In the course of watching a series, it’s generally good if something leaves an emotional impact on the viewer. To be honest, I am rarely moved by something I’m watching unless I see that it is making an honest attempt to make a point. To give a recent example, I would point to Older Maid Sister’s speech in the 9th episode of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. While it lacks in cultural relevance on a basic level, the point was made that all people who try to improve their lives should be treated with respect. A nice positive, uplifting message that can appeal to a wide audience.
If you are looking for discussion of episodes like that, this post isn’t for you. Instead, I’m here to lower the tone of discussion and talk about the shows that made me angry. Not just because they were bad, but because they went beyond that. I wished for terrible things to happen to the characters. I didn’t want a happy end for these characters. Admittedly, these shows worked on a level that I didn’t drop them for one reason or another. It instead became the equivalent of cheering against Duke at basketball. The show may suck, but it’s popular enough to win some fans inexplicably like Duke. And finally, Fuck Duke.
The first series I would point to is the currently airing Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo. Over the course of the 22nd episode, at various times I was hoping that the protagonist Sorata would witness the girls who had feelings for him, Mashiro and Nanami, taken from him in classic NTR fashion, I hoped he jumped into the pit at a train station, hoped that Mashiro would board a train in a sort of reverse Casablanca scenario and much more. It just served as the inspiration of this post, but I think a lot of the anger had been building up over months. Here was a character who was given two girls who cared for him, and all he did was string one along and the other he emotionally abused. All the while, completely oblivious to the feelings of other people. There’s no way he should have friends after pulling something like that.
Although starting to look like a classic compared to one of its spinoffs, ChäoS;HEAd is another great example. It’s yet another one of those harem anime with a needlessly dense and useless protagonist. But the thing that set this apart came in the first moments of the series. With the world effectively destroyed, the series looked to be quite interesting. As it panned out, I was hoping for an apocalypse to take all of the characters out with the rest of civilization.
Now it may seem like I’m just picking on harem or romantic comedy, but there’s much more to it than that. Mouretsu Pirates constantly had me wishing for any danger to the cast, and that’s a show where there’s no romance other than Jenny and Lynn and whatever token yuri shipping the fanbase could come up with. And for manga fans there’s Kimi no Iru Machi, a story that almost no one likes anymore and is nicknamed Ragemachi in some circles. Yet, it’s getting a real adaptation from the revived corpse of Gonzo. In addition, there was also Canaan which had a world traveling protagonist who was so naive that I wished she would have been forced into a deep conversation with the character called Hakkoh. If you’ve seen it, you will know what I mean.
So what does this all mean exactly? That I watch some shows with my heart on my sleeve and with so much passion that everything that is momentarily bad should no longer exist? I don’t think I would even go that far. Maybe small things build up after a while with such frequency cause me to just turn angrily against a show. Who knows, maybe it’s possible that they are doing the job that was intended.
If you have anything that has made you feel the same way, please contribute to the comments. It doesn’t even have to be an obscure show to warrant mention. If so, is there anything in particular that makes you actively hate the characters or setting of a series?