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why I dropped you: seasonal anime

I drop seasonal anime more readily than completed stuff
1 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 been kicked out of the office by this point) 

2 Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth

Stand My Heroes: Piece of Truth

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

3 Bem

Bem

summer 2019

I've taken personal offence with this.

I love the central idea in the original and 2000 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 who revamped a franchise to an unrecognisable degree without ruining it? - Gatchaman. you're welcome

4 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

5 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

6 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?

7 Midnight occult civil servants

Midnight occult civil servants

spring 2019

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

8 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)

9 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 

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary

Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary

1/13

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

17 100 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

18 Angels of Death

Angels of Death

1/12

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

19 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)

20 Chio's School Road

Chio's School Road

1/12

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

21 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

22 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

23 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 ended up tapping my foot waiting for the punchlines to come around

24 Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

1/12

I checked this out on the strength of its cover art but the episode itself looked quite shit. for me to enjoy these supernatural detective teamwork shows, there are 2 elements I need:

1. detective MCs usually have a quirk of some kind but it must not feel like a tacked on USP. equally crucial is their chemistry with the sidekick

2. the magic system/ rules of the supernatural world must be consistent. NO ASS PULLS 

25 Phantom in the Twilight

Phantom in the Twilight

1/12

oh my stars, an interesting harem MC. she actually reacts, acts and is proactive, to danger for example, you know, like a human would. sadly, the bishis are a bit shit

26 Revue Starlight

Revue Starlight

1/12

this has all the Kunihiko Ikuhara visual calling cards but they don't seem to be in the service of any themes. what do I mean? for ex: when I 1st watched Utena, and I saw the slap in that 1st ep, it was so shocking, and every interaction between characters served such a clear purpose, that I immediately understood 'this anime has themes, m*f*ing THEMES'. watching the 1st ep of Revue Starlight all I think is: this looks pretty, oh and there's the 'mysterious childhood friend comeback' cliche.

maybe it is unfair to judge Tomohiro Furukawa through Ikuhara's lens, he's his own person and has his own vision, even though he's paying homage to Ikuhara. but when deciding what seasonal anime to keep watching, I can only judge based on what an episode shows me and tells me

27 Sirius the Jaeger

Sirius the Jaeger

2/12

the character designs are overdesigned and all over the place, are they supposed to be congruous with the anime's time period or not? that's a minor gripe however, the overall art style is nice and I enjoyed all the cool vampire fights. then they introduced a cute small child character. WHYYY?! *howls at the moon* then they introduced the secret evil sibling who makes a comeback. as recently as the previous anime season Space Battleship Tiramisu parodied this exact plot cliche

28 Starlight Promises

Starlight Promises

what's that coming over the hill? it's the plot and twist that are so obvious they can be seen from miles away. I had to drop it at the point where the girl walks in on the boy changing and does the standard anime 'blush and overreact' and that's played as FUNNY

29 The Journey Home

The Journey Home

6/26

a hard sci-fi for children? yes, please. but, oh my stars, does it drag. also, I had presumed all the characters were sexless bcoz they are insects/other creatures in a children's show but NO, an hourglass bee is introduced later, clearly meant to be a girl. that's right, in the year of our lord 2019 sausage-fest shows with only one girl to represent all girlhood are still made

30 The Thousand Musketeers

The Thousand Musketeers

1/12

so in Touken Rambu: Hanamaru we had bishi swords and in Senjuushi we have bishi antique guns. they are practically the same show but Touken Rambu had more flair and the dialogue wasn't as stilted when introducing the procession of characters

31 Yarichin Bitch-bu

Yarichin Bitch-bu

1/2

I guess it works as a fantasy, especially without the shoved-in emotional stakes - all aboard the consequence-free happy fuck train choo choo! but I cannot abide censorship. what's the point? half the planet has willies and the other half has seen them and survived the encounter.

the worst offender of this I've seen in anime is Beserk 2016 and 2017. depictions of gruesome troll rapes are fine but an erect/floppy dick or two might trigger the Apocalypse back in the real world. people will spill into the streets, rabidly searching for cocks, burning cars and smashing shop windows, their offended sensibilities rising to the heavens like in End of Evangelion

32 Crossing Time

Crossing Time

spring 2018

2/12

Tsurezure Children exists and is miles better, so there's no need for me to watch this

33 Devils' Line

Devils' Line

7/12

this was bad in an entertaining way for quite some time, you can point at it and laugh at how similar to Twilight it is, I guess, but it wasn't enough to carry the show to the end (I had dropped the manga as well and it was better too)

credit where it's due: even though the 2 main characters are cringey stereotypes, they do talk to each other, explaining their perspectives to clear misunderstandings and looking for solutions to their issues, you know, like real people in a relationship would. and in a romance anime that's outright miraculous 

