Most Disappointing Anime of All Time

These are the anime that had promising ideas but executed them poorly, giving out worse results than expected.

The Top Ten

1 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". more.

Sword Art Online is an anime that has incredible potential as a long-running action series, yet it completely went downhill after Episode 2. Without spoilers, imagine Lord of The Rings, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, or your favourite fantasy/adventure story. Okay, now take out all the action and adventure. Next, the main character becomes so powerful to the point where they aren't even scratched when two dozen guys jump them all at once, and they have the mind of an eight year old boy. Finally, every possible "their" type character falls for the main character because of one simple acts of kindness that they do for them. Yep...

I admit it's a good anime but I'm just so disappointed. It could have been so much more! I think this show had the potential to be like the best anime ever but they ruined it with too much romance and not even clearing all the floors. Seriously Kirito never even finished the game and they decide to end it and switch it to some lame fairy game? This anime disappointed me greatly they took an amazing idea that had potential to be the greatest anime ever and ruined it. Such a shame..

I call bull! I actually loved this anime! If you want disappointing, vote for The Irregular At Magic High School instead! But I will admit the anime is overrated. Still, it was pretty enjoyable to watch. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I thought the first episode was OK the first episode everything else was garbage it's so bland and overrated Kirito is a Mary Stu and don't get me started on Asuna

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2 The Irregular At Magic High School The Irregular At Magic High School

The visuals are great, the world is interesting, & the premise is a good idea. Sadly, they spend about 95% of this anime just standing around & talking, so we never get to see what drew us into this series in the first place. And the conversation is always either ridiculously boring or unbearably awkward. At least the opening was awesome, but there really isn't much to consistently enjoy.

The only reason Sword Art Online has more comments than this show is because few people have seen it. Seriously, this show is lower than Sword Art Online. If you thought Sword Art Online was disappointing, wait till you see this. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Although not as bad as Boku no Pico or School Days, The Irregular At Magic High School is the second worst anime I have seen next to to that stupid Soul Eater Not! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This show is so terrible, both me and my brother hate it with a burning passion. It's offensive to siblings, by making Miyuki and Tatsuya incest. Again, Miyuki and Tatsuya are mary sue and gary stu who can do ANYTHING. Tatsuya can even block the enemies bullets just with his HAND. His HAND! and Miyuki is equally terrible and annoying. The magic system was cool and madhouse did a good job when animating this. But It was terribly executed story and character wise. Other characters like Erika or Saegusa seemed to have great potential in them, but they barely get actual attention or recgonition as It's always Shiba sue siblings! Kirito isn't a living god. TATSUYA IS. And Miyuki is the living goddess - MLPFan

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3 Akame Ga Kill! Akame Ga Kill!

Imagine how many episodes it would have had if it followed the manga all the way through. Probably around 100 episodes. It could have been that long. Sadly, they crammed the anime into just 24 episodes. That part is a shame. - SelfDestruct

Overall, I thought this was an amazing anime. The final episode was a little bit underwhelming though. - TwitchandVinegar

The writers must have been stupid if they skipped the Wild Hunt arc.

Utterly stupid, edgy mess, couldn't decide what it wanted to be, just...plain awful, this show is just incredibly bad and not at all worth the hype or praise in any way possible. don't waste your time on edgy dog this.. it's not worth it.

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4 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

Why is berserk here? It's great - Hoxton

With poor camera angles, removed and changed story arcs and animation with the same quality of a Sega Saturn 1995 videogame, the 2016 and 2017 anime adaptations of Berserk are painfull to watch for those who read the manga.

Everything was fine... Until the ending... and then the 2016 sequel came in... and tore everything apart. - SelfDestruct

5 Naruto Shippuden Naruto Shippuden Naruto: Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date.

The characters never properly develop, the show resolves issues between the most powerful characters and villains by randomly introducing new characters that are more powerful instead of properly developing the characters they already have, and OH GOD THE FILLERS MAKE IT STOP!

6 God Eater God Eater God Eater is an anime adaptation of the God Eater video game series. It is animated by Ufotable and began airing on July 12, 2015 after a one-week delay.

