In the Fall 2014 season there was one anime that took the aniblogger community by storm. A show I am certain very few of my readers had heard of. A little show called Cross Ange.
Longtime fans of mine know that when this show was announced and the trailer was shown I got pumped. Those same fans also know that I do not watch mecha anime unless the main cast is all female. A show like Rinne no Lagrange for example. CA looked to be similar and possibly more serious. I was hyped and put CA on my “Must Watch” list in my seasonal anime picks post. Then I watched the premiere episode’s OP…then I continued watching the first episode and saw…”that” moment.
I, like most viewers, was appalled by what I saw. But me being the anti-majority consensus person that I am continued watching in spite of the premiere not impressing me. I thought everyone overreacted and had some hope the show would get better. Five episodes in…it was like this show sought any way it could possibly find to infuriate me week after week. It got so bad that I started making excuses and take shortcuts just to tell myself that there is still hope and one of my fans rightfully accused me of engaging in Stockholm Syndrome. He was right. This show mentally raped me and I kept telling myself and my viewers that it is worth enduring the pain. It will all work out in the end. Ange’s story no longer benefited the nation’s cause but certainly the other ladies’ arcs would. It was like that every time I watched an episode.
I’ve been in this state before several times. Shows like Dokuro-chan and Platonic Heart also made my blood boil to the point of eruption. However there were three facts that ultimately “freed me” from my self-imposed torture. The first fact was that despite the backlash towards the premiere episode it seemed this show was becoming or had become a mainstream sweetheart. I did not scour the ends of the anime community to find out but it looked that way. Hopefully I am wrong but that is unlikely. The second fact was the anime is planned to be a 2-cour. 20+ episodes of this crap…heck no. The third and most important fact was that I was not having fun watching Cross Ange at all.
Talking about this takes me back to a previous Life Lesson segment regarding Unsatisfying Endings. A question I posted to my viewers was whether it was worth watching a show the viewer considered bad for the most part, if the end result was a positive one. The response was split. I can now confidently say that after watching shows like Nisemonogatari, Galilei Donna and Cross Ange my answer to that question is an emphatic “NO!”.
What I am saying is that as of the third of November 2014, The OG-Man had finally dropped Cross Ange. Some of my fans will be disappointed by this decision but sometimes I need to think about myself. I arrogantly consider myself more optimistic and forgiving than most anibloggers out there. I also consider myself a person who does not hold back when he is serious about something. I tried as hard as I could to be patient with CA but in the end it was not worth it. 5 episodes in and I was starting to lose myself to torture porn.
In short I dropped CA because I was not having fun watching the show at all. Even if there is a possible good yuri ending it is not worth the torture. I am not getting paid to talk about it so why should I waste my time any longer? There are plenty of other anime to watch or maybe I could use the time to backlog on other shows.