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 trapped in an all-male brothel 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: 10 episodes
Why I dropped it: There were two comedic anime I watched about 3 years ago and put them both on hold after about a third of their running. These were Azumanga Daoih and Excel Saga. I planned to pick them both back up again one day and about 2-3 weeks later I picked up Azumanga again and absolutely loved the thing. In fact, the Azumanga experience is probably the only occasion where I went back to a dropped anime and enjoyed it again, much like what these posts are planned to achieve. I’d go so far as to say that Azumanga was the inspiration for these posts. As for Excel Saga, I dropped it originally because after a stellar first few episodes, a string of episodes came that weren’t that funny. I put it on hold with the intention of coming back to it soon. As you can see by its inclusion here, that didn’t go according to plan.
Rebirth Chances: Very High. Excel Saga should be, and occasionally was, the exact kind of wacky comedy that I love. I’m not sure why I never went back to it in the end. We all have these anomaly series that we keep meaning to watch but never get around to. Mine is Boogiepop Phantom, but Excel Saga hold the odd honour of being the series I’ve been meaning to pick up again but never got around to. Maybe I didn’t get the references or something.
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: This was really, really shitty shounen to the extent that I can barely remember what it was about. Something about shouting a joke really loudly to hide the fact that it’s not funny or something along those lines. Man, the season when this aired was pretty terrible.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. This actually has a high score on MAL, at a quite respectable 7.96. Now surely that can’t mean that only shounen fanboys watched it and everyone else ignored it? Maybe that might explain why all those moe shows rank highly when there’s clearly a load of people who hate them. So anyone out there who’s not a shounen fanboy watch this any further than I did? Anybody?
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: Because the first episode felt like a right mess, even with that surprising twist at the end. I decided to put it aside and wait for reviews and those reviews were very good. I got bombarded by commenters on my first impression post telling me to pick it back up again. But then my sister watched it (a person who’s opinion I value higher than any random commenter) and asides form utterly hating it, she also informed me that it included yuri. And in case you haven’t got the picture yet, I HATE YURI!
Rebirth Chances: Above Average. While it’s very rare for me to like a show my sister dislikes, it does happen occasionally. Normally though it happens with mindfuckery like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Paranoia Agent and I’m pretty sure Ga Rei Zero isn’t a mindfuck show. But I really should honour those bunch of random anons that seem to insist that this show is A grade material. It wasn’t like the first episode was terrible or anything. It’s just the promise of stoopid yuri fills me with dread. Show me a yuri anime I’ll enjoy and I’ll show you an anime classed as ‘adult’.
Dropped After: 2 episodes
Why I dropped it: I had heard a lot of good things about Golden Boy and I went into it with the vague hope that this may be the seinen romance I’d been searching for. Of course, it wasn’t anything like that, but I could handle that. I could forgive any anime with toilet bowl sniffing….urrm, actually maybe I couldn’t. Some of those perverted jokes were indeed quite funny, like the guys hand metamorphasing into penis when the girl was holding it, but for the most part the jokes fell flat. I am, unfortunately, not Glo and won’t laugh at every instance of perversion.
Rebirth Chances: Average. Golden Boy falls into that category of anime that I didn’t consciously drop, I just never got around to watching the next episode. At 6 episodes long and not being that bad a show, it’s not like it would’ve been a terrible pain to get through or anything. But I also can’t shake the feeling of ‘seen one episode, seen ‘em all’. Watching more doesn’t seem like it would add much more to my anime viewing experience, beyond maybe being continually baffled by the authors sense of humour.
Green Green TV
Dropped After: 7 episodes
Why I dropped it: Green Green TV has the unenviable honour of being the very first anime I ever dropped. I think I may have said this before, but when I first started watching anime, I was desperately searching for a seinen romance to match Love Hina, a search that only intensified after I watched Chobits. Unfortunately instead of searching the tags ‘seinen’ and ‘romance’ I searched using the tags ‘harem’ and ‘ecchi’. Out of all the misfires, this has to be the most extraordinary. I’m not quite sure what drove me to dropping it. It might have been the episode where the guys got locked in the steam room and starting sucking each others toes while naked in a 69 position. Or was it the episode where the guy got raped by a bear? No wait, it was the re-cap episode where all the girls got out of the onsen and drank milk while we watched it drip down out of their mouth and down their breasts. If I was going to watch hentai, it might as well be a proper one (which incidentally was exactly what the OVA was).
Rebirth Chances: Low. Through sheer bile fascination and maybe if I was to re-live my anime fandom by watching the most significant titles in my career. Certainly never to see if I was actually being too harsh on it.
::Edit:: I’ve decided to include a poll from now on. It should also appear on the sidebar if I’ve done this properly