First  Prev  1  2  3  4  Next  Last
Deal Breakers
11678 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M
Offline
Posted 9/17/14 , edited 9/17/14
There's a lot of BS I'll put up with in a show, but one thing that'll make me quit is wasted potential. It's so disappointing when the initial premise and characters show the potential to be an amazing series and then it just doesn't follow through. It doesn't always result in me HATING a series, but when a series pulls that I'll usually just get bored and want to stop watching.

I watched all of season one of A Certain Magical Index and the first five episodes of Railgun and there was a lot to like, but Index ended up being really formulaic and repetitive and Railgun hasn't really gotten beyond typical high-school-girls-doing-mundane-things territory. I might continue if someone tells me it does start getting good though. Or just skip to the stuff in S which is the Misaka-clone arc from her point of view.

Another great example of a "wasted potential" series: Fucking Naruto. Watched the original anime up to the filler, skipped to Shippuden, watched the first episode and then quit because I realized I was wasting my time and it would never focus on what I cared about. Which admittedly was whether Hinata and Naruto would kiss, but whatever.

Or take the premise of K-On! High school girls starting a light music club and forming a rock band? That's the premise to an amazing anime, but K-On! is far more interested in being a soulless, otaku-baiting moeblob show. This one I actually do hate. I tried rewatching it a little while ago on the basis of "maybe it's not as bad as I'm saying it is now, I remember enjoying it at the time"... and it was actually much WORSE than I expected.
42391 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / New Jersey, USA
Offline
Posted 9/17/14 , edited 9/17/14

sporkaganza wrote:

There's a lot of BS I'll put up with in a show, but one thing that'll make me quit is wasted potential. It's so disappointing when the initial premise and characters show the potential to be an amazing series and then it just doesn't follow through. It doesn't always result in me HATING a series, but when a series pulls that I'll usually just get bored and want to stop watching.

I watched all of season one of A Certain Magical Index and the first five episodes of Railgun and there was a lot to like, but Index ended up being really formulaic and repetitive and Railgun hasn't really gotten beyond typical high-school-girls-doing-mundane-things territory. I might continue if someone tells me it does start getting good though. Or just skip to the stuff in S which is the Misaka-clone arc from her point of view.

Another great example of a "wasted potential" series: Fucking Naruto. Watched the original anime up to the filler, skipped to Shippuden, watched the first episode and then quit because I realized I was wasting my time and it would never focus on what I cared about. Which admittedly was whether Hinata and Naruto would kiss, but whatever.

Or take the premise of K-On! High school girls starting a light music club and forming a rock band? That's the premise to an amazing anime, but K-On! is far more interested in being a soulless, otaku-baiting moeblob show. This one I actually do hate. I tried rewatching it a little while ago on the basis of "maybe it's not as bad as I'm saying it is now, I remember enjoying it at the time"... and it was actually much WORSE than I expected.



Do you set your expectations high or no?
70034 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
27 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 9/17/14

sporkaganza wrote:

Or take the premise of K-On! High school girls starting a light music club and forming a rock band? That's the premise to an amazing anime, but K-On! is far more interested in being a soulless, otaku-baiting moeblob show. This one I actually do hate. I tried rewatching it a little while ago on the basis of "maybe it's not as bad as I'm saying it is now, I remember enjoying it at the time"... and it was actually much WORSE than I expected.

I didn't mind K-On!, but as a humorous personal anecdote I went into it expecting this.

I got to the end of the series and was like uh.........
LokiLB 
41550 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
I tend to drop a show if there is overly stupid fanservice or harem non-sense, especially when it gets in the way of the plot or premise that I started watching the show for. I dropped Demon King Daimo and Strike the Blood because of that. I generally don't like romance. I especially hate love polygons of all shapes unless there is a really good reason to have it (I tolerate it in Inuyasha because I find it sort of ironically hilarious that the guy is in a love triangle with two versions of the same person). If there's going to be romance, I prefer a set couple that stays that way (Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho). A bit of tradgedy is also nice (not Romeo and Juliet, more Odysseus and Penelope or Orpheus and Eurydice). I'll also drop a show if there's too much PDA/sex that serves no plot purpose (though that tends to be more an issue with American live action shows).
So I tend to avoid harems, romances, and fanservice shows.

This is something that's not a recurring reason, but I dropped JoJo after Dio killed the dog. Between burning the dog alive (I like dogs), the hero not ineresting me, and the villain being not at all likable, I just lost all interest in the show. Most of the time I prefer villains that have some reason for being evil (Joker gets a pass), but that tends to be more a reason to keep watching and isn't really a breaking point unless coupled with something else.
2408 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / M / Vancouver Canada
Offline
Posted 9/17/14

jutsuri wrote:

Is there a particular trope, character type, plot twist, etc. that will make you immediately drop a series?

For me it's needlessly killing off pets. There's just something about it that makes me not want to give the story any more time.

On a totally different level the other thing that drives me away from series is if I don't like the aesthetic, I need to enjoy looking at the characters in order to immerse myself in the story. I think that's why I like anime and manga but I never got into American comic books.


