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Strategies For Watching Anime
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1. I begin a given anime season by watching at least the first 3 episodes of every legally available show. If it's not available legally, and I still want to see it, then I'll fansub. The first few weeks of a given anime season are as busy as the couple of weeks before finals. It is during this time that I am likely to turn down friends to hang out or go to the bar, and instead watch anime. (I wonder what my social life would be like if studios put out higher quality shows.)

2. If a show has not gained my interest by the third episode, then I evaluate it's potential to get better. If I think it still has something to offer, then it gains a 2 episode extension to earn my viewership. I have never felt the need to drop a show after it has passed the 3 episode mark.

3. Regardless of my evaluation of potential, any show that does not have my interest by episode 5 is dropped.

4. At the end of a season, I read reviews for every show that aired to verify I didn't miss anything.

5. I will watch no series that has already finished except under special circumstances: e.g. I am on a break from school, I am off of work for a couple of days, I'm sick, etc.

6. If a show has finished airing, then the chances are good that the only reason I'm watching it is that I am impressed with the reviews of the show. That doesn't necessarily mean that the show got good reviews, but rather that the reviews of the show suggest that the show is within my set of interests. As such, I will probably give it a significant number of episodes to peak my interest, although I have no set amount of episodes. Sometimes (rarely) this might be just 1 episode, sometimes (as with Gintama) it might be somewhere around 20.

So the question is, how do you go about watching anime?
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That's surprisingly similar to what I do.

I will add that during the start of a season, I will check posts here plus reviews and blogs for their impressions; particularly ANN. I'll compare my impressions with theirs to see if I'm missing anything. Sometimes these reviews will get me to reevaluate my first impressions.

There are a few types of shows that I don't watch, but in general, I give most shows a chance. The 3 episode rule applies only to shows that I'm giving an honest chance to. For the ones that I'm certain I won't like, I'll give the episode a chance. If I can't get through the first episode, I stop. I don't even count that as a dropped show since I've really not watched it.

As for older shows, I'm the same, but I'll also check out shows that particular friends have recommended.

That's it.
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Posted 11/3/12
I just watch whatever comes my way.
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Whoa whoa whoa what? I think your takin this a little too far, bro.
Anime is suppose to be somethin you enjoy. Your sucking the fun out of it by using all these "strategies".
Seriously, you're like breaking your back over this.
It's not that serious, I promise.
Although I can respect a different way a person does things..
You are seriously one crazed up fruit loop.
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Takes one to know one? ;)

Seriously though, there's nothing wrong with having an approach to finding stuff you like.
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you have the first episode to interest me, if it fails to, I will drop it

I have a bias preference to anything romantic comedy / harem, any show with this genre will be the first ones I watch
(usually, I give these shows more leeway on how many eps I will watch until I consider it good to continue or have to drop)

art style and character designs along with story are of top priority when looking for anime to watch

I tend to ignore any reviews until I myself have finished watching it, I will not let any other person's opinions influence my watching in any way
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I watch all the legal anime ONLY that I can now. While I am enjoying it I continue to watch it. When I stop enjoying it, I drop it. Pretty simple usually.

Sometimes I expect a show to be really good and it isn't as good as I had hoped. In this case I may watch for a while even though it isn't my favorite. Sometimes I just watch the last episode of the season to find out how it ends.

For real favorites I buy the manga or novels and read ahead or further than the anime season. I buy the OVAs too, often conveniently sold with the manga and novels if they are still ongoing.

I watch and rewatch catalog titles too. Same rules, if I am enjoying it I continue, otherwise I drop it or skip to the end...
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Wow, I've never really considered any of those things. I just read comments / reviews on the anime or other peoples recommendation. Other than that, I just which ever anime looks interesting first, then try out all the rest :D

If I am not quite liking it, I drop it and come back to it later.

For an example, the first time i watched code geass, the first episode, i dropped it because i didn't quite like it.

I rewatched it, and it was freaking awesome
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1. look at season poster

2. proceed to write down the animes I am going to watch and dates of the anime

3. watch the anime

4. ???

5. profit.

5.5. if said anime is so shitty within the 5 minutes it is binned. (happened once, once...)
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DaisyPhantom wrote:



Whoa whoa whoa what? I think your takin this a little too far, bro.
Anime is suppose to be somethin you enjoy. Your sucking the fun out of it by using all these "strategies".
Seriously, you're like breaking your back over this.
It's not that serious, I promise.
Although I can respect a different way a person does things..
You are seriously one crazed up fruit loop.


I don't see the contradiction between enjoying something and thinking about the way you enjoy that thing. In fact, I quite enjoy thinking about the way I act. The fact is, most people don't have the time to do all the things they enjoy, and they develop certain tendencies or habits towards choosing the way they enjoy those things. There are A TON of things that I have a great time doing. But even if I didn't work, go to school, and had all the money I needed, I still couldn't do all of those things. The "strategies" aren't so much things I came up with, as much as they are just me enjoying things, and noticing a pattern. I was curious about what other people thought, so I asked the question. It takes about 5 minutes to reflect on your own actions, and probably another 5 minutes to put it into a post. Although if you think of self-reflection as "back-breaking" work, then I can't really argue with you anyway. Thinking about yourself and the way your brain works is a pretty simple task, and also a pretty good thing to know. Plus, I find it fun, but whatever. I've been called crazy before.
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theYchromosome wrote:


DaisyPhantom wrote:



Whoa whoa whoa what? I think your takin this a little too far, bro.
Anime is suppose to be somethin you enjoy. Your sucking the fun out of it by using all these "strategies".
Seriously, you're like breaking your back over this.
It's not that serious, I promise.
Although I can respect a different way a person does things..
You are seriously one crazed up fruit loop.


