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Man sometimes I just get tired of it all. But I just keep coming back for more. I guess you could say I am addicted. I keep waiting every season for some truly great shows and it does not ever get old. I love my truly good anime fix, but the problem with that is you have to watch so many of them to get to the good ones. Every season you never know what they are going to do, and you cant ever judge an anime by its title because obviously thats never mattered in anime to begin with. So you are stuck with 12 series to keep track of and then pan out which ones are worth your time. Its like a pleasant surprise every time you find something unique or unorthodox in a cookie cutter anime world. No matter how frustrated I get of the hashed out plots, the hot springs trips, the beach trips, the shrine trips, and plots that dont equate to any manor of sensible logic, you wait for creative genius to unfold and your imagination swept away into a seperate world that is beautifully crafted and well thought out, the characters are full non static beings who evolve and grow, the action is in the right place and not over used, and the love interest is in the proper per portion the the overall balance of the story. But since all of those elements are seldom put together at the same time I find myself panning out several of them at a time with different shows. I guess in the end what I really mean to say is that even a show that I would consider poor or think that it sucks can have its moments and I think thats what makes me frustrated, because as the viewer you can see what it could have been instead of what it is. What do you guys think.
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I'm not really sure what your trying to ask, as it seemed more like a wall of text rather than a question...

Honestly though, keeping up with every new anime is easy for me. I watch about 35-40 weekly airing animes, including 15-30 new animes every season. I enjoy 80-90% of them, even if most of them aren't masterpieces. I'm not even looking for the hidden gem, but when they do come along it's a really nice surprise, for example House of Five Leaves.
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Posted 12/18/10 , edited 12/18/10

llamaben wrote:

I'm not really sure what your trying to ask, as it seemed more like a wall of text rather than a question...

Honestly though, keeping up with every new anime is easy for me. I watch about 35-40 weekly airing animes, including 15-30 new animes every season. I enjoy 80-90% of them, even if most of them aren't masterpieces. I'm not even looking for the hidden gem, but when they do come along it's a really nice surprise, for example House of Five Leaves.

I wish I had that kind of wealth of free-time :X


Uhh... I didn't really get the question too well, but here's my answers from your statements:


acehighfler123 wrote:

Man sometimes I just get tired of it all. But I just keep coming back for more. I guess you could say I am addicted. I keep waiting every season for some truly great shows and it does not ever get old. I love my truly good anime fix, but the problem with that is you have to watch so many of them to get to the good ones. Every season you never know what they are going to do, and you cant ever judge an anime by its title because obviously thats never mattered in anime to begin with. So you are stuck with 12 series to keep track of and then pan out which ones are worth your time.

If you want to be efficient in filtering out the 'really' bad series, you may want to see episodic reviews of the anime from other people's blogs, or anime review forums such as NihonReview. Also try visiting TVTropes if you want to see what to expect from the said anime - there's quite a lot of spoilers here and there, but it's marked as hidden by default, so it shouldn't really matter. I found these methods to be really time-saving as well as narrowing down the options for your tastes.


Its like a pleasant surprise every time you find something unique or unorthodox in a cookie cutter anime world.

There is nothing more glorious than to find a shining gem from a pile of rubbish.


I guess in the end what I really mean to say is that even a show that I would consider poor or think that it sucks can have its moments and I think thats what makes me frustrated, because as the viewer you can see what it could have been instead of what it is.

Well, I have to agree on that as well, but by the end of the day, that just depends on the show and how it executes itself throughout the season.
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Posted 12/18/10

HirakuNoShadow wrote:


llamaben wrote:

I'm not really sure what your trying to ask, as it seemed more like a wall of text rather than a question...

Honestly though, keeping up with every new anime is easy for me. I watch about 35-40 weekly airing animes, including 15-30 new animes every season. I enjoy 80-90% of them, even if most of them aren't masterpieces. I'm not even looking for the hidden gem, but when they do come along it's a really nice surprise, for example House of Five Leaves.

I wish I had that kind of wealth of free-time :X

With the typical anime being 23 minutes long, that would actually come out to 115-132 minutes per day, around the length of many movies, and less TV than the average person watches per day.

Many people also apparently multi-task. For me, that only extends to watching anime while I eat breakfast or dinner. In my mind, "watching" anime in a window on my screen while I work on something else on the PC isn't really watching.



If you want to be efficient in filtering out the 'really' bad series, you may want to see episodic reviews of the anime from other people's blogs, or anime review forums such as NihonReview. Also try visiting TVTropes if you want to see what to expect from the said anime - there's quite a lot of spoilers here and there, but it's marked as hidden by default, so it shouldn't really matter. I found these methods to be really time-saving as well as narrowing down the options for your tastes.

