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No anime is dropped forever: 6-10

Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka

Dropped After: 1 episode

Why I dropped it: This was the first anime I gave an F grade to while doing my first impression posts. I distinctly remember gripping the side of my head in frustration as yet another girl walked on screen with the exact same character design and the only thing different being their hair. Wow, that was a really bad episode now that I think about it.

Rebirth Chances: Very very low. It’s anime like this that make my ‘no anime is dropped forever’ phrase start to look a bit shallow. OK, if it was the only anime I had with me on a 10-hour flight then I’d probably watch it, if only to meticulously criticize it at every opportunity. Or I could just use that old cop-out tactic of turning it into a drinking game. Whenever I see a girl with the same character design as the previous one, take a drink. I’m going to get really drunk if I ever try to get through these dropped anime…

Allison to Lillia

Dropped After: 5 episodes

Why I dropped it: Oh dear lord, I remember this! It started off pretty good and I seriously thought that this anime had potential. Looking back at it now, what makes the crapness of this show even more fascinating was the novel was written by the same author who wrote Kino’s Journey. I dropped Allison to Lillia because of the most utterly nonsensical plot twists. Planes about to shoot each other down in an epic dog-fight only to only shoot paint-balls. However the real killing point was at the end of episode 4. In my life I have never seen a dumber end to an arc than that. Peace will be obtained because the world sees a cave painting. Yep, that makes total sense.

Rebirth Chances: Low. There’s a bit of bile fascination here in how on earth the author of Kino’s Journey could go on to write such utter garbage, but otherwise I can’t see how I would continue watching this. Maybe in the future when I become oblivious to plot holes I’ll give it another shot. Or maybe I’ll use it as an example for when future oldfags say how great the 00’s were, I’ll point them towards this series and say ‘here you go’.

Aoi Hana

Dropped After: 1 episode

Why I dropped it:Yuri. Why does yuri have to be so flowery and sweet. I’ve met lesbians in my life and most of them were your stereotypical hard-ass chicks. I would so watch an anime with skinhead biker-lesbians, but not stupid flowery lesbians. I hate yuri and I fail to see how people actually like all these anime of girls being insufferably nice to each other.

Rebirth Chances: Above-average: I neve gave Aoi Hana a decent chance. Even though it had the director of Nodame on board, I saw the first episode, saw the typical yuri and balked. So one day I need to go back and give the show a proper attempt at getting me interested in that accursed yuri genre, seeing as how this is apparently one of the best anime from that genre. Not anytime soon, I need to get in touch with my feminine side first and decide that I don’t want ass-kicking blood and action, I want flowers and girls being all touchy feely with each other. Can’t see that happening anytime soon but hey, I’m sure I’ll be in that mood one day.

Asu no Yoichi

Dropped After: 5 episodes

Why I dropped it: Asu no Yoichi is yet another example of me trying to find some decent seinen romance and failing. Actually not quite, since this was just a weekly airing show I picked up because it was there, but still falls quite nicely into that genre alongside  Ai Yori Aoshi and Ah My Goddess. Asu no Yoichi wasn’t actually that bad an anime. In particular I remember really liking that Harima Kenji-esque side character who kept having perfect-o-vision. But the rest of the show played out like a poor harem, with all the romance feeling forced and most of the jokes falling flat, or just being repetitive. The killing point was episode 5 where it featured a dominatrix loli….yeah….

Rebirth Chances: Average. As I said, it was actually a pretty all right anime. No world beater but I was a bit harsh in dropping it originally. I think that at the time I was sick of seeing lolis in my anime and to suddenly get attacked by the dominatrix lingerie loli was a bit off-putting to the extent that I never wanted to touch this show ever again, but I wouldn’t mind giving this anime another shot one day. Not that I’ve gained a taste for dominatrix lolis you understand. Just that maybe this time I can view it with a slightly less cynical perspective.

Bleach

Dropped After: 58 episodes

Why I dropped it: The Soul Society arc was shit. Anyone who says that it was the best arc is an idiot. Bleach was fantastic for the first 20-odd episodes. The story was well-constructed, the characters were great fun, the music was near godly and the whole show just oozed coolness. I still to this day keep up with the latest Bleach openings (although nothing beats the first opening). The show started to go downhill when Rukia was taken. Then they went to the Soul Society, the character count exploded and the plot started to move at the pace of a one-legged turtle stampeding through golden syrup. The killing point was the episode where Rukia is about to be executed and then Ichigo appears and saves her….which was the entire episode. 20 minutes of just that. Frustration kicked in and I dropped it.

