RRF: My 5 Least Favorite Anime of 2017

RoseRedFlower
2017 was a pretty great year for me. I got married, got to see my sister some more and my house didn't get demolished by the hurricanes this year.
And oh boy there were a lot of anime this year and I didn't get to all of them but I saw plenty. Some of them were really good extra seasons to good shows like One Punch Man, Attack on Titan, Food Wars etc.
Then we had some highly anticipated manga's being made into anime like Kakegurui, Inuyashiki, Konohana Kitan etc.
However, I wanted to get the ones I disliked the most off my chest so that I can focus more on the good anime.
Remember, this is just my opinion. I didn't see everything this year and some shows I dropped. These are the anime that I finished watching or still am watching.
So let's get started.
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
I'm going to quote the four words The Anime Man used in order to describe Naruto. Just let it end. I felt the same way when watching this anime. It's still going and currently has thirty-five episodes. Yet even after thirty five episodes I'm sooooo bored.
The worst part is the main character Boruto or Bolt. He's sooooo annoying! There's a fine line between making a kid act like a child and just making them unlikable. The biggest example is how he treats his father. Naruto is the Hokage and he has to take care of the village from numerous threats. Boruto starts resenting him for this and he wants to beat him. Sasuke says he'll help train him if he learns the rasengan. So he cheats his way into using the rasengan by using a special device. So he didn't learn it or worked hard for it. Then when his father caught him cheating during the chunin exams, he gets mad at his father? Instead of owning up to his mistake, he blames someone else. Boruto wasn't sorry he did it, he was sorry he got caught. The other characters are just versions of their parents but without their interesting development. Not to mention the horrid writing and Sasuke and Sakura being a couple. Very disappointing.
Neo Yokio
Who didn't see this one coming? If this is the kind of anime that Netflix is going to make, then I'm going to not watch anymore. This anime had horrible product placement with some of the worst voice acting ever. It's 2017 and the lines are recorded like they just read the script. 4Kids had better voice acting in some shows they made! I don't even know how to describe the plot of Neo Yokio either. In the future of wherever this takes place, the character Jaden Smith plays fights against demons, wants to become the number bachelor, flies a mech robot butler and wants to be a driver. Does it sound convoluted and a mess? Congratulations, you put more thought into Neo Yokio than the monkey's who wrote this story. Random stuff just happens in the anime. You know how some Slice of Life anime like Tari Tari and Tamako Market stay consistent with their narrative flow? Well Neo Yokio isn't like that. One minute he's flying on his mecha robot butler than a demon has a possessed a field hockey ball. But then it tries to be serious with gender identity, communism and politics! Because that's what I want to here from an anime guy with pink hair, capitalistic ideals!
HandShakers
This anime is a prime example as to why pretty posters doesn't mean it's a good anime. This has some of the worst visuals in recent anime years. The 3D and 2D clash will make you want to want to go blind. It's like mixing two different paintings together. Yes separate they could look nice but all together it looks like garbage. Then the character's are all obnoxious too and the fan-service is completely unnecessary. Then there's really confusing stuff that I just don't get. Like how if Tazuna could lose his partner Koyori if they don't stop holding hands. That's the basic premise and it's boring enough, right? Well he sends a girl to his home! His parents never question what's going on, nor do is teachers or classmates either. The anime is just dumb. I would recommend you stay far away from this anime.
Eromanga-Sensei
Made by the same genius who brought us Oreimo. And it's pretty much the same thing as Oreimo but I think it's even worse. This one is way more forgettable than Oreimo. I remember how unlikable Kirino Kousaka was but I can't remember anything about Sagiri Izumi. I'm sure lolicon's out there would love this anime but the fanservice with the underage girl just made me feel sick when watching it. And I know she's not real but it's still not within my comfort zone to watch. This anime isn't trying to be new or say something useful. It's not dramatic at all with plot points disappearing and have no impact. The comedy is bare minimum and it isn't romantic in the slightest. A-1 Pictures, stop making these kinds of anime and make something better! Sadly though, this wasn't the anime I found to be the worse one this year. You probably didn't hear about it but believe me, I found this one to be less tolerable than Eromanga-Sensei.
Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita
This was made by a studio known as Magic Bus. Magic Bus has only made one anime I liked but they had help from Artland. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu was made in 1988 though. The most recent thing they made all by themselves was something called Tainmanin Yukikaze. That was a very bad hentai made in 2013. And their newest anime to come out this year was awful. Well Skirt no Naka wa Kedamono Deshita is about a girl going to a male mixer even though she's not into guys. She leaves and meets someone named Ryou. The girl who we figure out is named Shizuka talks and befriends Ryou over some drinks. And then ends up being seduced by Ryou. This anime feels like a lazy hentai that doesn't want to alienate viewership by masquerading itself as an Ecchi, Drama, Romance. But I can assure you, this anime isn't dramatic or romantic at all. Want to know Ryou's secret that presents itself as the only drama with meaning? Ryou is a boy. As if you couldn't tell by the male Japanese name. Seriously, was I the only one not surprised when the character was a trap? At least other traps try to have girlish names to disguise them, this one didn't. Also this romance feels weird because Ryou is a university student who's hooking up with a high-school student. Yeah this also felt uncomfortable. If you thought the fanservice with Sagiri was uncomfortable, get ready to feel absolute cringe watching what these two do. They don't do anything romantic together at all. Their characters aren't developed, the side characters aren't really important and this just feels like an animated version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Comments

I've always hated Naruto Shippuden. Wasn't even going to bother with Boruto - Mcgillacuddy

I was quite surprised Forest Fairy Five wasn't on this post. Seriously, I've only seen images and clips of it and the visuals are SEIZURE-INDUCING. It's almost like Electric Soldier Porygon crossed over with Foodfight! and Problem Solverz. And it's supposed to be for KIDS? Who in their right mind thought it was a good idea to broadcast this on Japanese television and potentially put kids at the risk of seizures? Let alone have Crunchyroll acquire the streaming rights to it? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Forest Fairy Five episodes were only ten minutes long. It made the sit through more tolerable than the standard 20-25 minute episode. Unlike the other anime that were longer and it wasn't the first time Tokyo MX released something this bad. They made "gdgd Fairies Movie: tte Iu Eiga wa Dou kana...? " and "Konna Watashitachi ga Nariyuki de Heroine ni Natta Kekka". So when I was going in to watch Forest Fairy Five I wasn't surprised. It hurt but it slowly became white noise over time. - RoseRedFlower

Oh, I see. Still, Forest Fairy Five is still one of the worst anime of 2017 both visually and overall. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Naruto Shippuden was too long for me to continue to watch and I'm not surprised Boruto was bad. Maybe the author should just stop before it's too late. - IceSnake

I watched a few episodes of Boruto and needless to say, I couldn't get into it. I honestly despised that crap. I also heard of Neo Yukio too but haven't seen it (yet) - TwilightKitsune

By the way, have you heard of Fate/Apocrypha? I've managed to watch all 25 episodes to the end, and while I did enjoy some moments in it, it kind of disappointed me as a Fate installment. I plan on doing an anime review later this month to express my full thoughts on it. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Can't wait for your thoughts! But yes, I did watch it. The concept was interesting but it didn't live up to my expectations. The plot had too many holes, characters had lackluster motivation, the main character seemed really generic and it felt very cheap compared to what Studio Deen and ufotable made. - RoseRedFlower

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