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Hello again, now doing my first anime thread, no pressure.

Recently, I've watched a lot of anime that really captivate me through a good number of episodes or until the end. Some examples I can think of where I'm purely watching the anime with no prior manga knowledge are Re:Zero, Ace of the Diamond, and Dimension W. There's a lot of good stuff.

But sometimes new anime experiences can begin very well done, but tank after the first few episodes. But what I'm talking about more here is the sudden decision to not pick up an anime again. Usually these decisions can vary, which is why I'm interested to hear what is the definitive factor that will make you guys instantly stop watching something.



For example, one of the biggest anime I dropped this season was Big Order. Now I've scanned the Big Order anime forum as well, and people aren't too happy with how it's going now. But I dropped it all the way back at Episode 2. The reason I dropped it is because the character direction was very similar to how Mirai Nikki's characters were directed, which is to say more spastic than a squirrel with a sugar rush. Characters would be murderous, then friendly, then flirty, then sad, then angry, all within a span of about 5 minutes. I think another reason I dropped it was because the premise wasn't really that interesting. I would attribute this to how well Hero Academia is doing superheroes and powers in comparison, but I actually read a bit of Big Order before Hero Academia even came onto the scene and dropped it fairly quickly as well. I think people are just kinda getting indifferent to the ultra-serious, dark suspense superpower shows.

But anyway, that's my example. What makes you guys drop an Anime?
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For the spring season, I've only dropped two of the anime I started: Kumamiko and Anne-Happy.

Anne-Happy, I didn't drop until the middle of episode 11, but I should've dropped it sooner. I started getting tired of it around episode 8 or 9...Hibiki was getting on my nerves, the premise was getting stale, and it just wasn't as good as it was at the beginning. By episode 11, I started to watch, then though: "Why am I still watching this?" So I quit.

Kumamiko is another story entirely. I dropped it back at episode 4, and I dropped it because I felt betrayed and disgusted by it.

Right at the beginning, Kumamiko seemed like it was going to be something like a marriage of Ghibli and Yotsubato. A nice little slice-of-life story with Shinto overtones and gorgeous settings.That's what it should have been.

And then all the cringeworthy sexual humor showed up. And it was so jarring and incongruous.

I'm not shy about sexual humor. I'm a fanfic writer and I rely rather heavily on sexual humor in my works. But in the context of Kumamiko and what I expected it to be, it felt out of place. And then there was the infamous scene in episode three where the miko's cousin barged in on her while she was in her underwear, then tackled her to the ground to demand why it wasn't okay for him to be in there while she was changing.

That wasn't the point at which I dropped it, but that was the point at which it used up all its strikes in one go. Then episode 4 introduced that smoking punk chick who kicked the miko for no good reason and everyone acted like this was okay, and that's when I bailed.
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I don't really have any deep resooans. I give it 1-3 episodes and if I'm bored and/or don't feel like going any further, it's time to move on. Sometimes I get engaged in thing I don't consider 'my genre', sometime I get repulsed by what I think I would like. But I certainly don't have 'that one thing' that's a deal breaker.

Animes I really enjoy I can tell by the ending coming on and me being all "Oh no way in hell that was 20 minutes!". In the opposite case it's feeling like I've been there forever, and we are barely in the middle.
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I like to give at least five episodes before I drop an anime. But I drop an anime quickly if I don't find it memorable or interesting.
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I try to get through the first two episodes of an anime before I make any final calls. If the show is too much of an acid trip, or the main character(s) is/are annoying, I'll drop it. I do wait to drop boring shows after three or four episodes because I like to see if the plot starts getting more interesting after a slow start.
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I'll often drop an anime slowly, if it just kind of peters out - can't count how many series I've started but never got around to finishing, or will simply not resume after a season break. But a surefire way for a series to get me to drop it immediately is to shift from focusing on character and story to focusing on breasts and skirts. Build up an interesting universe, with history and ancestry and so on.. then just toss it all aside and hope that bouncing feminine qualities will keep the viewer interested.
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Boredom.
Posted 6/20/16
When a show doesn't take pride in itself or try to be something good, I'll stop watching mid episode.

