What's the most pretentious anime you've ever watched?

Logan Taylor
Logan Taylor

What's the most pretentious anime you've ever watched?

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Julian Bell
Julian Bell

Kara no Kyoukai

Isaiah Anderson
Isaiah Anderson

Bakeshit

Hunter Howard
Hunter Howard

Different and unique=/pretentious

Not every show can be about 4 highschool girls in a club doing nothing with lesbian undertones

Nathaniel Turner
Nathaniel Turner

all modern gundam like wing and seed

Kayden Anderson
Kayden Anderson

Something Shaft or Eva.

Nathaniel Jones
Nathaniel Jones

Ergo Proxy, because its premise it tried to be thought provoking and fell on its face in the delivery.

Bakeshit attempting phillosophy is still a sideline from what it is, a high production harem. As for the LN's I can't t imagine how bland they'd be with the anime to support them.

Jackson Bennett
Jackson Bennett

Ergo Proxy. Not that the anime was bad, though.

Zachary Garcia
Zachary Garcia

WELCOME TO ROCK AND ROLL NIGHT

Jace Gonzalez
Jace Gonzalez

F-fuck your mother!

Jaxon Ross
Jaxon Ross

Why is this guy so upset about Penguindrum?
http://desustorage.org/a/thread/140414493

Luke Wood
Luke Wood

Sword Art Online

Asher White
Asher White

K-on

Liam Carter
Liam Carter

anything Sup Forums watches becomes pretentious once it becomes famous so in other words all anime.

Jose James
Jose James

Not the most pretentious but certainly over rated.

Bentley Russell
Bentley Russell

The first episode of Bakemonogatari

Grayson Nelson
Grayson Nelson

Code Geass was never meant to be serious on any level.

Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell

Monogatari series

Eli Anderson
Eli Anderson

it only becomes pretentious when people have actual discussions about content and people who dislike it don't have any easier weay of insulting a series

Logan Perry
Logan Perry

Tfw you find an edgy 16 year old who treats it like a religion and thinks he's Lelouch incarnate.

Matthew Gomez
Matthew Gomez

Any anime with Psychological genre

Hunter Morgan
Hunter Morgan

KnK
pretentious
pick one

Blake Rivera
Blake Rivera

Tfw you find
That was you, wasn't it?

Chase Sanders
Chase Sanders

Hyouka. Soon to be Kiznaiver.

Hunter Sanders
Hunter Sanders

kill la kill

Gavin Jenkins
Gavin Jenkins

Penguindrum was so shit that I never want to start another show again just because of the off chance that it might also be as shit.

Jonathan Richardson
Jonathan Richardson

This kid is a hoot. I hope he achieved meme status back in the day.

Christopher Flores
Christopher Flores

I found Irisu to be incredibly self important and the amount of upset and mind games over the plot to a short film was immense.

Jayden Scott
Jayden Scott

This piece of shit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVbnt4vQE6w

B-but muh cool looking glossy backgrounds.
It was shit. SHIT!

Jonathan Torres
Jonathan Torres

looks like you haven't ever watched a real pretentious show yet.

Benjamin Scott
Benjamin Scott

seriously, what the fuck did I watch?

Logan King
Logan King

EoE

Ethan Brooks
Ethan Brooks

No idea, actually.
Maybe Gunslinger girl 2.

Jose Walker
Jose Walker

Who's the bottom?

Ethan Sullivan
Ethan Sullivan

Adaptation of the adaptation of the music video.

Nicholas Brooks
Nicholas Brooks

Araki

Brandon Cruz
Brandon Cruz

Madoka

The one in OP is the best anime of the past 10 years though

Eli Young
Eli Young

Definitely the Monogatari series

Jason Kelly
Jason Kelly

It was purposefully doing the deconstruction thing. It doesn't really count as pretentious. It was making a point.

Jacob Bennett
Jacob Bennett

Anyone who does not say Limit Cycle is wrong.

Gavin Barnes
Gavin Barnes

Monogatari, Kara no Kyoukai, Ergo Proxy.

Gavin Phillips
Gavin Phillips

subete ni ga something. God damn, that was fedora: the animation.

Cameron Richardson
Cameron Richardson

genius party
pretentious
you probably don't know the purpose of genius party nor the meaning of pretentious

William Peterson
William Peterson

Megasatan knows his shit

Eli Carter
Eli Carter

You probably haven't watched Limit Cycle.

Levi Clark
Levi Clark

Fedora

It was Red Hat tho.

Joshua Walker
Joshua Walker

what makes an anime pretentious?

Brayden Davis
Brayden Davis

I wish I could meet all you know-nothing teen irl.
Just thinking how miserable your life must be make me feel good.

