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Posted 24 days ago
Wow. I think I might be the only one who does things the way I do.

Sometimes I start at word of mouth, but whether I do or not, I always look at the art style and colors of the show. I figure that if I think the character concepts are rough or the setting is not well-developed, I won't enjoy watching it. It will seem incomplete , flat, and ugly. If it's pretty or particularly creative, it will be interesting and pleasant to watch.

Then I watch the PV if I like it. If I like the preview, I watch episode 3, not episode 1 first. Yes, there are sometimes spoilers, but they're never a huge deal to me that early into the show. I think episode 3 is usually more authentic as far as character development and plot direction. If I like it, then I start at the first episode and watch all the way through.

I guess I really care a lot about the craft and creation side of anime, and maybe I am too harsh of a critic when I look for my shows.

This might be why I am always looking for something new. I find a show I think is interesting and I binge through it. Then when it's over, I start over and search for more. It's kind of like looking for the perfect seashell on the beach. There are many, but they aren't everywhere, so when you find a good one, it's more special.
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Posted 24 days ago
I usually just read the description if it sounds interesting i watch
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Whatever looks interesting to me. If it catches my eye then I'll watch it through its entirety. Never only a few episodes. It could be the plot, description, animation style/quality or even certain actors mentioned that could cause me to watch it. Just depends. I can't say I've seen too many "bad" anime, but certainly plenty of average shows.

Still, you gotta weed through the muck to have a little luck.
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Posted 23 days ago
I chose "Anticipation and hype" because a lot of the anime I watch was recommended by someone or I decided to try it since it was popular...
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Posted 23 days ago
For me it varies. But since becoming a CR member, I sample a few episodes of each show and decide if I want to watch them based on if I like what I see in terms of story, characters, or other things.
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Posted 23 days ago
actually i choose all of the above
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Posted 22 days ago
If it's a genre I like, or it looks cool enough to pique my interest then I would check it out.
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Posted 22 days ago
Sometimes from the hype, but usually not since the anime community WAY overhypes things. One other way I decide is I'll see a random reviews of an anime on MAL, and if the title or the picture looks interesting, I'll look at the synopsis and see if that looks interesting. Also, sometimes my friends will just tell me to watch something and I usually will, because for the most part my friends and I have similar tastes.
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