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Anime I’d Rather be Caught Dead Than Caught Watching

As many know, I’m usually the person that’s up for anything when it comes to anime. In my years of being a fan, I’ve sat through and written about shows that are bad, shows that are terrible, and shows that are simply god-awful. I’ve even openly professed a love of bad anime. However, there are shows that I’d be happier if I never see again.

In particular, I keep a mental list of titles that particularly disturb me in one sense or another. These are titles that either disturb, or disgust to the point of revulsion. It’s a short list, with only two titles at this point, but it’s one I find important, as I silently hope and fear that I never have to add to it in the future. Tonight, I’d like to share this list with you, dear reader.

  • Elfen Lied: Call me a wuss, but animal cruelty is a definite no-no to me. Rip a person to a thousand pieces, or lay waste to a city, and I won’t mind. However, lay harm to a pet, and shit hits the fan. While the scene with Lucy’s dog was important to the plot, it just sickened me to the point of absolute disgust.
  • Koi Kaze: Frankly, a story about a 27 year old man that sexes up his teenage sister was bound to be disturbing. Romanticizing said story in a character drama just made it creepy. This one left me feeling dirty and a bit creeped out.
Frankly, these may not bother you, and you may even find them to be tame compared to some stuff out there (because, frankly, they are). However, there’s always some line that can’t be crossed somewhere.
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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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