I’m writing this partly to share information and partly to cross-examine myself in terms of viewing preference.
For the past month alone, I’ve already dropped three anime series from my watch list, and it seemed like the current one I’m watching will soon join their ranks.
I don’t often drop shows included on my final cut, so the frequency feels quite unsettling.
Are there several bad shows produced last season, or is it just me becoming overly picky? I can’t be certain.
What I’m certain of are these 8 recurring signs every time I ‘m on my way to dropping an anime series for good.
Excitement is gone.
You no longer feel it. That familiar feeling of longing once an episode is finished and the excitement for the next airing schedule is far gone.
Episodes look dull and you just don’t see any more spark on it. Even the anime opening songs sound bad!
You know you’re wasting your time and watching starts to feel obligatory.
You watch an episode because that small voice in your head says ‘you have to.’ Perhaps it’s because you need it for your next blog post or maybe because your best friend said it was nice.
But honestly, you can’t rub off the feeling that the series has lost its allure. It just doesn’t work for you anymore….yet for some reason you keep showing up.
For the sake of it.
You don’t care what happens to the characters / how the story ends
The protagonist is facing his biggest challenge yet you don’t care. You see bloodshed or amazing display of superpowers but you continually feel detached.
You start to become a passive viewer rather than actively sympathizing with what’s going on with the story. You don’t care anymore.
And you can’t wait for the series to end.
You start asking others whether you should continue or not
Maybe there’s nothing wrong with the story. Maybe you’re just not in the mood. You seek justification for your growing inability to like the show.
You get even more confused when you see good reviews on the series but can’t see why it deserved the praise.
You do other things while watching the episode
There’s nothing to look out for so might as well do something while streaming. You skim through Twitter or Facebook while checking out the show every now and then.
You start feeling like a masochist and feel even worse knowing that you’re tolerating it
Watching an episode feels agonizing. The temptation to skip it is strong but you feel guilty about breaking your routine. It’s like taking a crucial part of an important habit, and we know habits are difficult to build.
So you sit down, watch and agonize over what has become of the nice premise that gravitated you towards the show in the first place.
You warn others not to watch it because ‘it sucked!’
By this time, there’s no doubt. The anime sucks! The plot has no direction, characters are lame, the script is messed up and so on.
But it’s too late. Two more episodes and the series is over. Even if you stop now, you feel like there’s no salvaging yourself from the impact brought about by the story’s decaying creative fiber.
So you hold your ground and continue watching, making sure you save others from the tragic experience.
You feel depressed after an episode for all the wrong reason
Your favorite character dies. You cry, feel depressed and hulk-smash whatever is within reach. I’ve been there.
When Itachi died, I felt so lost and confused that I had to go on a hiatus for any anime-related activities for almost a month. No watching, no blogging, no reading. Nothing.
I was so upset. But at least there’s a decent reason for that.
If, however, you feel depressed because of watching a series that just doesn’t get any better, then that’s a different thing. There’s no point. That, in itself, is both a waste of our precious time and energy.
Watch what you enjoy and quit enduring bad shows that only drain your creative juices.
My personal mantra: ANYTHING BAD FOR YOUR CREATIVITY IS ULTIMATELY A BAD THING.
Mediocre anime shows exist. Consider them part of the options but be ready to lock them away when you see no reason to continue.
Is there any series you plan on dropping this season? Share your watching experience on the comments!
(Oh, and if you’re curious, the recent one I dropped is Servamp. The characterization and flow of story just doesn’t work for me…though I find Kuro funny and cute! ^_^)