Most Overrated Animes

The Top Ten

1 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

I can kind of see how Sworld Art Online is #1, with its immense and polarized base of viewers. Quite possibly, you could say that it doesn't deserve the attention it gets, but SAO isn't one of the most popular animes for nothing.
Yeah, the characters weren't interesting until the second season, the pacing is quite bad in the first arc (even I, a SAO fanboy facepalmed when they skipped 20 floors from Ep. 2 to Ep. 3), but you can't deny there is an underlying sense of charm to this anime. It's the perfect introduction to the world of anim for someone who's only watched flat and barren western cartoons. It's not as deep as say Death Note, but it's enough for any Nickelodeon or Pixar fan to begin scratching their head.
Even if the characters aren't particularly developed, their actions and personalities still lead to the viewer actually having to think, unlike in any western cartoon where we're essentially told in the most blatant way possible why someone acts the way they does. In ...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.

Umm... Am I the only one who thinks the first season is boring I mean no offence to the people who like it but I hope this is overrated for a good reason.

2 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 watched the entire series for the third time on Netflix recently. Still really good if you ask me. Sure, there are a few episodes that we could of done without, or maybe it could of been shorted instead of all those flashbacks, but the good far out weights the bad.

Naruto is somewhat overrated but also extremely over-hated. It (especially Shippuden) seriously has some of the best writing and fights in shonen anime. Look at the writing of characters like Itachi, Madara, Nagato and even Naruto himself. They all have some purpose behind what they do even though what they're doing may seem really bad. I even started to sympathise with Nagato by the end of his and Naruto's fight. You know the writing must be good if you sympathise with a mass murdering villain who is after the main protagonist.

I also don't understand the filler episode argument. If you don't like watching filler episodes, just skip them? You're not missing any main story if you do.

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.

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

3 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

How is Sword Art Online any higher than this? That anime might be insanely loved, but it's also insanely hated at the same time. This? Mostly just the former, despite being of obviously lower quality. Besides it's about as unoriginal and oversaturated as it can get. It gets especially obvious when you realize that "Ash" is lithuanian for "me". AKA, his name is basically ego.

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!

4 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.

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

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

5 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.

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.

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.

6 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).

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

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.

Okay someone have gone to far with the SAO thing saying that it's better than Fairy Tail because it not. If you watch the Anime America review of SAO you will get what I am saying. Also the fan service I know the fan service is in the show but there a little in dragon ball franchise (actually a lot in dragon ball) and there other show but I watched Harem with more fan service then this. And last the Power of friendship. I know the power of friendship is boring but when you grow over the years you seem to forgot friendship along the way too. That's why they remind you and it kinda cool and easy that everyone can have this power.

7 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.

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.

I absolutely loved this show when it first aired in the 90s. Back then, it was something special. I can't say the same for it now. I have to agree with many people that it has become so tedious, long and boring and is loaded with too many fillers. It really has overstayed it's welcome. I mean, this show is turning 20, and it STILL isn't over yet! I used to be a huge fan of this show, but the pacing and lack of good story and character development has become so ridiculous that I've lost interest in this show. What happened? This show used to be fantastic, now it's just become like any other generic shounen anime out there. Just please end it.

8 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.

Guys this is a good anime it's beyond good I cannot describe in words. It's humorous that's why I watch and the season 2 in my opinion is good.

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

9 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 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 love this anime but Tokyo mew mew is better in my opinion not a fact

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

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

10 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.

Fans of this anime LOVE to shove this anime down people's throats to the point I even LIKED this anime at one point. I don't even know HOW I even started liking this garbage! Deku is a character that is there to make fun of people with the zodiac known as cancer, he doesn't even stick up for himself after being bullied, and just sits there and cries when he is in HIGH SCHOOL! Yes I am a cancer and I do cry easily but I also defend myself. Now Bakugo is just an ableist mary sue bully that people have a CRUSH ON! It is unhealthy to crush on a bully, and trust me, I had a crush on him too, but I realized it's unhealthy so I stopped liking him. Now I just don't like this anime at all but I do have 3 Naruto husbandos:
Itachi Uchiha
Sasuke Uchiha
Madara Uchiha

Writing gets gradually worse every arc. Started off with a ton of potential and then writer ran out of ideas. They started to forget what the message of story was and that there were other characters that needed to be focused on. Definition of overrated series when there are so many more that do it better.

This anime omg looks at all the ships its good ok that is why its overrated.

I don't think any of these are overrated. Especially BNHA. I like to see all the haters make their own anime and see how easy it it to get reconized. Some people don't get the heartfelt of anime like others. If you dish out BNHA then why arven if you think something is overrated ask yourself, would it be overrated if you were the one getting the fame from it. -Random Anime Crazed Girl

The Contenders

11 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

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

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

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

12 Hetalia

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".

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 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.

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.

13 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.

Overrated means way too popular. And since no one likes this in the first place, this can't be considered overrated, so stop saying that sonic x is horrible in a list about overrated anime. This isn't Top ten worst anime of all time. Also, I would consider this more underrated than overrated.

It can't be overrated if no one thinks it's good in the first place.

a lot of people think its good though but I don't know why its on this list

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

Sonic X? More like Chris X.

14 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.

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.

Definitely deserves it's praise. The writing is excellent and the characters get well-developed over the show (Yes, even Madoka). The production values are amazing, with music that was well composed and memorable and art-style that is unique and very colorful and fluid.

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

15 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.

I really like it, but I prefer the first 2 seasons over RE. by, like, a lot. I wouldn't call it overrated though, because it's not

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.

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.

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

16 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.

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.

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.

17 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.

People act like this anime is the only good anime, and honestly, what's so "good" about this anime. Drawings look so realistic to the point they're ugly.

Someone mentions it - prepare for the place you're in to turn into a freaking zoo.

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...

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

18 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.

I feel like a lot of people call Bleach overrated trash is because they hear it has a lot of filler but in reality it's only 45% filler while both seasons of Naruto Have almost the same amount of filler. The first season is 41% filler while shippuden has 43%. Also Bleach's filler is actually good.

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

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

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!

19 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.

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...

20 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.

I loved the anime, but I wish Susanoo and Leone and Tatsumi and all the others didn't all die. Chelsea especially.

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.

21 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

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

Wow a rock climbing anime

22 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.

Fun Fact: The plan of the series wasn't going to be about Romance in the beginning, it was added at the last minute. Therefore, it sucks more than it should have.

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

The ice skating looks pretty good though

This got awards?

23 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.

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.

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.

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.

24 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.

Please don't call me a traitor to anime. Liking this show does not automatically make me think it's anime. It is an amazing show, don't judge it just because it isn't anime.

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!

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

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

25 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?

This is one of my favorite animes!

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.

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