I don't see the contradiction between enjoying something and thinking about the way you enjoy that thing. In fact, I quite enjoy thinking about the way I act. The fact is, most people don't have the time to do all the things they enjoy, and they develop certain tendencies or habits towards choosing the way they enjoy those things. There are A TON of things that I have a great time doing. But even if I didn't work, go to school, and had all the money I needed, I still couldn't do all of those things. The "strategies" aren't so much things I came up with, as much as they are just me enjoying things, and noticing a pattern. I was curious about what other people thought, so I asked the question. It takes about 5 minutes to reflect on your own actions, and probably another 5 minutes to put it into a post. Although if you think of self-reflection as "back-breaking" work, then I can't really argue with you anyway. Thinking about yourself and the way your brain works is a pretty simple task, and also a pretty good thing to know. Plus, I find it fun, but whatever. I've been called crazy before.





I find it better to just find out if I like a show on my own, rather than reading a bunch of reviews of someone's opinion that I may or may not agree with.
I've read bad reviews for a series that I absolutely LOVED. That's why I don't read reviews for anything anymore. But if you want to read them, then that's your deal.
It's too time consuming. By the time you get done doing all your little strategies, you could have easily watched another episode. Just saying.
But, whatever works for you I guess. I just don't seem to get it.
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theYchromosome wrote:

1. I begin a given anime season by watching at least the first 3 episodes of every legally available show. If it's not available legally, and I still want to see it, then I'll fansub. The first few weeks of a given anime season are as busy as the couple of weeks before finals. It is during this time that I am likely to turn down friends to hang out or go to the bar, and instead watch anime. (I wonder what my social life would be like if studios put out higher quality shows.)

2. If a show has not gained my interest by the third episode, then I evaluate it's potential to get better. If I think it still has something to offer, then it gains a 2 episode extension to earn my viewership. I have never felt the need to drop a show after it has passed the 3 episode mark.

3. Regardless of my evaluation of potential, any show that does not have my interest by episode 5 is dropped.

4. At the end of a season, I read reviews for every show that aired to verify I didn't miss anything.

5. I will watch no series that has already finished except under special circumstances: e.g. I am on a break from school, I am off of work for a couple of days, I'm sick, etc.

6. If a show has finished airing, then the chances are good that the only reason I'm watching it is that I am impressed with the reviews of the show. That doesn't necessarily mean that the show got good reviews, but rather that the reviews of the show suggest that the show is within my set of interests. As such, I will probably give it a significant number of episodes to peak my interest, although I have no set amount of episodes. Sometimes (rarely) this might be just 1 episode, sometimes (as with Gintama) it might be somewhere around 20.

So the question is, how do you go about watching anime?


How was Bleach for you then? It didn't get interesting until around episodes 15 - 20 or so.
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in a sense this is a duplicate,

its just another how you decide to pick up a series or not.

its more of a pattern than a strategie.
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Khaltazar wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:

1. I begin a given anime season by watching at least the first 3 episodes of every legally available show. If it's not available legally, and I still want to see it, then I'll fansub. The first few weeks of a given anime season are as busy as the couple of weeks before finals. It is during this time that I am likely to turn down friends to hang out or go to the bar, and instead watch anime. (I wonder what my social life would be like if studios put out higher quality shows.)

2. If a show has not gained my interest by the third episode, then I evaluate it's potential to get better. If I think it still has something to offer, then it gains a 2 episode extension to earn my viewership. I have never felt the need to drop a show after it has passed the 3 episode mark.

3. Regardless of my evaluation of potential, any show that does not have my interest by episode 5 is dropped.

4. At the end of a season, I read reviews for every show that aired to verify I didn't miss anything.

5. I will watch no series that has already finished except under special circumstances: e.g. I am on a break from school, I am off of work for a couple of days, I'm sick, etc.

6. If a show has finished airing, then the chances are good that the only reason I'm watching it is that I am impressed with the reviews of the show. That doesn't necessarily mean that the show got good reviews, but rather that the reviews of the show suggest that the show is within my set of interests. As such, I will probably give it a significant number of episodes to peak my interest, although I have no set amount of episodes. Sometimes (rarely) this might be just 1 episode, sometimes (as with Gintama) it might be somewhere around 20.

So the question is, how do you go about watching anime?


How was Bleach for you then? It didn't get interesting until around episodes 15 - 20 or so.


Correction, Bleach was interesting for the first 15-20 episodes and then became awful.

Generally I do take the 3 episode approach for any anime. I don't have any system beyond that though. I don't see the reason to completely disregard old series'.
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That's pretty much what I'll do but rather I'll wait until it gets good by episode 10, because there are a LOT of anime that are simply boring and uninteresting until later on in the show. Take Hitman Reborn for example, it took about 8-10 episodes in before every single episode wasn't about Tsuna running around in his underpants scaring little girls.
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