Jeremiah Brown
Jeremiah Brown

You have to google something a character said

William Evans
William Evans

It tries to be smart even though it isn't and the creators have no idea that they're doing that, so they're going deeper and deeper into embarrassing territory, even though the signs were already there early on.

Juan Scott
Juan Scott

Where the dialogue being used feels hamfisted and and trying to force insightful meaning where their is either none or in a clumsy manner.

That's what it means to me and especially in this example.

Jayden Williams
Jayden Williams

-Pretentious
adjective
attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

Daniel Rivera
Daniel Rivera

Psycho Pass.

Jeremiah Nelson
Jeremiah Nelson

Elfen Lied most definitely. The standard light novel trash that infests anime these days also likes to go pretentious as fuck, usually towards the end of its running time, accompanied by embarrassing tone shifts.

Hunter Sanders
Hunter Sanders

light novel trash
You mean this?

Isaiah Nelson
Isaiah Nelson

That wasn't a LN as far as I know. But it sure had its moments, like the exposition machine, or that fucking monologue by the boy in the mask.

Aaron Scott
Aaron Scott

Kill la Kill.

Camden Young
Camden Young

RahXephon.

Michael Rodriguez
Michael Rodriguez

singling out LN content

As opposed to what, exactly? Originals?

Manga adapted series were serialized and as such are all over the fucking map.

Ayden Torres
Ayden Torres

This. Ergo Proxy is the definition of pretentious. It crutches on assumed airs of intellectualism but the ideas behind it have no weight.

Parker Torres
Parker Torres

Tatami Galaxy or Ping Pong.

Adam Wilson
Adam Wilson

Did anyone else actually enjoy this? I really liked the first 2/3 if it or so till it hit the ending which was way too rushed.

Alexander Thompson
Alexander Thompson

this retarded shit

Eli Johnson
Eli Johnson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_the_New_World_%28novel%29

Jace White
Jace White

Ergo Proxy is a poor man's Texhnolyze.

Jose Wood
Jose Wood

Kino no Tabi

Luke Smith
Luke Smith

Pretentious: attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

Literally anything from Kyoani. It's generic SOL schoolshit that is desperately pretending it's anything but that.

Ayden Flores
Ayden Flores

It's not pretentious when it actually shows what it intends to show. Try again.

Eli Collins
Eli Collins

As opposed to everything else. For some reason light novels often share stupid narrative conventions, like those awkward tone shifts, oh so quirky dialogue (that's ironically dull as fuck most of the time), or masking their obvious wish fulfillment shit behind didactic pretenses or sudden melodrama. Sure, you occasionally have your Guilty Crowns and whatnot, but I'm pretty sure that these are just trying to forcefully mimic the conventions.

Adam Lopez
Adam Lopez

modern gundam
wing
Wing is farther from the present day than it is from the original Gundam, and has been for about 5 years.

Caleb Watson
Caleb Watson

Why pretentious? It was just a show about cute girls and bears loving other cute girls and bears.

Jason Bell
Jason Bell

Evangelion

Joseph Cooper
Joseph Cooper

If you found KyoAni pretentious, you're trying too hard.
The fans, however, are pretentious retards that try to push their shit far above from where they belong.

Austin Edwards
Austin Edwards

Does this count as a light novel? I don't think it was serialized in a LN magazine, nor does it feature those anime style illustrations.

Gavin Miller
Gavin Miller

This.

Elijah Howard
Elijah Howard

Subete ga F ni naru

Caleb Bell
Caleb Bell

Depends. Chuuni and KnK were pretentious as fuck with their drama and lame """insight""" into the characters. But what do the more modest SoL shows pretend to be? Do you interpret the visual direction as pretending to look like movies with the fake camera effects or something?

Carter Garcia
Carter Garcia

Evangelion
Kaiba
Monogatari

Jacob Butler
Jacob Butler

show does a thing
oh yeah show you think you're better than me fuck you and your pretentious attitude you highfalutin jackass
show does not respond

Jack Wilson
Jack Wilson

Ergo Proxy or Kemonozume

Nicholas Morgan
Nicholas Morgan

Because the show sucked

Jeremiah Powell
Jeremiah Powell

Monogatari
Tatami galaxy
Ping Pong
Mushishi

Xavier Gray
Xavier Gray

Screen capped for future 'most pretentious Sup Forums posts' threads.

Grayson Garcia
Grayson Garcia

I don't get it.

Ayden Howard
Ayden Howard

every "modern" gundam takes after wing's idiocy

Christopher Murphy
Christopher Murphy

anything by yuasa or kon

Luis Rogers
Luis Rogers

Gits 2

Austin Murphy
Austin Murphy

Madoka, by miles

Dominic Ramirez
Dominic Ramirez

I've watched too many visually sound but substanceless "art" pieces to give an answer to that.

