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 had to barricade myself inside a room because of a zombie invasion with nothing other than a 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.
Ryoko’s Case Files
Dropped after: 2 episodes
Why I dropped it: Now here’s a series that didn’t so much drop off the radar of anime fandom as never exist on it in the first place. MAL tells me that a grand total of 1,893 people actually finished the series. That wouldn’t be too bad a stat if it was an old series, but this aired in 2008. My memory of it is a bit fuzzy but I remember it not actually being that bad. A sexy detective lady and her partner who engaged in constant flirting with each other. It’s kinda like Demon Detective Nuero in the way that the relationship between the main characters is far more interesting than the actual crime cases. Why I dropped it? I guess it’s because I didn’t see any promise in the series. Very little in the way of ambition.
Rebirth Chances: Above average. Looking back, I probably should have given it a longer opportunity to prove itself, especially when it never did anything obviously poorly. However a total lack of hype behind the series isn’t a ringing endorsement. However maybe my readers are in the know and can inform me that it is, in fact, the hidden gem of 2008. I don’t think Kaiba counts as a gem anymore.
Why I dropped it: I’m sure I watched more than 6 episodes…anywho, this appears to be another series I dropped without it doing that much wrong. Unlike Ryoko’s Case Files though, this had plenty of ambition. Bones don’t make anime without putting their heart and soul into it. So what went wrong? Well, like most of these dropped series, my memory is a bit vague, but it felt uninspired. The characters were a bit bland, the dialogue was stunted and the whole thing felt off from the very start.
Rebirth Chances: High. Something clicked when I started writing this. I got the urge to give this series another chance. I know Bones series often don’t live up their billing, but the idea that Bones would make an uninspired series isn’t sitting well in my mind. Something’s not right here. If anything, I’m missing the reason why I dropped this series. Or maybe it’s just because I listened to the opening again. I like this opening a lot. It’s corny yet drags you in.
Dropped after: 4 episodes
Why I dropped it: Because it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere. Much like Scrapped Princess, it felt uninspired, except this time I’m sure of it. There was something really lacking in the way of imagination with this series. The girls were hot. Very hot, but that’s all it seemed to have. Again, it wasn’t particularly bad, but bland and uninspired.
Rebirth Chances: Below Average. Again, it was far from being a bad series. However Scrapped Princess stands over it in the rankings for two reasons. One is that it’s longer. Sacred Blacksmith never looked like it was going anywhere, where as at least Scrapped Princess looked like it had an aim. The other is fans reactions. Scrapped Princess has its fans. The most excited anyone got about Sacred Blacksmith was when Cecily Cambell yelled ‘I AM A STUPID BITCH’. In fact, it’s more often than not described as the moment Manglobe sold out and made crap. Not a ringing endorsement by any means.
Seirei no Moribito
Why I dropped it: Oh look, another fantasy series this week! It didn’t take long into Moribito to get 12 Kingdoms flashbacks, a series I really did not enjoy, so I guess I panicked. However I clearly didn’t panic enough because 4 episodes is far longer than I would typically watch a show I instantly had bad feelings about. What scared me off was the pacing and tone of the series. This was serious business anime, but instead of coming off as serious it just came off as extremely dull. The episodes weren’t exciting nor that interesting. Sure it looked pretty, but that was the only appeal I saw.
Rebirth Chances: High, and you know why? Kenji Kamiyama; the director. Now that I’ve seen Ghost in the Shell and Eden of the East, the idea that I would then go and drop the third series in his repertoire is unthinkable. At the very least I want to check out if there’s any overlapping themes and ways in which he approaches directing. Plus if he’s hit twice with me, surely he’ll be able to hit again. What was my younger self thinking when he dropped this series anyway?
Seitokai no Ichizon
Why I dropped it: I saw references without humour. I saw what looked like an IRC chatlog instead of actual dialogue. I saw blatant otaku-pandering of the highest order. I saw a main character aiming for a harem ending…actually that was funny. But the rest made me panic. I could already foresee myself in a few episodes time, tearing my head out in sheer frustration. I foresaw that this would be a show as far from my personal preferences as possible. Hence I dropped it before it even had a chance.
Rebirth Chances: Below Average. I normally don’t put up 1 episode dropped shows because I don’t have an awful lot to say, but I stuck this one up because I have a sneaking suspicion I might be missing something I could have enjoyed otherwise. Admittedly none of the reviews I’ve read have convinced me otherwise, even especially the reviews praising the show, but I dunno. Something is niggling at me in the back on my mind.