While I did like God Eater, I do think that it kind of deserves to be in this list, considering some pacing issues of the animation. Still, it's far from the worst, but this is a disappointing anime list, so I somewhat agree with this being in the list, despite the fact that it is a great anime in my opinion. - SelfDestruct

Not the worst, but although I am still invested in watching the last episodes of the anime, I can't call this better than One Punch Man. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I could have watched other good anime during the time I watched God Eater! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

7 Dragon Ball Super

People tend to expect too much from sequels of great series, and that's the reason why DBGT and DBS are being horribly bashed, as they didn't live up to their predecessor's greatness, which is DB and DBZ. I think the main problem with Dragon Ball Super is that the characters are too OOC, the animation is pretty bad and last but not least, too many Super Saiyan transformations. It was originally supposed to be a legendary transformation, but they are turning it into a joke. DBGT and DBS, in my opinion, are not that bad as stand-alone series, but they ARE disappointing as they are expected to be as great as DBZ once was, which is very difficult, as very few anime series can be as great as it was. That's what would happen with sequels of legends - people would expect too much from them and then be disappointed when it's not as good as they had expected it to be. - Goku02

Terrible continuation of a once-great series.

Episode 5. Enough said. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

8 Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

I had very high expectations for this considering nearly everyone thought of this as a masterpiece. So I watched it but the cheesy messages about "believing in yourself" and "never giving up" were shouted out so loud it literally annoyed the hell out of me. - SelfDestruct

This is like, my number one anime. How is it disappointing? The battles are amazing and awesome.

This is one of the most inspirational anime series I have ever seen! It's not disappointing! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I really wanted to like it after I heard the premise of the show but I just found it unbarable to watch due to the generic characters, bad plot, lack of character development and dumb dialog that tries to sound wise, it was like watching a michael bay movie

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9 Black Rock Shooter

Bam. A promising anime that felt like a bore. - SelfDestruct

10 Ghost in the Shell Ghost in the Shell

While some episodes were really good, there is way too much filler. I honestly could substitute this show for sleeping pills. - TwitchandVinegar

The Newcomers

? Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc

My least favourite DR anime. Not bad, but It Isn't as good as we were expected to see - MLPFan

? Squid Girl Squid Girl Ika Musume is the main character from 'Shinryaku! Ika Musume' an anime about a Squid Girl that wants to punish humanity for polluting the oceans.

I expected a lot of humor and fun from this anime, but I ended up not fully liking it.
What I dislike the most, are the characters.
Squid girl gets on my nerves at times, and some of her actions make me feel awkward.
Eiko is technically 'temper-less'.
Chizuru is the worst character in the entire show. (Especially in the earlier episodes.)
Sanae is absolutely annoying.
Cindy and her colleagues have the intelligence of a potato.
Nagisa is too concerned.
The only character that I like, is Kiyomi. (She is so nice.)
The humor is also very mean-spirited at times.
Don't get me started on Chizuru in the early episodes. (She is too sadistic at times.)
And Sanae making bad jokes all the time.
Overall, not a bad anime, I give it a 7/10 for season 1, and 6/10 for season 2. - Kiyomi

The Contenders

11 No Game No Life No Game No Life

I hate the god-awful cliffhanger at the end! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This anime sucks.

Disappointing? This anime was bad to begin with! - SelfDestruct

12 Aldnoah.Zero Aldnoah.Zero Aldnoah.Zero, stylized as ΛLDNOΛH.ZERO, is a mecha anime television and print series created by Olympus Knights and A-1 Pictures.
13 Soul Eater Not! Soul Eater Not!

This spin-off is a huge stain on the Soul Eater franchise! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

This should take the place of Sword Art Online. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

It's not a worst anime list. So Soul Eater Not shouldn't even be here considering we knew it would suck from the beginning. - SelfDestruct

14 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

I watched it expecting it to be one of the best Gundam series of all time but it turned out to a big mean-spirited, pretentious mess of a mecha anime. Also, the less talked about the ending the better. - PerfectImpulseX

15 Parasyte Parasyte

Whoa, really?! Parasyte is one of my favorite horror anime series of all time! Parasyte is already a masterpiece. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The story definitely had potential, but by the end of the series everything became weird, confusing, ambiguous and unnecessary.

I will admit it was still good but it had the potential to be a huge masterpiece! At least it wasn't bad. - SelfDestruct

16 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese more.
17 Soul Eater Soul Eater Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

While I did like Soul Eater, the thing that really pissed me off was its god-awful ending. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Soul eater is awesome except for the ending that sucked


18 Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie
19 Death Parade Death Parade Death Parade is a 2015 Japanese anime television series created, written, and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Madhouse.

Again. It bored me. - SelfDestruct

20 The Asterisk War The Asterisk War
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1. Naruto Shippuden
2. Sword Art Online
3. Akame Ga Kill!
1. Sword Art Online
2. The Irregular At Magic High School
3. Berserk
1. The Irregular At Magic High School
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