The Worst of Autumn 2017


Something different this season, I’m starting with the worst so that the best can follow. I will admit, this season the poll had the most votes for worst anime of the season and there was a clear winner fairly early on. So, first I’ll share my picks for worst of the season (keeping in mind these are the shows I watched and not the ones I dropped) and then I’ll share the result of the reader’s poll. Be sure to check back later for the best of Autumn.

My Least Favourite Show

Despite a number of shows managing to disappoint or not live up to their potential this season (and yes there were a lot of amazing shows too but that means very few ended up in the middle either being fantastic or meh, dull or just painful), a clear winner for my least favourite show still emerged. Yes, it was the show I should have dropped after that train wreck of a prologue and I certainly shouldn’t have continued beyond episode 3 and yet I’m just not very good at knowing when to admit defeat. You guessed it, Dies Irae. A horrible mess of a show that never got any better and after watching a prologue and 11 episodes I’m still not really sure if there is any point other than crazy characters with super powers being crazy.


My Least Favourite Character

This is actually kind of hard because there were a lot of very bland characters out there this season. I’d nominate most of the cast of Juni Taisen but none of them hung around long enough for me to really care enough about to say they were my least favourite character. And Asta (Black Clover), as much as he would win for most annoying voice of the season, hasn’t actually done enough of anything for me to care about him either. So, sorry to say but the character who I liked the least even though he is kind of important to the story was Koiwai from Recovery of an MMO Junkie. If I knew him in real life I would genuinely despise this guy. Regardless of his intentions, his actions are at times highly questionable and he has way too much fun stirring up Sakurai.


My Least Favourite Story

Unquestionably Juni Taisen. I think what makes this worst is the advertising that insists on twists and turns in a plot that is utterly devoid of anything resembling a twist (unless a lack of twist is a twist these days). And really, where is the story. They fight, they die, we still don’t know what impact that had and we never had any reason to care about them. The few interesting elements of this show can’t save a plot that marches through the process of knocking off its cast without bothering to give us a reason why or making us care.


My Least Favourite Opening Theme

Sengoku Night Blood, oddly enough. It isn’t that it is terrible but it is just painfully generic and unremarkable in any sense of the word. I guess it matches most of what the show delivers but to be honest this was the opening I skipped the most during Autumn.



My Least Favourite Visuals

I have to give it to King’s Game. As much as I quite liked this story, the terrible depiction of deaths (heads getting screwed off, bleeding, severed limbs etc) just come off as incredibly laughable when they aren’t completely lame. While the rest of the show is just kind of average, for a horror that takes pride in knocking off its cast with alarming regularity they never really did manage to make even one death look in any way cool, interesting, or even just impressively real. For instance, in the image below, the guy is bleeding from the neck and his head is about to fall off. While censorship could be blamed a little, even that isn’t enough to account for how poor some of the visuals are in this anime.


Reader’s Choice – Worst Anime of Autumn 2017

Well, here it is. I’m going to be honest in that I was hoping that Dies Irae would take over the lead but I guess I always knew what the majority of people would vote for. Thanks to everyone who participated in the vote this time round.

Worst of Autumn

Yes, King’s Game had an early lead and never really relinquished it. Clearly, bad horror left a bad taste in many viewers mouths.


That’s it for the worst of Autumn 2017. Be sure to check back later for the best of Autumn post and remember the best of the year poll will open tomorrow with results to go out next week. As always, I would love to know your final thoughts on the season, so what did you vote for and which shows do you think deserved the title worst of the season?

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Karandi James.


14 thoughts on “The Worst of Autumn 2017

  1. Dies Irae and King’s Game had both both Interesting premises done poor except King’s Game at least had more potential. I really wish Dies Irae had won the “Worst of the season” poll.

  2. Dies Irae really is bad. The cast just keeps throwing fancy philosophical terms at each other without really doing anything. I’m tempted to keep watching just to find out if it will get any worse XD

    1. I kept that theory of watch and see if it gets better/worse for eleven episodes. I’m now checking out because I’m not letting it eat any more of my time. It isn’t even so bad it is fun to watch. It is just painful.

    1. If I had dropped Dies Irae, I think Juni may have well become my pick for worst anime of the season. Okay, it wasn’t quite as bad as Sengoku Night Blood, but it had so many more advantages that it utterly squandered.

    1. It is a good thing I kind of enjoy laughable anyway. King’s Game was nowhere near my least favourite show and I looked forward to each new episode even knowing it would be terrible.

  3. Cool thing to start with the worst things. I haven’t seen all of these so I can’t really judge, but Dies Irae has made me honestly curious to watch it just to see how bad it is lol. Well, my vote for worst character went to Asta. Simply because well…he just annoyed me so much…Ugh πŸ˜‚ I agree with the visuals on King’s Game..some were definitely very laughable.
    Looking forward to seeing what has won on the other side of the spectrum πŸ˜€

    1. Asta definitely would win the category for worst voice and most annoying but really he is very forgettable after the episode has ended. I very seldom remember anything specific about him except that he was annoying and yells a lot.
      It is a shame about the visuals on King’s Game. I’ll admit the show has plot issues but presented in a better manner it still could have worked quite well.

      1. Haha, I guess you are right about what you wrote for Asta. But I don’t know I just can’t stand him I guess lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Well who knows maybe season 2 of King’s Game (if that was a real to be continued) is going to up the game so to speak πŸ˜€

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