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18 Highly Controversial Anime Episodes Fans Still Talk About Today

Just like any group of people, the anime fandom is filled with different opinions. That means that when hot-button issues come up in anime, there's going to be controversy. Today we're looking at some of the most controversial anime episodes that have ever aired - or not aired, in some cases.

The reasons for the controversy range from fans getting heated over ships and lackluster animation to anime scenes resembling real-world crimes or triggering seizures in viewers. Some of these controversies involve sensitive topics like assault, so keep that in mind as you read. 

Vote up the anime controversies that you found the most dramatic. 

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    Love is a Maiden's Power - The Seven Deadly Sins

    The showdown between Escanor and Meliodas was supposed to be one of the greatest fights the series had to offer, but apparently, the animators didn't get the memo. In fact, fans were so badly burned by the poorly done battle that many decided to stop watching the show altogether.

    The reason for the downgrade in animation quality may have had to do with a shift in studios. Previously handled by A-1 Pictures, the series moved to Studio Deen for Season 3. While Studio Deen has a few incredible titles to their name like Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu and Rurouni Kenshin, their reputation isn't exactly stellar in the anime world. 

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    My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute - Oreimo

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    Okay, so Kyosuke and Kirino don't actually get married, but the fact that this brother and sister wish that they could is enough to stir controversy. The fact that Kyosuke throws away several other perfectly lovely suitors in order to have an actual relationship leading up to a fake church wedding with his younger sister makes things even more intense.

    Predictably, some fans reacted with disgust, while others either revelled in the taboo subject or tried to explain why it wasn't so bad. 

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    The Beast that Shouted 'I' at the Heart of the World - Evangelion

    It's tough to end a series like Evangelion. Should the focus be on the plot and action, or on the characters' inner life? The notorious finale, The Beast that Shouted 'I' at the Heart of the World, veered hard in the direction of the latter, leaving a ton of unanswered questions in favor of a trippy, artsy sequence that ended with Shinji being applauded for achieving an emotional revelation. 

    Though some loved the ending for its depth and avant-garde style, others found it totally unsatisfying. Luckily, there's a parallel film, The End of Evangelionfor those who didn't like the anime version. 

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    Taboo Index - Sword Art Online: Alicization

    In one of the most disturbing scenes since every single one involving Oberon in the original Sword Art Online, Raios and Humbert end up inappropriately touching Ronye and Tiese right in front of Eugeo's eyes. Though Eugeo is able to stop them before it turns into straight-up assault, the moment was still considered horrifying enough to be cut from most streaming services. 

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