It’s come to my attention that many people have different standards when it comes to dropping anime. Some people stick with every show they start to the very end, some wait a certain number of episodes before deciding whether it’s worth their time to watch it, and some, like me, make an almost immediate decision to keep or drop anime. I’d say I have a very low tolerance for keeping with anime. If I don’t like it within the first few episodes, it’s not worth it. Though sometimes I could make it through majority of the show before realizing there are too many things I don’t like about it to continue on.
When I watch anime, I want it to be for fun. I don’t need to stay up-to-date on every seasonal anime, and I definitely shouldn’t have to force myself to watch something I really don’t want to in the hopes it’ll get better. I’ll be going through my current watchlist and how I feel about each anime, then give a more detailed list of the somewhat recent drops I’ve had.
Love them, Safe for Sure
- The Ancient Magus’ Bride
- Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
- Bungo Stray Dogs
- Made in Abyss
The two seasonal anime I’m watching are things I look forward to every week. I know on Monday after college I can watch the new dubbed The Ancient Magus’ Bride episode, and when I’m at home on Friday, I can eat lunch and watch the new Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens episode at about 11 am my time. It makes me sad that they’re both nearing their end, but that just means they’re great shows.
Bungo Stray Dogs is the anime I always want to watch. Every day I don’t have a seasonal anime to watch, this is always the show I want to go to. I won’t explain why, that’ll be saved for a different post. Along with this, I’ll soon be writing about Made in Abyss, though, I’m a bit late on it, huh? This one just intrigues me in the way it tells its story, and I find myself always wanting to know more.
The real deciding factor for me: each of these had me hooked from the first or second episode. This isn’t the case for all of my favorite anime, but many of them are like this.
Safe, but not Favorites
- March Comes in Like a Lion
- Welcome to the Ballroom
- Land of the Lustrous
I definitely enjoy these shows as well, just not quite as much as the ones in the previous list. March Comes in Like a Lion is simply an “Am I in the mood for this right now?” I love the show a lot, but sometimes I’m too tired to follow, or I’m just having a bad day and don’t want to risk the heavy themes the show brings forth. But, none of these are in danger of being dropped.
I like a lot of pieces of this show, but I feel like maybe it shouldn’t have been 25 episodes. If it would have been only 12, I may not have fallen out of liking it. I never get excited to watch it anymore, it’s getting to be something that I need to remind myself to watch, and even then I haven’t watched it in like 2 or 3 weeks. I only feel like sticking with it because my friend really likes it, and she isn’t watching anything else I’m watching now. Though, I may still drop it, with only 5 episodes left to watch.
Dropped (Episodes I watched/total # of episodes)
- Owari no Seraph (16/24)
I didn’t hate this show when I watched it, in fact, I was really invested for the first 7 or 8 episodes. But I felt like a lot of it dragged a bit. And I ended up not liking a lot of the main characters. I didn’t really care what happened to Yuu anymore, so that’s when I knew I wasn’t that invested in it anymore, and there was no use going through the rest of it.
- Flying Witch (4/12)
I’d been told this was similar to one of the many Studio Ghibli movies I love, Kiki’s Delivery Service, but really, this was nothing like it. The art was saturated and took place in a rural location, with the main character being a witch who wasn’t so great at being a witch. I couldn’t see almost any similarities between this and what it was recommended off of, so I was disappointed. It didn’t grab me as I thought it would, unfortunately.
- Code:Realize ~ Guardian of Rebirth ~ (2/12)
I only watched this after hearing the first episode of the Innominate Anime Podcast, and had heard that one of my favorite dub actors, J. Michael Tatum, played the main male character. I watched the first episode and found my favorite dub actor, Micah Solusod, was also in it, but it still wasn’t enough to keep me invested. I thought the steampunk style was interesting, but there was something just unsettling to me about the way the male mc interacted with the female mc, and it lost me. Plus, the facial movements were a little bizarre, possibly because of the otome adaptation? I’m unfamiliar with otome games, so I won’t try to argue anything here.
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan (7/25)
This is probably the stupidest reason I have on here. I was watching the dub, because again, I recognized many actors I like, but the problem here was that I was only hearing the names of these different kingdoms. The different names didn’t stick with me, so I could never remember which kingdoms were on which side so during battles I became horribly confused as to which side was winning or what was remotely going on. I loved everything else about the show: acting, art, animation, music, story. It was just that one thing that confused me. I want to attempt watching it again subbed to see if I can enjoy it this time.
- Natsume’s Book of Friends (2/74)
I really love the concept of this show a lot. It seems so fun. But I get very intimidated by large episode counts. I was lucky to make it through Haikyuu!!, to be entirely honest. I never thought I would get through 60 episodes. So, while the plot and concept of this intrigue me, there’s just no way I’d be able to keep up with watching this regularly enough to get through it. It’s probably hilarious for many of you to see me freak out over episode count, but honestly, the last time I watched a longer anime besides Haikyuu!! was FMA: Brotherhood nearly 3 years ago. I may still go back to this one, but not any time soon.
- Free! Eternal Summer (2/13)
I’m not sure why, but I just don’t like this show all that much. I watched season one, which I thought was okay. My friend convinced me to try season two as well, but I just couldn’t get into it, I guess. I wish I could get into it, since I like other sports anime, and I’d like to watch more of the genre, but this along with Kuroko no Basket, I started but couldn’t stay with it. It’s something that I wish I could will myself to like, but I just don’t, and it makes me feel out of the loop, much like how I didn’t get overly into Mob Psycho 100.
I by no means consider any of these “bad shows,” I just think they weren’t for me. I’m certain all of these are favorites of some people, but sometimes even good shows don’t appeal to everyone. I think the only anime I’ve watched that I really considered “bad” was Divine Gate, and I didn’t even drop that one! It was just a total mess.
My Question to You
What do you think is the reasonable excuse or episode count to dropping anime? We all have different standards to uphold, so I’m interested to see what everyone thinks about the topic. My non-leniency probably isn’t the norm, but I really don’t know.