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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.
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 thought it was the best thing around when I had only seen this and death note and was starting on trigun. I can safely say that Naruto is the most overrated anime series out there and will be for quite some time.
The 'Zabuza arc' was unfortunately the first and best arc, it hit all the resonant notes. Everything after might have been more epic and flashier but just couldn't hold a candle to it, especially when some much time was invested in the badly done bromance of Sasuke and Naruto
So over rated, first season was good but they basically kept milking the money cow till the show sucked. (i'm suprised Puella Magi Madoka Magica is on this list though)V 60 Comments
To everyone who hasn't seen SAO, imagine someone taking your favorite action/fantasy series, then cutting out everything except the romance scenes. That's EXACTLY what SAO is.
For it's premise, it would have been incredible as an action series with at least one hundred episodes (one for each floor on Aincrad). This is what the show was for only the first two episodes. But after that, the show turns into a cheap harem romance series with an over-powered and despicable protagonist. The show even time skips a lot to cut down the series to a quarter of what it should have been.
There are also far too many side-characters! Only Kirito and Asuna get any proper character development and screen-time throughout the series while everyone else gets only one episode.
The character/plot development is also terrible. While the plot is too predicable, a lot of the characters become more despicable throughout the series. A common example is Asuna, who is at first a complete ...more
Despite it's incredible animation, action sequences and "' amazing" music, the series has some terrible faults. The anime started off well with it's thrilling plot and interesting characters, but after awhile the series became what action anime fans hoped it would not become; a harem romance series with a worthless protagonist. The series could have definitely been longer, and while fans watched the few episodes it did have, he had to watch Kirito getting hit on by girls even though he only used them to make himself stronger. We also had to painfully bare watching Asuna turn into a strong and independent heroin from the first boss fight into a damsel-in-distress who can do nothing without Kirito. In other words, what could have become an incredible and long action series turned into a typical harem anime where every girl around Kirito (even his own sister) fell for him, even though he is a useless and heartless douchebag.
I've read both Aincrad arc books and they are a bit better than the anime. The filler episodes in the beginning were side stories in the second book, and completely irrelevant to the plot. There is not much which hasn't been said already, but starting a 12-episode-per-arc anime with fillers isn't going to please anybody. Being so romance/harem driven, I've mostly skimmed through the book chapters and, not knowing what to expect, watched the entire series. It is not nice to expect a mostly action anime and get romance bullcrap instead. One more thing, I think Klein would have been a better protagonist.
Asuna is not best girlV 59 Comments
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!
Not to mention, Ash always loses the Pokemon League. ALL. THE. TIME. - AStumpedHumanV 88 Comments
Attack On Titan is all the rave nowadays. People love the new style of animation and "Code Geass' like story-line it has to offer (Code Geass as in you can't really see anything coming). Yet the anime is overly praised by it's fans since the series still has some major faults. For starters, there is too much dialogue in the series. I felt like I was looking at a visual novel instead of an action series, and I knew that even though the camera was panned on people talking, there was obviously something else going on that would be so much more fun to watch. Also, the protagonist Eren Jaeger is completely useless. He's a German kid constantly ranting off about how he wants to eliminate an entire race of beings and encourages his allies to stand strong against the enemy since they're number one (remind you of anyone). There's a lot they can change in this series to make it better, and hopefully in Season 2 it does get better.
Now I can understand why Sword Art Online is at number 4, but Attack on Titan is definitely well-deserving of number 5! People say it is not overrated and it is the best anime they have ever seen even though it's only the first anime most people have watched! I felt the same way too. It was one of my first anime that I got so hyped for, but even though the anime was really good, it didn't live up to the hype that I got from so many fans. Not even Sword Art Online had as much hype as this anime, because at least Sword Art Online has an overwhelming division of lovers and haters. But as for Attack on Titan, more people love it while less people hate it! Attack on Titan is no different than Sword Art Online and I saw it as no surprise when the live-action movies were so negatively received and the Junior High special was panned by anime fans who thought Production I.G. wasted so much time on a chibi spin-off when they could be making Season 2! Seriously, and now Hajime Isayama is trying ...more
It's not an exaggeration to say that nothing significant happens the entire series. The characters are all awful, there's no development of any kind, the story is practically non-existent, the pacing is an absolute mess, and it really isn't as intense or action packed as people say it is. The only reason people think attack on titan is intense is because of its opening, which isn't bad but entirely misleading. It labels the show as an intense revenge story but in reality its just a crappy drama. And on a side note, you know a series has issues when the only somewhat likable character's thing is that she likes potatoes, that's just sad. Attack on titan had a pretty good starting concept but then the author just butchered it in every way he possibly could.
