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Dropped: Needless

July 24, 2009 Dropped

It’s really no surprise, I guess. I think this is one of those shows that everyone checks out for an episode or two then promptly dumps because the laughs don’t last that long. I hadn’t been interested in picking it up at all (then again, half the series I’ve picked up this season I hadn’t planned on) but my brother got it and a few bloggers were yammering about it (yuri threesome ending, what), so I figured why not, I’ll check out an episode for the lulz.


In the first place the premise bored me. It reminded me immediately of X-Men, among other things, and didn’t feel like it would take it in a particularly interesting or new direction. The art also bored me. The style reminded me a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh!, which isn’t bad, but it’s not exaggerated in a way I find aesthetically pleasing and not very interesting either. I couldn’t bring myself to actually pay much attention to what was going on in the first episode — the expository was exceedingly dull — but the action was fun in that absurd and hilarious sort of way, though I think it was more “I’m laughing at you” than “I’m laughing with you.” Either way, it’s hard not to laugh at ridiculously named Engrish attacks and excessive fanservice. I thought I might just stay with the series for that, but it kind of gets really old, really fast, especially when the characters are all kind of annoying. At least it isn’t the primary reason for droppage this time though.

The main kid is whiny and useless and has a sister complex, but honestly, he isn’t that bad. The chick and white-haired guy probably annoyed me more, but there’s more apathy than anything else. I’m not sure if apathy is better or worse than irritated; at least the latter has some emotional involvement? Is it better to passionately dislike a show or feel absolutely nothing towards it? The second episode was very much like the first. It had (more) fanservice and action and a bit of boring expository and overt shenanigans that at some point involved dramatically named attacks. But the reactionary amusement faded very quickly into the same apathy and I had no real desire to check out the third episode at all. It isn’t that I dislike Needless necessarily. I just don’t particularly care.

So I’m dropping it. And I guess this is the best way to drop a series because unlike the cases with Kurokami and Shangri-La, I don’t end up hanging on episode after episode hoping in vain that it could get better eventually before finally giving up in exasperation.

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  1. ghostlightning on July 24, 2009 4:19 am

    Yep, dropped this show for much of the same reasons. It’s not bad enough to trash, but not interesting enough either way.

  2. usagijen on July 24, 2009 6:19 am

    * looks at Needless on her hard drive *
    I just downloaded the first ep of this through sheer randomness, and by the looks of it, the best decision I would make is to not go through the pain of watching this :|

  3. Kiriska on July 24, 2009 6:36 am

    It’s not painful. It just gets boring after the first episode as the initial lulz wears off. I would almost suggest just checking out that first ep, but it might be a waste of time since all you get is indifference afterwards and will drop it anyway. :P

  4. Omisyth on July 24, 2009 10:36 am

    I cn aeasily see why anyone would become disinterested in the series. The lulz are still there for me though.

  5. Seinime on July 24, 2009 9:04 pm

    Oh come on, why drop it? It’s realistic, nice effects, and…wait, wrong anime.