15 Of The Worst Anime (As Ranked By MyAnimeList) (2022)

The world of anime is a lovely domain, full to the brim with one-of-a-kind experiences that prove that this is not just about kids' cartoons. From over-the-top action series with battles (where it feels like the entire world is at stake allof the time) to seemingly reined-in slice-of-life settings (that become more and more insane as one delves further into them), there's no end to thesheer number of unique animeavailable.

With the sheer quantity of anime developed on a regular basis, it's a given that some of these shows will be far from brilliant. Thepopular platform MyAnimeList has the absolute worst of the worst featured on their website, with abysmal ratings. All of these series have been selected with the criteria that they need to have a few episodes under their belt because the only thingworse than one episode of torture is nine more of the same.

Updated on July27th, 2021 by Leah Thomas:Anime is a medium that keeps on giving, and since this list was first published, several new contenders for the worst anime of all time have pushed their way to the bottom of MyAnimeList's ranking system. 2020 alone produced two newcomers, and 2021 gave the world Ex-Arm. The list has been updated accordingly.

15 Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls (2016) — 4.41

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While each episode might only be four minutes long,Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls still somehow manages to mark a spot on this list. This is a testament to how many things can go wrong in a measly four minutes.

The premise of this anime involves saving the world by playing crane games, which definitely fails to land. This, coupled with the Newgrounds-quality animation, turns this show into a forgettable outing that just isn't worth it.

14 Ragnastrike Angels (2016)— 4.33

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At first glance, Ragnastrike Angels looks like just another run-of-the-mill military anime featuring idol-esque girls in buttoned-up uniforms. On paper, its premise is hardly the worst thing ever: In the future, a special team of women known as Ragna Strikers is conscripted to aid Japan in the battle against hostile aliens. So what makes it so much worse than similar fare?

The plot is hugely incoherent, and it's apparent from a single episode that the show exists for the sole purpose of promoting a mobile game. Each episode is a whopping thirty seconds long. This isn't an anime, it's a series of ugly ads.

13 KochinPa! (2015) — 4.23

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KochinPa! is another series that serves a purpose, and that purpose is to advertise. In what feels like the most backward approach to marketing known to man, KochinPa!is an anime based on a commercial for a pachinko parlor game.

Basically, if a studio decided it liked a commercial for a slot machine and turned it into a cartoon, that'd be the US equivalent. Given that each episode is just 15 seconds of bad jokes, why not just let the commercials do the work?

12 The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (2017) — 4.00

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The old iteration of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is a great show that generally flew under everyone's radar as a child. However, if you were one of the lucky few that actually saw this show back when it was even remotely relevant, then prepare to have your image of the characters completely ruined by the 2017 iteration of the show.

The laziness present in this new iteration of a once-beloved show is what drives the nail in its proverbial coffin.To put this into context, the main character of this show is a guy named Banjosolely because he carries a banjo with him.

11 Ninja Collection (2020) — (3.83)

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Let no one say that bad anime is a thing of the past. Ninja Collection was one of a few awful anime to air in 2020, and the show managed to disappoint fans across the spectrum with its ugly animation and convoluted storytelling, and there aren't even any actual ninjas involved.

Supposedly a horror series about a group of people fighting an evil smoke called the darkness, each four-minute episode features a would-be scary encounter with the "darkness" and its victims, but beyond that, there's no story. The animation is so bad it's hard to watch, and the main cast is bound to survive the whole run, unfortunately.

10 Gibiate (2020) (3.83)

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Welcome to the fold, Gibiate. Perhaps a show with a premise centered around a viral pandemic should have been more poignant in 2020, but that was sadly not the case. Gibiate is a mess from start to finish.

It's the "distant future" of 2030, and a virus has transformed people into monsters based on their race and ethnicity— which is as gross and tone-deaf as it sounds. Samurai from the Edo period travel to this future world to help find a cure for the virus. The show was hyped to pieces and had some prominent names attached, and what resulted was such an ugly, unfeeling debacle that it's likely the creators were looking to make a quick pandemic buck.

9 Mahou Shoujo? Naria☆Girls (2016) — 3.82

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Bad anime doesn't feel quite as empty if it seems that the artists at least tried tocreate something decent. The same can't be said forMahou Shoujo? Naria☆Girls, which feels like somebody just phoned in with the bare minimum required to justify their paycheck.

The plot is as simple as can be, and yet the execution is so bad that the entire structure falls upon itself. The idea of three girls getting the power of magic to combat evil seems extremely formulaic and hard to mess up, but Mahou Shoujo? Naria☆Girlssomehow managed to doit.

8 Wonder Momo (2014) — 3.54

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Wonder Momo is considered one of the worst anime of all time, and it managed to cement this reputation in just five episodes, which must be some kind of record. Ostensibly about an idol wannabe who ends up fighting evil aliens instead, it's no surprise thatWonder Momo feelsdated from the word go.

But then, any anime that was based on an obscure beat-'em-up arcade game from 1987 was bound for failure without significant revamping. Even considering everything working against it,however, Wonder Momo is painful to watch.