Limited to the popular stuff it has to be Utena.

Luis Morales
Luis Morales

What does substanceless mean?

Samuel Jenkins
Samuel Jenkins

This, also Code Geass, Attack on Titan, Fate/Zero and Death Note.

Josiah Price
Josiah Price

Not containing any illegal drugs.

Juan Adams
Juan Adams

This, also Code Geass, Attack on Titan, Fate/Zero and Death Note

None of those are all that pretentious, especially not by anime standards.

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

I agree that Ergo Proxy was pretentious as hell, but I still liked it a whole lot more than Bakemonogatari. The setting and concepts were more interesting.

Jeremiah Morris
Jeremiah Morris

Huh, was this during his Sailor Moon days or Utena?

Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross

This is very pretentious though.

Owen Campbell
Owen Campbell

Define pretentious, in your own words, then defend your claims.

Most of these "so-called pretentious" works really aren't. I won't claim that you didn't get them because you can get something and not dig it, but support your claims.

I've seen a handful of works that I'd call pretentious and they were all documentaries.

Stilted is a much better word to use for nearly every thing mentioned in this thread. Preachy, even.

Oliver Jenkins
Oliver Jenkins

This is the most pretentious post I read all day.

Cameron Roberts
Cameron Roberts

How is Penguindrum pretentious?

Henry Hill
Henry Hill

It's all style and no substance. The symbolism is useless if it doesn't have any fucking meaning at all.

Hunter Turner
Hunter Turner

a well stylized animation which lacks substance is pretentious
No, that'd be hollow.

Furthermore, if you think style isn't substance in itself, you're a sad, sad fool.

Jason Hall
Jason Hall

Name five shows more pretentious than those. If you'll mention anything like Eva, Utena, Lain, Angel's Egg or Kaiba than just don't respond and pretend you left the thread. No need to come off as an edgy, entry-level contrarian.

Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey

What is even pretentious about Death Note?

Owen Evans
Owen Evans

Argento Soma, RahXephon, Brain Powerd, Real Drive, GitS 2: Innocence

Fuck off, worm.

Isaiah Williams
Isaiah Williams

just don't respond and pretend you left the thread
I guess he took his own advice.

Christian Sanders
Christian Sanders

Zankyo no terrot... Tokyo ghoul..Overlord...Psycho pass 2.
well i drop most of them...

Ian Young
Ian Young

Hyouka without a doubt.

Samuel Moore
Samuel Moore

tfw Penguindrum is AOTY 2011

John Martinez
John Martinez

Pretentious is only used by people who don't get it

Brayden Foster
Brayden Foster

That's a pretty pretentious thing to say.

Adrian Stewart
Adrian Stewart

Definitely Cory in the house

Noah Gomez
Noah Gomez

I actually agree with this. It felt like watching someone read a philosophy 101 book and try to come up with hamfisted examples of the ideas he just read about. The fact that it repeats some "smart" lines with a dumb fucking screen that stays for a few seconds while the line is repeated made me fucking furious. I understood the fucking line the first time, and it wasn't clever then, either.

Joseph Cruz
Joseph Cruz

I'll give you Innocence and AS, but RahXephon? How?

Evan Cook
Evan Cook

Why? It's literally just a slice of life with a decent amount of slow character progression.

Lincoln Watson
Lincoln Watson

Jupiter.

Also, anything and everything to do with its commentary on determinism.

Jaxon Carter
Jaxon Carter

people list shows that just try to be original
people list deconstructions
people list anything where plot information is withheld
people list shows with abstract imagery
nobody actually lists shows that ham-handedly try to create a sense of profundity while actually being childishly simple or pointless

It would honestly just be better for the human race if everyone forgot the word existed.

Evan Parker
Evan Parker

Bakemonogatari
Shitting all over various worldviews because muh moral responsibility almost made me drop it.
Never saw anything more pretentious and hypocritical. The show was at its worst whenever cat showed up, she didnt deserve that shit.
How much they shat on best girl was also stupid.
Snake didnt deserve that shit. even more pretentious coming from a blonde lolibaba vampire.

Jose Cox
Jose Cox

Psycho-Pass and Terror in Resonance.
Psycho-Pass was worse than Ergo Proxy with the philosophical rambling that amounted to nothing.
Resonance was all style no substance.

Ethan Collins
Ethan Collins

Kara no Kyoukai
Fate/Zero
Madoka
Steins;Gate
Death Note
Code Geass
Clannad
Angel Beats

Adrian Taylor
Adrian Taylor

Wouldn't it be better to just not get upset over such a nebulous term?

