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 stuck in a jail cell with TK from Angel Beats as my only conversation companion 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.
Nabari no Ou
Dropped After: 12 episodes
Why I dropped it: Nabari falls quite cleanly into the same group that many others have fallen into over the course of writing these posts. It wasn’t actually a bad show, I just lost enthusiasm for the thing. The character of Yoite and his fashionable hat was definitely the highlight of the show. He was one of these angsty bishies except done extremely well. He oozed pure emo-ness. Now the reason that doesn’t actually sound like that appealing a character to many people is because you’ve seen it done poorly far more often than done well. The rest of the characters in Nabari no Ou are testament to that. Many of them have their own angsty whines but they were dull and annoying compared to Yoite. Also, when the plot wasn’t focused on Yoite it was bloody dull.
Rebirth Chances: Above average. Again, this show hinges on Yoite. Like After Story, the main draw back to an anime would be watching a certain character I enjoyed and finding out what happened to them as the plot progressed. The problem is Yoite isn’t the main character so he doesn’t get as much screen-time as he deserves, although I have heard the main story does focus on him in the end (yeah I’ve been spoiled for the ending). Oh, and there’s an Irish character in this anime. He’s afraid of trains and cooks stew.
Natsu no Arashi Season 2
Why I dropped it: A lot of people didn’t like Natsu no Arashi. In fact, it was panned by a considerable amount of people, most notably from Shaft fans calling it the first Shaft misstep, ignoring the yawn-fest of Maria Holic a season earlier. (hah, ironically Natsu no Arashi is rated higher than Maria Holic on MAL. That makes me happy). I liked Natsu no Arashi for the most part, although it certainly never came near the mangaka’s other series School Rumble. The second season was terrible. Hey, let’s repeat the same joke about Hajime not figuring out whats-her-face is a girl over and over. No, it will never get old! Goddam you Shaft and your shitty sequels.
Rebirth Chances: Average. Eh, maybe it improved. As I said, the show was panned in the first season so very few people talked about the second season. Hence I never read any reviews that said whether it decided to try out some new jokes. However the fact remains that it’s a sequel to a show I originally enjoyed that just had a poor start to the second season. Sounds like After Story to me, which I’ve now started using as a yard stick for what a successful pick-up should look like.
Why I dropped it: I can totally understand why someone would like Nyan Koi. It’s light-hearted fun and has some decently funny jokes. I’m baffled by anyone who genuinely thinks this is a great series though. It’s about as generic and you can get when you’re not called Mayoi Neko Overrun. There’s no part of that show that excels. It’s jokes might make you grin but never make you laugh out loud. Its characters aren’t remotely memorable nor original. That’s why I dropped it. Not a bad show, not a good show. I don’t want to watch averageness.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. Let me guess: the main character makes absolutely no romantic headway with any of the girls? He gets into a potential position to do something with one of them but a cat gets in the way? They introduce a few more female characters, each one having less romantic influence on the main character? The girl who was introduced second becomes increasingly infatuated with the main character as the show progresses and yet he shows no interest in her at all? I’m being overly harsh on this show I know. But really, we’ve seen this all many times before and this is certainly not breaking any new ground.
Why I dropped it: I still haven’t seen Higurashi, this Ryukishinumbernumber guys apparent masterpiece. I did see Umineko though, which was a pretty entertaining show if often for the wrong reasons. Ookami Kakushi had none of the nonsensical charm that Umineko had. In place of a dark lord we had a quee- err, I mean in place of a crazy witch we a bunch of personality-less kids. It’s strange to wish that something was more similar to Umineko but Ookami totally lacked the entertainment factor and confidence Umineko had. It was, to put it simply, dull.
Rebirth Chances: Very low. The idea of ‘following’ episodic blogs for an anime you’re not watching is a strange one, but when RP, Shinmaru and Blidability were blogging the same show I couldn’t help scan through their posts. And boy was it amusing to watch each one of them descend into various forms of disbelief at what happened towards the end of the series. The basic gist I got was the entire plot was totally nonsensical and the final plot twists were Alison to Lillia level proportions of dumb. I might watch it for lulz I guess.
Ouran High School Host Club
Why I dropped it: Too much pink.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. The main problem with picking this back up again is it’s shojo. Yes, a parody of the shojo genre but a playful parody that can only be enjoyed by people who enjoy the genre it’s parodying. Kimi ni Todoke was the last straw for me with the shojo genre. I have come to accept that I just don’t like shojo and the idea of going into a show that requires prior fascination with said genre is a daunting and unwelcoming area. If I’m going to watch a parody of the shojo genre I’d prefer to watch something that genuinely takes the piss out of it rather than pretends to. I’d watch The Wallflower over Ouran.