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why I dropped you: seasonal anime

I drop seasonal anime more readily than completed stuff
1 Koikimo

Koikimo

1/

when a piece of media is aimed at women but doesn't like them very much. a woman who likes sex and makeup is worthy of contempt, apparently. and not spirited enough to knee him in the dick when he messes with her face, apparently. yeah, miss me with that shit

2 High-Rise Invasion

High-Rise Invasion

3 Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House

Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House

1/

someone watched those region-promoting informative short-form anime and thought 'let's make one like that but with full-lengh episodes', entirely lacking a vision of their own. they thought going thru a cutesy checklist would be enough - 1. speech affectations like 'fumu fumu', 2. food porn, 3. cute girl gaybaiting. this moe stuff is supposed to be the icing on the cake, but here there is no cake, you're just gorging yourself on icing, which is sickening.

there's barely any/lots of reused animation - I don't mind minimally animated styles, I mean I watched all 7 series of Yami Shibai ffs but here it looks like everything is moving thru treacle. I hate it when anime kill time by having characters repeat what you just saw happen for yourself but here it's brazenly taken to new heights. why did you make this a full length episode, why? 

the humour is cringe and the dialogue puts me to sleep. also that interludey tune that never stops - kill me. at least that Rice Boys anime was batshit - the boys ride a giant face in series 2. 

finally, positives - I did learn some new things about maiko and Aomori

4 Akudama Drive

Akudama Drive

3/12

the characters are obnoxious and I have to sit thru the scenes where they interact with each other in order to get to the cool fights and world building. surely there must be less cliched ways of presenting the pissing contest of their criminal abilities. motorcycle best character

5 Ikebukuro West Gate Park

Ikebukuro West Gate Park

6/12

it's good but it's boring to watch. it's not boring in itself - so far they have 2, TWO! episodes about working conditions - I loved those, anime doesn't do realism very often. I want to know what happens next but the experience of watching it is boring. I think that's a problem of adapting the source material to the medium of animation rather then a problem with the source material itself. the world it creates is rich and interesting 

- rival gangs vying for influence in a real world place you can visit, 

- episodes start with a curious incident and homeboy uses his connections to figure it out, coming into contact with all sorts of characters; it feels like they really inhabit the place,

- a gang leader uses the pshysical prowess he gained from ballet to give him an edge in fights,

- store-owner mom adopts an adult daughter, that's such an interesting dynamic it could be an anime unto itself,

but we don't have time to explore any of that meaningfully because each 20min episode is confined to the beats of conflict stars/ escalates/ is resolved. grrrrr this is so frustrating because this is the adult stuff I want but IWGP is meh

6 Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

15/24

this anime is at its best when it gets serious about the horror elements and at its worst when it halts the plot so it can box-tick all the shounen tropes. I'm in awe of the modern animation and the rendition of the character designs to animation (what is the term for that?). it seems like Shounen Jump adaptations are the ones that get to luxuriate in adequate budgets but in the service of what - Aoi Toudou popping a vein when asking what woman stereotype you like? fuck off

7 Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God

Oh, Suddenly Egyptian God

8 The Gymnastics Samurai

The Gymnastics Samurai

1/

I feel kind of sad for dropping this because MAPPA's my favourite studio and Taisou Samurai so nearly made it, there is good effort on its part but I know from experience that I'm not going to enjoy this. the animation was decent - well-integrated CG and movement during the gymnastics sequences, the ED is fun but behind all the visual pizzazz are cliches I... I'm tired: 

the grown man + little girl dynamic for the 100th time, here in the 'wholesome' dad+daugher subcategory - the squeaky child seems to only be a plot prop

a giant talking parrot is fine but here it has witty come-backs, demonstrating human-level intelligence - what does this add to the anime? give the grandma all the sarky lines

the agents are running in heels on roof tiles. why did you make it like that? please stop

and - like a fucking spectre from the ignorant past - that LGBT+ character design. the character doesn't even appear in the 1st ep. but I glimpsed the design in the ED and I know that this cliche is going to grind my gears. I know that if the character turns out to be giving advice from behind the bar counter and grabbing arses like it's going out of season, I'mma punch my screen

