Most Overrated Animes

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The Top Ten

1 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.

The first season of Naruto started out extremely well. Each of the characters had something driving them to become a powerful ninja, especially Naruto who overcome many strong enemies even though he was completely alone in the beginning. What makes this anime so overrated nowadays is how bad Naruto has become after the first season. The fillers in the anime are completely unnecessary, and the vibe you got from the character development in the first season simply isn't there anymore. Yet fan boys still want to love this series since Naruto was their childhood and the anime that started it off for them, and they can't bare to have their childhood ruined.

I have to give it that Naruto was a great anime (Key word: "Great"). The original was very unique and there was a certain drive to it. Many of the characters were also developed fairly well. The same could also be said for Shippuden for the most part. Its great to see Naruto further developing as a character and the expansion of other elements and characters, such as the series's world history, Akatsuki, Orochimaru and the Tailed Beasts.

From what I recall, the Arc revolving Nagato was the last part which I would come to fully enjoy. For a show called "Naruto", there's sure to be WAY TOO MUCH reference and focus on the Uchiha Clan afterwards. Sasuke becomes increasingly unbearable and unrelatable as Shippuden begins to draw to a close, Naruto actually starts to become less interesting and the climax is dragged out and disappointing. The final villain is more of a final boss and the true main antagonist is a complete joke. And to top it all off, the ending is just typical and ...more - CrimsonShark

Now let's be clear, for something to be overrated means that is isn't necessarily bad, it's just given too much praise and credit for what it truly is. Naruto started off well, but once the fillers for the first season popped up, it just got worse.

Generic ninja anime

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2 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". ...read more.

To everyone who hasn't seen SAO, imagine someone taking your favorite action/fantasy series, then cutting out everything except the romance scenes. That's EXACTLY what SAO is.

For it's premise, it would have been incredible as an action series with at least one hundred episodes (one for each floor on Aincrad). This is what the show was for only the first two episodes. But after that, the show turns into a cheap harem romance series with an over-powered and despicable protagonist. The show even time skips a lot to cut down the series to a quarter of what it should have been.

There are also far too many side-characters! Only Kirito and Asuna get any proper character development and screen-time throughout the series while everyone else gets only one episode.

The character/plot development is also terrible. While the plot is too predicable, a lot of the characters become more despicable throughout the series. A common example is Asuna, who is at first a complete ...more

Despite it's incredible animation, action sequences and "' amazing" music, the series has some terrible faults. The anime started off well with it's thrilling plot and interesting characters, but after awhile the series became what action anime fans hoped it would not become; a harem romance series with a worthless protagonist. The series could have definitely been longer, and while fans watched the few episodes it did have, he had to watch Kirito getting hit on by girls even though he only used them to make himself stronger. We also had to painfully bare watching Asuna turn into a strong and independent heroin from the first boss fight into a damsel-in-distress who can do nothing without Kirito. In other words, what could have become an incredible and long action series turned into a typical harem anime where every girl around Kirito (even his own sister) fell for him, even though he is a useless and heartless douchebag.

I've read both Aincrad arc books and they are a bit better than the anime. The filler episodes in the beginning were side stories in the second book, and completely irrelevant to the plot. There is not much which hasn't been said already, but starting a 12-episode-per-arc anime with fillers isn't going to please anybody. Being so romance/harem driven, I've mostly skimmed through the book chapters and, not knowing what to expect, watched the entire series. It is not nice to expect a mostly action anime and get romance bullcrap instead. One more thing, I think Klein would have been a better protagonist.

How come SAO is not first? Don't get me wrong the concept of this anime is REALLY GOOD but the production ruined it by turning the protagonist to a Gary stu harem character. - AnisKiranaSabirin

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3 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

I'm surprised Sword Art Online is above Pokemon now. If anything, Pokemon is more overrated for many reasons. Why? First off, the anime focuses too much on Ash doing the same acts over and over again, ranging from helping a friend he just met to always blasting Team Rocket off into the sky, which can get pretty annoying and boring over time and feels more like a filler episode rather than contributing to the main plot. Second, the main character is the worst. Ash is supposed to be that one underrated protagonist who is supposed to lose when he doesn't try and win when he does try, but ultimately became flatter as the series progressed when all his hard work is actually for nothing in the Pokemon League due to the writers. Third, the nostalgia is not what it used to be. Before, it was supposed to give you that 90's feel and the same feeling you have if you played the games or trading card games, but now it feels like watching SpongeBob. Finally, the new voice actors for the English dub ...more - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Why is Naruto and Dragon Ball Z above this? This so-called anime is the Super Mario of all anime. It's the only anime that almost everyone I know is watching and teaches you that hard-work never pays off. Dragon Ball Z teaches you that through hard-work, there is no struggle that can't be overcome and Naruto teaches you to overcome your inner demon. Yeah, those lesson aren't important, but Pokemon is so vital in life (sarcasm). Also, why is Ash STILL 10 years old? If your going to continue an anime for awhile, at least let them age. Every other anime I watch has that. In addition to this, some people treat Pikachu like it's the most powerful character in all anime, when that is not true. By an insane long-shot. Lastly, they are STILL making new Pokémon episodes, do you guys realize that? All in all, I ask everyone voting on this list to stop being jealous of Naruto and Dragon Ball Z's true quality and vote for the real offender: Pokemon!

