Ok, not really “throwing them under the bus” but it makes for a good post title, no? I’ve got a list here of 8 titles that I consider overrated. Entirely my opinion, no shots fired or anything like that here.
A reminder, this is my opinion.
This doesn’t mean I think the anime are BAD per se, although some of them I do think this, but mainly that I feel like they get more hype than they merit. In some cases, the hype kills the anime when you watch it only to find out it’s… not actually that good.
Anyways, here we go…
8. The Fate Series
Disclaimer, I’ve only watched Fate:Zero and Fate:StayNight Unlimited Bladeworks. And that was enough for me to realize that this series is basically the same story over and over. And the conclusion in both cases I saw was just disappointing. The climax of the holy grail war is disappointment, nothing more.
It almost seems like the only appealing factor for this series is the whole “wow look at this historical figure re-imagined as an anime character!” aspect it has going for itself. Which is fun at first I guess.
In addition, I think it’s pretty clear that the only reason this series gets new anime adaptations is because the mobile game is a literal cash cow. So it’s fairly obvious what the purpose of this series really is now.
Anyways, I did enjoy Fate:Zero quite a bit, and again I’m not calling the series bad. Just overrated marketing material for the mobile game. It’s clear the series still has some amazing fights, visuals, et cetera, which was always one of it’s strengths. Plus Kirei Kotomine is one of my favourite antagonists in anime.
7. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
Ok before you all get mad at me for bringing everyone’s beloved Akatsuki no Yona into this post…
I’ve got a few reasons. The first and most obvious, and I think this is fair territory, is that it’s an unfinished anime. You may say “yeah but what we DO get is great” but at the end of the day, if an anime is hyped up or mentioned a lot, and this anime is frequently mentioned, then you’ll be disappointed to find out it’s only half an anime.
And secondly, it just isn’t all that special of an anime. I mean, I haven’t seen ANY other reverse harem anime to my knowledge, but this anime seems fairly average. Even the premise is very cliche and overused, the whole “ousted royal gathers up loyal supporters to take back the kingdom” idea. Unless reverse harem anime are just so awful that this one truly is a diamond in the rough, I don’t see it.
Not a bad anime, but not really anything special. It’s a good reverse harem with a cliche premise. Notice I said it’s good, because I did enjoy it. It’s just overrated. And only half an anime at the moment.
6. Death Note
You know I put this on the list, but people don’t really talk too much about Death Note these days. At least I haven’t seen much talk of it.
Sort of like how Akatsuki no Yona is half an anime, Death Note also is half an anime. Only it’s a complete anime, the second half is just awful. It’s good until it isn’t. The good is great, but because of how the second half is no good, the anime leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.
Again, not saying that the anime is bad, just that it’s a tad overrated because in the end, there’s a serious mood killer in there. It’s not a complete package, despite getting all the attention of one.
5. Neon Genesis Evangelion
I’m pretty sure I’m legally obligated to include Neon Genesis Evangelion on this list. It’s super hyped, has a huge reputation, is constantly called one of those anime that “everyone has to see at least once”, “you’ll either love it or hate it!!!”, and all that.
I’ll be honest, if I could unwatch this anime, get my time back, and watch something else, I would. It’s just an incredibly overrated anime. It’s not exciting, it’s not that thought provoking (unless you REALLY dig into it and spend tons of effort overthinking everything about it), it’s just not really anything that special. Obviously it did well when it released, and managed to hold onto that fame, but man, it’s overrated.
My advice regarding this anime for anyone who hasn’t seen it is this: just keep in mind that this anime is way overhyped for what it is. It will not deliver. Temper your expectations, and maybe you’ll get more out of it than I did.
4. Made in Abyss
Made in Abyss is one of those anime that I feel like shows just how much we appreciate new things in anime. Personally, I don’t think we get enough anime that use the environment as an antatonist. The abyss in this anime is awesome, and really fun to experience.
But the problem is just that the characters and everything else seem like an afterthought. I remember when I watched this anime, all I wanted was to see more of the abyss. I didn’t care one lick about the various characters.
Talk has definitely died down for this one, but it still has a real strong reputation, one that I personally think is just a little overrated. It has some good aspects, some bad aspects, and in the end balances out to be a fairly average anime with some interesting concepts.
3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Now here’s an anime that without a doubt in my mind is overrated. I don’t even need to mention the sequel here. What we basically have is a comedy anime that uses the same joke over and over. It’s This Art Club Has A Problem! level of repetition. Just the same joke, over and over. Sometimes they really drag on, too.
There are some other jokes in there that are funny, but overall, this anime just didn’t deliver in my mind. And even if you are fine with the repetition, I still can’t see how this anime is justified in being one of the most hyped anime of 2019 and now 2020 with the sequel.
This anime just can’t compete with far better comedies like Daily Lives of Highschool Boys, Saiki K, or even a clsssic like Full Metal Panic!. Plus there are various other comedies that I would still say are better or at least on par with this one. It’s just not that special, and it’s really nothing new. Awkward teen romance has always been a thing in anime.
Which means to me, this anime is incredibly overrated.
2. Your Name
Talk of Your Name has definitely died down, but I’m pretty sure this is still a hot topic when it comes to good anime feel good movies. And I’ll say right now, I enjoyed this movie. I don’t normally watch anime movies, but I went out of my way to watch this one a little after it released because of all the hype.
It’s a good movie, but did it live up to the hype? No way. It’s a feel good movie, but it’s not anything really that out of the ordinary. The anime community would lead me to believe this is one of the greatest anime works out there, but I just don’t think it reaches that point. Good but not amazing.
I can think of so many better anime out there that deserve the hype over Your Name, like Violet Evergarden. People seem to have stopped talking about that one, but I think it’s a much better “feel good work” than Your Name. Not to mention Clannad, Angel Beats, anohana, et cetera…
Fact is, Your Name is a good movie, but feels alone aren’t enough to merit the hype that this movie gets. It’s just overrated is all.
1. Ishuzoku Reviewiers
And here we’ll get to the top of my list, with Ishuzoku Reviewiers.
Naturally, I think a large part of the hype and attention this show got was due to the fact that it seriously pushed boundaries, and got people whipped up into a frenzy. Personally, I actually think this anime went too far, in that we don’t need sex in ecchi anime. There’s hentai for that. Ecchi has existed for how long without issue? These boundaries exist for a reason, it’s not like this is a new genre.
Secondly, this anime just had no story to speak of. Guys go and have sex with prostitutes of different species every episode, and that’s it. It actually got really boring about halfway through, with the only pull being “what species will they show next?”. Not a really strong pull, because the opening basically spoils all that anyways.
Plus there’s just no value in the girls we see in this show. It’s just nudity of random girls. I can go on the internet for that, why waste my time watching this show? It’s fun for a few episodes, and after that, it’s just the same old thing every episode until it’s over.
The hype and attention has definitely died down for this one, and rightfully so, but I’m still going to call this one of the most overrated anime I’ve ever seen. It just doesn’t deliver anything of value, because there’s no story and I can hop on the internet if I just want to see naked anime girls with no real context or character development.
I’d take a proper ecchi over this one anyday.
I know I don’t normally write posts that can potentially ruffle feathers like this, but felt like writing something a little more controversial here.
Again, this is all my opinion.
I respect your opinions, but this is mine.
I also have another post covering some underrated anime for next week, and I wanted to sort of pair these together in short succession.
This post has been long enough, so I’ll call it here.
Agree or disagree with me on any of these? Feel free to let me know.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.