This post is an entry to the 30 Week Anime Challenge series of posts.
Ugh. I wanted to evade this question, but then it wouldn’t be a challenge anymore.
Since I’ve already explained myself in my previous 30-week anime challenge post the method by which I came up with my answer for the question “Most Underrated Anime”, I’ll just take the opposite of that to answer this week’s question.
Basically, it’s asking which anime is highly rated (8.00 is high enough a rating) but I didn’t really enjoy. To be honest, I’ve seen most of the anime series I liked are rated quite high in MAL, so I tried to look for anime that really brings back feelings of disappointment and/or abhorrence. Then I remembered SAO and how much I loathed the series (SAO II proved to be somehow entertaining and watchable enough for me to finish it). Back then, SAO was rated 8.60+ (that’s very high). But now, it’s somewhere between 8.20 and 8.30. Then, I saw something else that is rated higher.
It’s Toradora, rated 8.54 in MAL as of November 1, 2014. It was one of the first anime I watched. Back then, I watch my anime in DVDs. Anyway, I don’t even want to post a picture of that anime, but if you want to, you always have MAL. The series is not only highly rated, but it’s the 12th most popular. Its viewership still continues to grow in large numbers.
When I watched it, I already had an idea of tsundere characters. But in my honest opinion, I don’t think of Taiga simply as a tsundere. She was very violent, and even though others (ehem, Ryuuji) expressed their kindness towards her, she paid them (ehem, Ryuuji) back with ingratitude and savagery. That bad impression I initially had on the character relations didn’t fade away as Taiga’s unbearable behavior (I know, it was for the drama, which felt forced and unnatural, by the way) is still onscreen. I sympathized with Ryuuji’s initial difficulties of dealing with Taiga, but that concern eventually changed into disbelief as Ryuuji continues to act as the very-good-guy-next-door, unable to leave Taiga alone. It was an unbearable anime, not to mention the ending, for me to watch. I didn’t drop it or didn’t have the guts to drop it, because at that time I never dropped any anime. The good thing is, I learned my lesson through years of pain (well, not really).