If I had to choose between Sword Art Online and Pokemon as the most overrated anime series ever, it would have to be Pokemon. Why? And not only because I love Sword Art Online. 1: Sword Art Online actually has a story, which Pokemon doesn't have! 2: Sword Art Online's characters actually age, which Pokemon doesn't have for Ash! 3: Sword Art Online's protagonist actually manages to accomplish his main goal since the first episode, which Pokemon doesn't have! 4: Sword Art Online doesn't try to do the same thing for each new season, which Pokemon actually does for each new season! 5: Sword Art Online actually uses the original Japanese opening and ending theme songs (albeit shortened on Toonami airings), which Pokemon doesn't do, instead relying on English opening and ending theme songs! Conclusion: I am glad Pokemon is above Sword Art Online, and Pokemon should be number 1, because I think it's more overrated than Dragon Ball Z and Naruto combined!

Pokemon should be in the first place... - toxicjoker666

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4 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.

Attack On Titan is all the rave nowadays. People love the new style of animation and "Code Geass' like story-line it has to offer (Code Geass as in you can't really see anything coming). Yet the anime is overly praised by it's fans since the series still has some major faults. For starters, there is too much dialogue in the series. I felt like I was looking at a visual novel instead of an action series, and I knew that even though the camera was panned on people talking, there was obviously something else going on that would be so much more fun to watch. Also, the protagonist Eren Jaeger is completely useless. He's a German kid constantly ranting off about how he wants to eliminate an entire race of beings and encourages his allies to stand strong against the enemy since they're number one (remind you of anyone). There's a lot they can change in this series to make it better, and hopefully in Season 2 it does get better.

Now I can understand why Sword Art Online is at number 4, but Attack on Titan is definitely well-deserving of number 5! People say it is not overrated and it is the best anime they have ever seen even though it's only the first anime most people have watched! I felt the same way too. It was one of my first anime that I got so hyped for, but even though the anime was really good, it didn't live up to the hype that I got from so many fans. Not even Sword Art Online had as much hype as this anime, because at least Sword Art Online has an overwhelming division of lovers and haters. But as for Attack on Titan, more people love it while less people hate it! Attack on Titan is no different than Sword Art Online and I saw it as no surprise when the live-action movies were so negatively received and the Junior High special was panned by anime fans who thought Production I.G. wasted so much time on a chibi spin-off when they could be making Season 2! Seriously, and now Hajime Isayama is trying ...more

It's not an exaggeration to say that nothing significant happens the entire series. The characters are all awful, there's no development of any kind, the story is practically non-existent, the pacing is an absolute mess, and it really isn't as intense or action packed as people say it is. The only reason people think attack on titan is intense is because of its opening, which isn't bad but entirely misleading. It labels the show as an intense revenge story but in reality its just a crappy drama. And on a side note, you know a series has issues when the only somewhat likable character's thing is that she likes potatoes, that's just sad. Attack on titan had a pretty good starting concept but then the author just butchered it in every way he possibly could.

Why does the same voice actor (Bryce Papenbrook) literally voice every male protagonist there is? He voices Kirito from SAO, Adrien from miraculous, Rin from blue exorcist...
what I'm saying is that they should give other voice actors a chance. Daymmm! this is about MOST OVERRATED ANIMES not MOST OVERRATED VOICE ACTORS!

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5 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

My childhood

Love DBZ but many people treat it as the be-all/end-all of anime and don't look at at anything else

Just because you are a DBZ fan and look at other animes does not mean everyone else does. - DaisyandRosalina

At least I've seen better animes than this. I'm not saying that Dragon Ball Z is bad (in fact an excellent martial arts anime series and one of its kind), but there many ones that are pretty much excellent and heavily underrated, for example my favourite Detective Conan AKA Case Closed. Maybe because if kids know any anime (not being hardcore fans), Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z tops in their list. - Kiteretsunu

Great animations, disgusting artstyle - Siko_K

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6 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

Seriously, am I the only one who thinks Sword Art Online is better than Fairy Tail? I know more people love Fairy Tail than Sword Art Online, which makes Fairy Tail overrated as it is. Sword Art Online may have quite a lot of fan service, but Fairy Tail is just 99.9% fan service to be honest. Even Asuna is stronger than Lucy (and don't you deny it, Sword Art Online haters. You know Asuna would beat Lucy by a landslide in a Death Battle).

