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Posted 6/22/13
Murder Princess was an awesome anime, but only lasted 6 episodes. I don't understand why the anime couldn't have been at least extended into 10 episodes because there was so much that could have easily been expanded upon.
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Angel Beats, Angel Beats, Angel Beats. I wanted more episodes like that masterpiece with Yui. Dammit Key. ;_;
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I liked that someone brought up Problem Children. I thought it might be kind of like Fairy Tail, with the difference being that I wouldn't feel like smashing my head against the wall every other episode. Unfortunately, it kind of fizzled, and I'd write more if it were more memorable.

Psycho Pass: I reluctantly agree with the criticisms a few posts above, though it's still among my favorites.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei: I'd deduct points because the high school students being attracted to the teacher was unnecessary. Still, it had some of the most hilarious scenes I've seen (S1 ep 12 for example). Unfortunately, the second and third seasons kind of dragged on; probably because there wasn't much of a plot.

Level E: some of the intermediate episodes were very random - you could almost throw them away. But, the last episode was a lot of fun.

Chrome Shelled Regios: it really seemed to have an interesting setting, but that wasn't explored, and it wound up a generic harem with non-distinct characters. Hmm, I think I could copy and paste this critique for: Total Eclipse, BTOOM, ... (Edit: BTOOM might not have been harem come to think of it, but it definitely didn't reach it's potential)

Finally first post - </lurking>
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SAO: Started strong, but then filler for some odd reason, and no character development Season 2 though, season 2 was just an abomination of all things anime, even worse than the playing house episodes and wince worthy family segment.

Guilty Crown: Weak ineffectual cockblocking protagonist for more than half the series, wasted potential, too many things not making sense or not explained in detail(voids, random blond kid demi-god, etc) And it was pretty much a poor man's code geass and code geass went to shit after season one anyways.

Devil survivor 2: Taking our time, explaining initial characters and settings, multiple episode septentrion then.... rush rush rush rush, character plots? Lol no rush rush rush rush the end.


May get flamed for this.

Space Brothers: I really liked this, but the slow slow slow pace is really crippling interest for me regrettably.

Arata Kangatari: Lame. Just lame, boring, and utterly predictable. Plot wise, It feels like an anime that was made in the late 90s. And gives off an inuyasha vibe which is not a good thing.

Gangantia: More filler episodes(including obligatory beach episode) than plot episodes. Many characters that were not explored. And the ending was a rush job.

Valvrave the Liberator: If you could look up 'Jump The Shark' in a dictionary, this animes' cover would be lounging right next to Fonzy.
First it completely ripped off damn near the whole intro from Gundam Seed(5 young soldiers infiltrate a neutral country to steal a humanoid mech weapon said neutral country shouldn't have)

First its a space mech anime, then a space mech vampire anime, then a space mech vampire romance anime. I wouldn't be surprised if they throw in kung fu fighting martians at this point.

In other words, True Blood in space if ya toss in some gundam wannabes.

This isn't even the worst part, the shark gets jumped so many times throughout this mess the damn beast gets dizzy trying to follow, like I did trying to take this facsimile of a plot seriously.

Damn, nearly forgot the grand daddy of wasted potential barring the obligatory Bleach, naruto, and one piece.

Darker than black: Twins of the meteor

Such a disappointment. First they take the black trenchcoat swaggering, opera mask wearing assassin, and replace him with a powerless alcoholic hobo who looks like he needs a haircut, a bath, and someone to dress him the morning.

The main character centers on a near emotionless girl(contracter...ized?) whose weapon is a sniper rifle manifested in a Sailor Moonesque manner.

Yes, yes it was that bad. Then throw in a parlor of one dimensional zero development characters. One winds up being a bad guy, but no really cared, Plot points thrown out with zero lead up, and then the usual meandering until the end.
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Posted 7/29/13
If only Angel Beats was only a few episodes longer. Regardless it's my all-time favorite, it made me cry harder than Up
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Demon King Daimao...I did not like it. The second half of it felt WAAAY too rushed for my tastes. It had some good potential, though. To me, it felt like it was a 26-episode anime, squeezed into 12 or 13.
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Lalala everyone knows SAO could have been better than it was.

My number one for anime with wasted potential is Shakugan no Shana. I honestly think that, if they hadn't messed up the entire third season, it could be my favorite anime of all time.

Another pick would be D. Gray Man. Take out the fillers, add in a little more emotion and a little more thematic depth to the story, and avoid making Lenalee into a total wimp and you have a brilliant show. Man, that show had everything it needed to be great, but instead it's sadly a little better than average.


For the dissenting opinions:
Angel Beats! has no wasted potential. You can whine about it being shorter than you'd like, but that show wasted nothing. But I'm also one of the few who doesn't think there needed to be more episodes, so that could be where that comes form.


GayAsianBoy wrote:
Blast of the Tempest, it had everything in the first half of the series, then after episode 14, it just became stupid... and decided to become a shoujo anime in the second half. Wasted potential.


