3 Anime Series that will Make You Cringe (But love nonetheless)

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The first stage to overcoming an addiction is admitting to it.

So here it goes…

I’m an anime addict.

There, I said it! I just enjoy anime so much more than regular, live action TV shows. Anime can just be so much more dramatic and get away with things Western companies would never dare to do. That said, there are some series which push creative license a little, however, they are no less fun. So today I present to you 3 series that have made me cringe time and time over, but still had me gripped the whole way through:

  1. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan Cast Yes, yes, I know this is one of those mainstream titles that gets a bit of a hard wrap, but it gained mainstream popularity for a reason. The show is set in a world where humanity is forced to live within walled cities to avoid be eaten by Titans (disproportionate giants who feed on humans for the sake of enjoyment). After their home is destroyed, Eren Yeager and adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman become determined to join the military, to fight back the Titans in vengeance. This show is not forgiving on the gore side of things; right from the get go, there is a scene of someone being picked up by a Titan and then being bitten clean in two.

It doesn't take long for the violence to begin. This scene is hard to watch every time.

It doesn’t take long for the violence to begin. This scene is hard to watch every time.

Combine these gargantuan creatures with humans swinging around on “3D manoeuvre gear” trying to kill the creatures, and you end up with humans being swatted around like flies, before (in most cases) being crushed and eaten.

Amidst all the action, there are definitely beautiful shots.

Amidst all the action, there are definitely beautiful shots.

Action aside, there is still a lot to love here. The characters show progression as they struggle to survive in a world tormented by Titans, making it more tragic when you are forced to watch someone you have grown with horrifically get eaten. It’s definitely not always easy to watch, but that’s some of its charm.

4/5 4/5


  1. Psycho Pass

Psycho Pass Another relatively new series, Psycho Pass is a gritty crime series set in a dystopic Japanese future. The human orientated justice system has been entirely replaced by the Sibyl System, where sensors around the city continuously monitor the public’s Psycho-Pass, a measure of their mental state, personality and likelihood of committing a crime. If any of these measures come back “cloudy”, the Public Safety Bureau are alerted, so as to intervene before anything goes awry. These futuristic police all carry, and rely on, their Dominator; a weapon that when pointed at a person, takes their Psycho-Pass and depending on their probability to commit a crime, will either administer a non-lethal charge, or destroy the accused on the spot.

Dominator Attack

Hope you weren’t planning on eating anytime soon.

This is where the cringe begins to occur: watching someone explode is pretty disturbing. What is more, the antagonist of the series, Shogo Makishima, pushes his victims to commit equally troubling acts of violence against other innocent civilians. One arc even focused on Makishima finding a high school girl and convincing her to mutilate victims to make surrealistic art. Overall, an interesting watch, but I found that the series lost pace about halfway through the first season. That’s not to say the ending isn’t worthwhile, but the first half was filled with many interesting new characters and crimes, whilst the second half was more focused on Makishima alone.

4/5 4/5


  1. Highschool of the Dead
Breasts and action aside, some of the camera angles and framing in Highschool of the Dead is amazing.

Breasts and action aside, some of the camera angles and framing in Highschool of the Dead are amazing.

Where do I even start with Highschool of the dead? The show is really like any other zombie based series: a group of survivors fight their way to survival, being pitted against zombies and other desperate survivors. But where the Walking Dead plays the zombie cliche seriously, Highschool of the Dead is anything but. If it wasn’t for the fact that there are two main male characters in the group, I’d almost go as far to say that this show was a blatant attempt by producers to create the ultimate harem that would appeal to EVERY male stereotype: a love of guns, breasts and senseless violence.

Unlike like the previous series I have mentioned, the cringe factor here doesn’t come from the gore alone, but the pure amount of fanservice. There is a LOT of fanservice. Every female lead is well endowed, and from watching this show, it seems someone in management thought they would need to assert this fact as much as possible. Out of everything, there were two scenes which had stand out cringe value: one where a solid half an episode was dedicated to all the girls taking a bath together (essentially just an excuse to show them rubbing each other’s breasts), and the other is this:

Yeah, that scene.

So some clever people worked out those breasts are moving at 5.3 times the speed of sound. Well…

This show is rubbish: the plot is rubbish, the characters are rubbish, and the amount of breast shown is rubbish. But you know what? That’s sort of what makes this show fun. If you don’t go into this show expecting a serious and moving portrayal of how desperate situations can affect a group of teenagers, then you may get a little enjoyment out of it. If anything, this show reminds you how much better other shows are, and really makes you glad that not every anime series is purely fixated on excessive boobs and violence.

3/5 3/5


So there’s my list. There were a couple of honourable mentions I didn’t include, but are definitely up there (Clannad and Elfen Lied come to mind). Maybe I’ll dedicate another post to them later on. If you agree or think I’ve missed something in my list, hit up the comments.

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7 thoughts on “3 Anime Series that will Make You Cringe (But love nonetheless)

    • I’m up to the second season too, just trying to find the time to watch it, haha. Attack on Titan is definitely worth the watch though, my only gripe with it was that they always seemed to spend the first 5 minutes recapping what happened in the previous episode! I wasn’t that forgetful when I was binge watching it. Such a long wait until season 2 though, supposedly sometime next year.

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  1. Highschool of the dead isn’t complete rubbish, the show is about the journey these kids have to take, whilst being forced to grow up. The manga addresses this a lot better, and the art is beautiful! Fun fact it has the same director as attack on Titan and death note

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  2. I am nutty about anime too, but these are all shows I find hard to watch. I am drawn to Attack on Titan and some other similar shows by the compelling artwork, but I find I cannot watch more than one episode every three months. It takes a while to recover from some of those scenes.

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  3. Attack on Titan was absolutely phenomenal, I’m so very glad you discussed it. Elfin Lied was bruuuuuuutal and amazing, I love all the Gustav Klimt stuff in the intro and the series was executed brilliantly. I’m glad I was warned about just how violent is was though, that opening sequence was pretty rough o.o

    I just finished the first season of “the world only god knows” and I adored it. It’s cute and makes so many nods at gaming and anime (and the people that it attracts). I thought it was super funny, supremely written (from a comedic and timing standpoint) and was super sweet. And it was hyper polished, I’m glad they made more season– you may dig it. Or may be like this is too not brutal rawr ;P
    Be well!

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    • I’ll definitely add it to my “to watch” list, I’ve also heard good things about it from other people too. If you haven’t seen it already, “Welcome to the NHK” is another great, not-so-brutal anime that is also incredibly fun and well written. It is pretty self aware of stereotypical anime watchers and gamers

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