For most of my life, when I’ve picked up a book, I finished it, no matter how bad it was. In recent years I’ve gotten less patient with bad writing, and am more willing to abandon a bad book early on. The same holds true for anime. There’s some that are just boring, or bad. I’ll be reporting on some of them from time to time.
We start with Blast of Tempest (Zetsuen no Tenpesuto)
Two factions of a magical clan are fighting in modern-day Japan, each one trying to awaken their respective trees — the Tree of Genesis and the Tree of Exodus — and their battles end up turning most animal life in the area into metallic lawn ornaments. Two friends are allied with one of the factions because they believe the faction can give them information about who killed their sister/girlfriend.
I dropped it after six episodes. It just couldn’t hold my interest. The episodes were scattered, the plot and motivations were opaque, and the characters uninteresting. Mark Twain once wrote a list of the rules of literary art. Number 10 was:
That the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones. But the reader of the “Blast of Tempest” tale dislikes the good people in it, is indifferent to the others, and wishes they would all get drowned together.
He actually said Deerslayer, but that broke the continuity. The same holds true for Blast of Tempest. They could bring in the Tree of Leviticus and I don’t think it would help.