Before we get started, I have to ask a very important question.
Is the ampersand (&) sexy or not sexy? Please, let me hear your thoughts in the comments section down below.
Now that I’ve distracted you all with an essential query, I want to blab on something that I actually don’t really know the answer to yet feel compelled to post about anyways.
Around 9 months ago, Lethargic Ramblings wrote a lovely piece about why he usually doesn’t bother with seasonal anime until the series is finished. Very good reasons were given, too. I won’t be providing an abridged version of his words, though, since I’m afraid that’ll convince you all not to check it out. So go check it out. I’ll wait.
Along a similar vein, Thoughts That Move has Tweeted (do I capitalize “Tweeted?”) similar sentiments before. Unfortunately, I can’t find the Twitter thread. Don’t @ him and ask him to reiterate his thoughts (that move), though. I’m sure he’s kind of already over it after getting into several debates over the topic back in early 2017. However, if you must contact him to hear his opinion, then please make sure you don’t mention me.
Well, I’m here to state the reasons why I prefer following seasonal anime on a weekly basis, which is totally not the stance the aforementioned wonderful wordsmiths (usually) embrace at all. If you want to see why I’m wrong, though, then you can just turn to them.
To be completely honest, I’m writing this up after I just finished watching 70 episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura within two weeks. I had actually meant to get through the series before Clear Card Arc started, but, well, sometimes you fall short of your own resolutions. If you’d like you can see a blogger slowly go insane in a Twitter thread by clicking on the Tweet underneath this paragraph which seems to extend into the horizon and beyond since he won’t stop typing holy moly please shut up.
At any rate, I just want to say that this was hard. Watching all these episodes was hard! Difficult! Hard!
Not that the series was bad. I loved following along and seeing Sakura, Shaoran, Meiling, Touya, etc grow and develop as characters. Sure, it might have dragged on for a bit too long since there were simply so many Clow Cards, which meant the series came across as being a bit formulaic. But it also means that corners weren’t being cut and that the series was rather thorough. All in all, it’s rather easy to see how Cardcaptor Sakura, the magical girl classic which inspired youths around the world, is widely regarded as a beloved series.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that getting through 70 episodes was a slog for me. I’m not exactly a newcomer to marathoning anime, either. I remember I breezed through the first two seasons of Shakugan no Shana pretty quickly in 7th grade. I also rushed through both seasons of Love Live! School Idol Project a few weeks before Love Live! Sunshine!! debuted in 2016. Lastly, I sat down and watched all 10 episodes of Devilman Crybaby in a (mostly) single sitting two weeks ago. I took a break to eat dinner, admittedly, but that still counts to proving that I’m a psychopath and a pervert, right? I gotta earn dat street cred or I won’t be able to graduate from Blogger School. See, this is what happens when I just type.
At any rate, Cardcaptor Sakura was the largest series I tried to complete, I believe. So perhaps I just underestimated how much of a daunting task getting through 70 episodes can be, but I just feel like I’m now ill-suited to marathon/binge-watch series. Aaaand after giving some thought, which is a rarity in and of itself, and browsing through a few posts, I believe I came up with some reasons why I’m more suited to be a seasonal anime blogger despite my inability to consistently produce seasonal anime content.
It just so happens that all of my reasons are the exact opposite compared to that of Lethargic Ramblings. Imagine that! What a coincidence, wahaha…
No, but it wasn’t like I was forcing this. What follows is the truth and the reasons why I prefer following seasonal anime by the week (
and desperation as I try to publish this post before 12:00 AM PST I failed hahahahaaha).
Lack of Concentration
Concentration? Isn’t that what comes with orange juice or something?
Seriously, though, I have trouble concentrating on things. That’s why having an extended conversation with me is a nightmare. I go off on weird tangents and confuse all involved parties, including myself. It also makes watching several consecutive episodes from the same series a difficult task because I get distracted by social media, by my phone, by my urge to eat something even though I’m already full, etc.
Variety is Better than MSG
They say that the spice of life is variety, right? Well, I’m saying it’s even better than Make Stuff Good. You can quote me on that.
I’m following A LOT more shows than I originally had planned to, yet it’s not really painful for me. Granted, part of the reason why that’s the case is because I have a bit too much free time right now. Still, I never feel bored. To me, watching 9 episodes of different seasonal anime series when I wake up in a few hours from now isn’t that scary since each series is so different and I’m kept on my toes, engaged and attentive. Meanwhile, trying to watch 10 episodes of CardCaptor Sakura in a single day was actually more difficult than coming to terms with the fact that my high school classmates are much more successful than me.
My Memory is Pretty Go– Wait, What Was I Going to Say Again?
I like to think I’m a pretty attentive viewer with a decent memory. However, I also have my blind spots and can experience total lapses in memory. Like, I don’t remember what I was doing on April 23rd, 1999. Like, at all.
Even if my memory isn’t quite as good as I’m hyping it up to be (trust me, it isn’t), I don’t mind doing a bit of backtracking to confirm things I might have missed or forgotten. It’s part of the fun, really. I feel like I’m a private detective in a Noir novel or something. Except I’m just watching anime and I don’t get paid to help damsels or dudes in distress.
Some Semblance of Structure
Keeping track of which series comes out when is part of the fun. Obviously, it all changes after 3 months and you have to learn the new order while mourning/praising the ending of the seasonal series you loved/hated. But it gave you something like a schedule in the meanwhile, right?
I’m no good with most schedules in real life. Remy still has nightmares where dream-Remy freaks out over missing college classes even though he’s no longer in school (for now. Ugh). But having something to look forward to and to stabilize my week, no matter how chaotic, is reassuring. I feel like I can keep trying or something.
I’m running short on time so I’m ending this here. Hopefully I made some sort of sense as I
rambled prattled blabbed about my thoughts on marathoning (long) series and following seasonal anime. Dang, some of my fellow bloggers have snatched up the words I love to use and it’s all awkward now. Just kidding. Catch you, catch me, catch you later.
Please don’t forget to tell me your thoughts on the ampersand. I need to know.