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Anime you expected to like but did not
Posted 7/30/14
I was hoping to like Tokyo Gouhl, I liked it at first but then I got bored. The show tries too hard to freak us out...and the main character is so whiny and annoying.
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I liked Nisekoi in the beginning but it got really....really dumb. Like, the characters got dumber every episode dumb.

So yeah, that show.
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I thought I would have liked Bleach because I really like Naruto. BUT. I didn't.
I don't know, maybe someday I'll try to watch/read Bleach and try to get through with it. That someday will probably be when the author finished writing already...
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Msyterious Girlfriend X - Thought it would be a unique take on a romance. Also thought Urabe looked really cool. Ended up being a boring show with boring characters.

Fate Series - The whole aspect of the Holy Grail War sounded very cool. I thought it would be a great action series. Fate/stay Night ended up being ruined by the White Knight Hero Emiya Shirou. The ending sucked as well. Fate/Zero was fraught with typical cliche characters and story lines. I had heard the fights were amazing. Too bad there were only like two fights the entire show and had more talking than Naruto. While I didn't dislike Saber, I certainly didn't see what the hype was surrounding her. Maybe it's just because she's an attractive blonde.

FLCL - Fantastic animation and soundtrack, but those mean nothing if the story and character departments are god-awful.

Gurren Lagann - This show is more of a meme than a good show. "Manliest of the manly". Nope, didn't like any of the characters, plus the typical Gainax troll ending was not helpful.

Gosick - Ruined by one of the most cardboard male leads I've seen, not to mention unbelievable over-the-top reactions from side characters that made it seem like the main cast were the only people with a brain.

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia - Exactly the same as Gosick.

ef Series - The show sounded emotional and beautiful. "ef: a Tale of Memories". Doesn't that sound gorgeous? Well, it only took me an episode or two to realize this series was from Shaft. Ended up getting the typical cardboard Shaft characters that they're so great at making because they're too busy focusing on the "trippy" animation.

Anohana - Ruined by a giant love polygon and an extremely irritating supporting cast.

And last but not least, the trio of the worst anime I've ever seen: High School of the Dead, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, and My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu. God, I don't even want to talk about those three. Let's just say irritating characters and over-the-top unrealistic melodrama were the source of my hatred for the three


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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the way it sounded was really cool i enjoy magical girl shows and this one sounded like it was doing something different with the genre but in the end it was just a very boring dull show where nothing actually happens just people sitting around talking about wishes and being a magical girl. It also has some very pretentious fans who deflect all criticism of the show by being like "You are just not intelligent enough to get how complex it's a deconstruction!" I really hate the word "Deconstruction" it's sort of become a trendy way to describe a piece of media to make yourself seem deep.


Ignore the Madoka fanboys. It has the worst fanbase of any anime out there in my opinion. I can agree with you on some of your points. When I look at a show, I judge two categories: Story and characters. I don't count animation and soundtrack, as I consider those to be sort of a bonus. it seems nowadays all people are looking for is cool animation, and they don't care about the core of the show. Shaft uses an animation style that a lot of people love. But, to be honest, I have yet to see a show by Shaft where the characters aren't shallow and simple character tropes. This is the case with Madoka for me. It had one of the most shallow cast of characters I've seen so far. Plus, the story was incredibly slow until the last couple of episodes. And, with a climax like the one it had, you have to have an attachment to the characters for it to be impactful. I find it impossible to develop attachments to cutout characters like the ones in Madoka.

So, after I finished this show, I asked myself a few questions: How was the story? Well, the story was badly paced and predictable. How were characters? Well, they were typical characters created by Shaft; cutout characters that follow their character trope from beginning to end. Did this show have any entertainment value? No.

I think this show is better suited to people who aren't regular anime fans. Once you've had experience with a lot of anime, and can distinguish good characters and story from bad characters and story, I find it hard to believe that you would be in the group that calls this show a masterpiece.

I also am not a fan of the term deconstruction. It is the fanbase's excuse for being a supposed masterpiece. So what if it is different from most magical girl shows? Just because it is different doesn't mean it's good. You still have to execute characters and story, regardless of how different the show is from the norm. Any show can be different, such as a shounen with a female lead. But, you still have to execute the things that make a show good, whether or not the premise is different.

Anyways, I didn't expect to love Madoka, but I was at least expecting to be one of the best anime I've seen because that's what everyone and their neighbor was telling me it was going to be.
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Posted 7/30/14
Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex

I was really expecting something good after watching the original film, but it basically boiled down to pretension and incredibly dull characters. The reason why the movie worked for me and not the series is because the characters don't into almost any further depth than they did in the film. Characters that are good in 82-minute-long movies aren't going to be sufficient for 26 episode TV series. I also think the series is ridiculously pretentious because of its social commentary, most of which I found to be preachy and/or uninformed.
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