Over the decades, the anime community has seen incredible growth, resulting in the rapid proliferation of quality titles within the genre. But for any critically acclaimed series like Neon Genesis Evangelion, A pieceor demon slayercountless others deserve less praise.
Most of the underpowered anime don’t stick around for long, either they get canceled due to lack of demand or come to their natural conclusion in a few episodes. Despite their lack of success, a few of these awful shows have been green-lit to receive a second season for some reason.
10 Ajin: Demi-Human’s visual flaws have ruined his potential
3D animation has been a highly polarizing topic in anime for years, and in 2016 Ajin: Demi-human is a perfect example of why the art style often leaves a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. The visual inconsistencies and clunky, undefined character models kept many fans from getting involved in the show’s plot, which could have been a potentially solid addition to the seinen genre.
Despite these problems, ajin has amassed a significant following, some of which can probably be attributed to its release on Netflix’s streaming service. Ultimately, this widespread fame saw the show receive a live-action movie release, multiple OVAs, and a second season that also aired on Netflix.
9 Queen’s Blade Fan Service Deserved Another Season
Despite its polarizing nature, many anime viewers appreciate fan service. It’s definitely ingrained in the culture, and if there wasn’t a market for it, the concept would probably have been renamed at some point. That being said, Queen’s Blade stands as an example of what happens when fan service is all a series offers.
The plot of the show revolves around a tournament between 12 women who compete for the title of queen. Yet, thanks to the lack of interest in telling a cohesive story, Queen’s Blade generally focuses on something else: over-the-top depictions of the female characters. As the adage goes, sex sells, and despite the mediocre reviews, this series received a second season in the same year as its first release.
8 Boruto skates past on the legacy of his predecessor
The Naruto franchise developed as large a following as any title in anime history; but the sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, has been nowhere near the same level of success. Plagued by the poor animation and overuse of anime canon/filler episodes, Boruto Uzumaki’s story has remained largely relevant by riding in the tail of its predecessor.
Looking back, boruto would probably have benefited from giving the manga the time it needed to release material, which would have allowed the anime to adapt more of its canonical events from the start. Instead, it plowed through and was almost immediately forced to dilute its product with events that didn’t affect the story. Luckily the Naruto legacy is probably too big to fail, so this series could very well redeem itself in the future.
7 Diabolik lovers did not take advantage of his opportunity
The difference between the size of Diabolik Lovers’ viewership and the positivity of the reviews is about as stark as it is in anime – the show slots around #900 and #12,000 on MyAnimeList’s popularity and review charts, respectively. Based on a light novel series of the same name, Diabolik Lovers’ previous reputation attracted many fans hoping for a decent adaptation.
Much to the disappointment of many, a decent adaptation was not what the fans got. Diabolik Lovers is an absolute catastrophe that is plagued by the complete distancing of female viewers, who happen to be the target audience of this two-season series.
6 Berserk’s 2016 reboot didn’t take advantage of its great legacy
Equivalent to Ajin: Demi-human, Berserk was part of the wave of 3D animated series released in 2016 that polarized the anime audience. The Berserk franchise is one of the most respected in the genre, but despite its stellar reputation, the 2016 anime release failed to capitalize on the series’ potential.
Gruesome animation isn’t the only thing holding this reboot back – it also watered down the intensely dark material that defines it Berserk, resulting in a visually unappealing PG-13 version of Guts’ grueling journey. While the franchise’s reputation earned it another season and several films, the consistently low quality eventually led to the anime going on hiatus again.
5 Rosario + Vampire fails exactly as expected
A rare confluence of everything criticized about the harem genre, Rosario + Vampire centers on the story of Tsukune Aono as he adjusts to Youkai Academy, a school full of menacing, man-killing monsters. There he befriends Moka Akashiya, the most beautiful student in the school, who happens to be an incredibly powerful vampire capable of defending the helpless Aono.
Over-the-top fan service, a rinse-and-recycle story, and uninspired characters set the tone for this series, and it never gets around to undoing this perception. While the show has decent animation and a solid soundtrack, Rosario + Vampire can count itself lucky with a follow-up season.
4 The sequel season of the promised Neverland has destroyed the franchise’s legacy
In all honesty, the first season of The Promised Never Land stayed true to the source material, featured beautiful animations and featured a great cast of voice actors nailing their respective roles. However, the show’s second season made the mind-boggling decision to completely change the trajectory, yielding arguably the most clumsily handled production in anime history.
The promised Neverland second season decides to deviate from the manga events, but inexplicably turns around and tries to summarize 100 chapters of the source material. All the while, the series also takes a huge step backwards in pretty much every other category. It’s no surprise that the first season of The Promised Never Land got a follow-up release, but no one expected how much it would tarnish the title’s legacy.
3 Sonic X suffered from 4Kids’ ineptitude
As with many of the titles that 4Kids Entertainment has aired, Sonic Xs relationship with viewers is determined by whether they’ve seen the original Japanese release or the heavily edited, poorly dubbed 4Kids adaptation. The latter of these two benefited from the size of the Sonic fan base, which has likely helped the series receive multiple seasons despite its disappointing reviews.
While the 4Kids edition of Sonic X Suffering from consistent mediocrity and an unoriginal, childish presentation, the original version presents a more mature story than the franchise typically receives. The perceived sharpness prevented 4Kids executives from faithful adaptation, ultimately resulting in their misguided mess of a product.
2 Bakugan Battle Brawlers hasn’t aged well
Comparing series like Bakugan Battle Brawlers going to anime’s more acclaimed titles is a bit unfair, considering the show’s target audience is kids under 13. However, that does not excuse the rightly placed criticism of the trope presentation and poor voice acting.
Bakugan benefits from the success of better series like pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, relying on the same marketing-driven approach that made them media giants. While nostalgia takes the experience of watching to the next level Bakuganas an adult it has lost its luster.
1 Vampire Knight’s useless protagonist is holding back the series
Vampire-filled romantic stories saturate every fictional medium, and as evidenced by: vampire knight, anime is not excluded from this trend. Released during the height of the Twilight rage, vampire knight follows Yuki Cross as she navigates Cross Academy, a school split between two distinct student groups: humans and vampires.
In terms of production value, the series doesn’t suffer in any way; however, his helpless protagonist does a good job covering and twisting the slack vampire knight to a predictable slog. Cross’s repetitive damsel-in-distress characterization is holding back not only her, but the entire show, and it likely played a part in the series that fell out of favor after the second season’s release.
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