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No anime is dropped forever: 1-5

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.

07 Ghost

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.

11Eyes

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
Rebirth Chances: Very low. Normally what would get me to re-watch something would be good reviews. 11eyes had nothing. Its score on MAL is 7.05 and the top two reviews give it a 3 and 4 respectively. This is one of those many eroge adaptations that will be forgotten within a few years. Heck, I’d already forgotten about the thing. Well, no series is dropped forever, but if I was to give 11eyes another chance, it might be for a drinking game for whenever I see a cliche. Or a panty flash, depending on how drunk I want to get.

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!

Air

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

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17 Comments

  1. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    This is interesting. Can’t wait to read more.

    Well, I didn’t watch any of this series, so I can’t tell you if they’re worth picking up or not.

  2. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    i personally love Ai Yori Aoshi but totally see why some people would drop it. either way i hope you give it a shot again but seeing as AMG is in here too doesn’t bode well because the two are pretty similar minus magic :P

    i think you’ll like air. imo it’s the “best” of the worst key anime :P

  3. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Leave no anime behind, eh? With that many ‘dropped’ shows I wish you luck in eventually clearing that huge backlog of series. But posting about it might be a good way to get readers’ opinions and help prioritize what you watch. Having never watched any of the above series though, I can’t really offer any comments on the shows themselves.

  4. Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I dropped 07 Ghost around the same time, and like you, I thought that it was going to be good.

    I never drop series that are 13 episodes, because I tend to think that 13 episodes is short (unless it’s something really stupid).

    I keep a list of all of my dropped anime and what the last episode I watched was, just in case I evecr decide to go back to them.

    Just for shits and giggles, here are all the anime I dropped:

    D.Gray Man – 41
    Samurai 7 – 23
    Cardcaptor Sakura – 9
    .hack//SIGN – 20
    07 Ghost – 4
    Shangri-la – 3
    Chu-Bra!! – 2

  5. Scamp
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    @Janette

    Heh, I’m glad you guys like the idea. I was an eensy bit worried that posts dedicated to anime I didn’t think were that good wouldn’t be enjoyable to read but hey, comments already seem to hint at people liking this~

    @chii

    Trust me, you’ll see a lot of series like OMG and AYA in my continuous search for good seinen romance. Actually you won’t see some of the worst because I actually finished them. Onegai Teacher and Futakoi…urgh

    @EO

    Assuming I live until my 70’s, that’s plenty of time to clear that backlog!

    @Glo

    I dropped Shangri-la around episode 13. My suspension if disbelief shattered quite spectacularly

  6. Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    The Ah My Goddess OAV is the best version of the story. That, plus the movie from about 10 years ago, boils everything down to the essential plot points and you “get” just as much out of them as you would the TV series. If you go back to the series, I’d recommend avoiding the TV series and watching the OAV and movie.

    The Mini-Goddesses TV series is good too, since it just focuses on the comedy bits and none of the repetitive never-goes-anywhere romance bits from the TV series and manga.

  7. Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I support this series. It’s like the reverse top 100 lists. Air is probably my favorite of the Key/KyoAni partnerships… but that’s not saying a whole lot. The Air in Summer OVA though was excellent IMO. But mostly because it wasn’t heavy with all that sad drama baggage.

  8. Posted January 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    RE: Futakoi… I feel your pain…. I watched that not knowing I didn’t have to to be able to watch Alternative… :|

    I only have 3 anime I’ve ever dropped and I can guarantee that i’ll never be watching them unless magically I run out of anime to watch XD Mini-Goddesses was one that I dropped :P

  9. Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I still regret watching 07-Ghost all the way through. I noticed that any and all potential went down the drain around episode 7, but I still stuck with it with some insane kind of hope that it would pick back up again. Obviously, I was wrong.

    I only have about 8 anime that I’ve dropped on my MAL account. I suppose it stems from the fact that it really gets to me whenever I leave anything unfinished unless the series just bugs or bores me to no end…

  10. Scamp
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    @Landon

    That actually sounds promising. The main parts of Ah My Goddess were quite good so I guess I’ll give that a shot one day.

    @RP

    Reverse top 100 sounds about right. The main plus here is I have the safety-net from haters who think I’m bashing their favourite series by saying I’m willing to give it another chance…some day.

    @chii

    Futakoi is the single most forgettable anime in existance. I watched it the entire way through and I can’t remember a single bloody thing about it

    @miken-chan

    Another strike against 07 Ghost it is. Yeah, I’m quite a prolific dropper. At my current rate I’ll probably have more dropped series than finished series, which is part of the reason why I’m thinking of giving some of these anime another shot

  11. kadian1364
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    On dropping shows, I don’t like to consider it “dropped” if I was just sampling an episode or two. There needs to be an Intent to Finish, otherwise my MAL would be grossly inflated with all the odd first eps of shows I couldn’t be bothered to follow. But there are shows I stopped (usually because of slow subs) and I want to revisit.

  12. Posted January 25, 2010 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    I love Air but am also a huge softy, and its focus on maternal relationships hits my weak point for massive damage.

    Don’t have too many dropped series, myself — just 25 listed on the ol’ MAL. I’m using pretty good at picking series to watch that I’ll likely enjoy, so I normally don’t end up dropping many through the course of a season, and it’s even more rare that I drop a show I have downloaded in its entirety. I should have dropped Gundam SEED + Destiny, though, holy shit.

  13. Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    i’ll agree with landon and recommend the ah my goddess! movie over the series. the movie was pretty damn excellent and even had action (*GASP*), something the main series, even in the manga, doesn’t have a lot of. i’ve only seen a little of the anime series and it seems like it plays out like a sitcom most of the time. i’m not a huge fan of romance myself so i was kinda glad they didn’t focus too much on belldandy and keiichi. part of the series’ selling point is belldandy’s innocence and stuff so i don’t think it would go too well with adding fanservice aside from the occasional shenanigans from urd.

    i haven’t seen any of the other series you mentioned but i heard from my sister that AIR is boring and uninspired ;/

  14. Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Good post. And now it’s time for me to steal this idea for me to make a post like this too. ( ゚∀゚)アハハ八八ノヽノヽノヽノ \ / \/ \

  15. Scamp
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I do record those many anime that I only watched 1-2 episodes of. I think I may be skipping a few of those I can’t find anything to say about, like the 11eyes of this anime world.

    @Shinmaru

    A lot of my dropped list are weekly airing series but even so, I’ve developed a very harsh dropping routine so my dropped list is quite sizable, including some I probably shouldn’t have dropped. Hence the theory behind these posts

    @gw_kimmy

    Another point for the Ah My Goddess Movie and OVA. I’m going to have to keep a list of those series I’ve been reccomended to return to and give them all a go one day.

    @Kairu

    Is this a new trend? For you and Mikotoism to steal/troll my posts? Sounds cool to me. Not onlt is it oddly flattering but it drives up my hitcounter

  16. karry
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    AYA is worse than Love Hina ? In what ways exactly ? At least it had tiny sparks of genuine sweet romance.
    Although i can see pussy-american males thinking that its misogynistic, for you femininity only applies to sexual planes.

  17. Posted January 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    You just reminds me that I’ve started Ai Yori Aoshi 6-7 years ago and haven’t gone back to it yet!
    Right now, aside from Ai Yori Aoshi, there’s also Earth Girl Arjuna that I’m still stuck at ep3. – sign-

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