The 50+ Worst Rated Anime Shows Of All Time, According To MAL

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MyAnimeList is at a size where most fans are aware of it. And use it to keep track of how many anime they’ve seen.

And even though I’ve said it’s not fully reliable for reviews, there’s still a case for it.

Some anime for whatever reason, even when they’re not controversial, have the worst ratings.

They end up in the dirt. The grave even, That’s the focus here. The worst rated anime on MAL.

You might not even recognize a lot, or you just might.

Let’s see.


50 Worst Rated Anime On MAL:


1. Ex-Arm (2.17)


Ex Arm is a “Crunchyroll Original” series, and to date, their worst rated.

The anime did so bad it’s actually rated lower than any anime in the history of MAL.

The anime staff also had no prior experience when working on the show.


2. Vampire Holmes (3.38)

vampire holmes anime

One reviewer says:

“I have a hard time understanding what the screenwriters behind this “thing” were thinking when they all sat down to write it.

Did they all huddle together, started snickering as someone blurted out “let’s create the tritest, most unfunny thing imaginable!”? Because honestly, I’m having a hard time seeing the inception of this project being anything else.”


3. Pupa (3.42)

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Pupa is what horror looks like when smoking crack or magic mushrooms.

In other words, it’s too extreme for extreme’s sake.

They went to ridiculous levels to give shock value, and did some of the most horrid things to further make that point.

As a result, it’s a laughing stock in the horror anime genre, and among anime in general.


4. Forest Fairy Five (3.48)

Forest Fairy Five anime series

One MAL Reviewer says:

“I have no well constructed opinions to write here because frankly I simply just don’t care about this show enough to. This is the only piece of media EVER to make me actually, literally, physically vomit from the absolutely HORRENDOUS visuals and audio.”


5. Hanoka (3.67)

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Hanoka is described as:

“The story takes place on a planet Tokinea where human beings and Star Races have been fighting. The story revolves around a girl who was made as “Demon God,” an ultimate weapon against human beings, and a boy who is a partner of the girl.”


6. Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls (3.84)

Mahou Shoujo Naria Girls anime

I’ve talked a lot about magical girl anime being a flop, generally. And this is one of them.

One MAL reviewer says:

“Naria Girls is perhaps one of the worst anime I have ever seen and is definitely the worst title from this year thus far, even worse than other pieces of dookie such as “Big Order” or “Mayogia”. It’s that bad!”


7. Ninja Collection (3.84)

Ninja Collection anime series

On the official Crunchyroll trailer on YouTube, one fan says:

“Seen the 1 Episode – cant watch further bc of the art style – a lot of things just dont make sense because of it.”


8. Gibiate (3.89)

Gibiate anime series

Gibate is actually an original series. Made by 2 studios in particular.

Both never made anymore anime beyond this and one other.


9. Musekunin Galaxy Tylor (4.01)

Musekinin Galaxy Tylor anime series

Made by studio seven, who brought you: “I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying”.


10. Ladyspo (4.18)

Ladyspo anime

An anime made by Brio Animation in 2018. It’s an original sci-fi comedy series.


11. Kochinpa! (4.28)

Kochinpa anime series

Made in 2016, but the source for the studio and whether or not it’s original is unknown.


12. Ragnastrike Angels (4.34)

Ragnastrike Angels anime

Adapted from the same studio as Hellsing, Fairy Tail and Log Horizon!

The source is a video game.


13. Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls (4.44)

Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls anime

Made by studio Kyotoma.


14. Chou Futsuu Toshi Kashiwa Densetsu R (4.47)

Chou Futsuu Toshi Kashiwa Densetsu R anime

Super Nomal Studio is the one who made it. It’s their latest, released in 2020.


