How do you know when it's time to bail?
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On a particular anime I mean...(Warning***This might be a lengthy post)
I recently started to seriously get into anime. Some of you know my story but for those who don't... About a year and a half ago I became very good friends with this asian dude, in fact he was my college roommate last semester. Anyhow, he was really into anime, and it seemed like he had watched an absurd amount of anime, he knew of anything and everything I threw at him. However, he's more into action oriented style than I am. We found some common ground because I mentioned one of the few anime series I watched when I was in elementary school was Saint Seiya. It was awesome to find someone who even knew about the anime and knew a lot about it. Long story short, he sort of made me want to watch anime again and so I did.
Since then, I have watched several series, some were great, some not so much, some left me wondering "Why I am even watching this stuff?"
-K Project
-Zetsuen No Tempest
-Clannad and After Story
-Pet Girl of Sakurasou
-Bakemonogatari*****dropped
-Saint Seiya Lost Canvas
-Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
-Steins Gate
-Evangelion(first 2 movies)
-Fairy Tail
-Ef A Tail of Memories
-Suki-tte Ii na yo
-Mirai Nikki
-Durarara
-Kotonoha No Niwa(movie)
- 5 centimeters per second(movie)
-Attack on Titan
-A Town Where You Live

A few of those, came highly recommended by some folks on this very forum. Anyways, I don't know about you, but that is a LOT of content and obviously there's a couple on there that I have not finished because they're currently airing so...

I tried getting into Angel Beats but I just couldn't, I think I watched two episodes and just the notion of being stuck in limbo and the impossibility of dying(since they're dead already) was a huge turnoff. I simply couldn't wrap that around my mind, couldn't take it seriously so I stopped watching it. Bakemonogatari is another one. Several people recommended it, and not just on this site. I didn't entirely love the art/animation style, I didn't think it was bad though... The plot however, never truly grabbed me. Still, I kept watching and I think it was after episode 10 I decided to drop it. I just didn't see it going anywhere. Now I find myself thinking if I should give it another try. Something similar happened with Clannad, I enjoyed it but I guess the hype was such that I kept expecting more, something that would move me but it was just "meh..." I considered dropping it many times but the humor in it and the brief depressing moments kept me watching. Thankfully, I stuck with it and made it to After Story and I could not be happier that I did.

I guess what I want to ask is, when do you know it is time to drop a series? What makes you decide "this is it "? what's the minimum number of episodes before you make that decision? and when you stop watching for a while(not drop) do you ever truly go back and resume watching? This in particular is what's happened to me with a couple of shows(Mirai Nikki, Fairy Tail). Thanks in advance for responding and sorry about the long post
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the only series i considered dropping is one piece, 400 episodes in, still can't see why it's popular..it's very mediocre with measly plot twists that have occurred so far, any arc so far has been utterly boring with characters that i didnt care about or boring repetitive events and a somehow enjoyable ending with few gripes that doesn't even make up for the time you lost watching, the characters are the only thing to watch in this series, the fights are average and sometimes good still incomparable to naruto or hunter x hunter fights. this series isn't worth getting into at all the total amount of chills/suspense/enjoyment i got from watching 17 episode of attack on titan or the phantom troupe arc in Hunter x hunter equals all the awesome things that happened in 400 episodes of one piece and i'm being generous :)
i digressed..my point is when you're watching a show and the time you spend checking your facebook feed while the video is still playing because you died of boredom is more then the time you've watched the actual series. so yeah fuck one piece i can never get why it's so popular it's a kid's show and neither did any fan of it gave me a proper answer.
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Posted 8/10/13 , edited 8/10/13

This is a good question, but it's one we already have a discussion for.

/forumtopic-799327/your-anime-lemon-law asks the question "How long does it take you to know that you're not going to like a show, and why?" (The topic title itself doesn't make that completely clear, so I'm going to add that in just a minute.) please join that discussion--don't just read--do add your own thoughts and examples; that will help bring the topic back into view for new folks, or those who may have missed it when it was first posted.

Other related topics you might find interesting are:

/forumtopic-812795/whats-the-last-anime-that-you-gave-up-on-and-why

/forumtopic-795087/which-anime-got-your-interest-but-after-watching-few-episodes-you-dropped-it

Enjoy!

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