When I started watching anime back in 2007- well, okay… early 2010, I would watch anime like there’s no tomorrow. I plowed through every single Zero no Tsukaima episode
just to prepare me for the upcoming fourth season, I struggled to keep myself awake while watching the dying entertainment value of Shakugan no Shana II, again, to prepare myself for Shana Final, and went through the pain and suffering wrought by horrible, generic harem anime (*I’m talking to you, all stupid harem anime with dense male leads and ad nauseum levels of clichéd tropes and stories*).
There were more than a few titles that give me a reason to not stop watching anime altogether like Code Geass, Madoka Magica and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, all of which I have only finished this year, as well as some of the stuff currently airing like Steins;Gate, Nichijou, Hanasaku Iroha and everything else I’m watching this season. However, unlike last year, I now tend to drop more anime than what I watch. In one month, June, I think… the number of dropped anime in my MAL grew from a measly 9, to 42.
A friend told me that it’s just me developing a more specific taste when it comes to anime, but I don’t think that’s the reason. On the contrary, I think my tastes have become more diverse. Before, I wouldn’t even touch an anime tagged as mecha with a ten-foot pole, but now, I have 2 mecha anime in my Top 10 anime of all time.
Anyway, enough digression.
I lasted two episodes on one of the “best anime of all time,” Neon Genesis Evangelion. Maybe it just didn’t click with me. You know, that generic premise of an ordinary schoolboy somehow getting massive firepower, all while being provided with explanations to events and technology that will only make sense if it was still 1995, caused me to drop it on episode 1. But then a friend of mine bugged me to continue watching it. After much deliberation and said friend almost begging me to continue, I gave in and gave it another shot.
I endured that painfully clichéd first episode all over again, ranting all the while. And then came episode 2. Man, I couldn’t even remember what happened there because I was too busy sleeping to care. I dropped it again. For good.
Perhaps Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime that is tailored completely contrary to my tastes. I don’t have any right to bash the show since I haven’t even reached the “OMGTHISISSODEEPFTWBBQ” parts, so I’ll just leave it at that.