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: 5 episodes
Why I dropped it: Canaan actually started off pretty well and looking back I now know why. Canaan had one large flaw, that being its plot. The first few episodes of Canaan didn’t tell us the plot, just showed us some well-animated explosions and stuff. So for the first 3 episodes we were treated to hot women duking it out, except with an annoying lack of substance behind that. Then they showed the plot. And it was the most retarded piece of shit I have ever seen. Who the hell wrote this crap? Who on earth came up with the plot to this?
Rebirth Chances: Below average. It only finished pretty recently and I’ve seen nothing to hint that I would really want to continue it. It has gotten some good reviews but they all seem to be from those yuri-loving freaks. If I really want to see a women hump a dead man then maybe I’ll pick it up again, but not for quite a while anyway. Maybe I’ll forget how bad the plot was.
Dropped After: 6 episodes
Why I dropped it: Again, Chaos;Head started off fairly interesting. Creepy mystery murder and the extremely unsettling marriage of what appeared to be Shuffle and Paranoia Agent, I was actually quite interested in seeing where this had to go. Looking back, I can’t actually pinpoint what it was that made me drop this in the end….wait, why did I drop this? I actually genuinely can’t remember now.
Rebirth Chances: Average. As I’ve just said, I genuinely can’t remember why I dropped this, so picking it up again seems like the obvious option. On the other hand, Chaos;Head is used by those who did finish it as an example of a shitty eroge adaptation. Considering how shitty eroge adaptations are anyway, that is quite a feat. Anyone out there actually like this show?
Chrome Shelled Regios
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: Now this probably holds the record for the most unusual reason I’ve ever dropped a series for. The first episode wasn’t that bad. In fact, I distinctly remember it having a hot purple-haired girl and purple haired girls make me drool. The reason I dropped it was actually because of the BGM. It sounded like DDR music played in fast forward. It was so bad that I actually turned off the sound while watching the episode and just read the subs. Needless to say, you can’t watch an anime like that.
Rebirth Chances: Low. Reviews are generally poor of Chrome Shelled Regios. People usually harp on about how great a character Felli was and that she never got enough screentime. I haven’t found any reviews that say whether the horrible BGM stops after the first episode so I’m extremely wary of touching this thing again.
Clannad ~After Story~
Dropped After: 7 episodes
Why I dropped it: Clannad shouldn’t have been my type of anime. Moe, dorama, heck, all they needed was to add some yuri for it to be a tailor-made anime for me to dislike. But opn the contrary, I really liked the first season. Tomoya was a magnificent character who reminded me almost scarily of myself and the anime itself was surprisingly funny. The serious moments were a bit meh but they were few and far between and often worked quite well thanks to the great BGM and artwork. These first 4 episode of After Story, combined with what the VNfags said, showed a clear sign that this season would depart from pretty much every reason I liked Clannad and emphasise what I disliked about it. It would be like the second season of Honey and Clover except worse. So, not wanting my image of Clannad ruined, I panicked and dropped the thing.
Rebirth Chances: Very high. I know from the reviews that it does exactly what I feared it would do but I never gave it a chance to reach those episodes (the first few episodes were mainly stupid filler anyway). For a character I found myself relating to as much as Tomoya, I really owe it to myself to see how he grows up. I may not enjoy those later humourless episodes. In fact, I’m pretty sure they are about as far away from my personal preferences as there could possibly be, but I have to at least give them a go. It must be rated #1 on MAL for a reason.
Denpa teki na Kanojo
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: This episode was far from being bad. In fact, the first episode was very well made and achieved exactly what it set out to achieve. The thing is, what it set out to achieve was to creep the fuck out of the viewer as much as possible. This wasn’t Elfen Lied where the main objective was to tell a story and the creepy gore came as an add-on. The only intention of this anime was to fuck you up. Why on earth would I want to continue watching that?
Rebirth Chances: Average. The reviews of the second episode were very good and there was a week where there was a bit of hype over it, which certainly tempted me to give the second episode a shot. But…..kowai~
::Note:: Do offer me recommendations as to what I should pick up again and is there a different way of approaching an anime I’ve dropped. I’ve already got the Ah My Goddess OVA on my to-watch list.