Now, this is my list of anime that a lot of people love – but I can’t get into for one reason or another. Some of these I dislike, others I’m neutral about, but I just couldn’t get into the plot or the style.
I call these controversial because I know a lot of people that love all of these anime (and I mean like I love playing Pokemon).
Toradora & Zero no Tsukaima
These two have the same reasoning behind them and are heavily connected. Toradora is cited for having great character development – if you tolerate Taiga enough to get that far. Zero no Tsukaima (Familiar of Zero) is also popular, but less so, I’ve noticed.
It was the characters of Taiga Aisaka and Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière (yeah, me too) that put me off each series. They are both tsundere characters to a fault, and they both have a very antagonistic personality towards the leading male characters, calling them ‘dogs’ and degrading them. It all left a bad taste in my mouth. The two were so similar I had to check that Toradora and Zero no Tsukaima weren’t created by the same person (they aren’t). Taiga and Louise do share the same Japanese voice actress, though.
All in all, I just couldn’t like any of the characters in either series. The female leads also had me disliking tsundere characters for a long time afterwards.
This may shock you. I don’t actually dislike Death Note, but I couldn’t get myself to finish it. There’s something that I can’t place that has me questioning this, and I can see why it’s so well-liked. I just don’t have the determination to carry on watching.
Lucky Star is hailed as one of those series that is just funny, but in reality, it’s anything but. I watched about 6-8 episodes, and I was completely bored. I knew there was at some point there would be cheerleading, and that was probably the most engaging part of the show. It’s heavily reliant on the ‘relatable comedy’ that stand-ups use, as well as huge references to other anime – and this anime fails on both of these. It’s supposed to be an every-day life anime that falls flatter than nothing I’d ever seen before.
I feel like its lack of tangent storyline and end goal makes this anime suffer hugely. I think the punchline to the joke was the fact that I’d sat down and watched it.
Daily Lives of Highschool Boys
I always call this show ‘Lucky Star but with boys’, and looking back, it’s almost true. This anime does grab your attention, but has the shift around boys instead of girls. I can’t relate to a lot of this behaviour, being a woman nearing her 30’s. However, there are positives to this – the art is superior to that of Lucky Star, and there are moments when the elements are pretty much in your face.
While you had episodic stories, they didn’t add character progression (and you should know by now I love character progression). There’s just a lot of cringeworthy moments though, and it’s not one I’d pick up again. I did go through 10 episodes out of the 12, so I might as well have finished it but just disliked it.
Like Death Note, I just couldn’t get into One Piece. I’d have to be in it for the long haul, and it has 740 episodes at the time of writing.
I may do it for a review in the future though, but I tried watching One Piece twice and never got anywhere with it. Sorry, guys!