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20 / M / Louisiana
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Posted 4/25/13
Lately, with the end of the last season and the current season currently underway, there have been a ton of season-specific toplist topics, and a lot of discussions regarding how an anime has or has not lived up to the hype surrounding it, whether it was a surprise, disappointment, etc... I've found that, since I knew so much about every show that premiered this season, I've hardly been pleasantly surprised this season and I've been disappointed by a few shows I was looking forward to. Whereas I only renewed my interest in anime about 1/3 the way through the Fall 2012 season, and loved almost everything I watched from that season, knowing nothing about them beforehand, so I didn't have so much of a reason to be let down by things like Sword Art Online, etc.

Anyway, the point of all this is, I was wondering what your opinions on expectations, hype and publicity for anime were. Do you try to avoid knowing beforehand what the next season will be like? Or is it more exciting to know juicy details like the staff and studio that will be working on your new animes? I thought it would be interesting to discuss.
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Posted 4/25/13 , edited 4/25/13
after watching over 1000 animes you don't have jack shit for expectations. I'll tell you that much.

This is from experience.

PS: excuse the french

my advice for people watching anime is to keep expectations low so you don't burn yourself out.

I had the luxury of staring my anime career when moe blobs along with boobs & butts were not part of every day anime. Unfortunately not everyone had this option.

Some of the great animes are ones you didn't expect anything from and for the ones you did and it turned out to be bad (aka sao, guilty crown) you're in the world of hurt.

The deemed 3rd rate anime will always be bad simply because they are 3rd rate but often enough the 3rd rates are the greatest animes because lets face it, many expected 1st rate animes are simply bad, but are considered good simply because they are 1st rate animes.
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Posted 4/25/13
Unless it's subject matter I already have an interest in, I just let the show run its course before I get excited about it. If it turns out to be a good show then I'll put it on my list of stuff to watch later.
Posted 4/25/13
I like to know the names of anime going to be premiering, and possibly read the manga/light novels that accompany anything from that season that looks somewhat interesting before I get superhappyfuntime-excited for something.
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Posted 4/25/13
I don't usually try to research upcoming animes. It's not that I don't look to see what's going to be on the next season, I do. However, I mostly look at the art to see if anything catches my eye, then I read whatever brief synopsis there is and if it sounds good I'll watch it. Of course there are occasions when there is so much hype that it can't be avoided, such as in the case of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titian). It was everywhere you couldn't avoid it.
I guess what I'm saying is, I don't seek to learn everything about an anime before it's release nor to I try to avoid learning anything about it either. I prefer to learn just enough to see if it'll be something I'd enjoy.
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34 / M / Planet Sanno
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Posted 4/25/13
I am easy to lure. If I see a preview and it catches my eye, I will give it a go. Here at CR, though, if a ton of people put a lot of effort into hating a show, that really gets me to watch it.
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Posted 4/25/13
Under no circumstances should you ever take hype into consideration when discussing the quality of a show. You don't have to outright ignore it. Just don't deduct points because it happens to be highly regarded. People constantly rant and rave about how reviewers praise popular shows to gain fans yet they completely ignore the fact that doing the opposite is much more despicable.
That means YOU DraconisMarch
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Posted 4/25/13
I do my best not to follow the hype train, or be too informed about upcoming anime. it leaves me going in without expectations, and I've enjoyed anime that many people seem to hate, much like Guilty Crown. of course, bad anime are still bad anime, regardless, but at least I'm not disappointed by something that was "hyped" to be something groundbreakingly amazing and just turns out to be decent.
Posted 4/25/13
Honestly if the plot's description peaks my interest, I'll check it out, and if the story hooks me then I'll stick with it. It's that simple with me
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18 / F / library
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Posted 4/25/13
experience: before a season starts, dont get hooked up too much on what is the most expected anime for the season.
thats me and Guilty Crown.

i actually find the gems after blindly tried stuff without listening much to other people's opinions; this applies to MadoMagi, Steins;Gate, Space Brothers, Jormungand, Shinsekai Yori, Zetsuen no Tempest, and most recently Gargantia.

but i also try some titles when the season starts, judging from pro-anti group comments

and of course most of the time sequels also makes you really really hyped
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21 / M / Free World Jail
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Posted 4/25/13
There are anime with tons of hype and when you are starting out watching it with the expectation that it will be good, there is a chance it will not be for you. Example of anime with lots of hype that i hate.

Fairy Tail- TONS of hype around it...i watch the first episode and stare at the screen confused like, "soooo...its one piece but instead of devil fruit, they have keys and magic?"
SAO- Slow and boring...dats it
High School DxD- WTF!??!?! People actually think this s*#% is good!?!?! No plot, overly ecchi at times it doesnt need to be, most are bland uninteresting characters, NO PLOT(yea i said it twice), boring even for an action harem(go watch Sekirei and Rosario+Vampire).

I think im getting off topic but the point is I went in thinking these would be really good but they're not. Go in with LOW expectations and see what you truly like in an anime series.
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Posted 4/26/13
Have no expectation.

Just watch for the fun of it and you will be surprised.

That way, you won't get disappointed.

And just watch what you like. Sometimes, what you like differs from the hyped up latest anime.
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19 / M / Tiphares
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Posted 4/26/13 , edited 4/26/13
Like others have said, just have a low expectation when looking for shows to watch and don't get turned off by the aesthetics because you may miss out on some great shows.

You can take this with a grain of salt, but I've seen tons of shows involving genres ranging from hentai to deeply psychological.
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47 / M / KC
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Posted 4/26/13
Expectations are always your own fault. When someone says "This will be awesome", then I take that with a grain of salt. That's their hope. The marketing hype is just that: marketing. It's meant to advertise and get people talking about a show. Marketing is never truly honest. With all this "generated" excitement, it is far too easy to hope for too much from these shows.

When new seasons are about to premiere, I do spend some time getting to know the shows. I look at the character design, the plot, and see what people are saying about it. Then I ask myself: "Does this sound interesting to me? Do I want to watch this?" And that's about it. I try not to get excited about shows because the majority of times you'll end up disappointed.

Shows rarely live up to your expectations. The best thing to do is not to have any.
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28 / M / Over there
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Posted 4/26/13 , edited 4/26/13
My expectations for new anime is low.
My expectations for sequels for anime that I've liked is high. I was expecting Chihayafuru 2 to be great, and it is.

Wasn't expecting much from Attack on Titan, becaus people were hyping it up so much, just like what they did with SAO, and SAO sucks after the SAO arc.
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