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Guilty Pleasure Anime

#1 Post by Caveat Lector » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:24 pm

What are some of your "guilty pleasure" anime titles? That awful, poorly-written poorly-made mess of a show you marathon through at least once a year? That one title that makes you feel dirty and ashamed just for admitting you like it because of how mediocre or flat-out bad it is but still like it nonetheless?

For me, I'd probably have to say the Ookami Kakushi anime. The last few episodes in particular are like watching a beautiful train wreck in slow motion. And when I heard Sentai picked it up for a Region 1 release, I pre-ordered it. At some point, I'm going to make my friends sit through the entirety of it from beginning to end and listen to my snarky commentary. :twisted:

Oh, and Mirai Nikki. It personifies junk food, but I also have a bit of a soft spot for the manga since it was the first serialized manga I followed to the very end, and I do like the anime's attempts to make the story better in some places even if the end result isn't perfect. I'd call it "turn your brain off" anime, but why would I want to? Keeping my brain on is what makes guilty pleasures fun!
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Re: Guilty Pleasure Anime

#2 Post by silverpikachu99 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:46 pm

For me, it's Air, Clannad, and Kanon. Just watching the op makes me want to watch each one all over again~! Plus the soundtracks for each are amazing (But you have to expect that from Key!)
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#3 Post by Kato » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:26 pm

SAO! It's not the best anime made and there's almost a universal hate for an OP MC but I could watch and rewatch it over and over. I don't know if its the bright colours or my inner gamer coming out but it's one that never seems to bore me... Also GTO.
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#4 Post by MaiMai » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:50 pm

It's been a while since I actually watched much anime (the only one I've recently been following is Gin no Saji).

I'd have to say my guilty pleasure is the Venus Versus Virus anime adaption. It's... not that great. I think the opening song was awesome, but the plot was weak, there's no real yuri even though it has that genre label applied to it (and yuri isn't even a genre I'm interested in), but for some reason I really love the main character Sumire and the art designs are nice. Watching the anime made me collect all 8 volumes of the manga and to this day it's the only complete manga series I have. The manga itself has wonderful line work and fashion designs, the expressions are full of life, and it's a little more cohesive in plot compared to the anime.

Only a little though, objectively the author doesn't know how to write a compelling story and the manga panels are cluttered and don't make a good use of dynamic space. But man, I still love Venus Versus Virus.
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#5 Post by megatuga » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:47 am

Ohh... so many...
There's Accel World that I can't get enough of that last episode no matter how many times I see. There's Sakurasou no pet na kanojo which is so bittersweet that it hurts. And there is also C - The money of soul and possibly control which is... in one word... EPIC.

And on a lesser degree there is Infinite Stratos and Seitokai yakuindomo

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#6 Post by gekiganwing » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:31 am

megatuga wrote:...Seitokai yakuindomo
Agreed. It's not a genuinely good series, but it amused me.

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#7 Post by Nyron » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:40 pm

Guilty Pleasures huh? Guess for me that'd be Highschool of the Dead, Highschool DxD, The World God Only Knows, any series from Key, and Free!

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#8 Post by Fenrir34 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:24 am

Mushi-shi is one of them. I keep going back and watching that series. In fact I'm going to watch it now. I love Ginko. He's just got an attractive personality. Story and writing, in my opinion, are perfect.

Another series would have to be Dragon Ball z. I've recently gotten back into that and can't stop watching. I don't know why that is. Maybe because it's an anime from my child hood and I used to watch it with my sister all the time

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#9 Post by Semienigma » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:10 am

Starry sky! There are just so many cute guys in it!! >.> and um...uta no prince-sama is the guiltier pleasure for me cuz its pretty boys that sing!!
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#10 Post by TsukiShima » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:14 pm

Fruits Basket.

It's one of my old favourite of all time, and I really, really love the story, either manga or anime (since the anime is just halfway of the story, while the manga is full till the end). It's not about fighting and stuff... but it teaches you about the positive side of life, love and family. You can even see a little part of yourself in the characters. I cry whenever I read the manga again, even until now. The anime totally inspired me.

I don't think there's any other that can match up with this anime except Angel Beats! and Clannad (sadly as much as a fan, I never watch Clannad, yet).

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#11 Post by Caveat Lector » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:52 pm

@ TsukiShima and Fenrir34

The point of a "guilty pleasure" is that the work is either bad, mediocre, or just flat-out silly but you can still enjoy it despite, or because of, its silliness (like, for example, a trashy soap opera or a style-over-substance movie), yet still feel somewhat guilty for enjoying it because you know it's not that great. How can Fruits Basket and Mushi-shi be "guilty pleasures" if you consider them to be flawless?
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#12 Post by ShippoK » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:31 pm

Caveat Lector wrote:@ TsukiShima and Fenrir34

The point of a "guilty pleasure" is that the work is either bad, mediocre, or just flat-out silly but you can still enjoy it despite, or because of, its silliness (like, for example, a trashy soap opera or a style-over-substance movie), yet still feel somewhat guilty for enjoying it because you know it's not that great. How can Fruits Basket and Mushi-shi be "guilty pleasures" if you consider them to be flawless?
I was wondering why everyone was posting such silly things they felt a pleasure towards.
And here I thought people just really thought clanned was terrible.

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#13 Post by Jengo » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:08 pm

Kashimashi (Girl Meets Girl) and Highschool of the Dead (HOTD).
I felt that they were both really good, but Kashimashi does have some cheesy dialogue, sometimes, and HOTD is HOTD.

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#14 Post by Caveat Lector » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:30 pm

By that, do you mean you thought they were good and yet bad, or you thought they were good with the occasional cheesy line of dialogue?
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#15 Post by megatuga » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:06 am

gekiganwing wrote:
megatuga wrote:...Seitokai yakuindomo
Agreed. It's not a genuinely good series, but it amused me.
I need to give you an highfive that will cause thunder XD
It's exactly what I think of SYD. It's not exactly great but, I don't know why but I can't stop smirking at the character's antics. Especially Shino's and Suzu's.

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