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Your favourite
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Watamote. I still enjoyed watching it though.
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One Piece and Fairy Tail and any other anime that contains "Great Friendship Power" things.
what's more specific about One piece , is that it makes me cringe so hard when obviously-nonsensical things happen, or when the animation becomes quite bad. There are some moments that are cringe worthy, for example when Zoro charges with his swords upon his enemies, they just go flying in the sky, how the hell would a sword send enemies flying ? Plus, the overused fanservice (sometimes it distracts me from the main scenery) makes it worse. I stopped watching One Piece after the Marineford's arc, I felt no need to continue, I will just wait the Plot-Pile-Up movies with better animation and much fewer "plot-lengthenings".
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I agree with everyone who said WataMote. Me and my siblings couldn't watch the whole thing. It really just kind of hurts.
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I'm not one to get in on the whole "cringe" thing but I find most typical shounen shows to be pretty bad in this regard. It may not be the now common usage of "cringe" but for me the sort of stuff you see in shows like DragonBall is terrible for inducing extreme eye rolls and sighs.
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OniAi. That Bro-Con stuff was just too much for me and it doesn't let up much neither.
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Eh,,,,I found Diabolik Lovers a Cringe, if that is what you call it...

Every time one of the vampiric "brothers' mistreated Yui, biting and suckling at her blood. mocking her as a
"masocistic kitten", I wished to bosh and trash them up quite well...as she was kind of heart, though betrayed to the point of living with the heart of Cordella inside her body...

my 'friend' wanted me to add:
High School of the Dead and,
Deadman Wonderland..
Cringy!
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Zenpie wrote:

I feel like I should watch the show everyone listed


Seriously! I just added it to my queue!

My cringiest anime can be watched in about 3.5 minutes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjCDLwxJqPU
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I never really thought Watamote was that cringy. It's all just comedy.

For me it's stuff like Chuunibyou and Dragon Maid (and it's not the "funny" parts it's the parts where they're trying to be serious).
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Kodomo no Jikan was a dump truck full of nope
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SirBacon24 wrote:

I never really thought Watamote was that cringy. It's all just comedy.

For me it's stuff like Chuunibyou and Dragon Maid (and it's not the "funny" parts it's the parts where they're trying to be serious).


Perhaps it is just your age, not to insult you. Looking back from an adult perspective, I realize "What? I did that? NO!" One can intend something to be comedic and have it miss its target, just as Abunai Sisters disappointed the male demographic with its "fanservice". Comedy can also be a way to breach into unfamiliar and uncomfortable subjects in the form of dark or gallows humor sort of thing, in a way that enable thought and discussion.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:


SirBacon24 wrote:

I never really thought Watamote was that cringy. It's all just comedy.

For me it's stuff like Chuunibyou and Dragon Maid (and it's not the "funny" parts it's the parts where they're trying to be serious).


Perhaps it is just your age, not to insult you. Looking back from an adult perspective, I realize "What? I did that? NO!" One can intend something to be comedic and have it miss its target, just as Abunai Sisters disappointed the male demographic with its "fanservice". Comedy can also be a way to breach into unfamiliar and uncomfortable subjects in the form of dark or gallows humor sort of thing, in a way that enable thought and discussion.


No offense taken. I'm sure I will feel very differently about many different things even in just a couple of years. I'm not exactly sure what you're saying here though. Are you disagreeing with my first statement?
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Eromanga Sensei - Filled with cringe in the anime itself and its fanbase trying to defend this. The comedy was sub par, the animation had a ton of single frame pauses, music was only good in the opening and ending, not a fan of incest(it is and im sticking to it), the fan-service was board-line pedophilia, only elf-chan was cute all other girls I've seen better Im serious. And main male character was the usually unbearable enabler of a otaku and beta.

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SirBacon24 wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:


SirBacon24 wrote:

I never really thought Watamote was that cringy. It's all just comedy.

For me it's stuff like Chuunibyou and Dragon Maid (and it's not the "funny" parts it's the parts where they're trying to be serious).


Perhaps it is just your age, not to insult you. Looking back from an adult perspective, I realize "What? I did that? NO!" One can intend something to be comedic and have it miss its target, just as Abunai Sisters disappointed the male demographic with its "fanservice". Comedy can also be a way to breach into unfamiliar and uncomfortable subjects in the form of dark or gallows humor sort of thing, in a way that enable thought and discussion.


