Well, it’s that time of the week again, the time to enlighten you with my great knowledge in list form. And this week, we have a fun one. Sure, there’s plenty of anime shows that are hyped. In fact, a handful of them actually deserve that hype. For all the others, we have this list.
It pains me to see a good show be ruined by it’s fanbase. It just sucks when you watch a series after being told it’s amazing, and it ends up being sub-par. However, it’s important to note that just because a show is on here, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad show. In fact, I enjoyed most of the shows on this list at one point! Now, without further ado, on to the list!
5: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Ahh, Haruhi. The show that starts out slice-of-life and ends up being one of the better sci-fi anime out there. This show actually has a very easy to follow story line. It’s a great show, one of my favorites. However, it’s not the show’s fault this time: It’s the fanbase. The way people talk about it it’s as if it was the second coming of Jesus himself. Fans love this show to death, almost as if it were a religion. Some people even refer to the fandom as "Haruhism". It even managed to start a dance craze based on the ending theme, known as the Hare Hare Yukai dance. Some of the fans claim that each new dance based off of the show was "a victory for Haruhism". They might as well just make it a religion and be done with it.
4: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Speaking of deep plot lines, Eva suffers from an overdose of symbolism. This show is so deep that you don’t so much as swim in the plot as you drown horribly from it being shoved down your throat. The show starts out simple enough, with an easy to understand plot. However, when the show actually gets going, the first runthrough will leave you thinking only one thing: "What?" However, the hardcore fans that have watched this show and have actually done their research will tell you it’s the greatest, deepest show ever. The problem is, it’s not. It does have a few great symbolic things here and there, but it’s not a "life-changing experience", as I’ve been told in the past.
3: Lucky Star
Lucky Star has got to be one of my least favorite series ever. As far as I can see, it feels too much like Seinfeld. You remember, Seinfeld? The show about nothing? Well, if you didn’t know, it’s basically a show where four very interesting people talk about nothing, get into funny predicaments, and live their lives. Well, Lucky Star is Seinfeld if everyone was replaced by a cardboard cutout. The characters are so fucking 2-dimensional. Yes, I did watch it past the third episode. I gave it a chance, trust me. But I swear, all I could see is four very flat characters talking about nothing. The only characters that even remotely interested me were Konata and her father, and that was just because they actually tend to be funny at times.
Some fans have called this "the revival of anime as we know it". All I see is a bunch of geek jokes and some girls running around talking about snack foods, video games and such. It’s sad, it sounded like a great idea. But the execution was just so flat that it didn’t even interest me in the least after a while.
Who doesn’t love one of the longest-running, most drawn-out anime of all time? Me. Sure, the show is actually very interesting and enjoyable at the beginning. A young girl falls into a well which ends up being a portal into an alternate version of feudal Japan. She ends up being the reincarnation of a priestess who is inexorably connected to a dog demon tha-Y’know what, screw this. It’s confusing as all fuck, and you know it is. Suffice it to say that it’s your typical "Girl meets boy" story, but with demons and more killing and such.
The fans of this show, as with every show on this list, treat it as if it’s amazing. I’ve seen people that think the relationship between Kagome and Inuyasha is the deepest, most interesting relationship ever. Yeah, right. Okay. They’re tsundere for each other, wow, that’s SO original. Honestly, I don’t hate Inuyasha. It starts out really good, and stays good for the first 2 seasons. The problem is, IT JUST DRAGS THE HELL ON! The manga finally finished around it’s 50th issue! If you’re going to make an epic THAT long, don’t make it into a show.
Ahh, yes. Naruto. That one show I absolutely despise. Naruto is a show that looks great on paper: An energetic little fireball of a boy tries to make his way to the top in a world where ninjas exist. Sounds great, right? WRONG. Naruto is, for lack of a better word, a horrid show. I mean, come on. The plot line is just far too convoluted, the characters are as flat as cardboard, and the show just gets ridiculous after a while. But don’t tell that to the fans, OH HELL NO.
The fans act like this is the de-facto anime. The one show to rule them all. The best there’s ever been. But people, please. This show sucks. It’s kinda fun to watch Naruto aspire to be the greatest at first, but after he screams "BELIEVE IT!" for the 5,000th time, it wears on your nerves. Not to mention that they actually try to inject some kind of character progression into Sasuke, but fail miserably. I can’t say much without spoiling the show, but if you’re honestly surprised by anything that happens with Sasuke you’re an idiot and obviously couldn’t see a brick wall flying at you from five feet away, no offense. This show is the epitome of generic anime.
It has your plucky little hero, your brooding sidekick, the generally useless girl that eventually turns somewhat badass, and the generic-as-all-hell villain that just won’t die. Honestly, it’s like I’m watching Inuyasha all over again, but worse. Yet year after year, I meet more and more Narutards that, when I tell them I hated Naruto, act like I just spat on their mothers or something. Come on, people! It’s not that’s good. Hell, it’s not good at all!
And there you go! Leave your comments and let me know what you think. I’ll be back next week with a surprise list that you’ll all love. Now,if you’ll excuse me, there’s an army of fangirls running at me with murderous intent in their eyes. Wish me luck!
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