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 trapped in my house my extreme snowfall 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.
Why I dropped it: K-ON neither deserved the level of praise nor the level of criticism it deserved. It was a bunch of girls doing cute shit and spending far more time eating cake than playing music. In fact, it actually had a good few jokes in its repertoire. My problem with the series was two-fold. First was the cake-eating. There is nothing, and I repeat, nothing more boring than a bunch of girls sitting round being insufferably nice to each other over food-stuffs (Lucky Star is coming up soon…). Those scenes tending to happen bi-episodically which resulted in a one episode good, next episode bad syndrome. But what really killed it was the repetition. The usual 4-koma problem.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. I dropped just before Azu-nyan came into the story and from what I’ve heard it’s basically the first half of the series repeated all over again. Azu-nyan is a loli who puts on cat ears and is cute. This is not relevant to my interests. Mind you, the show wasn’t exactly terrible or anything before I dropped it. I more lost interest than consciously dropped it, but there’s just no real incentive to pick it up again.
Kamen no Maid Guy
Why I dropped it: KoGARarshi was a buff man with 37 senses, one of which was to see through women’s clothing, who dressed as a maid. I don’t quite remember why he had to dress as a maid nor the reason the girl had a maid in the first place. In fact I’m having a lot of trouble remembering anything about this show. There was terrible animation, I remember that. But beyond that my mind has just gone blank.
Rebirth Chances: Average. Anyone want to tell me what I’m missing out on?
Why I dropped it: It’s embarrassing to look back at this, but after the first episode of Kemeko I genuinely thought that I had found the spiritual successor to Hare+Guu. It had the same director and everything! 4 episodes later and I had dropped that blasted thing. Putting my finger on what went wrong is difficult though. I guess it’s because it became the exact thing it was parodying. It started off as a parody of crappy fanservice harems (remember I had seen a LOT of these with my bloody search for good seinen romance) but then turned right into one of them. Parodies only seem to work if you like the genre they’re based off.
Rebirth Chances: Low. The reviews of it are miserable and I’m pretty sure the plot goes nowhere and delves even deeper into crappy fanservice harem territory, totally forgetting to parody the very thing it started off parodying. Gah, why did I give this an A for it’s first episode. That was probably even worse than the A given to the first episode of 07 Ghost and comparing it to Code Geass.
Why I dropped it: I love Kaiba. It’s ranked 14th in my top 30 anime. So yeah, I was pretty darn excited about finally getting around to Kemenozume. But no, it wasn’t to be. Kemenozume was the perfect example of a pretentious anime. Artwork that tries to be unconventional but just looks ugly and stupid. A plot that tries to be ‘LOL MATURE AND DEEP’ but looks more and more like a mess with every episode. So Yuasa went on to make Kaiba? Someone must have hit the guy on the head and told him to stop being such a pretentious faggot. It didn’t entirely work. There’s still a level of pretentiousness in Kaiba but the rest of the show eclipses that problem.
Rebirth Chances: Average. I still have those episodes sitting downloaded, burnt onto CD’s, such was my conviction that I would love this show. Plus I mean come on, this is Yuasa. I’ll have to give Mind Game a shot and his upcoming Youjohan anime as well before I class Kaiba as a one-hit wonder by the guy. If they are good, maybe I’ll return to Kemonozume. But only then.
Why I dropped it: We always look at upcoming anime and try find connections with them to our personal favourites. Kobato connection was pretty obvious. Clamp + pretty Madhouse animation = Chobits? That part of me long since dead suddenly leapt into life and said hopefully “seinen romance?“. It wasn’t seinen romance but it still, it hinted at a certain level of charm I hadn’t seen in a series for a long time. Instead all it did was be insufferably cute and repetitive with lazy and poorly written dialogue. It was a meandering cute anime. Frustration kicked in and I dropped it, although I might have stuck with it longer if the opening was done by Round Table feat. Nino.
Rebirth Chances: Above average. I’ve heard it gets a lot better as it goes on and the real story starts to kick in. I’m not sure how much more I could handle of Kobato mucking about and watching those bunnies at the halfway point always made me feel like an absolute doofus, but the pull of something to mirror the feelings of Chobits is strong. Then again, if I didn’t get that feeling after 4 episodes, will I ever be able to be sucked in by the magic of Kobato?