When I was younger I would always finish what I started so dropped anime weren’t really an issue. Whether it was a movie, a TV series, a novel, a magazine, it did not matter. Once I’d started it I was committed to the end. It meant I ended up watching and reading some things that just were not worth it.
When I got back into anime as an adult, I kind of carried some of those traits into my viewing. I used to watch until at least the half-way point before dropping a series, but as my access to anime increased (and my life away from anime got busier) I realised that if I didn’t want to waste the little time I had to spend watching anime on something I hated it, I would need to start letting things go. And so I now have a lot of titles that have fallen into the dropped anime category.
That doesn’t mean I don’t ever go back and watch them. Sometimes it is just the timing that’s the issue, or my current mood. However, there are some series that just aren’t right for me so I need to just walk away.
So my list today is a bit different from some of the others. It is simply my top 5 reasons for not finishing an anime series that I had started.
Please Note – There are no spoilers today because I am not talking about any specific anime.
Number 5 Reason for Dropped Anime: Overly Generic
This isn’t always a deal breaker (and those of you who read my blog regularly will know I quite enjoy a number of stories that are pretty generic). Sometimes generic anime are quite entertaining and it isn’t as though there are many stories that are original when you break them down into their individual parts.
But an anime that doesn’t feel like it is doing anything new will quickly fall into the dull category and when you are time poor, an anime that isn’t bringing anything new to the table is usually one that will hit the chopping block, particularly if it is pretty lame in how it goes about it.
A myriad of cute girls doing cute things fall into this category because of the generic high school settings with fairly stock archetypes. And I know fans of the cute girl genre will point to all the ways they distinguish themselves but to me they mostly all play the same way with the same gags so they don’t do a lot for me.
Then again, I’m far more tolerant of isekai stories and am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, even if when we get to the end of the season I realise I probably could have dropped them and not really missed much. Isekai Cheat Magician definitely fell into this category of anime I probably should have just dropped.
Number 4 Reason for Dropped Anime: It’s Bad
You would think that poor quality (whether it be visuals or story) would be higher up the list, but amazingly enough I’ll put up with bad as long as it’s entertaining. Still, there’s entertainingly bad and then there is just plain rubbish and it’s a fine line.
That’s the reason I made it to the end of Full Dive, because I kept hoping that despite so many negative attributes the whole show would end up saying something. Of course, I also just watch a lot of bad anime for the amusement of it so something just being poorly done, while sometimes being a reason to drop an anime, isn’t always a deal breaker. After all I did watch and enjoy King’s Game.
Still, if something is undeniably rubbish in terms of production, and the characters are also awful and the story is going nowhere, I will drop it but this isn’t the most important criteria for me.
Number 3 Reason for Dropped Anime: Offensive
This one is highly subjective as what offends one viewer won’t really be a problem for the next. I don’t like sexist remarks but that won’t stop me watching an otherwise good show, though I will probably complain about the character delivering them.
Even fan service won’t normally put me off if the rest of the story is interesting enough but I do have a limit. Seikon no Qwaser definitely went too far for me and so I stopped watching it. I was clearly never intended to be the audience for that show and rather than rail against it I just stopped watching.
Still, I know some people found the fan-service in Lord Marksman and Vanadis excessive and I didn’t really have a problem with it.
Adding something to my dropped anime pile is a much better option.
Number 2 Reason for Dropped Anime: Not My Taste
There are some anime out there that are amazing but I am just not into them. Sweetness and Lightning fell into that category and the season before Flying Witch squarely hit the not-my-taste reason for dropping. This one is probably the hardest category because objectively I know that the anime is actually quite good, but I’m not enjoying it.
So, the question is how many minutes do you watch something you don’t really like before you throw them into the dropped anime collection? Yes, I watch shows that are of significantly worse quality than these but they somehow appeal to me and when I’m watching for enjoyment, that has to be my main consideration.
Number 1 Reason for Dropped Anime: Irritating Main Character
I will put up with a lot in anime but when the protagonist annoys me at every moment in every scene, to the point where I’m not following the story but plotting that main character’s demise, I know I need to stop watching the show.
This was my main reason for not finishing Endride (though it also suffered from being badly written and generic) and it was my reason for not getting into Re:Zero. An irritating character is fine, or a protagonist I don’t like is fine, but a protagonist I loathe and cannot stand to watch is probably my main reason for not watching something through.
Even in the case of Re:Zero where we are supposed to dislike Subaru he was just too irritating to find anything about the show enjoyable. I couldn’t care less if he dropped dead and stayed that way because to be honest, he really annoyed me that much. I wasn’t alone in my dislike of Subaru though many viewers did persevere and enjoyed aspects of the anime, for me it was a deal breaker and added Re:Zero to my dropped anime collection and there is will stay.
So, what reasons do you have for dropped anime? Or do you always finish what you start? Share a comment below and let me know.
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