This anime gets too much praise that Hajime Isayama is being praised like God, making a religion like Hajimism. - AStumpedHumanV 45 Comments
Love DBZ but many people treat it as the be-all/end-all of anime and don't look at at anything else
Just because you are a DBZ fan and look at other animes does not mean everyone else does. - DaisyandRosalina
At least I've seen better animes than this. I'm not saying that Dragon Ball Z is bad (in fact an excellent martial arts anime series and one of its kind), but there many ones that are pretty much excellent and heavily underrated, for example my favourite Detective Conan AKA Case Closed. Maybe because if kids know any anime (not being hardcore fans), Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z tops in their list. - Kiteretsunu
Naruto first? Are you joking right?V 45 Comments
Seriously, am I the only one who thinks Sword Art Online is better than Fairy Tail? I know more people love Fairy Tail than Sword Art Online, which makes Fairy Tail overrated as it is. Sword Art Online may have quite a lot of fan service, but Fairy Tail is just 99.9% fan service to be honest. Even Asuna is stronger than Lucy (and don't you deny it, Sword Art Online haters. You know Asuna would beat Lucy by a landslide in a Death Battle).
To be honest when I started fairy tail I liked it a lot but then all the episodes started getting the same and you just get tired of Lucy crying, somehow getting her clothes ripped off and getting saved by Natsu /every single/ episode. And Natsu really does everything and even though Erza is a cool character she's so full of bull sometimes. Also ENOUGH OF FRIENDSHIP NONESENSE! Fairy tail is very overrated.
One of the most horrible shows I've had the pleasure to watch, this stuff is just absolute garbage, and the fan service is just insane, natsu does everything in this show, beats everyone, everybody is relying on him. - Abdelwahab
Um... yes you are other person. Sword Art Online is amazing and all... but Fairy Tail is so much better! Lucy needs more credit in all arias as well! Did you see her star outfits or are you just one of those people to watch the first episode? Sword Art Online is awesome and Asuna could beat Lucy, but it would be closer than people like you would care to think. Fairy Tail is great! (PS: have Erza fight Asuna)V 47 Comments
I watched quite a lot of One Piece, around 400 episodes. The pacing is very slow and most of the characters are mostly very stereotypical and predictable, however, it does have some good story, the idea of special fruit that gives you powers is quite interesting but the story developing with over half a thousand episodes and most of the characters being uninteresting and very basic made me quit. By the people who watch or read it regularly it is extremely overrated, but isn't bad only mediocre at best.
I quite respect your comment. I watched some great anime like DBZ and Naruto, but I think One Piece is better than both. But One Piece is overrated among fans who just think One Piece is the best no matter what, and threat every other anime like trash. I think that because of fans like that One Piece is really overrated, even if it's good anime. - uros
I have watched one piece anime completely and my opinion of this anime is that, first of all character development is very poor in OP and the main character Luffy acts like an annoying child. The story is just plain and boring. Music throughout the anime sucks completely. The animation of the characters could have been much better. No catchy lines or punching dialogs. The powers of many of the characters looks overrated. Still there are many flaws in this anime. One piece fan boys were bragging that this was the best anime ever made, so I decided to watch it and I couldn't watch more than 400 episodes but some people told me that it gets really good after 400 episodes so I watched the entire anime and I was extremely disappointed and I was annoyed for wasting my time. Bottom line is one piece is the most OVERRATED ANIME. - RohitC
The pacing is too slow in One Piece! There's too many filler episodes and it doesn't try to properly adapt the manga chapters faithfully. At least Sword Art Online makes sure its seasons adapt the arcs properly and gives enough time to make them in order to prevent filler episodes. One Piece should go way above Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online, because those two anime series are way better uses of your time than watching One Piece to death.
