The Salty Anime Challenge – Day 2: A popular and/or hyped anime that you didn’t care for

A popular anime franchise that I often hear about is the Fate series. The Fate/Stay series is based on a Japanese visual novel from Type-Moon. The Fate series has a number of different installments, the first anime was released in 2006. I heard good things about this series but could never get into it.

First it’s not well animated in my opinion, the characters are stiff. The show is largely dull. While I have seen some of the fighting scene and enjoyed them, I can’t bare to watch the series and have to wait for someone to edit the scenes on YouTube. I just find the story to be soulless and therefore pointless. I won’t say it’s terrible but I certainly didn’t care for it.


7 thoughts on “The Salty Anime Challenge – Day 2: A popular and/or hyped anime that you didn’t care for

  1. imo Fate/Zero > Literally all of the others combined (minus Extra/Last Encore cuz I haven’t seen that one yet). I agree with you on the original series, though; it was pretty medicore. Unlimited Blade Works an uptick but even that and the best parts of the other newer installments don’t come close to Zero for me.

    1. I think it’s difficult to get into a series spin-offs when the originals were average. However, it good to here that the Fate series go better.

  2. YES! I agree with you 100%. After so much hype I was exciting to watch this, but I felt underwhelmed by everything. I was told that Fate/Stay is the weakest one in the series and Fate/Zero is much better, so I might try them out sometime in the future. But it’s hard to push myself after seeing Fate/Stay.

  3. Most mega-popular anime I don’t care for. Tried to watch Bleach, bored after 5 episodes. Same with Naruto. Sword Art Online is just garbage, I have no idea why it is popular, it’s like the modern pop music of anime–trite characters, boring art style, lame cliched plot.

    The one hyped anime I was all set to like, but was deeply disappointed with was Violet Evergarden. I just did not find the characters compelling at all. And the art work, while nicely drawn, just wasn’t really all that original enough to carry a subpar plot that I’ve watched before on better series. I really wanted to like it, but, alas it just felt empty to me.

    One of the triumphs of Land of the Lustrous, or Devilman Crybaby, is that we’re FINALLY seeing some actual artistic deviation from the norm. I’m sure it’ll be copied to death before we know it, but finally someone not afraid to have a different aesthetic vision along with decent writing.

    1. Devilman Crybaby was amazing and it changed a lot of troupes. I did like the animation in the original Sword Art Online. Bleach as an anime is terribly disappointing, I couldn’t get past the first few episodes either. However, I did enjoy the manga, even though it ended in a rushed fashion.

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