Likewise, I start out each season only watching those series that I know there is a probability I will like, either because they are a continuation of a series I have watched before, the initial buzz from those that are familiar with the manga is good, or other factors are made known to me.

If I am uncertain, I usually wait a few episodes, or even late into the season, and watch the comments from others on the series. There is the added benefit to having a bank of episodes to watch at once if I really like something. Of course, the downside to this is that you can't discuss each episode while everyone else is, and you will be spoiled.
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Posted 12/18/10 , edited 12/18/10

TheAncientOne wrote:


HirakuNoShadow wrote:


llamaben wrote:
Honestly though, keeping up with every new anime is easy for me. I watch about 35-40 weekly airing animes, including 15-30 new animes every season. I enjoy 80-90% of them, even if most of them aren't masterpieces. I'm not even looking for the hidden gem, but when they do come along it's a really nice surprise, for example House of Five Leaves.

I wish I had that kind of wealth of free-time :X

With the typical anime being 23 minutes long, that would actually come out to 115-132 minutes per day, around the length of many movies, and less TV than the average person watches per day.

I might have overlooked on that part a bit, since I rarely watch television for more than an hour and only watch around 5 - 7 titles per season mainly due to personal reasons and a lack of titles that spark my interest these days.


Likewise, I start out each season only watching those series that I know there is a probability I will like, either because they are a continuation of a series I have watched before, the initial buzz from those that are familiar with the manga is good, or other factors are made known to me.

If I am uncertain, I usually wait a few episodes, or even late into the season, and watch the comments from others on the series. There is the added benefit to having a bank of episodes to watch at once if I really like something. Of course, the downside to this is that you can't discuss each episode while everyone else is, and you will be spoiled.

I should have mentioned about watching titles I would most likely enjoy... managed to forget it. Stalling the series for a bit is a decent idea at times, but some eventually led to a one-year hiatus (e.g. Eden of the East, and I regret doing so). Marathoning a whole season is a bit of an mixed bag for me - there's the aforementioned benefits, but on the other hand, you don't get to 'savour' the previous episode as much in my opinion, but that depends between the genre of the series. Nevertheless, these type of methods are pretty effective for me as someone who is immune to spoilers.
Posted 12/18/10
I usually start out each season watching what appeals to me first and work my way down to the ones that least appeals to me. Basically saving the worst for last. Then I watch each series for at least 5-10 episodes before making a final judgement. I may not pick up all new seasons, though. I shove them aside for a rainy day when I have nothing better to do and catch up on series that I'm watching. That's just here on CR, though. I don't really keep track of what else came out until I start hearing about them later on. By then they have a reputation and I can start them without worrying about it being something I might not like. But I'm extremely easy to please, so I don't have trouble watching stuff. I haven't had anything disappoint me yet.
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All of you guys have very valid points. This is just something I wanted to discuss with other fans. Most of us watch our fare share of anime. Most older anime, and anime I have recently discovered I end up binge watching, especially if is above a 6ish out 10. I also agree that the gravity of the characters and story hit you harder when you have watched episodes back to back, kinda like taking shots of liquor. On the other had there is a value in watching week to week as it does allow you to take in the plot points and think and anticipate next weeks story. I think there are elements to everyone's approach that commented in that I do many of the same things. Anyone in here saw a title that looked gay, especially translated into english and it turned out that it was a surprisingly good show? Thats why I made that initial comment when opening this thread of conversation. I think the anime that surprised me over and over this season was "The World God Only Knows" the tile like several other anime's have at best, a weak link to the story, but the animation is spectacular, especially towards the end, the music is by far the best arrangements I have heard this season and the intro is also the most artistic and awesome. This is one of the examples of an anime that gives me renewed enthusiasm for this genre. That would be a case and point to my initial statements. You guys have an anime series that put more fuel in your tank to keep on searching for the next interesting anime?
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PS East of Eden was pretty spectacular, and very unique as well
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Posted 12/19/10 , edited 12/19/10

acehighfler123 wrote:

PS East of Eden was pretty spectacular, and very unique as well

The series was amazing, but the movies (especially the second)... were a disappointment to say the least. I think choosing two films over two extra seasons was a bad idea on Production I.G's part.
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TSK!!!!... this is about anime!!...oh well w/e this is a some episode that they fight!!!......but they dnt hold grudge against them..got it??
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You made me glad I did not watch the last of the movies of East of Eden. Nobles Oblige....lol
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