I’m going to be honest here, I don’t think there should be a single show that doesn’t end. I know that there are a lot of long running series like One Piece and Detective Conan out there, but at some point, they need to end. I don’t have grudges against long running series just because they are long, but because what happens to the series lasts forever.
A lot of long running shonen series lose their focus and become more contrived as they keep moving on. Bleach lost its focus and its flair of originality from the Hueco Mundo arc forward because Tite Kubo was repeating story beats that he has already gone through. I am not saying that every single episode is bad. The one episode where Orihime said goodbye to Ichigo was brilliant, but the save the girl from the evil society plot was already done better the first time. When a creator runs out of ideas, there is a major problem.
Another point I can bring up are author hiatuses. The two easiest examples to use are Hunter X Hunter and Berserk. How long was Guts on a boat? YEARS. There were fans that waited for an extremely long time just to see if those characters will ever step off the boat. Hunter X Hunter also has the nick name of Hiatus x Hiatus for a reason. Togashi regularly takes breaks because of health problems or Dragon Quest or something. Nana doesn’t have an ending yet and it’s been years. How long do you plan on sticking around? Also, we are seeing similar kinds of things happen to Attack on Titans season 2. The hype is lessening every season it hasn’t appeared. These things just leave readers frustrated. I know that it can be worth it a work is good enough, but how often are they?
Lastly, the ending. With if after all that time the ending is not worth it? You spent all this time reading a manga or watch an anime and the ending just doesn’t feel right. What then? Is it the journey that matters more than the destination? I know that this is a hell of a way to end a 30 day anime challenge, but this matters and needs to be said. Thank you for following me along this journey and reading all the things I have to say. It means so much to me.