To be honest when I started fairy tail I liked it a lot but then all the episodes started getting the same and you just get tired of Lucy crying, somehow getting her clothes ripped off and getting saved by Natsu /every single/ episode. And Natsu really does everything and even though Erza is a cool character she's so full of bull sometimes. Also ENOUGH OF FRIENDSHIP NONESENSE! Fairy tail is very overrated.

One of the most horrible shows I've had the pleasure to watch, this stuff is just absolute garbage, and the fan service is just insane, natsu does everything in this show, beats everyone, everybody is relying on him. - Abdelwahab

Half of it is just fanservice. - DogmeatAndRex

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7 One Piece One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 749 episodes to date.

I watched quite a lot of One Piece, around 400 episodes. The pacing is very slow and most of the characters are mostly very stereotypical and predictable, however, it does have some good story, the idea of special fruit that gives you powers is quite interesting but the story developing with over half a thousand episodes and most of the characters being uninteresting and very basic made me quit. By the people who watch or read it regularly it is extremely overrated, but isn't bad only mediocre at best.

I quite respect your comment. I watched some great anime like DBZ and Naruto, but I think One Piece is better than both. But One Piece is overrated among fans who just think One Piece is the best no matter what, and threat every other anime like trash. I think that because of fans like that One Piece is really overrated, even if it's good anime. - uros

I have watched one piece anime completely and my opinion of this anime is that, first of all character development is very poor in OP and the main character Luffy acts like an annoying child. The story is just plain and boring. Music throughout the anime sucks completely. The animation of the characters could have been much better. No catchy lines or punching dialogs. The powers of many of the characters looks overrated. Still there are many flaws in this anime. One piece fan boys were bragging that this was the best anime ever made, so I decided to watch it and I couldn't watch more than 400 episodes but some people told me that it gets really good after 400 episodes so I watched the entire anime and I was extremely disappointed and I was annoyed for wasting my time. Bottom line is one piece is the most OVERRATED ANIME. - RohitC

The pacing is too slow in One Piece! There's too many filler episodes and it doesn't try to properly adapt the manga chapters faithfully. At least Sword Art Online makes sure its seasons adapt the arcs properly and gives enough time to make them in order to prevent filler episodes. One Piece should go way above Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online, because those two anime series are way better uses of your time than watching One Piece to death.

Absolute garbage

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8 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon

I don't know why, but I was never interested in Sailor Moon. The whole reason I tried it was because I wanted to see why people liked it so much. Once I tried it, I hated it. It's overhyped, stereotypical, and bland. I mean even that crappy Winx Club show is better than this.

I know a girl who likes some shoujo manga, but finds this generic and I agree that the magical girl power thing is disgusting. - Sephilin

Sure, this is the classic magical girl genre and yes, little girls probably love it. But watching it as a grown-up is just painful and cringe-worthy. - WingCastle

It's generic, of you want a good magical Girl story, check out Madoka Magica. - Cinnayanny

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9 One Punch Man One Punch Man One-Punch Man is an ongoing, online, web comic, which was later adapted into a Manga and Anime series . Created by ONE in 2009, It gained popularity, and soon after, went viral in 2012, surpassing 7 . 9 million views . One-Punch Man (OPM for short) focuses on the protagonist Saitama (Who is named after ...read more.

The biggest problem with this anime is that people consider it to be the best anime ever, when really, the original manga author only made the series as a JOKE to MOCK other shonen anime for laughs. It is just a parody, not the greatest thing ever since sliced bread. Still good anime, but the amount of people that once had an actual anime series that weren't meant to be jokes as their favorite be replaced by anime series that WAS MEANT TO BE A JOKE is mind-boggling.

This series is not supposed to be taken seriously. The biggest joke is that many fail to realize this.

You guys all suck, just because the man characters kills the enemy with one punch doesn't mean it's stupid, the whole anime is just for fun FOOLS

To sum it up, lame or dull is the best words. Poor quality animation and really just... dull

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10 Sonic X Sonic X Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series published by Sega.

It would be good without Chris. Yes, Sega, you may need to change the plot altogether now.

I like shows people hate. Like Sonic X. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Sonic X? More like Chris X.

Chris can die in a hole. - Cinnayanny

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11 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.

Naruto was a great anime but Naruto Shippuden makes it even greater it contains epic storylines

I agree completely. And what annoys me the most is that it could've been so much better. It had such great potential. - JellyfishOnToast

Naruto Shippuden is perfect the 1st part was good too but when you add this it makes it even better I started crying when I thought Naruto was going too die but he lived it made me so happy I thought it was perfect I watched it 6 times in a row I'm on my 7th time now!

The most overrated anime ever it's just full of filler and naruto chasing sasuke

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12 Bleach Bleach

Why is it named after a cleaner that makes stuff what? - MoldySock

I remember wondering that very same thing when it was a fresh new anime. - Hiten

Too much filler. Why Studio Pierrot, why?

