We otaku have been born with a love for anime that transcends most mediums. Anime can never harm us and usually always allows us to escape from the world and its various troubles. Unfortunately, anime is not perfect nor are the people who make it. Even the best ideas can be animated and be met with…less than stellar reactions. This fall 2020 anime season is no exception and while there are dozens of great shows, there are also several anime that just failed to really wow us. Continue reading for a list of anime that aren’t that good if we’re being frank.
5. Ikebukuro West Gate Park
We haven’t seen too many street-themed drama anime in a while but when we began watching Ikebukuro West Gate Park we realized why...we don’t need shows like this. If you judge Ikebukuro West Gate Park on trailers you'll think this is a show all about thugs battling it out on the streets for male dominance. That, dear readers, isn't even close to what the series is truly like.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park is basically a generic story of a thug who helps others and equally gets into trouble while doing so…doesn’t sound too original right? What saves Ikebukuro West Gate Park from being completely horrible is the art style is pretty solid and we like the few fights thrown in to give the series a grittier tone. Overall, though, Ikebukuro West Gate Park is watchable but there are way better anime to enjoy from this fall 2020 season.
4. 100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru (I’m standing on a million lives.)
The isekai genre has always been a grey area in the world of anime. There are some amazing isekai like Re:Zero and That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime but then there are less stellar representations like I’m standing on a million lives.
Where to begin with this isekai's various issues? We can say the series feels generic and boring thanks to the usual isekai tropes—sent to another world to become a hero for example—but we can also say the animation is very…plain. The idea of death for multiple people if the main cast should fail does help the series a bit but I’m standing on a million lives just fails to ever be on the same level as some truly outstanding isekai works. At least Iu Shindou is cute and watching her makes the series a bit more tolerable.
3. Assault Lily: Bouquet
Girls fighting aliens should be what translates to an impressive anime series. Assault Lily: Bouquet doesn’t end up being as impressive as the idea is. Granted, we love the art style and dig the varied cast—they all are pretty cute and intriguing—but the lore is dull and this entire plot feels like it was ripped from every alien vs human narrative ever made. Maybe Assault Lily: Bouquet will surprise us with some massive twist but for now, it’s a show you can pass on and never really feel like you missed out on some hidden gem.
2. King’s Raid: Ishi wo Tsugumono-tachi (King's Raid: Successors of the Will)
Our hype was at an all-time high when we heard King’s Raid—a side-scrolling RPG for android and iOS—was getting an anime adaptation. Developer Vespa—the team behind King’s Raid—should have been given a solid anime to really show off their game’s world and lore…sadly…that didn’t happen.
King’s Raid: Successors of the Will isn’t a dumpster fire, far from that but we equally can’t help but wonder why some animation styles—like the weird attack effects during fights—were implemented and why the story is so drastically different from the mobile game. MAL anime reviewers tend to be mixed with some liking the series and how it tries to go a unique way with the game's original narrative but others feel that it ends up feeling quite formulaic by doing so. In the end, King's Raid: Successors of the Will hasn't reached its finale as of yet—it's slated for 26 episodes—so we will pray it begins to become more enjoyable but for now…it's a series we are saddened by.
1. Dogeza de Tanondemita (I Tried Asking In Dogeza)
Who doesn’t love ecchi and comedy anime? Some of the best series—High School DxD or Trinity Seven—used a ton of ecchi and goofy lines/dialogue to create a fun show. I Tried Asking in Dogeza should be just another ecchi show we’d love but thanks to a less than stellar story and cliché theme—seriously how many anime males strive to be perverts?—this series ends up being groan-inducing almost all the time. The cast of girls is quite cute and there are plenty of nosebleed-inducing situations to enjoy but overall, I Tried Asking In Dogeza just ends up being meh and not that fun to watch.
Alright, we know that some of you readers are right now ready to unleash hell on us for maybe disliking a series you loved. We will say it again, the shows above aren’t completely horrible but in terms of reviews, personal opinions and critic scores ended up being seen as pretty lackluster. What shows from our list do you agree we were right about or wrong about? Let us know in the comments below but please be respectful to everyone’s opinions! For even more lists like this one be sure to keep stuck to our anime-loving hive here at Honey’s Anime!