No pics because I fucking hate these, so I’mma not gonna bother looking for their pics. To be fair though, the one I truly FUCKING hate, rather than just regularly hate, is #1.
5. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
I liked the original Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. In fact, I really liked it because it was such a surprisingly good show for what I thought would be only mediocre. It had cute chibi art, decent humor and I liked all the strategies the “dumb” class used to defeat their higher ranked schoolmates.
But then season 2 came along. Remember that I said season 1 had decent humor? Well, part of the “humor” is from the “love triangle” with the main guy, the tsundere childhood friend and the smart but sickly chick. It was “humorous” in season 1 because it wasn’t overused. Well, now imagine taking all other forms of comedy out of the show and focusing on the romcom bits, oh, and take away the only thing that made the series unique, which was the class battles, and you have season 2 of Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu. Essentially, take out Test and take out Shoukanjuu and just leave the Baka, and you have season 2.
The main reason this show is at my least hated of the hated shows here is simply because I’ve dumped it after just a couple episodes. Why? Because the OTHER shows I hate came out first, and Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (season 2) was merely following their trend of suck.
4. Magical Lyrical Mahou Shoujo Nanoha StrikerS
The original Magical Lyrical Mahou Shoujo Nanoha started as an extremely generic magical girl show. But after a few episodes, it got better with the introduction of new characters and an actual plot for what was till then, a generic magical show based on a naughty dating sim game. While I normally don’t dig anime movies that are just retellings of the actual series, Magical Lyrical Mahou Shoujo Nanoha’s movie is one of the few exceptions. I would actually recommend a newcomer to watch that if they don’t wanna invest too much time on the franchise. Since while season 1’s pretty good, it’s not super stellar. Although I do prefer the TV version of the main villain as she’s totally unrepentant there.
But it wasn’t until the second season, Magical Lyrical Mahou Shoujo Nanoha A’s, that the franchise actually got awesome. Season 2 was action packed, balls to the wall fun. It’s one of the few anime I’ve rewatched.
Then came season 3, Magical Lyrical Mahou Shoujo Nanoha StrikerS. In a word? BOOOOOORING. The characters from season 1 and 2 have aged up and the story focuses on a buncha new characters, who with the exception of Subaru, because she’s the personification of a Super Mecha in the form of a dyke, are so booooooooooooooring. The first half of the series is composed of nothing but training, training and more training. The only times when it gets sorta awesome are when the original girls get to do stuff, but their screentime’s limited to just the occasional minute or two.
And it doesn’t help that the villains suck. Only 1 of the villains is any decent, on account of being a complete bitch, the others are pure rubbish.
Anime-wise, StrikerS killed the franchise. From what I understand, the fiction’s gone downhill since StrikerS as well.
3. Mai Otome
I loved Mai Hime when it came out. The first 5 episodes or so were quite rough, but it just got better and better until the very end. At which point, it had built up enough goodwill that I didn’t mind the ending, but I reckon if Landon watched it, he’d hate the entire series just because of the ending. Because he’s a JERK whom you can’t build goodwill with. But my insulting Landon for no discernable reason aside, let’s get back to Mai Otome, which, as you’ve guessed by now, is the sequel to Mai Hime.
Set in… some weird possible future or alternate universe or plot hole or whatever, again, we focus on a new generation of characters. And these new characters are fine. The problem is that the old characters also seem to kinda possibly still exist? But they’re pretty much nerfed as hell.
Where StrikerS was boooring, Mai Otome’s mostly just lackluster. Why that makes it rank worse than StrikerS is because where StrikerS you were excited in those rare instances the original cast got to do something, in Mai Otome, you’re left groaning that they get any screentime at all, because they’re just shadows of their former selves. This just makes them all the more disappointing.
Mai Otome would spawn OVAs, all based on the stupid-stupid-stupidly inconsistent Mai Otome universe and giving us characters that are utterly shitty. Which is ironic, because the main reason they’re shitty (aside from general shittiness) is because we the audience, don’t give a shit about them. Why should we care about some legendary character from a version of a show that’s lackluster at best?
2. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Now we’re getting to the “good” stuff. And by good, I mean bad. Which is bad and not good, because bad hasn’t been good since the 80s and maybe part of the 90s.
I’m sure you’ve noticed that all the anime I HATE have been sequels. The reason’s simple. If I watch an anime and it doesn’t jive with me, I’d likely just drop it. So I’ve no opportunity to develop a hatred for it. With the exception of a few shows that might get amended into this list, that’s generally the case. But sequels are different. With sequels, if I liked, or perhaps even LOVE the first season, I’d stick with the sequel, even if it’s crap. Of which A Certain Scientific Railgun certainly is. In fact, I hate it for much the same reason I hate the Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu sequel, which is that it took out all the good bits and focused solely on the worst aspects of the original. But unlike BakaTest 2, I’ve actually watched more episodes of Railgun than I cared to.