Rebirth Chances: High. Oddly enough I still keep up with the plot to Bleach in a vague sort of way (my sister watches the show and every now and then I ask her what’s going on. Apparently the current filler arc is surprisingly exciting) so it’s kinda bizarre that I don’t keep up with the show anyway. Also, I dropped the anime before the BIG PLOT SPOILER part and I kinda want to see how that panned out. Finally, Bleach was a very good anime at times. I just wish it wasn’t so generic powering up ‘what does the scouter say about his power levels’ type anime. Which is like saying I would enjoy K-ON if it wasn’t so moe.

Note 1:I’m skipping some of the anime I dropped after one episode because there’s simply not much I can say about it. Anime such as Asura Cryin’ and Basquash I just don’t have anything interesting to say about so I’ll lump all those one-episode dropped shows into the one post sometime in the future

Note 2: I’ve been parodied~

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17 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    How­ever the real killing point was at the end of epis­ode 4. In my life I have never seen a dumber end to an arc than that. Peace will be obtained because the world sees a cave paint­ing. Yep, that makes total sense.

    It… gets… worse…

    Actually, not too much worse, but that’s pretty much par for the rest of the series. The writing is simply really bad. Every arc has at least one important plot point which makes no sense. You should see how the second arc ends. The bad guy is thwarted by *spoiler* a conveniently timed gust of wind *spoiler* of all things.

  2. Posted January 31, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d actually recomend going back to Aoi Hana at some point. It’s very much a shoujo story, but it’s absolutely brillant.

    Although I kinda envy where you live, as where I am, most lesbians are flowery–and hiding in terror in the closet.

  3. Posted January 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka is one of the worst anime i’ve ever seen. :| and i don’t blame you for stopping Aoi hana… i don’t understand the yuri hype trend either

  4. Posted January 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Janette regarding Aoi Hana. Living in NYC, I totally welcome that “flowery yuri” series. I thought it was quite nice and it had that classic feel to it.

    Give it one more go! :-)

  5. Dop
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I lasted to the halfway point with Allison & Lillia, where it reached such an awful high point of sheer stupidity I could stand to watch no more.

    The guy who’s name I’ve forgotten he was such a non-entity has been dragged off to bed by Allison and managed to get her pregnant. She doesn’t tell him. Meanwhile, Allison’s dad has offered him a top secret job which means he must travel far far away and never see Allison again! AND HE SAYS YES…
    So he gets on a train and heads off. Cut to several years later where their teenage daughter is saying she never knew her father as he died in a horrible train crash. Then Allison gets a visitor who despite the dodgy moustache and dyed hair is OBVIOUSLY the same guy – because if you became a spy, had to change your identity and fake your own death, when you started hanging around with your old girlfriend again and exhibited all the usual character traits nobody would possibly guess who you were, right?

    That for me was the last straw. I gather it didn’t improve after that point either.

    The only good thing about that series was the Tiger Moth in the opening title sequence.

  6. Scamp
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    @Sorrow-kun

    I remember reading some of the blog posts on some of the later arcs. Some people clearly fell into the category of ‘this is so bad it’s good’ area. Probably more amazing were those who were convinced that this was actually a very good series that people weren’t watching because they’re all moe-fags and narutards and can’t apriciate proper anime.

    @Janette

    Shojo + Scamp does not mix well. Which is half the reason why yuri falls flat for me. The other reason is because yuri is a mix between shojo and moe, neither of which are genres I like.

    @chii

    I just saw your animeplanet account and HOLY SHIT you’ve seen a lot of anime. If you’re saying that Somaru Saku is one of the worst anime you’ve ever seen then that is really something

    @Crazyanimegyrl

    NYC has a lot of skinheaded lesbians? I kinda want to see that now…

    @Dop

    Ah I love listening to Allison to Lillia plot descriptions. I used to have such fun reading people bitch about that show~. This post has brought back some of those fond memories

  7. Posted January 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    @Scamp heh hope that helps you put it as low as possible on your list of anime to complete someday XD

  8. Posted January 31, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Bleach: it seems that we both stopped watching that series at pretty much the exact same time, hehe. I am kind of curious about what happened later on, but never enough to go back to it. If you ever end up watching the rest you should write up an abridged version, I’m sure I’m not the only one who dropped it but wouldn’t mind seeing what direction it went in.

