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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.

Excel Saga

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.

Fairy Tail

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?

Ga-Rei-Zero

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’.

Golden Boy

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.

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  1. Posted February 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I like Fairy Tail…the manga, anyway.

    It gets much better when Erza’s backstory develops and a little bit of the overall story is known.

    I don’t follow long shounen anime, so…can’t help with that. orz

  2. Posted February 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    haha green green was actually the first anime I ever dropped too XD i NEVER plan on watching it as well.

  3. Topspin
    Posted February 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Totally agree with you about Ga-Rei Zero. Reviewers seem to love the first ep, so since I didn’t I figured “it’s not my kinda thing”. Much like Green Green and Golden Boy, but I don’t even want to give those a shot..

    Fairy Tail, 4 or 5 eps in, is mediocre at best. I’m going to slowly watch it, but it’s humor is lame and it really feels like the cheap One Piece knock-off I figured it was. I’ll slowly watch it, because at least it’s tolerable compared to the other stuff that’s airing this season.

    Excel Saga is only fun for me as a drinking game. I usually like random/off-the-wall humor, but when watching it alone it feels petty and stupid.

  4. Posted February 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Ga-Rei’s “yuri” was easy to dismiss. The two main girls are just close friends, and the only moment where that friendship approaches “yuri” is a throwaway joke early in the series. A lot of the yuriness seems to come from fan expectation rather than what actually happens in the series, kinda like Cardcaptor Sakura and other similar series.

    If you’re having fun with Book of Bantorra, I think you’ll enjoy Ga-Rei. It lags a little in the middle, since they dwell on the relationships and family issues of the main characters, but it picks back up and builds up to a cool ending.

    Excel Saga’s shtick is parodying a certain genre each episode, so there’ll be misses depending on whether you dig how they rift on that particular episode’s genre. There’s some cool episodes that you’ve yet to see, so I think it’s worth checking out again.

    Golden Boy’s a relic of a bygone age of anime, but it’s one of those anime like Akira or Record of Lodoss War that fans should eventually watch, if only to see where us old fans are coming from.

    And you made the right call about Green Green and Fairy Tail.

  5. Scamp
    Posted February 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    @Kiseki

    When referring to anything on The Cart Driver, Anime > Manga every single time.

    @chii

    There should be a MAL club for people like us who dropped Green Green TV as their first anime

    @Topspin

    Yeah that season was an utter misery. The only shows I finished were Darker than Black, Trapeze and Book of Bantorra, and BoB has been frustrating me recently. If Fairy Tail was considered one of the tops of that season then wow, what a sucky season indeed. Gotta watch myself One Piece sometime soon though

    @Landon

    Was there really that little yuri? I distinctly remember a gif image though…hmm, maybe I will give that another shot then.

    Re Bantorra: What one person sees as a aplaudable trait might be seen in a different light by others. You enjoy Bantorra’s courage to kill of a main character with little consequence. I on the other hand find it extremely jarring. I see where you’re coming from wtih the whole Volken arc but when it cuts each arc short the way it does, it does more to halt the flow of narration than anything else. It’s coming to the point where I’m becoming seriously irratated by it.

    Anywho, enough off-topic discussion, you’ve reminded me of why I dropped Excel Saga. There was an episode where they spent the entire thing on the dog as he went on some adventure with other dogs. The episode was a total waste of time so if I go back to it, I’ll probably skip that episode

  6. Posted February 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    If you’re talking about the bit where they “kiss” while eating pocky, that’s the throwaway joke I’m talking about. In context it came off as nothing more than a gag. Other than that I don’t remember there being anything that gives the whole yuri thing credence.

    While Ga-Rei “goes there” the way Bantorra does with character death, it isn’t quite as bad. The comparison is more in terms of there being real stakes at hand, rather than the usual “yeah, the heroes will win and nothing bad will really happen to them” vibe you usually get in action anime series. It isn’t nearly as nihilistic as Bantorra in that regard, but there was always that threat lurking around the corner. And since the series dwells on the characters for a good chunk of the series, when stuff does go down it has more of an emotional impact when something bad happens. That might help make it more worthwhile for you.

  7. Topspin
    Posted February 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    “There should be a MAL club for people like us who dropped Green Green TV as their first anime.” — I think my roommate might qualify actually.

