27 Anime That Betrayed Viewer’s Expectations in Perfect Ways

Ever walked into an anime expecting to get a certain experience, but walking away with something completely different?

Unlike genre shifts, which purposely betray the viewer’s expectations, the following anime misunderstandings come from the expectations we have based on the key visual and title. This has led to the What I Watched, What I Expected, What I Got meme.

Here are some popular examples of anime that fall into this bewildering meme.

1. Sound of the Sky

Sound of the Sky

2. Psycho Pass Season 2

Psycho Pass

3. Space Dandy

Space Dandy

4. Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu

5. Another


6. Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April

7. Girls und Panzer

Girls und Panzer

8. Yu-Gi-Oh!


9. Midori Days

Midori Days

10. Spice & Wolf

Spice & Wolf

11. Ben-To


12. If Her Flag Breaks

If Her Flag Breaks

13. Sabagebu!


14. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

15. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

16. Selector Infected WIXOSS

Selector Infected WIXOSS

17. Re:ZERO


18. Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim-

19. Sound! Euphonium

Sound! Euphonium

20. Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum

21. Dennou Coil

Dennou Coil

22. Classroom Crisis

Classroom Crisis

23. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

24. K


25. AKB0048


26. One Outs

One Outs

27. Samurai Flamenco

Samurai Flamenco

 What are your favorite examples of What I Watched, What I Expected, What I Got?

Ader Titsoff
I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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