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Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7

Is Nezuko Too Overpowered?

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7 responded to my main concerns from the previous episode. In my review of Episode 6, I said that the ease with which Tanjirou and Nezuko were able to overpower Daki was a problem for the series.

If he hadn’t forgotten to breathe, Tanjirou likely would have defeated Daki. And Nezuko did defeat Daki, even though she didn’t kill Daki. If a member of the Upper Six was that easy for them to defeat, then they’re clearly already strong enough to fight Muzan himself, right?

Well, that’s where Episode 7 comes in. It turns out that Daki isn’t actually all that strong after all. Tengen easily decapitated her and even claimed that she must not really be the member of the Upper Six he’s looking for because she’s so weak.

Daki with burns to her face from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Daki with burns to her face

Of course, as we learn later in the episode, there’s more to Daki than meets the eye. But, if we’re talking about just Daki’s strength, I’d say she’s probably on the same level as a Lower Six member.

So, with that in mind, is Nezuko overpowered? I have to say that she’s not — yet. I do believe that Nezuko could put up a pretty good fight against a true Upper Six member in her full demon form. After all, we saw just how insane her speed, power, and recovery capabilities were.

However, we also saw that in this form, Nezuko becomes more primal. She’s unable to stop herself from attacking humans and is therefore unpredictable. Tanjirou wouldn’t want to unleash her like that if anyone else was around.

Basically, while Nezuko is very strong, her power comes with drawbacks that limit her ability to make full use of that strength.

The Upper Six Difference

Despite Daki’s weakness, she’s still technically a member of the Upper Six. And this was made clear when she didn’t die after being decapitated by Tengen. This was probably my favorite part of the episode because it really showed us the difference between the Lower and Upper Six.

After decapitating Daki, Tengen pays her no attention. He even stands with his back to her at first, showing that he doesn’t view her as a threat. And he makes numerous comments on how she’s weak and should just disappear already.

However, we then see his demeanor change when he realizes that despite her head being in her lap, she’s not disappearing. That’s when he begins to take Daki seriously. Even before Gyuutarou appears, Tengen recognizes that something isn’t right.

Tengen Uzui attacking Gyuutarou and Daki from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Tengen Uzui attacking Gyuutarou and Daki

Based on our encounters with two Upper Six members so far, I think the decapitation isn’t going to be the only way to kill demons going forward. Daki survived being decapitated. And it seems really hard to decapitate Akaza, so maybe he’ll have to be killed another way.

Of course, we do know of other ways to kill demons already. Being exposed to direct sunlight is one of the earliest ways to kill them that we learn. And Shinobu uses a toxin derived from wisteria flowers to kill demons since she’s too weak to decapitate them.

Also, it should be pointed out that Nezuko was decapitated in this episode and survived. I think all of this is pointing to the Upper Six demons perhaps being strong enough that other methods of killing them are going to need to be employed.

Though, I’m predicting that decapitation is still going to be the mode of death for both Daki and Gyuutarou.

Twin Demons Gyuutarou and Daki

Despite the title of this section, we don’t actually know if Gyuutarou and Daki are twins. We know they’re siblings, with Gyuutarou being the elder. But, what I mean by twin demons here is that they’re two demons in one, as Gyuutarou says.

What does that mean, though? To me, it simply means that their demonic power is shared between the two of them. And as we saw, this also appears to mean that they can share a single body as Gyuutarou came out of Daki’s back.

Why is all of this important? Because I think it explains why Daki didn’t disappear upon being decapitated by Tengen. In order to truly kill Daki and Gyuutarou, you probably have to decapitate both of them at the same time — or at least before the other can reattach their head.

And, that’s also why I think these two will still die by decapitation despite how I think that method of killing demons is going to be less successful against the Upper Six.

