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Posted 6/22/16
Now, you see, this is hard for me to answer...
I don't have a lot of time available to watch anime, so I'm usually pretty casual in my viewing habits.
I think it's accurate to say an anime has to be really good for me to pick it up for regular viewing. When it comes to other series, sometimes I'll come across a series that is pretty good... and then I'll simply stop watching it for a while, only to remember it down the line and watch a few more episodes.

The anime I've 'dropped' are more or less anime that used to be in the second category, but it just sort of peters out. When I remember these, it's like "I should really get back to watching that one..." but I decide against it, as watching the series has become a bit of a chore.

A good example would be Naruto. I actually liked the first series, before the Shippuden series... filler notwithstanding. I think I made it about 15 episodes in to Shippuden before letting my interest just sort of... peter out. I've rarely liked mid-series time skips, even when done relatively well... I also just did not like the change in tone between the two series.
A second would be Sword Art Online. I know the Aincrad ark gets some well deserved criticism, but I enjoyed it for what it was... The second ark, though, not so much. The major genre shift was a pretty big deal breaker, for one. Not to mention the whole rape plot, which felt completely out of place compared to the previous ark.

Basically, I don't like genre shifts that much unless it's a progressive genre shift wherein the shift happens naturally. Even then, I would prefer it if the series maintained what made me enjoy it in the first place.

When it comes to new shows, excessive fanservice with little else in the way of substance is a pretty big deal breaker for me. I can handle fanservice, but it just can't carry a show, you know?
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Posted 6/22/16

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Excessive amounts of fan service will make me drop something the fastest, you know like surprise this is actually an ecchi show. I don't do ecchi, for the most part, 2nd best way to make me drop something is have an unlikable/unrelatable Protagonist. Light form Death Note, is a good example for me, i can't get behind a sociopath and dropped it after the 2nd episode.


Finally! Do you know how hard it is to find someone else who also quit watching Death Note because of this reason? There's not a lot of us out there lol. I watched Death Note to about episode 10 or so but I just could NOT stand Light. It really bothers me that some people think he's the hero or the good guy. It's hard to get emotionally invested in such a narcissistic psychopath. I haven't ran across too many other people who also just couldn't watch Death Note because of this.
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Posted 6/22/16
If I lose interest or its too hard to continue, if I lose that motivation to hit play when I see it in Queue, and I get three weeks behind. I just drop it. even it its decent.
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Posted 6/22/16
-Bland main characters
-anime with the action, fantasy, scifi, ecchi, romance, harem genres. (they are all the same imo)
-boring story
-dull
-boring characters
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Posted 6/22/16
I watch what I enjoy. I can appreciate the existence of "good" things I don't enjoy, and have dropped some shows that are allegedly very good (Erased, Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, 1 episode each). I've been 9 episodes into One Punch Man for over a month and have no desire to finish it, despite it being objectively quite good.

I'd say the only single thing that will cause me to drop a show is the whole "trap" thing. It's possible for an anime to be entertaining enough to overcome the offense and discomfort, but it's unlikely enough that I just don't bother anymore. I'm hoping that with it being 2016 anime will move past that soon, but with Japan being Japan it's probably in vain.

I've also loved and finished many shows that are "bad" when viewed critically, but I won't name names to avoid a potential flame war.
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Posted 6/22/16
It varies. Sometimes it's because the story just doesn't engage me. Sometimes it's excessive fanservice for the sake of fanservice. Other times it's because the humour is not humourous...I guess sometimes there is a culture gap when it comes to humour. Sometimes the show is just bad. Sometimes the main characters are just so unlikable that you just can't watch the show. Really though no one reason. I've thoroughly enjoyed some shows that others have not and have dropped shows that are popular. Everyone has their own tastes.

I've got some shows that are stalled because they are quite long as well. It's hard to make your way through One Piece for example to get current on it, even though I like the show. I come and go on shows like that when the mood strikes. Will get through them eventually.
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Posted 6/22/16 , edited 6/22/16
I usually drop an anime if...

a) I start dozing off during episodes.
I usually watch anime laying down, through the CR app on PS4. If an anime is interesting, it'll keep my attention for hours. If it's not, I'll start falling asleep on the couch, and I'll have to rewind sometimes to catch the subtitles I missed as my eyes drooped. That's usually a clear sign to me that I'm about to drop it. This usually happens to me with slice of life comedies.

b) I have to "force myself" to watch more.
Sometimes I'll hear an anime is good, and that becomes my main motivation for watching it. So I'll watch an episode, dislike it, but keep going but it's supposed to be great, or it's supposed to get better. Like, I don't want to watch it, but it's on some mental to-do list so I feel like I must. Like anime homework. Like some obligation as an anime fan. But I eventually drop it if I'm just not feeling it, no matter how good it's "supposed" to be.

c) It's all too familiar.
Some shows begin with a good premise, but then I start feeling like I've seen all these characters and scenarios before. Harem anime is especially notorious for this. The setting will be cool and different, but the MC is the same oblivious nice guy I've seen 100 times, and every stereotypical girl rears her head like someone's reading roll call, and I just can't even be bothered to watch the same formulaic crap.
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Posted 6/22/16
Too many stock characters really slow down the plot and can bore me. Sometimes it's a really big eye-roll event (ERASED and its chocolate bar come to mind) but I've developed a low tolerance for sexual pandering at this point and that is a deal breaker. Most shows only get twelve twenty minute or so episodes which sums up to about 240-250 minutes, not a lot of time. If the studio chooses to blow it on cheap pandering the rest of the pacing will suffer for it and I'll quit.
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Posted 6/22/16
I will drop an anime if I lose interest in it. If I start an anime and I'm going a couple weeks without watching it and I have no intention of continuing, I drop it.
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Posted 6/23/16
Basically what I'm going to say will be a repeat of what other people have said. So I'll be brief. Intolerable MCs, fanservice, boring or annoying storyline. Sometimes, while I will like an anime to begin with, it will after some time become repetitive. This is can be true both of those which are episodic slice-of-life types and long running series with arcs.

Since I watch anime to be entertained, not everything I watch has to be prime quality, just watchable. All I want as a bare minimum are MCs who don't have characters that annoy (being bland counts, usually find the less stereotyped characters annoy less), and a well thought-out plot that isn't interupted by unnecessary scenes in order to pander to fanservice. Not to mention the ridiculous character designs (and outfits) that pander to fanservice. A bit of sartorial sexiness is fine, but it should fit the character and context, and never distact from or replace the plot. Sadly, anime producers seem to think sticking to fanservice and tropes are good.

But then so does Hollywood/TV for a lot of its movies and shows, but it can also afford to produce larger range of alternatives to its mainstream production.
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Posted 6/23/16
There are actually just two things that always make me drop an anime. One of them is when it's getting predictable. When you know what's going to happen in the episode after watching 2 minutes of it.
The other one is constantly pointing out the obvious. It can ruin even the best scenes.
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Posted 6/23/16 , edited 6/23/16
The only reason I will drop an anime is because I don't like the art style or because of constant panty shots or similar stuff like that.

Wait that's a lie, I dropped attack on Titan because literally nothing happened for about 9 episodes.
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Posted 6/23/16 , edited 6/23/16
Greasy fingers.
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Posted 6/23/16
Most commonly it's boredom, though sometimes I just end up getting distracted by work and social activities. I'm generally up for anything, though.
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Posted 6/23/16
Well if the story becomes too boring and confusing, or if the characters are too common (mainly happens with Light Novel Adaptations)! But I think that it really hits you along the way!
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