Ever have an anime that you watched and a week later, couldn't explain the plot if someone offered to pay you a million dollars for it?
Yeah, I had a few of those.
And mostly, it's not their fault.
Scyred I am /positive/ I enjoyed, because I used to stay up and watch it. When I was ten or however old I was when Adult Swim played it, I was into Star Trek and a lot of other sci-fi ish stuff. I could understand it when it played, it just... didn't stick.
So every new episode that played each week, I had to piece together what had happened the previous episode by using what was happening that episode as context clues. I vaguely remember... something... no. No, I can't remember it at all.
ANd it's not Scyred's fault. It's the fault of my ten-year-old attention span for having short-term capabilities, but for completely fucking up on the long term. I should really rewatch the show, because I know it's awesome (or I wouldn't have thought so when I was ten. My ten-year-old self and I have surprisingly similar tastes, except my ten-year-old self liked more yaoi that was porn-without-plot).
Also when I was ten, keeping in mind that I had no clue how to download movies yet, my favorite thing to do was to go to Blockbuster and pick up anything that was anime. It's how I saw Tekkon Kinkreet (... my dad never checked behind me on what I picked up off of the shelves if it was animated, it would probably have been too violent for him to have let me see if he'd been paying attention, but whatever), and it's how I saw Appleseed: The Movie.
Unlike Scryed, I couldn't even absorb what was going on at the time. I stared at the screen in confusion, this face @_@ plastered on. I drew. I colored. I listlessly 'watched' the movie.
This also was not Appleseed's fault. Picking up movies when there are entire shows based around it to explain everything doesn't usually work out if you're just being introduced to the series. There are going to be holes there.
However, that's not one of the things I'm going to be rewatching. Looking at it, it's too... robot-y for my tastes. And I'm not a big robot/mecha person. I don't mind if a minor plot element to something is robots, but if it's a major element, it needs to be an android at the very least, or I'm just not interested.
The last one cannot be blamed on me. It is DearS' fault that DearS sucked so hard.
I mean, really, it was horribly cliche. Harem anime have to be done just right for me to enjoy them, but... DearS... I can't even remember what was wrong with DearS, except that it was so blah in comparison to a few harem anime that I did enjoy (Love Hina, Shuffle!...) that I couldn't stand it.
The characters and the plot didn't interest me at all, but I couldn't drop it, because my best friend was totally into it. She thought that the collars and the master-alien slave dynamic was awesome.
I did not, and I suffered in silence. Roughly 264 minutes of my life gone, just like that. I wish I'd been playing Harvest Moon at the same time, then I'd at least have some game farming done to account for it...