In response to Yi’s fun project idea, I’ve gone back through all of my old anime posts and put together a collection of the times when I’ve overthought something and was wrong. Since I’m on the topic of overthinking, I’ve also included some posts where I’ve just completely taken things out of context. These posts go back to when I first started blogging in 2008, so most of the series I cover are complete. If you haven’t seen them and plan on watching them later, be warned that there are spoilers below.
When I Overthought and was Wrong:
I had predicted that Takumi either imagined everything that he saw, or that he was actually a murderer. It turns out both were wrong, and Chaos;Head is an anime about some supernatural stuff and not mental illness. On the bright side, I was spot on about Yua having ulterior motives.
I predicted that Kitamura was some kind of masochist; I was wrong, he’s an exhibitionist. On the bright side, I was right about Minori hiding something (she’s bisexual).
I thought Mio’s hat defied gravity. After seeing people wearing them in Japan, I now know that there’s actually a strap attached to the hat that you tie around your head.
So I may be way off with this one, but hey, there’s still 2 more episodes and we’ve seen how easily Madoka can twist things around (c’mon Urobochi, don’t let me down!).
When I Just Overthought:
This is a perfect example of a time I really over-thought things. I went semi-in-depth into how the human brain is theorized to store memory in order to compare the anime with real life. Why can’t I just enjoy a series for what it is…
Many people have pointed out how I was wrong about the mechanics of esper powers, but I guess they didn’t read the part where I said I was taking it out of the context of anime physics and applying real-world science. Others have pointed out alternatives to what I suggested. There is one correction I’d like to point out though, “an involuntary movement” is an actual scientific term, but it’s far from what the anime explains it as.
The title speaks for itself.
When I was Right:
Not all of my overthinking leads to wrong conclusions or a brain ache. Below are some examples of when I was thinking about anime and got some things right.
Accurately predicting that Ryuji and Taiga will hook up. OK, that’s a give me, but it still counts.
“I predict that the next episode will involve some people getting trapped on the mountain during a snow storm since that’s what usually happens.” Well, you just have to watch episode 21 to see that I was right.
I mentioned the likelihood of Ushio suddenly coming back to life and we all know what happened.