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The Worst-Reviewed Anime TV Series of All Time (According to MAL)
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Posted 10/30/15
What? Momo Kyun Sword is a solid 10/10! People obviously didn't get the plot.
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LionelJeid wrote:

The fact the lowest ranked one on here speaks to how inaccurate ratings are.

The lowest rating on MAL should not be above a 5, which is supposed to be "average".

One problem with MAL's ranking system is that it consumes almost half the scale with rankings of "bad". Most people don't really care how bad something is, they only care that it is.

Their ranking for 1-4 are as follows:

4 - Bad
3 - Very Bad
2 - Horrible
1 - Appalling

Would anyone really be more inclined to give a show with a 4.0 average a try than a show with a 2.0 average?

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Charlieandthetrollingfactory wrote:

What? Momo Kyun Sword is a solid 10/10! People obviously didn't get the plot.


IKR! I fully enjoyed it and I want more non-harem ecchi that takes itself as incredibly non seriously as Momo Kyun Sword did! The only thing that should be serious about a show full of big bouncing boobs is my love for those glorious fun bags!
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Posted 10/30/15
Is Unlimited Fafnir on that list?
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Of the ones on this list, I've seen Glasslip, Venus Project, Momo Kyun Sword, Fuuun Ishin Dai-Shogun, and Diabolik Lovers. The only one of these that I considered boring enough to drop was Dai-Shogun. Fanservice can only keep me interested so far, especially with that bad art style. As for the rest, I enjoyed them to a certain extent. Momo Kyun Sword was probably the most enjoyable for me out of the bunch, though I also have a thing for badass transformations.


http://myanimelist.net/anime/30251/Venus_Project:_Climax - 5.56 (Except it only got 6 episodes; must have been cancelled mid-season)


It was scheduled for six from the beginning. Don't know why you would assume it got cancelled halfway.


Any thoughts on this? (Like why did I bother making this at 3:30 in the morning?)


Boredom? I've almost done something similar a few times simply because I was bored out my mind at the time.
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Posted 10/30/15

Charlieandthetrollingfactory wrote:

What? Momo Kyun Sword is a solid 10/10! People obviously didn't get the plot.

Accounting for the time period is was set in, that scene needs an arrow just missing her juggling breasts.

For those that don't get the reference:


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Posted 10/30/15 , edited 10/30/15

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LionelJeid wrote:

The fact the lowest ranked one on here speaks to how inaccurate ratings are.

The lowest rating on MAL should not be above a 5, which is supposed to be "average".

One problem with MAL's ranking system is that it consumes almost half the scale with rankings of "bad". Most people don't really care how bad something is, they only care that it is.

Their ranking for 1-4 are as follows:

4 - Bad
3 - Very Bad
2 - Horrible
1 - Appalling

Would anyone really be more inclined to give a show with a 4.0 average a try than a show with a 2.0 average?



There is also a huge self-selection problem: most people don't watch shows that they know they will hate.

If I watched School Days or Pupa, I would surely give them a 1 or 2. But I know that, so I don't watch them. And because I haven't watched them, I haven't ranked them. If I don't think a show has a solid chance of being a 7, why would I waste my time on it? In fact, if I see someone's MAL list with a lot of 1-4 rankings, I start to wonder why they aren't more selective in the shows they watch.

A 5 is a bad ranking on MAL because it means that I went in expecting a 7, and came out with something dramatically worse than that.

Also, this likely explains why some notorious shows--like School Days--aren't on that list. Instead, you see shows like Glasslip--things that sounded good enough to convince lots of people to watch, and then turned out to be crap.
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Posted 10/30/15

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http://myanimelist.net/anime/30251/Venus_Project:_Climax - 5.56 (Except it only got 6 episodes; must have been cancelled mid-season)


It was scheduled for six from the beginning. Don't know why you would assume it got cancelled halfway.


Any thoughts on this? (Like why did I bother making this at 3:30 in the morning?)


It was? Weird. You usually don't see non-OVAs with such low episode counts.


LionelJeid wrote:

The fact the lowest ranked one on here speaks to how inaccurate ratings are.

The lowest rating on MAL should not be above a 5, which is supposed to be "average".

I wholeheartedly agree with this. I don't think MAL helps at all when it labels, as others have said, anything lower than a 5 as "bad" or "horrible." It discourages people from rating lower than a 5 because there's redeeming factors to even the dumbest of shows, usually. I think people should be more open to giving shows 4s and 3s for things they don't necessarily hate, but things that are bad with certain redeeming factors. Stuff like School Days and Abunai Sisters is what the 2s and 1s are reserved for.

Also: School days has a 6.3. On the MAL bell curve, that's still a very bad score, but it's much better than anything else on here.
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Thedude3445 wrote:


EJHicks wrote:


http://myanimelist.net/anime/30251/Venus_Project:_Climax - 5.56 (Except it only got 6 episodes; must have been cancelled mid-season)


It was scheduled for six from the beginning. Don't know why you would assume it got cancelled halfway.


