Mainstream Animes: Why I Don’t Watch Them


Yes, the “mainstream animes”. These are animes like Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and One Piece. The things that non-anime fans first think of when they hear the word “anime”.

There is nothing wrong with these animes, just I don’t like them nor watch them. Nothing really more to it than that they really aren’t to my personal taste. I guess what I’m saying is that if you like the more “mainstream” titles of anime then that’s completely fine and I am in no way saying that there is something wrong with that; all I am going to address here are my personal reasons for not liking the more “mainstream” titles.

Usually, I wouldn’t post content that addresses something that I don’t like since I don’t really like stirring up more negativity than there already is, but in case you don’t follow my Twitter — which you should do since that’s where I post updates — I am traveling right now. What does this have to do with anything? Well recently I went into I guess an “Asian Gift Shop” where they sold various good from the general Far East; one of the things they sold were “mainstream” anime merchandise. As I looked around at the items I couldn’t help thinking to myself “ugh, I wish I was more into the mainstream animes so it would be easier for me to find merchandise”. Then I began thinking, why don’t I like “mainstream” anime? As a result, I have come up with these two main reasons.

Keep in mind that this is all based on my own personal opinion and my own likes and dislikes. This blog post is in no way hating on “mainstream” animes, but just explaining my reasoning for why I personally do not enjoy them.

1) They are LONG

You are probably thinking “oh but Beijing, what’s wrong with an anime being long?” Well there isn’t anything innately wrong with an anime being long; after all, a longer series means more content, right?  One of my very few problems with long animes is that they are almost impossible to catch up on if you start them when the series is already pretty far in. Me being a student, I just don’t have the time to get through fifty-plus episodes of anime.

Furthermore, I find that most animes when they run on the longer side, they easily become repetitive and boring; at least to me. The usual formula is, meet new people, gain new power or go to new place, conflict arises, fight — or have confrontation with — people, fight — or have confrontation with– more people, win, rinse, wash, and repeat. I get that the situation is different every time and that it’s all steps to reach the main goal, but after the third or fourth time, it gets really boring.

2) Most of Them are Shounen Titles


I’m probably going to get killed for this, but, I don’t like — most — Shounen or Shoujo titles. I’m sorry but I find most of these quite boring. I like animes that make you think of deeper meaning and pull out curve balls, and I don’t mean “rabbit-out-of-a-hat” tricks like defeating the enemy with “nakama” power. I of course like cute fluff but I personally prefer reading a Yuri or Yaoi manga if that’s what I’m looking for. Sorry, but that is just my preference.


The only Shounen anime that I really enjoyed was Nanatsu no Taizai, or The Seven Deadly Sins. This anime was wonderfully done, and the manga is even better. Why is it that this is the one Shounen anime that I enjoyed? Nanatsu no Taizai does a wonderful job of blurring the lines of “good” and “evil”. It makes you think about who really is right and who is wrong. This idea is one that I entertain frequently and to see it presented in the way Nakaba sensei has is interesting, thought-provoking, and extremely engaging.  I highly recommend the manga and if you are not able to read it, watch the anime.

Where am I going with this you ask? Most Shounen titles focus more on the team work and friendship aspect or simply showing death. There is nothing wrong with these themes, but for me personally, they do not capture my attention as much as theories on morality.

If you enjoy “mainstream” animes then that’s perfectly fine, and in fact, that’s great actually; you get to have an easy time finding merchandise. I envy you honestly.

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2 thoughts on “Mainstream Animes: Why I Don’t Watch Them

  1. I think mainstream anime serve their purpose well as they are what get most people into anime initially. A lot of us have Pokemon or Sailor Moon or similar as our introduction and after watching some of the other mainstream titles, if we are still with anime, we start branching out and finding everything else that anime contains. Still, I think most people know that while the mainstream titles do have a lot of flash they really aren’t aiming for a great deal of depth. They are all just stories that people have a good time watching.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

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    • I completely agree. When I was younger I did watch things such as Pokemon and Sailor Moon before I really knew what anime was, and when my friend got me into anime later on in life I watched Fairy Tail. However, those were the only “mainstream” animes I have watched, and I have finished none of them. When I wrote this I was thinking of myself currently and how I find that I do not wish to ever continue watching these series for one reason or another. Thank you for taking time to read my blog and comment as well.

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