I’m usually not a harsh critic of anything, but if I had to nominate something that truly ticks me off then it’d definitely be anime with no concluding plots. It’s always nice to watch an anime that gets you hyped on the narrative, but there’s nothing worse than realising that a series has abruptly ended and you haven’t even come to the climax of the story, much less a resolution to speak of.
What kind of anime am I talking about exactly?
Of course there are tons of anime which end abruptly, but these are generally followed by second seasons, second cours, movies, or even OVAs. The shitty anime experience I’m talking about here refers to those anime which don’t get the aforementioned continuations. It could be for a multitude of reasons including lack of funding, poor reception, or even as a deliberate act to get you started on the manga or visual novel. Fuck, who knows..
It’s just painful when you get to the point where you’re so invested in the anime you have no choice but to crawl on all fours and scour for additional material. Most of the time you’ll get a manga, and if you’re lucky you’ll get a bloke who has kindly transcribed the entirety of that visual novel for you so you don’t have to play the bloody game in Japanese.
My most fitting example of this
It’s got to be White Album 2. Its prequel, White Album, also kind of left me hanging there like: “Yo, what’s the resolution of the love triangle?” But this feeling was elevated five-fold in the sequel. If you’ve seen it you know what I mean, if you haven’t then its a good recommendation if you’re into romance/drama. Fortunately for me, there was someone who had posted what happens in all routes of the VN together with a buttload of screencaps which was probably the best I could have ever hoped for. I wasn’t happy but it surely capped my desire to know more.
Thanks for taking your time to read this post. How about you, what have been your experiences on this?