Any thoughts on this? (Like why did I bother making this at 3:30 in the morning?)


It was? Weird. You usually don't see non-OVAs with such low episode counts.

FLCL had six episodes. It's a rare format, but not unheard of.
You know what's really rare? Anime getting canceled halfway through. I mean, there are examples like God Eater, which had to delay part of its season due to production difficulties, but I can't name any anime that got permanently pulled partway through.

It happens a lot with American television, but, from what I've seen, even bad and unpopular anime get to finish their seasons.
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Wait, wasn't Dialovers considered to be a short series, since the episodes spanned only 15 minutes?

I was never aware there was a Maplestory anime either, I used to watch "Maplestory stories" on YouTube in middle school, lol.
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TheAncientOne wrote:


LionelJeid wrote:

The fact the lowest ranked one on here speaks to how inaccurate ratings are.

The lowest rating on MAL should not be above a 5, which is supposed to be "average".

One problem with MAL's ranking system is that it consumes almost half the scale with rankings of "bad". Most people don't really care how bad something is, they only care that it is.

Their ranking for 1-4 are as follows:

4 - Bad
3 - Very Bad
2 - Horrible
1 - Appalling

Would anyone really be more inclined to give a show with a 4.0 average a try than a show with a 2.0 average?



That's fair. Didn't really think about that.
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Posted 11/1/15
I'll agree with Glasslip on this one... seemed interesting, but in the end just turned into a great pile of.... Meh...
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Posted 11/3/15 , edited 11/3/15

BlazingRagnarok wrote:


Thedude3445 wrote:


EJHicks wrote:


http://myanimelist.net/anime/30251/Venus_Project:_Climax - 5.56 (Except it only got 6 episodes; must have been cancelled mid-season)


It was scheduled for six from the beginning. Don't know why you would assume it got cancelled halfway.


Any thoughts on this? (Like why did I bother making this at 3:30 in the morning?)


It was? Weird. You usually don't see non-OVAs with such low episode counts.

FLCL had six episodes. It's a rare format, but not unheard of.
You know what's really rare? Anime getting canceled halfway through. I mean, there are examples like God Eater, which had to delay part of its season due to production difficulties, but I can't name any anime that got permanently pulled partway through.

It happens a lot with American television, but, from what I've seen, even bad and unpopular anime get to finish their seasons.


I thought FLCL was an OVA too, actually O_o

Yeah, that's another topic I would want to start though that's a much harder one. I tried finding any animes that were cut early; Kokoro Connect had seventeen episodes, but the last four never aired on TV. That's the last I can find for anything more recent than, say, 20 years.
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Posted 11/3/15 , edited 11/3/15

Thedude3445 wrote:


http://myanimelist.net/anime/30251/Venus_Project:_Climax - 5.56 (Except it only got 6 episodes; must have been cancelled mid-season)

It has 12 episodes, only 6 are anime. The rest is talk- and game-show type stuff I think, not sure why.


Thedude3445 wrote:

http://myanimelist.net/anime/1775/Jikuu_Tenshou_Nazca - 5.97

The only way I found this watchable was to pretend it was a high school dramatics society LARPing.


Thedude3445 wrote:

So, as you can see, only a few of these had even 5,000 votes; most of them had 500 or less, and four or five of them have fewer than 100. What do I find in common with these at the bottom, for the most part? They're "Mature" action shows, produced from 1998-2003, which was apparently the Dark Age of Anime because of all these obscure allegedly awful shows. Were they all bad NGE ripoffs? Are they merely victims of being so unknown to Western audiences? Hard to say. Has anyone actually watched any of these to vouch for them?

The bad NGE spoof is Dual Parallel.

People tend to only know/recognize the good shows have have passed down to us from that period, they don't realize how many legitimately atrocious anime were being made at the same time. Audience standards are way higher today even for simple time-killer entertainment, and anime tends to target an older buying demographic now as well.

If you took our expectations backwards people would go from having 10-20 shows a season to 1-2.


LionelJeid wrote:

The fact the lowest ranked one on here speaks to how inaccurate ratings are.

The lowest rating on MAL should not be above a 5, which is supposed to be "average".

Average is slightly below a 7.5 on MAL during current/recent seasons. Not sure about overall.

You can get a pretty decent normal distribution by taking each score, subtracting 5 and multiplying by 2.
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Posted 11/3/15 , edited 11/3/15

Thedude3445 wrote:

Yeah, that's another topic I would want to start though that's a much harder one. I tried finding any animes that were cut early; Kokoro Connect had seventeen episodes, but the last four never aired on TV. That's the last I can find for anything more recent than, say, 20 years.

It's hard to schedule an odd number of episodes between season cut-offs, if you have a show that runs for a season and then some the extra episodes will likely be OVAs or online episodes like 13-15 of Bakemonogatari.

Otherwise the broadcaster is stuck trying to fill the time slots the show didn't take, which doesn't pay. And then production issues and delays can push final episodes off into OVA land, like with 23-26 of Wolf's Rain.
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