Gyuutarou and Daki from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Gyuutarou and Daki

Considering their whole gimmick seems to be that they both need to be killed at the same time, it sets up a perfect tag-team takedown. We have 4 demon slayers on-site, and I’d love to see them work together to kill Daki and Gyuutarou at the same time.

Also, I should point out that the reason Daki is considered a member of the Upper Six is because of Gyuutarou. From what we saw, he seems worthy of that title. And since he and Daki are two demons in one, Daki gets the title as well.

I’m interested to see how the two of them fight together. My guess is that Gyuutarou is going to be the offensive one with his blood sickles while Daki is going to play defense with her obi.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7? Now that we know Daki’s strength relative to a true Upper Six member, do you still think Nezuko is overpowered? And what do you think of Gyuutarou’s character design? I’m not a fan of it.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Dotou Island

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232 isn’t a very exciting episode. But, we knew that was going to be the case ever since the preview for the episode last week. I mean, it’s about Denki, Metal, and Iwabe. We can’t really expect it to be a good episode.

Still, there are some things I can discuss in regards to this episode. And the first of those things is the destination of Team 5’s mission, Dotou Island within the Land of Water. Coincidentally, Team 7’s mission next week is also in the Land of Water.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe we got the kanji reading for Dotou within the episode. And I can’t go back and check now because all streaming sites are currently down due to the release of the new Attack on Titan episode.

Dotou Island displayed on a screen from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Dotou Island displayed on a screen

But, there are a few readings of Dotou that could make sense. It could be a reference to the earthen spire of the island’s mountain, earthen waves, or even just an island made of earth (probably not this one).

The spire and waves references make the most sense to me when you consider how the geography of the island was likely formed. Looking at Dotou Island, it’s clearly the site of an ancient meteorite impact.

There’s a distinct crater with a raised ridge of earth around it. And within the very center stands a raised portion. This is what impact craters look like, though the central spire typically isn’t so pronounced.

So, I think the name Dotou Island is likely a reference to how the island’s most defining features were formed — the earth was molten and reformed by an impact. And, this may also be why there’s a large deposit of gold within the central spire.

Automated Puppets

The automated puppets featured in this episode are a bit odd. Are they puppets or are they robots? That’s not entirely clear. And, yes, there should be a few differences between puppets and robots within the Boruto series.

Puppets are controlled by chakra, while robots would be controlled by electricity. That might not sound like it matters all that much. But if these automated puppets really are controlled by chakra, where does this chakra come from?

Since the automated puppets aren’t necessarily going to be operated by a shinobi, we have to assume that they can function even if the operator can’t use chakra. That would mean the puppets have an alternate source of chakra powering them.

Denki controlling the automated puppets from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Denki controlling the automated puppets

Of course, we know there are scientific ninja tools that allow people who can’t normally use chakra to perform jutsu. So, theoretically, the same technology could be at work here. The automated puppets may have a core of stored chakra within them or something like that.

I believe this is also how the Thunder Train works, as well. It has what looks like a large lightning chakra storage tank on the front of the train, which presumably powers it. And since Dr. Katasuke is a scientific ninja tool specialist, it makes sense that this is how he would power the automated puppets.

However, from a practical standpoint, the automated puppets being electricity-powered robots makes a lot more sense. Electricity can be generated within the facility that surrounds the mine.

Oh, and speaking of the facility surrounding the mine, it’s pretty dumb that anyone can just lock everyone inside for 12 hours and shut off their air supply. That seems like a pretty terrible design to me. Shouldn’t there be guards outside to stop that from happening?

B-Rank Missions

I believe B-rank missions are typically the highest-ranked missions given to a chunin-lead team. Jonin are also given these missions, along with A-rank missions. And S-ranks are reserved for teams of Jonin or other powerful shinobi, such as the Hokage himself.

For example, Konohamaru could be sent on a B-rank mission solo. For an A-rank mission, he would likely be paired up with at least one other Jonin, as he was with Mugino in the past. And for an S-rank mission, he would be part of a team that was hand-selected for the specific job.

