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Top 10 Anime That Are So Bad They're Good

VO: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
No matter how terrible they are, we can’t bring ourselves to hate them. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 So Bad They're Good Anime. For this list, we’ll be looking at the series that have become infamous for their poor quality, to the point where fans can’t help but find them kind of endearing. Get ready for laughable animation, horrendous voice acting and non-stop guilty pleasure!
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Top 10 So Bad They're Good Anime
No matter how terrible they are, we can’t bring ourselves to hate them. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 So Bad They're Good Anime.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the series that have become infamous for their poor quality, to the point where fans can’t help but find them kind of endearing. Get ready for laughable animation, horrendous voice acting and non-stop guilty pleasure!

#10: “Big Order” (2016)

An absolute mess of an action series that couldn’t even hold it together even for its short run time. Thanks to each character wielding a magical McGuffin, there was potential for this anime to tackle the tired old theme of “be careful what you wish for” in an intriguing new light. Instead, all we can focus on is how Eiji knocked up a rabbit girl by grabbing hold of her ears. The weirdness factor is strong with this one, and while we wish it could have gotten it’s shit together sooner, we can at least look back on it and laugh at each of its bat shit insane plot points.

#9: “Angel Cop” (1989-94)

Ah the golden age of anime dubbing. Combined with endless violence and more cursing than even Revy would dare spout; this little number is mindless entertainment from start to finish. Don’t bother trying to figure out what’s going on or why there’s some random masculine woman named Lucifer going around using psychic powers, just focus on the violent exploits of our titular officer as she tries to kill everything in sight, all in the name of the law, while also swearing like a sailor. Magnificent.

#8: “Manyuu Hikenchou” (2011)

Lock the door, close the curtains, double check you locked the door, and prepare yourself for the most fanservice-filled anime that avoids becoming a full-blown hentai by the tiniest margin. The premise? Oh you know – a shinobi wanders the world in order to master the art of the Breast Flow…i.e draining the cleavage size of other busty women and adding it to their own. Pretty standard ecchi shit really. We have never seen an anime so in your face when it comes to its obsession with the female chest, yet never dips into full on sexy times. Be warned though, if you watch this show and get caught, you can’t say you’re watching it for the story – *whispering* it doesn’t have one.

#7: “Duel Masters” (2002-11)

Admittedly, the card game itself was pretty cool, at least in terms of the monster designs. As for the anime…not so much. It was like we were watching Magic: The Gathering’s baby brother trying way too hard to compete with the Egyptian-pharoah powered big boys. But by god that dub was awesome. Yeah, sure we had no idea how to play the game or what the hell a Kaijudo master was, but it almost felt like the dubbing company didn’t know either…and made fun of it every step of the way.

#6: “Garzey’s Wing” (1996)

What many consider to be the pinnacle of terrible anime flicks, this cinematic failure practically demands to be seen, if only for its horrendous dubbing. By itself, the animation blows, the plot is generic and the side characters are so annoying that you’ll be actively begging for the villains to put them six feet under. All in all, it’s dead on arrival, and we can’t get enough of it. We really can’t emphasise how awful the English dub for this film was. It’s like the actors were actively trying to mess up the delivery of every single piece of spoken dialogue. It’s honestly quite fascinating.

#5: “Ninja Slayer From Animation” (2015)

Granted, this little number was actually made with the intention of being a nonsensical series of low budget shorts. Well done Trigger, you succeeded, and the result is bloody awesome. Imagine if the fun and charm of Inferno Cop was replaced by even worse animation, a nonsensical narrative, and endless amounts of gore. It’s almost the reverse Darling in the Franxx. We highly recommend giving up part of your day to watch the whole thing in a single binge session, because chances are you’ll be screaming YEART by the end of it.

#4: “Cross Ange” (2014-15)

We’re forever grateful that this series came into being, purely due to the fact it failed at nearly everything it was trying to accomplish in the most spectacular fashion imaginable. It really had no idea what it wanted to be. While it presented itself as the tragic tale of a wounded heroine, we spent half the time watching as Ange wallowed in suffering…only to then switch to her bestie go full on Will E. Coyote. It tries to explore Ange and Tusk’s heartfelt relationship despite the trauma she’s suffered…only to then cut to a random lesbian threesome. You see where we’re going with this?

#3: “My Sister, My Writer” (2018)

It’s the same every year, yet we keep on falling for it all the same. We had Oreimo, we had Eromanga Sensei, and now we have this – the trashiest of trash shows that tries to push the incest envelope to absurd degrees. Along with diminishing animation and painfully injected fanservice, watching the antics of these two hormonal siblings as they continue to draw closer to messing up the genepool is like witnessing a train-wreck in slow motion. You know deep down It’s terrible, but you can’t look away….because if you do you’ll miss some of those AWFUL frames.

#2: “Musashi Gundoh” (2006)

This is the equivalent of a sub-par game being released to the public while still pre-alpha, and every second is a marvel to watch. While the idea of a gun-wielding samurai doesn’t exactly leap out at you, the poorly rendered backgrounds, dodgy sound quality and stifled animation cycles certainly will. It’s such a hollow production that it manages to come across as both cheap and lazy at the same time, so it’s rather unsurprising the creators had to come out an apologise for it. As far as craptastic viewing experiences go, this one needs to be seen to be believed.

#1: “Ghost Stories” (2000-01)

This one is a bit of a wild card. Should you wish to drag yourself through the original series, we wish you good luck, because every frame of it sucks beyond belief. Boring, not scary in the slightest and so generic that it makes whole wheat bread look exciting. Obviously the talent behind the English dub of this show agreed, since they turned the whole thing into an official abridged series with all the R-rated humour you could ever want. For that reason, we’re practically pleading you to go watch it, if only to witness glorious moments such as these
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