The 16 Most Disappointing Anime MOST Fans Seem To Love

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Written by Theo J Ellis

If this post hurts your feelings… I understand. That’s not my intention.

But that doesn’t mean I’ll change my opinions on these over-hyped, disappointing anime shows.

The thing with entertainment is: we like what we like, and that’s just how it goes.

We don’t get to choose what we like, as we’re drawn to certain things because of “how” we are.

Anyways enough of that.

Let’s talk about 16 disappointing anime that most fans sing praises for.


Disappointing Anime List:


1. Attack On Titan

most disappointing anime ever

You heard me right – ATTACK ON TITAN.

This anime is SO hyped that it disappointed my expectations.

I think that’s the danger of anime like this. When it’s too hyped, if you dislike it then you hate it even more.

It’s not that I think AOT is the worst anime, far from it. I’m still watching it in fact. But it’s nothing worth shouting about to the extent I expected.

I do love the animation though. It’s some of the BEST I’ve seen.


2. Steins Gate

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Steins Gate has an interesting theme… If it keeps you interested for long enough.

While I understand the “deep” themes behind it, the entertainment was too boring for me.

Eventually it gets stale, and so you won’t see me singing praises for this anime.

I don’t understand the hype behind it. I preferred the anime series Robotic Notes, which is similar.


3. Angel Beats

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Apparently Angel Beats is one of the “saddest” shows ever created.

Or at least there are bloggers and fans who claim it is. And how Angel Beats “will make you cry”.

Cry? OK. I don’t understand the hype and praise of Angel Beats.

It doesn’t even come close to romance like Clannad or Orange as far as “sad” anime series.

The characters in Angel Beats are some of the most forgettable I’ve witnessed. And very few add real “meaning” to the story.

And the action is nothing to get excited about, even if the music is decent.


4. Your Lie In April

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Your Lie In April may legitimately be a sad series, but I didn’t get to witness it.

I just couldn’t get through the entire series as I lost interest.

So despite the story of Your Lie In April, It wasn’t enough to carry me though till the end.

The anime‘s initial stages isn’t enough to pull me through and make me “want” to see what happens later.

Maybe one day. 😉


5. Durarara!!

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Like Your Lie In April, Durarara didn’t do it for me.

This anime seems so interesting when you first start watching.

A headless rider in a black motorcycle outfit. A dark, mysterious undertone. These are the themes I love.

But again, the anime bored the sh** out of me, and I couldn’t force myself to keep watching.

That’s the problem with anime that take too long to get you hooked.

I almost lost interest in anime shows like Toradora and Log Horizon for the same reasons.

Luckily for those anime they turned out “interesting” a lot faster than Durarara did.


6. Noragami


I watched ALL of Noragami. I like the story and the underlying tone.

It’s meaningful, and proves even gods themselves live through disparity (even if it’s fiction).

Yato’s circumstances are ruthless, all things considered. And his personality is actually one of the “highlights” of Noragami.

He’s a good character.

But “good characters” who female fans fawn over… isn’t enough to make an anime worthwhile.

For me, Noragami is just another anime that I feel could have been better. But in the end it wasn’t enough.

Read: 11 Noragami Quotes That Will Leave A Good Impression On You


7. Deadman Wonderland

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Deadman Wonderland is easily the most vomit-inducing series I’ve laid eyes on.

I couldn’t bare to stand the main character (his VA is awful). It’s like scratching a chalk board with your finger nails listening to the main characters voice actor.

To me, it was a terrible choice to choose him as the protagonist.

And the violence is an excuse to give the anime appeal for the sake of it.

In the end, I couldn’t even finish Deadman Wonderland. And that’s despite the anime being so short (12 episodes).

Read: 19 Of The Most Awful Anime Series You Should Never Lay Eyes On


8. The Seven Deadly Sins

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When it comes to perversion, groping and sexual harassment, fans will argue that “anime is JUST fiction”.

And while there’s truth to that, personally I couldn’t deal with The Seven Deadly Sins.

Meliodas, the main character shoves his head up a girls skirt. And squeezes her boobs while she sleeps in the early episodes.

And what does she do? Nothing, because she’s a “nice” girl.

