Abandoned #7 (Bumper Issue!)

This post has more titles than usual, as it includes a few things that I’ve saved up or didn’t include in previous lists, but basically due to the number of them today, I thought I’d only do a line or two about most.

As ever, some of these I gave half an episode to at most, so maybe I jumped the gun… Others, I am certain I won’t finish but one is very much more of a ‘deferment’ perhaps 😀

First, the list:

Dances with Dragons
Blazblue: Alter Memory
Code: Realise – Guardian of Rebirth
Vividred Operation
Garo: Crimson Moon
Code:Breaker
Corpse Princess
Appleseed XIII
The Garden of Sinners
Black Butler
Coyote Ragtime Show
Le Chevalier D’Eon


Dances with Dragons

Was enjoying the premise and the mix of magic and tech – but the chemistry between the two leads somehow fell flat for me, even though it had tension.


Blazblue: Alter Memory

This seemed to draw together a whole heap of tropes and character archetypes from other shows but the structure of the first episode was too jumpy for me to grow invested in anyone.



Code: Realise – Guardian of Rebirth

While I do love steampunk I just couldn’t get on board with this particular dub. I’m curious to give this another shot though.



Vividred Operation

Sci-fi action and adventure! Magical girls saving the world! Costumes! Well, in the first few scenes the show seemed to be more about finding the ‘best’ camera angle to show the teenagers’ labia through panties so, no.



Garo: Crimson Moon

Might come back to this, as I like supernatural and also samurai-themed anime, but in my previous watching slump I found that there was no point of view character for me to latch on to in the prologue.



Code:Breaker

Again, welcome to another victim of my ‘supernatural slump’ – something about this felt melodramatic, rather than dramatic and so I drifted away from this one after a few eps. I think it was partly Rei that I didn’t enjoy.



Appleseed XIII

I do love the franchise but couldn’t get into the visual style with XIII.



The Garden of Sinners

This was interesting but seemed to be a little coy when it came to details I wanted more of – and I’m certainly not against stuff that could be described as having slow-burn pacing, but I don’t know if I’ll come back despite lingering curiosity.



Black Butler

I can definitely see why this is a classic but I found myself impatient for something ‘bigger’ though subtly isn’t a negative thing at all. I was enjoying the humour too. I could easily revisit this one day.



Coyote Ragtime Show

May well continue this one in the future, as it was nice to have a different kind of lead character to what is typical in modern anime. I can’t recall quite why I set this one to one side.

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Corpse Princess

Okay, unlike most others in the list above – I actually finished a season of this series. It was grim enough and even had character development, a bit of ‘Vash-like’ humour and the fan-service didn’t try too hard, but the real problem was season two.

I don’t know if the show got ahead of the manga after season one but the significant recapping and sudden stagnation of the story means I gave up after a few episodes.



Le Chevalier D’Eon

All right – here we are at the end of the list, and this one is the ‘deferment’ I mentioned before.

I will definitely come back to Le Chevalier D’Eon but each time I sit down to watch another episode I find myself hesitating.

I think I know why – it’s the pacing.

It feels as though I hesitate because I know that our four heroes are going to visit a new town, catch up on local politics, help out, and then collect a few scraps of info on the main quest. That pattern has been repeating for a while now and so I’m finding it hard to jump back in, even though by the mid-way point I should be unable to put the show to one side.

What’s interesting to me is that I love episodic storytelling but this feels like mini-arcs with not enough of the main plot thread woven throughout to satisfy my curiosity. On the other hand, I know I’ll finish Le Chevalier D’Eon because there is so much I want to discover and the characters, settings and magic are all great – along with the swashbuckling too.

And that first episode is one of my all-time favourite opening episodes to an anime, so I know I enjoy this series enough to finish… but it’s a matter of when will I have the patience? Hopefully soon!   

5 thoughts on “Abandoned #7 (Bumper Issue!)

    • I think a lot of these shows are from that span of time when you (and I approximately, I think we figured out) had taken a bit of a break from anime. (I think one was a visual novel first, a medium I know very little about, but remain quite curious too).

      “D’Eon” is one I’m sure I’ll finish this year at least 🙂

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