The 12 Anime I dropped in Fall 2014

I started Fall 2014 with 22 shows on my review docket and eight more that I was just watching. Now, at the half way mark, that number has dropped to 10 being reviewed and four just watching.

The following is a list of the 12 shows I dropped, why I dropped them, and why you may want to give them a second chance.

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12. Karen Senki

Pounding action, slick sexy ladies with eye patches fighting robots and so little time to breath. The action is so constant, and so over the top, it wears out its welcome very quickly.

Worth watching if you want dumb action, especially if you can string a bunch of the episodes together. It’s also sort of attractive looking, as long as you aren’t turned off by the 3D CGI.

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10-11. Tribe Cool Crew and Kaito Joker

Both shows were harmless upbeat and kid friendly and nothing more interesting than that could be written about them. Additionally, I can only assume Kaito Joker was a parody of #8 Magic Kaito, which itself was a fairly young-audience focused show to begin with.

Both are worth watching if you want kid-friendly shows that are currently on the air.

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9. SHIROBAKO

This technically excellent, very well drawn and written anime drowned me in its gigantic cast and a deeply technical presentation on how anime is made… which I already know about, professionally.

Worth watching if you want to know what it’s like working in a studio. Just be warned, like real life, several characters are annoying, flaky, damaged people.

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8. Magic Kaito 1412

This acceptable teen ‘master thief’ action, comedy, mystery, enemy of the week romp established its formula and season long mystery goal fairly early. Unfortunately, the formula (that Kid is always going to win and that most of his opponents are buffoons) and the convoluted plot about the fountain of youth being hidden in gems lost my interest.

Worth watching if you like the Lupin III genre, if that is actually considered a genre?

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7. Akatsuki no Yona

This bafflingly popular swords and generals Korean princess betrayal romance comedy action show is not really hate-worthy. Rather, it’s completely average in all areas: visual execution, plot complexity, pacing and romantic growth.

Worth watching if you already love the manga or want a Korean alternative to Samurai aesthetics in your romantic action drama.

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6. Grisaia no Kajitsu

After an enticing opening that played with uncomfortable emotions and agendas hidden mere inches under every surface, this show devolved into an oddly talky harem trope. It’s still weirdly funny and can be attractive when it needs to.

Worth watching if all you want is a weird and fan service-heavy harem show. Extra points if you can find it uncensored.

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5. World Trigger

Didn’t hook me with it’s pseudo-Power Rangers, so-bad-it’s-funny design. Nor did I find it’s cast of obnoxious middle school heroes as harmless as I did in TCC or Joker. It was almost funny bad.

Worth watching if you’re younger or have an old flame for the Kid-Ranger genre.

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4. Trinity Seven

What began as a typical demon lord enters magical school and must create a harem out of the strongest girls on campus genre anime…didn’t go much farther. One of our commenters suggested this show is making deep criticisms of the Japanese education system and, while I found his argument a brilliant read, it doesn’t change the fact that T7 is a deeply formulaic, fanservice-driven show on the surface.

Worth watching if you like magical harem genre shows (it has decent boobies with minimal censorship) but be warned: T7’s color palette is very very gray…

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3. Nanatsu no Taizai

What truly boggles the mind about Seven Deadly Sins is the decision to run a kid-looking old man as it’s central heroThe criss-cross of his age is at odds with his function as an ultimate warrior in the princess’ time of need and as her constant sexual molester. Seven Deadly Sins avoids being the worst show of the season due to the fact that it set the bar so very low from the very beginning, that there’s no sense of loss by ignoring it.

Worth watching if you wanted more boob grabbing in Chaika or like Akatsuki no Yona but wanted more action and a One Piece-like art style.

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2. Madan no Ou to Vanadis

Big production goals and a grand plot about fantasy/medieval politics completely fell apart due to abrasive fanservice that had no reason for being there, shallow characters and, ultimately, a harem framework. Vanadis deserves a special spot in Anime Hell not just for being such a mess, but pretending it was something more from the get-go.

Worth watching if you want to watch women with giant tits yelling at each other while waving swords and, occasionally, need to have venom sucked out of their bodies.

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1. Hi Scoool! Seha Girls

Humor about Sega’s old gaming hardware, as told by anthropomorphic consoles, isn’t compelling in the best of light. Rendered in simplistic 3D CGI makes it all the uglier. There’s nothing else to it.

