Scary Moments in an Otherwise Wholesome Anime
Animation as a medium can distort reality in many interesting and sometimes disturbing ways. Anime has no shortage of shows that use the medium to deliver spooky and tense atmospheres and narratives, if only for a few scenes. Usually, such scenes are found in shows that fully commit to this tone, but that’s not always the case.
Even in shows that tend to adopt a bright, wholesome atmosphere, there are sometimes abrupt tonal shifts that drastically lower the mood. Whether it’s putting a character in unusually grave danger or simply making the audience’s skin crawl, even the most wholesome anime can feature moments that are anything but.
seven Every Epic Segment of Team Bob – Pop Team Epic
When it comes to comic anime, bizarre gags are an extremely common way to get a laugh. Pop Team Epic is a consistently weird show with no shortage of weird gags, but for the most part the show keeps its visuals bright and cute, partly to juxtapose with its wacky humor.
Sometimes, however, the visual style switches to “bob team epic”, an alternate art style for skits that uses crude and off-putting animation. These segments remove any trace of salubrity from the series and are often the most difficult to watch.
6 Mob Strike 100 – Mob Psycho 100
Despite its focus on ghosts and psychic powers, Mob Psycho 100 is quite often a wholesome story about a young boy trying to find his feet in the world. Despite being a powerful psychic, Mob still insists on striving to be good at things like physical fitness and remains kind to everyone he meets.
It’s because of his good nature that seeing him genuinely angry changes the tone of the show so much. When he reaches his emotionally overwhelmed “100” state, he becomes cold, reserved, and very powerful. Gone is the friendliness and smiles of the usual crowd, and instead he becomes this terrifying, ruthless being who destroys everything around him. The real terror in these moments isn’t even that he will lose a fight, but that he may not be able to return to his sweet personality afterwards. And the way he is rendered in this state only adds to his mysterious and creepy appearance.
5 Sucy’s Mind Monster – Little Witch Academia
Studio Trigger is well known for its dynamic and explosive productions with stunning action scenes. They also released more slice of life and calm anime, like Little Witch Academy. LWA is a series that specializes in fun, brilliant comedy and the occasional display of powerful, dangerous magic.
In one episode, for example, Sucy’s attempt to brew a potion that will make her a powerful witch backfires, putting her in a coma and slowly devouring the school to mushrooms. In Sucy’s mind, Akko saves several parts of Sucy’s personality that were about to be killed. Following this, they all go to a movie theater, where the movie turns into a gruesome scene of the whole school being destroyed by the growing mushrooms, with all of their friends dying terrible deaths.
As Akko is stunned, one of the Sucys she had saved laughs maniacally, before transforming into a malformed, devouring monster that must be stopped from consuming all of Sucy’s mental space.
4 Angela’s Stalker – Carole and Tuesday
There are a lot of animes that focus on the music and the lives of the musicians, but Carol and Tuesday places special emphasis on the music industry. While the show is primarily a fun coming-of-age story with great songs and amusing storylines, this depiction of the music industry and its worst aspects leads to some unsettlingly realistic scenes.
In Episode 19, for example, Carole and Tuesday’s musical rival, Angela, are stalked by an anonymous online troll. Her mother asks her producer, Mr. Tao, to help her investigate the stalker before he attacks Angela. As she prepares to take the stage at a festival, the stalker turns out to be one of the security guards and is seconds away from shooting Angela, just like many crazed fans have done in the real life. Fortunately, Mr. Tao is able to save her at the last second, but the possibility of something bad happening to Angela fills the episode with a sense of dread.
3 Chloe Gets Kidnapped – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a sweet, funny, and sometimes raunchy anime that sees the dragon Tohru come to earth to live with Kobayashi, a mild-mannered clerk. While she comes alone at first, more and more dragons also come to live on earth, adjusting to life with humans.
The youngest dragon, Tohru tends to play a childish role in the series, and in Season 2 visits America after a fight with Kobayashi. During the trip, she makes a new friend, Chloe, who also runs away from home.
Things get worse, however, when Chloe is kidnapped. Although his imprisonment does not last long, the danger in this scene is very realistic. The endangerment of children is far more relevant to audiences than the dragon fights, so for a while it almost feels like the show has suddenly shifted to a gritty crime drama, and audiences can’t help themselves. stop cringing at the thought of Chloe being hurt.
2 Luluco is going to hell – Space Patrol Luluco
As Little Witch Academy, Luluco Space Patrol is one of Studio Trigger’s most comedic projects, centering on a young high school girl doing odd jobs for “space patrol.” Even when menacing aliens invade, the show tends to remain quite cheerful and comical.
Near the end of the series, however, Luluco’s teammate Nova is revealed to be a traitor, leading to Luluco breaking her heart and dying. What follows is a dark sequence in hell itself. The scenery uses a lot of photorealistic elements, with red limbs and bones sticking out everywhere. The tone and atmosphere is unlike anything else in the show and really shows how broken Luluco is at this point.
1 Kyoya’s Lesson – Ouran HighSchool Host Club
Ouran High School Host Club is a rather lighthearted romantic comedy series that sees Haruhi Fujioka hanging out with the various members of her school’s host club. There is, however, one moment in the series that leaves a bad taste in many fans’ mouths.
At the beach, Haruhi encounters harassed women and tries to help them before being thrown into the river by their attackers. After saving her, the boys in the club berate her for trying to help the women on her own, arguing that she is a woman and wouldn’t be able to hold her own against unknown men.
One of the boys, Kyoka, takes this lesson even further. In a deeply uncomfortable scene, he appears to be about to assault Haruhi, but backs off, supposedly trying to demonstrate to her how vulnerable she really is. Considering the episode had already touched on harassment issues, something so rude from one of the show’s main cast members proves incredibly disturbing, leading many fans to decry this as the worst episode. anime absolute.
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