Abandoned #1 (Death Note, Elfen Lied & Coppelion)

(For now, at least)

Here’s a short post on a few shows that I found myself unable to finish – there might not be a lot of detail because for two of them it was a few years ago now when I put each series aside, but having said that, I don’t want to rule out finishing them one day.

Still, here’s a couple of notes on each of ‘em in what might become a semi-regular post!

  1. Death Note (2006)

I believe I got about four or five episodes into this classic and while the cat-and-mouse aspect was great, I quickly found that I didn’t care about Light and his psychopathic tendencies. One thing I know would have (and may well do one day) convinced me to keep watching would be if the series had given me more from Ryuk and the world of the Shinigami, as he was the real highlight for me.

  • Elfen Lied (2004)

From memory it was only about two or so episodes before I moved to something else. Somehow, a mutant, overpowered girl escaping a military facility didn’t turn out to be as exciting as it sounded. It’s got that flashy, gratuitous opening that most anime fans are at least aware of and despite a stunning title sequence; there were a few storytelling contrivances that didn’t gel for me. However, it’s a short series so I might finish it one day.

  • Coppelion (2013)

This one’s a little fresher in my mind but I only managed one full episode – and once again, something that at face-value I should have really enjoyed, just didn’t grip me.

I still can’t put my finger on it… maybe there wasn’t enough tension for a post-apocalyptic story? Giving a show one episode isn’t much of a chance, I’m more than happy to admit that, and the scenery alone is almost enough for me to keep watching but I haven’t found myself compelled to return to this. I liked the stylistic choice of heavy outlines on the heroines too but the opener didn’t have enough of a hook for me I guess.

…and back to regular reviews next! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Abandoned #1 (Death Note, Elfen Lied & Coppelion)

  1. I’m not the biggest Death Note fan out there even though I used to like that anime for the wrong reasons when I first saw it during my teenage years. In hindsight, it wasn’t so great for me. It’s a shame because I really like an anime/manga series from one of the creators which had an opposite feel and more original in my opinion.

    I heard things about Elfen Lied, but all I saw was the DVD trailer and some footage from some random AMVs. Ultraviolence can be hit or miss with me.

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          1. Yup. Hahaha! I know it was an older comment, but I’m still glad you checked out that review and with me talking about it at times. It’s so crazy how Takeshi Obata helped create both series.

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          2. That’s something I didn’t even think about comparing those unrelated series. Wow, that does make sense. I thought the most obvious thing for me was that both main characters have the same name in different languages or that both are Shonen Jump works. Mind blown!


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