated as this one, unless you have the name Gundam in the title you had better have something up your sleeve in order to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd.
What does Aldnoah.Zero have? Well, with a premise put together by anime-god Gen Urobuchi and pretty stacked seiyuu cast – quite a lot. For the most part, Aldnoah Zero was pretty damned good, but season two totally copped out after the jaw dropping mid-series finale… we wont spoil it, but it killed any emotional investment we had.

#5: “Ace Attorney” (2016)

We’re not sure how you mess something like this up?
People had been begging for an anime adaptation of this video game series for years.
Well, when it finally happened, it failed to live up to the source material by condensing the iconic cases, and as a result the whodunit aspect doesn’t come across as engaging as it should.
Oh, and the production quality is pretty sub-par.
Simply put, we OBJECT to this anime.

#4: “Psycho-Pass 2” (2014)

We really should have seen this coming as soon as Kougami got on that boat. While we’re all for Akame taking the reins of the series and showing just how far she’s come, unfortunately for her everything around her is pretty much a complete rehash, minus the intrigue and grit of course. Akane’s new relationships pale in comparison to what she had with her previous team, the villain isn’t really anything to sing home about after the previous clash with Makishima, it really does feel like they are recycling what made the first series great, and as a result it just ends up as a cheap copy of itself.

#3: “Devil May Cry: The Animated Series” (2007)


He kills demons, saves the world, and eats pizza. That’s Dante. Give us Capcom’s badass devil slayer in all his glory and we’ll be able to forgive any and all flaws. Alas, this is not the Dante we know and love. Both he and this series are absurdly underwhelming. The battles have no bite to them, and its seriously lacking the Son of Sparda’s cheesy charm. With each episode dedicated to a different case, you would have thought that the anime would have packed each of them with exciting foes for Dante to slice to pieces. Spoiler alert; it doesn’t. You’re better off playing the games.

#2: “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” (2016)

An original anime by Studio wit? Character designs by the fella who did Macross? A RIDICULOUS Budget. This anime had all the makings of a masterpiece. But it…wasn’t. Instead we got characters with nonsensical ambitions and a paper thin plot.
It’s just a shame because the show started out so promising, but with the introduction of the Shogun’s son Biba – it all kinda went to shit. It’s visually stunning, but oh so disappointing.

#1: “Berserk” (2016-)

Why?! Why would you do this to Berserk?! The 1997 series certainly had to cut some corners, but it managed to use it to its advantage, and as a result created one of the most haunting, violent and beloved anime to date. And what do you do? You ruin the chance of continuing the story by drenching the show in the worst animation imaginable. If that wasn’t bad enough, they take so many liberties with the narrative and crank up the pacing that it barely gives the show time to breath. Griffith may not have done anything wrong, but this series sure did!
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