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33396 No. 33396 [Edit]
How far into a series do you go before deciding to drop it? What are your thoughts on the "3 episode rule" that has become colloquial knowledge and a de-facto threshold?

This may vary between genres, but for the SoL genre I find character interactions are the most important aspect that define the show and it usually only takes one or two episodes to ascertain the pacing, mood, and style. Similarly for comedy, where usually one episode is sufficient to determine the style of humor.

The issue with this is that I often have the lurking fear that I may have missed out on a show that gets better at a later episode. While these are usually an exception, some shows like Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san or Animegataris improve midway through with the addition of a character or mild subversion of expectations. It seems absurd to watch an entire series that one has no interest in solely based on this fear of missing out though, so where do you draw the line in deciding to stop watching.
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>> No. 33397 [Edit]
I just drop something if I feel like I'm not having fun with it. With that said, I rarely do that, since I'm generally good at figuring out what kinds of series I'll enjoy.
>> No. 33398 [Edit]
You can avoid that by occasionally popping into threads that discuss the unpicked shows to get a quick assessment on whether the show developed into something that interests you. Biggest downside to this is being exposed to spoilers.
>> No. 33399 [Edit]
I only watch Anime after they're long finished, and usually don't stop watching them until I'm done. The only television I watch these days is the 1-2 shows that haven't finished yet, that I started 5-ish years ago.
>> No. 33400 [Edit]
I just give up when it gets boring, I'll even drop things on the first episode if I can tell from it that it won't be a show I will enjoy.

I don't think Tonari no Kyuuketsuki-san improved that much, well I liked the whole anime anyway.
>> No. 33676 [Edit]
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If you don't like it by ep 3, move on.
>> No. 33681 [Edit]
I finish the first season of anything no matter what.
>> No. 33683 [Edit]
Most anime only have 1 season anyway though.
>> No. 33684 [Edit]
Well, yeah. So?
>> No. 33689 [Edit]
This is my attitude. I don't really see why I should wait 3 episodes to assess a show, the first 10 minutes will give you an idea of how the show looks, sounds, what the thrust of the story is as well as the attitude of the main character. If these things don't add up to something that amuses me instantly, then I'll move on. There are plenty of shows out there, it's not like I'm starved for choice.

Sometimes this means that I end up dropping a show before it gets good, but it's pretty fucking rare. Sometimes I'll give a show another chance if I hear that it gets more interesting later on, but otherwise I can't be bothered. I don't have time to waste with subpar shows.
>> No. 33739 [Edit]
Basically this. I've even done the reverse and dropped a show when there was only one episode left.
>> No. 33745 [Edit]
I enjoy dropping shit quality anime so much that sometimes I download ep1 of whatever just to see how quickly I can positively assess it's shittiness and confidently drop it.
I wasn't always like this, but year of wasting my valuable free time giving crap anime 2nd, 3nd & 4nd chances taught me the lesson. There is some regret involved in dropping at ep 5, while dropping at minute 5 is more like freeing yourself from a burdensome responsibility.
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Been watching anime for like 26 years. I definitely don't need 3 episodes to know if I'm going to like a show. Generally the first 5-15 minutes of ep 1 is enough.
>> No. 33821 [Edit]
Yeah they rarely have any substantial twists past the first ep. ep 1 and 3 just seem to be where they put the most attention to detail.
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