I am so happy that there is recognition that adults watch anime too and that there's a desire to represent this demographic, knowing that bringing up children is part of many of their lives. Secondly, I get that anime is not constrained by physcial world limitations like live action and you can suspend disbelief when you see rainbow hair and not everything has to be 'realistic' and so on. I see that Taisou Samurai tried to balance an introspection and personal growth narrative with goofiness and anime hijinks. they failed. Barakamon and Poco's Udon World did the same thing and succeeded

9 Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendou

Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendou

summer 2020

2/

it's alright for what it is - a mild horror for little children - but of no interest to me

10 Gibiate

Gibiate

5/12

this had the potential to be the kind of nail-biting, trashy fun Highschool of the Dead was. instead, it is fascinating, utterly mesmerising, how awful this is in every single aspect: characters, dialogue, direction (oh yes, please cut away to a history lesson every Japanese child already knows in their sleep and even I, not Japanese, am sick of just from having seen it so often in anime), CGI, adapting the concept art to animation (sorry, I don't know the term), animation and especially action animation, which is just coloured-in storyboards with too many speed lines. gaaaaaaah. 

can you guess who the baddie is as soon as they appear on screen from the character design? I bet my 'NR 1 Anime Fan' award on it, which I have

11 Mr. Love: Queen's Choice

Mr. Love: Queen's Choice

12 Obake Zukan

Obake Zukan

2/

only of possible interest to little children getting ready for school. it's hideous. since the dawn of animation in the 1910s, across all decades, there have been countless better anime about all manner of youkai stuff

13 Gal & Dino

Gal & Dino

spring 2020

14 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

7/12

I loved this in the beginning because, when isekaied, the otaku MC prepares to 3D-mind-chess herself out of trouble while eating potato chips under the table but ends up winning everyone over IMMEDIATELY by being kind and self-reliant. that's a lovely message. but the rest of the series is her going around patting everyone on the head, telling them what a good job they did. and them going around competing amongst themselves for earth mother's attention. I got bored of the non-event mild positivity and filler

15 The House Spirit Tatami-chan

The House Spirit Tatami-chan

16 The Millionaire Detective - Balance:Unlimited

The Millionaire Detective - Balance:Unlimited

4/11

coming to the rescue of a child/dog/cat and ouji-sama eats a commoner meal for the 1st time. ok, it's time to move on to anime that have not run out of ideas and resorted to cliches

17 Hentatsu (2020)

Hentatsu (2020)

winter 2020

2/12

all this had to do was have fun dialogue and be cute. it failed on both counts

18 Natsunagu!

Natsunagu!

19 Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

20 Africa Salaryman (2019)

Africa Salaryman (2019)

autumn 2019

21 Assassins Pride

Assassins Pride

ep 1 was interestingly directed, entertaining trashiness (it had a bit of a Flip Flappers vibe to it). ep 2 was a lot more middle-of-the-road and settled into a typical LN adaptation whose every beat I've seen somewhere else before and done better too. there was a low-stakes fight in this ep, so they saved up on animation by opening with a unambitious fanservice scene. the epidose also ends with an as-yet-unseen villain cackling. because any staff with an original idea had left the office by this point 

22 Case File nº221: Kabukicho

Case File nº221: Kabukicho

23 No Guns Life

No Guns Life

24 Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit

Special 7: Special Crime Investigation Unit

25 Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth

Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth

a police officer without basic defence skills? no, NO, fuck YOU

26 BEM

BEM

summer 2019

I've taken personal offence with this.

I love the central idea in the original and 00s remake - the characters believe that by doing good deeds they will be accepted by people as human, to belong being their deepest desire. it's tragicomical how they wander around unaware that their wacky appearance signals that they're different. by showing the humams' reaction to them - fright, repulsion, suspition, the 2 anime gently encourage children to judge people by their actions, not appearance, and - I extrapolate - not to perceive other communities as undesirable. how lovely!

my favourite creatures are Bella - those hideous feet, I love them!, and Bello - a brave boy who just wants to be friends! So thanks to this incarnation for ruining these characters for me. Bella is now a goodlooking, popular schoolgirl (wow, we really need more of these in anime) and Bello is a cool, jaded schoolboy who aces arcade games with his demon powers (wow, we really need more of these in anime). and they both think humanity is shit now, so that's really comforting, thanks. what's their motivation then? fuck knows.