Bleach focuses on developing characters and important lessons like friendship and pride. Even with so many fillers, the anime is still intriguing and is always leaving me at the edge of my seat! Their personalities are so much more exciting than any other anime!

Actually underrated. - wren6

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13 Hetalia

How is Hetalia overrated? For one thing, it really helps me remember and get interested in history. In fact, it's great for studying as you'd remember entertaining things easier. Sure, it may display it in humorous way, but that's why people love it. It's more underrated, each character is lovable and each country has a personality for themselves that make up the world. This show is helpful, enjoyable, and hilarious. It also isn't extremely time consuming, but you'd find yourself swept away with the episodes. The fandom is also quite wacky, but the fandom is no reason to hate the show either.

Hetalia isn't overrated! I know it has a crazy fan base and all, but it's actually really good! It's funny and interesting! It's not a boring and serious anime where you have to make sure you catch up with every episode, it's just like a mini series. It deserves more love and I despise it when it gets hate for "ruining history class". - MontyPython

Hetalia has no clear story or point, and the fans are absolutely cut-throat. I like many series' that are considered overrated and have watched a lot of Hetalia but I didn't get what the point was. I am a history student but I found it flawed, also I found it hard to enjoy due to the fanbase.

A cringy version of Countryball.

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14 Digimon Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to sum up several Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), “Digimon ...read more.

Actually Digimon is a not a ripoff. It started 2 years after Pokemon as a virtual keychain pet and eventually developed into an anime. It was not a ripoff, they were simply implementing the virtual pet idea into an anime.

Pokemon may surpass Digimon in video games and trading card games, but compared to anime, Digimon is better than Pokemon in anime. Plus, watch the latest Death Battle of Pokemon vs Digimon and you'll like Digimon more, albeit a nostalgia kick in your childhood.

I like this series, but what I don't like is how people ALWAYS use it as an excuse to hate Pokemon. "Pokemon is always the same" isn't completely untrue, but it is indeed exaggerated. I don't think pokemon should be on this list.M For whatever reason, I enjoy it more than Digimon, and please do not ask me why. I have no idea why. I just do.

HOWEVER, Digimon DOES INDEED have MUCH MORE PLOT PROGRESSION than Pokemon and a more mature story (although pokemon xyz story is surprisingly dark once you get to episodes 39-43, the climax of the season and one of the most well written moments I've seen. pokemon isn't very good writing wise but wow those episodes were amazing in my opinion! ). Overall, Digimon doesn't deserve to be on this list either.

honestly, this list is way to hateful. Pretty much every anime in the top five is a good show. - HeavyDonkeyKong

This shouldn't be on the list. Really, it dropped out of creation for ever. If anything it's been underrated forever. Right now with people finally remembering it it is getting a fair rate somewhat, but still way overlooked by pokemon etc. - Hiten

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15 Akame ga Kill! Akame ga Kill!

I'm not saying I hate this series, but this anime series does have its flaws too. When I saw the first two Night Raid deaths, they were quite shocking and I felt kind of sad they had to go away. But as more deaths started coming and comic relief ruined the emotional impact right after, it just started getting annoying. Plus, I kind of have to take off points from Akame's character since she uses elements of moe (although she is still a badass). Plus, they rushed the story and made up an unsatisfactory ending even though the manga was still going. Not to mention the last few deaths in the series were absurd and deserved more. If only more characters lived, I would have been okay with the ending. However, due to lack of emotional impact and plot issues, I feel like Sword Art Online was not as bad as what Akame ga Kill! did by just killing off characters without giving them much needed development.

Let's face it. No matter how much we love a show, that won't save it from being overrated. Sure, I love Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan, but I have enough humility to acknowledge that they are overrated. Unfortunately, Akame ga Kill! is one of those shows as well. I may love the show, but there is no denying it is overrated. Plus, let's face it. It's just another generic shonen anime series, though I still love it.

If only they properly gave enough screen time and development for all the characters, each of the characters who died would have had more meaningful and more sad deaths.

The most overrated garbage ever. I just...don't understand.

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16 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul

Dude, it's just as overrated as Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online these days. Now I love both Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online, but I can't stop them from being considered overrated. Tokyo Ghoul becomes too edgy and strays off from the original manga content in Season 2. Studio Pierrot is a good studio, but it should not try to give Tokyo Ghoul the Naruto treatment.

I was going to vote Naruto or Bleach but then I remembered they were at least good at a point, contrarily to Tokyo Ghoul, which was boring right from the start.

I never understood what was so good about this series. Seems to me that people like it just because it has (ridiculous) gore in it.

