Life Lessons: Knowing When Enough is Enough

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.

Cross Ange cover

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.

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31 Responses to Life Lessons: Knowing When Enough is Enough

  1. Greenlightning says:

    you did the right thing

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  2. Lee503 says:

    You lasted longer than most

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  3. SilverFox says:

    Dropping this probably saved your sanity a bit along with blood boiling. Better to invest it in more fun shows or, as you said, get some of your backlog caught up on.

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  4. r0nkun says:

    I still need to overcome my Stockholm Syndrome with this show

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  5. the_elevator_man says:

    You showed your endurance there. Respect where it’s due. Also respect for admitting when it’s time to move on.

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  6. I did the same. I’m usually such a completist and I’ll watch anything that I started currently airing to the finish line, especially if it has yuri. But this? No. Even if there’s actual non-rapey explicit yuri later, I’m not gonna watch through the horrid characterization, Ange and the male who crotch-sniffed her/sucked her thigh to get out snake poison because PLOT AND ROMANCE CONVENIENCE. I couldn’t even finish episode 5 it was so gross. I mean, it’s too bad because it has some good animation, the music is great and Nana Mizuki, Eri Kitamura and Yukari Tamura are ultimate baes. </3

    Good on you, G! Don't torture yourself if you don't have to.

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  7. x says:

    You gotta do which you gotta do and that is all you can do and that’s alright. I will probably watch it to the end.

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  8. “In short I dropped CA because I was not having fun watching the show at all”
    indeed, it was no fun to me too beside girl friend beta already gave me overdose “fun”

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  9. elkat4 says:

    I applaud you for your decision to abandon this sinking ship. Hopefully many will follow your example. I certainly am.

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  10. Otaku girl says:

    I have to wipe the memories of” the anime that shall not be named” from my mind. Maybe I’ll re-watch avenger.
    ( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Ah yes, Avenger. That show was something. It was neither good or bad, just something. I suppose interesting is a better description for it.

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  11. yurimylove says:

    I’d gotten a bit late start for this season, so i haven’t gotten around to Cross Ange yet. Well after reading this article… I guess I’d heed your advice and forget it then.

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  12. trailduster6bt says:

    I dropped it after ep2. 2 rape scenes in 2 episodes just ain’t for me. I was disgusted

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  13. ditchdigger says:

    I know this is way late, but you dropped the show at the worst possible time; episode 6 was where I felt like the show really took off. The plot started going in unexpected directions, the fanservice started getting toned down a bit, Ange got over herself and a few episodes later a yuri / hetero love triangle developed around Ange where the girl half of the equation was treated as a serious contender. There were also two or three canon yuri relationships among the secondary characters, and some of them actually got a “happily ever after” instead of the usual “bury your gays.”

    I’m not going to say it was the greatest show ever, but I had issues with the early episodes like you did and yet eventually wound up really enjoying the series.

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