Thanks to a personal desire to be as accurate about anime as I can be for this anime blog, I watch series that don’t necessarily interest me and series that I know will probably stink. Sometimes I’m surprised and find that diamond in the rough. Sometimes the anime is as bad as I thought it would be. More often, I’m stuck watching anime that isn’t quite bad enough to outright drop but not good enough to enjoy watching. I’d rather spend my time blogging about the good stuff but, once a year, I want to focus on the mediocre, the bad, and the terrible anime that I watched in the past year to cleanse the palette and remind myself that not all anime is good.
This section of awards and the worst of countdown is that focus.
If you haven’t read one of my seasonal or year end reviews before, I try to keep spoilers to a minimum but there’ll be some because of how they’ll relate to specific awards. Also, as for the continuing shows and split cour series, only the part of the series that ran during this year is under consideration for this year’s awards.
(Split cour is a way to artificially pump sales up because many people in Japan will only buy the first volume of a series as a compromise between wanting to demonstrate support for a show and affording the ridiculous pricing and, so, splitting the cours is a method to try to get these people to buy twice as many volumes. Therefore, if the money people want people to think of them as separate seasons then I will think of split cour series as different series.)
Now onto the awards.
Worst Character Designs
This year saw two franchises get new series that basically ditched almost everything good about the respective franchises and – in a surprise to no one – the result was embarrassingly bad. I think the creators subconsciously knew this so when it came time to create the character designs they created designs that matched the quality of the rest of the show. Yuki-chan wins for actually making my stomach sick on a number of occasions from how bad the characters looked.
Almost a two-peat for Yuki-chan but Ninja Slayer edges it out because it lacked the quality non-CG animation I was hoping for and then failed to live up to the fun, gimmicky animation quality of Inferno Cop.
Did Not Live Up To It’s Hype
Everything about Kekkai Sensen was completely awesome except for it’s utter mess of a story, which might be the most important element here because it’s that one element that soured the overall experience. Dwarfing Kekkai Sensen is the second half of Stardust Crusaders. This arc just never got any good and the final Dio fight did not live up to even the mid-level fights of the prior arc. I’m really hoping the next story arc won’t let me down as well.
Falling Apart After Starting Strongly
I feel bad about putting Gangsta. here because it certainly wasn’t the fault of the creators the company was spiraling to bankruptcy but, after starting out as the strongest Manglobe series in a decade, it just fizzled out at the end. It was bested by the latest example of how the Japanese can’t do a proper mystery. I know that’s probably a bad overgeneralization but I can’t think of a single anime I’ve seen that sets out to be a mystery series that truly succeeds. On the opposite end of the scale, the English seem like they have a genetic affinity for mystery. In the last couple of years I’ve watched and loved the new Sherlock series, Rosemary and Thyme, Broadchurch, Father Brown, Lewis, Whitechapel and then there’s the Poirot, Marple, Inspector Morse series which I haven’t gotten to yet and that just scratches the surface.
I’m going to stop wishing for more Baccano because if the quality of this continuation of Durarara!! is any indication – I don’t want to see Baccano ruined. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a series become so unfocused and meandering as what Durarara!! has become. And for being so actively painful to watch it beats out Yuki-chan which was merely a completely pointless sequel that added nothing to the franchise other than to remind you how, nearly 10 years ago, KyoAni did a better job on every aspect of their series.
The Worst Anime of the Year
(That I Finished)
- Makes you wish that KyoAni would make another round of Endless Eight episodes.
- The Shaft series of the last decade that least deserves a sequel gets a sequel.
- I wish this had been funny.
- It did not fully embrace the concept and the result as a flaccid failure for studio Trigger.
- Don’t let the above average animation fool you; this was an all-around terrible series to watch with no redeeming qualities.
Now a bit of housekeeping. By myself I can’t watch every anime series that gets released – not that I would wish to watch all the terrible ecchi anime that comes out – so this look back at the best and worst of anime from 2015 only covers those series I’ve watched. Those series are listed below for reference. If you feel a series that I did not watch should win in a category then please leave a comment saying so. I don’t like the idea of missing good anime and would be interested to hear about series I might have missed.
Carry-over shows watched this season (6): Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Log Horizon 2, Nanatsu no Taizai: The Seven Deadly Sins, Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu, Shirobako, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
New shows watched this season (13): Tokyo Ghoul √A, Death Parade, Durarara!!x2 Shou, Aldnoah.Zero 2nd Season, Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, Kantai Collection: KanColle, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season, Rolling☆Girls, Koufuku Graffiti, Yuri Kuma Arashi, Dog Days”, Yoru no Yatterman, Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
Shows that got dropped (6): Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV), Shinmai Maou no Testament, Junketsu no Maria, Juuou Mujin no Fafnir, Military!, Sengoku Musou
Carry-over shows watched this season (1): JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2nd Season
New shows watched this season (21): Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka, Owari no Seraph, Shokugeki no Souma, Kekkai Sensen, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Zoku, Ore Monogatari!!, Plastic Memories, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 2nd Season, Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (TV), Nisekoi:, Hibike! Euphonium, Grisaia no Rakuen, Punch Line, Sidonia no Kishi: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku, Etotama, Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic, Show By Rock!!, Kaitou Joker 2nd Season, Ninja Slayer From Animation
Shows that got dropped (2): Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, Urawa no Usagi-chan
Carry-over shows watched this season (3): Shokugeki no Souma, Ore Monogatari!!, Ninja Slayer From Animation
New shows watched this season (17): Gangsta., Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, Overlord, Prison School, Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai, Himouto! Umaru-chan, Gakkougurashi!, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Durarara!!x2 Ten, Ushio to Tora (TV), Okusama ga Seitokaichou!, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace, Joukamachi no Dandelion, Classroom☆Crisis, Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Wakaba*Girl, Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Believe in Justice and Hold a Determination to Fist.
Shows that got dropped (4): Charlotte, God Eater, Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou, Aquarion Logos
Carry-over shows watched this season (1): Ushio to Tora (TV)
New shows watched this season (16): One Punch Man, Noragami Aragoto, Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen, Haikyuu!! Second Season, Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, Taimadou Gakuen 35 Shiken Shoutai, Owarimonogatari, Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider, Comet Lucifer, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou, Hacka Doll The Animation, Garo: Guren no Tsuki, Lupin III (2015), Anitore! EX, Peeping Life TV: Season 1??
Shows that got dropped (1): Osomatsu-san
|Total New Series Watched:||80|
|Total New Series Completed:||63|
|Total New Series Dropped:||13|
|Total New Series Continuing:||04|
|Total Carryover Series:||06|
|Total Carryover Series Completed:||06|
|Total Carryover Series Continuing:||00|
Total Series Watched: 86, Total Series Completed: 69
Next we will shine the spot light on the best characters and cast.