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Do you feel like you have to watch the current anime of the season, particularly the most popular one of the season (Attack on Titan is probably the best example now)?

I feel like I'm way behind people since I don't really see the need to keep up on the most recent and popular anime, especially if they don't interest me. But then I look at comments posted on videos for anime of past seasons and see that they're older and I'm not sure if my comment is even relevant anymore. Do people forget shows after the season is over, unless they continue into the next season?

And what about older shows of the 90's and early 2000's? Granted, CR doesn't have a lot of older shows due to licensing, but I feel like a lot of people no longer discuss older shows, as if they're a thing of the past and nobody really cares anymore. Well, except that they get the occasional, "yeah, that was a great show." Or, "that show is classic."

I guess I just feel like there is a disparity between people who actively engage in all the newest and most popular shows of the season versus those of us who catch them after they've aired or are still interested in discussing older shows. Of course, this also makes it harder to engage in the CR community as well, because now I'm not really up to speed on the most current shows, or I'll find threads for older shows, but they'll pretty much be dead and I'm sure about reviving them.

So what do you think? Is it necessary to watch the most current anime while it's airing? Do you feel like if you don't you're missing out on the discuss. Also, sorry for the wordy post. I can't help being so wordy.
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I wouldn't say it is necessary to your enjoyment, you really do miss the best discussions though unless you happen to get a few die hard fans of a series interested in giving their thoughts. You can have some really in depth discussions about shows as they air because no one knows where they are going. Take Gargantia for instance, it has a lot of themes and social commentary that people are picking up on and commenting on how they view the situation so far.

When it comes down to it though if you really enjoy a show and want to talk about it even if it is old there is always places you can go to talk about them on the net, it's just not the same heated and spirited debate you would get from currently airing shows that have everyone on their toes waiting to see what happens next.
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Reads opening post, looks at title...

I watch anime for the enjoyment and the activity I get from interacting with other fans on forums such as this. Anime to me now hasn't been as big of a joy as it was back in the day due to the sheer amount I have seen. Anime to me is more of a goal >.> hit 1 year watched but this is always the second priority.

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Of course it is easier to talk to people about anime that is still airing, which means you are watching it the same time. But Older shows that people have watched and enjoyed are always gonna be discuss able. Just pop a topic "Just watched/finished [insert anime] what did you think?" It was recently done with Clannad (not too old but to make a point). People who have watched and enjoyed the show are likely to respond.

Don't really know if that answers your question.
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When you're not in that zone of anticipation for the next episode every seven days it does cool off a bit, yeah. But I think it mostly depends on whether or not you have something really important to say about what you watched.

Like now, we can all kind of huddle at the end of an Attack on Titan episode and keen about how bloody awesome it was, but if you want to discuss it next year you'd have to bring some discussion points back to the table.

If you just finish it later on and then post about how great it was you'll get agreement, but not much commentary.

Although we'll probably still be posting daily fanart for the next decade or so, so... anything's possible.
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Yep, I prefer to watch during the current season so I can talk with people about the episodes. In a lot of ways, I find it more fun than marathoning series.
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i like to watch the newer anime that are airing so that everyone is on the same page, except those that have read the manga of course. we are looking to see what will happen next and its fun to make predictions and read comments to see if the person was right or wrong when the up coming episode airs. although i enjoy the older anime somewhat, i would rather discuss the ones that are newer only because there is still potential compared to an anime that is already finished. in my opnion anyway ^.^
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I guess part of my problem is deciding whether or not to watch an older show, or make sure I'm caught up on all the most current anime. I'll admit when I became interested in anime and manga, I started reading a lot of manga and pretty much stopped watching anime, so I'm not caught up on either newer or older shows. And I don't always have the time to watch a lot of anime, whether it be marathoning it, or watching new episodes when they air.

I think I'm just feeling overwhelmed trying to catch up on old shows and keep up on new ones. I actually recently watched Shin Sekai Yori, which finished in March. So, I missed out on the discussion again.
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Posted 5/20/13 , edited 5/20/13
Uh for me, it depends on the series but I enjoy watching current ongoing series because people are able to actively discuss about them, anticipate what happens next, make predictions (regardless if it's right or wrong), and see how it progresses each week. Attack on Titan is just one popular example but there's at least 1-3 show every season that a lot of people like to discuss as it airs.