I also dislike that it's tagged as horror, when in truth it's far from that, and the author even has the nerve to try and make the readers sympathize with the cannibals. I definitely wasn't hoping for that when I tried watching this series. Meh - Felina94

It's definitely overrated. I love this series a lot, but I'll admit it has some huge flaws (inconsistency characters, EXTREMELY BAD character development, skipping major plot points, pacing of the story went from slow to extremely fast by the end of the first season, and so on), and I can definitely see how it's overrated and I can also see why people hate it.

Tokyo ghoul is edgy but cool - Adventurur2

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17 Diabolik Lovers Diabolik Lovers Diabolik Lovers is a Japanese visual novel franchise by Rejet. The first game was released on October 11, 2012 for the PlayStation Portable. Three more games have been released since them with the first two games having been ported for the PlayStation Vita with the subtitle "Limited V Edition". ...read more.

This show had a really bad storyline. LIKE REALLY BAD. I did kinda like a few of the characters though and I enjoyed having Yui to relate to on a religous aspect.

It sucks however this is not overrated people seem to confuse overrated with bad overrated means it gets too much credit or is too popular.

Dear god this anime makes me want to SCREAM. Everybody I've met that watches this are so annoying. They say that they're really vampires and have emails like: laitoislife. Its not that good.

The plot sucked (no pun intended). I also really hated the fangirls

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18 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

The fans say it's cool. However, I don't find the detective and mystery aspects of the story very interesting. Not to mention, it ruins the already simple premise of this show's "plot". All in all, it's difficult to get into Black Butler, so what's up with all the hype? - Sephilin

This is one of my favorite animes! - Pegasister12

The anime is nothing compared to the manga. Just read it and you'll change your oppinion, especially the current art style is overwhelming

The characters are amazing but the plot sucks. - JellyfishOnToast

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19 Clannad Clannad

People don't judge me. Clannad is overrated. Everyone says it's the best anime ever, saddest anime ever best romance. To be completely honest, it was boring, long not to mention it made Air (2005) and Kanon (2002 and 2006) look like they never existed. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

I think the only reason I cried while watching this anime was cause of that dango song. I heard the song way before watching the actual anime and even before watching the anime I cried listening to the song. It tugs my heartstrings. This song absolutely kills me, it has that happy family vibe but also gives you such an empty feeling. I like this anime but it really is overrated because people keep telling you to watch it for the ending, and how sad it is. The people who recommend this anime only praise the fact that it made them cry and nothing else. Honestly this anime gets recommended because people who cried watching this wants to share the pain with everyone else, and treats people who didn't cry while watching this like they're some sort of monsters.

Everyone says it's sad. Can't they have meaningful deaths? Like if they do something really great but they die in the process? I can't go to "Top ten saddest anime" or "Top ten saddest deaths" or "Top ten saddest anime soundtracks" without seeing Clannad. I'm sick of it.

There is nothing good about this show

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20 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, written by Gen Urobuchi, music by Yuki Kajiura, opening sang by ClariS, ending by Kalafina (sometimes by the seiyuus) and original characters by Ume Aoki. It also has 3 movies, ...read more.

I have to give it points for being more interesting than most magical girl shows, but I thought it would actually explore human psychology. Nope. If you want to write an anime about human minds and karma and stuff, give the characters some personality. Mami just whines and then dies. Sayaka cares about almost nothing but her boyfriend and does an unrealistic 180-degree turn in personality. Madoka is just a generic happy-go-lucky morally black and white "shy, sweet girl". Homura would be a much better protagonist.

Second of all, the whole "plot twist" thing. If the entire show was spent explaining how useless the magic of friendship is, why does the problem just solve itself after so many episodes of struggling? If the show is about how stupid human beings are, why does Madoka become god just like that?

The characters are damsels in distress. They're woobies. They're being murdered over and over so you can feel bad for them, so you can be surprised when the Deus Ex ...more

I thought it would be a good anime due to all the hype it received, but upon watching it, I realized what an absolute train wreck it was. It had extremely bland, poorly written characters, lack of character development, bad pacing, and it suddenly solves the biggest problem of the entire series only 4 episodes after introducing it with a ridiculous amount of ease as if it was never a threat to begin with. I would go into detail with each of these, but that would take too long.

I actually really like this show for refreshing the genre, but it is by no means as perfect as people seem to think. It's unique, yeah, but really only achieves the bare minimum needed for that title. There are so many more things that I am curious about in their universe. What are the witch's backstories? What does Kyubey's species really look like? We know many famous people from the past were magical girls, what was the experience like for them?
There is character development, of course. But the show fails at the number one thing that makes or breaks a magical girl anime (in my opinion)-whether the characters are interesting without magic. in my opinion there isn't enough scenes that show their ordinary life, ambitions, and hobbies-just endless suffering and dying. Especially Homura, every other character can function on their own yet pretty much Homura's entire personality is built around Madoka.

