How does talking about my 5 Lowest Rated Anime fit in on a site celebrating anime? I’ll get to that. But first: Is toxic fandom getting you down? Are you tired of getting excited when you see a review of a series you love, only to find that the review calls the latest episode a “dumpster fire?” Hey, me, too! And we’re not alone. I just read a post called “When Anime Fans Hate Anime” on Irina’s site I Drink and Watch Anime. In it, she discussed the state of some anime fan discussions.
Because simply cursing the dark just adds to the toxicity, and since I Drink and Watch Anime is not known for doing such things, Irina suggested a great idea to off-set this rampant negativity:
Go to your MAL or AniList or Excel, or brain, whatever you use to keep track of your anime. Pick the 5 shows you personally rated the lowest (but still remember) and say something nice about them.When Anime Fans Hate Anime
That sounds like a great idea! So I’m going to do just that. But first, I hope you’ll be interested to see how this idea plays right into the theme for Crow’s World of Anime.
Celebrating Anime, Even My 5 Lowest Rated Anime
I’ve talked before about why I chose celebrating anime as the theme for this site. Aside from the personal anecdotes in that post, you might be interested to learn that there’s a scientific perspective on why people get so hyped up on negativity. It has to do with becoming addicted to their own neurochemicals. David Brin had a wonderful article on the topic. After reading that article, I not only had a better understanding of why folks become so strong in their condemnation of whatever. I understand why I did it, too. That article changed my perspective.
So in brief, I celebrate anime because I want more celebration in the world. Anime has given me a lot of enjoyment, and I’m grateful for that. I want to share that enjoyment with my readers. That’s why I’ve settled on my current format of picking my favorite quote and favorite moment from an episode. Occasionally, I use different formats, but I think the format that talks about my favorite quote and moment helps keep me focused on the positive.
5 Lowest Rated Anime
I’m going to use my profile at My Anime list to pick my 5 lowest rated anime series. I’m going to list them in descending order, so that the series that I like the least is last. I should also note that there are series that I like even less than these, but I didn’t finish them. These are the 5 lowest rated anime series that I finished. I figure talking about the ones I dropped would be unfair to the creative teams behind those series.
I think that some of these will be easy. At least one is going to be a serious challenge. Let’s see where we end up!
Screenshot from the Crunchyroll stream.
This show actually had several things I liked about it. In no particular order, they were:
- The OP was exceedingly pleasant. I’m not being euphemistic at all! I really enjoyed it.
- RyuZU’s character design was super easy on the eyes.
- The world in this series represented something unique: It took place in a reproduction Earth created from clockwork gears and springs. It even toyed with the idea that energy behaved differently in that world.
- I had no complaints about the show’s animation. Some of it looked great.
Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
I actually reviewed this series as it aired. Thinking about this series makes me realize something. This isn’t an easy exercise! My instinct is not to praise this show! But if I can get past that instinct, I can see the wisdom of trying to find the positive. Because this show, too, has them.
- This show had another seriously enjoyable OP. The tone and reliance on guitars gave the show a distinct feel.
- Amazingly, it had an even better fit with the ED. The ED veered toward heavy metal, and talk about embodying the show’s vibe!
- One of my favorite villains was Eleonore von Wittenburg. She might actually be one of my favorite all-time villains. The way she dominated every scene she appeared in impressed me. She exuded a silent menace that I thought was wildly effective.
- Costume Design: It’s hard to go wrong with a Nazi ascetic if you want your characters to scream EVIL. In fact, it felt reassuring to see Nazis recognized as evil.
Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This was another series I reviewed. I struggled even harder than I did for Dies Irae to think of positive things to say. But once again, I found that I could! Here’re the things I liked about the series:
- YAFO: I’m trying to have fun with acronyms. This one’s Yet Another Fun OP. Taboo Tattoo’s OP hit me just right. I had a lot of fun watching it and it seemed to be a good fit for the series.
- The fight choreography seemed solid. The series featured a lot of close-quarters combat. This might be the series strongest point, in fact.
- After I made my peace with the name, Bluesy Fluesy’s character grew on me. I thought she worked well as a protagonist.
Capture from the Funimation stream.
Wow. I reviewed this series, too. Actually, I collaborated on the reviews with Irina. I feel like I let her down towards the end. But I’m not going to talk about that or why it’s number 2 on this list. I’m going to say what I liked about it.
One little bit of trivia: I’d initially graded his as high as a 7. Irina even asked if I was sure. Turns out, I wasn’t. I eventually downgraded it to a 3.
- YAFO: Might as well keep the streak going! The Promised Neverland Season’s opening sounded catchy and did a great job showcasing the characters.
- The opening episodes felt dramatically solid. In fact, the first several episodes did a good job of chronicling what happened to the children after The Promised Neverland.
- The cast was interesting and nostalgic. I really enjoyed watching Mujika. The idea of a demon having a blood type that meant she didn’t need to eat kids worked well. It was also nice to see Emma, Ray, Norman, Gilda, Don, Phil, and even Isabella again.
- The dragon we got to see in episode 11 pegged the cool-ometer at 11 (and it only goes to 10).
Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
And now we come to the ultimate test. I rated this series lower than any other series I finished by giving it a solid 1. I know that Dewbond, on his site Shallow Dives in Anime, had good things to say about this series in his post School Days: Talk to Me, Just Talk to Me. But I’ve never had a lower opinion of a series than I did when I finished this one.
Will I be able to complete the exercise that Irina gave the community? Can I actually say something positive about this series? Let’s see if I can pull it off (with honesty):
- The show offered a different take on the harem genre. I’m all for tweaking tropes. I’ll give this series full credit for not being cliche in that regard.
- The show showcased a realistic portrayal of teenage behavior. I’m not talking about the ending. But at a lot of points throughout the series, it showed teens being teens in an almost painfully realistic way. Gotta give the series credit for that.
There Was Something About Each of My 5 Lowest Rated Anime
As an experiment, I have to declare this “mental exercise” a success. I watched myself as I struggled to think of nice things to say, especially with School Days. I was interested to see if how I felt about the series changed if I listed positive things about it. With a series like Clockwork Planet, I remembered the positives and almost forgot the negatives. If I really tried, I could remember what I hadn’t liked about the show. But my feelings had veered from negative to neutral.
The change was even more pronounced with School Days. It’s like I felt I’d carried the weight of hatred of that series for years. Forcing myself to think of what the show contributed helped me put down that burden. It’s not like I’m a cheerleader for the show now. I’m sticking by my grade of 1. But I no longer feel in the least bit inclined to argue the point. Forcing myself to think about the positive restored a balance in my perception.
I suspect that’s the point. Focusing on the negative has a, well, negative effect! It feeds on itself. But that’s a negative way of saying it, isn’t it? Maybe I should instead say something different. Like forcing myself to be honest about what the show offers, positive and negative, allowed me to see the show as it is. I can celebrate the positives without denying the negatives. And I don’t have to exhaust myself by maintaining an active hatred for a series that probably didn’t deserve it in the first place.
What were some of your least favorite series? What nice things can you say about them? I’d love to know what you think!