Top 10 Over-Rated Anime That I Love!

Welcome to another post to my 12 Days of Anime! For those of you that just spotted this, the 12 Days of Anime is a simple and small celebration to celebrate all the good and awesome anime that we received last year and in the past!

Today I’ll be listing my top 10 over-rated anime that I love and will highly recommend watching, this list consists of anime that in my opinion is a tad over-rated but still worth the watch. I know I am being a tad generic with this list but most anime that is a hit tends to have a massive fandom surrounding them. Now I’m not saying that as a bad thing, heck sometimes, most of the time that can be a good thing. Makes it way easier to talk to others that love all these shows!

  1. Boku No Hero Academia / My Hero Academia.

Boku no Hero Academia is a shounen anime done by Studio Bones. So far the series consists of 4 seasons with the 5th season airing this spring, (Hopefully if all goes well and it doesn’t get delayed), and 3 movies, with the manga having 296 chapters so far.

“The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a bright and hopeful young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, much like his idol All Might. The thing is Izuku was born quirkless, which means him gaining entry to UA High very slim. Still Izuku’s unfair fate doesn’t stop him from admiring and taking notes on each of the heroes. But his persistence pays off when he meets his idol All Might.

All Might reveals that his quirk, All For One, can be inherited and he wants Izuku to be his successor. Izuku under goes months of training under All Might and upon inheriting All For One, Izuku attends UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.”

2. Shingeki no Kyojin / Attack on Titan.

Shingeki no Kyojin is a Shounen anime done by Wit Studio and MAPPA. So far it consists of 4 Seasons, (with the 4th and final season currently airing), 2 Movies, and 6 spin off manga. The manga itself still ongoing at 136 Chapters.

“Hundreds of years ago, horrifying creatures which resembled humans appeared. These mindless, towering giants, called “titans,” proved to be an existential threat, as they preyed on whatever humans they could find in order to satisfy a seemingly unending appetite. Unable to effectively combat the titans, mankind was forced to barricade themselves within large walls surrounding what may very well be humanity’s last safe haven in the world.

In the present day, life within the walls has finally found peace, since the residents have not dealt with titans for many years. Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert are three young children who dream of experiencing all that the world has to offer, having grown up hearing stories of the wonders beyond the walls. But when the state of tranquility is suddenly shattered by the attack of a massive 60-meter titan, they quickly learn just how cruel the world can be. On that day, Eren makes a promise to himself that he will do whatever it takes to eradicate every single titan off the face of the Earth, with the hope that one day, humanity will once again be able to live outside the walls without fear.”

3. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon / Sailor Moon.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon is a Shoujo anime done by Toei Animation. This anime is quite old with the original run way back in 1992 in Japan and 1995 in the west. It consisted of 5 seasons, each containing a whopping 34 to 46 episodes each, 3 movies, and a remake in Sailor Moon Crystal.

“Usagi Tsukino is an average student and crybaby klutz who constantly scores low on her tests. Unexpectedly, her humdrum life is turned upside down when she saves a cat with a crescent moon on its head from danger. The cat, named Luna, later reveals that their meeting was not an accident: Usagi is destined to become Sailor Moon, a planetary guardian with the power to protect the Earth. Given a special brooch that allows her to transform, she must use her new powers to save the city from evil energy-stealing monsters sent by the malevolent Queen Beryl of the Dark Kingdom.

But getting accustomed to her powers and fighting villains are not the only things she has to worry about. She must find the lost princess of the Moon Kingdom, the other Sailor Guardians, and the Legendary Silver Crystal in order to save the planet from destruction.”

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a 26 episode mecha anime done by GAINAX. Another classic that is still going strong that also aired back in 1995. It has plenty of spin offs, way to many to list, with the current one being the fourth and final Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time movie.

“In the year 2015, the world stands on the brink of destruction. Humanity’s last hope lies in the hands of Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, and their Evangelions, giant machines capable of defeating the Angels who herald Earth’s ruin. Gendou Ikari, head of the organization, seeks compatible pilots who can synchronize with the Evangelions and realize their true potential. Aiding in this defensive endeavor are talented personnel Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, and Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist.

Face to face with his father for the first time in years, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari’s average life is irreversibly changed when he is whisked away into the depths of Nerv, and into a harrowing new destiny—he must become the pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 with the fate of mankind on his shoulders.

Written by Hideaki Anno, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a heroic tale of a young boy who will become a legend. But as this psychological drama unfolds, ancient secrets beneath the big picture begin to bubble to the surface…”

5. Dragonball Z.

Dragonball Z is a Shounen anime by Toei Animation and has 291 episodes, 23 Movies, a sequel in DragonBall GT, and two alternate versions in Dragonball Kai and Dragonball Super with the latter also having a movie, This anime aired way back in 1989 and has been living up to it’s name ever since.

“Five years after winning the World Martial Arts tournament, Gokuu is now living a peaceful life with his wife and son. This changes, however, with the arrival of a mysterious enemy named Raditz who presents himself as Gokuu’s long-lost brother. He reveals that Gokuu is a warrior from the once powerful but now virtually extinct Saiyan race, whose homeworld was completely annihilated. When he was sent to Earth as a baby, Gokuu’s sole purpose was to conquer and destroy the planet; but after suffering amnesia from a head injury, his violent and savage nature changed, and instead was raised as a kind and well-mannered boy, now fighting to protect others.

