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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 I’ve been thrown into solitary confinement for trying to free An-chan 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.

Princess Lover

Dropped After: 3 epis­odes

Why I dropped it: Princess Lover had all the ingredients for a truly terrible anime. Disastrous animation, boobs that lived in their own world of constantly changing gravitational forces, random blackouts for censorship, one of the laziest excuses for a plot ever created, argh! Just everything about this show screamed unbelievably shitty eroge adaptation. Yet it didn’t suck nowhere near as much as it should have because whoever wrote the script for this thing was fantastic. It was a strange experience watching Princess Lover. Everything screamed at me to drop the thing, even though I was actually kind of enjoying it. However, as you can see from its inclusion here, my prejudices eventually overwhelmed the script.

Rebirth Chances: Above average. I might have picked this back up again if it wasn’t for the fact that nobody seems to give a damn about it anymore. Nobody cares about Princess Lover, the same way nobody cares about They are my Noble Masters anymore, despite is being a pretty serviceable anime. I guess the reason is because there just isn’t anything to them. Fluff you discard after first viewing, which is why I’m a bit baffled as to why people would buy this stuff on dvd.

Princess Tutu

Dropped After: 2 epis­odes

Why I dropped it: No, I did not go into this with prejudices because it was a fluffy girly anime called Princess Tutu. I went into this anime genuinely excited. Mention Princess Tutu in a forum and people will explode with endless praise and adoration for this series. People who love manliness and explosions list Princess Tutu amongst their favourites. Which is why I was crestfallen when watching the first episodes, it felt in every way what an anime called Princess Tutu would be like. Characters yelling as excuses for humour. Some nonsense about dancing battles and prettiness. It felt like it was aimed at little girls.

Rebirth Chances: Average. So yeah, there’s probably some people raging at the computer right about now and the fact remains that people still blow their brains out over how amazing this series is. It really baffles me because it never felt like it was a great show that wasn’t made for me. It genuinely felt like a poor anime. I suppose I ought to give it a go again one day, although this might be the kind of show I watch to the end just so I can criticize it fully. While I eat kittens.

RahXephon

Dropped After: 15 epis­odes

Why I dropped it: I liked RahXephon quite a lot at the start. Yes, it felt in pretty much every single way possible a carbon copy of Evangelion (nooooooo, he made the forbidden comparison! Quick, lock him up!), but I like Evangelion so there’s not really a problem there. Both Evangelion and RahXephon had this spiralling into despair feeling to the stories and adversaries got gradually tougher, relationships that once grew stronger became strained and the weirdness of the entire show continuously increased. Thing is, RahXephon just lost me. I can’t pinpoint the place where, but it must have been somewhere around episode 10 where nothing made sense anymore. Being left baffled, this soon turned into apathy and general disinterest with what’s going on, not the best situation to be in when watching something that requires your constant attention. It ran off in a world of its own, leaving the viewer trudging behind. I dropped it because I didn’t care anymore

Rebirth Chances: Below Average. I did enjoy RahXephon quite a lot a start. The problem with picking it up again is twofold. Watching from episode 16 would leave me baffled after an 8 month break between episodes. If I barely understood the thing watching the episodes within a day of each other, how on earth am I supposed to understand anything after that long a break? The other method would be to start from the start again, but I’m already past halfway. I’ve re-watched so few anime in my life, it feels like such a waste to have RahXephon count amongst those. I own Mushishi and yet have only re-watched the first 3 episodes.

However, the opening is teh shit~

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Rosario to Vampire

Dropped After: 1 epis­ode

Why I dropped it: I’m pretty certain I mentioned this several times before, but Rosario to Vampire was the first anime I watched as it came out weekly in Japan. Well, by that I mean an anime that was airing during the current season, seeing as I only watched one episode of Rosario to Vampire. It was absolutely terrible excuse to shove as much underwear in the viewers face as humanly possible and was generally just a huge waste of space. I suppose when I heard of it, I thought it sounded like it could re-capture the feeling Love Hina gave me. Ah, the accursed search for a decent seinen romance~

Rebirth Chances: Almost non-existent. Reviews are generally of the opinion that it’s pretty terrible. The only reason I even put it in these posts is so I could bitch about it. The first anime I did really watch weekly was Spice and Wolf. Rosario to Vampire just had to take that title away from it. Fucking pantyflashes. The only reason I’d watch it is to lambast it at every opportunity. Or a drinking game. It would be quite the successful drinking game now that I think of it. A drink for every underwear shot? You’d be gone in no time.