Super overrated that's allV 38 Comments
The biggest problem with this anime is that people consider it to be the best anime ever, when really, the original manga author only made the series as a JOKE to MOCK other shonen anime for laughs. It is just a parody, not the greatest thing ever since sliced bread. Still good anime, but the amount of people that once had an actual anime series that weren't meant to be jokes as their favorite be replaced by anime series that WAS MEANT TO BE A JOKE is mind-boggling.
This series is not supposed to be taken seriously. The biggest joke is that many fail to realize this.
You guys all suck, just because the man characters kills the enemy with one punch doesn't mean it's stupid, the whole anime is just for fun FOOLS
To sum it up, lame or dull is the best words. Poor quality animation and really just... dullV 29 Comments
I don't know why, but I was never interested in Sailor Moon. The whole reason I tried it was because I wanted to see why people liked it so much. Once I tried it, I hated it. It's overhyped, stereotypical, and bland. I mean even that crappy Winx Club show is better than this.
I know a girl who likes some shoujo manga, but finds this generic and I agree that the magical girl power thing is disgusting. - Sephilin
Sure, this is the classic magical girl genre and yes, little girls probably love it. But watching it as a grown-up is just painful and cringe-worthy. - WingCastle
I mean I like Winx Club but I never really thought it'd be considered better than THIS anime. I just started watching it, and it seems good.V 14 Comments
Naruto was a great anime but Naruto Shippuden makes it even greater it contains epic storylines
Naruto Shippuden is perfect the 1st part was good too but when you add this it makes it even better I started crying when I thought Naruto was going too die but he lived it made me so happy I thought it was perfect I watched it 6 times in a row I'm on my 7th time now!
It's the BEST SUCK IT
They stole many concepts from dragon ball like the 8th gates is like Kaioken and Bijuu mode is like Super SaiyanV 2 Comments
Why is it named after a cleaner that makes stuff what? - MoldySock
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!
Fillers made me hate the show. Honestly if you want to give Bleach a try I recommend reading the manga insteadV 11 Comments
It would be good without Chris. Yes, Sega, you may need to change the plot altogether now.
I like shows people hate. Like Sonic X. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
Sonic X? More like Chris X.
This ruined sonic - Adventurur2V 4 Comments
How is Hetalia overrated? For one thing, it really helps me remember and get interested in history. In fact, it's great for studying as you'd remember entertaining things easier. Sure, it may display it in humorous way, but that's why people love it. It's more underrated, each character is lovable and each country has a personality for themselves that make up the world. This show is helpful, enjoyable, and hilarious. It also isn't extremely time consuming, but you'd find yourself swept away with the episodes. The fandom is also quite wacky, but the fandom is no reason to hate the show either.
Hetalia isn't overrated! I know it has a crazy fan base and all, but it's actually really good! It's funny and interesting! It's not a boring and serious anime where you have to make sure you catch up with every episode, it's just like a mini series. It deserves more love and I despise it when it gets hate for "ruining history class". - MontyPython
Hetalia has no clear story or point, and the fans are absolutely cut-throat. I like many series' that are considered overrated and have watched a lot of Hetalia but I didn't get what the point was. I am a history student but I found it flawed, also I found it hard to enjoy due to the fanbase.
A cringy version of Countryball.V 12 Comments
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.
Literally, how can people say Digimon is overrated when this show was nearly forgotten if not for Digimon Tri? This show is underrated. Pokemon is overrated. - Mugi
WHAT!?! THIS IS OVERRATED. Its always being overshadowed by Pokemon. The Pokemon games, I can understand being better (At times)
,but Anime-wise HOW IS POKEMON BETTER THAN THIS. In the pokemon anime, its mostly about a never-aging bratty kid and his Pikachu being stalked by the worst crime organization in all anime:Team Rocket.At least Digimon has a story and decent characters. How does the train-wreck of Anime still exist? If anything, this anime is underrated. - shawnmccaul22
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
Sebastion died?! - Adventurur2V 8 Comments
People don't judge me. Clannad is overrated. Everyone says it's the best anime ever, saddest anime ever best romance. To be completely honest, it was boring, long not to mention it made Air (2005) and Kanon (2002 and 2006) look like they never existed. - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ
I think the only reason I cried while watching this anime was cause of that dango song. I heard the song way before watching the actual anime and even before watching the anime I cried listening to the song. It tugs my heartstrings. This song absolutely kills me, it has that happy family vibe but also gives you such an empty feeling. I like this anime but it really is overrated because people keep telling you to watch it for the ending, and how sad it is. The people who recommend this anime only praise the fact that it made them cry and nothing else. Honestly this anime gets recommended because people who cried watching this wants to share the pain with everyone else, and treats people who didn't cry while watching this like they're some sort of monsters.
