This entry is about an episode, and specifically about three minutes within it, where I’ve almost been defeated by an anime. I’ve never actually stopped watching an anime series in the middle of an episode, but this season I came so very close to it.
On the the 4th of October, I’ve watched the first episode of Yuushibu, and 50 seconds in I almost wanted to quit. It was bad, but the last few minutes picked up, but were still nothing special. I dropped the show, and thought this was the worst episode I’ve tried this season. And then came October 9th, and I’ve given a try to NouCome, or “My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy” (“Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru” is the full Japanese title. Like Yuushibu, once the name is long enough apparently you can’t take the show seriously), and just blew Yuushibu completely out of the water in terms of how terrible it’s been.
I knew something was wrong 50 seconds into the episode when the protagonist started sparkling, and then he got faced with such a “genius” choice – eat a dirty magazine, or rub his face in it… in general, the level of choices and humor displayed in this episode were of the sort you’d get were you to ask a five year old child to tell you a joke, and then another one, and another one, then they’d shout a joke and laugh shrilly – they’re not actually having fun, and neither are you.
But, even all of that paled in compared to what followed, if you could believe it – between 6 and 9 minutes, we had three uninterrupted minutes where we’ve been regaled with choices people had made throughout history, fiction, and just made whole-clothe, including choices that aren’t really choices. I feared for my sanity, I feared for my health, but as this continued I couldn’t believe anyone would actually murder a show’s pacing like this, and it was horrible and unfunny to boot.
Some people say Yuushibu and NouCome got better after the first episode, but as I’ve said before – you’ve only got one shot at making a first impression, so why would you present anything but your very best? Unless you want to make sure whoever stays on board is ready for your very worst. This is why I also don’t trust people who said these shows got better – they liked the first episode well enough to keep on watching, so their tastes and mine are probably incompatible already in this regard.
So, dear readers, any moment this year where you’ve had an absolutely terrible experience relating to anime (not related to anime fans), or watched a terrible show? Not just disappointment, which we’ve discussed in day #9’s post, but just a terrible experience/shows?
And now, here are thoughts shared by others, related this time just to watching bad shows:
Vintagecoats: That one week I watched all of Upotte!!, Akikan!, and Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-Chan!!
Objectively, I thoroughly disliked all of them, sure. We’re looking at a lineup where Upotte!! was the best thing I watched all week, the show where the girls are guns and by jove are the production folks going to put the triggers exactly where one would think they would. But, it was a critically interesting run-through with the whole “Girls As [Noun]” thing, and it was so concentrated that I can’t help but remember that stunt. On a certain level, trying to unpack something like these products are interesting to me, as there are still commercial products which are angling for success with their target demographics. So the way they are constructed, the way they try to execute on their objectives, is a sort of bile fascination.