Rozen Maiden

Dropped After: 4 epis­odes

Why I dropped it: Desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu desu

Rebirth Chances: Below average. I dropped it before the villain came into the picture more prominently and I do want to see what the fuss is about her. But the dolls got on my nerves and the whole thing felt very half-hearted. Plus, nobody seems particularly enthusiastic about the anime and it became popular because of a 4chan meme. Whoop de doop. That’s a sure sign of quality right there.

::Edit:: Damnit, forgot the poll again

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  1. Posted June 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    i have to say that i agreed with you at first about princess tutu, when i first started watching it. it seemed really lame and cutesy, especially how ridiculous the male characters look. but i kept watching, and i forgot what episode made me go “…hey. this is a lot more than just a magical girl and her unrequieted love or whatever.” drosselmeyer and the robot lady began saying things that made me think for a long time after the episode ended, and pretty soon the english major in me kicked in and i was hooked. the ballet animation was also very beautiful, plus i adored the music. i’d say if you hate ballet and don’t care for deep literary motifs and symbols and breaking of literary convention, don’t watch the anime.

    actually, this is the AMV that made me want to watch princess tutu in the first place:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHZqxecCukg

    i forced myself to watch all of rahxephon and i was terribly underwhelmed. i hear so much good about it but the storyline confused me, none of the characters appealed to me, there wasn’t enough mech action, and it DID feel too much like evangelion. i’d say maybe complete it if you want to see the random ending? meh.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Yah, I figured Princess Tutu would get these sort of responses. Looks like I’m picking that one up next. At least, once I get past the other extremely girly anime of Ouran.

      As for RahXephon, I’ve seen Berserk recently so that will do for my dose of weird-ass endings for now

  2. Posted June 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Surprisingly I managed to complete Princess Lover. It was a show that surprised me at the start of the season with how well written it was, but its true colours started showing midway and the end was just ‘meh’.

    Princess Tutu I watched last year and it stunned me with how multi-layered it was. I was pretty resistant to watching it since it looked so mahou shoujo and twee – and at the beginning it was quite shallow and predictable. However at some point Princess Tutu just turns into something else entirely – well worth a watch IMO.

    I’m an unrepentant fan of RahXephon – I actually like it more than Evangelion since I feel RahXephon has a better ending and much more grounded plot. Plus I felt the characters were easier to relate to and not as angsty as they’re EVA counterparts. However if you were lost by the mid point it may not be worthwhile trying again.

    Rozen Maiden I actually quite liked – although I think that has more to do with the pretty character designs and animation than anything else……I’m so shallow.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Eh, that’s kinda dissapointing to hear about Princess Lover. Oh well, cross that one off the list.

      I do love Evangelion but to explain why would take way too long and it’s a bit conveluted

  3. Hogart
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Agree about Princess Tutu, though I should have watched it instead of the tedious Kimi ni Todoke and moronic Maid-sama. Why not watch a highly-regarding dancing shoujo instead? I just need to be in the right state of mind before I start it.

    I’m actually one of those nuts who liked RahXephon more than Evangelion. Neither of them “made sense”, but since when does an anime have to make any sense? I find I can still watch RahXephon and feel like I’m experiencing a proper story. Not some bullshit angsty pop psychology experiment. Eva was pretty good, but RahXephon was more entertaining to me while preserving enough of the “depth” and mindfuckery of Eva.