Also stop trash talking traditional magical girl shows to make Madoka look ...more

The Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise (by the way, is much better, at least from what I've watched of it so far as of typing) did not deserve to be overshadowed by this...:( - PerfectImpulseX

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21 Log Horizon Log Horizon

I'm surprised a lot of people say Log Horizon is vastly underrated. While it's true it will never be as overrated as Sword Art Online, Log Horizon is definitely guilty of being overrated as well. The anime series has blandly drawn characters, bland animation, bland setting, and finally, Akatsuki being the victim of moe. It's like it resembles more of cough*.hack*cough than Sword Art Online does. While it is true Log Horizon may have better writing and better character development, Sword Art Online had better production values than Log Horizon. It's no wonder Sword Art Online is more popular and considered overrated. Meanwhile, Reki Kawahara is stepping up his game for Sword Art Online as he is improving from his flaws from the first arcs of Sword Art Online and has better written his later volumes for his light novel series.

Just because it isn't Sword Art Online doesn't mean it is better! Log Horizon is clearly bland in animation, character designs, and setting!

"SAO is trash, Log horizon is better" but if you compare it to another anime Log horizon is simply trash

Worse than Sword Art Online by a lot

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22 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

This is underrated actually. People love DBZ so much that they tend to forget about Dragon Ball sometimes. It's just as cool as DBZ in my opinion, plus in the manga version, DB and DBZ is the same. They're both called Dragon Ball as one. - Goku02

I wish they didn't split dragon ball with the time skip, I don't like the Z they put in the title

Well if he was a kid, but currently he's one of the strongest fictional characters, excluding Saitama. You think Professor X can survive 100x gravity. Professor X isn't even a planet buster, how can he defeat a multi planet buster like Goku? Please reply and explain, I would love to know an answer.

I forgot about this one :( I loved it - Adventurur2

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23 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 ...read more.

Well yeah don't get me wrong this series is very good with great action scenes, cool music, interesting character, and many more but what pisses me off is that how rushed the fights are - sadfag

If this was an anime, this would make the list. - shawnmccaul22

24 Mr. Osomatsu

This anime sucks

25 Clannad After Story Clannad After Story Clannad is based off a visual novel. It follows the story of a high school senior named Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who floats through life caring about very little. He hates the town he lives in and his alcoholic father. ...read more.

Tossing aside the many awkward character moments that seem to be a staple of this anime, the show as a whole suffers from over-hype. Everyone praises this as the definitive amine for slice of life and romance. After watching the show in its entirety, on the idea that it would get better in he next episode or disc, I reached the end and was left with hardly any likeable characters, moments the left me wondering what a rational person would do in that situation, and just a bored sense of wasted time. I felt nothing watching this! And whenever a situation or character moment came along that I could somewhat identify with, they throw in aspects of the supernatural or another sadistic character that gets their kicks from assaulting those around them. Angel Beats did in three episodes, what this anime couldn't do for an entire series.

Sorry but this anime IS vastly overrated. It's no different from other slice of life animes. The only major aspect is the supernatural, which is hardly there and when it is, it's incredibly forced and contrived. There were so many things in this anime that fell flat. First off, the ending. It was a huge cop-out. HUGE. Tricking the viewer into emotional manipulation when it all turned out to be just another illusion? Secondly, the Illusionary World with the girl and the robot. It made no.s ense . at.all . What was the point? All it ever did was foreshadow the stupid deus ex machina that was shoved in at the end. Destroying everything that was valuable to Tomoya and what lessons did he learn from it? Because it had all been erased, nothing! Absolutely nothing. The characters are either one-dimensional or were unfairly pushed aside, just so it could focus on Nagisa's mystery illness, which just got really annoying and really boring and was a complete chore to watch. Nagisa never even ...more

The ending... Just... No... I thought this was supposed to a slice-of-life anime!

Did you really putted that on this list? How stupid are you all really?

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26 Lucky Star Lucky Star Lucky star is an anime that first aired (april 8th, 2007 to September 16th, 2007) in Japan. The anime follows the daily lives of Konata Izumi, Kagami and Tsukasa hiiragi, and Miyuki Takura. The show is best known for the cute "moe" characters. The target audience is shouen.

I'm a straight female and I couldn't give any less crap about moe, yet I liked lucky star very much. I really enjoy this anime because it's entertaining and so light hearted. Not all anime has to be soul sucking and have some sort of deep meaning to everything. It was fun and honestly it was like they were my friends or something. I like to rewatch animes like lucky star and k-on when I'm feeling kinda down in my real life. It really does cheer me up in a weird way and bright colors have scientifically been proven to improve mood and help with depression. When I want to watch an anime that doesn't have any drama or give me any emotional baggage I go for lucky star and k-on.

Even though this anime isn't being talked about much nowadays, it's still praised more than it should be since this show is pure moe and filler episodes.

The Haruhi references did make me chuckle a lot, but nothing else had me going for the show. Not even watching the dubbed version makes it more enjoyable.

