10 Worst Anime Series We’re Glad They’re Not Over Yet

With each passing year, anime is becoming more popular among the international audience, and alongside this growth comes a slew of fantastic titles, many of which are rightly regarded as artistic masterpieces. But for any groundbreaking work such as Attack on Titan or demon slayerthere are countless series that barely scratch the surface of the genre’s potential.


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While most of these poorly received titles are best left untouched, a few not-so-great ongoing anime are entertaining enough to warrant checking out. Regardless of whether they suffer from sloppy storytelling, boring characters, poor production value, or other shortcomings, fans can still have a lot of fun with this subpar series.


10 The Sword Art Online reboot could be a sign of improvement

Sword art online took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. The adventures of its protagonist, Kirito, introduced many anime fans to the isekai genre. Despite the series’ significant decline in originality/quality after the first season, it has remained one of the most popular franchises of the past decade.

As is the case with many other popular anime lately, SAO has tried to cash in on its success at the box office. Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Duskis slated to release later this year, offering a floor-to-ceiling reboot of the show’s first arc.

9 The Irregular at Magic High School and its spin-offs are lighthearted fun

Even the most loyal supporters of The irregular at the magical high school will readily acknowledge that the series is defined by its polarizing themes and tropes. The show suffers from a ridiculously overpowered protagonist, whose talents effectively make all the challenges in the series a moot point, on top of several other constantly occurring issues.

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Despite the poor handling of female characters and annoyingly long-winded dialogue, there is undeniably something nice about the series. The irregular at the magical high school seems destined for at least one more season, so hopefully 8bit Studios can focus on what makes it a success.

8 The relatively dark tone of The Rising Of The Shield Hero saves the series

If an anime genre uses more tropes than shonen, it almost certainly has to be isekai. The Rise of the Shield Hero certainly give credence to this belief, following in the footsteps of Sword art online and countless others by pushing its meek protagonist into a video game world where they suddenly turn into an unbeatable warrior surrounded by adoring fans.

The Rise of the Shield Hero does offer one thing that makes up for the otherwise banal presentation: a darker tone and subject. Most isekai don’t deal with more mature themes, but this show at least tries to tackle them, albeit with varying degrees of success.

7 Fairy Tail gets better as it progresses

While many of anime’s most criticized series suffer from specific problems, Fairy tale has instead become infamous for a separate problem: mediocre mediocrity. The wizard-filled shonen did little to stand out from the pack on its original run, but with the announcement of an anime adaptation of the 100 years of quest arc, fans of the show have plenty of reason to be excited.

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Fairy tale was never one of the crown jewels of the shonen genre. However, given its fan base, which was comparable to more critically acclaimed series, it seemed to be judged by an unfair set of standards. Perhaps the show’s revival can reinvent its reputation in the anime community.

6 Tomodachi game borrows from other fictional works to varying degrees of success

Tomodachi game draws many similarities with the Saw franchise and the breakthrough hit of 2021, squid game. But where those works succeed with their nuance and ability to evoke emotion, this shonen series falls far short. Trapped in a game designed to test their friendships, the five lead characters are held back as much by their one-dimensional nature as by the show’s poor pace.

although Tomodachi game doesn’t execute the “win-this-of-face-the-consequences” formula very well, at least it takes inspiration from a narrative structure that lends itself to entertaining. Given that the show’s manga has a lot of content that still needs tweaking, it might be worth picking it up as a future investment.

5 Boruto can bounce back if it contains more manga canon

The Naruto franchise has completely changed the anime landscape. So there were understandably high expectations for the sequel series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generationsupon its release in 2017. So far, however, the next-generation Hidden Leaf shinobi has largely been a disappointment… at least in terms of watchability.

boruto‘s 250+ episodes consist almost entirely of anime canon and filler, giving at least one clear reason why audiences have perceived this product as less than the original. Given Naruto‘s immense legacy, shonen fans can’t help but root for the series to eventually correct the course.

4 Orient shares many similarities with another franchise

Shinobu Ohtaka was the creator of the Magi: the labyrinth of magic franchise, and in many ways, its 2022 series, Orientate, tries to capitalize on the success of her best-known work. The characters of the show refer to Alibaba and the May I crew, and even if they are slightly lesser creations, the cast is fun to watch.

Despite some obvious problems with Orientate‘s animation quality and narrative structure, the samurai-focused series has a lot of potential. Ohtaka’s world-building chops are evident in every episode, and as it continues to be released there should be more and more incentive to bring in potential viewers.

3 In the land of Leadale is predictable, but so refreshing

Yet another in the long line of innocent, purged and recycled storylines that dominate the isekai genre, In the land of Leadale begins with protagonist Keina Kagami being reborn as “Cayna,” her playable character from the series’ titular video game. With her skills, Keina navigates the game’s environment, encounters the NPCs, and learns about Leadale’s history.

If this description sounds familiar, viewers won’t be surprised by the overall progress of the show. However, for all its stereotypical elements, there’s something endearing about seeing the good-hearted Cayna travel through the game she inhabits. Not every show has to push the boundaries, and In the land of Leadale shows you why there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a little comfort food.

2 Tokyo Mew Mew New is just below the original

Tokyo Mew Mew New is actually a reboot of an older title, Tokyo Mew Mew, but despite using an established formula, the series has actually been received worse than its predecessor. Several changes and cuts have been made to the reboot, and as a result of these creative decisions, Tokyo Mew Mew New falls a bit flat compared to the original.

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While the mixed reviews for Tokyo Mew Mew New are worth mentioning, it is not completely devoid of Tokyo Mew Mew‘s trademark charm and cuteness. Modern animation and new character designs let the 2022 title shine, making it a fun watch for returning fans and new viewers alike.

1 Berserk’s Legacy Deserves a Better Anime Adaptation

No manga series has a weaker relationship with anime adaptations than Kentaro Miura’s dark fantasy, Berserk. First released in 1997, Berserk has been sidelined for the manga’s slow pace, interrupted due to production issues, and most of all criticized for the terrible quality of the 3D animation reboots.

There’s no doubt that Miura’s iconic manga has more than enough content to produce a worthy edit, but it remains to be seen if the task will ever be completed by a studio, let alone one capable of is to put together a decent product. The Golden Age Arc trilogy of movies is getting a recut for Japanese television, meaning there’s still a glimmer of hope for longtime fans of Guts and his Dragon Slayer sword.

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