Top 10 Exact Moments Anime Got Bad



Top 10 Exact Moments Anime Got Bad

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Alex Crilly-Mckean
You can see the decline in quality from here! Join Ashley as he counts down the precise moments that an anime series went downhill, including the likes of "Karakuri Circus", "Tokyo Ghoul Root A", "Wise Man's Grandchild", "Dragon Ball GT", "Samurai Flamenco", "The Seven Deadly Sins", "Mobile Suit Gundam AGE", "Oreimo", "Dragon Quest: Your Story", and more!
Top 10 Exact Moments Anime Got Bad

Annnnd there! Right there! That’s when things went downhill! Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Exact Moments Anime Got Bad.

For this list, we’re going to be looking at the scenes that heralded the beginning of the end of an anime’s quality, since after these moments, everything turns to crap!

#10: Surprise! It’s a Video Game!

“Dragon Quest: Your Story” (2019)

If you’re a franchise fan, watching this standalone Netflix based on the fifth game is likely going to be a delight. Impressive on a technical scale, with the art style and charm of the source material shining through all throughout, ninety percent of this mini-adventure is a neatly woven story that was on the verge of a must-see…until the ending. Yeah, forget about Luca legendary quest, turns out the thing was a video game all along! Soooo…not so much your story but more your playthrough.

#9: Narumi Wakes up… and It All Turns to Shit

“Karakuri Circus” (2018-19)

What a waste. The first five episodes of this unorthodox performance of puppets and action clichés was surprisingly strong, especially given the budding relationship between the fiercely strong yet sweet Narumi as well as the emotionally stunted yet radiant Shirogane. So, what happened after the first arc concluded? They tried stuffing over forty volumes worth of content into thirty episodes, that’s what! After Narumi wakes up with amnesia, it all goes off the rails! Plot points, characters, motivations, relationships, backstory, they’re all juggled and brushed passed within the blink of an eye, resulting in a whole host of unearned emotional payoffs!

#8: Shin Defeats the Bad Guy… Now What?

“Wise Man’s Grandchild” (2019)

We’re not averse to a character becoming so OP that they can easily overcome any kind of threat with their UNLIMITED POWER! But at the very least they do have to balance it with a narrative, characters or anything that makes us give a damn. Which is why Shin Wolford and his merry band of Ultimate Magicians fail so hard. Yeah, he shows off his superior magic and sends Schtrom running to the rafters…but that’s it. The antagonist doesn’t make another move for the rest of the series! Leaving Shin to spend his time crafting more magical McGuffins to make him even more powerful while pursuing a cringey and empty romance!

#7: Joining Aogiri Tree

“Tokyo Ghoul Root A” (2015)

Of all the crazy crap that Kaneki pulled following his switch to white hair, hopping over to join forces with the Ghoul organisation that tortured him is definitely up there. In a clear departure from the source material, the meandering that takes place during this sequel season following Kaneki’s alignment change is as perplexing as it is infuriating. Whole plot points are glossed over, character decisions seem totally out of place, everything just feels…off. This is made all the worse given how it reaches the manga’s canon conclusion regardless of all the shortcuts and blemishes it chose to take!

#6: Escanor vs. Meliodas

“The Seven Deadly Sins” (2014-)

In hindsight, from the moment the fourth season kicked off with censored blood, the writing was clearly on the wall. Of course, the undisputable, final nail in this fantasy shounen’s coffin was the battle between the Lion Sin of Pride and the former leader of the Ten Commandments; in which they completely and utterly dropped the ball for one of the most anticipated battles in modern anime. The animation was horrendous, none of the blows had any impact and even the big reveal was a far shade away from epic. How could you do this to our man Escanor?!

#5: Welcome to Filler Town

“Rurouni Kenshin” (1996-98)

If you were going to go down this route, did you even need a third season? Would it have been so bad just to end things after the masterful Kyoto Arc and call it a day? Apparently so, since Kenshin’s blood-soaked journey of atonement doesn’t end via the way of the manga or on a satisfactory note, but rather stumbles from one filler episode to the next with nothing concrete inbetween. From the first episode of Season Three, it was painfully clear that the former Manslayer’s glory days were about to go up in smoke.

#4: Third Generation Blues

“Mobile Suit Gundam AGE” (2011-12)

As Hathaway Bright taught us, not every descendant of a Gundam character is going to turn out okay. Sometimes they’re massive disappointment that you’d wish you could erase and swap out for another member of the gene pool. Alas, the third gen protagonist of the Asuno bloodline turned out to not share the charisma or badassery of his forefathers. Flit unwavering hatred for the Vegan was nothing short of entertaining and Asemu’s conflict with Zeheart has us invested, while Kio…cried about his pacifism the whole way through while just being generally boring.

#3: Guillotine Gorilla

“Samurai Flamenco” (2013-14)

For the most part, the tale of a model who decides to become a real-life superhero was actually pretty gripping! He gets his ass handed to him, his fantasies of justice are questioned, he runs into trouble with the authorities, there’s a lot of good meta commentary on display here. So, we have to ask…why introduce a giant gorilla with a guillotine in its stomach? As soon as this monster of the week showed up, whatever this series had going for it went right out of the window, and instead became a non-sensical tokusatsu!

#2: Dumping Kuroneko

“Oreimo” (2010-13)

Honestly people, at this point, our tombstones are going to end up with epithets that read – “why the flying heck did Kyousuke dump a gorgeous gothic lolita for his biological sister?!” While you could make the argument that we’re just salty that best girl was done dirty, the sad truth is that as soon as he abandons Ruri and goes right for the incest route, the series nosedives in quality right down to creepy territory! Imagine how much better this would be if it focused on Kyousuke becoming embroiled in Kuroneko’s lifestyle, instead of screaming in public how he wants to marry his sister!

#1: Kid Goku

“Dragon Ball GT” (1996-97)

You have to appreciate the epic foreshadowing here. From the second that Goku is transformed back into his child form courtesy of a runaway wish, this sequel series diminished in just about every aspect. The fights? Lacklustre. Goku as a character? Nowhere near as compelling compared to both his Z and original Dragon Ball incarnations. The whole thing becomes a miniaturized version of its far superior predecessor, and it all started when they decided to inexplicably shrink down everyone’s favourite Saiyan! So much for recapturing the magic…