Everyone says it's sad. Can't they have meaningful deaths? Like if they do something really great but they die in the process? I can't go to "Top ten saddest anime" or "Top ten saddest deaths" or "Top ten saddest anime soundtracks" without seeing Clannad. I'm sick of it.
There is nothing good about this showV 9 Comments
I'm surprised a lot of people say Log Horizon is vastly underrated. While it's true it will never be as overrated as Sword Art Online, Log Horizon is definitely guilty of being overrated as well. The anime series has blandly drawn characters, bland animation, bland setting, and finally, Akatsuki being the victim of moe. It's like it resembles more of cough*.hack*cough than Sword Art Online does. While it is true Log Horizon may have better writing and better character development, Sword Art Online had better production values than Log Horizon. It's no wonder Sword Art Online is more popular and considered overrated. Meanwhile, Reki Kawahara is stepping up his game for Sword Art Online as he is improving from his flaws from the first arcs of Sword Art Online and has better written his later volumes for his light novel series.
Just because it isn't Sword Art Online doesn't mean it is better! Log Horizon is clearly bland in animation, character designs, and setting!
"SAO is trash, Log horizon is better" but if you compare it to another anime Log horizon is simply trash
Worse than Sword Art Online by a lotV 6 Comments
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
Well if he was a kid, but currently he's one of the strongest fictional characters, excluding Saitama. You think Professor X can survive 100x gravity. Professor X isn't even a planet buster, how can he defeat a multi planet buster like Goku? Please reply and explain, I would love to know an answer.
I wish they didn't split dragon ball with the time skip, I don't like the Z they put in the title
I forgot about this one :( I loved it - Adventurur2V 1 Comment
I'm not saying I hate this series, but this anime series does have its flaws too. When I saw the first two Night Raid deaths, they were quite shocking and I felt kind of sad they had to go away. But as more deaths started coming and comic relief ruined the emotional impact right after, it just started getting annoying. Plus, I kind of have to take off points from Akame's character since she uses elements of moe (although she is still a badass). Plus, they rushed the story and made up an unsatisfactory ending even though the manga was still going. Not to mention the last few deaths in the series were absurd and deserved more. If only more characters lived, I would have been okay with the ending. However, due to lack of emotional impact and plot issues, I feel like Sword Art Online was not as bad as what Akame ga Kill! did by just killing off characters without giving them much needed development.
Let's face it. No matter how much we love a show, that won't save it from being overrated. Sure, I love Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan, but I have enough humility to acknowledge that they are overrated. Unfortunately, Akame ga Kill! is one of those shows as well. I may love the show, but there is no denying it is overrated. Plus, let's face it. It's just another generic shonen anime series, though I still love it.
If only they properly gave enough screen time and development for all the characters, each of the characters who died would have had more meaningful and more sad deaths.
The most overrated garbage ever. I just...don't understand.V 6 Comments
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. - fivemorechances
This show is not as good as everyone makes it out to be. All the girls do is sulk and wait for their deaths. They don’t stand by each other, they do not even like each other! Madoka has no character at all and Kubye has to bully her into becoming a magical girl. Mami wines and dies, Homura messes everything up by trying to save Madoka, Sayaka cries over a boy, and Kyoko is pretty cool. In Pretty Cure and Sailor Moon the magical girls help each other and fight to save the world with no selfish wishes or desires tied into their transformations. Kubye manipulates the girls as well, he tricks them. This show is so overrated.V 13 Comments
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