Top 25 Anime You Wish Hadn’t Happened

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Anime, whether entire series or moments thereof, that most fans can agree it would have been better not to have happened form the basis of this surprisingly far-sighted and detractor-free ranking.

The ranking:

1. Endless Eight (Haruhi)

2. K-ON!!

3. The final 2 episodes of the Evangelion TV series

4. 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku

5. The Madoka mahou shoujo deaths

6. Cybuster

7. Minamike – Okawari

8. Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

9. Macross II: Lovers, Again

10. Kurenai

11. Jewelpet Sunshine

12. Tsukihime

13. CHRONO CRUSADE

14. IdolMaster Xenoglossia

15. Gundam UC

16. Tsuyokiss Cool x Sweet

17. Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chū

18. The Clannad movie

19. Kimi Rouge – Pure Rouge

20. The End of Evangelion: My Purest Heart for You

21. Macross Frontier The Movie: The Wings of Goodbye

22. Earthsea

23. Hunter x Hunter (new)

24. Post Akira Kamiya Case Closed!

25. Gundam Seed Destiny


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "19. Kimi Rouge – Pure Rouge"
    Very rouge...

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    Comment by moqadmodar
    10:51 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kimikiss wasn't half bad at all. Yes, it's painful to watch with so many heroines being hurt, but wasn't that the objective of the whole series? Ah, Mao-nee-chan... T___T

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty much agree. However, I was disappointed by the ending. I really thought Kazuki chose the wrong girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like Kimikiss - Pure rouge XD

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    Comment by Pantsu Dorobou
    03:52 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Although I originally picked up Madoka because I hoped to see a fluffy mahou shoujo with heart lasers and and friendship and happiness, I was pleasantly surprised by the routes they chose to take, so I disagree entirely.

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    Comment by SunnyJ
    09:25 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Without the deaths the dramatic elements would have been mostly drained from the anime. Although the anime had numerous other parts that were tradition breakers the one that sticks out in many peoples' minds is the fact that the girls could actually die. Granted it may have been a decent show without it, it was those deaths that made it's popularity jump and created a HUGE fanbase.

    My guess is that the real reason it's up there is that there are plenty of people who hate shows that become popular without any real reason why.

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    Comment by Yamato
    01:59 28/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    no, I think it's up there because a bunch of otaku are rather discomfortable seeing moe characters get decapitated and otherwise permanently killed off [SPOILERS]sort of[/SPOILERS]. To some extent, I can't blame them. I identify myself primarily as a type-B otaku, and I too feel it would be nice if these horrible things weren't happening to these cute characters, but at the same time, I also enjoy good storytelling in my anime, and dammit, MadoMagi just wouldn't be the same without all that happening.

    But hey, at least only that part of the show appeared on this list. I was half expecting the show, as a whole, being on there due to a bunch of "it's cool to hate what's popular and recent" types nominating it out of spite (as it's appeared in a few other "worst of" lists recently).

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 22/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's when they do the Unexpected that I respect them more. Never seen it, but killing off mahou shoujo caught my attention already. I get sick of cliches pretty fast.

    Comment by Anonymous

    QB was the only character I identified with. When he eats himself, Kyyyya! <3

    Comment by Anonymous

    I hear that old bean. I don't wanna be someone who's labeled as a hipster hater, but I can't find a single good thing about Madoka or K-on. And when those animes are the talk of the town, you either hide under a rock or spark flames.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 28/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah, I have a friend who absolutely hates it and says it's story is terrible. I look at him and laugh especially when they say that the best anime of the current season is Yuruyuri... Good anime is good, but its no where near the best of the season.

    But on a more real note Madoka actually had a story that progressed the entirety of the anime. Too many animes these days are 2/3 slice-of-life and 1/3 attempt at real content. For example Infinite Stratos, they took a fan service based show and tried to add a plot at the end of it (which I will say on a personal note was poorly done). Now, I have no tiff with people disliking Madoka's story because of whatever reason (IE. Don't like cute girls dieing, good should win, etc..) but to just blatantly dislike a show because it's popular shows the maturity level of the viewer and how much you should consider their opinions.

