This one is going to be a super short feature because I’ve been on holidays and I’m just catching up with everything now and I nearly decided to pull the feature this week. However, with the summer anime season starting up it seemed like a good time to talk about one of the biggest issues with new release anime – high expectations.
Yes, this could carry over to any new release as the hype wagon gets going and then the haters get on board and the war of words and gifs and memes takes hold and eventually you forget that you haven’t actually watched or read the story but you already know everything about it (or everything that people have said about it). It kills stories dead in their tracks and turns you away, or worse, gets you expecting something amazing when what you get could have been okay but since you now have to swallow it with disappointment all you remember is feeling let down.
Sometimes the distributors have only themselves to blame for generating false hype, but the internet is definitely something to be feared when it comes to this.
I tried really, really hard to not get my hopes up for the D Gray Man series that was starting this summer but when I finally saw that Anime Lab had it I was all but jumping for joy. I can’t even blame internet hype for this one. D Gray Man was one of my earliest anime that I watched as an adult. It’s up there with Bleach, Death Note and Evangelion for cementing my love of anime and when I realised it had stopped way back when I was devastated (or at least really annoyed). Even then, I waited a day before watching the episode and told myself that I wouldn’t be upset if it didn’t live up to my memories of the show or to my overblown expectations. (Fortunately this story had a happy ending and I’ll write up my review of this episode later).
Last season it was Kiznaiver. There was so much hype about that anime and the promotional videos and the characters and how pretty it was and then what we got was kind of a decent anime but it in no way lived up to the expectations that had been built around it. I think if I’d watched Kiznaiver without any of the other stuff, I’d probably have enjoyed it more. And while that may not be fair, that’s the way it goes.
So what anime were you let down by after the hype machine got going? Or rather, what anime do you wish you had watched without any of the hype?