No offense taken. I'm sure I will feel very differently about many different things even in just a couple of years. I'm not exactly sure what you're saying here though. Are you disagreeing with my first statement?


Yes, never cringed at Dragon Maid, have not watched Chuunbiyou. Which may tie into the above statement, as you confess that its their serious parts that are bothersome to you, rather than the comedy. I could see why a part meant to be serious may seem downright cringe inducing, such as whether or not it misses it point or expects you to nod your head in agreement, but I disagree with the notion that comedy cannot be cringe inducing, if that is what you are saying.

Humor can be a way to tackle said uncomfortable topics, as well as be another lens for someone else to interpret it as humorousness, which may just be an outlying opinion being communicated to the audience. It is fairly possible that most people are a bit easily misled by the usage of a canned laugh track and a lighthearted music track being played to notice what is happening in said scenes. You can play it over a torture scene and some people would laugh regardless, which is an extreme example, but a frightening one of how miscellaneous features can otherwise affect our interpretation.

"It is all just a comedy" is not all that valid to me, especially after watching Todd Stolonz's Happiness, which is a dark comedy that is extremely uncomfortable to watch. That film also had a point, but...what am I saying?

Watamote may be even more cringe inducing when someone interprets it as a means to laugh at the situation of an adolescent girl going through a rough patch, and that does not seem funny to me at all. It seems cruel and sadistic. Expecting me to laugh at it may be the most discomforting aspect. I am not an asshole, and I have developed sympathy for Tomoko because I knew people like her, besides myself. It is straight up empathy when I imagine myself in similar situations, when the weight of the world's most basic expectations crushes one like a rock.

(Although I do not entirely interpret it as such.)
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Yes, never cringed at Dragon Maid, have not watched Chuunbiyou. Which may tie into the above statement, as you confess that its their serious parts that are bothersome to you, rather than the comedy. I could see why a part meant to be serious may seem downright cringe inducing, such as whether or not it misses it point or expects you to nod your head in agreement, but I disagree with the notion that comedy cannot be cringe inducing, if that is what you are saying.

Humor can be a way to tackle said uncomfortable topics, as well as be another lens for someone else to interpret it as humorousness, which may just be an outlying opinion being communicated to the audience. It is fairly possible that most people are a bit easily misled by the usage of a canned laugh track and a lighthearted music track being played to notice what is happening in said scenes. You can play it over a torture scene and some people would laugh regardless, which is an extreme example, but a frightening one of how miscellaneous features can otherwise affect our interpretation.

"It is all just a comedy" is not all that valid to me, especially after watching Todd Stolonz's Happiness, which is a dark comedy that is extremely uncomfortable to watch. That film also had a point, but...what am I saying?

Watamote may be even more cringe inducing when someone interprets it as a means to laugh at the situation of an adolescent girl going through a rough patch, and that does not seem funny to me at all. It seems cruel and sadistic. Expecting me to laugh at it may be the most discomforting aspect. I am not an asshole, and I have developed sympathy for Tomoko because I knew people like her, besides myself. It is straight up empathy when I imagine myself in similar situations, when the weight of the world's most basic expectations crushes one like a rock.

(Although I do not entirely interpret it as such.)


Ok thank you for clarifying. You're definitely right; comedy is not free from being cringe-inducing. Failed comedy (or anything really) can be very cringey or whatever else you want to call it for the person whose target it misses. A lot of the time that is pretty subjective though. If the comedy is plain bad, then sure, most people are going to cringe or dislike it or whatever. With something like Watamote, though, it mostly just depends on how the viewer feels about it. What I was saying is that I personally didn't find it cringey at all because the jokes hit for me. Maybe that makes me an asshole or maybe not. I can definitely relate to Tomoko on a personal level as I've gone through some of the same situations albeit to a lesser extent, but I could still find myself enjoying watching those moments. Now, I don't even like Watamote that much, since the jokes kind of got old by the end, and there was really nothing in the way of a supporting cast. I never found the jokes themselves cringey though, and that's just my personal opinion. I don't blame anyone else for feeling differently.
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