5 Most Disappointing Animated Shows of 2020

Now that it’s December, it’s time to examine the movies and shows that came out this year! First up, my five LEAST favorite shows of this year.

  1. Glitch Techs

I know this is an unpopular opinion but I just cannot get into this show. I can see why people like it but I don’t get the utter obsession some people have with it. The characters were annoying; the fight scenes were awkwardly animated and I didn’t think the concept was that good. I’ve seen the secret society that fights monsters concept done a lot better.

I just didn’t get why Hinobi continued to make games that caused monsters to pop out of them from time to time. Surely, it would be more profitable not to hire a bunch of teens to do side work as monster hunters?

 Maybe it’s because I’m not a gamer but I don’t get it.

  1. Steven Universe: Future

This mini-series sequel was just not…needed. It didn’t connect well to the original show and didn’t have any coherent themes or messages. And it was so poorly paced, with episodes dedicated to characters who only showed up once or too unimportant points meaning more important themes and plot points were ignored.

The climax was rushed and felt unsatisfying: the Diamonds had no real arc to justify them becoming “good,” and it didn’t seem to take the subject seriously which meant the show’s message about mental illness sent the wrong message entirely.

And there were no lasting consequences or any real conclusions. It could have solved a lot of the issues with the original series – but it kind of makes them worse.

  1. The Hollow (S2)

Literally, what was the point of this second season?

As a one-season show, this would have been for the series. After having the live-action reveal and character arcs concluded, there’s not exactly a lot left to do. I kind of get the desire to have the characters interact when they HAVE their memories – but it just feels forced. There’s less suspense because we know where they are – and we know from the start they aren’t the real versions.

And even though their digital avatars have all their memories and emotions intact, I found it hard to worry about them because the real ones were out safe in the real world.

I’m also still not over how BAD the live-action actors looked – and how that one girl Kai was into looks like an adult in real life.

  1. Crossing Swords

It tries to mimic other adult comedies more than it tries to establish its own identity. There’s too much in common with “Disenchantment” for this show to feel like a unique concept. It doesn’t really do anything new or notable.

But at least, the characters are somewhat likable. Its main saving grace is its animation style.

  1. Japan Sinks

I wanted to like this mini-series -but the art style didn’t match well with the tone of the series. And it struggled with pacing, especially with the cult plot right in the middle of the series. The character deaths feel forced, and they try too hard to trigger reactions, rather than making your sadness or grief feel natural.

None of the characters aside from the two protagonist siblings get a lot of characterization. And the odd art-style didn’t allow for them to show emotions or truly show the devastation that such natural disasters could cause.

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