Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's your cut-off for giving a new anime series a shot?

This article idea was sent in by reader 8-Bit Jay, and it's my pleasure to share it with you all.  Anyone can feel free to send article ideas to my Twitter or email address.  I'll consider any/everything that comes my way!

Jay's article idea spawned from my article earlier today about Wandaba Style.  If you read the article, you know that I'm not really into the series.  It's not my cup of tea, but I wouldn't say it's the worst thing I've seen.  I'm still willing to give it more of a try, so later this week I'll check out another couple episodes.  I'm thinking that if the show doesn't really change my opinion by the end of episode 4, I'm going to call it quits.

Jay wants to does one come up with the amount of episodes you watch of an anime before you decide that it's not for you?  It's a pretty good question, don't you think?  I'm sure we've all picked up at least one anime that we haven't found interesting, and at one point we decided to shelve it.  Just how did you come about to that point?

I know that with me, the number is different for every series.  I don't usually have a set number in mind, but in this case I do.  Since Wandaba Style isn't much about story or anything like that, I'm just taking it on an episode-by-episode basis.  With Gurren Lagann, I was having iffy feelings as well.  With that series, I decided to see how the story evolved as the episodes went on. If there wasn't an interesting turn soon, I was going to stop viewing that one as well.  Thankfully that show turned out to be quite good!

When you're on the fence about an anime you're watching, what's your cut-off?


  1. If it's something that is new and is currently airing in Japan then I give it about 2 episodes.

    If it's an older series than I usually chug on because I do research to make sure I know what I'm doing and I just need to give it more time.

  2. Thanks for making this a post! :)

    Also, I try to give myself three or four. If by four it hasn't grabbed me, I move on.