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It was a little too much for me. Fan-service ain’t the right word for that sh**.

Relevant: 10 Clean Animes That Don’t Include Sex, Fan-Service Or Ecchi Content


9. A Certain Magical Index

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I watched Railgun before Magical Index, and loved the Railgun series.

For a spin-off it’s surprisingly good. Which is why I couldn’t believe how bland the original A Certain Magical Index is.

The momentum was too painfully slow to endure, so I dropped it.

Like many anime shows I’ve dropped, Magical Index feels like watching a turtle run around a race circuit 10 times.

The action is by far so mediocre that It’s laughable when compared to Railgun.

Even the 2018 version of Magical Index seems to have been a disappointment.


10. Your Name

most disappointing anime ever

Like AOT, Your Name was SO over-hyped that it crashed and burned my expectations to the ground.

I can’t fathom how the average review claims it’s emotional, sad and so-called depressing.

The only sad thing is the fact the two characters struggle to see each other. Which by the way, the execution is so poor it hurts to watch.

Besides that, what’s so sad and compelling about this movie? The main characters are empty shells that offer nothing in terms being able to relate, emotionally.

Clannad After Story makes it look childish in comparison.

Related: 14 Anime Quotes From Your Name


11. 5 Centimetres Per Second

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Like Your Name, 5 Centimetres Per Second was a huge disappointment.

In fact – this movie is even worse than Your Name.

The story centers around two “childhood” sweethearts who were unable to keep up their relationship.

The execution of 5 Centimetres wasn’t so bad, but the story is empty and lacks emotional appeal.

My Bride Is A Mermaid was more emotional than this crap. And that anime is a PARODY in comparison.


12. Serial Experiments Lain

most disappointing anime ever

Like Steins Gate, Serial Experiments Lain looks and feels interesting.

There’s obviously no anime like it as far as uniqueness and animation.

BUT… it starts to get old and rusty a little too fast.

I almost finished the series, but it wasn’t enough to get me excited to see more.

It felt too repetitive and bland for my taste buds. Again – it’s too slow. And unbearable to say the least.


13. March Comes In Like A Lion

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Plain, boring, and I’m not a fan of the animation.

I’ve watched tons of “slow” anime, but this anime was sooo slow I had to drop it in the end.

I couldn’t get into it no matter how much I watched it. So I can only feel disappointed with it.

Plus the animation feels out of a place and awful, but I do respect the creators for trying something different.


14. Mushishi

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The pacing is painfully slow and stale. I couldn’t take it anymore.

It’s not even like Mushishi is a terrible anime series. In fact I was drawn to its appeal in the first episode.

The wildlife concept and how things work in this anime – I loved the ideas in Mushishi.

But again – it’s hard to watch a series that takes too long to get interesting. So like March Comes In Like A Lion… I dropped Mushishi.

Which is disappointing.


15. Angels Of Death

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Opinions changed. Mine certainly did.

Earlier in 2018 I recommended it. I even wrote an “anime like angels of death” post.

But after watching almost the entire series, I noticed how it started to become predictable, repetitive and stale as the series progressed.

That “spark”  from the first few episodes started to vanish.

It starts out as an anime series that seems clever and dark like Death Note or Higurashi.

But in the end – comparing this to either show is an insult.

Disappointing. Especially since J.C Staff is one of my favorite studios.

Relevant: 11 Of The Greatest Anime Shows Like Angels Of Death


16. Zombieland Saga

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Like Mushishi I can see the appeal of this series… But it never got me interested enough to watch all the way through.

The way its set up, and how the anime‘s first episode kicks in (and comes to an end) left me wondering what the “hype” is all about.

Zombieland Saga is overrated, but that’s just me.

It’s almost feels like the anime “Love Live” but a parody version that tries to make itself appealing with “zombie” girls.

Which anime series have disappointed you?



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Such a shallow article for views grabbing. You’re just BSing popular anime without giving concrete reasons.

Alice Harcourt
Alice Harcourt
Reply to  registret

That’s a little harsh, dontcha think?! The man is entitled to his opinion & he’s usually right in his opinions, at that. You have no right to trash him for having an opinion you disagree with!

