@Turambar: Oh, the title was meant to be something like "Unpopular/Controversial Anime you actually liked." but I don't think all of those characters fit so I just put guilty pleasure in parentheses since I thought it was the best way to summarize liking an anime that was generally unpopular or controversial, like how I mentioned in the first post how I enjoyed lowbrow humor romance anime as a guilty pleasure despite most people's aversions to the occasionally controversial premise of those kind of shows that sort of split the opinions of others from the onset.
As I've mentioned, B Gata H Kei was like that and it actually turned out being a a sleeper hit for some after they realized it actually wasn't as terrible as the premise of "having 100 sex friends" suggested and found some value in its type of romantic comedy a lot of its contemporaries lacked. The female protagonist, Yamada, was pretty much clueless on matters of love and was therefore entertainingly stuck on trying to score on the male protagonist. They shouldn't have sold the premise that way since it ended up having nothing to do with what people thought it was going to. I would call it an anti-School Days case in how it averted the controversy people expected, whereas no one expected Makoto to go overboard like he did in the School Days anime. People were already aware of the visual novel's bad ends, but I guess no one expected the School Days anime to go there.
Anyway I didn't really push the part about actually liking certain unpopular/controversial anime like I would've with the original title to leave room for open discussion.
^ Yeah, you're right. I didn't mean average as a slur, I just meant it was sticking to the school romance thing pretty tightly up until about episode 10, I think it was. I didn't go into School Days expecting that ending, which made the mood whiplash worse than Higurashi, which I knew to be violent beforehand. I still enjoyed it though but the POV shot from inside Sekai's womb was a little much for me.
As for the torture scenes in Higurashi, they didn't disturb me because I thought it was controversial in a broader context (obviously torture is wrong but by that point in the series you've seen many people die in horrible ways) but they disturbed me cos the character being tortured was one of my favourites.
Guilty pleasure is also open to intepretation though. It could be a series that you normally wouldn't like because you're not a fan of the genre or because it's full of moe stuff and not necessarily something that is objectively bad.
Oh yeah I remember that spoiler and I remember not realizing the purpose of that shot until later and I was shocked enough to watch ending again. It felt a lot more uncomfortable the second time around knowing the reasoning behind that.
I see your point about Higurashi, though. There definitely was a lot of shock value in School Days pulling the bad end as opposed to all the other possibilities. (Although hearing about it was what drew me to School Days in the first place since I watched it a little while after its original airing)
Also, you brought up a another good description of what I meant by having guilty pleasure in parentheses for the thread's title. Like despite the incest that gets graphic towards the end of Yosuga no Sora, some might've appreciated the drama in the overarching plot as a likable aspect. @Dream brings up another great case for a similarly controversial series with Koi Kaze which also explores incest seriously.