Anime is diverse. That means there’s a lot to it.
Anime has SO MUCH choice, that every type of fan will find something that suits their taste.
But even so – there are some anime shows, as far as I see it, that will make you cringe because of how terrible, poorly done, or “strange” they are.
Sometimes even the best anime can make you cringe as well.
Here’s a list of shows to think about before you decide to go through with it.
Cringiest Anime Shows:
1. Dog And Scissors
Dog And Scissors… how do I even describe this crazy anime series.
When I first seen it I thought “hmmm, even though the ratings aren’t perfect, It “could” surprise me”. Of course by surprise I meant impress. But it surprised me alright with how strange and odd the comedy is.
The main male character is reborn as a dog after he’s murdered. During his death, there’s a girl with long black hair who’s at the “crime” scene.
Well, this girl is a lunatic who gets “aroused” from torturing Harumi (the guy who’s reborn as a cute, helpless little dog). And that’s all the anime is about: torture and weird animal fetishes.
I dare you to watch this anime ALL the way through, without cringing or dipping your head into a cold bucket of water… I’ll give you some anime-related merch for FREE if you manage.
2. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
I admit – this anime’s one of my “lowkey” favorite romance series. And I’m not even the biggest fan of romance, either.
But I didn’t feel this way in the beginning. That’s why I dropped it before episode 5.
But something pulled me back and said “give it a chance” and so I did. And it still made me cringe at the comedy and delusional behavior of the main character: Rikka Takanashi.
By this point you’ll either love this series, or you’ll hate it because of how bad it makes you cringe. But if you pull through – this is a rewarding anime with some of the best romance and comedy I’ve witnessed.
The characters are memorable, and the comedy has its own flavor. Making it “nothing” like you’ll ever taste as far as rom-com or slice of life in general.
3. Trinity Seven
I’ve seen a TON of Ecchi anime. It’s far from my favorite genre, because it’s too cliché, corny and tries too hard to provoke laughter. It’s as if the creators get ”lazy” with Ecchi most of the time.
Trinity Seven is that kind of anime. There’s nothing special, rewarding or even “good” about it.
Within the first few episodes I cringed and face-palmed myself at the desperate attempts to show fan service and the same old harems we’ve seen 1000’’s of times. In a way that’s uninspiring..
There’s nothing new and nothing about it makes me want to say “this deserves a chance”. Especially with how much it makes you cringe at the characters and nonsensical “copy n paste” style of storytelling.
4. How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno
When you watch 1 episode of an anime, and it feels like you’re dragging yourself along the floor, that’s always a bad sign.
But when you take the audacious, ballsy ideas of getting another character to drink “piss” transformed into water, it can only make you scratch your head.
This is supposed to be “”comedy”, and I get it: Japan’s idea of comedy is different to the west and the world in general.
That’s why I love anime.
But How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno might be too much. And you’ll cringe as soon as the anime begins. All the way to the end of the series.
5. Dagashi Kashi
Dagashi Kashi is all about Japanese sweets. The “cheap” kind in Japan.
You could go as far as saying the anime’s purpose is to “advertise” Dagashi sweets, and nothing more.
That’s how “all out” they went in producing this anime, and basing everything around Dagashi.
I’ve watched ALL of Dagashi Kashi, so I know as an anime it’s “decent” but nothing more than that.
The comedy is littered with scenes that will make the average fan “cringe” and roll your eyes. Because at times it’s a little much to deal with, or even take seriously.
But with that said – it’s still an OK anime show.
But that depends on how you see it, and what it is you’re looking for in a comedy series.
6. Zombieland Saga
That’s right – I said it. Zombieland Saga is an anime that’s cringy, weird, strange and doesn’t make sense to me. And I say that in spite of how popular or socially “accepted” this anime is in 2019.
You can think of Zombieland Saga as a “strange” version of Love Live School Idol Project.
Each character has their own personality, quirks and designs that help them “stand out” from the crowd.
But how the anime comes about, and the story that follows will make you question WTF is going on. Depending on what kind of anime fan you are, and what you’re drawn to.
A Boring World Where The Concept Of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist. That’s the LONG title of this series in plan English.
It’s ridiculous, I know. But that’s a simple breakdown of WHAT you’re getting into before watching….
Even though I rate this anime 9/10 without hesitating, I can see how “cringy” it is. Even if you love Ecchi anime.
First of all – Blue Snow (main character) wears underpants over her head. She does this to make a crude point against the SJW’S she fights against.
And that by itself doesn’t even scratch the surface for how cringy this anime gets. But you still might love it, regardless.
Compulsive Gambler (Kakegurui) is extreme in some aspects. Like the facial expressions (that are realistic). But some facial expressions are more on the “dramatic, unpleasant” side.
And then there are characters, especially towards the last few episodes, that are so crazy you’d be mad not to cringe as you see things play out.
That doesn’t make Kakegurui’s a bad anime, I think it’s “OK”.
If you love strategy and a “risk taking” approach to playing games, you’ll love Kakegurui. But it all comes down to what you want, and what your threshold is.
9. Love Tyrant
Love Tyrant is the silliest parody I’ll ever see for as long as anime lives. And I’m not talking “Gintama” type of silly.
No, I mean the kind of silly that makes yo wanna drop the anime you’re watching.
Then forget everything you’ve just seen.
The concept is taken from Death Note. Every person who’s name is written in the Kiss Note falls in love with the person who wrote it.To the point they’d do ANYTHING.
Even commit suicide if it’s asked of them.
But the comedy is a load of “bollocks” as we say in the UK. At best it’s “Plain” and at worst it’s “a copy and paste of everything you’ve already seen”.
And that’s on top of how much you’ll cringe trying to get through each episode.
10. Kill La Kill
Kill La Kill – yes, one of my favorite anime shows of ALL time. I’ll never forget it for as long as I live.
But… I admit. This is the type of anime that WILL make you cringe at the characters awkward, sexual positions. And the sometimes unnecessary angles the camera points at.
To me – Kill La Kill is a rare example of an “Ecchi” series done right. It’s not trashy, and the fan service doesn’t take away from the flashy action and the sleek animation.
But even still – I’m sure there are fans who might “cringe” no matter how “good” Kill La Kill is. Or how well-crafted it is as far as story and plot.
11. The Familiar Of Zero
The Familiar Of Zero is an anime about abuse. Or it might as well be.
It takes the typical “Tsundere” arch type and drives it so far up the wall it’s out of reach. And insane by “Tsundere” standards.
The main character falls in love with a crazy girl who abuses, whips and “beats the living sh** out of him”, literally. And that to me is the part that makes me cringe. It’s bound to make a lot of “fans” cringe as well (as I know first hand).
But if not – each to their own. Just know the comedy is different to what you’re used to seeing.
And we’ll end this with Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World. A psychological series by White Fox, and dozens of scenes that will make you “cringe” at how vile it is.
Subaru Natsuki is put through hell. And even worse: he’s not allowed to share his problems with anyone, because of a curse that lives inside him.
You might cringe at the end of episode 1. Or in the beginning of episode 2, or throughout the entire season at various parts of the anime. But you’ll cringe one way or another, because that’s the kind of anime Re:Zero is.
I’d say that’s part of the reason it’s so successful and “high rated” in general. Because the characters and the storytelling is on point, regardless.
- Food Wars.
- Bungo Stray Dogs.
- Taboo Tattoo.