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I just finished reading Love Attack (Junai Tokkou Taichou), and wow... I haven't been this upset and disappointed at a manga (or any piece of fiction, really) in a very long time.

It starts out as an original take on a shoujo love story, and then:



So, I'm curious: what are your most disappointing manga?

Not the ones with the worst endings, or the ones that were axed: I'm interested in the manga that started out with a ton of promise and then went off in some horrible and unexpected direction.
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I think that SAO: Gun Gale Online was pretty disappointing for me. I know that I might get lots of flack for this, but I don't think that it's as good as the original SAO. I feel no emotion as I watch the anime. (Sry, I know that this is about the manga but I haven't gotten to reading it yet)
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i've read love attack and was also very annoyed by that. it was so good in the beginning too ugh... i rly liked the characters...

first manga i ever read, fairy tail, i haven't read in a long time.. typical fun shounen manga where the good guys always win (im old school i like that stuff), lots of ship tease, then... went into supreme ecchi route and i couldn't handle

kubera. started out really interesting, girl going on a trip for revenge of her murdered village, turns into super complex plot with gazillion of characters and their stories it's ridiculous
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Dragonball Z.- Buu Saga.
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Posted 7/23/15 , edited 7/23/15
Mirai Nikki - Boy did that start to lose its marbles towards the end.

I'll second Buu saga and Fairy Tail, but with FT it wasn't the ecchi that bothered me. The shark-jump moment there was really the end of the Grand Magic Games. The arc had done such a good job building up all the various enemies, but the resolution felt just as rushed as any other arc.
Yeah, the series is a very basic case of shonen battle formula. but it was then that it really hit home for me that no matter what Hiro Mashima tried to big up as a challenge for the main cast, there would never be any tension to it. FT had a lot of potential in the initial arcs, and moved along at a quicker pace than a lot of other shows in the genre do, but it failed to really take its story anywhere and became too formulaic for me. I still enjoy reading it, but I'm not really all that invested.
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TinManMetallica wrote:

I think that SAO: Gun Gale Online was pretty disappointing for me. I know that I might get lots of flack for this, but I don't think that it's as good as the original SAO. I feel no emotion as I watch the anime. (Sry, I know that this is about the manga but I haven't gotten to reading it yet)


Which SAO:GGO?

There's the original LN, the manga adaptation, and the spin-off LN "Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online"

The anime was actually an excellent adaptation of the LNs imo. Whether adapting the scenes to cater to the LN audience was good for the anime audience is for yourself to judge.
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TinManMetallica wrote:

I think that SAO: Gun Gale Online was pretty disappointing for me. I know that I might get lots of flack for this, but I don't think that it's as good as the original SAO. I feel no emotion as I watch the anime. (Sry, I know that this is about the manga but I haven't gotten to reading it yet)


Funny, I felt the same way, but with the "original" SAO as you called it. GGo actually made it more promising when it came around.
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What was your favorite and least favorite part of the original. My favorite was the action. My least favorite was how Kirito and Asuna were trying to act like adults. I dunno, it just irked me.
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Fav: The world set up and potential, plus cool monster designs.
Why it jumped the shark: In the middle they changed the genre.....from action to gooey romance that wasn't even done well. I wouldn't be as peeved if it was done well, but I just didn't care about it at that point.

Whereas GGo brought it back to the action routes with a shooter game and it had an appreciation (a little more so) to characters. I think Sinon is one of the most rounded fleshed out characters in the anime to date.

Basically SAO could have been great, but it jumped the shark earlier than I think it should have if that makes sense.
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Seto no Hanayome
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1.) Nisekoi, as much as I love reading it weekly, there is no need for this plotless drawnout-ness. All they do is add more girls and add more mysteries. By the time it's done it will have over 25+ volumes I bet, and in actuality it would have only needed 15 max.

2.) I would like to say Dragon Ball, but I feel like it's in a Shark Jumping Loop. Every time it does jump it resets itself so that it can jump again.

3.) And lastly I'll say One Piece. I'm still a fan, but everything after the time skip so far as been psuedo-underwhelming. I also feel like Oda has been rushing and/or putting more things into his story than necessary.
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Kachou wa Maid-Sama definitely.. elongating the manga made me start hating Misaki
Reborn - It became such a trainwreck after the Future Arc and the Simon Family Arc
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The only manga that disappointed me instead of dropping, was Naruto, OMG the war arc till the end of the manga was complete garbage.
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A lot of shoujo series I've read have an interesting idea at the beginning, then wrap that up within like 2-4 volumes and spend about 8 more treading water by adding random romantic rivals for no reason or going on some weird tangent about something completely unrelated. It made me give up on Switch Girl when it became all about this weird situation with this new teacher, and some kind of contest I think...? I don't remember exactly, because it was boring enough to make me drop it when I realized they'd pretty much resolved the initial plot anyway.

Nisekoi has basically gone through the same burnout, but I still love it for some reason. Maybe it's because it's like junk food - it's easy to read one more chapter when it's just a bunch of wacky hijinks. Shoujo tend to draw themselves out by adding more melodrama instead of what shonen romcoms will do, which is shifting focus to side characters with moe appeal.
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