    Also: no kidding. Fall ’09 was pretty awful. You just had to listen people cheering on such dregs as Railgun, Nyan Koi, or Kampfer to see how bad it was. BoB has at least been pretty original, and DtB was a fun watch.. but if it wasn’t for FMA and Sunred it would be as bad Winter ’10 (Trapeze didn’t thrill me, but gets points for at least trying to).

  8. Posted February 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Even more awesome than Excel Saga was the sort of spinoff that wasn’t really a spinoff but was still awesome called Puni Puni Poemi. It’s a 2 episode OVA, and is generally hilarious.

  9. Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    And in case you haven’t got the pic­ture yet, I HATE YURI!

    Weirdo.

    But you’re not missing out that much by skipping Ga-Rei-Zero. It’s not as good as everyone makes it out to be (in fact, it’s rather derivative).

  10. Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Fairy Tail has a popular (and pretty good) manga. Anime is pretty flat though, imo.

  11. Posted February 15, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    I couldn’t really feel it in me to complete Golden Boy either, but I figured that with 6 episodes, where’s the harm. That type of comedy really isn’t my preference, and I think that if you don’t find its humor to grab you by the first or second episodes, then it’s best to pass it altogether.

  12. Posted February 15, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Excel Saga is like a lot of anime comedy: Very up and down. There are hilarious episodes, and there are those that are boring as shit. Also, I think it’s way funnier dubbed in English. The comedy just works much better that way (for those like myself who don’t speak Japanese, anyway :p). Also, I thought the dog episode was hilarious, but different strokes, I guess. Maybe it’s just the English dub at work.

    I never got why so many people went nuts for Ga-Rei Zero. The first episode is boring as shit until the ending, and the next couple of episodes after that aren’t much better.

  13. Scamp
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    @Landon

    Watching Bantorra has shown me why I shouldn’t be that critical of predictable anime. The ability to construct a story through suitable foreshadowing is far greater than the ability to cut down your own story without foreshadowing. One takes far more ability to pull off while the other only requires a ‘fuck it’ approach. Meh, I’ll give Ga Rei a try someday

    @Topspin

    Winter ’10 > Autumn 09, something which should never happen. Winter automatically wins because it has Durarara but the combo of Sora no Woto, Hanamaru and Baka to Test is pretty cool in its own right. But that Autumn season is one I’d like to forget thank you very much

    @Glo

    Wasn’t Puni Poemi your first anime? Or maybe it was Pani Poni Dash…

    @Sorrow-kun

    You like yuri? Weirdo

    @Janette

    A-1 really failed quite badly with that one

    @zzeroparticle

    I didn’t really like GTO either which had similar humour.

    @Shinmaru

    The dub? All I remember from the dub was being totally incapable of understanding what Excel was saying. I know in the sub she sounded pretty much the same but at least she was subtitled

  14. kadian1364
    Posted February 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I likes me some Excel Saga :)
    Yeah, it’s up and down, but the ups are good enough to make it worth it. One of the first anime DVDs I got, and the menus were packed with the same kind of random humor as the episodes, if you can believe that. And seriously, Excel’s incomprehensibility is part of the charm!

    I haven’t seen anything else there, but from what I’ve heard Green Green is a pile of shit. Some of the things we tolerated when we were noobs…

  15. Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    The first anime I ever dropped was… Love Hina. Mostly because I was in high school still and I had assignments to do. I even bought the DVD box set and I still haven’t watched all of it.

    For some reason anime dubs have tainted my brain with a moe for Osakan voice characterisation as a Texan accent. So basically Kitsune (yet strangely not Osaka from Azumanga) from Love Hina has a soft spot in my heart filled with cultural anachronisms.

  16. Scamp
    Posted February 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    My first anime dvd was Noein and it was nowhere near as good as I remembered it. Boy did that put me off buying dvds for a while…I’m pretty certain I said that in an earlier post before

    Green Green was so shit that I didn’t even tolerate it as a noob.

    @JacobMartin

    You dropped Love Hina? Booo~ That depresses me. Love Hina was my first anime but boy did the dub ever suck for that show. I actually don’t really like the Hillbillly accent change either even though I can’t recognise the Osakan accent unless it’s pointed out to me

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