It stuns me when people say that Blast of Tempest became stupid, run-of-the-mill or otherwise inferior after the midpoint of the show. The shoujo stuff takes maybe two episodes, and it is also mixed in with the plot. And it's like people totally forget this:



There's nothing cute or romantic about that and there's nothing wrong with this show. I am heavily biased, though
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School Days, after episode 3 Makato kept doing the same thing Fuck as many bitches as you can and not caring.
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Area no Kishi- They really need another season of this cause to me it had no real conclusion to anything besides the main character continuing to play soccer
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EJPrime wrote:

School Days, after episode 3 Makato kept doing the same thing Fuck as many bitches as you can and not caring.


I think a lot of people missed the point of the anime... Makato being arrogant and lustful was an intentional choice by the author. The whole point of School Days was to take a cynical and more realistic approach to the harem genre. The problem for people is the over-realistic attempt of the story to the point of where no ideals, growth, or positive character change could become possible ultimately making the ending a redeemable one even though the orginal ending is the furthest away from reality. Everyone and their mothers complain about the plot of anime yet I felt the real problem was the weak writing and lack of portrayal of themes. I believe this type of anime was just made up on the spot for each episode; therefore, the mid story plot didnt link the beginning and ending as it should of.


The saddest thing for me was SAO arch 2. Despite some major flaws in arch 1, this anime reminded me of Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars: it had the chance to be one of the best of all time but ruined itself and ultimately went into a position of impossible redemption
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SAO - blah blah blah same arguments as everyone else
Angel Beats - blah blah blah same arguments as anyone who wanted more episodes

Soul Eater - I loved this series. As it is now, it was good. I actually liked the very last episode a lot, but the episodes leading up to it just seemed rushed. I think they could have done the same story, with an extra handful of episodes added in (12-24 more). This would have given more opportunity to develop certain plot points a little further. Alternatively they could have followed the manga, but I think the Soul Eater anime had passed the manga at the time of production. Maybe they'll do a remake, sort of like FMA B, the manga is almost finished after all.
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Shows that had potential but they bit themselves in the ass instead of following through?

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Hagani Next whole season) - So many times during the second half they ended the episode on an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC CLIFF-HANGER. And when the next episode started they took the cliff-hanger and resolved it by pushing it aside and saying let's pretend it didn't happen. Of course it's "not a drama" but they were rolling in a mass of potential *often* and they decided to pretend it wasn't there.

Hataraku Maou-sama! - This show was absolutely hilarious, and it gives the viewers many brilliant questions that we want answered. (or at least me). We want explanations. And this show decides to have an amazing setup - but in the application they fail miserably. And the ending was the very definition of anti-climactic. This show is highly acclaimed (somehow) but I think the fact that it held untapped potential weighed it down too much.

Kotoura-san - Uhmm. This show went from an amazing drama in the first episode, to setting up a good potential romance comedy in the next few episodes. From there you ask? it held bad back story where they ended up KILLING the characterization of characters that were hyped up to be good. The arcs that followed were just bad. The characters were bad. But the first episode to this show was so spectacular.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic - They kind of DESTROYED Alibaba's character. That's really all.

My Little Monster - The character archetypes were good. But they ended up becoming extremely unlikable. And the drama? The drama was so horribly contrived that it was impossible to care. "Not a drama excuse" doesn't matter. They dipped in it and failed miserably and that really takes away from what could have been a solid show.

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There's so many more shows that held untapped potential, but that's just because of my own standards.
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Posted 7/30/13
Angel Beats! suffered from being denied the 24+ episode run they asked for and had to make do with cramming 13hrs of story into 6.5hrs of space.

In a perfect world it would be rebooted and done as intended and it could finally be the 5/5 star anime I believe it is instead of 4.5/5 stars due to rushed ending.
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Posted 7/30/13

Mikey435 wrote:
Hataraku Maou-sama! - This show was absolutely hilarious, and it gives the viewers many brilliant questions that we want answered. (or at least me). We want explanations. And this show decides to have an amazing setup - but in the application they fail miserably. And the ending was the very definition of anti-climactic. This show is highly acclaimed (somehow) but I think the fact that it held untapped potential weighed it down too much.


Sounds to me like most of your issues with Maou-sama could be solved by a second season which I am very much hoping for.

I actually really liked the ending of the show because of the parallels to the beginning. Full circles always win points from me. It definitely was calling for more seasons, though.
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Posted 7/30/13
Black Butler for me, the show could have been a pretty good Faustian tale if it would have been darker and had Ciel want to deny his contract near the end, but instead it just focused on comedy that didn't work (at least for me) and pretty much pointless side plots. If only it would have been more serious, it could have been just so much better, but the fangirls don't flock towards serious stuff, they flock to manservice comedies it seems

I'm not even touching the second season, it just shouldn't exist
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