The worst anime for me? If I had to choose, I'd say it's My-Otome. I absolutely hated
this anime for several reasons...
I had seen this after watching My-HiME years ago (I was in high school at the time). I liked the story of My-HiME (the anime version, mind you) and took an interest to My-Otome. Especially when I saw the same characters from My-HiME in there (despite some of them having different personalities). After watching the anime to completion... I was sorely disappointed by how much it lacked story development wise.
-Nobody dies! Most character 'death' scenes are teased, later showing them alive and well despite the fact that it shouldn't have been possible for them to survive
and it at least showed one character losing all of their memory after being shot in the head!
. I get that it's an anime and it's not supposed to make sense but seriously! Out of all the characters that did
die in the anime, I only felt sympathy for one
. Anybody else, I barely knew them as characters and felt nothing.
-Certain important plot points are never properly explained. I wouldn't have minded this if they at least went more in-depth into the backstories of certain characters.
For example, Mashiro's backstory for why she became royalty is never truly explained.
Only that she was a 'replacement princess'. Even Arika's backstory gets confused at some point and I still don't know who her father was; also, Arika talks about her grandmother constantly but there's never a flashback of her and her grandmother.
Backstory and the explanations for them confused the heck out of me! It always left me wondering and it was frustrating never getting a proper answer.
-There is at least one indication of incest.
I don't care if Nina is adopted and 'technically' not blood related to her father.
Having a story involving that kind of drama is admittedly weird for me. The only exception I made to this is for an anime/manga called Koi Kaze, only because it handled that taboo properly (in my opinion, anyway).
By the end of the series, every. Single. Female. Remains. An OTOME!!!
This whole anime already felt preachy about celibacy for the most part, so this fact was annoying to me. Especially when one of the Otome characters gives up that life to pursue love but was forced back into being one for the sake of plot. I have nothing against celibacy but any potential drama that could stem from that gets undermined for the sake of plot convenience. Because apparently, being an Otome means sacrificing your love life regardless of the circumstances.
Even Mai remains an Otome, even though she entered a contract with someone by accident!
Wasn't the whole point of her story that she was struggling between her duties and her love life? And she just accepts her fate as it is?
Seems unrealistic to me.
I had hoped Zwei would address a lot of these issues and redeem the show for me... but it didn't. I was left in utter disappointment by this show and stopped paying attention to it after watching through the whole thing.