7 Hanoka (2006) — 3.53

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The idea of releasing a full-blown anime series in Adobe Flash might have sounded like an innovative and fresh concept on paper, especially back in 2006. But Hanoka, unfortunately, doesn't execute this concept to the degree it could have.

A sci-fi show that focuses on action needs to have good action sequences. However, the inherent restrictions when it comes to flash animation mean that Hanoka's visuals are anything but engrossing.

6 Pupa (2011) — 3.37

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Bad anime connoisseurs will be familiar with the name Pupa,an anime that is so bizarre, disgusting, and horrible that trying to explain what this show's about is an endeavor in itself.

The story revolves around a brother who gains regenerative powers and his infected sister who needs to eat flesh to stay alive. This makes up for a truly grotesque setting, with the younger sibling feeding on the elder to stay alive in a perverse turn of events.Pupa should've taken a page out of shows like Demon Slayer or Fullmetal Alchemistto figure out how to craft a halfway-decent relationship between its main cast.

5 Vampire Holmes (2014) — 3.35

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Comedy in anime is truly one-of-a-kind, with some shows being legendary for the manner in which they deftly weave humor into their narratives. Unfortunately, the same can't be said aboutVampire Holmes.

As is the case with most terrible anime adaptations, Vampire Holmes' story is based on a mobile game, which should set off enough flags for now. None of the jokes land, the animation, as is the trend in these animeshows, is horrible, and the character of Sherlock Holmes (and others) is completely butchered.

4 Forest Fairy Five (2016) — 3.34

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People often have low expectations with any anime series that targets little kids, and Forest Fairy Fivemight be the reason why. In a world where Japan turns into an anime kingdom, a bunch of mushroom fairies, who are supposed to be 8-years-old even though their voices are way more mature, partake in some run-of-the-mill adventures with animation that is clearly not up to acceptable standards.

As any artist worth their salt can attestthat content that's created for kids should be just as thoughtfully made as content made for adults, though of course with different themes. Shows like this are degrading as well as ugly.

3 Ladyspo (2018) — 3.33

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Fans understand that animation can be a major task, but that's why artists are paid to do it. And so it must be said that Ladyspo puts absolutely no effort into animation whatsoever. The entire series feels like a surreal slideshow with absolutely no redeeming qualities.

There's somethingof a plot about intergalactic sports here somewhere, but whatever semblance of a solid story there might be in this show is completely overshadowed by what could just be the worst animation present on this list. A middle-schooler using photoshop could do better.

2 EX-ARM (2021) — 2.97

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Although fans have sort of come to loveEX-ARMfor being so very awful, in a sort of Tommy-Wisseau way, the show is even worse than initially thought. Infamously badbut shamelessly promoted by Crunchyroll, fans began lambasting EX-ARMfromthe moment its first trailer debuted. Were animators hired, or was this anime produced by cats walking on keyboards? Hideous fight scenes, truncated movements, actual glitches, and unexpected zoom-ins are par for the course.

Oh, there is a premise, though: A boy who dislikes electronics dies and is turned into an AI-powered superweapon. He's then used by a beautiful woman who uses him to fight. And they say romance is dead.

1 Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika (2009) — 2.45

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The lowest-ratedanime on MyAnimeList,the worst fruit in this bag of rotten apples, featuring every bad idea ever incorporated into anime and combining them to deliver an experience that is simply too hideous to explain in words is Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika. Created with the sole purpose of promoting two tabloid celebrities, the worst intentions inspired this series from the get-go.

Even trying to call this show a tool for fanservice would be overstating its accomplishments. From a threadbare plot about reality star secret agents to horrible characters and animation, it's obvious as to why this showhas baggedthe spot of being the lowest-rated anime on MyAnimeList.

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15 Of The Worst Anime (As Ranked By MyAnimeList)? ›

15 Of The Worst Anime Ever (As Ranked By MyAnimeList)
  1. 1 Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika (2009) — 2.45.
  2. 2 EX-ARM (2021) — 2.97. ...
  3. 3 Ladyspo (2018) — 3.33. ...
  4. 4 Forest Fairy Five (2016) — 3.34. ...
  5. 5 Vampire Holmes (2014) — 3.35. ...
  6. 6 Pupa (2011) — 3.37. ...
  7. 7 Hanoka (2006) — 3.53. ...
  8. 8 Wonder Momo (2014) — 3.54. ...
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What is the number 1 worst anime? ›

10 Worst Anime Series Of All Time, According To Ranker
  • 8 Generation Of Chaos. ...
  • 7 Ice. ...
  • 6 Psychic Wars. ...
  • 5 Garzey's Wing. ...
  • 4 Mars Of Destruction. ...
  • 3 Wounded Man. ...
  • 2 Skelter Heaven. ...
  • 1 Dark Cat. Voted by anime fans as the worst anime series of all time is the obscure singular episode OVA from 1991, Dark Cat.
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Which is the least rated anime? ›