Not only that, but while I really enjoyed the original To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index), the one character that I truly grew to like, was indeed, Railgun.
The Tsundere character type has been around for years. You know, the one where the girl is normally a frigid bitch to the main guy (Tsun-Tsun) but has moments where she’s sweet on him (Dere-Dere). Ordinarily, this doesn’t jive with me. Especially since most of the time, this Tsundere type is represented with the girl being a violent bitch whom we’re supposed to forgive? Uh-uh girl! You don’t get off for being cray-cray (I have no idea what that means) bitch just because you have moments of vulnerability. Abusive relationships are a no-no in my book.
But Railgun in the original To Aru Majutsu no Index was different. She was frigid to the main guy for most of the series and only toward the end, was she more dere-dere. And it worked. Her exposure to the main guy was infrequent anyway, and he didn’t exactly let her HURT him. By the end of the series, she was a character worth Squee-ing over.
Then came To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, where she’s just this… this… nerfed… braindead useless piece of shitFUCKYOUyoustupidwhoreidiot! You’re a whorediot.
Railgun went from a strong yet ultimately lovable character to some pandering lil’ otaku fantasy rape bait. Hey, you know how Nagato Yuki from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya went from some mostly emotionless alien to… whatever the hell she became in her spinoff? Yeah, the EXACT same thing with Railgun. Except Railgun was a better character to begin with, so her fall was even worse. And this was further illustrated whenever the main guy from Index would cameo in Railgun, since those were the only times she acted even vaguely how she did in the original Index, which just reminded us of how far she fell.
But hey, as much as I fucking hate Railgun’s fall, I don’t fucking hate the anime per se. Because…
I suppose the show’s technically called K-On!! but FUCK K-On!!.
Season 1 of K-On! was okay. Episode one had 1 good joke, which was a Detroit Metal City reference. Then we got a decently amusing and perhaps even somewhat charming run of a series. K-On! was very much Azumanga Daioh with all the bite taken out, but it had its redeeming qualities. The music was extremely catchy and spread around the series quite evenly. And we even got to see the growth of the main character Yui, from her montage in the first episode and then the last episode. Finally, just as To Aru Majutsu no Index Railgun gave us a truly viable Tsundere character, K-On! gave us a truly “moe” character in Mio Akiyama. The whole cake eating thing that’s become synonymous with K-On! was actually relatively restraint.
But then, a problem arose. K-On! became crazy popular. Which wrought the fucking sonuvabitchpieceoffuckingshitcrapK-On!!.
K-On!! not only has the worst of everything that I’ve hated on in this entire list. From removing all the good bits in favor of the shit parts like in BakaTest2, such as ignoring the Azumanga-ish aspects to focus on the whole tea drinking and cake eating and inanity; to destroying the break out character like in Railgun, such is the case with Mio; but to top it all off… the one thing that makes me HATE K-On!!, that makes me detest it with the vigor of a dozen blue suns and for me to declare this as probably the worst anime in give or take a 5 to 15 year period, is this:
It was also popular.
And because it was popular, it was imitated. It brought upon us, the Moepocalypse. Inanity became the word of the day. To this day, we still get inanity in place of entertainment, which is why I now place a show’s entertainment value at a higher importance than I once did. And this is the case because of K-On!! It wasn’t the first. But because it got popular, it won’t be the last.
I don’t hate K-On!! because it was terrible in and of itself. It certainly wasn’t great. Hell, it wasn’t even good. It was inferior to the first season (which wasn’t awesome but wasn’t too bad) in every way to the point of being on the lower-middle end of mediocrity. It was bad in every way a sequel could be bad. Even the music wasn’t as good, and it was less frequent too. BUT, in and of itself? I’ve seen worse crap.
K-On!! is not hateful simply because it was mediocre in and of itself. K-On!!’s hateful because it spawned hundreds upon hundreds of hours of crap that’s even WORSE than itself. If it simply killed the franchise like StrikerS or Otome, that’d be one thing. I’d probably only hate it. Hell, I might not even hate it at all. It’d have been forgettable. Like Moyashimon’s second season.
But all the inane bullshit crap we’ve all had to sit through for the last 5 or so years since its release? I used to be excited when new anime come out. But now I look at their write-up and think of how likely they’ll be yet another derivative of K-On!!.
K-On!! reduced my love for anime.
So yeah, that’s why it’s the Anime I Fucking Hate.