With thousands of anime available, even the most dedicated fans inevitably have to skip a few, which may include some highly recommended classics.
Not every classic is critical to understanding anime as a whole. In fact, there are many overrated anime that you can totally skip.
These series aren't necessarily bad; on the contrary, many of them are amazing. Still, if you're not instantly drawn to these anime, there's no reason to invest time in them, even if they are considered classics. If these acclaimed anime never grabbed you, that's perfectly okay.
Even the most anime-illiterate know what Pokémon is. If the basic premise of this worldwide phenomenon has somehow escaped you, you should probably watch a couple of episodes to prove you've been sentient at some point between now and the early '90s. However, you absolutely do not have to watch the whole thing.
It's charming, sure, but it's also hundreds of episodes long, mind-numbingly repetitive, and not a great use of your anime-viewing hours.
The Prince of Tennis is an earlier entry in the sport anime genre, which is why it's considered a classic. While the series has its selling points - like being one of the only anime to feature a character with a named disability - it's really, really long, clocking in at 178 episodes.
If you fall in love with the characters, by all means, watch the entire show. But if the storyline isn't grabbing you, there are plenty of other sports anime that feature tighter plots, lovable characters, and epic matches.
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Out of all of the Digimon series, the only two that really achieved "classic" status are Adventure and Tamers. While Frontier, Data Squad, and the others have their merits, they're largely lost to the sands of time.
Though Digimon Adventure 02 might be a classic, it's also non-required viewing. Digimon tri., a new series with superior animation and more mature storytelling, ignores a large chunk of what happens in 02, and creates confusing and irritating continuity errors.
If you saw 02 as a kid, don't erase it from your memory - the nostalgia-factor is real and the series has a lot of fantastic moments. But if you're just getting into Digimon and don't want to bother figuring out how all the pieces fit together, you can pass on this sequel.
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Harem anime tend to be divisive. Some people love watching a guy soak up adoration from multiple ladies or simply feel intrigued by the complicated romantic tension. Others feel the characters' relationships suffer due to the harem dynamics, especially with the tropes that objectify women.
Love Hina is one of the original harem series, and it solidified many of the love-it-or-hate-it genre-defining tropes. It's cringe-inducing in many ways, from Keitaro tripping and landing directly in Naru's chest to the questionable depiction of the ambiguously foreign Kaolla Su.
If you're not a serious harem buff, you can pass on Love Hina.