you know which franchise was revamped to an unrecognisable degree without ruining it? - Gatchaman

27 Cop Craft

Cop Craft

this had potential, especially if they had gone all-out on the world exploration. OK fine, the world-building was adequate but the characters were shit. grumpy, jaded cop secretly with a heart of gold. NO. gay character whose every line is a bad gay joke reinforcing to the audience he's just SO gay. NO NO. aggressively screaming, comic-relief chief of police NO NO NO. the medical examiner is just about serviceable as a side character and that's a small mercy. and now, on to the poor loli. let's park here for a bit, while I explain how I see the difference btwn good and bad sexual fan service:

1. is sex/desire/nudity part of the plot?

2. are the characters themselves thirsty for this kind of attention, therefore justifying this kind of posing and framing?

3. is this posing and framing a character's point of view?

Tirana doesn't participate in her own sexualisation, in fact, she's a prude who gets flustered by porn. she is put in a little dress that is then ripped for the viewing pleasure of the audience alone. nobody in-world regards her in this way. admittedly, Cop Craft is very low on the fan service radar but this shit doesn't fly in a show I want to take seriously and it breaks immersion

28 Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan

Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan

3/12

I struggle to do it justice with a description, it has to be experienced. Is this for children or adults? I'm baffled

29 Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note

Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note

30 To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

remember the 2nd series of Terra Formars? this sucks in the same way: they waste time on shitty jokes instead of using it to build on the dark part of the fantasy. you can tell straight away who the baddie is because his character design is such a give-away. his maniacal evil laugh was the push needed to convince me this is shit enough to drop. which is such a shame because I love transformations and good monster designs and battles. good dark fantasy when?

31 Carole & Tuesday

Carole & Tuesday

spring 2019

the ED is the best part

32 Midnight occult civil servants

Midnight occult civil servants

9/12

a moderately engaging series, doesn't offend anyone, it's nice to have in the background when doing chores - this is the best praise I can give it. why is the series proper not stylised in the same way as the OP? a bit of pizzazz would help it along because there are infinite anime about youkai-busting teams

33 Rilakkuma and Kaoru

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

5/13

the craftsmanship and detail in this anime are amazeballs; I love alternative animation techniques. however, the outlook on life this anime communicates ruins my viewing experience completely. Kaoru is a miserable git and it's implied that this is because she's a single older woman. she feels sorry for herself, is jealous and judgemental of Sayu, is an arsehole to her pets, yet does nothing to change her condition. Sayu, the antagonist, is lazy and it's implied that she gets away with it because she's beautiful (imagine if the writer were to meet an ugly lazy person, their mind would explode). maybe they were going for flawed, nuanced characters but they failed. anime with well-written shit people: Ebichu, Girlish Number, Nana, Monster (Eva is a mega arsehole and one of my favourite characters of all time)

34 Sarazanmai

Sarazanmai

4/11

I love the animation but the characters blow. I feel like we're just going through a checklist of Ikuhara calling cards at this point: gay stuff - check, wtf is going on - check, stylised urban art - check, wtf does this symbolism mean - check, repetitive sequences - check, Drama! alert - check, stairs, towers and self-supporting metal structures - check.

mind you, 'butt stuff is gross, it's not funny' is not good criticism. my advice to these people is never check out straight porn or you'll be in for a shock 

35 Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki

36 Hulaing Babies

Hulaing Babies

winter 2019

7/12

imagine the colour scheme of Humanity Has Declined combined with the minimal but inventive animation of Trigger's Ninja Slayer the Animation - awesome sauce, right?! the visuals alone carry it a long way and are, sadly, the only interesting thing about it. the humour and characters suck. but don't you dare skip the ED, the lyrics are different each time

37 Kemurikusa

Kemurikusa

1/12

the sci-fi world is intriguing enough but the characters are too insufferable. I often moan about shitty costumes for action heroines but the MC in this one has a really neat design: a good-looking outfit that allows free movement

38 Virtual-san Looking

Virtual-san Looking

2/12

this would've been the perfect candidate for short-form episodes. I love the exaggerated movements but once the novelty wears off it's up to the humour to carry it and the humour is meh-ish. they would've gotten away with it if the eps were shorter

39 Goblin Slayer

Goblin Slayer

autumn 2018

1/12

when I heard 'dark fantasy' I thought 'Berserk, Claymore, Made in Abyss...' and got quite excited. sadly, this is unapologetically mediocre and the dialogue is painfully boring

40 Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan

Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan

41 Sono Toki, Kanojo wa.

Sono Toki, Kanojo wa.

