Aaaaaaand we’re back to the crap. Along with watching anime that I actually want to watch, I’ve been going through the worst anime on MAL hoping to find any that are either not bad but actually awesome (like Mad Bull 34) or so transcendently awful that they become almost surreal (like Garzey’s Wing.) Unfortunately, Apocalypse Zero is neither of those.
It is, however eminently hateable. One of the recent ANN Casts had a member from Media Blasters on who claimed to be the only person in the world that likes this anime, and I’m inclined to agree. More specifically, it’s the sheer ugliness of everything.
There’s a fair amount of shall we say, “moral ugliness”, but even that doesn’t compare to all the physical ugliness everywhere. Everything is hideous. Everything. This is not something like Wicked City which might be gross or weird, but still luxuriously drawn and animated. I mean, just look at those character designs! Look at those monsters! This isn’t the kind of stuff that would get someone circa 1993 to be like “WOW, CHECK OUT THIS JAPANIMATION!” (never mind that this is actually from 1996, of course). It’s the sort of thing that would get made fun of.
Also, one of the main villains in this show is a gigantic, grotesque, morbidly obese dominatrix that bites mens’ faces off and then uses the skin from their faces to cover up her enormous nipples.