Most Overrated Animes

MoldySock

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.

The second-half of Shippuden is an Uchiha Clan soap opera if you ask me. - CrimsonShark

I like Naruto in manga. The anime version is good, but overrated. The anime is slow, with so many dialogues and all (if the anime was fast and without fillers, then the anime would have less than 100 episodes).
I like fillers because there are more information and fighting scenes with other characters (like Tenten). Also, for manga readers, the non-filler episodes have only half of the fun because you know how the episode will start and end. The only thing I don't like in the fillers are the contradictions (like Izumi being killed by Obito instead of Itachi).

Naruto is like Ash Ketchum. He claims with hard work you can achieve anything but doesn't show any.

It so good! Honestly, I think Naruto is underrated because of fillers. It's story is good, the characters (except female) have good backstory and development and the antagonist are actually people with a good cause who decided to implement their ideas in a different way. I don't get why it is called overrated when it's underrated.
Fans have a nostalgia for this anime? Yeah, maybe. But in my case, that's not true. I am currently halfway through Shippuuden (skipping fillers) and I dunno why, I feel a connection towards the anime.

V 82 Comments
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

Yes having watched the series, it is everything this comment said it is, it is a series which had such an awesome premise to it then it decided to make that premise secondary to the romance between the two main characters, sure it isn't all romance it throws a fight in every once in a while but for the most part it is a romance that occasionally throws in action to break up the romance - germshep24

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.

Why is Naruto on the first place when this should be

The worst anime I've ever seen

V 72 Comments
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!

It ugly and stupid

V 102 Comments
4 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

DBZ is an amazing anime, I wouldn't call it overrated, just that the fans can be annoying with calling it the best anime ever, but honestly pretty much every well known anime is called the best anime by its fan base: One Piece, Naruto, Attack on Titan, Pokemon, Sword Art Online, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fairy Tail, Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass all are called the greatest anime of all time - germshep24

I Mean:Forget What I Said About The Dragon Ball Series and Dragon Ball Z in General

Like I Said Before:Forget What I Said About Dragon Ball Z and Other Overrated Animes in General

V 167 Comments
5 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.

The top comment is completely stupid. Eren "a angry German kid who wants to eliminate an entire race of beings". Are you kidding me? Titans are monsters that eat humans. What's so wrong in wanting to eliminate monsters like that? Eren's mother was brutally killed and eaten in front of him. And he's not even German idiot.

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.

This is BS. The reason Attack on titan is so popular and hyped is because it delivers. I've been watching anime 1994. Very rarely does an anime come around that really wows you. Attack on titan is one of those series.

Really creative story, great characters, soundtrack is amazing. Just because somethings really good and people like it doesn't = overrated.

Whenever a great series comes along full time haters trash it because they hate everything.

While the art style is definitely unique and the show doesn't oversexualize it's female characters, it is just very poor. Most of the gore is just there for shock factor which delivers very poorly. Most of the characters are written horribly. Mikasa especially is a perfect example for a Mary Sue. She starts off as a potential badass but then becomes overpowered at everything, still more powerful than Levi who has good valid reasons for being overpowered. Our main character, Erin, is so bland. "Titans killed my momma so I want to kill all of them." And he goes on and on! We've heard his speech the first thirty times! It's motivational in the beginning but then it becomes too much. I'm sorry but this show is just so overrated. Or perhaps overhyped is the most preferable term. I went into this show expecting it to be the best show ever but came out rather disappointed. The theme song is also over-the-top. The show also drags on forever. I just stopped watching halfway through Season 2. ...more - Daviddv0601

V 55 Comments
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.

Overrated? More like underrated! Some characters are ridiculously overrated but anime is underrated.

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).

I don't hate either but I agree. If I had to choose between the 2 it's SAO. The friendship speeches in Fairy Tail got annoying and the last arc was one of the biggest disappointments I've ever seen - notbirdlandstew

Fairy Tail the anime that made Kirito's plot armor look cute

Underrated, but, yeah, lucy is way to overrated. Juvia and lisanna are much better it should be nali

V 66 Comments
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 851 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

One piece is boring.

One Piece is an incredible anime!

V 43 Comments
8 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.

I find it hysterical that there are so many fans defending this trash but it's to be expected from weebs that think this is the best anime to exist. This isn't even a good parody, far better ones out there.

It may be a parody but it's a good parody lol

V 34 Comments
9 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a Japanese shōjo manga series by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 52 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. ...read more.

I now like this show again, but it's so overrated. and I cannot stand most of the fans.

Forget What I Said About Sailor Moon(And Other Overrated Animes in General)

I cannot stand this show. why does monster high get so much hate because of this disgusting disgrace of anime. Sailor mercury and Chibi-usa are the least bad in this show but if their was a poll saying that which girl power show is better I would choose monster high.

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.

V 28 Comments
10 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.