    And on a personal note, it was the dark, bleak, and depressing tones of the anime that were what drew me in... Plus <3 Homura. As I mentioned before it was its "rule breaking" direction that was what made it hugely popular...

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    Comment by Holy One
    13:33 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I picked it up exactly because of the 'route' they took. Lol.

    QB <333

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    Comment by Megidola
    08:25 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Madoka just wouldn't be the same without the mahou shoujo deaths, they made it far more exciting.

    Comment by Anonymous

    just 2 questions, why Tsukihike? i thought it was good, and why Cybuster, i know this one isn't really that good, but i think is better than some junk out there.

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    Comment by Tateha
    07:25 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The Tsukihime anime is generally considered a very poor adaptation of the visual novel mainly because the story was confusing and they messed up the personalities of the characters/ made them boring and generic/ too serious / ugly character designs.

    Being the first type-moon anime adaptation, it's somewhat understandable that they'd fucked it up. If there was a list of anime that they should re-make, Tsukihime is up there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Game is cool and very good. Unfortunately.. the cybuster anime is total crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed it sucks.. yet i get goosebumps when i play SRW-OG when cybuster uses cosmo nova :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What i want to ask is Why Gundam Unicorn? That was one hell of a good series compare to the other title. Hell this list sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This list exist so losers can vent on what they hate. It's rather sad that some people focus more on hate, than what they love.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    22:41 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought the UC meant the entire Universal Century and not solely the Unicorn OVA's that recently came out and to my knowledge, havn't completed yet. Hell the Unicorn movies that are out right now are incredibly bad ass.

    Now you got me confused tho on what they mean by "UC" O_o...

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    Comment by raijinz
    00:53 15/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Be it Gundam Unicorn, or the whole of Universal Century, it can't be anywhere near as bad as Seed Destiny...
    ...that's MADNESS! >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wait, there was an ANIME of TSUKIHIME?

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    13:41 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, I don't understand why people still insist there was one.

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    Comment by SunnyJ
    09:27 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope... >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like, you know... IF there were a Tsukihime anime.... it would probably be so bad it shouldn't have ever existed.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    03:05 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I kind of agree with a lot of these, especially Endless Eight, K-On (not so much because of it, but what it represents and popularized), that season of Minami-ke, and Tsukihime. The rest I either don't have much of an opinion on or have never seen.

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    Comment by Overgamer
    03:43 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Endless Eight, that WAS endless torture. After watching 'em all (possibly because I could miss something) I just now admit it was a complete waste of time. =)

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:49 27/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    If they had just compressed it down to 2 or 3 episodes it would have been tolerable, but eight?!

    Jeez!

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    06:10 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't know what kind of this crap ranking about anime shouldn't be happen? It should be include Blade of Immortal with 13 only episodes not cool ending though so read the manga to continue.

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    Comment by Yamato
    12:00 29/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 6:27
    well, that was just one of the problems, but yes, it was too much the same. For all the times Nagato kept saying that certain events were left out a large number of times, why is it that we more or less kept getting the same fucking events for all 8 episodes? Though, the animation was different in each episode, but that served to piss the audience off even further since it was proof that KyoAni could damn well make new material but were deliberately trolling people. Let's not forget the fact that 8 episodes is more than half a season, and what was once a very short story in the novels has now become, as of this point, the longest-running saga in the anime. Many were also pissed over this cutting into any potential for Disappearance getting an adaption at first, but the movie hopefully made up for it (albeit it did come out months later).