A LOT of my faves are on this list, & to hate Your Name would ordinarily be an unforgivable offense, but I highly respect his views on everything else BUT some of his choices on this list, so just leave the man alone! Besides, he’s a SAO fan, so we already know his taste in anime is stilted!

stop writing your bad at it
stop writing your bad at it
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

your opinion is objectively wrong and its clear you do this for clicks you piece of garbage

Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Extremely Money Grabbing article just so you can trash famous anime, if you are about to trash some anime atleast have strength to follow through with criticism instead of writing it was too boring for me in every review and then going back on it at the end because you don’t want baklash. There were many reason all these anime were not as good as people think but you staple answer for everything was” it was too boring for me to watch or complete but hey maybe it not that bad” lmao “critic”

Nishu Nicodemus Murmu
Nishu Nicodemus Murmu
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Well it’s a shame that you don’t understand it. Most of them will not agree with your opinion(neither do I). And don’t try to act smart by degrading such good animes and pretending to be a critic. And don’t even say that I’m immature and childish. So let me know what kind of anime you like if it isn’t one of them you mentioned above. Well that’s your opinion and I respect it but I think most of them will disagree even some critic.


The only thing disappointing is this list and your reasonings behind it. How come I don’t even see tokyo ghoul and berserk on this list


I like your list a lot! Quite a few overrated shows and movied we have here. I’d add Baccano too.


I can see that most of these you dropped because they “got old” or were “too boring.” No hard feelings, but ever feel like maybe you just have a short attention span? Most of these aren’t even horrendously slow, for example March comes in like a lion is SUPPOSED to be slow because it’s a slice of life/ coming of age story of the slow character development in Rei, because real life character development doesn’t happen in a stretch of a single episode haha. It’s supposed to feel naturally progressive. But it’s fine you can like and dislike what you… Read more »


I hate 7 deadly sins so f*cking much omg meliodas treats elizabeth like a thing and on top of that she’s so dumb, I couldn’t stand watching that crap


The most disappointing anime for me is definitely FMAB and MHA. FMAB turned FMA dark and mystical theme into a generic shounen show, you can tell what’s the next episode going to be while FMA keeps you blindfolded from start to finish and keeps you guessing in each episode. The only good thing about MHA is the character design and fight scenes, everything else is meh at best. It’s a good watch but highly overrated and overhyped. AoT definitely worth the hype as the plot is one of the strongest if not the strongest out there with lots of iconic… Read more »

Just a weeb
Just a weeb

Breh, about seven deadly sins, elizabeth doesnt say anything to him not because she is nice, she loves meliodas and his pervy side. Its not like allows any men to dot that. So first learn full storyline


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Nitrous face

Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal needs to be there

That one dude
That one dude

I can understand your point. Other than Your lie in april, your name, and 5 centimeter per second, I got bored watching the rest. The story and animation is great. It’s just than they are not worth rewatching.

I’m gonna try finishing AOT but other than that, I’m not gonna finish the rest.

Sword Art Online isn’t that disappointing tho.


Sure is great to find out I enjoy “disappointing” anime xDDD

Reply to  Theo J Ellis

“No idea why you’re taking it personally”
”No idea why you think I’m attacking you over liking the anime”

Please actually get an understanding of what I said instead of doubting I’m someone trying to attack you -_-

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o god am i glad that saiki ant on here

Alice Harcourt
Alice Harcourt

Well, to each their own! I already know I have NO taste, let alone SH*T taste, so I’m not one to judge. I guess the fact that a lot of my faves are on this list just proves that point. And you know what? I’m PERFECTLY okay with that! I love Yosuga no Sora & Kodomo no Jikan, & Eromanga Sensei, too! These shows are trash & so am I!

Reinheit Hezen
Reinheit Hezen

As you say, taste is subjective, even if I don’t agree at all with almost all of your lists i have to respect your opinion.

Cordelia diamond
Cordelia diamond

Yeah, I get what you’re saying about most of these, but I have certain reasons for liking some of these animes. For example I like Angel beats because it got me through some hard times I had as a child. I haven’t watched it since I was a child and it’s probably not as good as I thought it was. Then there’s your lie in April, which was probably one of the hardest anime for me to even begin to get it to. I ended up skipping to the last few episodes of your lie in April because it was… Read more »