There's no plot in this show, really! It's just a bunch of schoolgirls talking about random stuff. It's like a generic sitcom. The music in this show is also boring. The only reason people like this show is because of the art-style, which is seemingly fluid to the fanboys, but the rest just seems to be a Copy & Paste approach for most scenes. In my humble opinion, the art is too childish and bright for me. - Sephilin

I hate Lucky Star! This is so, so, so...STUPID! Stupid theme song ever! How did they rap? It's more like crybaby! I hope it get's cancelled!

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27 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.

The fans always feel the need to shove this show down everyone's throats and it gets really annoying. I'm not sure how good the show itself is because the fanbase has really turned me off... - jatboy

The manga got downhill during the Stone Ocean arc. - PerfectImpulseX

Cancer fanbase.

Is this a JoJo reference? - PerfectImpulseX

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28 Highschool of the Dead Highschool of the Dead
29 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

I can understand why people say it's overrated. If the card game is not your thing, you won't like the show, is that simple. I don't think I'm the only fan who says "it's so bad it's good". Kaiba is just badass (that "screw the rules I have money" attitude). Joey is very funny and a good duelist as well (you gotta love the underdog). And the pharaoh... well, let's just say "the heart of the cards" leads him to victory every single time (*cough*cheater*cough*). As for the bad guys, Pegasus and Yami Bakura were the only good villains. Yami Marik could have been good if his duel with the pharaoh wasn't so full of made up cards with ridiculous effects. Noah and Dartz were filler and Jieg was a failure.

After Duel Monsters everything went downhill (the show and the card game). GX is so-so. Zane was cool, but the impossible ways Jaden got away from a sure loss ruined the show. 5D's has Yusei, a stick in the mud who's not likeable at all. Xezal has ...more

The original is pretty good. Best villains and (obviously) most original.

GX had the worst plot, but the duels were fantastic.

5ds was amazing in the first half, but then turned into filler madness.

Zexal had a horrendous first half, the second half was alright. Best animation by far.

Arc-V is easily my favorite. The plot is golden. The animation is cringe worthy at times, though.

Story way too much basic and poor developed.

Its kinda bland - Adventurur2

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30 Black Bullet Black Bullet
31 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
32 Beyblade

Now that I look back on the English dub songs, they were pretty annoying to begin with.

Oh god, I thought Fairy Tale and DBZ were bad. But this, this is "show's" existence is a natural disaster.

No, just... No. I don't even want to discuss this.

Boku No Pico is better than this - And I'm saying that as a straight guy.

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33 Yuri on Ice Yuri on Ice Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime television series about figure skating. The anime was produced by MAPPA, directed by Sayo Yamamoto and written by Mitsurō Kubo.

It's only popular because they normalized a gay couple when there are so many other animes that has already done that

This got awards? - Adventurur2

Overrated because of the yaoi maybe or whatever it's lot more credited than it deserves..

I agree, this thing got famous because it has gay couples in it.I mean a lot of anime has gay couples in it but they didn't got famous Yuri on ice basically got people screaming on the top of their lungs.I already watched Yuri on ice with my sister we both ended up screaming in the middle of the morning I meant like in 1:30am in the morning.Seriously.I don't hate Yuri on ice I love it.But people are just too attached to it.

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34 Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z

I think the original Powerpuff Girls was better.

For once in my life, I think the original cartoon was better than the anime series. I like anime better than American cartoons, but this is only one case where cartoons are better than anime. PPGZ just has more overly sexualized versions of the Powerpuff Girls. Japan could have done better. Even The Asterisk War and Chivalry of A Failed Knight are better (to be honest, those two anime series are actually pretty good if you can withstand the cliches).

Don't watch this. Watch The Asterisk War or Chivalry of A Failed Knight instead. Those anime series actually have plots (and by plot, I mean not fan service, but actual plot).

I am praying reverently for Godzilla to stomp on them and squash them. And given they're in Japan, I'd say that had a high likelihood.
#🌆🐲

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35 Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia

Several friends recommended me to watch this serie. I'm not feeling it. The story and characters are nothing I haven't seen before. Poor motives and mostly uncreative. It's not completely unwatchable. It does have some entertaining aspects like the music and animation. Ultimately I want more depth in my anime.

It's very cliche and generic, only thing that really stands out is the animation and music, but nothing else. One of, if not the most overrated anime series I've ever seen.

The anime is good.
but duh the fandoms

36 KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

I was laughing so hard that I was crying

Its tooo funny not to love

My favorite anime so far next to AoT - Adventurur2

37 KissXSis

This show was disgusting.

Yikes this has a fanbase?

