Anime is a marvellous medium. It can give us a variety of series, each hailing from a different genre, that still somehow manage to come to together and find a way to crush our souls. The following ten are a special breed; they may differ in almost every single way and some of them are even considered masterpieces, but they all at one point or another have must us reflect on our own lives to the point where only despair remains!
Fair warning, there are MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
#10: “Serial Experiment Lain” (1998)
Every single frame of this show is depressing. From its lead character all the way to its murky, philosophical plot.
#9: “Bleach” (2004-12)
Fans can only look back on the glory days of the first few seasons, before having to acknowledge the sub-par direction it took. Don’t worry, it was all part of Aizen’s plan!
#8: “Mars of Destruction” (2005)
Many are in agreement that every aspect of this series is so poor that it is worthy of the accolade “worst anime of all time.” They aren’t wrong.
#7: “Himouto! Umaru-chan” (2015-)
Don’t let the cuteness fool you, her annoying personality will wreck you emotionally before you know it!
#6: “Kimi Ni Todoke” (2009-11)
The relationship between our two leads is perfect. It is so romantically pristine and pure that it will make you believe in true love…and also realise you will never have what they have!
#5: “Dragon Ball GT” (1996-97)
Are you a fan of Dragon Ball Z? Want to see everything you love about it get trashed and reworked into a pale imitation of itself? Check out GT.
#4: “Neon Genesis Evangelion” (1995-96)
This ain’t your average mecha show. Instead, you are treated to the sight of broken teens go through fifty mental breakdowns per episode!
#3: “Case Closed” (1996-)
We would love nothing more than to start watching the adventures of one of anime’s greatest detectives, but we don’t have it in us to binge-watch over nine hundred episodes!
#2: “Pokemon” (1997-)
It’s been twenty years, and Ash is still a ten year old trying to be the very best like no one ever was. All the while we’re moving closer to death every day! How’s that fair?!
#1: “The Ideon: Be Invoked” (1982)
Are in the mood to see an entire cast of characters get brutally killed in an upsetting and illogical finale? You are in luck!