I've watched some godawful anime in my life, but the show that sticks out most vividly in my mind as being one of the worst examples of animation I've ever seen is UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie. My main reason for actually picking up this godawful franchise was that the entries on Anime-Planet for series 2, 3 and 4 required synopses and screenshots. After seeing a quick description of the show, I figured that it couldn't be THAT horrific and might even be so bad it's funny. Sadly, I was deluding myself and suffered through thirty three episodes spanning two seasons, a couple of OVAs and a special.
The basic premise of this franchise is that a beautiful female alien princess named Valkyrie crash lands her spaceship into a bathhouse. Unfortunately(?), she kills it's young owner, Kazuto, outright and, feeling a sense of guilt, Valkyrie gives him half of her soul in order to revive him. This has the unintended side-effect of reverting her back to a small (and obnoxious) child who now lives in the bathhouse with Kazuto. Oh, and then her catgirl maid turns up to wreak havoc, closely followed by her various sisters.
I have many issues with this series, but one of my biggest gripes is with the abysmal male lead.
Now it's known that most male leads in a harem show are going to be pretty pants. They tend to be bland individuals with no particular redeeming qualities; but hey, it's a harem and is naturally about the girls, what do you expect? The problem here is that Kazuto would make even the most beige harem males ashamed. The guy has ZERO personality. All he does is stand around gawking, and grinning while all kinds of stupid shit occurs around him. At least the likes of Love Hina's Keitaro bumble around a bit or get called perverts. No such luck here. If just once he'd have been caught in some compromising position, I may have had a little more interest in him. I mean, he works in a BATHHOUSE for God's sake, would it have killed him to grow a pair and have a peek?
Only two good things came from me watching UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie. It spawned my first ranty review on Anime-Planet and - like someone who has just walked into the sunlight after being trapped in a stinking portaloo for six months and realised how awesome fresh air is - I now have a much greater appreciation for GOOD anime.