With that said, I don’t really agree with this mission being B-ranked. Even though there was the potential threat of combat, I still think it should have been a C-ranked mission. The mission doesn’t take place in a warzone and there was no prior knowledge of a definitive threat.

Metal Lee fighting a bandit from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Metal Lee fighting a bandit

And, the enemy shinobi Team 5 encountered during this mission really had nothing to do with their mission itself. These weren’t shinobi who were hired to prevent Team 5 from delivering the automated puppets. They just happened to be committing a crime in the same place and at the same time.

By that logic, any mission could be B-rank or higher. A team of genin could be on a mission to find a lost cat when they stumble upon a bank robbery in progress. Does that mean their mission should have been ranked higher than D, to begin with? No.

You could also always make the argument that it’s possible the cat isn’t lost but was actually stolen by a dangerous organization. I don’t think what-if scenarios should play a role in the rank a mission is assigned when there’s no evidence to back it up.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232? Would you have liked more world-building surrounding Dotou Island? Do you think the automated puppets are powered by chakra or electricity? And what rank would you give this mission? Let me know in the comments.

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Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu Oshino Outfit Tier List

Shinobu’s Outfits

Throughout the Monogatari Series, Shinobu Oshino wears many outfits. If you were to ask fans of the series to describe what she wears, chances are you’d get multiple, conflicting answers as each person remembers a different one.

Today, I’m going to go through Shinobu’s outfits based on their appearance within the anime and then rank them on a tier list. But before I get to that, I need to set some parameters.

1. I’m only looking at her outfits from the anime, not the light novels or manga.
2. I’m focusing on Shinobu’s 8-year-old form (with one exception) because that’s how she most frequently appears.
3. I’m considering different versions of outfits as separate outfits (this will make sense in just a bit).
4. I’m not including one-off gag outfits, such as Shinobu dressing up as other characters from the series.

I’ll also be leaving a link to the tier list at the end of this article so you can rank Shinobu’s outfits yourself. If you do, make sure you tweet your tier list at me so I can see it.

Bakemonogatari

Shinobu wearing her pink dress without the helmet from the anime series Bakemonogatari

Shinobu has two outfits in Bakemonogatari, though they’re really two versions of the same outfit. In this part of the series, she wears a pink dress with white frills on the chest area and a red ribbon around the waist. The skirt of the dress also has a white inner lining.

This outfit reappears later in the series, as well, most notably as one of Shinobu’s many outfits in Kizumonogatari.

Shinobu wearing her pink dress and helmet from the anime series Bakemonogatari

The alternate version of this pink dress outfit, and actually the version we see first, includes an unstrapped helmet with goggles on it. This particular outfit is definitely one of the most iconic of the series simply because it’s what we first see Shinobu wearing.

When Shinobu eventually opens up to Koyomi and stops sulking in the shadows, she also stops wearing the helmet.

Also, a fun fact is that thanks to this dress, we know Shinobu doesn’t wear underwear. At the end of the Tsubasa Cat arc, there’s actually a frame where we see up her dress and she’s covered by nothing more than a band-aid.

Her lack of panties is also reconfirmed in Kizumonogatari.

Nisemonogatari

Shinobu wearing her white dress without the hat

Shinobu’s next outfit comes in Nisemonogatari. And this one also has two versions just like her Bakemonogatari outfit. Personally, I’d argue that this outfit is her most iconic because I believe it’s the one she most frequently appears in.

Of course, I’m talking about her white dress. The front of this dress is white with three pink ribbon bows. One bow is at the neckline and the other two are on the front of her hips. The back of the dress’ skirt is pink.

Shinobu wearing her white dress and hat

This white dress is also different from the pink dress in Bakemonogatari because rather than being held up by straps, it’s tied around Shinobu’s neck and waist.

The alternate form of this outfit includes a straw hat with a white band around it. I believe we only see her wearing the hat in Nisemonogatari, while the version of this outfit without the hat appears in other parts of the series, as well.

Kabukimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her kimono from Kabukimonogatari in the Monogatari Series Second Season anime

In Kabukimonogatari, which is part of the Monogatari Series Second Season, Shinobu debuts a new outfit. And, as you can see, this outfit is very different from those that came before (and after) it.

This time around, Shinobu is wearing a pink kimono with a pattern featuring bats, moons, and stars (because she’s a vampire). She also has a red and yellow obi tied around her waist.

And, for the first time, Shinobu is sporting a different hairstyle. Her hair is put up into two buns on either side of her head and held in place with red ribbons. This is actually the only time Shinobu sports an alternate hairstyle in her 8-year-old form.

Otorimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her black dress from Otorimonogatari in the Monogatari Series Second Season anime

The next new outfit Shinobu wears is a black dress in Otorimonogatari, which is also part of the Monogatari Series Second Season. This dress is kind of like a combination of her pink and white dresses from Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, but black.

While the dress is primarily black from the front and sides, the back portion is open to reveal a white lining within. This white lining can also be seen under the skirt and sticking out above the collar of the black outer portion of the dress.

This dress also features multiple ribbons. There’s a small, white ribbon at the collar, a pink ribbon on the front just below some ruffles on the chest, and a ribbon on the back. The back ribbon is also what laces the dress together.

Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her green dress from the anime series Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu shows off two new outfits in Tsukimonogatari. The first one is a green dress with a white polka dot pattern. This dress also has a white color with a four-leaf clover attached to her lefthand side.

As with most of her other dresses, this green one also has a white lining inside the skirt that peaks out from the bottom in the form of frills. This is the primary outfit she wears in the arc.

The second outfit Shinobu wears in Tsukimonogatari is a very fancy purple dress. This is by far the fanciest outfit we see Shinobu wear throughout the series.

Shinobu Oshino wearing her purple dress from the anime series Tsukimonogatari

Shinobu’s purple dress has a lot of different layers, which are primarily different shades of purple. The darkest part is the vest portion of the dress which covers her chest and is held together in the front by a single button.

Attached to this vest are frilly shoulder sleeves made of a slightly lighter colored material. Beneath the vest is the main portion of the dress, which features a diagonal striped pattern of two lighter shades of purple.

Farther down the dress, the skirt has multiple layers that alternate between the dark color of the vest and the lighter stripes of the corset. Coming out from the bottom of the skirt are two additional layers of white fabric.

Around her waist, Shinobu wears a light pink belt with a pink flower and ribbon dangling from it. Her other accessories include a dark purple choker and a matching hairband.

Koyomimonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her pink sailor uniform from the Koyomimonogatari anime series

Technically speaking, Shinobu only wears one new outfit in Koyomimonogatari. However, this outfit has two versions depending on which release of Koyomimonogatari you watch.

The first outfit is a pink sailor uniform with a white collar and a white donut pattern along the bottom of the skirt. It also features a black bow beneath the collar and black leggings. That’s right, Shinobu has pants on (at first) with this outfit.

Shinobu Oshino wearing her blue sailor uniform from the anime series Koyomimonogatari

That’s just her outfit in the original release of Koyomimonogatari, though. Chances are, you’ve watched the Blu-ray release, in which she wears an alternate version of this outfit.

The alternate version of the outfit features a dark blue sailor uniform with a pink bow beneath the collar and lighter pink leggings (which she also takes off). This is the only time one of Shinobu’s outfits gets a palette swap for the Blu-ray release.

Kizumonogatari

Shinobu Oshino wearing her frilly outfit from the anime movie Kizumonogatari

I debated whether or not I wanted to include any of Shinobu’s Kizumonogatari outfits in this post and on my tier list. She has many outfits in these movies, and we don’t ever see her 8-year-old form.

