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Just for the record for those who'd rather not jump through the hoops to find it...this is my full review of Kotoura-san. Only read this if you've seen the full series in its entirety as it pretty much spoils anything that you could possibly consider is a spoiler.

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Naruto the thread
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Ah-hem...
Another- Great first half, second half got just felt rushed and pointless
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai- OK, ill except the energy source being perversion...but not much else to the show
Myself; Yourself- I thought the start was great but just got pointless towards the end
Umineko- Kept getting repetitive with not much clarity
Campione- "The power of words" was extremely dumb
A Dark Rabbit has Seven Lives- ...ahhhh nevermind this had no potential
Dantalian no Shoka- I like episodic anime but this just a weak goal
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Posted 6/19/13 , edited 6/19/13

Insomnist wrote:

I'm simply thankful the first episode of Kotoura-san exists; I just pretend the rest of it doesn't.

Anyway, from browsing my MAL:

Another (as TrueGoober said, this had a great first half but the rest was meh).
Berserk: The Battle for Doldrey (skipped my favorite subplot in the whole damn series).
Black★Rock Shooter (this had a lot of potential but was too short and confusing to capitalize on it).
C (needed two more episodes to finish properly; the end was rushed and felt hacked in half).

Claymore (most of the monsters looked dumb, and the world wasn't explored enough).
Code Geass (too much high school angst and absurdity, not enough Death Note intensity).
Death Note (third cour didn't live up to the first season).
Fate/Zero (flat acting and heavily restrained action weighed this down a lot).

Full Metal Panic! (more of it hasn't been made; this is misused potential).
Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GiG (this plot was dumb as shit compared to the first season).
Guilty Crown (shaky plot; it didn't flow very well and was very rough around the edges).
Hikaru no Go: Journey to the North Star Cup (filler OVAs instead of the actual North Star Cup).

K (all spectacle and no substance, which was absurdly disappointing after Mardock Scramble).
Karas (second movie didn't live up to the first).
Legend of the Galactic Heroes (the James Bond villain and evil supercult didn't age well).
Nisemonogatari (I can't put my finger on why this didn't live up to Bakemonogatari, but it didn't).

Psycho-Pass (nothing really specific except this fell short of what it could have been).
Shin Sekai Yori (the second half meandered around before dying in a cutter somewhere).
Sword Art Online (whatever; presumably they'll learn from it before doing season two).
Zetman (great example of a story that had everything going for it but still fizzled out completely).


Well, the second arc for SAO was definitely not as decent as the first. Fate/Zero didn't seem really restrained though. It seemed quite the opposite. Agreed on Berserk and Psycho-Pass. Can't really comment on most of the others as I have yet to really get into them.
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Posted 6/19/13
That is the answer i have been looking for. Thank you!!
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M / Lavender town
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Posted 6/19/13
I completely agree with you. i would loved to have seen more episodes that show more depth in each of the characters lives.
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One Piece, the highest selling manga of all time (maybe, maybe second to dragon ball) deserves more than this on their anime.

With that kind of money they can afford to make every single episode to be movie quality and still make a profit.
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Posted 6/19/13
i agree about Another. I wanted to see more of kouichi and misaki. and the ending was just crazy.
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41 / M / Canada
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Posted 6/19/13
Rosario to Vampire always comes to mind when I think of an anime with wasted potential.

They threw everything good about the manga out and reduced it to a very bland fan-servicey harem series.

Extremely frustrating to someone who was looking forward to the anime getting to the good parts only to have the rug yanked out from under you.

That main character was supposed to turn into an unstoppable killing machine
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Posted 6/19/13
Angel Beats was too rushed not enough development of all the other characters. Guilty Crown also suffered the same problem. They are both still great shows!
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Posted 6/19/13
Hell girl
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Finally some one says it. I was reading through the whole thread just to see if some one listed it. The manga is exceptional. Wiliest the anime left even the most die hard fans of the manga shooting themselves in the head to get the mental blasphemy of that anime out of their minds. It was atrocious! But if they did a complete rewrite and production I would hope to believe people would give it a chance again. They just need to stick to the mangas. Which is to say about a lot of peoples complaints on the animes with potential.
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Posted 6/19/13 , edited 6/19/13

1tylerule wrote:

Fate/Zero didn't seem really restrained though. It seemed quite the opposite.

(This is going to be my personal opinion from my viewing of the show; our experiences my differ).

Really? The first time I watched it in bits and pieces, but recently I watched the first 16 episodes again and spent most of the time wondering when they were going to have a serious fight that actually resolved anything.

Saber used a couple flashy moves against Lancer, but mostly they just fenced. The fights with Caster involved a lot of slashing up miscellaneous CGI tentacle monsters. Kariya attacking Tokiomi was hardly spectacular, etc.

It just felt like everything was being held back from being actually awesome. I still need to refinish the last 9 episodes, but so far the only time I felt truly excited was the end of the first episode when all the servants were summoned.

Edit: And Berserker showing up Archer the first time they met. That was badass. But mostly it was a lot of people failing to commit to any direct conflict while plots and subplots unfolded, which was kind of boring mostly.

I'm cool with shows that have a steadier pace, I'm watching Monster right now and loving the hell out of it. But Fate/Zero didn't really have the character depth to support that kind of thing. Despite pretending that it did.
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Obviously Sword Art Online, but since everyone else is talking about it I'll talk about something else instead.

Oreshura to me was a complete waste of potential. Here you have this main character in a romcom setting who hates love, and is going out with this girl who also hates love, and the only reason she's going out with him is she got tired of being asked out. You also have the childhood friend who loves the main character. The idea is that over time the girlfriend and the main character actually learn to like love and are gradually turned from cynics to slightly more romantics.

But then they introduce the other characters of the harem, which consist of an insane girl who thinks she and the main character were married in a past fantasy life, and the most unsubtle tsundere in history(who everyone still can't figure out is in love with the main character). It then devolves into typical romcom shenanigans with them all trying on swimsuits, tsundere girl saying she and main character agreed to get married when they were 8 or so, and the main character jettisoning all trace of his cynicism about love with no development leading up to it.

I would be more mad with it if My Childhood RomCom is Wrong, as I Expected didn't show up, which had a very similar idea but actually followed through on it.

I guess Maoyu was also a disappointment. I can't put my finger on it, but none of the people really felt like people and I didn't care about them.
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Posted 6/19/13 , edited 6/19/13

Insomnist wrote:

Psycho-Pass (nothing really specific except this fell short of what it could have been).


Personally, the reason I think it fell short of what it could have been, was because of the focus on Makishima and Kougami and everything else more or less took a backseat. I mean, the world was there, the characters were there (some more than others), and the concepts were there, but instead of exploring deeper in a dystopia controlled by the Sibyl System (and by extension, the true nature of human beings) - they chose the revenge route.

There is more to it surely, but I didn't want to think on it and write anything lengthy.

This also reminds me, but my Psycho Pass fan-fic is in a rut and I'm not sure how to continue it. That, and Psycho Pass has gotten me interested in Cyberpunk (as a reading material instead of watching; ie books). Yay, more stuff to read!
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