Original Naruto was better than Naruto Shippuden yet people make Naruto Shippuden seem like the work of a god

Naruto isn't overrated it was pretty good but Shippuden oh my god it was so bad it was like 50% filler it had way too many flashbacks and it was just naruto chasing after sasuke

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

Most overrated anime.Get this first.It's more overrated than original naruto.

V 8 Comments

The Newcomers

? Karneval
? Popee The Performer Popee The Performer

The Contenders

11 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha's seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014.

The first two season were okay not to good but re was trash!

One of the worst anime I have seen. - XxembermasterxX

Seriously? This is the best and underrated. - DarkBoi-X

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.

V 9 Comments
12 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 can't be overrated if no one thinks it's good in the first place.

Absolutly Not

Chris can die in a hole. - Cinnayanny

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

V 7 Comments
13 Digimon Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of 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), ...read more.

Why do people think this is not bootleg Pokemon?!?!?

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.

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

V 12 Comments
14 Hetalia

It's a good show about WWI and WWII, which is a hard subject to approach especially as a comedy and even more so in Japan where the subject is a bit censored. There may be some parts of history cut out, other parts inaccurate but I doubt that the author was a historian. Even if it made history more interesting, for these reasons, hetalia shouldn't replace history class nor be the holy grail of education.

Correct because racist - dapplegorse

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

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.

V 14 Comments
15 Bleach Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga. ...read more.

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

Most overrated without a doubt. Insane that it’s not in top 10.

Underrated. - DarkBoi-X

Too much filler. Why Studio Pierrot, why?

V 14 Comments
16 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

WHY IS THIS HERE, it's a wonderful anime AND the manga is amazing.

if you didn't enjoy the anime then at least read the manga
its sooo much better :3

V 10 Comments
17 Clannad Clannad Clannad is the anime adaptation of the visual novel developed by KEY for Windows PCs in 2004, which was later ported to PlayStation consoles and the Xbox 360. The game was the best-selling PC game in 2004 and charted in national top 50 rankings several more times afterwards. Clannad has been adapted ...read more.

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.

The only way this anime could ever be enjoyable was if it was the first romance anime you EVER watched. That, or you were a sexually starved teenager who never had a girlfriend... Which I sadly was at the time I thought this was a good anime...

V 9 Comments
18 Akame ga Kill! Akame ga Kill! Akame ga Kill! (アカメが斬る!, Akame ga Kiru! is a manga published in Gangan Joker authored by Takahiro and Tashiro Tetsuya. It received an anime adaptation that premiered on July 6, 2014 and ended on December 14, 2014.

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.

I'm not saying it's bad. It's great, but unfortunately, it is kind of overrated as well. Great, but overrated. There is a huge difference between being overrated and great. It's a great anime, but let's face it. It's just as overrated as other anime series.

V 6 Comments
19 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.

Not calling it a rip-off or anything, but it is basically the magical girl version of hunter x hunter (again not calling it bad or a rip-off it just that everyone says it original when it wasn't even the first magical girl anime to have dark themes). - XxembermasterxX

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

V 16 Comments
20 Log Horizon Log Horizon Log Horizon is a Japanese novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara, published by Enterbrain in Japan since 2011. Yen Press began publishing the novels in English translation in 2015. ...read more.

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.

Sword art online is not a hack copy because sword art online had a web novel months before being hacked is the same thing as saying that madoka magic is a copy of sailor moon - Daffie

Worse than Sword Art Online by a lot

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

V 6 Comments
21 Boku No Hero Academia Boku No Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 20 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format.

The anime is good but it's way overrated. When I finished watching Dragon Ball Super, my friend recommended this show to me. When she explained it, she overhyped it. She went on and on about how it's better than any anime she watched before and that it trumped most of my favorite animes. (which it didn't lol) So when I went I decided to watch it (because she wouldn't stop bothering me about it) I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something amazing. I'm not saying MHA is a bad show or anything but its not the best anime out there. IT IS VERY OVERRATED IT SHOULD BE WAY HIGHER ON THIS LIST... - TooSaiyan

I think that the concept of alter is very interesting but the characters are a lackluster - TopiTaupe

Having this here licensed as "overrated" is a joke this is my favourite anime of all time...

The anime itself is alright, definitely not the best, but it is HELLA overrated. it does not deserve the amount of attention it gets.

V 16 Comments
22 Mr. Osomatsu

This anime sucks

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.

This isn't an anime. It's an American cartoon. - LedgerDraven

It's not even anime! Anything done by the west side should NEVER count as anime! Only Japanese animation should be counted as anime! Anybody who likes this show is delusional and a traitor to the anime fanbase! - Daviddv0601

Mf arrow bald man - starryrcad

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

V 1 Comment
24 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.

What the hell is Tokyo ghoul and Sao higher in the ranking than JOJO?

Stop trying to shove this overrated crap down my throat - SirSalvador

Is this a JoJo reference? :P - Daviddv0601

Literally nobody ever shuts the hell up about it on twitter once it's mentioned. This can be true for any part.

V 10 Comments
25 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.

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.

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.

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

V 2 Comments
26 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

Criminally overrated. This anime is on par with a normal slice of life anime.