    Aoi Hana: Judging by the series you like I’m guessing you’re not going to like the rest of it. Halfway through it myself and the mood and story doesn’t change in character very much from the first episode. You either like shoujo romance stuff or you don’t, the yuri element is irrelevant despite how much people seem to hype up yuri as being a transcendent meta-genre.

  9. Posted January 31, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    @Scamp I forgot the main reason while I was saying Aoi Hana is worth watching. It’s that the art is extremely beautiful, probably J.C. Staff’s best.

    Although if shoujo isn’t your thing, then shoujo isn’t your thing, and that’s fine. I just feel embarassed that I left out what I thought made it worth watching.

  10. Posted January 31, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Bleach is one of the very few neverending shows I still keep up with sort-of. For the most part, I follow the manga, but I do check up on it every once in a while (okay, more like once every 5 months) and elect to watch filler arcs more than manga-based episodes. The newest filler arc was indeed quite interesting…though I think that’s because everyone was plot-deprived due to the endless fights from the manga-based material.

    I can’t say I have anything to comment on the others since I have yet to watch them. I was moderately interested in Allison to Lilia, but I suppose I should be quite wary if I do choose it pick it up somewhere down the line.

  11. Scamp
    Posted January 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    @ExecutiveOtaku

    The thing is, the plot for Bleach certainly good. It just moves too slow to care about. 30 characters all having fights at the same time…yeah, nothing happens at any significant pace, espeically when they spend their time doing the whole ‘power levels’ speaches

    @ExecutiveOtaku & Jannette

    I wish I liked shojo. I really tried you know. I sat through all of Fruits Basket and Itazuru na Kiss and Lovely Complex and never liked any of them (actually lovecom was all right but I wouldn’t go mad over it)

    @miken-chan

    Just…don’t want Allison to Lillia. Watch Kino’s Journey instead. Heck, watch almost anything instead of Allison to Lillia. Unless you want to play a drinking game. Everytime there’s a nonsensical plot twist, take a drink

  12. Posted January 31, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Akane-iro is total shit. The worst part is there are bits and pieces that are actually kind of good and funny, but then the next episode out would be complete garbage. No idea why the hell I ever finished this.

    I loved Aoi Hana, but I’m a total girly sap, so there you go. Asu no Yoichi! throws out every cliche in the book, but it’s so goofy that I couldn’t help but enjoy it.

  13. Posted February 1, 2010 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Congrats, you dropped the best harem ever made in Asu no Yoichi, which kicked more ass than Bill the Ass-Kicker.

    Akane iro was pretty bad, although I didn’t really get pissed off till the second half, where every episode consisted of nothing more than everyone crying (for the stupidest reasons).

    I suggest you pick up Asu no Yoichi immediately. I might even rewatch it (I’m not actually going to, but I thought about it for 5 seconds, and that’s something).

  14. Philip
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    Allison was boring, but maybe not the author fault. in the forum, those who read the light novel says its a lot better. they say the mistake was cramming a lot longer book on to few episode.

  15. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    @Shinmaru

    I’m certainly a manly man. I like explosions and stuff like Gurren Lagann, Baccano and Chobits…err, let me try that again

    @Glo

    Love Hina is actually the best harem ever. Actually, the best harem ever would consist of Horo, C.C and Birdy Cephon but they haven’t made an anime out of that yet

    @Philip

    I don’t trust that at all. When book/manga readers say that, it’s usually because they can’t handle the idea that people don’t like their favourite book.

  16. kadian1364
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I remember Hanners blogging A&L back after I dropped it, just to see how it would pan out. lets just say, train wreck anime is train wreck. So epically lulz worthy, I might pick it up again someday.

    Otherwise, harem shows are a dime a dozen, so I wouldn’t bother. Also, nowadays I can’t look at a 100+ episode series unless it starts with “Legend of the Galactic…” and not think that it’ll be a gigantic waste of my time, but I guess you could do worse than Bleach. It could’ve been Inuyasha.

  17. Scamp
    Posted February 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I read Hanners view of AtL as well. Yeah, they were indeed quite funny.

    I have severe allergic reactions to any series longer than 30 episodes. Seriously, even stuff I love like Gintama scares me off.

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