Yeah, the title says it all. What makes you drop a series after a single episode?
Before I get any further, I must acknowledge that there are ambitious individuals who try to avoid abandoning any series no matter what. Their dedication to such a cause is admirable. But they’re probably in the minority here and hence aren’t the target audience for this post. They can just keep being awesome without even needing to read this ramble of mine!
As for the rest of you, I ask of you again: what makes you drop a series after a single episode?
Well, it varies from person to person and is rather situational, right? I’m asking too many questions here, I know. Sorry!
From my experience, it sometimes has to do with artstyle. In my senior year of high school, Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a simulcast series. Excited that Gen “Urobutcher” was writing the script and behind the series composition (as I had recently played through Saya no Uta), I tried getting a friend to start watching it along with me. I was especially hopeful after episode 3 aired and was looking forward to seeing his reaction. However, he kept putting it off, claiming he was busy, until he finally admitted that he had tried one episode and was put off by how “the characters were too cutesy and the backgrounds were too abstract and weird.” Trying to convince him otherwise changed nothing. And as a result of his preferences, he missed out an excellent anime series.
Sometimes it’s because of voice acting. My brother enjoys reading Nana Maru San Batsu (otherwise known as 7O3X or Fastest Finger First), so he was excited to hear that the manga series was receiving an anime adaption. But he couldn’t handle how Fukami Mari, the most prominent female character within the series, was voiced by a rookie seiyuu (who was an ex-member of the music group, 9nine). I haven’t watched the series so I don’t know how she sounds, but her voice seems to be rather unique (and controversial)! At any rate, my brother lost interest in following the anime after a single episode.
Sometimes it might be due to the premises of the series. I subconsciously dropped Battle Girl High School after the first episode. I was so sure that I would continue reviewing the series on a weekly basis, albeit with a heavy heart, but I found myself unwilling to even watch the second episode the following week. It turns out I simply found the series to be entirely too boring despite my interest in shows that feature an extraordinary amount of cute girls. Cute characters designs can’t redeem an uninspired plot or battles that lack tension, it seems. I’ve tried picking up the series again recently, by the way, but to no avail. I really do like the ED, “Melody Ring,” though!
At any rate, it’s just so interesting to me. Some people will despise a series whereas other people hold the same series close to their heart. This essentially makes top X lists celebrations of free will if written well! Such numerations allow readers / listeners to really know what a blogger / vlogger values in a series.
And knowing why people drop a particular series fulfills the same sort of intimate “sneak peek” into the heart of a content creator (CC). The key difference is that the audience gets to see the qualities of a series or character(s) that a particular blogger / vlogger dislikes, which is equally as important. If handled properly, both types of lists can paint a profile of the content creator so their audience will know whether or not they agree with the CC’s beliefs and ideals.
Of course, it’s not like TOP X LISTS are the only sort of content that fulfills this purpose – many competent editorials or videos that talk about a series at length is bound to outline what the blogger / vlogger behind said content liked and disliked about said series. And remember, disagreeing with what a CC thinks is not mutually exclusive with having a civil conversation!
I guess what I’m trying to say is that different people will drop a series for different reasons. There’s also no surefire way to know whether or not a series will actually get better later on, of course, so I can’t discourage you from “thinning out the herd,” so to speak. And…
This post wasn’t really anything but a messy musing about this topic, frankly. Sorry about that. I guess I just wanted to talk about this as the summer 2017 anime season comes to an end and as the fall 2018 anime season creeps up.
If you want to read a editorial that is actually a complete thought, Karandi wrote her thoughts about this subject over a year ago!
T-t-that’s all, folks!
P.S.: I’d love to hear about some of the reasons that causes you to automatically drop an anime series in the comments section!