We all know shows like DBZ, Naruto, Akame Ga Kill and Sword Art Online have tons of haters.
Why? Because these shows are extremely popular. So it’s hard not to acknowledge they exist.
Not to mention they come up in conversation a LOT. Plus they’re successful, so there’s that too.
But what about anime shows that are so good (or different) that for some reason, you just can’t hate it? Even if you don’t “like” it?
Do anime shows like that even exist? And why?
Here are some shows worth mentioning that I’ve noticed.
Anime That Are Impossible To Hate:
1. Violet Evergarden
I feel this is a masterpiece of an anime series. With both beautiful animation, relevant characters, and a powerful story to go with it.
That said, Violet Evergarden is the kind of anime series you either LOVE, or you don’t quite “get” why people love it.
But “hate” isn’t something that tends to come into the picture.
I’ve yet to see someone truly hate on Violet Evergarden since its release.
K-On is another anime I’ve never seen anyone out-right hate with a passion.
Maybe it’s because it’s the original “cute girls doing cute things” and it’s hard to hate it for that.
Maybe it’s the main characters, and the randomness of the plot and purpose of K-On in general.
All I know is these types of anime don’t have tons of haters, even if they’re not “fans” of what it has to offer.
3. My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia is too popular to be ignored. And yet…
I’ve never seen people hate or bash it like they do with Fairy Tail or SAO.
Some people do “dislike” My Hero Academia… But usually that’s about as far as it goes.
Maybe it’s not popular enough yet, in the sense that it’s only been a few years.
Or maybe people aren’t sick of it just yet. But in general it’s mostly positive, neutral or “meh”.
4. Bungou Stray Dogs
Bungou Stray Dogs isn’t even my favorite anime. In fact – that’s true for some on this list.
But one thing I’ve yet to see is people absolutely detesting, hating, or bashing it over the head with strong criticism.
I think I know why. Bungou Stray Dogs is the kind of show that for some reason, it doesn’t drive you to “hate” on it like other shows.
Probably because it’s got this “cool” vibe going for it.
5. Squid Girl
There are 3 types of people when it comes to Squid Girl:
- You either don’t know of it.
- You’re not a fan of it.
- Or you love it.
But hate? Impossible!
Squid Girl is too mellow, laid back, fun and chilled to get serious hate. I mean what’s more fun then seeing a squid-girl from the sea, speak and talk in her own squid-English dialect?
That in itself makes Squid Girl an anime hard to detest or waste your energy criticizing.
6. Fate Zero
Fate Zero is one of the few “supernatural” series I’ve watched with almost no haters at all. Or so it seems.
But what makes it different to me is it doesn’t feel anything like your average half-baked Shounen/magic series.
The Fate universe is unique and focused on historical figures (and their masters) fighting it out to the death to fulfil a selfish wish.
It walks its own path and doesn’t try to be “like” anything else in the industry.
That seems to set it apart from similar shows with dozens of haters.
7. Love Live School Idol Project
Just like K-On, it’s hard to hate Love Live. The whole series is the perfect example of “cute girls doing cute things”.
Except it’s interesting once you get into it.
And even if you do feel like Love Live is just a cliché series that’s overrated… Full on hating it just doesn’t seem possible.
8. Assassination Classroom
Maybe it’s because this anime isn’t the type to be “compared” too much and cause fan-wars over who’s stronger, faster (like DBZ, Naruto).
But Assassination Classroom is an anime you either love or just don’t “get”.
It’s educational without being boring. Action-packed without feeling too much like a typical Shounen or superpower anime.
And the main characters story is fun and somehow refreshing.
Overall: it’s unique and stands in its own lane. And never tries to imitate other shows.
9. Golden Kamuy
Golden Kamuy is one of the newer shows released in 2018. With a 2nd season already airing.
The depth, surprising humour and dedication to showing off Japan’s history and culture… Maybe that’s part of Golden Kamuy’s charm.
The same charm that manages to turn haters into lovers. And somehow stops you from feeling compelled to hate it even if it’s not your cup of tea.
Or am I missing something?
10. Spice And Wolf
Spice And Wolf is a beautiful series. Not my favorite… But I can’t deny how special it is for a romance/adventure series.
I’ve heard nothing but positive things about Spice And Wolf, no matter how many fans I’ve seen reviewing (and sharing their opinions) of the animes pros and cons.
But never have I seen anyone “troll” in the slightest.
The response to this series is either:
- It’s too long so people get disinterested (before it gets good).
- Or they think it’s an absolute classic.
High ratings aside, Monster, even if someone doesn’t “like” it, is a well put together series with a solid story and meaningful characters.
It’s produced by Madhouse after all. The same studio behind Black Lagoon and A Place Further Than The Universe.
Objectively you can’t knock it for that. And Monster’s not the kind of anime you’d have a reason to full on hate because of the way its set up.
Just like Squid Girl… it’s impossible to hate Barakamon.
It’s just so chilled, relaxing, you can learn a lot from the MC and it’s “true to life”.
Plus the comedy is great.
I’ve never seen anyone hate on it, and I wouldn’t be able to understand why someone would. Even if they don’t “like” it much.
13. One Punch Man
One Punch Man shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s a fan of it.
I mean – this is a parody series after all like Gintama.
One Punch Man takes your typical hero trope, and insults it in every way possible. While even adding a little depth to the character in a humorous kind of style.
You might not like it, but you can’t hate or deny it’s an original series that deserves its success.
Now that I think about it, I guess the type of anime that get hate:
- Have MASSIVE fan-bases.
- Have A LOT of comparisons to similar shows (SAO Vs Log Horizon, DBZ Vs Naruto, etc).
- The fan-base is extremely passionate about the series.
- The anime is too cliché or it’s a complete rip-off.
- Or they’re Shounen/supernatural series that involve powers, superhuman strength or something similar with tons of depth to the characters abilities.
Outside of that, I wouldn’t say many anime get “hate” to those extremes.
Only anime that are polarizing, have dozens of comparisons, and are able to drive you mad seem to pull that off.
- Tanaka Kun Is Always Listless.
What do you think?
Image sources: Spice And Wolf Wallpaper
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