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Once again the new anime season is on the horizon and once again I find myself spoilt for choice on new shows to check out (fansubbing ups and downs not yet withstanding). I’m also fortunate in that my school holidays just started which means I have more than enough free time to check out all the shows that interest me. But ironically enough, I think I’ll be watching the least shows this season since I started blogging (or even really watching anime more srsly, as those two things happened at around the same time).
As I watch more and more anime, my standards should increase and my preferences become more focused, which means I’ll waste less of my time on shows I don’t enjoy much. However I still find myself getting pulled in by the mediocre shows that, had I not watched them, I wouldn’t have been missing anything notable. Take Asu no Yoichi. I loved the first ep, but from there the show kind of petered out until a disastrous ending. Had I not watched it, I could’ve made time for the (growing) anime (and manga!) backlog that I have. I’m not some sort of elitist conoisseur who won’t watch anything that isn’t the creme da la creme of anime as thought of by everybody else, it’s just that I don’t want to make time for shows that, even if I had free time, I would find hard pressed to watch the next episode of. I wouldn’t do that with a show that I could watch on television (which is why I rarely ever watch TV anymore) so I shouldn’t do it with anime.
I think the problem lies with the fact that I’m watching shows I love (Soul Eater, Regios, Toradora) at the same time as shows I kind of like on a good day when I’m bored and there’s nothing else to do (Yoichi, Jigoku Shoujo, Hetalia) . I’m also a stickler for sticking with a show and hoping it gets better (such as Kurokami. I watched until 8 hoping there’d be more greatness as in episode 1. Then I found out the show was going for 26 episodes. F*ck that noise.) Those shows dilute my anime experience MAKING IT IMPURE, IMPURE I SAY! so that I’m not enjoying it as much as I would if I just watched those shows that I love. I don’t want to watch a show just because I can, I want to watch it because I feel like I must. And there’s not much exaggeration with the word “must” either. Like now, I must watch Soul Eater 51 because the last episode was so freakin’ awesome. I just finished Toradora, the finale of which was so freakin’ awesome. I must watch Regios since it has Felli who is so freakin’ cute. These are the shows I have the most fun with and make me love anime in general.
I’m not going to so something as drastic as boycotting the season, since I love the discourse that takes place with weekly viewings. I’m just going to try and be more condemning of the shows that don’t give that Must Watch Nao feeling. And I have to be critical since the anime just keeps on coming (I mean, some are already talking about the summer season!) Slowly but surely, I’m becoming better at dropping shows which aren’t a part of that select group, and I find myself feeling slightly better because of it. That’s one advantage to being at least slightly elitist: you know that at least most of the time you’re not wasting your time on a show.
Maximizing my enjoyment by minimizing my intake. I like the idea.