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Old August 12th, 2018 (11:23 PM).
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Are there any anime or manga that you thought you wouldn't like but ended up enjoying? Which ones? What put you off of them at first and what did you like in the end?
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Old August 14th, 2018 (9:21 PM).
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    I thought I wouldn't like My Hero Academia, but it was alright in the end. Nice seeing Japan make their own spin on superhero comics.
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    Old August 15th, 2018 (6:30 AM).
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    I honestly can't think of any series at this point.

    If I were to look at my list I might find something but at the moment nothing comes to mind as being something I didn't expect to like going in that I ended up liking.

    Well maybe a children's short like Banan-nya! or Itoshi no Muco! or whatever their titles were.
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    Old August 20th, 2018 (3:40 PM).
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    Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, full stop.

    When I had first heard about the series, I didn't think it would be for me at all. I ended up really liking it and wanting part 5 asap. (Good thing it's finally coming in October.)
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    Old August 21st, 2018 (11:50 AM).
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      Violet Evergarden on Netflix

      I just didn't think at first that it would be something that I would enjoy, but I was hooked after the first episode haha. I hear that they are making a movie that will be a sequel in 2020, so I'll look forward to that when it comes out.
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      Old August 22nd, 2018 (5:28 AM).
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      Cross Ange. So glad I stuck with it beyond the first few episodes.
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      Old August 23rd, 2018 (4:11 AM).
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        I can tell how good or bad an anime is by looking at it's picture on MAL, so this has never happened to me.
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        Old August 24th, 2018 (2:27 PM).
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          Promised Neverland first arc was way better than I expected. Too bad it declined somewhat after
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          Old August 26th, 2018 (8:30 PM).
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          Violet Evergarden on Netflix

          I just didn't think at first that it would be something that I would enjoy, but I was hooked after the first episode haha. I hear that they are making a movie that will be a sequel in 2020, so I'll look forward to that when it comes out.
          What made it for you? What about it didn't look like something you'd like?

          There was quite a bit of hype for that before its Japanese release among English speaking fans until so many found out it was exclusive to Netflix and wasn't going to be released for something like 6 months, so I'm surprised to see someone post it here.
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          Old August 28th, 2018 (3:11 PM).
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            Yu Yu Hakusho. It wasn't that I disliked it at first, I just didn't ever give it a chance until now. I didn't give it a chance because I brushed it off with other classics (like Samurai X and other stuff) that just were there, but that I never delved into further. But there was like a meme going on and it seemed really cool so I tried it. I'm on episode 65/112 and I love it now! Especially the characters, I think that's the best thing about the anime.
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            Old August 28th, 2018 (6:47 PM).
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              Yu Yu Hakusho is one of the GOAT Shonen series.
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              Old August 29th, 2018 (5:02 AM).
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              Yu Yu Hakusho. It wasn't that I disliked it at first, I just didn't ever give it a chance until now. I didn't give it a chance because I brushed it off with other classics (like Samurai X and other stuff) that just were there, but that I never delved into further. But there was like a meme going on and it seemed really cool so I tried it. I'm on episode 65/112 and I love it now! Especially the characters, I think that's the best thing about the anime.
              A lot of classics are classics for a reason. Even if that reason might just be nostalgia and rose tinted glasses in the current day, there were reasons people got engrossed in the classics over other shows at the time in the first place that give them some leg to stand on.
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              Old September 1st, 2018 (9:20 PM).
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              A recent example for me, Fairy Tail. Started watching it because I joined an RP based on it after years of actively avoiding it and thinking it looked like a cash grab. Now I'm watching it and I realise that whilst it's definitely riddled with flaws there's actually a lot to appreciate too.
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                A recent example for me, Fairy Tail. Started watching it because I joined an RP based on it after years of actively avoiding it and thinking it looked like a cash grab. Now I'm watching it and I realise that whilst it's definitely riddled with flaws there's actually a lot to appreciate too.
                What's there to appreciate about Fairy Tail? It's fairly shallow.
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                Old September 3rd, 2018 (12:45 PM).
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                What's there to appreciate about Fairy Tail? It's fairly shallow.
                Honestly, it's biggest flaw is in how the plot is executed. The story itself is actually pretty interesting and unique but the writing is really poor which results in the show often axing its own suspense or tension, making plot twists really obvious, undermining what should be major moments for the story or individual characters etc which makes the whole thing seem a lot more shallow than the content actually is and absolutely obliterates the emotional weight some of it could/should carry. Also it has the worst filler arcs of any series ever.

                There's definitely positives in there though. The world itself is quite interesting and while not perfectly displayed to the audience, we come to know it pretty well through showing and telling. For example, we learn how technology is quite a ways back from where it is in the real world and is built around magic instead of physics and chemistry for the large part and by extension how integral magic is to their society despite only a small percentage of people being naturally magically gifted.

