The Listless List: 5 Worst Anime of Summer 2018

With the Summer 2018 Anime season coming to a close, and having already gone through my personal favourites, it’s time I picked out the shows I considered to be the most disappointing, underwhelming or just plain difficult to watch.

As always these are just my own personal picks, and there’s a high chance you may have enjoyed some of these and have had completely different picks from mine. And that’s okay!

Also, my picks for this list may not necessarily be the worst shows of the lot, since there’s a lot of shows I haven’t watched enough of to fully include, which would be obvious choices for this list. Furthermore, a lot of these choices are based on how disappointing and underwhelming they ended up being, as opposed to flat out “bad”. So… Yeah!


5. The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

It’s no secret at this point that I’m a huge fan of isekai. It’s one of my favourite genres in Anime and I’m one of the few people who doesn’t seem to mind the fact that we get a handful of new “guy gets transported to another world and is surrounded by cute girls” shows every season. I don’t even mind the generic ones all that much. I actually liked Death March despite how unoriginal it was because it was still entertaining on a base level and kind of funny, and I liked Isekai Smartphone because it worked really well when viewed through the lens of “it’s parodying all the elements of your typical isekai show”.

But even I just don’t really care for The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar. Not because it’s unoriginal or lacking in creativity but because, simply put, it’s just really boring. While there are plenty of uninspired isekai works that repeat the usual stuff we’ve seen time and time again from other shows in the genre, they at least tried to be fun and wound up having something enjoyable to them. But for one reason or another, I just didn’t get anything from this one. I barely cracked a smile and I even fell asleep a few times from sheer boredom. And despite how lazy I claim to be, even that’s a rarity for me when it comes to watching Anime.

Or perhaps I’m finally burnt out from watching so much god damn isekai. Who knows?

4. Banana Fish

The first controversial pick of this list. How fun!

It seems that every season there’s at least one show that seems to win over a lot of people but some how doesn’t manage to win me over. And I’m sorry to say that this season, Banana Fish is that show.

…For no particular reason other than I just don’t really “get” it. The presentation is outstanding with some great character designs and solid animation, but the story is… Nothing all that special? It doesn’t really click with me? It’s kind of boring…? I dunno.

I guess it doesn’t help that in general, this isn’t really my kind of show, nor am I the target audience for it, so… Maybe that’s why.


3. FLCL Progressive

I’ve said it once. I’ve said it twice. And I’ll say it again.

I don’t care about FLCL, and I don’t get why everyone else does.

The original series is widely regarded by Anime fans to be a classic and one of the greatest things to come from Anime ever. But I personally found it to be an incomprehensible mess of random ideas and just really fucking boring.

Perhaps I’m missing some kind of context when the show first came out. Maybe I’m just not knowledgeable in Anime or Japanese culture enough to understand some obscure references that were scattered amongst the nonsensical dialogue. Or maybe I’m just an idiot with terrible taste.

Whatever the reason, FLCL is nothing special and Progressive, if anything, is just a reminder of why that is because it some how manages to be even worse and less interesting to me.

I still don’t care.

2. Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Irusterias Ptolemaic Theory

Speaking of things I don’t care about, hey look! It’s another Fate series! Yay!

I’d hoped after seeing Shaft’s name on here that this would be the Fate series that would win me over.


At this point I’d just be repeating what I’ve said every time I’ve talked about Fate on this blog. If you’d like a clearer picture as to why I’m not the biggest Fate fan, you can go ahead and read my First Impressions post for Fate Apocrypha here where I explain why this franchise never seems to do it for me.

Sorry Fate fans, I wish I could join you.

1. One Room Season 2

Is this even a surprise to anyone?

One Room is your usual fan-service show but with the unique twist that you are the star and everything is presented from a first person perspective.

And it’s really… “eh” because… You’re essentially eyeing up really young looking Anime girls in a way that just feels so wrong. It doesn’t help that the protagonist (you) doesn’t utter a single fucking word the entire time as these girls speak to you. The atmosphere is just so rapey.

One Room’s second season isn’t just bad, it’s borderline creepy. I guess I can understand the appeal but… No. This isn’t for me. At all.


Share your worst picks:

What were your least favourite shows from the Summer 2018 Anime Season? Feel free to share yours in the comments!


