Written by Bananaowns
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I’m Bananaowns and this is the Drop Zone, a series where I take a look at shows that I stopped watching. It’s time to talk about Ace Attorney.
I don’t exactly know who this show was made for. Fans of the video game series were disappointed in the adaptation of the many cases and characters and those who were unfamiliar with the series had no idea what the hell was happening. I am in the latter camp as I have never played an Ace Attorney game before. I am a current law student which made a show about lawyers really stand out to me.
When I started watching, I was surprised in what I saw. The show was relatively nonsensical to me. I was impressed with the content of the initial cases. Watching Phoenix Wright solve cases was enthralling at the start. However, the craziness of the court scenes just began to wear this initial enthusiasm down very quickly. This was not helped by the animation quality. The animation was wooden and the backgrounds were bland. I could have probably stuck around a bit longer if the presentation was better.
I just didn’t get the appeal of this series. I feel like the intrinsic charm of the games was lost in translation to an animated series. I made it six episodes before I decided that I did not want to watch this any further. Thanks for checking this piece out and I’ll be back next week for another review.
Written by Bananaowns
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It is time to cover another show that I unfortunately stopped watching. It will probably be a significant length of time before I cover another series that I dropped. Anyways, let us talk about My Little Monster for this installment of the Drop Zone.
This piece actually hurts a little bit. I initially loved My Little Monster. The animation was great with some solid character design. The characters were quirky, but inherently interesting. The rapid pace of the romance was also refreshing. Anime romances usually take forever to develop and often the story ends after a confession. Haru’s admission of love for Shizuku was so quick. It made me excited to see how this series would turn out. I wanted to see a series where the relationship is the focus. The show would be about how the characters grow in their relationship. The plotlines involving Haru’s family seemed to be going in this direction as Shizuku learned more about him. I wanted to see these two find a sense of comfort in each other as they deal with a variety of issues. It would be different from other anime by having a couple as the focus.
In a twist of tragic fate, this show turned into a typical romantic comedy after six episodes. They introduced romantic competitors in a show where it was completely unnecessary. Haru and Shizuku already liked each other. More importantly, they both knew that the feelings were mutual. The love triangles immediately made me lose interest in this series. This added drama was so unnecessary given Shizuku and Haru’s complicated backgrounds. I wanted the show to ditch the stereotypical romance drama for something different. Once the show went down this route, I was done. The excellent six episode build up was wasted on this pointless plotline, especially since Haru and Shizuku are guaranteed to end up together. I’ll be back next week for another anime review and thanks for checking this one out.
Written by Bananaowns
Images courtesy of Studio Deen
Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto features the adventures of the surprisingly cool and popular high school student, Sakamoto. He is a model student that manages to solve every problem that gets in his way. Fellow watchers of this show liken him to the slice of life equivalent of Saitama from One Punch Man. Sakamoto manages to deal with everything in somewhat stupid ways, but he always looks cool. Of course, this series is a comedy, and a relatively good one at that. The first episode alone has Sakamoto outwit a trio of bullies and fight a duel with a hornet. The first few episodes are absolutely hilarious, but I ended up dropping the show very quickly.
The problem wasn’t that it was bad; it just was the same thing over and over again. Sakamoto is presented with a variety of wacky problems and deals with them in style. For a full length series, this quickly wore out its welcome. I think I would have preferred for this series to be released in a shorter format similar to Space Patrol Luluco. The typical twenty five minute episodes did not do this show any favors in terms of keeping me interested. After three episodes, I felt that I had seen everything this show had to offer. It really was continuously watching the same thing. Again, it’s not a bad show; in fact, I would consider it to be quite good. It just got old pretty quickly and that’s why I dropped it. Thanks for checking this piece out and I’ll be back next week for another anime review.