Anime's that take too much time explaining backstory. I hate starting an anime and wasting the first 3 episodes (Give or take.) learning about the MC's childhood only to find out that it is rarely, if ever used again.

So if an anime wastes a lot of time explaining backstory I usually drop it, for me lately it was JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It bothered me how they wasted the first few episodes on backstory, then skipped like 7 years.
31344 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
32 / M
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
I don't think anything on it's own can make me stop watching a show but i do hate certain things you see in several shows like perfect MC's. I hate the can beat anything easily and always saves the day types. SAOs of course my current hate for this since Kirito is so pefect and surrounded by females who all fall for him and seem strong but then turn into crying wimps to be saved. Sexist Japanese male fantasy at it's best XD.

Also hate those really dumb MC's who get by on miraculous luck. Normally they are prone to random fits of rage where they never follow orders. They'll get orders and be all into it like "okay we know the plan! Let's do this!" Then the battle starts and they just randomly run off and endanger everyone of their friends like *zoom* "I DO WHAT I WAAAAANT"

Certain story types bug me too like when it's just weird for the sake of being weird. Likes to pretend it's deep but it's just incredibly dumb
11678 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M
Offline
Posted 9/17/14

qualeshia3 wrote:


sporkaganza wrote:

Long post


Do you set your expectations high or no?


Well... yeah, that's the whole point, I set my expectations high if the series looks like it's going to be really good from the premise or the first few episodes? That's literally the point of what I was saying?

Actually if I don't have high expectations going in, it's not a big deal if it's not that great. Like, if I'm expecting something average and that's what I get, I'll probably enjoy that more than if I'm expecting something great and it's average.
11916 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
38 / M / Charlotte, NC
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
Assuming I was interested enough to start the series in the first place: these shows that start out with a stated story premise, and then (usually immediately) devolve into sleaze. Like camera shots hovering around female crotches, shoving various male characters' faces into boobs, that kind of trash. I keep hearing the words "fan service" as a justification, but the fact is, that so-called fan service has been around since the 1970s but NOT IN EVERY SHOW, and not until recently has it become so rauchy; so nearly X-rated, and so prevalent in so much anime even kids' shows. I've gotten tired of it to the point that, if I wasn't expecting to see it straight off- then its sudden appearance can shut me off.
11678 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M
Offline
Posted 9/17/14

KingKaio wrote:

Assuming I was interested enough to start the series in the first place: these shows that start out with a stated story premise, and then (usually immediately) devolve into sleaze. Like camera shots hovering around female crotches, shoving various male characters' faces into boobs, that kind of trash. I keep hearing the words "fan service" as a justification, but the fact is, that so-called fan service has been around since the 1970s but NOT IN EVERY SHOW, and not until recently has it become so rauchy; so nearly X-rated, and so prevalent in so much anime even kids' shows. I've gotten tired of it to the point that, if I wasn't expecting to see it straight off- then its sudden appearance can shut me off.


I really don't understand fanservice. How is that even a justification of anything? Randomly shoving panty shots or boob jiggling or whatever into a series that's presumably supposed to be about something is just so weird and distracting - like, if I wanted that, I would have googled some porn, but I decided to watch an anime instead so it's just a nuisance.
3095 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
19 / M / Internet
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
Annoying MC
CaelK 
21020 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 9/17/14 , edited 9/17/14

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:


twintiger12 wrote:
Serious show but blatantly giving MCs ass pulled victories.


This. Give me a show where the MCs make mistakes and have to deal with them!


This +2. Some characters are called heroes because they beat up bad guys.

But they aren't true heroes. True heroes show their mettle as human beings. They make all the tough moral decisions that no one else can. The day they beat up bad guys can be a Tuesday for all it matters - being a hero is about the person, and the conflict, within.

It's not really a deal breaker though. I'm kinda desensitized, and realize that true heroes are a rare breed of character. I consider it to be more a bonus at this point. ^_^;
18296 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
Generally consent/abuse issues on male main characters. Love Stage in particular was horrible about that, and Himegoto is bad too. Not really funny to watch guys get emotionally, physically, or sexually abused by female or male (in the case of BL) characters.
326 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F / Milky Way Galaxy
Offline
Posted 9/17/14

DollyDagger11 wrote:

Strong female characters that go weak


Same. That's mostly the reason I dropped SAO, and have no will to finish it, no matter how much my friends love it
16488 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M
Offline
Posted 9/17/14
I get caught up on Main Characters a lot. I don't care if they're weak, annoying, whiny or whatever. If they do something with them and they do it pretty well, then I'm okay with it. What I can't stand in a protagonist is being bland. Series like Mahouka or Fist of the North Star have things to like about them, but I'm sorry anytime I see either of these series protagonists I feel like turning them off right there and then. I don't know if they get better later on but I really dislike being unable to tell the protagonist apart from a piece of plywood.
42391 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / F / New Jersey, USA
Offline
Posted 9/17/14


Have you ever tried to NOT expect anything from an anime series?
First  Prev  1  2  3  4  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.