13 thoughts on “The Listless List: 5 Worst Anime of Summer 2018

  1. Definitely surprised to see Banana Fish make an appearance here, as everyone seems to be raving about that one. (I can’t judge as it isn’t available for me).
    Overall I have seen too few shows to pick a worst one, but out of the 5 shows that I ended up watching I would have to say that Angels of Death was the most disappointing one for me. (Even though I also had a strange fascination with it, and really had wanted to find out how it would end).

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    1. I’m sure quite a few people were, but it didn’t really click with me sadly, which is a shame as I saw a lot of people hyping it up. I’ll still be finishing it though eventually.

      And that’s an interesting choice, but I’m glad you still had something to get out of the show in spite of that. Hopefully we’ll get to see the final batch of episodes sooner rather than later.

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  2. Surprised with Banana Fish making the list because I’m enjoying it and it seems like a pretty good show. But, your reasons for it making this list are interesting. I’ve felt like that about shows before so I get where you’re coming from. Sometimes, certain shows just don’t click.
    Other than that, I’m glad I didn’t watch any of the others because they sound like a pretty bad bunch to me!

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    1. It probably is a very good show to a lot of people, I think I’m just weird!

      But yeah, there’s a lot of cases where shows just don’t quite “click” with me, and it’s the most frustrating kind of “dislike” because there’s usually no real reason as to why. It just “doesn’t” click, and I’d rather know WHY I dislike something or don’t find it engaging than “just because” haha.

      And oh yes. One Room is horrible. It’s a nightmare. Save yourself!

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      1. Nah, we’re all like that at some point.
        I totally understand. It’s frustrating when you can’t put a reason to why something isn’t working for you. It’s easy to say why you like or hate something but when something simply doesn’t click, it’s different story. It’s really the worst feeling being unable to put into words what your brain thinks haha.

        I shall! Sounds like a train wreck really.

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  3. I get why FLCL is highly regarded as an important work but I’m with you. I didn’t think the show was all that great either. I didn’t hate it or anything but I don’t get why it is so beloved. Maybe that historical context really bumps it up for folks?

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    1. Whew, it’s a little refreshing to see someone else not so hot for FLCL other than myself.

      I wouldn’t say I hate the show either, I just found it kinda boring and very unremarkable, especially because of the years of hype I’d seen.

      But maybe!

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  4. Presuming Hanebado! doesn’t entirely drop it’s finale… (The damm show is so uneven I don’t know which way to bet…) The worst would be Music Girls. Interesting premise that they then did sh*t with and instead veered off into a lame and generic (and weird) mix of idol and CGDCT.


  5. I don’t understand the hype surrounding FLCL either. I watched the original first season of it, and I didn’t think it was the coolest thing ever. But I also don’t tend to like anime that is obscure just for the sake of being obscure, which is what I felt FLCL was. But this is an amazing list. I’m not really surprised with Banana Fish, as I’ve heard from a couple people it’s not great to say the least. I do like the music in it though; nostalgic.


  6. I’d never even heard of the Fate series you’ve listed being around…but hey, what do I know? I’ve only watched one episode of Fate/Zero at this point. *shrugs*

    I’ve seen some mixed opinions about Banana Fish so I think I understand where you’re coming from. Maybe people think it’s sacred because its source material is old…but then again, if that were the case people would’ve raved about Muhyo and Roji’s BSI, the source material of which was at least 10 years old at the time of the first episode airing.

    FLCL…when I watched the original series, it was alright. People think of that as sacred because it was part of Toonami and it’s apparently metaphors about male puberty hidden in symbolism. I did get the latter…kind of, because I think I have a post on the Spellbook about it…but until I get to watch Progressive and Alternative, I’ll be sitting on my fence of neutrality about the series as a whole.

    Out of the shows I watched, the show that I gave the most complaints about was probably Phantom in the Twilight, although that felt genuinely fun to watch week after week. Otherwise, the only other notable thing I’d point out was BnHA and Cells at Work both got into formulaic routines. BnHA is acceptable, since I’m used to it by now, but Cells at Work…Not that I want the body Cells at Work is set in to be under serious threat all the time, but a little more variation never hurt anyone…


  7. I haven’t watched any of these shows, so I guess I am lucky. Sad to see Fate/Extra on the list, as I have liked some of the other Fate shows.

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