However, in the end, I decided to include Shinobu’s 6-year-old form and outfit here since this is her primary child form within the movies. If you want to discount this one from the tier list because it’s a different version of Shinobu, that’s fine.

This outfit features a light pink/salmon color top with multiple frills on the bottom and no sleeves. It also has a bit of a collar with a black ribbon hanging down from it on the front.

What really sets the outfit apart, though, is that it also features shorts. This is a shirt and shorts combo, not a dress. The shorts are black, puffy, and have small ribbons on the outsides of the thighs.

Back in the Bakemonogatari section, I mentioned that Shinobu also wore that pink dress in Kizumonogatari. She does, but it’s in her 11-year-old form so the dress is too short. This is when it’s reconfirmed that she doesn’t wear panties.

Outfit Tier List

Now that you know the outfits, it’s time to rank them on a tier list. Obviously, the higher up an outfit is placed on the tier list, the better it is. However, I haven’t ranked outfits against each other within the tiers. The order of the outfits within the tiers is just the order I happened to place them in.

Shinobu Oshino's outfits from the Monogatari anime series ranked on a tier list
Shinobu Oshino’s outfits ranked on a tier list

Starting with the S-tier, these may not be Shinobu’s most iconic outfits, but they’re my favorites. The kimono is easily her cutest outfit with the hair buns and everything. And I love that her kimono has a bat pattern on it. I also just really like the green dress; I can’t explain why.

The A-tier outfits are very good, but not my absolute favorites. The black dress just takes the best parts of the iconic pink and white dresses and combines them, so obviously it’s a great outfit. And I think the addition of the hat really elevates the white dress to new levels.

B-tier probably isn’t going to be all that controversial. The white dress without the hat is a little plain. The purple dress just feels a bit too fancy for Shinobu, in my opinion. And while I do enjoy the blue sailor uniform, it doesn’t have the same impact as the higher-tier outfits.

My C-tier picks are where I think people are really going to start disagreeing. I’m sorry, but I don’t think Shinobu’s pink dress is all that great — even with the addition of the helmet. I just view it as a worse version of the black dress. And, the pink sailor uniform is just a worse version of the blue one.

D-tier is reserved for Shinobu’s Kizumonogatari outfit. I’m just not a fan. The frills and puffy pants are cute, but I still think the outfit is bland. I also just much prefer dresses.

Conclusion

If you’d like to fill this tier list out for yourself, you can do so here. Just make sure to send me your completed list over on Twitter @DoubleSama and follow me while you’re there too. Or, if you don’t have Twitter, me know how you’d rank Shinobu’s outfits in the comments.

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Demon Slayer Breathing Techniques

Demon Slayer Breathing Techniques

Sun Breathing: The Original Technique

I want to start off this discussion with a disclaimer that all the information in this article is from up to the Entertainment District Arc Episode 6. If we learn more about the breathing techniques after that point, great. But that new information will not be reflected in this article.

And considering I Sun Breathing was officially revealed in the series after I planned to write this article, I think it’s safe to say more information will be revealed later on, as well. Originally, I was just going to write about the other breathing techniques.

But, in Episode 1 of the Entertainment District Arc, Shinjuro Rengoku reveals that Sun Breathing was the original breathing technique. Along with that, he stated that all the other breathing techniques are mere imitations of Sun Breathing.

The first(?) Sun Breathing user from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
The first(?) Sun Breathing user

That’s a huge piece of information that was dropped right at the start of the second season. It tells us that Sun Breathing is the pinnacle of breathing techniques since the others are all imperfect mimics of it.

However, it may also give us an insight into the battle between demons and Demon Slayers. Consider the following: Sunlight kills demons, and the first demon-slaying breathing technique is the Sun Breathing technique. Coincidence? Probably not. (Also demons are active at night and their top ranks are known as the Twelve Demon Moons.)

The question is whether the technique was named Sun Breathing because it kills demons just like the sun does or because it literally uses the power of the sun. At this point, either option could be the case. It’s still not clear if the breathing techniques actually manifest “magic” or if what we see is just a visual treatment.

