If you ask several anime fans the question mentioned in the title, you would probably get several different answers. With so much diversity in regards to responses, you might think that this particular query is meaningless. Why even ask in the first place, right?
Well, no, I believe that’s not the correct conclusion. It does prove something.
Although the answers may differ, all the answers you’re bound to receive from your very unofficial survey can essentially be interpreted to mean the same thing: “I watch anime so I can be entertained.” That’s really what we all want as members of the anime community. The only thing is our individual definitions in regards to what constitutes as entertainment varies greatly.
Some people may find an anime series to be more enjoyable if they can really resonate with a particular character due to sharing likeness in personality or facing similar situations.
Other people may enjoy a series because it explores themes or situations they do not get to experience in real life. Others may just like watching easygoing titles so they can unwind without being required to think too hard.
All of this, like many things, are subjective. Maybe a series is great for you due to the humor and the gags, but the antics may cause someone else to turn away from said show. Perhaps you just prefer to watch certain genres.
Be that as it may, there’s no wrong answer here. People like what they like. Just keep that in mind before you insult someone for liking a particular show and before you read a blogger’s take on a series or genre. It’s for the better that we all have different opinions! That’s why we get to have discussions and debates.
And in the end, we all just want to be entertained when we watch anime. So don’t let others’ opinions impact your own enjoyment and just watch what you like!