                Another strong point is the characters. Not Natsu obviously because he's basically carefully formulated to be the textbook shounen protag (although I would argue he's actually a better character than fellows Luffy or Goku by some margin). I'm talking about the other main cast and the supporting cast. Although not as prevalent as I'd like by any means, there is actual character growth present within the cast. In particular Wendy, Laxus, Carla, Cana, Ultear, Jellal, and Gajeel (I'll spare listing every character with notable growth) all display pretty decent growth and to a lesser extent we do see growth from Gray, Erza and Lucy. Where character growth is missing, there is often at the least a decent degree of character depth too which is where the latter three characters excel more. What's really impressive though is that even though the cast of characters is absolutely enormous so many of them feel distinct, interesting and likeable. The antagonist side of things is weaker in honesty, but even there there's been some compelling or well-conceived of villains. Fairy Tail also has to get a shout out for how it treats female characters. The fan-service is psyducking infuriating at times but unlike most shounen series FT doesn't shy away from creating strong, relatable and relevant female characters which is a nice change.

                It's definitely no master piece and could be a lot better than it is, but I am forced to admit my original prejudices, although not entirely unfounded, were largely wrong. It's a decent show and much better than I was originally willing to give it credit for. As far as shounen goes I'd rate it higher than DB and One Piece easily.
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                Old September 3rd, 2018 (6:26 PM).
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                I do personally like the setting that Fairy Tail tries to build for itself. I personally didn't find it to even exceed expectations, myself, but my expectations for any shonen series is that it'll be a fun ride that probably isn't told as well as it could be.
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                Old September 6th, 2018 (4:56 AM). Edited September 6th, 2018 by Lipstick Vogue.
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                  I liked the boobies, bums and tummies in Fairy Tail and that was about it. I liked the between arc chapters far more than the actual plot, which ranged from forgettable to just rubbish. Characters and development were all standard fare for battle shounen, fun but nothing special.

                  We live in a world where people would choose to listen to Lil Pump over Chopin, it really doesn't surprise me when people prefer this to One Piece.
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                  Old September 6th, 2018 (8:36 PM).
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                  Might as well keep the topic going, less specific than one show but I only really diversified out of the shounen genre back in like 2012, before then it was only ever your standard action series. Then I randomly decided to branch out more and I ended up trying comedy, romance, thriller, horror and drama and now I watch more stuff in those dramas than I do your standard shounen stuff usually. So entire genres turned out way better than I expected.

                  Has it been the same for anyone else?
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                  Old September 7th, 2018 (7:22 AM).
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                    I was always pretty open to watch any genre but I was surprised at how much I enjoy 70s and 80s shoujo series.

                    So cool.
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                      I never thought I'd actually sit down and watch a Historical anime, but Utakoi remains probably the best better-than-expected anime I've ever watched. Granted it was comedic and very liberally "historic", it was still unlike anything I'd ever watched, and that certainly ended up being a selling point rather than a detriment.
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                      Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, full stop.

                      When I had first heard about the series, I didn't think it would be for me at all. I ended up really liking it and wanting part 5 asap. (Good thing it's finally coming in October.)
                      Total opposite for me on that one. Heard nothing but praise, wanted to love it, and wow, it's easily one of the worst series I've ever seen. Full stop.

                      For the topic, Speed Grapher and Basilisk looked so dumb, people I couldn't stand loved the former, Gonzo generally has underwhelming reviews of their shows, so I was not optimistic at all.
                      Then it turns out both of them end up on my top 10 anime list.
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                      Old September 11th, 2018 (3:56 PM).
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                      I was always pretty open to watch any genre but I was surprised at how much I enjoy 70s and 80s shoujo series.

                      So cool.
                      Very underrated anime, more people should watch Rose of Versailles.
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                      Old September 12th, 2018 (11:36 PM). Edited September 12th, 2018 by LadyJirachu.
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                      I probably thought i wasn't going to be much into beyblade burst evolution at first, since i prefer shoujo/'girlier' anime on average, but I actually find that anime really awesome.

                      Though, now, I may be a little more cool on watching shounen if it isn't anything that goes way too far in terms of blood and dark themes and stuff. My tastes in things did become of a slightly more tomboyish nature since devulping a crush on corni.....lol. Not extremely so, though. I probably would still prefer to watch PreCure over Naruto overall :P Well maybe...

                      (though, interestingly enough, i actually really really liked soul eater back in 2010 *shrug* maybe i had a slight crush on maka like i have a crush on korrina now.....xDDDD although, i think i was also just more into halloween in general around those years. not really sure...why?.....but i did stop watching when the episodes started getting way too dark though lol o_o;;; )
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                        One Piece. I thought it'd be mainstream and way blown out of proportion, but it's wonderful. My favourite, along with Dragon Ball.

                        I only read the manga, though, and not even that nowadays. I usually walked in with scepticism, only to run out screaming and clawing at my eyes. The art styles are murderous and character archetypes aren't fun after the zillionth showing.

                        I also thought that The World Only God Knows would be a bit of a flop but it turned out really funny. I used to be a bit negative, y'see. The only thing I never actually doubted, even a little, was Naruto.
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                        jojo's bizarre adventure and pokemon sun & moon. i thought i would dislike these but man am i wrong.

                        I thought JJBA would be very meme-y - that's why i watched it (and in a way, it is). never expected to actually enjoy the whole thing. it starts out bland with jonathan (imo) but joseph saves it. it became even better in part 3 (unpopular opinion). I prefer Stands over Hamon any day. Part 4 was awesome too. and part 5 is starting out okay too!

                        pokemon sun and moon was universally hated. but it was pokemon. so i went ahead and watched it. aaaaand... it was better than i expected. i prefer it over xy (yet another unpopular opinion)
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