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The 15 Biggest Anime Plot Holes You Just Couldn't Ignore  

Anna Lindwasser
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List Rules Vote up the gaping anime plot holes that aggravate you the most.

Anime often features intricately woven stories filled with character detail and backstory. The complexities of these shows make it hard to forgive anime plot holes, which feel like glaring snags in delicately detailed stories. On rare occasions, series can be incredible enough to overlook any plot holes, but most of the time no misstep is excusable. 

While it's sometimes painful to notice continuity errors and loose ends, it's also nice to know you're not the only one who had questions about why Mitsuha and Taki didn't ever see anything with a date on it in Your Name, or why there were no consequences after the moon was destroyed in Assassination Classroom

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How Did Mitsuha And Taki Not Notice Dates In 'Your Name'?
How Did Mitsuha And Taki Not N... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 15 Biggest Anime Plot Holes You Just Couldn't Ignore
Photo:  Your Name/CoMix Wave Films

Mitsuha and Taki spend a large chunk of Your Name switching bodies, trying to maintain each other's lives until they get back to their own. Audiences later discover Mitsuha's timeline takes place three years before Taki's; Mitsuha died when a meteor struck her town. 

While this is an inventive premise, it falls apart when you realize there's no way Mitsuha and Taki could possibly have gone all that time without realizing they were in the wrong year. 

Both of them had cell phones that display the date. Both had access to the internet and TV. They both attended school, and there is no way they didn't have to write the date on at least one assignment or see it on the board.

Taki had a job, which means he had to deal with a schedule and most likely received paychecks on a biweekly basis. There's absolutely no way this glaring detail escaped both of them.

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Kanade Shouldn't Reach The Afterlife Before Otonashi In 'Angel Beats'
Kanade Shouldn't Reach The... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 15 Biggest Anime Plot Holes You Just Couldn't Ignore
Photo:  Angel Beats/P.A. Works

The end of Angel Beats left audiences stunned when they learned Kanade received Otonashi's donated heart after he died in an accident. It's easy to get swept up in the sentimental moment, but once the emotional ride is over, viewers realized it didn't make any sense. Kanade makes it to the Afterlife before Otonashi, which implies she died before him.

Kanade is also a teenager in a realm inhabited solely by people who passed away as adolescents. This makes her claim about how Otonashi returned her youth even more confusing. Even if the timing of their deaths were chronologically correct, this gift still wouldn't make sense.  

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There Is No Way Team 10 Didn't Know Each Other In 'Naruto'
There Is No Way Team 10 Didn&#... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 15 Biggest Anime Plot Holes You Just Couldn't Ignore
Photo:  Naruto/Studio Pierrot

Team 10 consists of Choji, Ino, and Shikamaru. The trio's families worked together for generations, and their ties stretch all the way back to the clans' beginnings. 

Despite this long history of clan cooperation – and the fact Shikamaru and Ino are literally born one day apart – one particularly bizarre episode depicts Choji and Shikamaru meeting each other for the first time as six or seven-year-old children. 

It's technically possible they have never met, but it is so unlikely it demands an explanation audiences never receive. The lack of a a reason for this oversight is grating if you're a Naruto fan who cares about the details of Konoha's history. 

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Light Shouldn't Have Been Able To See Ryuk At The Beginning Of 'Death Note'
Light Shouldn't Have Been Able... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 15 Biggest Anime Plot Holes You Just Couldn't Ignore
Photo:  Death Note/Madhouse

Humans can only see a Shinigami if they've touched the notebook belonging to that particular Shinigami; this is why Light's able to initially see Ryuk but not Rem. 

But Light still shouldn't be able to see Ryuk. Ryuk may have dropped the notebook Light picked up, but the notebook never belonged to Ryuk in the first place—it was Shidoh's. Audiences learn this when Mellow touches the notebook and is then able to see Sidoh. This means Light shouldn't be able to interact with Ryuk in any capacity. 

This story flub feels easy to overlook because by the time viewers learn about Sidoh, Ryuk and Light's dynamic is already well-established. It's hard to keep track of all the balls this complicated show throws up in the air, but this one feels like a fairly obvious slip.

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