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4: Ninja Collection
MAL Score: 3.76
Set in modern-day Tokyo where dreams and desires are afloat, a group of ninjas called “Toukeshuu” is set to stop the spread of “darkness” that prevails in the world using ancient techniques passed down through generations.
(Source: MAL News)
Ladies and gentlemen, it beings me the utmost pleasure to say that I have found it. The worst anime of all time. For if Ninja Collection is not the worst anime of all time, then God help us all.
First we must ask ourselves, what is Ninja Collection? Is it really a series of ten 4-minute episodes of ninjas? Who are the ninjas? Are we going to see a collection of them? The answer to all of these questions may surprise you… in which my answer is “I don’t know either.”
So what really is Ninja Collection? To answer this question, we must first delve into the foundations of the genre itself, meaning we have to question “What is anime?” Merriam-Webster defines anime as “a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters in action-filled plots often with fantastic or futuristic themes.” In the present day, we might find this definition of “anime” to be inaccurate. Look at any romance or slice-of-life anime and you will find that we have plots that are not really “action-filled” or have “fantastic or futuristic themes”. In short, our definition of anime can be broadened to the following: “a style of animation originating in Japan that is characterized by stark colorful graphics depicting vibrant characters.” To be an anime, it must be an animation. Oxford languages define animation as “the technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence.” In other words, animation should create the illusion that something is moving in the first place. This gives us a very broad definition of “animation”; after all, even a rapid sequence of pictures could count as “animation” because of how we perceive time. But that philosophical tangent can come another day.
Does Ninja Collection fit into the definition of anime? A quick look at the season and you’ll see that the characters in Ninja Collection move at a pace that averages somewhere around 1 frame per second. You fucking heard that right. ONE FRAME PER SECOND. In reality, the frame rate ranges from 5 frames per second to 1 frame every 5 seconds. The damn thing is so inconsistent that you can’t help but remember the horrible anomalies that are the more-than-occasional “1 frame every 5 seconds”. How did anyone watching this thought this was a good idea?
To put in perspective, animation is typically done at 12 (unique) frames per second, such as Your Name, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, and Studio Ghibli movies. That means that Ninja Collection can be about 60 times slower than most other animes you watched! Now if anyone could possibly argue that one frame every 5 seconds can create an “illusion of movement”, I would laugh at their face. Thus, Ninja Collection is not really animation. Hence, by definition, Ninja Collection is actually not an anime!
But we’re not here to see anime because of the animation, we’re here to see the ninjas, right? It’s their story that matters…
Right, the story is fucking abysmal too.
To lighten my pain and suffering, I sped through the 10-episode 4-minute anime at a blazing 4x speed. I am astounded… astounded to say that I was fucking bored to death by episode 5. I actually felt like I wanted to cry by episode 5. Notice… this is minute 5 we’re talking about here since I am blazing through this at 4x speed. I swear to God, watching paint dry for 10 minutes would be less painful than watching these 10 episodes again.
Why? How did a 4-minute story-based horror anime somehow manage to make Pupa look like a goddamn masterpiece? We first reiterate the fact that this is a 4-minute story-based horror. Apart from jumpscares, most techniques that result in the “spook” require time. The ever increasing build of tension, the creepy atmosphere, and the sense of impending doom all typically need buildup in order to become effective. Four minutes is far too short to build any effective effect (and going in 4x speed does not help its case.) However, this isn’t what pissed me off the most.
What made it unbearable was that all episodes were exactly the same. The story structure is literally: 30 seconds explaining that Tokyo is run over by ghosts (THEY REUSE THE SAME 30 SECONDS EVERY. SINGLE. EPISODE), main character has a regular day, the author presents a slight nightmare, it seems like the character is in deep trouble, then some deus ex machina happens as some random guy does some stuff and we have a happy little ending. Like… the fuck? THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A FUCKING HORROR STORY? First of all, they change the main character every episode so honestly I don’t give a fuck on who appears and who doesn’t. It would be fucking nice to maybe… MAYBE kill them off after the deus ex machina shows up for maybe some uncertainty? Like fucking hell, give me SOMETHING that says that these main characters may not make it? But NOOOOOO IT’S ALWAYS SOME DIVINE INTERVENTION THAT SAVES THE DAY. It is brutally annoying and the most BORING way to fix everything. Like seriously, this gave the classic “He’s supposed to die here BUT NOOOOOOO SOME BULLSHIT HAPPENS AND HE LIVES” cliche.
