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.
Kara no Kyoukai
Dropped After: 5 episodes
Why I dropped it: The Kara no Kyoukai movies were hugely successful in Japan and, depending on the popularity of the upcoming Broken Blade movies, might have set a trend to make anime adaptations into a series of movies. So that means popular opinion is obviously against me when I say that Kara no Kyoukai was a poorly written mess. It was as if the writers wanted to have dialogue as dull and stilted as possible and story-telling techniques that made an already confusing story practically impossible to follow. It was as if they didn’t want to actually tell a story with these movies, only referring to it grudgingly every now and then. What got me through as far as I did was the amazing animation (and I mean really fucking amazing) and the promise of an epic 5th movie. That 5th movie was no different from any of the rest. Beautifully animated but torrid writing that skirted too far away from a story for it ever to make any sense.
Rebirth Chances: Very low. If that 5th movie is honestly the best this series has to offer then, quite frankly, I’m done with this. I’ve seen most of this series and I’m just going to have to settle with the fact that I will just never really like Kara no Kyokai. It’s yet another addition to the ‘VN adaptions that I didn’t like’ heap.
Dropped After: 7(?) episodes
Why I dropped it: Kurokami actually had a pretty smart plot point to drive the series. Those Doppleliners were a pretty scary idea and then there was some nice action fist-fight scenes to boot. Again though, this is one of those series that has fallen into the ‘totally forgettable’ category. I have some vague memories of annoying characters and naked magical transformation sequences but nothing concrete in my mind to remind me why I didn’t like this show.
Rebirth Chances: Below Average. The reviews are pretty miserable to say the least and there doesn’t seem to be anyone out there who actually gives two shits about this show. There’s a lot of sorta-good reactions but nobody who actually thinks this is a great anime. In that sense, is there any point picking up an anime again when my final impression will be nothing more than a meh?
Dropped After: 6 episodes
Why I dropped it: First things first, let me show you why I watched this show for 6 episodes.
Fucking awesome, ignoring the slightly questionable karaoke. Made by Madhouse, this was a show that was so well animated it made Death Note look like Crayon Shin-chan. However dropping Kurozuka was a bit of a defining point in my anime viewing career. If you use that silly elite pokemon master post as reference, this was the point where I decided that I turned a corner didn’t really like this deadly serious, violent and depressing stuff. I want characters I can get attached to and dialogue that flows naturally. I don’t want to watch some dude with no personality have beautifully animated swordfights. That’s just dull.
Rebirth Chances: Average. It wasn’t that bad of a show, it just wasn’t what I was looking for. I just couldn’t really care less about what happened anyone. The only positive reviews seem to come from those burned out people who only want violence and gratious sex. This came out in a season when people were going nuts over Kannagi and I’d pick Kannagi over Kurozuka any day. Damn, where is that second season of Kannagi anyway?
Le Chevalier D’Eon
Why I dropped it: Ah, here’s another anime that’s not actually that bad, it’s just not that good. Le Chevalier D’Eon was phenomenally disjointed. A scene would last about 30 seconds before jumping to some other bunch of fancy-wigged characters and their fashionable french attire, none of which you could tell apart from one another or know what side they were on. Then there was the dialogue they actually have. One thing that really bores me in anime is the ‘bunch of girls being insufferable nice to each other’, which is why I hate yuri. It’s when Japanese courtesy is taken too far and the entire exchange is a bunch of bows and apologies. When you consider 18th century French exchanges were 10 times worse…I mean, it’s great that they kept historical accuracy but that doesn’t mean it’s interesting to watch.
Rebirth Chances: Average. I just remember being thoroughly underwhelmed by the whole experience, even if the plot was taking off when I dropped it. However there are quite a lot of connoisseurs of anime who go nuts over this. But again, this is similar to Kurozuka. If I can’t bring myself to care about any of the characters, especially when most of their dialogue consists of niceties, then it’s hard for me to summon any enthusiasm for the series overall.
Dropped After: 1 episode
Why I dropped it: …this is going to require a post of its own…
::Edit:: Whoops, almost forgot the poll