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’.
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.
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~