Sexual garbage is also an instant quit, though you could say this is included in the first part of my post, because sexual appeal in a non-pornographic show is the absolute lowest level of "appeal."
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I usually give a show at least 5 episodes before dropping it. The reason for dropping is if the story is boring or too cliché that it doesn't pique my interest, or if the main characters are too dull or annoying.

Automatic drop for me is if there's too much gratuitous fan service like female boobs.
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There's no single main reason I drop an anime. Sometimes my attention will just wane or a show will fail to hold my attention. Sometimes shows are just plain bad and painful to watch (like Hundred and Phantasy Star Online) and other times anime's will piss me off by just being too unrealistic, too annoying or whatever. Kiznaiver is one of those shows. Maybe it gets better later but I just can't overlook the fact that not a single one of the characters acts in any shape, form or fashion in a realistic manner or the way a normal person would act in their predicament. I can't stand the whole "the ends justify the means" logic and to add insult to injury they try to convince me it's funny because look they're laughing. I guess you could put a laugh track to someone abusing another but it still wouldn't make it funny in my eyes. Some shows just have really shoddy animation and that's hard to overlook (Cerebrus). Then there's the anime's that just feel too much like a blatant cash grab that try to use fake emotions to tug at your purse strings (see Angel Beats or to a lesser degree Kiznaiver). Your mileage my vary and what's awful to me may be great to you and vice versa. That's the great thing about anime.

Fan service and sex can also be a big turn off if used poorly. A good example of fan service that I don't mind would be in Monogatari or Nisemonogatari to be more specific because it's used more than just for the heck of it. It has a purpose and a point to it even if that purpose is to show how ludicrous it is that anything can be sexualized in an anime. It's more of a commentary on fan service than actual fan service at least in my opinion. Plus I like how it's not just some camera operator giving us panty shots. Usually every scene in Monogatari is from the characters point of view which makes it work well. On the other hand you have those shows where every single middle school girl (and sometimes they're not even in middle school yet) seems to have DD sized breasts, heck maybe even DDDDD sized. Who the heck knows but I guess it's a good thing that normal things like gravity don't seem to effect anime girls.

There's just a lot of reasons I'll drop a show. Not a single one sticks out but usually the shows I drop all contain a number of problems that I just can't overlook or they're just plain boring. Some just aren't for me.
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Depending on how long the anime is, I give it 3 to 5 episodes to grab my interest. In the case of Big Order, I dropped it because there wasn't a single character that I liked, even though I liked the premise. And the constant change of mood was really uncomfortable, messy and awkward.

I also drop the anime if it has too much fan service when it doesn't have to. A very clear example is High School of the Dead, it was painful to watch a single episode because they didn't have anything else besides fan service to keep your attention.

If the story gets to a point when it becomes ridiculous and defies the mood of the show, then I drop it too like with Comet Lucifer.
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For me, it's more of a time allocation issue. I drop shows that either are unwatchable or I'm not exactly invested in, as well as shows that I think don't have the potential to be worthwhile. Among the shows I dropped this season, Big Order and Endride were just unwatchable, while I wasn't really heavily invested in Bungo Stray Dogs or Mayoiga, while Tanaka-kun and Ace Attorney was lacking in the potential department.
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Posted 6/20/16 , edited 7/14/16
I don't drop anime often. But if I do, it is because of the lack of plot progression and/or interesting story or bland and uninteresting characters
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I rarely drop out in anime part way, when I do its usually because I've figured the plot out and the journey 'getting there' isn't appealing. For example lax character progression. I'm also quite picky in picking up new shows anyway.

For those who said 3-5 shows I'm wondering if you ever watched gintama? I say this because I literally forced myself to watch the first 20 episodes until it became enjoyable. Now gintama is probably one of my favorite anime of all time.
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Posted 6/20/16 , edited 6/20/16
Last anime I dropped forever was Ghost Hunt. It started it out decently, had supernatural and detective elements... but the protagonist and other characters were so, so bland there was no character development 14 episodes later. That! and also how the romance element was handled.. sucked so hard, not to mention one of the main characters was a complete and utter Gary Stu.

Sorry I said no names. I'm really bad at remembering characters whose personalities are bland
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