Japanese Anime Fans Take Out Their Frustration on Most Tired Premises for Anime Series

From imouto to Gundam, what needs a rest?

Anime is a business that loves to repeat and refine its successes. The result is that there are some pretty overused models for anime series. A recent Biglobe Anime Ranking asked Japanese readers to name anime which they're most tired of.


When the list is said and done, you have to think hard to come up with some anime that doesn't fit some category. As such, inclusion seems less significant than rank.



1. Harem anime

2. Imouto/little sister focused anime

3. Anime that have famous voice actors, beautiful visuals, but no substance

4. Anime based on erotic games 

5. Bishonen anime where all the male characters are beautiful / reverse harem

6. (tie) Shonen Jump manga adaptations

6. (tie) Anime about non-athletic clubs

8. Anime about awkward adolescents with inflated egos/Chyuuni anime

9. Anime whose appeal rests on the size of its female cast's chests

10. Time loop anime

11. Slice of life anime

12. Gundam

13. School romance anime

14. Anime whose appeal is simply that its well animated or visually attractive

15. Yuri anime

16. Anime where the fate of the world depends on its hero

17. Anime that's mostly just interested in exploring the world in which its set

18. Giant robot or mecha in general

19. Anime by Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli in general

20. Easy going anime about mundane situation - if #11 is Tari Tari or Hanasaku Iroha, this is YuruYuri or Hidarami Sketch

21. Tragic anime, focused on the protagonist dying

22. Dystopian anime

23. Military anime with casts full of girls



What anime types are you most tired of?


Beyond that, what would you like to see more of?


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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