Yeah it got old… and stale……… so… fucking… stale…
Oh yeah, in addition to changing up the main character, they also change up the deus ex machina character every episode… in which by context I THINK are the ninjas. But like… the fuck so the ninjas are now nightmare slayers? Who the fuck are these guys anyway? The answer… is in the Ninja Collection trailers. I kid you not, I learned more about the ninjas from THE TRAILER OF THE ANIME than in the actual anime. I legitimately can’t…
(My favorite memory while watching the series came from episode 8. My friend and I were watching through a call when suddenly my mom came in and asked me to test the milk to see if it was spoiled. It took me a couple sips, but I concluded the milk wasn’t spoiled. I look back to find I missed the entire episode, and when I asked what I missed, he said “nothing”. I replied “Yeah, you’re right. Drinking the milk was probably more entertaining then watching that episode anyway.”)
And now, we get to the best part of the anime: the OST. With how god-awful the animation, graphics, story, and characters are, you can… well actually probably can’t imagine how low the bar is to be the best category. For fuck’s sake, even if the production put the happiest idol song as the ED of a “grim” horror story, it would STILL EASILY be the best part of the season. But to my own surprise when I searched up the song, the full version of the ED does not have a chorus! Ladies and gentlemen, the best part about Ninja Collection is a song… without a chorus.
It brings me no end in pleasure saying that I have achieved my goal of finding the worst anime ever. There is almost 0 animation. My soul started to hurt after 5 episodes of the story. I learned more about the characters in the trailer than in the actual anime. The best thing in the anime, which is the music, doesn’t even have a chorus. There is nothing redeemable in this “anime”.
1/10. The actual score should be closer to 0/10 for creating a black hole that made me seriously reconsider how I rate other bad animes.
Anyways, think of the two shows that you hate the most. Now imagine them having a kid and this will be Ninja Collection. Story wise, set in modern-day Tokyo, a group of ninjas called “Toukeshuu” is to stop a mysterious dark smoke from tainting human hearts and destroying the humanity.
And that is pretty much it. Do not be baited that it is a spin-off of Yami Shibai and that the anime’s poster looks pretty good. It is not like that. My guess is that the anime’s poster took all the anime’s budget.
All in all, this is one of these anime that are just so bad that they are good; it is just so bad that it makes you laugh. Only watch it if you like pain, or you might use this anime as a troll recommendation for your friends.
Unlike Yami Shibai, who also takes a few minutes each episode to tell a short horror story, I’m afraid the premise gets in the way of the horror aspect. While the visuals work really well in delivering a creepy atmosphere, it’s hard for the story to get too dark when the monsters are banished by the ninja-exorcists that the series focuses on.
This has happened a couple of times in Yami Shibai too. Like in Ninja Collection where the horror is somewhat undercut by the premise, one season of Yami Shibai focused on stories with really grotesque creatures that were so outlandish that it was hard to be scared anymore. They made up for it later with the next season having a theme of the ghost stories having quick live-action shots at the eeriest places for emphasis, something that worked a lot better.
I’ll never undermine someone’s creativity in giving this a shot, as the ghosts themselves were rather eerie and it was a fine time to be had each Sunday. However, it was just hard to get too scared with it.
3: Yami Shibai 8
Japanese: 闇芝居 8期
MAL Score: 5.67
Eighth season of Yami Shibai.