The 10 Worst Anime
  • Green Green (2003) ...
  • Pupa (2014) ...
  • Mangirl! ( ...
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan (2005– ) ...
  • Panzer Dragoon (1996 Video) ...
  • Tenkuu Danzato Skelter Heaven (2004 Video) 19 min | Animation, Short, Action. ...
  • Eiken (2003 Video) Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance. ...
  • Mars of Destruction (2005 Video)

What is the top 15 anime? ›

My Top 15 Anime of All Time
  • Death Note (2006–2007) TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama. ...
  • Attack on Titan (2013–2023) ...
  • Fate/Zero (2011–2012) ...
  • Psycho-Pass (2012– ) ...
  • One Punch Man (2015–2019) ...
  • Tokyo Ghoul (2014) ...
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009– ) ...
  • Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)

What is the most disturbing anime? ›

The Most Disturbing Anime Ever Made
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Studio Shaft. ...
  • Perfect Blue. Madhouse. ...
  • The End of Evangelion. Toei Company. ...
  • Another. Sentai Filmworks. ...
  • Paranoia Agent. Madhouse. ...
  • Serial Experiments Lain. Triangle Staff. ...
  • Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. Asread Co., Ltd. ...
  • Shiki. Daume Co.,Ltd.
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Who can defeat Goku? ›

Simon (Gurren Lagann) can beat Goku without difficulty

In the final two seasons, Simon absorbs the Anti-Spiral's Multiverse Labyrinth with infinite multiverses within it, to create Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann using the energy of his spiral. Simon's powers are unlimited. He is able to throw galaxies into baseballs.

What is the most watched anime? ›

Top 50 Most Viewed
#titlerating
1Fullmetal Alchemist (TV)8.64
2Death Note (TV)8.78
3Cowboy Bebop (TV)8.89
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What is the longest anime? ›

Sazae-san - 7,701 episodes

Recognized by the Guinness World Records, this anime holds the world record for the longest-running animated TV series. The show is about a mother named Sazae-san and her family life.

What anime has lowest IMDB rating? ›

Mars of Destruction has the lowest IMDB rating of any anime ever, thus making it the "worst anime ever made" in many people's eyes.

What was the first anime? ›

The first feature-length anime film was Momotaro: Sacred Sailors (1945), produced by Seo with a sponsorship from the Imperial Japanese Navy.

What is the #1 rated anime? ›

Anime Top 10
Top 10 Best Rated (bayesian estimate) (Top 50)
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1Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (TV)9.08
2Steins;Gate (TV)9.04
3Clannad After Story (TV)9.02
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What is the Big 3 anime? ›

Description. The Big Three refers to three very long and very popular anime, Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. The Big Three was a term used to describe the three most popular running series during their golden age in Jump's mid 2000s period - One Piece, Naruto and Bleach.

Is AOT the best anime ever? ›

Today, Attack on Titan earns this title with its immaculate storytelling. Attack on Titan has gradually earned its position as the best new-generation anime since its debut in 2013. Since reaching this mark, fans have begun placing the series in conversations with the best anime of all time.

Is AOT overrated? ›

Like Dragon Ball Z and the Zelda franchise, there are many dumb things about Attack on Titan, despite its widespread popularity. Attack on Titan is just one of the most overrated anime of all time, and a cursory examination will prove that it really doesn't deserve all the hype. Also, obviously, MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD.

Is Tokyo Ghoul overrated? ›

Tokyo Ghoul is so boring and overrated to me. It is just one long, continuous yawn fest. And the pacing is bad. If the seasons were closer together, I would have remembered more of the story and more of the characters.

Is Naruto overrated? ›

Originally Answered: Is Naruto overhyped? No. Naruto is a great anime with plenty of great scenes, a lot of good character writing, very little plot holes and close to no plot induced bullshittery. It is also surprisingly deep for shonen and become even better once you look past the superficial.

Is another anime creepy? ›

Packed full of terror, blood and creeping despair, Another may well be the scariest anime ever created. There are plenty of great candidates in the debate over which anime is the scariest of all time.

Is another a horror anime? ›

Another is a 2012 Japanese adult animated horror television series produced by P.A. Works and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima that aired twelve episodes from 10 January to 27 March 2012.

What is the first anime? ›

The first feature-length anime film was Momotaro: Sacred Sailors (1945), produced by Seo with a sponsorship from the Imperial Japanese Navy. The 1950s saw a proliferation of short, animated advertisements created for television.

How many animes does Mal have? ›

It facilitates finding users who share similar tastes and provides a large database on anime and manga. As of 2008, the site claimed to have 4.4 million anime and 775,000 manga entries. In 2015, the site received 120 million visitors a month.

How many animes are there? ›

According to the survey, more than 6,000 anime are produced, and more than 3,200 anime are aired on television. Also, about 60% of the all animations broadcasted in the world are made in Japan. Japanese Anime holds several Guinness World Record.

Is Pupa worth watching? ›

Pupa. Sibling incest is enough to turn off any anime fan, especially when its there purely for shock value. However, aside from its sexual undertones, Pupa is a great series to watch.

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