Anime has earned the reputation for pulling no punches when it comes to showing its viewers the strange and the surprising. Indeed, considering most of the most awesome shounen anime to date, being ridiculous is one of anime’s most endearing qualities.
Sometimes, however, there are some scenes that, well, become too much, even for anime. Sometimes, some anime just makes viewers go WTF(!). This list is dedicated to these famous and infamous scenes in anime. Proceed with caution though, since some entries in this list are a bit… well, extreme.
Here are the Top 10 WTF Moments in Anime!
10. Eren Gets Mutilated, then Eaten - Shingeki no Kyojin
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2013 - September 2013
Shingeki no Kyojin showed viewers that it would be one heck of a gritty show from the first scenes of the first episode alone. With the anime’s fifth episode, however, the anime managed to outdo itself, shocking viewers everywhere. How was it able to do this? By having the main character get mutilated, then eaten of course.
When Eren’s body parts started getting bitten off, some part of viewers are still hoping that plot armor would be invoked and he would somehow get out of the fatal situation. But no. That’s not how Shingeki no Kyojin works. Eren gets eaten, much to Armin’s horror. For viewers unaware of what would happen next from the manga, the scene where Eren gets swallowed is one definitely deserving of WTF status.
9. Makoto Gets what He Deserves - School Days
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2004 - September 2007
School Days is straight up one of the most messed up anime out there, featuring arguably the worst protagonist ever to be conceived in fiction. For the most part, viewers are just wishing for death to befall the contemptible Makoto. Well, in the last minutes of the last episode, he finally gets what he deserves, in the form of a vengeful Sekai.
And boy, does he get it. Contrary to what the anime has been showing its viewers so far, the last few minutes, which involves Sekai stabbing Makoto multiple times and Makoto reacting in the most realistic way possible. It’s gritty, undaunted and bloody. The fact that Katsura kills Sekai right after and opening her up to check if she is indeed pregnant just adds to the WTF-ness of School Days’ ending.
8. The Most Messed Up Intro Ever - Kemonozume
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: August 2006 - November 2006
Kemonozume is a fairly unique anime despite a premise that has already been done in the past. Featuring a story of demons and humans overlaid by a tale of star-crossed love, the anime is able to separate itself from the conventional demon-human theme by making its demons as realistic as possible.
The intro of episode 8 is one thing that proves this, as a young man (who is actually one of the anime’s demons) fondly muses about his budding relationship with a girl he is falling in love with. He happily looks back at their past and a passionate kiss they shared with each other. And then… he transforms into a demon and bites off half of her body. This is just WTF at its best.
7. A Table Loses its You-Know-What, Courtesy of Nina - Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2006 - July 2007
From the 12th episode of this epic anime comes a scene that simply made the anime’s fans go WTF! Nina Einstein, the shy and demure girl with glasses who has a knack for science, turns out to have a knack for something completely different. As it turns out, she has a really huge crush on Euphemia, and this eventually turns into an obsession.
This obsession culminates in a scene where Nina masturbates to a magazine photo which showed an image of Euphemia, but she does not do it in a conventional way. She uses a table to pleasure herself. This scene was actually cut out in the anime’s release through Adult Swim in the West, and it quickly turned iconic, with fans of the series calling out Nina for defiling the poor “Table-kun.” Seriously, this scene even sparked the #savethetables in Twitter.
6. Stocking’s Post-Credits Reveal - Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2010 - December 2010
Gainax is responsible for a lot of classic WTF moments in anime (one of which you will see later in this list), but one of the biggest ones is arguably the post-credits scene of this wildly surreal anime, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
After a series of episodes that are no less than awesome, Panty and Stocking eventually triumph over their adversaries, and all seems well. Eventually, the credits roll and viewers are left with the feeling that this strange yet awesome series has finally ended. And then, the post-credits scene starts rolling, and Panty finds herself looking at Stocking’s sword, sticking out of her head. As Stocking subsequently cuts up Panty into hundreds of pieces, she reveals that she was a demon all along. Just… W.T.F.