Breathing Technique Relationship Chart

The reason I originally wanted to write about this topic was the breathing technique relationship chart we were given in the Mugen Train Arc. Rengoku, R.I.P., explains to Tanjirou how most of the breathing techniques are connected.

However, there are notably two techniques missing from the chart we’re shown. Naturally, Sun Breathing was left out because it wasn’t officially revealed yet. And, of course, Rengoku didn’t know about it.

The other technique that’s missing from the chart is Beast Breathing, the technique Inosuke uses. So, we don’t know where that fits in. But it’s also possible that it doesn’t actually have any relation to the other techniques.

I don’t remember how Inosuke learned that technique. But it’s possible it’s an original technique that was developed independently of the rest.

Breathing technique relationship chart from the anime series Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc
Breathing technique relationship chart

According to Rengoku, there are five core breathing techniques. These are Flame, Water, Wind, Stone, and Thunder. And as the core techniques, these would be the ones closest to Sun Breathing. If Sun Breathing is the first generation, these are second-generation techniques.

Beyond these five, there are also third-generation techniques. Love breathing branches off from Flame, Serpent and Flower branch off from Water, Mist branches of from Wind, and Sound branches off from Thunder. No known techniques branch off from Stone Breathing.

There’s also a singular fourth-generation technique we know about: Insect Breathing. According to the chart, Insect Breathing branches off from Flower Breathing. And, I kind of feel like that was mentioned in Shinobu’s backstory in the First Season.

As for where Beast Breathing fits in, my best guess would be as a branch of Water Breathing. All the Water Breathing derivatives have to do with living creatures. And last time I checked, “beast” refers to living creatures.

Is There a Breathing Technique Hierarchy?

When you consider that we know there’s an original breathing technique and a further three derivative generations (at least) of techniques, it seems like there’s a clear hierarchy. However, I don’t know if that’s actually the case.

Based on Shinjuro’s statements, we can assume that there’s a hierarchy when it comes to Sun Breathing compared to the other techniques. Sun Breathing appears to clearly be above the others. But we don’t really know how that affects anything yet. Is it easier to kill demons with Sun Breathing for some reason?

Beyond that, though, I feel like there’s not really a hierarchy. After all, just look at the breathing techniques used by the nine Hashira. Four of them are second-generation, four are third-generation, and one is fourth-generation. If the farther a technique is from Sun Breathing, the weaker it is, then there probably wouldn’t be an Insect Breathing Hashira.

The nine Hashira from the first season of the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
The nine Hashira from the first season of Demon Slayer

Now, with all that said, I can also make an argument for there being a breathing technique hierarchy. And this argument has two pieces of “evidence.”

First, Rengoku tells Tanjirou that throughout the ages, there has always been a Flame and Water Hashira (until his death). One could assume that there’s always been a Flame and Water Hashira simply because those are two of the stronger techniques. Naturally, users of those techniques are strong enough to become Hashira.

Second, the only Insect Breathing user we know is Shinobu, who uses a blade modified to deliver toxins. I believe the explanation we originally got for this was that Shinobu simply isn’t physically strong enough to decapitate demons, and so has to kill them this way instead.

But, what if the reason she’s not strong enough is that she’s using a fourth-generation breathing technique? That would mean Shinobu had to overcome a lot to become a Hashira.

Conclusion

Hopefully, we’ll find out where Beast Breathing falls within the technique chart soon. And, maybe there are additional techniques that haven’t yet been revealed. I’d like to see what a derivative of Stone Breathing would be.

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Worst 5 Anime of 2021

Worst 5 Anime of 2021

Worst of the Worst

At the end of last year, I wrote about the Top 5 Anime of 2021 (that I watched). Now it’s time to do the opposite — the worst 5 anime of 2021. And, honestly, I blocked most of the anime on this list out of my mind until I checked what I watched in 2021 and was reminded.

