It is time to get serious. These are the worst series that aired 2012 (of the ones I have seen, at least).
Which were the worst in your opinion?
If you are wondering why there are only ten series featured in this list, it is because I have not rated more than these below the average (5/10). And no, I count Guilty Crown as a series from 2011 since my view on it did not drastically change between the two years (it was always horrible).
Worst Anime of 2012
#10 Natsuyuki Rendezvous – 4/10
11 Episodes | Drama, Romance, Supernatural, Josei | Manga | Dogakobo | Summer 2012
Many have proclaimed over how mature and beautiful this anime is, but I could not disagree more. Natsuyuki Rendezvous is a love triangle where our main character, Hazuki, chases after the older woman Rokka, only to be constantly bugged by her deceased husband Shimao who has turned into a ghost.
What happens is absolutely nothing. Neither of the characters really develops throughout the series and Hazuki is even completely ignored in the latter half! He has no established reason to lust after Rokka (he comes off as desperate), so when the magical fluff happens and the story drags in all eternity, there is simply no reason to care about what happens to him.
The center of attention, Rokka, is not much better herself. Her only purpose is to be a glorified goal, a trophy for our two males to fight for. She does not have anything resembling a personality and does not do anything except hesitating every second she is on-screen.
Shimao honestly started off as interesting, especially when we learn his backstory. Sadly it never develops much more than that and he is instead used as a plot device during the latter half.
Speaking of the latter half, it consists of nothing. While the story may have progressed slowly the first few episodes it actually did move, if only a little. But it comes to a complete halt when the magical fluff starts happening, doing the exact same thing for six whole episodes! There is no character development, no story, no nothing. All we are left with is detestable characters doing jack-shit.
Is this “mature”? Exactly what is mature here? I think I am being too generous when scoring this series.
#9 Medaka Box – 4/10
12 Episodes | Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Shounen | Manga | Gainax | Spring 2012
Ah, Medaka Box, the manga that is supposed to be good despite receiving poor ratings in Shounen Jump each week. How I wonder why you sell so well and are appreciated by strangers on the Internet. There is nothing special to see here.
According to many, Medaka Box is a parody and that is the reason is switches genres all the time. In the start it is an episodic series about… doing a bunch of random tasks. Afterwards it does a complete 180° and evolves into a generic, if not worse, fighting series just for the sake of it. And nowhere is the parodying to be seen. It is not fun. It is far from anything that resembles the word “smart”.
Medaka Box is only boring. It is the perfect description of the series. It consists of endless talking without any kind of wittiness, which could be compared to banging my head to the wall. Gainax extremely dull adaptation does not help in the slightest either, not even trying to do cuts or changing camera angles to reduce the pain the dialogue causes. The fight scenes are also bland and not what one would associate Gainax with.
What saves the first season of Medaka Box is its episodic nature and the characters. Medaka herself is somewhat fun, being basically the perfect person, and the story never really slows down. There is something new to see, mostly, every week.
But why the heck is Medaka Box so loved? That is the only thing I wonder about.
#8 Kyousougiga (2012) – 3/10
5 ONA | Action, Supernatural | Anime Original | Toei Animation | Fall 2012
I will just copy what I said in the other post:
“This is a sequel to the random mess from fall 2011, but it fails to capture the spirit of its predecessor. Instead it consists of five different stories that lack the outstanding and playful animation and is left with absolutely nothing as Kyouusougiga‘s only strength is just that. In its final episode it explains the whole story of the series, but little could I care due to how boringly handled it is.”
#7 K – 3/10
13 Episodes | Action | Anime Original | GoHands | Fall 2012
Somewhere in the world lives a person who truly believed adding a blue and headache-inducing filter to K was a good idea. That person is responsible for one of the many headaches I got when watching this. The other ones were from the horribly unexplained beginning of the series, consisting only of running and pretty boys for two episodes straight, lack of character introduction (I only know the name of the three mains and that is because they are named Black, White and Cat (in Japanese)) and more.
At first K did not even seem to have any reason to exist except having a surprisingly strong cast of voice actors and pretty visuals. Nothing made sense and was overall poorly executed, simply put. But later on it steps up its game and something genuinely interesting is created, with a twist I did not expect. Sure, it was still very bad in every aspect (with a budget that became worse as the series went on), but at least it had me hooked.
In the end, the main gist was actually somewhat comprehensible! Sadly it does not excuse the lack of characters, the bad start, the blue filter, the unexplained backstory, the unexplained fighting, the unexplained everything. But, hey, at least it surprised me.