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    Comment by Satonaka
    22:43 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "AI RAHHHVV YU!" eight different ways... XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:00 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm with Anon 6:18 up there. I watched all of Endless Eight and I liked it; it was something of a slog, but it was a clever way of getting the audience into the same situation as the characters, and the animation in some of the episodes was utterly superb. That said, I can understand why people who were watching it as it aired, waiting weeks for a new episode, would be displeased.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:27 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aren't the problem it was too much of a same? ;)
    And it might have been new in anime, but defenetly not new in movies/tv shows. And why NEVER it been so long? Becouse it's fucking stupid...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:18 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I liked Endless Eight. It was something different.

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    Comment by IhaveNoName
    05:03 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good thing, I hadn't finished it, dropped halfway, saved some time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    endless eight was awsome in the novels but in the anime was just a waste of time, maybe 3 episodes for the arc but 8?!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The eight refers to the month of August.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if i remember the name of the arc in the novel is endless august

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldnt be endless eight if it was only 2 or 3 eps then would it.. it'd be endless 2, which just sounds gay

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    Comment by SpideyPHL

    The worst part is, for me at least it ruined the entire franchise, which to that point had been one of my favorites. I have the first season on DVD and every once in a while I'd watch it all in one sitting just cuz if I was bored on a weekend. Now, though, I can't even do that now because I keep thinking of Endless Eight.

    It's especially a shame because I liked the original light novel version of it since you only saw one loop, so it was entirely the anime's fault.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:07 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Blaming the rest of the franchise for this isn't anyone's fault but your own, by the way. The mistake that was Endless Eight is a self-contained element, and it turns out I actually skipped one episode and didn't realize it ^^ Either way, just recognize that you're feeling betrayed by something that has no way of betraying you. If you already know it was meant to be handled in a single loop, then you already have the means to know that it wasn't the mistake of the franchise, but of the director.

    K-on!! being on this list though just makes me kind of facepalm. I actually want more K-on. I enjoy watching them play around. It's no different than Azumanga Daioh or any of the other random-ass episodic anime out there. I can't even imagine the day when these idiots actually realize that they have the power to just not watch things they don't want to see.

    And Madoka is a double-edged sword. The series was only memorable because of its very present and unpredictable drama. Remove those aspects, and it's just a magical girl anime. The darkness was the only real twist.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    14:54 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 6:28

    That introduction is one of the reasons Haruhi is one of the greatest series to me. It's unfortunate that such a brilliant choice when airing the first season was countered by such a catastrophic failure when airing the second. Making you actually have to notice things and piece together what was happening in the movie episode with some pretty obvious clues, but clearly not holding your hand, was absolutely brilliant, because not only did you get to know the characters through how they acted badly and responded to the bad acting, but it was just hilarious how perfect all the random things going 'wrong' in the background fit something you'd totally see in amateur movies.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    22:47 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nah, after the second episode it was pretty obvious to tell how many episodes they were going to make it. Anyone telling themselves otherwise was just living in fantasy land, sad to say...

    Watching the first, second, and 8th episode was more than enough to get the "whole" experience of all 8 episodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Arc spanning filler material in general can be quite frustrating, especially when the series itself may not be particularly long.
    Playing about with the episode or plot order can be similarly off-putting; i just recently started watching Haruhi, following the 'Kyon' sequencing and opening with the film project. I thought i'd somehow managed skip episodes and mix the order up myself; it was only after i checked that i realised the director had done it for me.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    07:46 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't disagree with you about reality shows, personally. I find those who enjoy the majority of them to be as dumb as the shows themselves (and I must admit, watching one episode of Repo Games makes it exceptionally difficult to not be racist), however there is something that should be recognized, and that's the flow of the desires that people have. If you follow the nature of the world, you'll see the ebb and flow of how our literature and media evolves based on our situation.

    For example, in America back in the 70s and 80s, that tumultuous time brought about a lot of 'one man taking on army' hero level events. Vietnam and Korea and the dissolving of our national unity lead to the Hero overflow. In the late 80s and 90s, people began getting sick of it, and the 90s birthed a more intellectual hero suspense approach since we were sick of simplicity in heroes and villains, and comedy movies balanced them out like "Coming to America." Now in the 2000s, that continued for a bit, but you could see the fantastical element being brought back in, started by the Matrix and solidified by Lord of the Rings' return, around the turn of the millenium. You have recognition of elements outside ourselves having influence, but less like the gods of greek myth, and more like humanity discovering its powers beyond itself.

