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Post Reply How many episodes of an anime will you watch before you drop it?
Posted 6/25/15
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Depends. If i think it might get better later I'll continue for the first few episodes. If not I drop it after the first episode.
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If the first one doesn't interest me, I won't watch more.
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Depends. I dropped Rail Wars! after the 1st episode, Shugo Chara after the 3rd, and Hunter X Hunter after the 44th. It all depends on the reason why I want to drop it.
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If the show hasn't picked up after 5 I'm OUT!!!!!!
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I usually watch the first cour. If it's no good by then, it's no good.
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Posted 6/25/15

biscuitnote wrote:

I'm 28 episodes into gintima and I keep waiting for something interesting to happen.


Season 1 is slow. Try jumping to 33 or 45 for comedy hits, or 58 for the start of the first major arc.


But ahem, to how many shows: The golden rule is 3 episodes on average to feel out a show that has some promise. A rare few shows grab me entirely at 1 episode or make me so bored I tune out.
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I don't like to drop anime, but typically if I am going to drop it I will stop watching after two or three episodes if I hate it.
Posted 6/25/15
The first commercial break.

Im not kidding.
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I tend to finish series that I start. Although, I'll drop a show the second I feel I'm "forcing" myself to watch it.
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I HATE dropping shows
I always feel bad for not finishing something I started
But about 5-4 episodes I start yawning and I eventually drop it
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3 is the extent of my trial period. If I find something to enjoy I may go that far but I'll also drop a series at only 1 or 2 episodes if it just fails out of the gate. I never feel obligated to give something a predetermined number of episodes just because.
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Posted 6/25/15
Depends on how terribad it is.... and if I naively expect it to get better. SAO, I'm lookin at you.

I have dropped very few shows.

I've dropped quite a few shows, it turns out, though still less than 10% of the total shows I've seen. If I ignore outliers (anything dropped after episode 10) the average drop point is 5.6 episodes for me.

That's for all time though. I am distinctly aware of my growing boredom with certain types of shows and changing tastes. So....

My most recent drops are Gunslinger Stratos, at episode 5, Plastic Memories at episode 3, Date A Live at episode 4, and Your Lie in April at episode 3, for an average over the past two years of 3.75 episodes per dropped anime, although I left out Magi, which I only gave one episode. :p

So I guess I'll say four eps.
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Posted 6/25/15
I used to give shows four episodes but I'm losing patience with age (and getting better at judging what I like).
I'll usually give something a couple episodes, maybe only one if I can tell it's really not in my wheelhouse.
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