    The others are so low on my radar that I’d have to be offered a beer bet to give them a shot.. and none of my RL anime friends are willing when there are plenty of moronic shows to watch in the here-and-now.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Doncha know? All the cool people prefer RahXephon to Evangelion. no really, it’s seems to be considered the cool thing to say in anime fandom. Like declaring One Piece > any other shounens

  4. Posted June 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Remember when yo wrote this? http://brianandrew.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/twitter-is-like-princess-tutu/
    Your attitude about Twitter changed pretty quickly. It could about Tutu too if you give it a chance.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      I do remember that. Although I think I was pretty much convinced by twitter by episode 2.

  5. Posted June 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Only one I’ve seen is RahXephon, and while you know I feel about it, I honestly think you should just let it be. It’s one of those series that really works for some people, and is obscenely repellent to others. If it has lost you at this point, there really is no point in continuing, unless you enjoy wasting your time and torturing yourself. If so, then by all means, go ahead!

    As someone who is annoyed by negative Evangelion/RahXephon comparisons, I dislike them because of the implicit assumption that Evangelion is totally original . . . which it isn’t, as admitted by Hideaki Anno himself. Evangelion does different things with the elements it lifts from other mecha series, and RahXephon goes in a much different direction than Eva (and the other mecha series that inspired it).

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      Hey that’s what these no anime is dropped forever posts are all about: torturing myself! Why else would I sit through Kobato ganbarebleaghh for as long as I did!

      Nothing is original an anime anyway, but that was never my problem anyway. There was some attempt to do something different/better. I just don’t think it worked

  6. Posted June 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    The problem with Tutu is it does start out as a somewhat derivative magical girl anime. It’s a slow starter, but once it really gets going, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      IT GETS BETTER I SWEAR!!!

      Not that I doubt you, but that line gets used so much that I know find myself grinning whenever I see it

  7. Posted June 12, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    The first few episodes of Princess Tutu really do play like a typical shoujo-fest, but the cracks in that facade start appearing pretty early on before the whole thing basically blows wide open around episode eight or nine. In that way, it sort of reminds me of Revolutionary Girl Utena, although the darker elements of RGU were a bit more apparent from the get-go than those in Princess Tutu (well, duh – a high school girl gets subjected to repeated domestic violence in the first two episodes alone). You really should give it another shot.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

      must…watch…utena…soon….

      These posts and the anime I watch as a result of them keep getting in the way of that series

  8. vucubcaquix
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Count me among the masses that states that you should give Tutu another shot. I can tell you the exact moment that series went from morbid curiosity on my part to genuinely entertained.

    That moment is Princess Kraehe. (warning: spoilers. second warning: english dub)

    The mindfuckery and playing with the fourth wall and storytelling tropes in the second half was what made this go from entertaining to earning a spot on my shelf.

  9. Posted June 12, 2010 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    I would love to see you give Princess Tutu another shot – without eating kittens.

    (And I promise I’m sincerely voting Princess Tutu because I liked it, not just because I want to make you watch it… Like Miracle Train.)

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      I can see who votes what in the polls. Reverse stalking ftw. So I know everyone who voted Miracle Train

  10. Posted June 12, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    You definitely doesn’t like moe. Which is a good thing.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      indeed I doesn’t

  11. Taka
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    I never finished They Are My Noble Masters. I had it sitting on my Hard Drive for 3 years intending to finish it and never did.

    Rosario does suck…even though I watched 2 seasons of it…but yeah

    Princess Lover was pretty good. It’s starting to get some hype again because of the full on hentai OAV they are going to release. I say it’s worth finishing cause it’s short and you get to see a motorcycle with legs.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Motorcycle with legs you say? Sorry, but I only have a fetish for motorcycles with arms.

      God I wish Ridebacks really existed

  12. Posted June 12, 2010 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Rosario Vampire has Rie Kugimiya in it so dropping it is actually against the law.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Prison or watching more Rosario to Vampire? Urgh, tough choice

  13. lesterf1020
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I would recommend that you stay away from Princess Lover! Each episode is worse than the one before and the second half is awful. The ending is a serious head banger.

