Disappointing Anime of 2012


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While there have been many very good anime series this year there have also been a number of disappointing ones, series that had a lot of potential, but for one reason or another failed to live up to it. Such series aren’t necessarily terrible, but because they suffered from numerous problems ultimately never lived up to the potential that their stories or characters had. In fact there are a few of these series that I really enjoyed watching, or at least enjoyed parts, but their flaws were too much for me to really like them as a whole. I never really ‘hated’ these series, largely because hating an anime series seems to be an exercise in futility, although there are a couple of exceptions, series that were just terrible and what little enjoyment I got from them was short lived. This is a list, but not in any real order since it seems a little silly to try and order the disappointing anime in the same way as you would order your favourite anime (and I even find that pointless). Read more of this post

Last Exile ~ Ginyoku no Fam ~ Revisited


Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam was a series that severely disappointed me when it first aired, so much so in fact that I ended up dropping it one or two episodes after the first recap. But, after thinking about the series, I began to wonder if I might have been heavily influenced by my love for the original Last Exile, and whether this had essentially meant that I was unlikely to ever truly enjoy this sequel. In general it can be quite difficult to approach a sequel to a series that you really enjoyed without some apprehension, even more so if the original was a complete series with little room for a direct sequel at all. However, this does not mean that all sequels are bad, and frequently they can be great and occasionally better than the original through better character and plot development. Unfortunately Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam was not one of these series, and even when I watched it again, I could not shake the nagging sensation that this series just didn’t really know where it wanted to go. Read more of this post