15. Glamorous Heroes (4.50)

Glamorous Heroes anime series


16. Makura no Danshi (4.52)

Makura no Danshi anime


17. JK Meshi! (4.62)

JK Meshi anime series


18. Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni (4.62)

Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni anime


19. Love Kome: We Love Rice (4.64)

Love Kome We Love Rice anime


20. Papillon Rose (4.65)

Papillon Rose anime series


21. Conception (4.65)

Conception anime series


22. Sushi Police (4.67)

Sushi Police anime


23. Sekai no Yami Zukan (4.68)

Sekai no Yami Zukan anime


24. Try Knights (4.70)

Try Knights anime series


25. Dynamic Chord (4.71)

Dynamic Chord anime


26. Ame-iro Cocoa (4.72)

ame iro cocoa anime


27. 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen (4.72)

3 Nen D Gumi Glass no Kamen anime 1


28. Taishou Mebiusline: Chicchai-san (4.72)

Taishou Mebiusline Chicchai san anime


29. Chargeman Ken! (4.76)

Chargeman Ken anime


30. Room Mate (4.76)

Room Mate anime


31. Ame-iro Cocoa in Hawaii (4.77)

Ame iro Cocoa in Hawaii


32. Idolls! (4.78)

Idolls anime series


33. Ame-iro Cocoa Series: Ame-con!! (4.78)

Ame iro Cocoa Series Ame con


34. Ame-iro Cocoa: Rainy Color e Youkoso! (4.80)

Ame iro Cocoa Rainy Color e Youkoso anime


35. Million Doll (4.81)

Million Doll anime series


36. Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls Galaxy (4.82)

Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls Galaxy anime 1


37. Love Kome: We Love Rice 2nd Season (4.83)

Love Kome We Love Rice 2nd Season


38. KochinPa! Dainiki (4.85)

KochinPa Dainiki anime


39. Nazotokine (4.86)

Nazotokine anime


40. Ame-iro Cocoa: Side G (4.87)

ameiro cocoa side g anime


41. Pac-World (4.88)

Pac World anime series 1


42. Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai (4.91)

Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai anime


43. Legend Of Duo (4.93)

Legend Of Duo anime series


44. Yousei Land Mukashibanashi (4.93)

Yousei Land Mukashibanashi anime

This is a direct sequel to Forest Fairy Five.

There’s only one written review for the anime, which tells you everything.


45. Senjuushi (4.93)

Senjuushi anime

The Thousand Noble Musketeers is an action/military anime gone wrong.

Given the fact there aren’t dozens of military shows that are stellar, this is no surprise.

Related: 9 Military Anime Shows That Will Get You Hooked On The Genre


46. Chou Henshin Cosprayers (4.95)

Chou Henshin Cosprayers anime

This anime is bad enough that one of its reviews are extremely short and to the point.

MAL reviewer:

“For this anime there is only three words that i can this that fit this anime, what the F$$$. The storyline like is broken up soo much it makes no sence. One of the protagonists is always depressed and is always negative no matter the cost and the fact it went from mahou shojo to mecha makes me wonder what type of anime it was.”


47. Ousama Game The Animation (5.00)

Ousama Game The Animation anime

King’s Game is an anime that seemed to have promise from the first episode, from what people said at the time.

That changed.

One reviewer on MAL says:

“The rules of the King’s Game are as follows:
1. All female characters must be disgustingly sexualized, this is a MATURE show for ADULTS after all.
2. Every death has to be over-the-top and ridiculous, people like comedy relief, right?
3. Characters must never exercise common sense, how else would there be a conflict?
4. The plot must be as nonsensical as possible. We can just tell people it’s a “mystery.”


48. Rail Romanesque (5.02)

Rail Romanesque anime 1

Made by a new studio called Saetta. They’re known for Yatogame-Chan.

They’ve yet to make an anime with over 7/10 ratings.


49. Kaito x Ansa (5.03)

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Kaito x Ansa is actually the second season of Nazotokine. Which is in this list.

It’s only slightly better rated, but still one of the worst.


50. Dia Horizon (Kabu) (5.05)

Dia Horizon Kabu anime

This anime is so obscure, there are only ratings and no written reviews. Believe it or not.

A short description:

“What’s beyond the end of the horizon? Death… hope… freedom… A girl was born with the secret to the end. She… is not allowed to live freely. “Freedom” was just a word she yearns for.”


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