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I couldn't make it past the first episode of Log Horizon.
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I would watch two episodes but if it doesn't interest me I would watch something else, But if someone recommended it to me and told me that it was good but with a slow start then I would keep watching and see if it gets interesting.
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World Trigger has a really slow start, sometimes if the show isn't annoying, I sort of just stick with it... or like if I was really curious about how it ends...

Sometimes a show can be boring, but it makes you curious about how it's going to end, so I stick with it lol. if it was annoying or makes me sleepy, then I drop it.

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I'm glad I stuck with World Trigger though, it got interesting after several episodes. When they started talking about other dimensions and stuff.
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Gintama is probably the king of slow starts. It starts off pretty average/boring for about 30 episodes and then everything after that is insanely good.
Generally i'll stick with something that feels kind of slow to me but if about halfway though there isn't really any progression or I don't fond it particularly interesting i'll drop it.
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if it doesn't catch my interest in one way or another, I just drop it. simple as that.
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Soo.... JoJo?
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Slow start means nothing if the show's characters and other factors entertain me enough. I only have this problem on new action series and some romances, and I get peeved if the payoff wasn't good. I'm more forgiving on slice of life and psych thrillers so long as the characters are good.
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For me, how long I'll stick with a series before bailing on it depends on four factors:

1) Length of the series. I'm much more likely to finish a sub-par 12 episode series than a 50+ episode series, if it's starting slowly.

2) Character Likability. If a series has introduced me to characters that I fundamentally like and want to root for, I'm much more likely to stick around longer. If I don't find the characters especially interesting or likable at first glance, then the plot had better be damned good from Episode 1.

3) Genre. I know that I tend to like romances, especially romantic comedies, and slice of life shows a lot; so I'll tend to stick with those shows longer. If I'm watching an action/adventure show (which I tend not to like as much), I'm much more likely to stop watching as soon as it starts to drag a bit.

4) Likely Ending. If a show is based on an on-going Manga or Light Novel Series--and therefore is unlikely to have a satisfying ending--then I'm much more likely to drop it. If the show is original or based on a finished work, then I'm much more likely to see it through.

Of course, these rules are why I've suffered through more than one bad 12 episode date-sim adaptation... but no rules are perfect.
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I actually faced this problem when I watched Wolfs Rain. I bought the show based off a friends high recommendation. I watched the first disc of five episodes and stopped because all five episodes were so slow going. However my friend told me to push through the very slow start and it would be worth it. So a few months later I tried again and was able to get past episode five and I was glad I did. Wolfs Rain is a top notch anime and I see why my friend loved it. I think the best way to get through slow anime, especially those that require more than three episodes to get into to, is having a friend who loves the show and wants to badly talk about the show with you. Thats really what pushed me to watch it.
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I just do it.
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I usually give shows 3-4 episodes to prove itself. Usually good shows that get off to a slow start begin to right itself by then. It all depends on patience and interest level as shows I have great interest in usually get a longer chance while shows I didn't have much interest in are quickly dropped.
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If it's a genre I like and there's not something off putting, I can handle a slow burn. I also tend to like shows that start off with what appears to be a lot of disjointed episodes that actually are build up and foreshadowing.
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Slow starts do not necessarily equate to bad/boring starts. Many acclaimed shows that feature slow starts are often considered great shows after the fact, because of their slow starts even if people don't realize it. Often this is because the storytellers are trying to get you emotionally invested or subtly lay the groundwork for something that can be sprung on you like a trap without being deus ex machina.

Steins;Gate for instance wouldn't be half as memorable if it didn't spend the first half of the series getting you emotionally invested in the characters, and taking time setting the groundwork before blindsiding you. Madoka's entire plot is based on throwing stuff at you that seems inconsequential at first but looks completely different when shown under a different light. The Umineko Sound Novel's* are known for having long drawn out intros to each Episode, but they are also known for getting "Holy Shit, not a god damn thing in this series is inconsequential!" reactions from a subsequent re-reading, and sometimes even on further readthroughs as the end helps you piece together the beginning, which in turn helps you piece together the end in a cycle.

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(*Feel free to ignore the following if you are not interested, as its just explaining why I mentioned the Umineko Sound Novel instead of the Anime, and why the anime has the exact opposite problem in relation to the thread topic.

I mentioned the sound novel for Umineko rather than the anime, as the anime is a prime example of showing how omitting groundwork actually hurts some stories. The anime reads like a Cliffs Notes, allowing for little emotional attachment and skimming over all but the most necessary groundwork to tell a limited version of the story. I'm not terribly upset at the anime or anything as it is a story that just doesn't translate well into a runtime that can possibly work for anything other than a long running action shounen.

Just to give a rough visual image comparison of the ratio of manga material to anime material, Attack on Titan's 27 episode run covers roughly about the same amount of manga material that the Umineko anime covers in the first 6 episodes or so. If you want to compare it to the long running series instead, the first half of the Umineko(Legend, Turn, Banquet and Alliance) in manga form, which is what the Umineko anime covered in 26 anime episodes, would get you to somewhere in Hueco Mundo in Bleach, Skypea in One Piece, Naruto failure to bring Sasuke back in Naruto, and the entire run of Full Metal Alchemist.

Do note that Im doing a rough comparison and the estimates are likely not completely accurate as Im using a roughly 3 regular volumes to 1 omnibus volume comparison rule, since I don't own all of the long running series in completion. Even if the ratio is as far off as actually being two to one the length is still impressive. I actually just measured the first half of Umineko with a tape measure, for the hell of it, and compared it to Bleach volumes and it did indeed come to somewhere between volumes 25 and 26 so my rough estimations are close.

The entire run of the Umineko manga is at least twice the length of the first four arcs. Unfortunately I don't have them for a visual comparison as, although I've read the vast majority of the manga version through other sources, only the first 9 omnibuses are out in English at the moment, and I'm not sure how many omnibus sized volumes Umineko Chiru(When they Cry 4) will take up compared to Umineko(When they Cry 3). The first four arcs were two a piece but Alliance took up three.

If it turns out to be roughly the same length as the first half though, the entire Umineko manga lengthwise would get you to somewhere in Impel Down in One Piece, Somewhere way ahead of where I'm at in Naruto(about 3/4's of the entire manga run So Im guessing about halfway through Shippuden in the anime after the show is completed), and the end of the Fullbring Arc which was where the anime ended in Bleach.

I know most of those anime had a good chunk of filler, but the Umineko Manga was also condensed compared to the Sound Novel which I suppose makes the length a wash when you compare it to its original form especially since there is little to nothing that doesn't have some importance in Umineko. Just goes to show you that anime adaptations that actually depend on groundwork don't often get it compared to big moneymakers that often don't need, and sometimes can't use, as much run time as they are allotted. Don't know if this information was interesting to anyone or not, it just happened to be of interest to me so I thought I would share.)
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Watching anime is a skill. If you want to maintain a level of excellence you have to practice.
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I stuck with Reborn! to a point.


LMAO, ogod, I tried sticking with reborn for like 20 episode, and it was still boring.
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