Worst anime in the history of animes

This anime was hot but would've been better as Hentai

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38 Guilty Crown Guilty Crown Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high school boy who inadvertently obtains an ability called "Power of the King" that enables him to draw out items ...read more.
39 Ouran Highschool Host Club

I'd call this a mediocre anime, but it's really overhyped. First of all, the main character is a Mary Sue, though that's not what bothered me most about this anime. It's the episodes, the music, and the characters. Over and over again, you'll hear the exact same soundtrack, or one heavily similar. This show includes tons of fanservice, from yuri to yaoi to incest, so if that's not your thing, you shouldn't watch it too much. The voices are okay, they're nothing spectacular, not in the Sub or Dub.

The characters are almost 1-dimensional. They keep staying in their role, instead of really developing themselves. The plot is bland, as each episode's content gets repetitive, what was funny doesn't get funny after a while, and the romance is just a sub-plot, and despite being a "reverse harem series", it ends up only being implied that some characters like another.

The art is, okay, it's not too bad but it's not too good either.

So, there you have it. A mediocre reverse ...more

This is the one anime that everyone new to anime knows and just loves more than anything in the world...

This anime is supposed to be a parody of reverse harem series, this was my first anime, and it's what got me into watching anime

It made me feel awkward on some parts, and made me question myself on why I was watching this (and then I found out that I was watching it for Hikaru).

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40 Future Diary Future Diary

It's enjoyable, but from a critical standpoint, it's an utter train wreck.

If you took away Yuno literally nothing what happen the whole time

Is It just me or this anime gets added to the list twice(as future diary and mirai nikki) - MLPFan

I hate this show so much.

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41 Osomatsu-kun

It is frigging everywhere.

Why is this even on the list? One of the best animes I've watched and definitely not overrated.

The fan art... *faints and dies*
Seriously, I see this everywhere

42 Vampire Knight Vampire Knight

Overrated?! More like underrated! I don't hear anybody talking about the series as much as the others on this list. Sure it has its flaws, but I don't really mind them as much. This is definitely, AND I MEAN DEFINITELY, a better love story than Twilight!

43 Speed Racer Speed Racer

How is this overrated?

This is an anime? - Adventurur2

44 The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra The Legend of Korra is an American animated television series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network from 2012 to 2014. It was created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino as a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired from 2005 to 2008.

Some people think it's an anime, but it's NOT

Can someone redirect this to western animations, please? - Thifer20

That not even a anime

Such anime very wow. Who even put this "anime" on the list? Lmao

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45 Full Metal Alchemist

Its basically a filler seasons except 51 episodes - sadfag

Honestly doesn't live up to the hype, it's good and all but it's not the best

46 Erased Erased
47 Pokemon Origins

Sorry guys, but this series is not better than the main anime: true, the main anime has a protagonist that never really makes progress, but Red is not that much better than Ash as a character; most of the battles he wins he has to always fall back on his Charizard because he apparently never learned to actually properly train any of his other Pokemon, which doesn't reflect good on him as a trainer. Not to mention how Origins also falls into the main anime's pratfalls of ignoring type matchups for plot convenience (which is even less forgiveable for Origins to do, since it's supposed to be a more faithful adaptation of the games). Yet, everyone praises Origins as the greatest thing ever since sliced bread just because it isn't the main anime and plays off of nostalgia. The only things that Origins really has going for it is the incredibly fluid animation and the beautiful art. But that's it. In every other front it's about as on-par with the main anime. Maybe even worse.

It's funny how people actually think this is a great epic but don't actually realise it fails on every single fundamental of storytelling

Why was the main series ahead of this? Let's go over the facts that fans of this anime say shall we? Accomplishing more in 4 episodes than ash in 800+ episodes. AW HECK NAW!

It's a breath of fresh air for the pokemon universe. - shawnmccaul22

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48 Hunter x Hunter Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video ...read more.

It isn't underrated but it is barely in the boundary of overrated.

Although the show gets praised a lot I honestly think it deserves.

It's pretty impressive for a Battle Shounen Anime.

Overrated? If anything, Hunter X Hunter is underrated.

I tried to like it, but honestly I got nothing from it.

Huneter x hunter is seriously most hopeful underrated anime
please rate it
watch it to watch it you will surly like it

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49 Dragon Ball Super Dragon Ball Super Dragon Ball Super is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation that began airing on July 5, 2015. It is a sequel show to the Dragon Ball manga and the first Dragon Ball television series featuring a new storyline in 18 years.
50 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

It's official. I'm the first person to ever call Elfwn Lied overrated ever.

It's just porn + gore

It's not just porn and Gore.

It’s overrated and badly written. The manga is average but better than the anime and it does at least treat it’s subjects (abuse, bullying) with some degree of seriousness. It’s too bad the main characters are so bad, some parts are good. Also Nyuu is very ableist, a disabled person who can’t talk right, doesn’t wear clothes, gropes people, and is incontinent? Way to not understand how memory loss works at all.

Memory loss doesn’t mean you lose basic morals. None of the disabled people I know act like nyuu at all-she’s a stereotype and the author ought to be ashamed.

Mayu was very well handled.

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