With his failed attempt at forcibly recruiting Gokuu as an ally, Raditz warns Gokuu’s friends of a new threat that’s rapidly approaching Earth—one that could plunge Earth into an intergalactic conflict and cause the heavens themselves to shake. A war will be fought over the seven mystical dragon balls, and only the strongest will survive in Dragon Ball Z.”

6. Elfen Lied.

Elfen Lied is a 13 episode horror anime by Studio Arms. Compared to all the others this doesn’t offer much but yet alot of people do talk about it alot and I can see why.

“Lucy is a special breed of human referred to as “Diclonius,” born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors.

During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy.”

7. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu / Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Re:Zero is a fantasy anime by White Fox and currently has 2 Seasons, with the 2nd cour of season 2 due to air later this year. Re:Zero also has 2 OVA’s to it’s name so far with the manga and light novel currently ongoing.

“When Subaru Natsuki leaves the convenience store, the last thing he expects is to be wrenched from his everyday life and dropped into a fantasy world. Things aren’t looking good for the bewildered teenager; however, not long after his arrival, he is attacked by some thugs. Armed with only a bag of groceries and a now useless cell phone, he is quickly beaten to a pulp. Fortunately, a mysterious beauty named Satella, in hot pursuit after the one who stole her insignia, happens upon Subaru and saves him. In order to thank the honest and kindhearted girl, Subaru offers to help in her search, and later that night, he even finds the whereabouts of that which she seeks. But unbeknownst to them, a much darker force stalks the pair from the shadows, and just minutes after locating the insignia, Subaru and Satella are brutally murdered.

However, Subaru immediately reawakens to a familiar scene—confronted by the same group of thugs, meeting Satella all over again—the enigma deepens as history inexplicably repeats itself.”

8. Sword Art Online.

Sword Art Online is a fantasy anime by A-1 Pictures and has 3 seasons, 3 movies and a spin off anime series, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. It has two light novels that are still ongoing.

“In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.”

9. Kimetsu no Yaiba / Demon Slayer.

Kimetsu no Yaiba is a 26 episode Shounen anime by Ufotable, that has a movie currently airing in Japan. The manga has finished at 23 volumes.

“Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado’s shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night.

When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister’s humanity.”

10. Monogatari Series.

The Monogatari series is quite complicated with a difficult timeline to match. It has 3 seasons, with the manga being available and currently ongoing.

Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, manages to survive a vampire attack with the help of Meme Oshino, a strange man residing in an abandoned building. Though being saved from vampirism and now a human again, several side effects such as superhuman healing abilities and enhanced vision still remain. Regardless, Araragi tries to live the life of a normal student, with the help of his friend and the class president, Tsubasa Hanekawa.

When fellow classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, the boy realizes that the girl is unnaturally weightless. Despite Senjougahara’s protests, Araragi insists he help her, deciding to enlist the aid of Oshino, the very man who had once helped him with his own predicament.

Through several tales involving demons and gods, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi as he attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies.”

And there you have my Top 10 Over-Rated Anime List, this list contains anime that I think is over-rated, it’s upto you to decide whether you agree or disagree, I put this here for fun, please don’t spoil it by starting an argument. What anime do you think is over-rated?

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3 thoughts on “Top 10 Over-Rated Anime That I Love!

  1. I only like Dragon Ball Z, Sailour Moon (to some extend) and Elfen Lied, the rest I really just find overrated. I am fine with most, though I actively dislike SOA with a passion, except for the Mother Rosario Story.

    As for Dragon Ball, Super is a continuation of Z, not an Alternate version like Kai.. which is the original story without the fillers and the animation is cleaned up a bit.
    Super is the canon continuation with GT being Retconned… though recently the Manga has revealed Uub (but I guess he was in the final Episode of Z anyway)

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    1. Celestial Sparkles

      I didn’t realize that about Dragonball Super being a continuation of DBZ, It’s something I need to get round to watching, (it’s been on my watch list for along time) I thought that it was a alternate version like Kai, I’ve been out the loop with DBZ for awhile and need to dive into it again, be good to actually watch a long time fave of mine again and just get up to date with all!

      I have a love/hate relationship with SAO, I just wish Kirito wasn’t a overly powerful, all knowing, character that seems to have hardly any realistic flaws to him (besides him talking to all the girls like crap and treating them as such) SnK and BNHA are over-rated but are pretty awesome to watch! (:

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      1. Super is set between the moment Goku Defeats Kid Buu and the moment he starts training Uub 10 or so years later. They are nearing the end of that time skip. But yeah GT isn’t “THE” Sequel anymore but more so an alternate set of events. I like Super a lot more than GT.

        I have enjoyed BNHA for mostway trough it’s second season… a little after the United States of Smash scene.. after that I kinda fell out of it.. because of it doing a lot of Shonen loopy things.

        Titan I find a bit boring myself.. not really from a story perspective.. just it’s visuals and the monsters and the fighting style aren’t appealing to me.. it’s to brown and a bit to “soldiery” to me.. I don’t like those kind of heroes that fight for honour and duty and such. I get why people like it though it just got hyped to death for me..

        You know when a show is actually pretty good but you are told it’s amazing.. so the show despite feeling good constantly feels disappointing? Titan and Death Note are the pinacle of that for me.. with Overlord also being one, I can enjoy them .. kind of .. but I am also kinda constantly wondering what it is I am not seeing.


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