The curse of ep.7

August 23rd, 2010 by Author

In the comments (not body) of the post at Chizumatic Steven writes that AsoIku 07 has severily tried his patience:

I’m having a strange reaction today: I don’t want to watch the rest of this episode. [..] Last night I thought I’d pounce on it first thing this morning, but it’s the afternoon and I don’t want to watch it.

Thinking about it, I remember that I wanted to quit Toradora after ep.7 and Sekirei after ep.7 as well. That’s curiously coincidential. Of course there’s a fallacy of the long tail to consider: once I watch enough anime, some of them are bound to turn disappointing at similar times… And I think, for example, Gurren-Lagann and Lucky Star had crisis somewhere around ep.4. But either fortunately for the coincidence theory or unfortunately for my critical thinking, I tend to drop shows quickly and so even a couple of outright drops in or around 7 would create a hump… But then again, both Toradora and Sekirei survived theirs… Now I’m getting confused. Does this tell us that creators sometimes get tired mid-cour, or not?

FRIDGE: Being anal-retentive, I actually have hard data. I do not record survived crisises, but I saved the number of episodes watched for dropped shows.

After Anime series Count
0 Hayate no Gotoku bang-bang — 5 min, Eve no Jikan — 8 min, Futari Ecci — 11 minutes 3
1 Zettai Karen Children, Nogizaka, Index, Kannagi, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou (seen all of ep.00), Kimikiss, Kobato, Tenshi no Konamaiki, Sola, Tales of Symphonia, Aoi and Mutsuki, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kaleido Star, Mokke, Nanoha StrikerS, Nagasarete Airantou, Sora no Manimani, Popotan 18
2 Rumbling Hearts (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien), Taishou Yakyuu Musume, Kodocha, Pani-poni Dash, Black Lagoon, Clannad (1.5 actually), Minami-ke, Soul Eater, Gravion, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Shuffle, Moyashimon, Seitokai no Ichizon (discontiguous), Aoi Bungaku, Ookami-san 15
3 World of Narue, Piano, Juuden-chan, Strike Witches 2-ki, DearS, Ikki Tousen (orig.), Tayutama 7
4 School Rumble, Yumeria, Naruto Shippuuden (seen more), Ai yori Aoshi (seen more), Hyakko, Magic User’s Club, UFO Ultramaiden Valkirie 7
5 Macross Frontier (seen more), Mushishi, OMG TV, Precure (but completed Max Heart), Mahoromatic (approx.), Hand Maid May 6
6 Kare Kano, Sketchbook, Strike Witches, Nodame Paris-hen, Hanamaru Youchien (seen more), Mai HiME (approx.), Scrapped Princess (approx.), Planetes 8
7 Yoakena (Crescent Love) 1 LOL
8 Hidamari (orig.), Hidamari x365, iDOLM@ster Xenoglossia 3
9 Gokusen 1
10 Myself;Yourself, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Kimi ni Todoke 3
12 Dennou Coil 1
14 Twelve Kingdoms 1
136 Naruto 1

Although very few series are dropped exactly after 7, it looks like three’s a sharp drop-off in cancellations after 6 to 8.