Watch this when you are ready to die inside.

11 thoughts on “The 12 Anime I dropped in Fall 2014”

  1. Well, I guess I’m ready to watch Hi Schoool!

    As cruel as it is to say, I’ve enjoyed watching these series get dropped like flies. It’s like a reality show of shows.

    I’ve always liked Ebert’s motto, “It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it.” Other than Shirobako, would you say any of these were good at what they set out to do, but with an end result that just didn’t interest you?

    1. I can’t promise you that next season will have as many shows to go through but we’re actually debating doing some form of bracketed ‘tourney’ for the Winter. Think of it something like ‘each week I must drop a show BUT only 1 show.’ Details as we figure things out for winter 2014-15

      As for successful shows that I lost interest in… #7-11 are all successful by genre standards. However, none of them are as refined — excellent even — as Shirobako. If it was a quiet season with no stand out content, Magic Kaito would probably stay on my review list. At least I’d still be watching it because it has a decent sense of humor and quirky ‘tricks’ employed by its master thief. Unfortunately, it’s up against DGnHS’ surprisingly intelligent humor/social commentary and Kokkuri-san’s better drawn/more emotionally grounded magical humor.

  2. I’m pretty sure there isn’t an uncensored version of Grisaia no Kajitsu, because if there was I’d watch it for sure. Maybe some web stream somewhere, but I know the AT-X rip is censored as well. Too bad CR didn’t get an uncensored version like Akame ga Kill. I’ll have to wait for the BDs on that one.

    Trinity Seven is pretty much dumb fun and lots of boobs. It’s enjoyable in the sense of there are actually funny moments, but if you’re not one for harem, ecchi, or just really dumb fun anime, it’s not worth the watch.

    1. My biggest frustration with T7 is that I’ve seen all this before, which drops my interest. That, and I think it played all it’s harem cards too early. And MAAAANNNNNNNN why is it soooo gray in color?

      Like the Humor in Magic Kaito being over shadowed by the 4th wall breaking standards of the Sabagbu genre, maybe I’m just feeling the tug of more complex (but still basically harem) shows like Innobato?

  3. I’m surprised to see Shirobako and Nanatsu no Taizai here. Thought they were pretty decent shows for this season.

    I agree with the rest though.

    1. Shirobako’s a great example of Subjective vs Objective. Objectively, it is a very well crafted show and deserved the 8 out of 10 score I rated it for three weeks in a row. Subjectively, it didn’t hold my interest because the character relationships were fairly low stakes and I already know a lot about the setting. So: Great show that didn’t interest me in the slightest.

      NnT is more puzzling. Like Yona, it has many fans and, like Yona, no one’s been able to tell me why I should watch it? The closest to a reason I got was ‘eventually the characters’ backstories paint them as tragic, interesting people.’ That may be true but, given how run of the mill NnT was in the first 2 episodes, I found that argument insufficient to keep watching. Additionally, the molester/hero really rubbed me the wrong way. From the first 2 episodes, the show presents him simply as a molester with super powers… and a heart of gold. No twist. That’s kinda… ick?

      1. Rather than restart the debate over those two terms and how they relate to criticism (and scores), I’m just going to plug Objective Game Reviews. It’s a fun website.

      2. On Nanatsu no Taizai, I fully agree with what you’ve just said. First of all I think it’s really overrated and I’m still watching on to see why it has such a large fan base. After like 6 episodes it has yet to impress me but I just keep on watching hoping that it gets better. This show hasn’t exactly done anything to turn me off just yet though perhaps. Yeah but overall ‘run of the mill’ totally describes my feelings towards the series so far.

        Then again I fully agree with almost all of your other drops. I have dropped almost every one listed here except those 2 that I mentioned. Shirobako fascinates me while I’m still figuring out if Nanatsu is really worth keeping.

  4. It’s strange, I feel the same way about Karen Senki but I’m still watching it. For the last couple of episodes, it’s actually been really good. I don’t know if that’s me comparing it to the former episodes where it was filled with mindless action or if my feelings are genuine or not. But I’m actually starting to like it now. It took 6-7 episodes, but as long as Karen isn’t there I find myself enjoying the show.

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