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Unpopular Opinion: Hand Shakers isn’t that bad

Yea, that’s right. Hand Shakers, the anime that currently has a  4.99/10 rating on MAL, a 2.5/5 on Crunchyroll, a 45% average score on AniList, and also showcases that despite it still getting in some views that doesn’t mean that the ratings is getting better.

score vs. watching - taken from AniList

score vs. watching – courtesy of AniList


But despite all that, I gave the show a chance and found that it’s actually…kind of…not that bad. In fact, I’m kind of enjoying it. It may not be the best anime of the winter season, but it’s far from being the worst anime ever. Then again, that’s not hard to do when you’ve watched Pupa and Mahou Sensou.

Perhaps the reason why I’m still somewhat enjoying Hand Shakers is because of all of the negative comments and reviews that I read before watching it. I didn’t start watching this until four episodes had already passed and by then I was expecting the worst.

preparing for impact

preparing for negative impact

Other than one or two overly long and awkward ecchi moments and the fact that one of the characters must take a lot of painkillers due to her constantly moving breasts, I somehow found myself thinking, “hmm, this isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” The story isn’t anything special and the characters are ones we’ve seen countless of times.

Other than the animation, which is gorgeous as long as you ignore the random lens flares and the fish eye camera technique, Hand Shakers is very much a show that sometimes feels like it’s been there done that. Tazuna is a typical hero, Koyori is the typical cute heroine who doesn’t do much, and the other characters have their typical rehashed assigned roles as well. And the story is one we’ve seen time and time again.


a typical scene from Hand Shakers

In all honesty, I completely understand why the show gets a lot of hate. If it had a harem, I think I’d hate it just as much. Thankfully it doesn’t, which is seriously rare when it comes to this genre, but I dunno…. maybe it’s because I went in expecting the worst. Like Pupa level terribleness, but I never really got any of that.

Preparing for the worst actually help me enjoying the show, because I wasn’t expecting anything from it.

Who knew.

So that’s my unpopular opinion. I, Mochi Rochi, don’t think Hand Shakers is a bad show. It’s definitely not my favourite, or even my favourite of the season, but I’m enjoying this and I like that fact that Koyori can die if Tazuna doesn’t hold her hand…..even if the show keeps kind of forgetting this part of the story.

Day 31 – Popular Animes that You Didn’t Like or Care For

What’s this? Another day of the challenge? But I thought it only had 30 days?

It did, but I’m adding an extra one just for fun.

There’s always an anime that you’ve watched and notice something weird. Everyone is raving about it. Everyone is loving it. But you’re sitting there wondering why. That is what I’m tackling today. Even though I didn’t like these animes, I’m not against giving them another shot.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

I know that this show has a massive fan base. And it’s due to these fans that I decided to watch the show. Unfortunately, I never finished it because I got bored. Even though this has an interesting premise and a supernatural twist, this does seem like something you’ve seen before. The characters are ones you’d find anywhere and even though Haruhi seems fun, I started to wonder how Kyon allowed himself to be taken advantage of.


Code Geass

Someone recommended Code Geass to anyone who liked Death Note. As a fan of Death Note (mostly the first half and not the second) I was excited to watch this and find another physiological thriller. Plus, the fans were saying that in terms of mind games and intelligence Light and Lelouch were similar. With these things in mind I watched Code Geass. Then I dropped it at episode 13. I did’t find it all that thrilling and felt like Lelouch was a poor man’s Light. He wasn’t smart, he was simply someone who benefited from circumstance. More than that, he seemed like a little kid playing a big man’s game. I did hear that the second half was a lot better and crazier, but it’s hard getting back to it.

FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

I watched this when I was a lot younger and I remember thinking that this was one of the most annoying shows that I’ve ever watched. It is meant to be confusing, but I didn’t understand why. I got the story, at least I think I did, but I just didn’t like it. Maybe I’ll try this watch this again now that I’m older and wiser, but if I do I hope it aged well.

Suki-tte Ii na yo

Suki-tte Ii na yo

This is a popular shoujo, but I don’t understand how. I watched this until episode four and found myself disgusted by the male MC that I dropped this. He tried to be a nice guy and in his effort to do so he became shady. He’s meant to be perfect, but it seemed unnatural. Plus, he had sex with a girl who clearly was going through things because he thought that was what she wanted. Instead of being there for her, like a friend, he just does whatever she says even though he knows that this isn’t necessarily what she wants.


Notable Mentions:

Serial Experimental Lain – this is another show I watched when I was younger and couldn’t get into it at all. I didn’t hate it though, I just didn’t understand it and got confused.

Clannad ~After Story~ – I actually liked Clannad and was excited to watch the second season. I liked the first two episodes, but then we got to the arc about Sunohara and I rage quit after episode four. Some will say that this arc was an emotionally driven one, but I feel like the show really did a number on Sunohara. I hate his sister. In the first season she didn’t want anything to do with Sunohara and all of a sudden she’s all up in his business. When he doesn’t react the way she wants, she gets angsty and sticks her nose into things that she had no business going to. I also hated how during the fight between Sunohara and Tomoya. Tomoya ended up getting the last punch. I get that he’s the main character, but why was this needed? I feel like the show made Sunohara into a punching bag and so I felt horrible for him in this arc and ended up hating everyone else. Everyone lied to him and got angry with him for no reason. Instead of talking to him, they played with him. Even now, just thinking about the arc is getting me frustrated. I know that this is a really great season though and it’s loved by a lot of people, so eventually I’ll have to get over it and finish it. It’s just that episode 3-4 really, really, REALLY annoyed me.

Tasogare Otome x Amnesia – I was actually pretty hyped for the anime, because I’ve read the manga (or at least some of it). In the end, it didn’t really work for me. I’m not even sure if I can’t explain it properly. Something just felt off about the anime adaptation and I was never able to get into it.


I might just try to watch these shows and make it into a weekly thing.