It is already the third attempt of union between the new studio Drawiz and the ILCA. Since then, Yami Shibai 7 and Ninja Collection have been produced, but they have not yielded good reviews, especially when it comes to what is the biggest problem with horror stories: textual quality. Yami Shibai was never a franchise that honored the suspense and horror genre, because no matter what season, something always prevented the anime from really being a good thing. This time, for the thousandth time, the “terror” applied to Yami Shibai cannot even be considered a terror. It is an immeasurable affront for lovers of macabre stories…
I will not say that Yami Shibai 8 did not try. In fact, this was the season when I saw more variety in terms of what could be reused from the anime. Some stories are even like a re-adaptation of an old one (like the house of laughter). Other episodes had a change in the art of the characters and in the way of telling their ghastly tales. But, let’s agree, none of this really put the anime in a good quality. Again, the show aims to bring a Japanese culture very focused on legends and urban histories, something common in the country, but when this is done with contempt and inertia, without developing a posture of innovation in the narrative, Yami Shibai becomes boring, VERY BORING. It has been a while since many people forgot about this show, which just became a “taboo” within its own focus, the audience that likes anime. Many like the show and I also have a fondness for the importance that Yami Shibai has as an exploration of the audiovisual resources and the adaptation of his kamishibais, something that I always try to value.
However, it is easy to understand the decadence of the show. In fact, it is noticeable. Since the fourth season (Where they introduced takes with scenes in live action), the anime already showed signs of being something of deep disappointment. Yami Shibai 8 just confirmed what I imagined. The third season really was a great set of episodes that, although it didn’t reach the same level of quality as the practically forgotten first season, it was irreverent and introduced grotesque creatures very well, without being appealing or exaggerated, nor did it use the common animation features. To continue like this until today would be great, but unfortunately that was not the case. Today the show is completely lost… More than a hundred stories (104, to be exact) have passed and not a tenth of that is really interesting…
Finally, I’m sick of looking at Yami Shibai and waiting for another sequel. In fact, I’ve been watching all the seasons for the past few months and it wasn’t easy. Furthermore, I didn’t even start some (5th, 6th and 7th), as it is not really necessary to admire this one. But in the end, Yami Shibai always missed something. The anime does not please and lost the interest of the majority, including mine. Will I continue to follow the show if I have a new sequel? Perhaps, it is always good to have something short to see, but I no longer expect anything from the anime, or my interest.
The first 3 seasons are astounding, truly something that made me shiver and look over my shoulder and now…. Season 8 is the weak, heat tinted wind that blows through the garden on an extremely hot day and merely taunts you with the expectation of coolness whilst slowly cooking you faster.
I didn’t expect too much from this season — since season 4, Yami Shibai has been slowly declining in quality on its horror, as to be expected from something that only allows four and a half minutes to actively terrify you. I expect a few bad episodes here and there, you can’t provide ten out of ten levels of horror with every stab in the dark that you take, but season eight leaves the viewer horrified upon realising the episodes have ended with barely any context to what the episodes were about at all.
Yami Shibai had a good run of not revealing anything to the viewer whilst still scaring us via the art of hiding, making us realize things are much scarier in the dark — now, I merely turn the light on and can’t figure out what was making that weird shadow, scratching my head in confusion as I stare around my room, lost, annoyed and confused. I lost count of how many episodes I spent praying to any deity there was an explanation in the comments of what had actually happened.
It’s time to start letting Yami Shibai go; the eighth season is purely about quantity not quality, and the only way this show can now be saved is if the horror greats themselves wrote the episodes. It’s painful to see what Yami Shibai has become, after it’s long reign of terror, but now the horror lies in its screenwriting, unable to tell a story coherently enough for viewers to know what’s occurring. Let the series rest, revive it in a few years perhaps when there’s better ideas floating around, but for now, the show needs to rest on the back burner before further seasons tank even worse than what season eight did.
I remember a long time ago when i was excited for the first season to be released considering there was not too many(or better said,any at all)horror anime and looked at least creative.The first season had some legitimally scary episodes and the third season had an awesome little plot twist.
But truly scary episodes are becoming more scarce with each passing season. Their scare tactic is basically putting “normal people” in scary situations by dumb chance and having them suffer the consequences of their bad luck. All fine and dandy,but the show depends too much on the “you can’t see,therefore its scary” cliche,to a point where they lose some pretty good chances to show some scary imagery just so they can still keep this cliche. Pretty much every story goes more or less like this….
