While it’s been a great year for Japanimation, it was in no way free of awful new additions to the medium. Whether it was due to poor animation, trashy premises or laughable narrative decisions, these five quickly sank to the bottom of the quality barrel.
#5: “The Thousand Noble Musketeers” (2018)
Ah yes, the age-old concept of taking inanimate objects and turning them into sexy anime characters. Hey, if it worked for legendary katanas then why not guns? While it’s clear that the aim of this anime was to entice the female demographic with as many bishounen beauties as possible (seriously, just how many characters did they fit in this thing?) it doesn’t give you the excuse to dish out a series of such laughable quality. Don’t be surprised if your husbando of choice is suddenly missing a mouth in one scene.
#4: “Between the Sky and Sea” (2018)
This anime may have gained infamy due to the supposed gender politics of the initial episode, but don’t let that detract you – there are way more reasons for why you should give this anime a pass. With the premise of fishing in space, you would have thought we’d be in for a hilarious sci-fi adventure from the get-go. Nope. Most of the time the characters’ feet are squarely placed on terra firma while they go on about how fish are the greatest things in the world, while also reinforcing their architypes. The art may catch your eye, but there’s nothing of substance to warrant giving this series a second glance.
#3: “Conception” (2018)
Just when you thought video game adaptions couldn’t get any more padded with substandard shows, along comes this sleazy little number. The premise? Oh you know; a great evil that needs defeating and the only ones that can do it are a bunch of superpowered children. However, since there seems to be a lack of willing male participants in this vast fantasy world to create said children, it’s down to your average student to hop on over and start getting intimate with every lady he sees. It’s kind of amazing to come across an anime that probably would have had gained better reception if it was an actual hentai.
#2: “Himote House” (2018)
If you’re looking for some exquisite 3D CGI trash to watch, then you’re in luck, because this supposed slice of life has it in spades. We would go into the repetitive nature of the narrative, how its comedy doesn’t exactly measure to others with similar premises…but is there really any point? Just look at this crap. It’s like they took all the unfunny scenes out of your average slice of life and recreated them via Yandere Simulator. So much for this animation style taking several steps forward.
#1: “Fist of the Blue Sky: Re:Genesis” (2018)
How did this insult to Kenshiro’s legacy land itself two bloody seasons?! Combing all of the worst aspects of anime 2018, including terrible CGI animation and poor pacing, what should have been a return to form for the Hokuto Shinken master turned out to be one great big disappointment. How are we supposed to enjoy a crazy, macho fight scene when we can even see the lines where the character models were cropped? Kasumi Kenshiro might take the crown for having the biggest neckline of any anime character this year, but his series is nothing more than a colossal waste of time.
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