One thing which confuses me is that K will have a sequel, something which is off seeing how the ending was a conclusive one (or, more accurately, as conclusive K could get). I guess money runs the world after all.
#6 Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! – 3/10
12 Episodes | Comedy, Ecchi, Harem | Light Novel | Studio Gokumi | Summer 2012
Also known as Who is Imouto?, the most fantastic harem series there is. This is so dumb it is fun. Who in their right mind would actually be attracted to any of these characters? Why does it take its slight mystery aspect so seriously? Why does it censor… butts, creating black holes? Why anything?
Why is this so perfect? Every episode made me laugh. Every episode was full of EXCITE.
Who is Imouto? is so shitty, yet so good.
#5 Another – 3/10
12 Episodes | Mystery, Horror | Novel | P.A. Works | Winter 2012
Believe it or not, but despite the fact that it calls itself a “horror anime” it is actually a comedy. Every death in this Final Destination–esque anime is hilarious and not frightening in the slightest. If you believe this is scary you seriously need to watch something better, because playing dramatic music along with deadpan expressions is really, really funny.
The deaths become even better as the series goes on and in its “finale” it is truly god-awful.
I have heard there is supposed to be some kind of plot about one person being the cause of all the deaths, but I think that is wrong. There is no plot. Only funny deaths.
Dear P.A. Works, when will you actually do something great?
#4 Medaka Box Abnormal – 3/10
12 Episodes | Action, Shounen | Manga | Gainax | Fall 2012
Read what I wrote on Medaka Box and apply it here. This season is all about fights, however, and not very good ones at that. Add shounen power-ups, bland directing and a really bad story and you got this series. I mostly let the episode run in the background while doing other things.
At least the fights could have looked pretty.
But nope, they were awful.
You will never be as good as you once were, Gainax.
#3 Litchi DE Hikari Club – 2/10
8 Episodes | “Comedy” | Manga | Kachidoki Studio | Fall 2012
Take a competent and creepy manga and make it into a Flash comedy.
Wait, scratch that.
This is not a comedy.
It is not even funny.
#2 Eureka Seven AO – 2/10
24 Episodes | Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi | Anime Original | Bones | Spring 2012
No character development. Plot holes. Dropped subplots. Overpowered villain. Rushed ending. Bad pacing. Identity crisis. And too much more.
What were you thinking of, Bones?
#1 Sword Art Online – 2/10
25 Episodes | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, “Romance” | Light Novel | A-1 Pictures | 2012
I really want to believe that Sword Art Online is a joke. That is was only created with sales in mind and not in the belief that it was good. There is nothing in here that is actually defendable unless you are the type of person who can overlook everything and still have a good time.
The writing is horrible. Sword Art Online’s first arc, SAO, is cluttered with side-stories that introduces characters that disappears the episode after; that tries to build upon its world, only to later completely ignore every rule that has been set (love conquers paralysis stats!); tries to cover the fact that the main story is only six episodes long (eight are side-stories) and not fleshed out and much more.
The pacing is horrible and the idea of 10,000 persons being trapped in a game is not felt at all throughout watching. There is no sense of urgency or importance. Our lead Kirito is the overpowered “perfect boy” with the waifu Asuna at his side. We do not know what they feel. Heck, there is no established reason for them to even like each other in the first place except for the sake of it.
It amazes me that people claim that the light novels of Sword Art Online are better than the anime, when the problems lie in the writing. Giving the villain a motive? Nope. Breaking the rules? Nope. Introducing deus ex machinas so Kirito can win? No problem, it happens all the time. It is nothing short of laughable.
Maybe the light novels delve into Kirito’s thoughts or a few more details regarding the game mechanics, but that is the least problem Sword Art Online has. Originally I was going to challenge myself and actually read the first light novel to see if I was wrong or not, but after having seen the second arc, ALO, there is simply no reason to.
ALO takes up the second half of the series and reduces Asuna to a damsel in distress. Here the writing is even worse and adds a lot of fanservice to please the fans. The villain this time has no reason to exist besides making viewers hate him and the finale is… probably one of the worst things I have seen in anime.
I notice how I am starting to repeat myself as I write this, but that is because there is nothing else to say. Sword Art Online is a horrible disaster. There is no redeemable factor besides that it sells well, which is a quality in itself when the material is this bad.
I just want to ask.
Why do people even like Sword Art Online?