Hey kids, let’s go on a cringe binge! You know, let’s intentionally watch stuff that gives us second-hand embarrassment and discomfort. Much like horror fans love being scared and drama fans love to cry, we get off on cringe.
Now, just because an anime is cringe binge material doesn’t mean it’s terrible. Instead, they can use great storytelling and jokes to make you cringe!
…look, guys, it’s either this or I document the most life-changing hentai ever. And my boss would only approve one, so enjoy.
1. Watamote: No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular!
It doesn’t get better or worse than Watamote. The series can be viewed as a documentary or character assassination of you sad, pathetic life. Like, who gets anxious ordering food or whispers to strangers — haha, right guys?
Watamote isn’t for the faint of heart and you may die from second-hand embarrassment. So, go ahead and watch it — not like you have anything better to do. You’re reading this after all…
2. My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy
You love dating-sims. It gives you a chance to interact with girls, influence a story, and stare at nice art from the comfort of your own home! The best part is that you can make the protag a pervy, crude jackass for the laughs.
Except it would be hell. Kanade is cursed with “Absolute Choice,” which causes him to see mental choices — similar to a visual novel’s dialogue tree. Despite being meek, the person controlling Kanade’s choices wants him to be as pervy and crude as possible, leading to painful interactions with the ladies.
Now you can see the consequences of your visual novel playstyle.
3. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Chunibyo Syndrome is a Japanese term referring to teenagers acting odd to stand out due to delusions of grandeur. It’s happened to everyone. Screaming to go Super Saiyan, running like Naruto to go fast, pretending to have an all-seeing demon eye…
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions showcases this phenomenon as Rikka and Yuuta navigate adolescence. You’ll laugh, cry, and recoil due to your embarrassing teenage moments coming back.
4. Welcome to the NHK
Cringe isn’t all fun and games — sometimes serious shit happens. Like someone recoiling from society, avoiding their problems at all costs, and believing in conspiracy theories.
Welcome to the NHK follows Satou, a college dropout who thinks a government agency is responsible for his hikikomori lifestyle. His dull life is changed after a strange girl claims to have the ability to cure him, but is it a pyramid scheme?
Welcome to the NHK isn’t light-hearted cringe due to its pitch black comedy. Depression, societal pressures, otaku culture, and suicide are all touched on at length. Anyone going through the issues shown in the series will relate — which may not be a totally good thing.
5. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
Speaking of pitch black comedies, did you know that you’re a worthless pile of human excrement who’s killing society, yet you have the potential to be a beautiful butterfly?
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei has no problem attacking its audience and pointing out the flaws of society. Instead of pointing at others, the show stares directly into your soul and says you are part of the problem.
Okay, the show isn’t jerky about it and instead uses eccentric characters to portray common personality flaws or setups jokes to show our hypocrisy. It’s also filled with Shaft’s unique art style, so you’ll eye-candy while recoiling from the jokes.
I love Mayoiga. It’s so bad.
It feels like Mari Okada, who’s typically a great screenwriter, watched a Cohen Brother’s movie and thought she could replicate their style. Mayoiga is filled with non-sequiturs, empty tension, a subtly eccentric cast, and a nonsense conclusion — much like a great Cohen Brother’s production.
You’ll do a lot of cringing due to the dialogue and the casts’ poor decision making. You may also cringe because people thought this was going to be a hit show.
Misunderstandings: The Animation. If you fools would put down the controller and learn how to speak, none of your embarrassing decisions would come back to haunt you!
Even worse is however gamer *gulp* has OPINIONS about what makes certain games trash. A lot of these passionate conservations hit home, like Keita and Chiaki’s endless war about moe. In the end, does it really matter? Of course, it does…because of reasons.
But seriously, there’s a lot of misunderstandings in this show. You’ll either die of cringe or frustration — probably both.
What is your favorite cringe binge anime?