There is no such thing as dropping an anime forever (been a long time since I last copypasted this line). 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 in a foreign country because of a volcano in Iceland (pfft, what are the chances of that happening~) 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’ve passed the 100 anime mark on my MAL account for anime I’ve dropped, 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: I remember seeing the first episode of Macross Frontier and being totally bowled over by it. It was an absolutely fantastic start to an anime. OK, Ranka was kind of annoying but the animation quality and the general shininess of the thing had me fangasming over it. However once it moved beyond that it just never grabbed me. I was watching the episodes without enjoying them. The story never interested me, the characters never interested me. It was far from ever being a bad anime but it gave me the same vibe as Rental Magica: an anime I continued watching simply because it never was bad. To quote myself from a post from Ye Olde Days
The ones that you can’t really muster much enthusiasm to watch the next episode. The anime where you can’t really remember the characters names. The one where, if someone asked you if it was any good, you would reply with a resounding ‘meh’.
Rebirth Chances: Above average. Most people seem to agree that Frontier is a very solid series so it makes me wonder what I was missing from it. It wasn’t that I was approaching it from the wrong angle or anything like that so it’s a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe I’ll try watching one of the earlier Macross series before returning to this.
Why I dropped it: Ah yes, yet another anime on that torrid pathway known as ‘the search for a half-decent seinen romance series’. This was not it. Like many of the other crappy attempts at seinen romance, this was a bunch of unfunny slice of life episodes after an introductory episode that set up the plot. And it had boobs. Lots and lots of boobs. The more of these crappy seinen romance series I come across doing these posts, the more I come to respect those that did it right.
Rebirth Chances: Low. I actually thought this was a 2-cour series but apparently it only has 12 episodes in. I could have just watched the last two episodes to see what happens, especially since it has a Gainax ending. But it’s been too long since I originally saw it and all I can remember was the boobs and the countdown so I just don’t see the point.
Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto
Why I dropped it: Because it was DULL. This is slice of life in its purest form. It’s so unextraordinary in so many ways. Characters have the most banal conversations possible with the occasional hint at some possible other thoughts they might be having. Actually I’m making it sound worse then it was. It wasn’t actually that bad and the music was really nice (when they decided to play it that is. Normally it was just background city noise) but my interest in watching any further just petered out. I guess I’m just not a fan of humourless slice of life.
Rebirth Chances: Average. As I said, it was far from actually being a bad show and its not like you’d have to hold a gun to my head for me to watch it further. Humourless slice of life though, I just can’t think of an anime I enjoyed that fits that genre. Flicking through my MAL account the ones I could come up with didn’t exactly fit the genre that well. Haibane Remnei, Beck and Clannad After Story were the best I could come up with, none of which exactly fit the bill. There’s one series that will tell me if I’ll ever like this genre: Aria. If I fail to see the appeal in that anime then I’m afraid there’s just no hope for me.
Michiko to Hatchin
Why I dropped it: Oh godz, I blogged this show back in Ye Olde Days because I was seriously looking forward to this show. The same team that worked on Bebop and Champloo? How could you not get hyped for this! Reading back over my old posts, I can see why nobody ever commented on them. My excuse for the quality is due to the total lack of enthusiasm for the series. My main complaints seemed to stem from terrible script writing and generally being pissed off at Michiko. Not matter how much attention to detail they had, when the episodes were as dull and frustrating as they were there was no way I could continue watching it.
Rebirth Chances: Average. One thing I’ve noticed that watching anime weekly vs marathoning is that the great moments become more pronounced, as do the crap moments. This becomes even more noticeable when you’re blogging a series. In that sense, maybe I’m harsher on Michiko to Hatching than I should be because I was blogging the thing. Perhaps detaching myself from the characters would result in a more enjoyable experience watching the show? I won’t know until I try I guess.
Why I dropped it: You know, I never actually watched episode 1. They showed episode 2 in the anime club I went to for about 3 meetings before giving up because of the participants apparent lack of knowledge in the area of hygiene, most notably in the subject regarding underarm perspiration judging by the stains. They thought this show was the funniest thing in existence. Personally, I think it went right out the other side of laughably terrible.
Rebirth Chances: Are you kidding me? Maybe if I really really really wanted to learn about the Japanese train stations. Or stuck on a desert island with nothing but a dvd player and a Lucky Star box set and this. Or a drinking game. Anything that could be otherwise interpreted as possible attempts at gang-rape, take a drink. Or homosexual undertones. Why do I have this rated as a 2 on MAL anyway? *changes score to 1*
::Edit:: STOP VOTING MIRACLE TRAIN!!! ::Edit::