There is no such thing as dropping an anime forever. When I use the term ‘dropped’ that does not mean that’s the last I’ll see of that anime in my life. Dropping a show means that I don’t have the enthusiasm to watch this show currently and at a later date I’ll return to that anime. This later date may be the time when I’m stuck on a desert island with nothing other than a portable dvd player and a ‘Lucky Star’ boxset, but I will one day return and give the anime another shot. With this in mind, combined with the fact that I’m only 4 series away from ‘dropping’ 100 anime, according to my MAL account, I’ve decided that I’m going to take a look back at all those series I’ve dropped, recognise why I dropped them and evaluate when I should give them another go.
Dropped after: 7 episodes
Why I dropped it: 07 Ghost is the ultimate example of how utterly misleading first impressions can be. When I reviewed the first episode when it came out, I absolutely loved the thing and gave it an A-, something I’ve done less than 5 times since starting my first impressions posts over a year ago. That first episode, and the following episode, were action packed with a fast-paced plot and everything fitted beautifully. I even went so far as to berate those who dismissed this as fangirl fodder. Then the main character went to that church. And stayed there. And stayed there. And stayed there. Plot advancement ground to a halt and then the BL really kicked into gear. So not only had they ruined what started out as a pretty damn epic anime, they had ground it to a halt with bishies. Frustration kicked in faster than boredom and the show was dropped.
Rebirth Chances: Rather low. From what I heard, the main character never leaves that bloody church and in the few reviews I read, the villain Ayanami (whose name I can remember for rather obvious reasons) was criticised for being a one-dimensional character. Considering he was the character I felt had the most potential, that’s a real blow for the chances of a rebirth. Still, it was dropped more out of frustration than boredom and my dislike for bishie-laden anime has been slowly dropping so I might give it another shot one day, except maybe only after I’ve given the manga a shot first.
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: Forgettable? No really, I can’t remember a thing about that first episode and even reading my first impressions of the show did little to bring back the memories (this will probably be a re-occuring theme in these posts). Let me just ctrl+c, ctrl+v…
There must have been about 10 panty flashes but they were far from being the worst part. Far worse were the painfully generic character archetypes and conversations that we’ve seen a bizzilion times before. It’s as if the creators were trying to be as generic as possible and succeeded spectacularly
Ah My Goddess
Dropped After: 13 episodes
Why I dropped it: I was actually quite hopeful going into Ah My Goddess. I was looking for something to re-capture that feeling of a genuine seinen romance series that worked, like Chobits or Love Hina. And the romance did work, I guess. It seemed very misogynist but whatever, who am I to judge if a women genuinely wants to act like that. It just wasn’t that interesting to watch. Once Beldandy had decided she loved K-1 and to stay with him forever, it stopped having any real appeal. The real killing blow, however, was reading reviews of the later manga chapters that quite clearly stated that nothing had changed. Seriously? There’s even another season of these guys carrying on their rather uneventful lives? I know people say this is part of the series strength, but I could’ve done with a bit of fanservice to spice the monotone atmosphere up a bit.
Rebirth Chances: Average. 13 episodes is quite a lot and quite frankly, it’s the length this series should’ve been. Not 2 bloody seasons long + OVA’s plus whatever else. However, I have yet to watch that original OVA from way back sometime in the mid-90’s and I can’t help thinking that the shorter run might relight some form of enthusiasm for the series again.
Ai Yori Aoshi
Dropped After: 8 episodes
Why I dropped it: Mildly interesting fact: My first introduction to manga was when a friend of mine bought a bunch of manga with pictures of semi-naked women. Actually he wasn’t my friend, I thought he was a twat, but I was a horny 13 year old and he had ecchi manga so who was I to pass up this glorious opportunity. It was several years later that I found out what those three manga’s names were. The only good one among the three was Lova Hina, and you can blame that manga as the reason I’m writing here today. One of the crap ones was Ai Yori Aoshi. When I figured out which one it was, I decided to watch the anime in yet another attempt to rekindle the feeling that Chobits and Love Hina achieved (this will probably also be a re-occurring theme). Very similar to Ah My Goddess, the relationship was awfully misogynist but sorta worked, but the anime itself was awfully boring. It developed into a crappy harem where nothing happened, not even anything worth laughing at. The killing blow came when they spent an entire episode trying to free a ferret from behind a dresser. Yeah, really riveting stuff.
Rebirth Chances: Average. At least these two get together properly (I think they do anyway) and the characters were kinda hot. That ‘ferret stuck behind the dresser’ episode was really, really dumb but besides that it wasn’t that bad a show. My search for good seinen romance has abated in the past year or so but when the fires to get some proper romance aimed at my demographic comes again, I might give Ai Yori Aoishi another shot. Mind you, this also has a second season. Please stop dragging out these shows!
Dropped After: 6 episodes
Why I dropped it: Again, Air wasn’t a bad anime. In fact there was a lot to like about it. I’ve always liked those sarcastic Kyo Ani male leads and while this fellow was no Kyon or Tomoya, he was still a lot of fun to watch. The moe-ness was…umm, very moe. Really, this is probably the most moe anime ever made and I can only imagine the instant split in fandom if it aired today. I don’t actively dislike moe, it just doesn’t appeal to me. What I’m trying to say is that the killing point for this show wasn’t the moe, it was the attempts at tear-jerking. Oh dear god could you not be so bloody blatant and obvious? I think it was episode 5 where the fansubbers put a notice saying ‘be prepared to bawl your eyes out’ and the only thing my eyes did for that episode was roll skywards. The next episode finished with that gao girl randomly bawling as hard as she could in what was the most stupid attempt to provoke a reaction in the viewer. Also, I was watching this just before I had reeeaaallly important exams…yeah, that might have had more to do with the drop than anything else
Rebirth Chances:Very High, but not anytime soon. I do intend to go back to Air one day, mainly because I’m really interested in that whole mystery aspect with the wings and everything. At 13 episodes, I think I could easily sit through a few eye-rolling scenes to see how that mystery aspect pans out. Not anytime soon though, because I’m in a bit of a moe-hating phase of my life, but when I return to this anime I might go to the movie first.
So yeah, this will probably be a weekly thing, depending on my mood and the reception the early posts get. Do leave comments if you think I should pick-up one of these anime again.
::Edit:: I changed this from 100-95 to 1-5. If I was to feature 5 dropped anime per week, it would take 50 weeks in which time I’ll probably have dropped another 20-odd series