Last Halloween, I highlighted a few noteworthy horror anime for the holiday. One of those was listed as "a horror to watch," but not exactly in the "scary" sense, so I thought, "why not list some more horrible anime this time around?" I mean, what better way to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of HardDoor's monthly anime pick segment's than to showcase some of the genre's truly "terrible" titles? Ones so frighteningly hideous, so horrendous, that providing screenshots for them would be considered a Chuthlu/Medusa-level offense! ¡Que horror!
So instead of Trick-or-Treating tonight, try watching these gems, instead…:
Sword for Truth
--Watching this horribly misogynistic, flaming piece of turd, one would be hard-pressed to believe that Osamu Dezaki, of all people, directed this (yes, the same Dezaki behind shoujo classics such Rose of Versaillies and Ace no Nerae!, and not his Mad Bull 34-directing brother, Satoshi…oh wait, he helped produce this), which also manages to sully longtime collaborator Akio Sugino's always-dependable character designs. Well, at least it has its laughably-awful dub and butchered pronunciations going for it (try not to laugh when one of the many floozied women in the movie pronounces the douchebag "hero" name…).
Ragnarok The Animation
Almost universally-panned (big time) by critics and a good number of viewers, this adaptation of the manhwa that spawned the popular Korean MMORPG happened to be helmed by its very creator, Lee Myung-jin. Even with current hot commodity Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid, Persona4 The Animation) handling, one presumes, the actual technical direction, not too many kind words have been paid towards its way.
[Oh, um, urr, um, what am I doing? I'm sorry…]
Not one of the most-loved big boob-powered fanservice shows out there, even among aficionados…
SIN The Movie
[The Anime Network]
ADV Films' infamous first foray in financing an anime, particularly for possessing two wildly different scripts on the Japanese and English sides. Not that was great, either way…
Virus Buster Serge
Director: Masami Obara--and this is '90s Obari stuff, not the slightly better 2000's stuff, and certainly not among his "top tier"-level of titles during that era (if you can even call it that, which should be saying enough). Cruddily-designed, stupendously-complex (a la post-Evangelion anime), and ungracefully-aged--what more could you ask for?!
The crème-de-la-crap of streaming anime, aka "John O'Donnell's Darling Boy". While Koichi Ohata would later redeem (?) himself with the popular Burst Angel and Ikkitousen sequels--and I do like his character detailing and color palette use and, admittedly, M.D. Geist's dub is a lot better than one might suspect--the OVA and its even more-dreadful follow-up is painfully bad. Its continual existence on the other side of license death may be chalked up to a package deal Sentai Filmworks had to handle when it rescued some of the defunct Central Park Media's marquee titles, such as Graveyard of the Fireflies and Now and Then, Here and There (no real surprise, given O'Donnell's company financed it and used the title character as its mascot). Regardless, it is a flat-out turkey, and one of the (low) standard-bearers of truly awful anime.