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The Worst Time Loops of Anime

If someone ever though the Endless Eight were bad, use this list to show them the most despicable time loop shenanigans ever shown in anime. Did the time loop have some obvious logical fallacies that make people wince? Did the reasoning for time travel come straight from left field — or have no reason at all? Was the time loop so convoluted that it made Homestuck look like nothing? Explain what made these time loops bad for the show as a whole, and contributed negatively to the experience of the show.

  • An interesting topic suggestion and you get my vote. I'm perhaps one of the few who actually appreciated 'Endless Eight' as it has hidden depths and contributes greatly towards the development of a certain humanoid interface, but I can see why some disliked it. There is an inherent problem with all time-loop tales - the logical fallacies you've mentioned, but perhaps the point is to encourage the viewer to consider how he or she would handle the same predicament. – Amyus 6 years ago
  • I don't know many examples of this but there is one, done very effectively, that I know of. It might be interesting in discussing Masaaki Yuasa's Tatami Galaxy since the entirety of the show is built around the time loop aspect. A lot of people even consider it one of the best anime series ever. Maybe people don't hear about the bad ones very often but the controversy behind "Endless Eight" has always been interesting. Some people love it while others hate it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it has to be more objective, the pros and cons of this plot device. Again, some people actually enjoyed the time loop in Haruhi Suzumiya. – Connor 6 years ago

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Travelling is dangerous and expciting for me – on one hand exists all the new opportunities for inspiration, on the other is all of the opportunities for distraction from what I want and need to get done. Both are the same thing really, just looked at from a different angle.

Travel and literature: Broadening your horizons

Majora’s Mask has a great many questions asked in it, altough I find it difficult to pinpoint them myself. The end is escpecially poignant and effective considering the story, as is how the activities of link get attributed to whatever mask he has on at the time.

Video Games That Ask Deep Philosophical Questions

Anime is a difficult beast sometimes, I think that it’s interesting that most anime that I know people watch dubbed is stuff they watched as a kid (Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor, Yu-Gi-Oh, etc.) It simply sounds odd to have it in Japanese.

Are you a Sub or a Dub?