I’ve been thinking a little bit about why I drop an anime. It doesn’t happen that often but just the other day I decided to drop Devilman: Crybaby. The anime has been so hyped and I liked what I heard and read about it so I was convinced I was gonna love it. It absolutely fit the profile of the type of anime I like; demons, horror, violence, gore, sex, supernatural. It’s all there. So, what went wrong? Why did I drop it?
I did see four episodes, that is almost half the series. I am a binge watcher. Normally it would take me two days tops to watch a series this short, but more likely I would sit through it in one day. I couldn’t even see two episodes in a row before I had to pause. I said to myself (and everyone else) that it was too intense. But really, was that the reason? I do know that it wasn’t the visuals, as I know many of those who dislike it has an issue with, that bothered me. I don’t care too much for how an anime looks, it can be horrible or it can be splendid. (truth be told, I don’t know what a bad animation is, I just watch. Long necks and missing noses (looking at you Super Lovers) doesn’t bother me at all.) As long as the story is good I’m fine. So, it wasn’t the animation.
What about the sex and the gore then? The first episode is filled with people fucking and girls masturbating, getting their arms ripped to pieces and heads torn off. Boys are heavily making out while rubbing their bodies against each other, high as kites, suddenly puking in some corner. Doesn’t that bother you? Not at all, I don’t mind drugs, sweaty bodies and sex. If anything, when they enter that rave party the first thing I think about is the scene in Matrix when Neo comes to Zion.
The nasty photographer then? He who takes pictures of half naked and naked boys and girls. I can admit that I was a bit disturbed by him. Or rather, I was a bit disturbed by the fact that Miki was so fucking stupid for falling for his scheme. Only a bit though, it was more like incredibly annoyed. Anyway, it’s not enough to drop something.
So, again, why did I drop it? I felt that something was missing. Or rather, I felt that I was missing something. I am still not sure what it was I was missing but I suspect that I won’t find out even if I continue to watch. The story is too shallow after four episodes. I need more substance. I need more of the characters. I don’t need that much sensation and chock, it is completely unnecessary for the story I am convinced is in there somewhere. Although I am curious about the ending and conclusion of this anime I don’t feel the need to see the rest of the episodes. I am not curious enough. And that’s the key to me dropping it so resolutely; give me something to be curious about. I don’t care at all about why Akira is a Devilman or why Ryou wanted him to be one. I don’t care about what happened to Ryou to make him such a coldhearted and unsympathetic dude. After four episodes I should be at least a little curious. Now I just feel annoyed by the fact that I’m not.
I don’t drop that many series. Most of the ones I do drop I drop because I pause them in favor for something else and then I forget about them. That’s how forgettable they are. If they are forgettable then there’s no point in watching them, right? Sometimes I come back to them again and realise that they aren’t that bad after all. (that happened to me and Game of Thrones. It took three [sic!] tries before we actually started to watch it properly.) That will not happen to Devilman.
Well, I am not sure I really came to some sort of conclusion to why I drop certain anime, other than why I dropped Devilman: Crybaby. Ah well, that’s how it is.