    I would also suggest that you stay away from Rozen Maiden. I love the show but the show is a character drama so if you don’t like the characters by ep 4 you are not going to like Rozen Maiden. Ms. Desu only gets more prominent in the story and while the real action happens in the second half Rozen maiden remains very focused on character antics and the development of Jun.

    So nothing to see here just keep moving right along.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      It was more the pink frilly girl that pissed me off than desu girl. I actually kinda liked Shinku because she was a posh doll who drank tea. Unfortunately that was the only thing I liked about it

  14. Scamp
    Posted June 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    So yah, Princess Tutu unsurprisingly flattens everything else. Thought RahXephon might put up a fight but seeing 15 episodes I guess means I know enough to know I probably won’t like it

  15. Posted June 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m darn enthusiastic about Rozen Maiden, and I’m met others who are. It’s not a perfect series though, and it definitely has it flaws. Still, despite all the fantasy elements within it, I have yet to see an anime that portrays the struggles and frustrations with social anxiety so well. I don’t think you’d like it though.

    Princess Tutu is kinda weak at first, but it still amused me. I’ll vote for something else, I guess it’s pointless, but I’d rather not read you bash my favorite anime…

    • Scamp
      Posted June 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      But bashing people’s favourite anime is what I do best!

      Gunbuster sux
      Gunbuster sux
      Gunbuster sux
      Gunbuster sux
      Gunbuster sux
      Gunbuster sux

      • Posted June 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

        I’m always up for Gunbuster bashing…

        But yeah, I predict in the end you’ll like Princess Tutu but not get what the big deal is…

  16. Posted June 13, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I kinda think Rozen Maiden hasn’t aged well. It was a good anime when it aired… lots of interesting character, large dollops of comedy, action and drama and a premise that was an intriguing (and subtle) departure from the norm. The sequel was disappointing in comparison and the non-ending was infuriating. And since then there have been so many anime that have similar premises, except for the fact that the girls aren’t dolls.

    Rozen Maiden came out just before My-HiME (although, from memory, I watched My-HiME first) and it was a time to be so excited about the moe-meets-action genre. Now action series with a big smattering of moe are so common that it’s the ones without moe that people are getting excited about.

    Rosario + Vampire might be pointless fanservice, but at least its characters are remotely likable. I’d take it over Baka Test any day of the week.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      The phrase ‘hasn’t aged well’ never sits well with me, although that’s just because I’m a youtube generation fan who hasn’t been around long enough to see a series ‘age’. Hence I can’t really reply to your comment with any conviction, apart from to express dismay at your declaration that Rosario to Vampire is better than Baka to Test. I’m far from the biggest fan of Baka to Test but even I can see a huge difference in one actually managing to be funny

  17. Posted June 15, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Don’t watch any of them. They aren’t that good.

    Princess Lover is a very perverted anime designed directly toward guys. Same with the Rosario Vampire.

    The other rest are somewhat boring according to what I heard from others.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Well I’m a guy and, despite what my tastes in anime might convey, I quite like boobs and asses. Just maybe not for 13 episodes

  18. Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    “Those who accept their fate find happiness; those who defy it, glory.”

    That’s a fuckin’ GAR quote from Princess Tutu. If that promise can’t get you to complete the show, nothing can.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      I get the feeling that if I don’t like it I might just lose one of my earliest regular commenters…

  19. Some Lightning
    Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I’d definitely recommend Princess Tutu, but honestly, it doesn’t pick up for a while. For at least eight or ten episodes or so it’s just going to seem like a generic magical girl anime — and at some point it even becomes a “GOTTA COLLECT ‘EM ALL” type of thing, which was terribly monotonous and I even skipped a few of those episodes — but at some point, it becomes something else entirely.

    And the climax of the series is just fantastic. I’d say that watching to the end is worth it; especially since it becomes so unpredictable later on.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      That sounds worryingly like Kobato. 16 episodes before it became a worthwhile watch

  20. blah
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Rosario + vampire does have alot of upskirts that are annoying but its a cute show and its really not all that big a deal after awhile. and oh ya even though moka sucks mizore and yukari are awesome

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