I have gotten lots of crap, questions, and curiosity over my apparent intense hatred of Nanoha. It’s true, I consider Nanoha to be BY FAR the worst 12-ep+ show I’ve ever completed. Now, that sounds VERY extreme, I know. However, Nanoha is not even anywhere near the worst or my least favorite anime ever. I might talk a lot of shit about it, but I gave it like a 4 or a 5 – not even a particularly low score. It’s ‘just below average’ even. But you have to understand – I have only a handful of shows – little to none of a length over 5 episodes – that I have actually completed and hated. That’s because, if MAL is to be trusted, and if we can assume I will ever get back to everything I have on hold, I have approximately 120 dropped shows.
120 dropped sounds like a LOT. To people who very rarely drop anime, it might seem silly or like I’m an elitist. This is especially true when you see that many of them were dropped after one episode. There are a few which say ‘zero episodes’ because I actually dropped the show before completing the first episode. I realize to some this sounds crazy, but to me, this is perfectly rational, and in fact, I think I’d be fucking daft to do it any other way.
Are you aware of how much anime is out there? There are enough anime in existence to safely say that unless you watch on an unreasonably frequent basis because of special circumstances like No Name, you will NEVER run out of shows that you will love. That’s especially true if you are a person with low biases, or someone who is a fan of just about everything. So let me ask you – why in the hell would I waste my time watching something that I already know doesn’t appeal to me when I could be watching something that will?
There are simply WAY too many great shows out there. What’s the point in completing 200 series and loving half of them when I could just as easily complete 200 series and love ALL of them? That’s how I think. There are way too many – my ‘to watch’ list has been absolutely fucking enormous since I got into anime and has only ever gotten larger as I’ve gotten further into anime and shrunk my bias further and further. To put it into terms you might appreciate – do I really want to spend the time I could be watching the next 13 episodes of Legend of Galactic Heroes on watching fucking Chaos Head? Maybe Chaos Head won’t suck TOTALLY, maybe it’ll have some good moments, maybe I’ll give it a 6 out of ten, but seriously, I COULD BE WATCHING LEGEND OF THE FUCKING GALACTIC HEROES.
I will never, ever, ever run out of anime I enjoy. I know this because I’ve got over a hundred shows I want to watch and 180 that are on hold because I liked the little bit I saw long enough to finish them. My on hold list never shrinks – it is ALWAYS getting bigger, and my plan to watch list only peaks at the times I cannot find any more anime at all. Even if I watched every anime currently in existence, there would still be more coming out every season to entice me, and I’d still have to watch the shows I liked over the ones I hated. And I give EVERY show a chance, so it’s only a given tht some are going to be dropped, possibly quite early.
The times that I’ve finished an anime and hated it were all for stupid reasons under stupid circumstances. The key here is I WOULD have dropped them just like everything else. If I’d dropped Nanoha in 3 episodes, as I’d intended to, it would be just another dropped show and not one I supposedly furiously hate. If I’d dropped Uta Kata, I might not have bitched about it (elsewere, never did mention on blog) but I wanted to complete a show starting with the letter ‘U’ so I stuck through it.
So really, it’s hard to say I hate these particular shows. I hate VERY little of what I complete, but it’s not becaue I hate particular shows – it’s just because I hate a lot of fucking anime.