Personally speaking, I’m following quite a few series this season. Fall 2017 is probably one of my busier seasons in recent years since I’m watching several titles (almost) every day. It’s unprecedented for me (but I’m sure many of you are even busier).
As such, there is something that I’ve started to considered after last Saturday when I realized I had to get through 5 different shows. It’s sort of basic and the thought has somewhat crossed my mind before, but I haven’t really sat down and thought about it before. Be that as it may, the following may be something to ponder:
In what order do you watch your anime?
After Saturday, I’ve been equating sitting down and watching a packed session of watching several episodes of anime from several different series to be like sitting down and eating a two-dish dinner. Besides the fact that watching anime can only net us a negative carbon intake, that we can only taste happiness or sadness instead of actual flavors, and that an anime session can take several hours instead of several minutes, I think the metaphor sort of works.
Because in such a dinner, there tends to be foods you don’t really like as well as foods you do like. Likewise, you might be juggling several shows at once and some of them are more enjoyable for you to watch than others. The ones you’re looking forward are your dessert and the ones you’re begrudgingly watching are your veggies
because you’re also a picky eater for the sake of the metaphor.
So what do you do?
Do you take care of the veggies first so you can enjoy your dessert? Or do you wolf down your dessert and enjoy things before you have to deal with the veggies? In other words, do you watch the shows you’re invested in before or after the other shows that you personally consider to be less interesting ?
I’m speaking for myself here, but I always watch my favorite shows first. I want to experience the good first, so gimme that dessert! I do understand that it might make the less attractive shows to look even worse afterwards, but I can’t help myself because I’m an impatient person who dislikes delaying fun. Besides, misery builds character.
I know that there are other external factors that might influence your anime-watching-order. Maybe you really want to watch something funny, so you decide to watch the comedy series that’s only so-so because one of your favorite seasonal shows is one that can only be enjoyed when you’re in a certain and specific mood. There are other situations that may change things, of course, so just think of this particular instance as an example. The bottom line is that sometimes a viewer has to take extra steps to make the most out of their viewing experience and that’s okay! You do you and you should stick to it if it works!
Also, I’m sure that some of you may have a completely different mindset than mine. Maybe you like saving dessert for last as a reward for conquering veggies. Maybe you alternate between eating a little bit of both. Again, you do you. Go nuts!
At any rate, I would love to hear how you handle this unavoidable situation in the comments section!!
Note: the article is framed within the context of seasonal anime, but this definitely applies to anime fans who stick to watching a bunch of older shows at the same time, as well. Please tell me about your
eating watching order, too!
That’s all, folks!