    These days, with the world just perpetually acting like it's trying to shake us off, many people are recognizing they just want to have fun with friends and enjoy life in its simple elements and slow things down. And K-on exists for those reasons. The High School Life boom is not so much an abnormality, but a nostalgic draw. And these days, life is complicated enough without having world-destruction shows all over the place. Sometimes there is just a beauty and charm to enjoying watching friends being friends on a bad day.

    So don't worry. You'll still get your "Breaking Bad" and "Walking Dead" on top of the reality shows to keep the balance, and anime is the same way. Just watch what you want and be patient. The world will shift again shortly.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    05:44 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    As they say, sometimes it only takes one bad experience to sour you on an entire franchise. For those of us who were watching the episodes as they came out, there was no way to no how long they had planned to keep going with that. To have been strung along for two months, keeping on with it for love of the franchise and wanting to see other parts of the story animated only to be spit on, yes that is the fault of the director. However, the blame isn't solely with him. Nor is it with the fans who wanted to see a good adaptation of a novel they quite liked only to be trolled and have over half the season wasted. Ultimately, the original author is responsible for how his story is adapted. Just as, for instance, if you had a bad experience at a beach it may sour you on beach visits in the future, sometimes just part of a show may ruin the whole series for you. You can see that in a lot of the entries on this list.

    As far as K-On, well, it is different from those shows in that it's not really funny. While they're all slice-of-life, the other shows are "slice of life with crazy hijinx and jokes", while K-On is just "cute girls existing." It's not that people are idiots and watching things they don't want to see, but rather that because K-On existed and is so popular, the market is utterly flooded with moeblobs at the expense of every other genre. I don't watch reality shows, but my problem with them isn't that they exist, but because they're 90% of what's on television nowadays. If Survivor never having aired meant there would be much more variety and quality in television today, you bet I'd wish it never existed.

    And as far as Madoka...well, I think it's less about the series and more about it's rabid fans, and how overrated it is.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:48 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I never understand people who are willing to punish a show just because of their biased look at the fanbase.

    Just say it like it is. You're being unfair about it. If all that extra buzz and popularity puts you off, just try to put that aside somehow.

    "10. Kurenai

    11. Jewelpet Sunshine"

    Poo. Those shows were decently popular too, I thought. Including Gundam Seed Destiny where all the haters obviously watched it all through as well. Oh well. All the hate and internet circus won't stop me from watching and enjoying what I watch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:21 30/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea meng... i watched seed and seed destiny all the way through, and i was like... .what the fuck this is awesome

    that was until i actually started watching anime, and then i realized just how fucking bad the director had made the show
    same with naruto
    gundam 00 was even worse, its popular but pretty fricking bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    But that was the whole point of the endless eight. To piss you off so that you realise how pissed off Nagato was when she had to go through that over 100,000 times. It also partly explains why she did what she did in Disappearance

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    Comment by rumblingsauce
    08:15 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually kind of agree. I enjoyed Endless Eight because I was "WTF" all the episodes, and spotting different things about each one. I never read the books so I was looking for clues in the anime itself, as I didn't know what was going to happen. I remember watching at first, thinking it was a repeat, then seeing different outfits or something different. It was a unique change to most other anime. I'm not going to say I'd want others to follow, but I'm not going to discredit it for literally punching you in the face for 6 episodes of nearly the exact same content.

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    Comment by dantesmaster
    03:32 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Same here, i though Sankaku would troll about this as well, but i don't understand why they would choose K-ON?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 27/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    tsukihime anime was a trash compared to the visual novel, but the same happened to fsn. Loled at the last ep of eva showing 2 times in the list, but have to agree that "death and rebirth" + "the end of eva" maked eva god tier once more









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