Logan Parker
Logan Parker

"Fuck You!"

Jeremiah Stewart
Jeremiah Stewart

It's hard to choose between monologari, EP and EVA.

Yeah, they're just shit.

holy shit. Posts like this are why it's so important that we get lead paint out of houses.

Owen Bennett
Owen Bennett

The fucking school festival was pretentious and shallow.

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

Except there was meaning in GitS 2:I. It's not Oshii's fault you only read books with pictures.

Cooper Ross
Cooper Ross

I don't understand. What did it pretend to be besides a school festival and somewhat unrealistically convoluted mystery?
Are mystery novels all pretentious?

Julian Harris
Julian Harris

What's Ikuhara doing these days? When's his next masterpiece?

Samuel Martinez
Samuel Martinez

I'm betting on cosplaying as Ginko and a yaoi sea gulls anime.

Charles Long
Charles Long

wow so if muh symbolism is enough to make Mawaru Penguindrum pretentious then I guess Night on the Galactic Railroad is as pretentious as it gets right?

Levi Perez
Levi Perez

Correct.

Matthew Bailey
Matthew Bailey

That's my boy.

Jace Moore
Jace Moore

everything Nasu touches is pretentious
Kara no Kyokai has some of the worst offenders

Aiden Sanders
Aiden Sanders

Holy fuck, I still don't know why I sat through that whole episode. I enjoyed everything else in Genius Party, but fuck Limit Cycle.

Julian Morris
Julian Morris

Chuuni and KnK
These are actually the best answers in the thread. Shows like these and Kokoro Connect, Toradora, etc. are a million times more pretentious than shows like Penguindrum, Evangelion, etc.

Landon Rogers
Landon Rogers

This.

Especially the fist episode.

Asher Sullivan
Asher Sullivan

Most of Genius Party was like that though, I don't know why this one gets the brunt of it. Pretty sure I only liked Watanabe's. Haven't seen beyond outside of Wanwa which I also didn't care for.

Nicholas Kelly
Nicholas Kelly

The rest of Genius Party at least has animation, Limit Cycle is screensaver with high school philosophy sprinkled on top.

Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore

Yeah, Ergo Proxy. Had some fun episodes, dropped it around episode 17 for some reason. But it's a perfect example.

Aiden Myers
Aiden Myers

Can you fully understand and appreciate something and still think it's pretentious?

Austin Moore
Austin Moore

This shit. I mean, just look at it.

Grayson Rodriguez
Grayson Rodriguez

Oh there was meaning, user, and i understood it. But your malice aside it was so hamfisted it made Blade Runner's narrated version look fucking auteur.

Camden Edwards
Camden Edwards

How is that pretentious in any way?

Eli Phillips
Eli Phillips

ITT pretentious = popular
ITT (You)

Hudson Stewart
Hudson Stewart

Jesus Zankyou no Terror was bad. I should've dropped that shit.

Nicholas Cox
Nicholas Cox

It attempts to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.

Evan Johnson
Evan Johnson

Yes

Charles Myers
Charles Myers

Those textures are giving me a headache.

Sebastian Campbell
Sebastian Campbell

Try watching the entire series. It was interesting at first but by the end I just wanted them to stop.

Evan Nelson
Evan Nelson

Anything that takes itself seriously wothout even a dab of humor is fairly pretentious

Could you imagine if Trigun was as humorless as AoT?

Levi Allen
Levi Allen

It's been in my backlog for yonks. I may finally do it.

Bentley Diaz
Bentley Diaz

all of these people saying monogatari series

Don't get me wrong, I don't really think that highly of it, but what made it pretentious? Rarely talking about philosophy? I don't really remember it being anything more than a harem in disguise.

Jason Edwards
Jason Edwards

It was the reverse for me - I thought it looked like shit at first, and then it grew on me.

What, so time-travel is now pretentious? Because that's basically all the Tokyo Jupiter is.

Austin Baker
Austin Baker

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Kayden Long
Kayden Long

No, Jupiter itself is fucking pretentious.

Just look at it.

Fucking smarmy bastard smugly staring back at you with that eye like he could fuck your shit up on a whim.
Jupiter and all its avatars are pretentious assholes.

For the record I don't even believe any of the shit I listed was pretentious, just wanted to counter-shitpost that user.

I'm also

Jack Harris
Jack Harris

NGNL
Gundam IBO
Oreimo
Minami ke

Matthew Scott
Matthew Scott

This thread is pretentious

Connor Roberts
Connor Roberts

Too many. Nearly everytime anime wants to be deep or complex they do it so haphazardly that it ends up just being vapid nonsense. Gatchaman is a good example, though i didnt watch s2

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