2/12

this is like a soap: person A is sulking because person B is looking at them funny, person B is sulking because person A didn't guess what they wanted without them saying it. fascinating stuff

42 Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei

Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei

3/13

I expect the 2nd series of a beloved anime to up the ante (think Mob Psycho 100) but Zwei didn't. her majesty is not best pleased with your effort

43 Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary

1/13

I hated the character designs and how tropey it was. shame

44 100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams

100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams

summer 2018

1/12

intensely mediocre. Avi's sword looks really stupid. once I noticed how the MC just stands there until sm1 pulls her away or shouts 'you should run now', the show became funny

45 Angels of Death

Angels of Death

1/12

very sharp edge. I like though how it's immediately apparent this is a game adaptation

46 Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

1/12

wow, a historical anime that's NOT about Oda Nobunaga! I was pretty invested until I realised they made the only female character 16, because it's very important to go up and down her naked body, instead of having an interesting character, some1 who has as much life experience as the MC and, even misguidedly, could rival him intelectually on strategy, for ex: he has experience in large-scale military operations but she knows the geography of the island like the back of her hand and is good at limited-resource management (if your answer is 'shut up and deal with it, she gets development' - get in line)

47 Chio's School Road

Chio's School Road

1/12

great premise but the execution is lacklustre. Asobi Asobase is better

48 Hanebado!

Hanebado!

1/13

a good sports anime would've been great, especially since: 1. badminton is awesome! 2. good, non-fanservice sports anime with female leads can be counted on 1 hand, making this all the more disappointing. 

it's so overdramatic from the get go, to keep raising tension everyone will have to burst into tears and sweat non-stop by the end. it looks like some1 watched a few sports anime and took meticulous notes without getting the point:

1. take everything too seriously, a sense of perspective is for losers

2. sport is not for fun, go to the nationals or go home

3. raw talent vs hard work as the only possible narrative

4. boohoo my secret backstory so sad

5. schoolgirls therefore perv jokes

sadly this formula doesn't go down so well when the characters are shit and formulaic too

49 Holmes of Kyoto

Holmes of Kyoto

1/12

they really beat you over the head with the Holmes gimmick. the MC is annoying but a drop of humanness was added at the end when it was revealed what she did. making silly impulsive decisions is the prerogative of teenagers and making them feel safe is the responsibility of adults. quite boring overall though

50 Late Night! The Genius Bakabon

Late Night! The Genius Bakabon

2/12

the pacing's all wrong. most of this show is dull, lenghty proze so I found myself tapping my foot waiting for the punchlines to come around

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knoxyal Jul 10, 2019

I enjoyed reading through your list. These are neat descriptions of first episodes. 

Karakai jouzu grew on me, despite all that trope and silly stuff going on between the two characters. The show handled the ‘cuteness’ element rather nicely.

Violet evergarden has a number of good episodes. These were unfortunately few compared to the rest of the show which was a mixture of forced emotional moments and confusing plot lines.

matrixen Apr 23, 2019

wow can you get any more whiny? And dropping an anime after 1 episode means you are the problematic one, not the anime...

AnnaSartin Mar 27, 2019

Kemurikusa: Nine episodes in and I hear you about the characters being insufferable. Wakaba is getting (slightly) less annoying and Rin is being (slightly) less of a bitch, but honestly, it's the unique world and the adventure that has kept me watching rather than the characters. 

SoggySoup Oct 13, 2018

Lol I wonder how some of you people even watch anime with how picky you can be. Your telling me you dropped Takagi-San which was one of the sweetest shows of the season because you couldn’t handle a bit of teenage teasing? Lol also “it’s dragged on” well it’s also in the name of the show. It’s literally what it’s about. You can’t get much more upfront than that. I’m cool with you not liking it but that’s a weird ass reason.

Stela Sep 18, 2018

Hi Anna! I think the manga is an adaptation of the same game :)