The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 8: The Low Moments of the Year

Today I had scheduled a post about another moment from anime this year that drew me to tears but I started thinking that those reading my posts are probably getting tired of this. Instead, let’s look at some of the low moments from this year in anime.

[Commie] Space Dandy - 07 [0D16F18D].mkv_snapshot_02.39_[2014.02.26_02.34.29]Space Dandy

Episode 1. Yes, there was some really sweet animation in this episode. However, there was also the horrendously terrible introduction of the cat sidekick; the awful comedy that was trying way to hard to be hip and edgy, the waitress who had her personality lobotomized in the name of fan service and it wasn’t even good fan service. This episode got the series off to a limp start and it was never able to fully overcome this disaster.

wizard_lawyers19939Wizard Lawyers

Those character designs! They were truly the stuff of nightmares. I would not say that I ran quickly away from this series just because of them but, then again, any production that approved of them had serious problems that would impact negatively other areas of the anime as well.

imocho17457Imocho (Recently, My Sister is Unusual)

What in the h – e – double hockey sticks was I thinking to watch and finish this anime? Last year’s frigid, bleak winter must have pushed my subconscious into desiring to hurt myself because there was absolutely nothing redeeming about this anime.

[Chyuu] M3 - Sono Kuroki Hagane - 01 [720p][1E854627].mkv_snapshot_10.04_[2014.05.17_22.50.14]M3 – Sono Kuroki Hagane

Mari Okada is a controversial script writer but she can generally turn out a pretty decent series, sometimes even a great anime. I think her work load has finally gotten to her and M3 is either the result of too many burned out brain cells or a desire to write such a terrible anime that no one else would hire her for awhile so she could go on vacation.

[S-T-D] Soul Eater Not! - 01 (1280x720 10bit AAC) [BCC1F6EE].mkv_snapshot_01.59_[2014.05.18_02.19.35]Soul Eater Not

I don’t fully blame Soul Eater Not for the disappointment and anger I felt towards this anime because it did say it was not Soul Eater in the title and I didn’t take it at it’s word. Bones, the studio that animated it, must of taken it’s title to heart, though, because it did not spend any of the time and talent it did for Soul Eater to animate this series.

[Commie] Captain Earth - 01 [5FCC2A06].mkv_snapshot_18.28_[2014.05.18_02.42.25]Captain Earth

Any episode with the full robot combining scene because it was four minutes long and it was a very tedious four minutes. It might just be the most boring robot combining scene I have ever seen. Then again, the whole series was just about the most boring rehash of every Bones mecha series ever.

[Commie] Mekakucity Actors - 01 [24C67B4F].mkv_snapshot_21.23_[2014.05.19_03.00.56]Mekakucity Actors

The moment it was decided to make an anime out of an obscure franchise and assume any one watching will be familiar with the source material because I watched the whole series and am still as confused about what I watched as I was going into episode 1.

[FFF] Zankyou no Terror - 01 [FE82E438].mkv_snapshot_20.20_[2014.08.24_03.24.00]Zankyou no Terror

Episode 1. The start of the attempt to make the kid terrorists not be “actual” bad guys by making them not cause a single death through incredibly implausible plot contrivances. This was one of the main reasons this anime failed to deliver on it’s promise of being a good anime.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online II - 11 [720p].mkv_snapshot_11.46_[2014.09.15_22.02.50]Sword Art Online 2

Episodes 13/14, Less money and time for the sequel means that the decisions on what to animate well are more obvious. In these episodes we have a drawn out, well animated scene where a member of Death Gun assaults Sinon, the helpless girl of this story arc, only to be saved at the last moment by our “hero”. Why was the decision made to spend limited resources on a well-animated scene of Death Gun assaulting Sinon? I have the feeling I was supposed to be secretly excited by this; luckily, I am not the target audience because it just further affirmed my dislike of this entire franchise.

Majimoji Rurumo

Episode 6. Killing a kitten through contrivance in a poorly executed ploy for sentiment is one thing. Running the preview for the next episode when it’s a beach episode with a heavy focus on fan service is just vile and repulsive.

[Commie] Sailor Moon Crystal - 07 [4D4EAEB0].mkv_snapshot_11.47_[2014.10.16_01.26.24]Sailor Moon Crystal

The moment it was decided that money could be made on people’s love of Sailor Moon without spending any actual money making it. A close second was the moment it was decided for the need to throw-in the CG transformation sequences because people clamor for that CG stuff.

[HorribleSubs] Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de - 09 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.25_[2014.12.03_21.54.11]Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Episode 9. That scene where Studio Trigger decided to let someone with drawing abilities as bad as mine animate a scene. The result is pure skin-crawling ugly. I understand the need to pay the bills so you take on anime series that are not worth your talents Trigger; but please, be professional about it.

Tomorrow, we’re back to crying over anime or being overly reflective about anime 😉 .

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3 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Anime Christmas – Day 8: The Low Moments of the Year”

  1. Yup, Space Dandy’s first episode was my last.. As for the Zankyou no Terror, reading the synopsis for the first time, I couldn’t believe that Watanabe is doing this… Well, I’ll watch Sailor Moon still – I am just glad they didn’t moefy the character designs 😛

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  2. Space Dandy: Same with Kitsune. The first episode was my last. I just couldn’t appreciate the humor (or the jokes it threw in an attempt to make me laugh), though I know that people appreciate it mostly for the glorious animation, which was, unfortunately, not enough for me to buy it. Dropped Majimoji, too, for just being a bad show overall. I still can’t believe it was from the manga of YowaPeda mangaka.

    Never heard of Wizard Lawyers. Never watched Imocho and M3.

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  3. Space Dandy had it’s good episodes, many in the second half, and almost never featuring Dandy’s sidekicks. It’s so compartmentalized that it’s probably very possible to watch the ~10 good episodes of the series and not lose a bit of the overall story.

    @miharusshi: And your a better person for it if you’ve never heard of Wizard Lawyers, Imocho, and M3.

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