I generally do not marathon ongoing series anymore but usually some of the old school titles. Of course, the discussion for those are scarce since not many people watch them recently, or have forgotten details of what they've watched. It's different for everyone I guess. Some people likes to marathon a lot while others keeps up with what's happening now from the current line up. Every now and then I do see some old series being discussed here and it's a nice refreshment down that path of memory lane.
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Yep, I prefer to watch during the current season so I can talk with people about the episodes. In a lot of ways, I find it more fun than marathoning series.


But doesn't it feel good to wait until a season ends and then you can watch all the shows without having to wait?! I never regret going on vacation and coming back to 12 new shows!
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fujimotosan wrote:


deadpanditto wrote:

Yep, I prefer to watch during the current season so I can talk with people about the episodes. In a lot of ways, I find it more fun than marathoning series.


But doesn't it feel good to wait until a season ends and then you can watch all the shows without having to wait?! I never regret going on vacation and coming back to 12 new shows!


Well, I wasn't saying one way was better than another, but for new shows that are being simulcast, I prefer to watch them this way. I enjoy marathoning older shows one I have the time.
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Posted 6/11/13 , edited 6/11/13
Not at all.

A while back, I was addicted to Guild Wars 2, played that 24/7, I didn't watch anime for a couple of months.

It depends on my obsession. Sometimes I watch yaoi anime instead of current anime. When I'm in the mood for man/man romance.

And if I find a classic anime that I'm into, that takes precedent over newer animes.
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And if I find a classic anime that I'm into, that takes precedent over newer animes.

I'm kind of happy all the anime I'm watching this season falls on Thurs-Sunday.

It lets me watch other stuff the other three days of the week.
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WednesdayBookLove wrote:

I guess part of my problem is deciding whether or not to watch an older show, or make sure I'm caught up on all the most current anime. I'll admit when I became interested in anime and manga, I started reading a lot of manga and pretty much stopped watching anime, so I'm not caught up on either newer or older shows. And I don't always have the time to watch a lot of anime, whether it be marathoning it, or watching new episodes when they air.

I think I'm just feeling overwhelmed trying to catch up on old shows and keep up on new ones. I actually recently watched Shin Sekai Yori, which finished in March. So, I missed out on the discussion again.


Well honestly, it sounds like the discussion aspect is really important to you, so I would recommend staying caught up on current shows while there is still plenty of spirited conversations that happen in a timely manner. I think discussions about older shows can get just as engaging, but there can be larger time lapses between who's talking about it. If the discussion aspect enriches your anime viewing experience, then definitely stay up to date. Since you'd be kept in the loop that way, your feelings of being overwhelmed might dissolve because people will be talking about things going on at that moment and are less likely to go on tangents about older shows you may have missed (and if they do, that's probably not a critical aspect of the discussion and you can get around it haha).

On a personal note, I watch what I want. So some seasons have lots of shows I'm interested in, that end up filling my time; other seasons have zero new shows I want to watch, so I'll use that time to watch older shows that have caught my interest.
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The problem with discussing shows that have aired a year or more ago is that, for a lot of people, it's been a long time since they've seen it. I might remember that I liked a show, or even that I liked certain parts. Remembering discussion-worthy points, however, is much more difficult. People can discuss current shows in depth because there are multiple people who have a deep memory of the events, and therefore, are capable of in-depth discussion. I would love to discuss Paranoia Agent. I simply can't remember enough about the show to have anything to discuss though. At minimum, I would need to skim through the show to remind myself of what happened. I mean, it's not like I don't what the show's about, but the plot alone is usually pretty boring. It's more interesting to talk about, say, the fear in someone's eyes, or what a certain line meant, or even the music choice at a particular moment. If you mention that about a show that I haven't seen for a while, I may not know what you're talking about, or may not remember enough of the context to say anything meaningful.

So it's not that people forget about them after they've aired, it's that they forget about them after they've seen it. I know there's always a significant flare-up in discussion on 5 Centimeters Per Second whenever Crunchyroll does their "Shinkai Week" (or whatever it's called) every year. It's not like the show just came out, but nonetheless, there are a lot of people that have the show fresh in their minds, and therefore, have cause to discuss it. So with shows that aired in the 90's, for example, if there were suddenly a bunch of people that for whatever reason watched or re-watched an old show at the same time, I would bet there would be discussion on the topic. I expect that discussion of old Sailor Moon will ensue when new Sailor Moon airs for exactly this reason. People still care about old shows -- they just don't remember them.
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