Before I get into my picks for the worst anime of the year, I have some honorable mentions. The fifth-place anime on this list got a 3/10 rating, but it wasn’t the only one. So, what else did I rate that low?

Well, this may surprise you, but Deep Insanity: The Lost Child didn’t make the cut. It was the worst anime of the fall season, but not one of the five worst of the year. And the other two are So I’m a Spider, So What? and Redo of Healer. I think both are bad anime. However, I didn’t hate them as much as those on this list.

#5 – Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table anime series cover art
Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table is probably going to be the most controversial entry on the list — as it should be since it’s in the fifth slot. I know a lot of people like Log Horizon, and I did too, for the first season.

But, the second season was bad and this third season was even worse. I didn’t care about the characters or plot and the season as a whole was extremely boring. Nothing about this season reminded me of what I originally liked about the series.

And I think the fall of Log Horizon is partially why I chose it to be here over the honorable mentions. Those other anime are bad. But Log Horizon was enjoyable at one point. Seeing it fall to what it is in this season was extremely depressing.

#4 – Otherside Picnic

Otherside Picnic anime series cover art
Otherside Picnic

Otherside Picnic is an anime I genuinely forgot existed before starting on this list. I remember I wasn’t originally going to watch it because I thought it sounded bad. But, I let someone convince me that it would actually be a decent show. It wasn’t.

The concept of the series is fine. It’s about girls who explore the “Otherside,” which is a mysterious world of monsters with its own rules of reality. I have no issue with that, much like I have no real issue with the basic premise of Deep Insanity.

However, the execution was very poor and even now I can’t quite remember how the series ended. I think it had one of those open endings that leave literally everything unanswered — which is to say, the bad way to handle an open ending.

#3 – The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement

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The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement

Do I even have to explain why The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement is on this list? I feel like most people know how severely the show dropped off in the later seasons. I’m not even sure what season this is, but I think it’s the fourth. It might be the fifth.

What’s surprising about Dragon’s Judgement, however, is that I actually think it was an improvement over the previous season. I gave this one a 2/10, while I gave the previous season a 1/10. Still, that’s plenty low enough to make the list of worst anime of 2021.

The good news is that I think this is the final season of the series. It ended with the possibility of a spin-off, which might happen. But since it’s a spin-off, I won’t feel obligated to watch it and therefore won’t.

#2 – Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

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Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

There were only two anime I rated 1/10 in all of 2021, and Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose is one of them. As with Otherside Picnic, I completely forgot this series existed. And when I was reminded of it, I was wished I could forget it again.

I really wanted to rank Osamake as the worst anime of 2021. It was definitely the hardest series for me to sit through all year; every episode infuriated me. If you genuinely like this anime, I don’t see how we could ever be friends.

There’s not really anything else to say. I might even rank this as my least favorite anime of all time. That’s how much I hate it. I can’t think of another series that was as unpleasant to watch as this one.

#1 – Ex-Arm

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Ex-Arm

How do you beat my least favorite anime of all time on a worst anime of 2021 list? You be Ex-Arm. I don’t even hate Ex-Arm. I think it’s absolute garbage. But I don’t hate it. Still, even with my dislike of Osamake, I couldn’t justify not putting Ex-Arm in the “top” spot.

This anime was genuinely the biggest “L” of the year. Everything about it sucks. The plot sucks, the characters suck, the art sucks, the animation sucks, I don’t remember the music, but it probably sucked too.

And, to top it all off, the director of the series actually thought he was going to revolutionize the anime industry with it, despite having never worked on an anime before. Oh, and the rest of the team that made this series also had no anime experience. Classic.

Conclusion

Of course, my picks for the worst anime of 2021 are completely objective and based on fact. But, I’d still like to know what your picks for the worst anime of the year are. Are any of my choices on your list? Let me know in the comments.

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