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

V 3 Comments
27 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.

Garbage show, just a bunch of generic girls who all look the same. They all look like 6 year olds but are apparently adults. This anime was designed for creepy horny males who like boring stuff because 95% of this anime is filler and the characters do nothing but talk about anime, food and boobs -_-

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

V 9 Comments
28 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.

I understand that many people do actually like DBZ, but personally, I couldn't get into it. It's older, and in that way I can see how it's not as hyped-up as it used to be, so I don't even know if it truly counts as "overrated," but it's just another shonen anime. Its plot and characters-- my favorite part of any story-- were dry.

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

It's actually kinda underrated and overrated. GT is the one that isn't even overrated. It gets a lot of hate than the other shows that it's overhated. - TheDarkOne_221b

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.

V 2 Comments
29 Highschool of the Dead Highschool of the Dead Highschool of the Dead, known in Japan as Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of the Dead, is a Japanese manga series written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō.

It would have been decent if they cut down the fanservice. - XxembermasterxX

30 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.

Good, but I have read the manga and it's better. - Skullkid755

V 4 Comments
31 Black Bullet Black Bullet
32 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Really dude

Probably.

33 Beyblade

Isn't overrated mean popular?

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.

V 4 Comments
34 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.

The ice skating looks pretty good though

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

More like... YAOI ON ICE! *starts laughing and crying* - DogmeatAndRex

This got awards? - Adventurur2

V 4 Comments
35 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

36 Future Diary Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The plot surrounds a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace between January 2006 and December 2010.

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.

V 3 Comments
37 KissXSis

This series celebrates incest and should be avoided at all costs.

This show was disgusting.

Yikes this has a fanbase?

Worst anime in the history of animes

V 2 Comments
38 Death Note Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

37 seriously? well it was the best I've watched in past 10years.. I wish someone make a movie in 3part with exact same story with a different end

Get this off of list. this is not overrated!
its only 37 episodes and 3 movies!
When you watch you wish to be more episodes!

Why the hell, this should be #1. This show, don't get me wrong this was an amazing watch, but people go crazy about this show. Its good, but its like #2 in popularity or something in MAL, and #2 in the list of greatest anime of all time. I just think there are better anime, and this is over hyped too much - TheClumsyOaf

Why is this in the list!? The main characters are super hot! - Daviddv0601

V 14 Comments
39 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.
40 Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z Powerpuff Girls Z is a Japanese magical girl anime series directed by Megumu Ishiguro, based on the American animated television series The Powerpuff Girls. The anime is co-produced by Cartoon Network Japan and Aniplex and was animated and produced by Toei Animation, featuring character design by Miho ...read more.

At Least This is Better Than Powerpuff Girls 2016

THIS ANIME IS NOT BAD(It Just Not All That Great But Watchable)

I Mean:PPGZ is Not Great But It is 100% Better Than PPG 2016

I think the original Powerpuff Girls was better.

V 10 Comments
41 Ouran Highschool Host Club

It's a really good anime

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

V 3 Comments
42 Vampire Knight Vampire Knight Vampire Knight is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino. The series premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa magazine and officially ended in May of 2013. Chapters were collected and published in collected volumes by Hakusensha, concluding with nineteen volumes released in Japan.

Sucks, but at least it's better than Diabolik Lovers. - XxembermasterxX

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 Osomatsu-kun

Too overrated. - starryrcad

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

44 Full Metal Alchemist

This anime show is kinda overrated, but it's still amazing. - TheDarkOne_221b

Brotherhood it better. - XxembermasterxX

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

45 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

V 5 Comments
46 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.

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

This isn't an anime...

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

That not even a anime

V 2 Comments
47 Erased Erased

This series was great - Kuro

How is this supposed to be overrated? it's a fine anime...

48 Speed Racer Speed Racer

How is this overrated?

This is an anime? - Adventurur2

49 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

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.

Nudity + Gore + Child abuse + Bland, cliche, and annoying characters = This anime.

V 4 Comments
50 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.

This is obviously the most overrated anime.
People think that Goku is Multiversal, but factually he's still only Universal+ and all the people are just overrating this anime and it's characters.
Zeno, Grand Priest are just some stupid characters who make no sense at all.

This anime is literally nothing compared to the classic anime DBZ.

DBZ & DBGT are much better than this anime.

DBS doesn't even have a nice and smooth animation and not even realistic art style.

8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Most Annoying Anime / Manga Characters Top Ten Most Beautiful Female Anime Characters Most Badass Female Anime Characters Most Underrated Anime Top Ten Anime Characters That Deserve to Be Respected the Most

List Stats

3,000 votes
124 listings
5 years, 259 days old

Top Remixes (35)

1. Elfen Lied
2. Ao Haru Ride
3. Another
TopiTaupe
1. Naruto
2. Clannad After Story
3. Clannad
ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
1. Black Butler
2. Sword Art Online
3. InuYasha
Undistinguished

WRemix
View All 35

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P