Is one moment or episode really a redeeming factor for a bad series?
I’m thankful that I haven’t seen that many bad anime series, but for the few that I have watched to completion, there were always those short moments of excellence that somehow kept me watching. I’m not talking about so bad it’s funny either; just those series which felt completely pointless to have watched in retrospect, yet still had their own merits from time to time. There mus’ve been something to merit me finishing those shows, be it an amazing fight in the first episode (yes, Kurokami has become kind of abysmal by this point), an episode in a romcom which was actually funny, or strangely creative ways of fanservice. But when it comes down to it, are these brief bouts of greatness really worth all the hours wasted on nonsense/boredom/irritation?
If you’ve had to sit through half on anime series watching absolute crap because you felt obligated to as a fan of the Macross franchise, then seeing an episode which is great could seem like a godsend. Your standards have been lowered and at this point, perhaps over halfway through the series, you’re not expecting anything good to happen when SURPRISE BUTTSECKS a character you hate dies, a character you love conquers all or everything goes exactly as you predicted it would, further feeding your animu watcher’s ego.
The follies of the past are eclipsed in the awesome of the present. But that’s the thing, that moment is only the present. Of course, after firing hundreds of arrows at a target one has to hit the bullseye every now and again, but doesn’t change the fact that you’ve missed the target hundreds of times. Next episode it’s probably back to the same old shit of irrational character actions and annoying plot developments and you’ll just have to keep wading through bad episodes until you come across another gem. And blinded by fanboy urges or false expectations, you’re almost guaranteed to do so.
But to say that it’s worth it for those singular moments is to exaggerate. A show should be judged by it’s overall quality rather than being lauded for a single moment of greatness or condmened for a moment that’s completely awful.
Seeing those few good moments in such a series just makes it all feel futile. These moments reminds you of what could’ve been, probably fulfilling what expectations you had for the series from the outset before it degraded into whatever crap was left remaining. Knowing that the creators have the capability to write, animate or direct a series well, yet simply don’t would just irritate me. The more mind-blowingly awesome the moment may be, the more perplexing the fact that the staff of the show couldn’t just do that all (or at least some) of the time.
For me, seeing a series do horribly despite having a large amount of potential, and even showcasing such potential, makes it less enjoyable and a waste of my time. I’ve ended up watching an entire season of Rosario + Vampire hoping for something great at the end (which turned out to be anti-climactic and disappointing) when instead I could’ve been watching Aria or Mushi-shi. And that’s a damn shame.