January 22, 2011

Oh, well

Pete gave Macademi Wasshoi an honest try, and that's all I can really expect. He watched 4 of 12 eps and didn't like it.

As Toren said one time, if we agreed on everything, one of us wouldn't be necessary.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 09:52 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 I can understand that Macademi Wasshoi is not for everyone.  But then he went and dissed Potemayo.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 23, 2011 10:20 PM (PiXy!)

2 Well, I can certainly respect how folks watch things in different ways, but stopping after four episodes is like leaving the restaurant after the salad.

There have been a number of series that started out really, really weak...even to the point where I thought, "There's no way this is going to be good."  A fair number of them, though, surprised me after that and I ended up liking them a great deal.

Some, though, just confirmed that initial impression and proved to be a waste of time.   So it's a bit like using salt at dinner (to continue the food metaphor).

(Of course, I am just anal enough that I *have* to finish the shows I start, no matter how un-promising they begin.  I suspect I'm not typical.)

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at January 24, 2011 04:24 PM (081kp)

3

I used to try to give a series 4 episodes before giving up on it if it wasn't working, but these days I have less patience than that and may give up much earlier.

There have been cases where I gave up after only a couple of minutes. I bought the first collection of Maisson Ikkoku and gave up after about two minutes of the first episode. It was just blatantly obvious it wasn't for me. (But there isn't a single Takahashi series I've ever watched all the way through. The furthest I got was in Ranma 1/2 in which I gave up about halfway through the third season. I think I gave up on Uresai Yatsura after about three episodes, and Maisson Ikkoku was the third Takahashi series I watched, and by that point I'd had enough.)

Anyway, I can't reasonably complain that Pete didn't give Macademi Wasshoi a reasonable chance. He watched a third of it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 24, 2011 09:04 PM (+rSRq)

4

I don't know yet, but I think there's a fair chance I'm going to dump Dragon Crisis after the third episode, which is one less than Pete gave Macademi Wasshoi.

And I dumped Infinite Stratos halfway through the second episode. I only watched one episode of Rio.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 24, 2011 09:49 PM (+rSRq)

5 After two minutes of moping around, Ryuuji gets his act together, thanks to some browbeating from his cousin. By the end of the episode, I think you'll be satisfied.  I was worried about how they were going to go from "mostly powerless Ryuuji" to "Hero for Rose" Ryuuji, and they finessed it fairly well. 

Posted by: ubu at January 25, 2011 07:34 AM (i7ZAU)

6 Potemayo is a good case study in judging a series. The longer it went, the harder it was to watch. Potemayo and Guchco were lots of fun, but the humans, not so much. I got to the point where I was fast-forwarding past any scene that didn't have potato-cats in it. If they hadn't been so charming, I would've abandoned ship around episode three.

I've found generally that I need to be engaged very quickly, one way or another, and there are things that will cause me to lose interest almost instantly.

Posted by: refugee at January 25, 2011 10:51 AM (auErC)

7 On the other hand, its the job of the writer/director to hook the viewer.  If after a couple episodes, the viewer is bored and uninterested, then that's a failure on their part.  Of course, some times its unavoidable, if the writer is doing a thematic bait and switch, for instance.

( *coughGurrenLaganncough* )


Posted by: metaphysician at January 25, 2011 12:04 PM (OLeXB)

8 I gave up on Gurren Lagann after the fourth episode (I think it was) and even the visage of Yoko isn't enough to entice me back again.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 25, 2011 12:10 PM (+rSRq)

9 I found that I only rewatch the later parts. It's epic upon epic, awesome upon awesome, episode after episode. But when I watched all of it initially, it seemed way too grim and gritty.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at January 25, 2011 12:55 PM (9KseV)

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