5. Ragyo Shows Her Love - Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 - March 2014
Kill la Kill is known for being an anime that is as weird and disturbing as Gurren Lagann is uplifting and epic. A huge reason for this lies in the villain of the series, arguably the worst mother ever conceived, Ragyo. Throughout the course of the series, viewers get to witness her savagery towards people, especially her children. In fact, when she comes face to face with a child she once threw away, she literally tore off her daughter’s heart in response.
Perhaps the most cringe-worthy scene involving Ragyo does not involve the acts of violence she perpetuates towards her own children. Rather, it would be in the first scenes of Episode 21, where she seemingly engages in a threesome with her daughter Ryuko and Nui. Her tender expression, and the fact that she and Nui were all literally all over her daughter’s bound, naked body, is just plain out WTF.
4. Mami’s Death - Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2011 - April 2011
Mahou Shoujo Magica Madoka is proof that one should never judge an anime by its cover. Originally packaged as a conventional magical girl show with adorable moe characters and a cute mascot, this anime sucker punched viewers on its third episode by killing off Mami, a character that has been built up as an awesome, endearing magical girl from the first episode.
The scene has gained notoriety over the internet, with numerous fans losing their heads to well, Mami losing her head. The fact that it happens so suddenly, without any warning, is one of the worst things about the scene. After the initial shock, it was the finality of her death that truly made viewers all over the world say a huge WTF. By the way, the scene itself, just like Marco’s death scene in Attack on Titan, has become a hub for puns. After all, with everyone being head over heels for Mami, why would the series cut her off so soon?
3. The Infamous Dog Scene - Elfen Lied
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2004 - October 2004
Elfen Lied started off strongly, with a bloodbath that was way too much for some. Eventually though, the anime paced itself out, showing each plot progression very well. That is, of course, until this scene happened. In Lucy’s flashback, viewers were treated to one of the most unforgettable scenes in anime ever, as a group of young boys meets their ultimate fate as Lucy’s first victims.
In a lot of ways, the boys were asking for it. After all, before getting killed, the boys showed viewers that they were the sickest, most vile group of young children that could possibly be conceived, as they mercilessly torture and kill Lucy’s puppy. While the entire scene was just a huge WTF for a lot of viewers, it is the fact that most who view the scene felt justified by the kids’ deaths that are truly worthy of notoriety.
2. Humanity Says Goodbye - End of Evangelion
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: July 1997
Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion never packaged itself as a simple anime. Indeed, from the first scenes of the movie alone, viewers immediately knew that they were in for a very memorable ride. As the film plays out, however, everything just goes into overdrive, with scene after scene being more intense from the last. Eventually, the whole of humanity disintegrates.
Yes, the whole world really dies. The imagery utilized by Gainax during the entire sequence is all but WTF-worthy and disturbing as heck, but what really got viewers and fans was when the whole world, including characters that have been developed over the series, dissolving into LCL one after another. If that’s not enough, the world ultimately restarts, with just Shinji and a reformed Asuka being the first two humans on Earth again.
1. Everything Goes to Hell - Berserk
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 1997 - April 1998
The final episode of the Berserk anime is probably the most WTF moment in anime out there. After finally saving an emaciated Griffith, Guts, Casca and the Band of the Hawk are trapped into a hellish dimension by the God Hand. The group of beings then offered Griffith a position among them if he would sacrifice his comrades. For Griffith, the choice was quite easy. Thus, this notorious scene was born.
Members of the Band of the Hawk, especially those who were built up through the course of the anime, began to get mauled and killed off one by one in the most horrifying ways possible. But that’s not all. Griffith, who was then reborn as Femto of the God Hand, proceeded to rape Casca, Guts’ lover and comrade, before the Black Swordsman. Insane with rage, Guts cuts off his own arm to get to Femto, but despite his best efforts, everything has already gone to hell.
Thus ends our list of the ten most WTF moments in anime. Of course, with anime being anime, there are tons more out there. But these ten definitely are notable. If there are any more that you feel must be included in this list, please feel free to mention them in the comments below!