I don’t do negative stuff on Shallow Dives in Anime. There is too much of it on the internet. But that doesn’t mean I don’t call things like it is. I love a lot of anime, but there are some that I just really don’t give a fuck about. This is a list of that stuff, but with thoughts and ideas that I think are fair and balanced. So let’s get into it after the cut.
Why I don’t care: Fairy Tail had everything going for it, a cool world, fun characters, sexy fanservice. But it was just fucking MARRIED to that status quo. It takes zero risks, never follows through on ideas, and is way too comfortable with itself to do anything. Naruto and One Piece are good because they do shake up their stories from time to time, Fairy Tail never had the guts those series had, and it shows again and again.
Why I don’t care: Food Wars betrays its premise early on and never looks back. A school where only the top 10% graduate, and yet the entire main and secondary cast walks away with no worries. A cut-throat school is stripped of its teeth. Coupled with a main lead that feels like the gary-stu Kirito from Sword Art Online never was. Then there is the addition of a villain the series never needed, and a last fucking arc that feels like a spit in a face. Food Wars is the closest thing to an anime series I loathe, and not even the ecchi can save it.
Shinmai Maou no Testament
Why I don’t care: The hatred has long given way to acceptance, and even general respect. But Shinmai Maou is still a show that is begging, BEGGING for a second draft. It could have been the sexier more adult version of High School DxD, instead it is top tier fanservice coupled with a plot that feels half-baked on its best day. I owe it much when it comes to my personal writing, and I respect it and the author for it, but I can’t bring myself to fully love it.
Why I don’t care: I brought this up recently in my post, and it bares repeating. Strip away the hype, the fantastic soundtrack and stellar art. Cowboy Bebop is all style and no substance. Too episodic to let the characters breathe, and anything that is interesting is abandoned as quickly as it comes. I think I can sum it up like this: I actually want to see what the live-action series is able to do.
Why I don’t care: Inuyasha is probably the biggest victim of the era it was made in. Had it come out now, with a more seasonal structure and no need for filler, it might have been okay. But it didn’t. It’s dragged out, with a romance that is as dull as it is boring, too many episodes that do little to advance the plot, and enough barrier to fill the ocean.. The first 20+ episodes are fantastic, but once it gets to that fucking mountain, it falls into a hole it can never pull itself out of.