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10 Most Controversial Anime Episodes, Ranked
Anya Wassenberg
2021-07-31T08:19:07
Controversial anime episodes _ Pokemon and Sword Art Online
Controversial anime episodes _ Pokemon and Sword Art Online
The world of anime is no stranger to controversy, whether that controversy springs from the characters' actions or the story itself. It stands to reason that anime, with its unlimited scope of imagination, would include elements that push the boundaries of typical expectations.
These anime episodes were so controversial that the uproar is still remembered years and even decades later, becoming part of the show's mythos. Whether the controversy is in the eyes of broadcasting authorities or fans, the creators of these shows weren't afraid to take their own path.

10 Many Viewers Were Bored By The Endless Eight (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Haruhi Suzumiya talking to Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya talking to Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
"The Endless Eight" was a concept as well as an arc. The eight episodes represented a time loop in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Fans who loved the idea enjoyed the subtle differences they noticed between the eight episodes and the way repetition began to play a role in the story.
Others...not so much. Many fans found the experience frustrating and boring, rather than an interesting experiment in character development. Love it or hate it, however, the idea was unique and memorable.

9 Fans Were Hugely Disappointed In "Love Is A Maiden's Strength" (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Escanor in an aura of flames as Meliodas watches
Escanor in an aura of flames as Meliodas watches
To say that "Love is a Maiden's Strength," the 12th episode of the third season of The Seven Deadly Sins, was anticlimactic is to put it mildly. Meliodas and Escanor, the Lion's Sin of Pride, the Strongest Holy Knight, finally fight head to head. Merlin has created a Perfect Cube, so they can batter each other at full power. Escanor, who's been barely able to fend off Meliodas, uses "The One" as the sun reaches midday, but the effect is unimpressive, to say the least. Subpar animation only added to fans' wrath.

8 Flashing Lights In "Electric Soldier Porygon" Caused Seizures And Hospitalization (Pokémon)

Pokémon Electric Soldier Porygon
Pokémon Electric Soldier Porygon
This notorious episode of Pokémon, "Electric Soldier Porygon," aired only once on Japanese television on December 16, 1997. It wasn't the content of the storyline that caused the controversy — it was flashing lights depicted in the episode. About 685 Japanese kids ended up in the hospital with seizures that were triggered by the episode, the whole show was taken off the air for four months by Japanese authorities, and the episode itself was never broadcast again.

7 "Tentacool & Tentacruel" Was Too Close To Reality For Authorities In 2001 And 2005 (Pokémon)

Pokemon Tentacool and Tentacruel
Pokemon Tentacool and Tentacruel
The repercussions of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City resulted in the banning of an episode of Pokémon. In it, Team Rocket's plan goes awry, and the Tentacool become giant Tentacruel who attack Porto Vista.
The attack on the city was considered too close to the events of 9/11 for kids. Nastina uses weapons during a fight scene, which also factored into the decision to pull the episode from the air. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, the water monsters were also considered too close to reality, and the same episode was pulled again.

6 Even Big Fans Of SAO Were Repulsed By Episode 10 Of Sword Art Online: Alicization

Frienica and Tiese tied up, SAO Alicization
Frienica and Tiese tied up, SAO Alicization
Episode 10 of Sword Art Online: Alicization enraged many fans. In it, Tiese and Ronye have gone out on their own to confront two bullies at school. Eugeo hears about it, and has a bad feeling. He finds that Raios and Humbert set a trap for the two girls: as Nobles, they are able to use the Taboo Index and sexually assault the girls while Eugeo can only watch in misery until it's almost too late. Most streaming services have heavily censored the scene, but it's still out there.

5 The First Episode Of Goblin Slayer Shocked Viewers With An Assault

Goblin Slayer
Goblin Slayer
The debut of Goblin Slayer took streaming service Crunchyroll by surprise. The very first episode begins with a teenage priestess and her first adventure alongside three other young and inexperienced candidates.
Within minutes, they are viciously attacked by goblins, who begin to tear off their clothes and sexually assault one of the members of the party. It's not until the goblins have gone through all three girls that Goblin Slayer shows up. There were so many complaints that Crunchyroll issued an official apology and slapped content warnings on all episodes of the show.

4 Episode 4 Of Psycho-Pass Extended Edition Mirrored A Crime That Happened The Day Before

psycho-pass new edit
psycho-pass new edit
In 2014, the day before episode 4 of Psycho-Pass Extended Edition was supposed to air, Japanese society was shocked by the real life story of a 16-year-old girl who murdered a 15-year-old classmate by dismembering and decapitating her in Nagasaki.
The plot for episode 4 was eerily prescient, featuring pictures of dismembered women and a female teenage killer. The episode was pulled and episode 5 aired instead. Director Naoyoshi Shiotani took to Twitter to issue an apology to fans.

3 Interspecies Reviewers Was All About Crossing The Line

Anime Interspecies Reviewers Angel Fantasy
Anime Interspecies Reviewers Angel Fantasy
In retrospect, it seems inevitable that the explicit comedy Interspecies Reviewers should have finally crossed the line. The series revolves around Stunk, a human, and Zel, an elf, visiting brothels in their corner of the galaxy and posting reviews of their encounters in a local tavern.
The third episode saw the duo, along with Crimvael, a fallen angel, visit a brothel called the Gender Swap Inn, whose gimmick is temporarily transforming patrons' genders. After this episode, many Japanese TV stations, as well as streaming services such as Amazon Prime and Funimation, removed the whole anime from their broadcast schedule.

2 "The Beast that Shouted 'I' at the Heart of the World" Led Fans To Issue Death Threats (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Shinji Ikari Ending Neon Genesis Evangelion
Shinji Ikari Ending Neon Genesis Evangelion
With all the mecha tech and great battles, most fans were expecting the Neon Genesis Evangelion series finale to be an action-packed blockbuster. But along with the ultra-cool mecha action, the series always focused on philosophical questions.
The final two episodes culminate in the journey of Shinji's soul. He realizes he needs others and his negative emotions dissolve, reuniting him with everyone. Some fans were so enraged they issued death threats against the show's staff. At least in part because of the controversy, director Hideaki Anno released the feature film The End of Evangelion.

1 Angry Shippers Sent Death Threats To Creators Of Darling In The Frankxx After Episode 14

2 darling in the franxx Ichigo
2 darling in the franxx Ichigo
In the dystopian future world of Darling In The Franxx, most of the story focuses on Hiro and Zero Two, a pair of pilots who battle monsters called Klaxosaurs. In the 14th episode, another character, Ichigo, emerges as a romantic rival to Zero Two. After producer Yuichi Fukushima took to Twitter to praise the episode, some fans — clearly heavily invested in the Hiro/Zero Two couple — started pouring on the hate, including death threats to him, his family, writer Hiroshi Seko, and Ichigo's voice actress.
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