Over the past few decades, the anime community has seen incredible growth which has resulted in the rapid proliferation of quality titles within the genre. Yet for every critically acclaimed series like Neon Genesis Evangelion, A playWhere demon slayercountless others deserve less praise.
Most low quality anime don’t stick around for very long, either being canceled due to lack of demand or coming to their natural conclusion within a few episodes. However, despite their lack of success, a few of these terrible shows were, for some reason, greenlit to receive a second season.
10/10 Ajin: Demi-Human’s visual flaws ruined his potential
3D animation has been a very polarizing topic in anime for years and in 2016 Ajin: Demi-human is a perfect example of why the art style often leaves a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. Its visual inconsistencies and clunky, undefined character models kept many fans from engaging with the show’s plot, holding back what could potentially have been a solid addition to the seinen genre.
Despite these problems, Ajin has amassed a sizable following, some of which can likely be attributed to its release on Netflix’s streaming service. Ultimately, this widespread exposure helped the show receive a live-action movie release, multiple OVAs, and a second season that also aired on Netflix.
9/10 Queen’s Blade fan service earned her another season
Despite its polarizing nature, many anime watchers appreciate the fan service. It’s certainly become ingrained in the culture, and if there hadn’t been a market for it, the concept would probably have been given a different moniker at some point. That being said, Queen’s Blade is an example of what happens when fan service is the only thing a series offers.
The plot of the show centers around a tournament between 12 women vying for the title of queen. Yet, thanks to his lack of interest in telling a coherent story, Queen’s Blade usually focuses on something else: over-the-top portrayals of its female characters. As the saying goes, sex sells, and despite its lackluster reviews, this series received a second season the same year it was originally released.
8/10 Boruto skates on the legacy of its predecessor
The naruto the franchise grew like any title in anime history; however, its sequel, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, is far from having reached the same level of success. Plagued by its poor animation and overuse of anime canon/filler episodes, the story of Boruto Uzumaki mostly remained relevant by straddling the tails of its predecessor.
In retrospect, Boruto probably would have benefited from giving its manga the time to release material, which would have allowed the anime to further adapt its canonical events from the start. Instead, he pushed forward, almost immediately forced to dilute his product with events that had no bearing on his narrative. Fortunately, the naruto inheritance is probably too big to fail, so this series could very well be redeemed in the future.
7/10 Diabolik Lovers did not take advantage of their opportunity
The disparity between the size of diabolical lovers its viewership and review positivity are about as stellar as any anime – the show sits around #900 and #12,000 on MyAnimeList’s popularity and review charts, respectively. Based on a light novel series of the same name, evil lovers The previous reputation has attracted many fans hoping for a decent adaptation.
To the disappointment of many, a decent adaptation wasn’t what fans received. diabolical lovers is an absolute disaster plagued by its utter detachment from female viewers, who coincidentally are the target audience for this two-season series.
6/10 Berserk’s 2016 Reboot Didn’t Capitalize on Its Stellar Legacy
Similar to Ajin: Demi-human, Berserk was part of the wave of 3D anime series released in 2016 that polarized anime audiences. The Berserk The franchise is one of the most respected of its kind, but despite its stellar reputation, its 2016 anime release failed to capitalize on the series’ potential.
Horrible animation isn’t the only thing who delayed this reboot – he also toned down the intensely dark material that defines Berserk, resulting in a visually unattractive PG-13 version of Guts’ grueling journey. Although the franchise’s reputation earned it another season and several movies, its consistently poor quality ultimately led to the anime going on hiatus again.
5/10 Rosario + Vampire fails exactly as expected
A rare confluence of all that is criticized on the genre of the harem, Rosario + Vampire focuses on the story of Tsukune Aono as he adjusts to Youkai Academy, a school full of menacing, human-killing monsters. There, he befriends Moka Akashiya, the school’s prettiest student, who happens to be an incredibly powerful vampire capable of defending Aono helplessly.
Fan service at the top, a rinse-and-recycle narrative and uninspired characters set the tone for this series, and it never manages to undo that perception. Although the show features decent animation and a solid soundtrack, Rosario + Vampire should consider himself lucky to have received a follow-up season.
4/10 The follow-up season of The Promised Neverland destroyed the franchise’s legacy
In all honesty, the first season of The promised never-never land stayed true to its source material, featured beautiful animation, and included a stellar cast of voice actors who nailed their respective roles. However, the show’s second season made the jaw-dropping decision to completely alter its course, yielding what is perhaps the most poorly run production in anime history.
The Promised Neverland The second season decides to deviate from the events of the manga, but inexplicably then turns around and attempts to summarize 100 chapters of its source material. All the while, the series take a huge step back in virtually every other category as well. It’s no surprise that the first season of The promised never-never land received a follow-up release, but no one could have expected how badly it would tarnish the title’s legacy.
3/10 Sonic X suffered from 4Kids’ incompetence
As with many titles released by 4Kids Entertainment, sonic x the relationship with viewers is defined by whether they have seen its original Japanese release or its heavily edited and poorly dubbed 4Kids adaptation. The latter of these two benefited from the size of the Sonic fanbase, which likely helped the show receive multiple seasons despite its disappointing reviews.
While the 4Kids edit of sonic x suffers from constant mediocrity and a childish and unoriginal presentation, the original version presents a more mature narrative that the franchise generally receives. His perceived jitters deterred 4Kids executives from a faithful adaptation, which ultimately resulted in their misguided mess of a product.
2/10 Bakugan Battle Brawlers hasn’t aged well
Compare series like Bakugan Battle Brawlers to the most critically acclaimed anime titles is a bit unfair, considering the show’s target demographic is kids under 13. However, that doesn’t excuse it from the well-placed criticism surrounding its trope presentation and poor voice acting.
Bakugan capitalizes on the success of top series like Pokemon and Yu Gi Oh!, building on the same marketing-driven approach that made them media giants. Although nostalgia elevates the experience of watching Bakuganin adulthood, it has lost its luster.
1/10 Vampire Knight’s Useless Protagonist Is Holding The Series Back
Vampire-filled love stories saturate all fictional mediums, and as evidenced by vampire knight, anime is not excluded from this trend. Came out at the height of the Dusk infatuation, vampire knight follows Yuki Cross as she navigates Cross Academy, a school divided between two different groups of students: humans and vampires.
In terms of production value, the series does not suffer from any specific area; however, its helpless protagonist does a solid job of covering slack and turning vampire knight in an overly predictable slog. Cross’ repetitive damsel-in-distress characterization holds back not just her, but the entire show, and it likely played a role in the show’s downfall after its second season was released.