There is little that makes me worry more than being asked for anime recommendations.
Because I know my lane. I am aware that my tastes are peculiar and niche.
Not everyone is into watching anime-girls-do-certain-sport-or-pastime series. Apparently some look upon comedy series with hesitation and disdain. A few of my readers have told me that yuri isn’t really their thing
(but they still drop by and read my content because they’re very nice people. Not that I publish enough content on yuri. Trying to fix that, sorry).
So that leads me to the question about the question. Say someone asks you, “Are there any good anime this season? Give me some recommendations.” How do you feel and react?
If, for some reason, someone trusts my opinion enough to ask for it, then I would proceed to ask if they have any genres in mind. Then I’ll proceed to ask if they have any deal-breakers. Following that, however, is the hard part.
By asking you for recommendations, they are implicitly asking for a little peek into your tastes and preferences. Of course, you can attempt to accommodate to their tastes by adhering to their demands for series which fall within their own specific inclinations. If they want to watch some action romcom series, there’s a plethora of that every season. They’re also spoiled for choice if they are craving an isekai series (whether or not any of the many isekai series that pop out every season is any good, however, is another issue altogether).
But when they’re asking for recommendations within genres you attempt to keep up with, it’s a bit more difficult in my opinion. You have to keep in mind that your own personal preferences might lead you to lead to like Series A more than Series B even though Series B could be considered a better series overall. You have to struggle with subjectivity, in other words. You also have to consider their own tastes which you may or may not be familiar with. Under such circumstances you might want to ask for other series they have enjoyed to have an idea of what would they might enjoy. Otherwise, you’re just shooting in the dark.
What I dread most of all is recommending a series to someone only for them to declare that it’s not good or claim that it’s not to their tastes or insist that they can’t enjoy the series because of ___________________________________________. I just feel like I’ve disappointed them whenever that happens. And to me, that’s just a terrible feeling I have to live with.
So that’s why I dread recommending anime series to others.
Maybe you all feel the same? Maybe not since I did get a bit melodramatic there. I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments section down below.
EDIT: Still, if you ever want recommendations I’d be happy to help ;__;