I’m a strong believer in the value of 20 minutes of time. Between work, the anime I do watch, the fact that I do play games on occasion, and my ongoing quest to find the next To Heart*, I’ve got plenty of venues to bank my time. There’s no real reason to keep watching a show, even if I’m enjoying it a little, if it doesn’t have at least an upside of being an 8/10 product. What follows is a list of Summer 2013 shows I dropped more or less because of their lack of realistic upside.
*Parentheses include the last full episode of a show I watched before dropping it.
Symphogear G (Episode 2)
-2 episodes is really more than it should have taken me to remember how much of a garbage fire Aoi Yuuki’s singing voice was in this show. It’s a huge waste of Nana Mizuki.
Prismer Illya (Episode 2)
-The majority of the jokes in this one were legit funny. The problem was that there was too big a gap between each to make the show really engaging.
Sunday Without God (Episode 2)
-This show had an interesting world premise, but was far too caught up in teasing its custom set of proper nouns to go into the type of character building that would have made it actually attention-grabbing.
Blood Lad (Episode 4)
-It wasn’t that Blood Lad was explicitly unfunny so much as its humor just felt like it came from a can. Its style of comedy was occasionally amusing but ultimately monotonous.
Kiniro Mosaic (Episode 5)
-After its beautiful, well-researched first episode, the series didn’t lose its charm entirely. Still, it didn’t feel dynamic enough to hold my attention consistently.
C3-bu (Episode 7)
-Apparently airsoft players snipe at each other before tournaments on their days off? And successfully injure people? That scene was the guillotine on a series I already had pegged for death by a thousand melodramatic cuts.
Uchoten Kazoku (Episode 8)
-The more learned about the death of Yasaburou’s father, the less plausible it seemed. I also couldn’t keep watching a series where the guys eating the meat of animals they knew to be sentient were getting off scott-free. Even if they were getting punished at some indeterminate point in the future, it made me feel sick.
Kanetsugu to Keiji (Episode 8)
-As time went on, this series transitioned from a poor man’s Lone Wolf and Cub to a poor man’s Mito Komon. Big difference there.
*To wit, a school life romance from the golden age of late night that turns out exponentially better than any expectations I had. The latest candidate is Sentimental Journey, the series about 12 girls whose relationships didn’t quite work out that brought Kazuyoshi Katayama (who soon after directed Big O) back to TV after a 10-year drought.