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Ongoing OR Finished series? which do you prefer?
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I prefer whatever gets me the material quickest, which for some shows is simulcast, and for most is marathon. As for whether I would rather enjoy the same show more as a simulcast or as a marathon? Marathon. Easy. For those of you that like to marathon shows, you can continue on to the second part of my post. For those of you don't, you have to wait a week to read the second part of my post. Since you like to create hype on what might happen next, rather than just watching and judging for yourself, I'll give you an episode preview:

Next time on "Ongoing OR Finished series? which do you prefer?" : theYchromosome gives his reasons for marathoning. Do they make sense? Will he convince the ignorant masses of his position? Will anyone actually choose to wait a week to read it? Find out next week. (or in, like, a second -- your choice)
Posted 9/2/13 , edited 9/2/13
I prefer to watch a simulcast series as episodes come out weekly. I don't mind waiting a week to see what happens next in a series because I personally enjoy thinking of what going to happen next week when I pick up the series again That's my two cents anyways
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I like ongoing series , but i enjoy finished series as well , i try to watch as many ongoing series as i can and as many finished series as i can , so if i feel like watching anime ill have many options , i think balancing the two is important , when you don't have a new episode that day of an ongoing series, then you can comfortably switch to a finished one . i added to my queue as many anime's as i could fit , variety is the spice of life , so , im happy lol .
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I prefer finished because I'm less likely to forget what happened the week before unless there is a recap, but I will still happily watch ongoing anime.
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theYchromosome wrote:

I prefer whatever gets me the material quickest, which for some shows is simulcast, and for most is marathon. As for whether I would rather enjoy the same show more as a simulcast or as a marathon? Marathon. Easy. For those of you that like to marathon shows, you can continue on to the second part of my post. For those of you don't, you have to wait a week to read the second part of my post. Since you like to create hype on what might happen next, rather than just watching and judging for yourself, I'll give you an episode preview:

Next time on "Ongoing OR Finished series? which do you prefer?" : theYchromosome gives his reasons for marathoning. Do they make sense? Will he convince the ignorant masses of his position? Will anyone actually choose to wait a week to read it? Find out next week. (or in, like, a second -- your choice)


nice way to put it i'l give you that but most of your arguments can be countered with following more than one simulcast per week.

this will mitigate the disappointment you might get if one of the simulcasts was filler/bad episode because one of your other episodes will surely make up for it.

this also reduces the "agony" for example if you're watching 3 good simulcasts it will get through the week with much less yearning for them.

there's further points to be discussed and elaborated on but i'm just too lazy atm, maybe another time
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badisglaid wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:



nice way to put it i'l give you that but most of your arguments can be countered with following more than one simulcast per week.


The only argument I could see that applying to is the one about making patience irrelevant. You're right that it solves the problem of having "more anime to watch" after an episode, but that problem is still solved by watching the next episode of the series. So if anything, that argument only shows that simulcasting can only be "as good" as marathoning in that respect. Plus, I find it hard to believe that someone can "run out" of material to marathon, but they can definitely run out of material to simulcast. Thus, in the sense of "having more anime to watch" after finishing an episode, simulcasting cannot be better than marathoning, but it can be worse. Which other arguments does it apply to? