There was a lot to praise this year for being entertaining or funny or what have you. However, there was also a dark side to it all. Really, the two form an interesting duality: Intentional comedy and drama play the opposite to brutal death or torture scenes that would make the most vivid death metal bands cringe. Here are those six scenes that left me with a weak stomach and a permanently altered constitution. And I assure you, most of these are entirely serious. Most of them. Anyway, I’ve tried to avoid spoilers for the last few posts, but they’re practically unavoidable here, so beware.
6. Sena Being Dominated by Yozora, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
I’m honestly not sure if this is supposed to be funny or just another example of Yozora’s demented treatment of Sena. It was the point where it almost reached the event horizon, compounded by all that lotion just oozing down Sena’s back. I don’t know what it is, but I felt incredibly uncomfortable watching this scene and wanted nothing more than for Sena to have a break. It was out of place, bizarre, and just a little more indicative that Yozora needs some kind of help if she thinks this is a reasonable way to treat people.
5. Nao’s Death, Shiki Specials
Shiki is familiar with strange and unusual death scenes, including but not limited to: Operating room dissection, tractor-induced head trauma, total blood drainage, and being stabbed through the ankle and dragged roughly out of an irrigation pipeline to slowly burn to death in the sun before finally being granted the sweet release of a quick stab to the heart. The latter of which is what Nao goes through at the hands of Sadofumi, a character who I continue to insist is the unholy lovechild of Fred Durst and Kevin Bacon, both in appearance and personality.
She was somebody overtaken by loneliness and guilt at her family dying, and it all paid off with her dying horribly. I can’t think of any more oddly poetic end to such a tragic character, and I certainly can’t think of one that left me feeling uneasy with myself afterward. So in short, my heart goes out to you Nao. You may have been a horrible bloodsucking monstrosity, but you didn’t deserve to go out like that.
4. Kurisu’s (Repeated) Death, Steins;Gate
At first, Kurisu was a woman who seemed to have it all together. Declared an important figure in the scientific community at a young age, she offers lectures to people more than double her age and works out her own theories as to the nature of the universe… all as a means to get along with her father. It isn’t the method that makes this a particularly tragic, queasy (repeated) death, but it’s the madness behind it and that most despicable of human emotions, envy.
Kurisu’s father, tired of being upstaged by his daughter despite her notable desire not to get in the way of his achievement, stabbed her knowing full well that she wanted nothing more than to reconcile with him. And most damning of all, in doing so he doomed the world to world war and an Orwellian future. So yeah, fuck this guy.
3. Ninth’s Necessitated Eye Patch, Mirai Nikki
It was for but a split second, practically a blink and you miss it moment. One minute Ninth had her eye fully functional, the next it was ripped right from its socket. It was quick, messy, yet totally fitting with her character. While I don’t think the gruesome torture and deaths will end, this is by far the worst that I’ve seen in the series. It wouldn’t be the worst if Yuno were violated, but it’s still pretty bad.
2. Roberta Flattens a Guy’s Skull Into Mush, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail
This is the only entry not from this year (Though it does run through this year, so I count it), but it’s also possibly one of the most oddly placed. After reaching a certain point where she begins to have a mental breakdown due to the excess of drugs and violence she’s partaken of, Roberta meets up with a man who… I guess knew her from her previous career as a rebel. I honestly don’t remember the specifics, but he propositions her for sex, she accepts, and ends up beating everything above his jaw to a pulp. It’s oddly placed, yet serves as one of the few acts of violence in Black Lagoon that isn’t outright cathartic to watch. Roberta is one sick person who could use a million times more help than Sena, and this scene only reinforced that.
1. The Nyanpire ED, Nyanpire: The Animation
Just watch this and tell me it’s not going to scar you for life.