View Full Version : Anime with a big upturn after a dreadful start
01-03-2012, 10:21 AM
As the title of this thread implies, I want to know which anime shows you think were off to a dreadful start, but as the show progresses, it gets much better. I watched one such show during the fall that fits the bill in Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. It starts off with a ton of info being thrown around that it is so confusing to follow at the start, and the first few episodes were silly and probably better if it were a few episodes later. But then as the info dump lessened and everything was starting to make sense, it becomes a real treat to watch after starting out being a show that looked like a train wreck. Thus, that brings me to this question that I want to ask. There are others that fall under that classification, but I can't think of them at the moment.
01-03-2012, 12:03 PM
Shakugan no Shana 2 is the first that comes to mind. The first half of the series with Hecate joining Yuuji's school was painfully dull and made more frustrating by the fact that all those episodes were essentially cancelled out at the end of the arc. However, once Pheles showed up we got the best run of episodes of the franchise.
01-03-2012, 02:36 PM
Hmmm, it's been a while since I've stuck with a "dreadful" show beyond the first few episodes. If I get past the first half-cour of a show at all, that means there was something that I found moderately enjoyable about it.
I wouldn't call it dreadful, but the opening arcs of Tatakau Shisho did not strike me as being particularly good. I would have dropped it if not for the uniqueness of it all. In the end, it turned out to be a very good show that wrapped itself up quite well.
Also not dreadful, or even particularly bad, I was nonetheless not sold on or particularly interested in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon for some time, 4-5 episodes really, and then episode 6 hit, and almost everything from there on out was pretty great. So that's more a case of a show going from watchable to great than dreadful to whatever. Season two is now one of my most anticipated sequels this year.
I remember being bored enough by Simoun's first episode to drop the show, but when I rewatched it later it was an unquestionably great show in all respects. An uninteresting opener wouldn't qualify a show as dreadful though.
I guess that's all I can really come up with, and none were ever particularly bad.
01-03-2012, 09:27 PM
I recent series that started out "dreadful" was Un-Go. Dreadful as in 'boring'. I love Inga but it wasn't until the Kazimori arc where it started to pick-up, then Bettenou shows up and things really getting interesting. Now I'm hoping for a second season.
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01-04-2012, 08:16 AM
Daphne in the Brilliant Blue...
Pure (angular) fanservice at the start suggesting disposable nonsense, and winds up delivering one of my favourite stories in anime form.
Baccano! If I had only episode 1 to go with, I never would have given this show a chance, just way too confusing. Thankfully I watched episode 2, which got me hooked.
01-04-2012, 09:24 AM
I have three shows on that list.
Gungrave has a chaotic action packed first episodes with characters you know nothing about and have no reason to care about engaging in Videogame style violence. The show then does a 13 episode flashback that some of the most compelling mafia storytelling I have seen before returning to that first episode which now makes a lot more sense and gives you reason to care.
Guin Saga's first episode is a very awkward mess trying to explain the fall of a country and introduce our heroes and villains and the world they live in. As a result, whenever I watch the show I skip the first episode. I have shown it to friends from episode 2 and they never missed anything.
Zegapain's first episode looks like a collection of really bad teenage mecha cliches carelessly thrown together. The bad cgi mecha don't help either. It is only a few episodes later that you realize that the first episode is supposed to look like that for a good reason and the show then tells a fairly compelling existential plot.
I'll toss in Oretachi ni tsubasa wa nai (We don't have wings). Four or so episodes of just random chaos, then they toss in the story hook around episode 5 and it all finally makes sense. After that it becomes quite interesting.
01-04-2012, 10:32 PM
Debatable, but Divergence Eve where the first episode drops you at the end of the story and you have no idea why everyone is dying.
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