34 Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan

Dragon Pilot: Hisone & Masotan

2/12

ah, if only this anime had kept my interest on the strength of its art and designs alone (which are delightful), but I don't care about gif potential and would rather watch an ugly anime that says something I haven't heard before. this basically starts the same way as Gunbuster, or every mecha anime thereafter: hard-working, eager candidate is passed over for a at-first-glance-useless-but-ultimately-chosen-one main character zzzzzzz, queue pervy 'jokes' about revealing uniforms zzzzzz and round and round we go

35 Frankenstein Family

Frankenstein Family

1/12

neat premise, but before I had a chance to care about any of the characters, the sad violins kicked in. it seems like a poor job either way because the characters came across as obnoxious. I did get a craving for dim sum though, good scene

36 Gurazeni: Money Pitch

Gurazeni: Money Pitch

1/12

maybe I didn't appreciate this because I know fuck all about baseball, but I don't think you need to be familiar with the sport to appreciate a good sport anime. for ex: I'd never heard of karuta before Chihayafuru, and after Chihayafuru I vowed to learn Japanese so I could one day read the 100 poems. ditto the Slam Dunk phenomenon in Japan, with lots of people who didn't previously give a shit about basketball, taking it up after reading the manga. in conclusion: Gurazeni = meh

37 Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy

4/50

this is pretty competent but because I don't play the game, it's unclear what the parameters of the world are. thus, when you're following clues to solve a mystery, the number of solutions increases exponentially if fantastical things are also possible. it's all a bit confusing

38 Love to Lie Angle

Love to Lie Angle

1/12

just sexy girl tropes, acting as the trope dictates they should

39 Magical Girl Ore

Magical Girl Ore

4/12

I love mahou shoujo parodies n this one's alright too. I simply dropped it at the most boring episode - 5. mileage varies with these things once I cotton on to the plot and jokes: we've got gender bending - excellent, farcical love triangles - OK great, dodgy n dark pet side-kick - OK seen those. right, now what? oh it just stalls. OK then

40 To Be Heroine

To Be Heroine

2/7

don't know, not feeling this series as much as the previous 1, I'm confused by all the tearjerking: the soppy childhood friend routine, really now?

41 Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

4/11

wow this is about otaku AND relationships. how relatable, it refers to stuff I do too. and that automatically makes it a good anime! except it doesn't. it treads water, the art and animation are bare-bones and nothing happens. I learned nothing. I got nothing out of it. I'd rather watch tumbleweeds be blown about

42 25-sai no Joshikousei

25-sai no Joshikousei

winter 2018

3/12

it's my own fault for hoping josei quasi-hentai would be any good. I deserve everything I got watching this. I'm a bad, bad girl. unlike the damsel in this snoozefest

43 B: The Beginning

B: The Beginning

3/12

it takes itself too seriously for a show whose every character and situation I have seen in other anime before. oh, and just fuck off with the female-only fanservice already. either have everyone bend over and wear crotch hugging clothes to work or off you fuck

44 Citrus

Citrus

1/12

another 1 to toss into the pile of 'rapey gay anime that can't be bothered thinking up a credible premise, so rips off the tons of other rapey gay manga that couldn't be bothered either'.

I'm new to yuri and was hoping it's better than yaoi (a very low bar to set) but this anime taught me to know better

45 DARLING in the FRANXX

DARLING in the FRANXX

1/24

good art and designs wasted on this every-cliche teenage-mecha anime. they were falling over themselves to get the heroine out of her clothes within the 1st 5mins, so that if you're beyond the age when getting laid seems like a mystical dark art, you'll know to drop this anime because it's lame

46 Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island

Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island

I watched it on a long flight but even though I was trapped in a flying metal tube for a day, this film couldn't hold my interest. I completed the live-action Gintama 2 instead - it was fun and goofy

47 Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

3/12

many characters are doing many things, it's all happeing, but why should I care? 3 episodes in, I don't care about any of the characters or the world, as it's poorly presented/ explored

48 Hakumei and Mikochi

Hakumei and Mikochi

1/12

I was not charmed. also, I watch anime as relief after doing chores. watching someone else do chores boringly does nothing for me. please don't make me sad by comparing this to Made in Abyss. arigatou gozaimasu

49 Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

1/12

I'm cute! I'm cute! I'm cuuuute!

and yet, empathy prevents me from enjoying others' frustration or suffering (same goes for Himouto! Umaru-chan). also, it dragged on

50 Mameneko

Mameneko

2/12

there are better short-form cat anime out there. Mitchirineko happened in the same season

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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. 

DemonSeed 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 :)