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 bzzt cheh~ Present Day. Present Time. Hahahaha bzzt che bzzzzt 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.
Serial Experiments Lain
Dropped After: 6 episodes
Why I dropped it: Because it fails as entertainment. Now I do love the occasional mindfuck every once in a while. However before you start to get abstract with your imagery, there needs to be some grounding in realism. There should be something believable about the whole thing, which admittedly Lain did not fail at. However, the grounded in realism parts were dull. It was never entertainment and there was never any sense of entertainment on show. I could see what they were trying to do, but I couldn’t summon up any enthusiasm to decipher what was going on. You need to open my interest before you start to screw with it. Foreplay for the mind before you fuck it. I should probably stop with the metaphors now
Rebirth Chances: Above average. It would be ranked at ‘High’ but Princess Tutu has made me much more wary of stepping into something whose appeal lies mainly in abstractness than entertainment, especially something I’ve tried before and already know fails on an entertainment level. Still, I would like to have another pop at it and see if I can work up the enthusiasm to tackle what the hell was going on in Lain.
Why I dropped it: At the end of 2008 I made a wish. Just one wish. A wish that Gonzo, creators of Gankutsuou, Last Exile and Full Metal Panic, would recover from its current slump. For Gonzo’s latest project to be a success. It wasn’t. While it had some fans, the majority opinion was that Shangri-La sucked horribly. It was mildly entertaining, but really the show was a total mess. Uninteresting characters and general stupidity killed that show.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. It wasn’t that bad. Some of the plot twists were pretty entertaining, if a bit silly, and since when has that ever put me off a series before. Also I have no idea whether the latter episodes were any good. I remember were people complaining about plot holes, but they did for the entire show anyway. What’s really putting me off is the possibility of being burned by late 00’s Gonzo yet again. You used to be such a great studio :(
Why I dropped it: It looked pretty. I’ll give it that. But otherwise Soul Eater fell perfectly into the absolute shounen category. Now I can enjoy shounen and have done so many a time in the past. But Soul Eater gets that perfect blend of stupidity and drawing out fights that I really don’t like. The characters were dumb and sprouted awful stock lines. But it wasn’t the stupidity of the characters that caused me to drop the show. It was that painfully dull drawn-out fight that started around episode 20. You know the one. The one where they spend the time explaining their attacks and very little time doing any real attacking. Most of this drawn-out shounen series have them.
Rebirth Chances: Average. Despite my whinging, it wasn’t all that bad of a show. I liked Soul and those scenes with the dancing imp where he was wearing that black pinstriped suit. There was something very classy about Soul Eater when it came to scenes like that. I just wish the class spread to the character personalities. I’ve heard the ending isn’t anything to write home about but I suppose it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to give Soul Eater another shot.
Why I dropped it: Ah yes, Letter Bee. After your highly impressive pilot episode, aired at a Jump Festa thingy, I made the leap of faith and decided to blog the show. The show just drowned itself in unsubtle cheese. Sometimes it hit the mark, but that was only ever when it was focusing on the main story. Considering I dropped the show right when it had begun a massive trawl through fillers, what I missed out on was probably more ridiculous cheese.
Rebirth Chances: Average. There’s a new season coming this autumn so clearly they couldn’t have continue with the fillers the whole way through. However the chances that the show sets forth on its great plot journey from here on in seems unlikely. It seemed pretty set on having stupid side stories. If someone can tell me where I can pick it up again and back to the non-fillers again, then maybe I’d be convinced to give it another shot.
IF YOU ARE AN OLDFAG AND/OR MECHAFAG THEN PROCEED WITH CAUTION BEYOND THIS POINT. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN THIS POST IS MY TOTALLY BIASED VIEWS
Shin Mazinger Z
Why I dropped it: Before going into this, I was told by many people that this would be glorious. Rebirth of an old legend, return of the great director Go Nagai. What I actually got was nothing short of extraordinary. There was a giant robot, followed without warning by a guy with a blue face. Then came an army of robotic horses taking on zombie samurai. Then a volcano erupted and a robot with boobs was fighting something. Then someones dad died and everything turned very serious all over again. Then the screen set fire and a guy with no head appeared. Events happened with no connection to one another, no purpose and generally the biggest load of nonsense I have ever seen in my life. The first episode Lucky Star may have hit me on a different level of terrible but at face value, the first episode of Shin Mazinger Z is the worst I have ever seen in my entire life.
Rebirth Chances: Average. So I heard what the deal was with that first episode afterwards. Apparently they decided to throw a bunch of scenes, at random, from the rest of the series into that first episode to give you a taste of what was to come. Why they thought this was a good idea I shall never know, and I seriously question the competence of said director who decided that. What turned me off most of all, though, was the oldfags reactions to people who didn’t like the series. Did you not know the history of Mazinger Z!?! The glory of Go Nagai!?! How dare you disgrace his name with your noobishness and your insolence! Thanks but neither you lot nor this Mazinger Z remake are making me remotely interested in checking out those super robot series from the 70’s.