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Anime you loved but now hate(and other ways your tastes changed)

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Postby Justacrazyguy » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:21 am

Messy title, I know.

To explain myself better, I created this thread so you and I can voice our thoughts on anime on which our opinion has changed. Despite the title, it doesn't have to be a love/hate thing. It could simply be an anime that you once really loved, but now find mundane, or anime that you thought nothing about, but now think are good.

Or it could be about how your tastes have changed in general, like liking mecha anime more now than when I was a teenager.

I'll start with a few examples of my own:

Utena: I first watched Utena because I saw it recommended here, and at first I was bored to death. I'd watch the first episodes, drop it, remember it, watch a few episodes again, and then drop it again. It was only months after my first watch, when I managed to stick with it till episode 10 or 11 that something finally clicked and I got hooked and watched the rest of the anime in a few days. I still don't know how it happened. Maybe the first few episodes are weaker? I'd have to watch it again to be sure.

Dragon Ball Z: This case is pretty typical. Has a kid I watched DBZ, like every other kid my age did back then, and loved it. When I finally sat down to properly re watch it years later I found it so dull. Every action took forever and most of the battles weren't nearly has interesting has I remembered them. Surprisingly, I ended up finding myself liking the original Dragon Ball more. Like Z, it's also filled with filler, but its more comedic tone makes it flow so much better.

Most Ghibli movies: Like a good music album, Ghibli movies are the kind that seems to reveal something new every time you watch it. Laputa and Pricess Kaguya are examples that I found myself liking much more after a second and third watch. But even weaker movies like Marnie and Nausicaa reveal a lot on repeated viewing.

Most Harem anime I watched when I was a teenager: Yeah, most haven't held up very well, I can't believe I actually sat through To Love Ru when I was 13. If I was looking for fanservice, there were better options! A few have held up a little, Sora no Otoshimono still has a few fun episodes, but the vast majority no longer interest me at all, they give only boredom now.
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Postby Blockio » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:26 pm

I started watching anime relatively late, so I have a surprisingly small amount of shows I watched way back when before my tastes changed to how they are today.
While I certainly didn't watch them as anime (I didn't even know the conceptual difference back then), I did get quite a kick out of the Beyblade and Bakugan anime that aired on TV some two or three times a week, and I'm pretty sure those wouldn't hold up today, lol.
Other than that all that ever came on were Ghibli movies (all of which I loved, except Pom Poko) and the 2003 Appleseed movie, which is still one of my all time favorites
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Postby Mr. Tines » Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:13 pm

I had a big gap between the made-in-Japan cartoons airing on Australian TV back in the mid-60s (Kimba and Marine Boy), and then figuring out weird uses for my new DVD drive starting in late '03, before falling further down the rabbit hole, so I have no idea how I would view the 60s stuff now.

Increased familiarity with the quirks and idioms (and just being in the habit of consuming Japanese with subtitles) mean I'm probably more tolerant of stuff I considered marginal in my early (pre-2010, say) exploration -- titles that come to mind are Chobits (dropped, but just watched admittedly in a spirit of historical interest), Koihime Musou and sequels (which I didn't even consider looking at when they were new), and Ideon, which I actually found myself appreciating more when rewatching a few years back.

While there are examples I can think of where something I liked I now think awful, none of them that I can recall are anime related.
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Postby Joy Evangelion » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:02 pm

Justacrazyguy wrote:Dragon Ball Z: This case is pretty typical. Has a kid I watched DBZ, like every other kid my age did back then, and loved it. When I finally sat down to properly re watch it years later I found it so dull. Every action took forever and most of the battles weren't nearly has interesting has I remembered them.


Yea, I went through something similar, though I think I stopped watching while I was 12 or 13(while they were airing one of the Buu sagas) because I realized the show was kind of always the same old same old. Then when I was 17 my friends and I picked up the Frieza saga on dvd and tried to spend a Saturday night watching it but mostly just spent the night laughing and joking around. It's a cool show and it got me into annimay, but I couldn't rewatch it now. The trading card game they came out with back in the day was my favorite of all the ones I played though.

I don't like to admit this, but the first time I watched the first 4 episodes of NGE when I was 13 or 14 I was pretty much bored, especially with Episode 4 and I didn't watch the series in full until I was 23, by which time I got it. But I'm glad I watched the entire series when I did.

The series I probably had the biggest swing of emotions with on my 1st and 2nd full viewings was probably Angel Beats!. I still like it, but the first time I watched it I really loved it. On a rewatch there were parts I kinda just wanted to be over with and a lot of the more emotional scenes didn't pack a punch when I knew they were coming.

Both of the Mushishi series I enjoyed watching much more the first time through as well. This might be a weird comparison, but rewatching it was like the time I replayed Shadow of the Colossus; I didn't find it as fun knowing what was wrong and how Ginko was going to try to solve that episodes problem, just like it's not as fun to beat a boss when you know exactly what you need to do and when! I still think both series are fantastic, but I wish I would have just watched them the one time.

Eureka Seven is a series that I thought was above average on my first viewing, but which really blew my mind the second time around. I liked the music more, the characters more, and the series just made more sense.

The way justacrazyguy talks about Ghibli movies is similar to how I feel each time I rewatch an episode of Ping Pong the Animation or the first season of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. I think they're both perfectly executed and you notice new things about the characters with each viewing.
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