“NARRATOR: Our story starts in the girls bathromm in a normal highschool
GIRL A: Hey,have you heard that legend?
GIRL B: What legend?
GIRL A: The legend of the anus pincher. If you take a shit in the third stall during a full moon and wipe your ass 3 times,the anus pincher will come out of the toiled and pinch your anus.
GIRL B:That’s stupid.
NARRATOR: At afternoon,after class..
GIRL A: Hey,before you go home,can you help me tp clean our club’s meeting room?
GIRL B: Ok
*Some time later,camera closes on the sky,its a full moon*
GIRL A: *yawns* its getting late,let’s go home
GIRL B: Yeah
GIRL A: *stomach growling* Oh shit,i knew it i shouldn’t have eaten that last onigiri. Can you go to the bathroom with me?
GIRL B: Why can’t you go by yourself?
GIRL A: Because we’re girls.
NARRATOR: In the bathroom..
GIRL A:HNNNNNNNG *extremelly violent shitting noises*
GIRL B:You finished?
GIRL A: *sigh* i guess so….i am just gonna wipe my ass and we can go.
GIRL B: Ok.
*some time later*
GIRL B: hey,why you taking so long?
GIRL B:……………*stomach growls*
GIRL B: Wow,she was right,we SHOULDN’T have eaten that last onigiri.
*Girl enters bathroom and provokes the apocalipshit*
GIRL B: Ok,i am finished…..well,time to wipe
*GIRL A comes busting trough the door*
GIRL A: DON’T WIPE A THIRD TIME,THIS IS THE THIRD STALL,THIS IS WHERE I TOOK A SHIT!!,MY ANUS GOT PINCHED!!!!!!
GIRL B: What!?
*camera closes on the toiled”
*Violent anus pinching noises start to get louder*
*closes on girls faces*
BOTH GIRLS: H-H-H-HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!!!!!!!!!!
2: Yami Shibai 7
English: Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 7
Japanese: 闇芝居 7期
MAL Score: 5.94
A rusted door opens to a decrepit apartment filled with darkness. Inside, the masked Storyteller waits to spin more twisted tales of horror, inviting all to listen.
In one story, a woman is tormented by her past sins; in another, a man visits a chilling art exhibit, where things quickly go awry when he ignores the warnings regarding taking photographs. That is not all, though—an unsuspecting woman hears strange noises from her veranda, but when her boyfriend investigates, he receives the shock of his life; a lady receives a frantic call from her sister, who begs her to come to a phone booth, but when she arrives, she realizes that things are not as they appear; and a man looks for one of his belongings in his little sister’s room, only to soon discover that a malevolent presence lives there. The Storyteller is all too eager to share these tales, which will no doubt shock and terrify his audience.
On the paper, Yami Shibai sounds great. What can be more simple than some folklore ghost stories to fill the run time of 5 minutes? Except when you actually got to see it then you realize, these aren’t ghost stories. I don’t know if these can even be considered stories. It feels like some jokes anyone can make up where ever they go. Omg, that’s an abandoned building, there must be some kinds of ghosts there, oh here’s an empty shop, some devils must be trolling around, … Sometimes, those stories aren’t a bit scary, just ridiculously bad.
Though Yami Shibai might last longer, even til season 10. I’d like it to end as soon as possible.
The season started with a very good episode (probably one of the best stories in this season) and it’s not the kind of story with jump scares and it actually brings horror with each second being intense.
What i also liked its the masked story teller (not all seasons are with him which is somehow bad), the episode starts creepy enough with this guy, but what i did not like was the opening, usually, the opening changed by each episode in past seasons, but not on this one.
Japanese horror stories are amazing in my opinion and the Yami Shibai series are worth a try. And i suggest to watch the episodes at night because it makes the stories better.
1: Yami Shibai 9
Japanese: 闇芝居 九期
MAL Score: 6.00
Ninth season of Yami Shibai.
Did YOUR favorite anime make the cut? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Yami Shibai 9
2. Yami Shibai 7
3. Yami Shibai 8
4. Ninja Collection