30DAC – FINALE: Anime You Wish Never Ended and Continued On

Wow, the end of our adventure already? Where you going in such a hurry, November? Anyway, I was actually really confused about our final prompt here. Does this mean continue on indefinitely or just a show I wish had gotten more time like another season? Because, in all honesty, even if I love a show, I’d be hard-pressed to say I’d never want it to end. Shows can have a lot of steam depending on their premise, writing and characters, but it’s incredibly rare to find a show that lasts for over a decade and still has the same staying power as it did when it started.

Western shows have the same problem. Even if a show is still okay, after numerous years of being on the air, practically everyone will agree that there is a time already passed for the show to end and give it the perfect ending. Like how in Supernatural most people wanted it to end after the Lucifer arc. Or Rurouni Kenshin after the Shishio arc.

Even my favorite shows like Baccano!, FMA(B) and Cowboy Bebop are shows I’m perfectly fine with being ended because they had a good solidified ending (Well, in Baccano!’s case, not really, but it’s meant to end that way, so yeah) and making them go on would probably just tarnish what is there.

However, I have two shows that I really wish were at least given another season. The first one in this regard is Fruits Basket.

Not for that reason! Honest! *cough*

I adore this show and its ending was…….okay, but leaves so much unresolved. We never meet the other two members of the zodiac, Kureno the rooster (though it’s hinted that the bird that Akito has around his house is Kureno given that his transformed state was a sparrow) and Rin the horse, and we never see the curse get lifted.

The only thing that was resolved was Tohru being able to stay with the Sohmas and her seeing Kyo’s true form. Just one more season is all I ask, but alas, my wishes go unheeded.

The second choice here is Ouran High School Host Club.

I’m actually pretty bummed that I haven’t gotten a chance to talk more about this series because it is one of my favorites. The ending of OHSHC is fine. I mean, technically there’s no linear storyline being followed, so the ending is really just a dramatic crescendo, but the ending is okay. I wish this series had continued on at least until their graduation. The fact that the series is mostly comedy with a mostly episodic style makes it a much better candidate for continuation over more dramatic and story driven series. And I really do just love this series to death. None of the characters bug me, practically every joke hits so well, that art and animation are great, the music fantastic and I just wish it had continued on. It may be too early to say it never will continue, but as far as I know there’s no plans for continuation.

And that, my friends is the end of my 30 Day Anime Challenge. It’s been a lot of fun and I even learned some stuff about myself. I always like doing stuff like this so maybe I’ll stumble upon another in the future. Until then, challenge COMPLETED.

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4 thoughts on “30DAC – FINALE: Anime You Wish Never Ended and Continued On

  1. Congrats on completing the challenge!

    When I finished the challenge, I added an extra day and asked, “A popular anime that you can’t stand/dislike.” So, what would be your answer to this one? You don’t need to do an extra day, but I’m curious and want to know what animes didn’t work for people even though they were super popular.

    • Thanks! 😀

      And that’s an interesting prompt. I do have one anime that is insanely popular that I honestly can’t stand and that’s Lucky Star. To be fair, though, I’ve never been able to make it past episode 1. The dialogue was just so boring and unfunny to me and they just kept going on and on and on about pointless topics and barely making any jokes. It was a chore for me to sit through. My friends urged me to give it another shot and I made the mistake of watching episode 1 again and dropped it.

      It’s difficult for me to want to give it another try too because even Lucky Star fans are torn about whether it gets better. Half of the discussion is ‘it starts out awful and gets better’, the other is ‘it starts off great and gets awful.’ If I ever do give another crack at it, I’ll definitely just skip the first episode, though.

      In terms of popular anime I’ve actually seen all the way through, Vampire Knight. It was just so soap-opera-ish and ended terribly. I really think it was one of those shows that got a following based on all the bishi-fanservice. Plus the relationships were just messed up basically every which way. It wasn’t that trying to sit through, but when it was still airing that show was exploding everywhere and I just never understood why. Great art, nice music, blech everything else IMO.

      • You’re the second person who said Vampire Knight. I didn’t watch the anime, but I did read the manga and definitely understand your views on it. The relationships were a bit much for me.

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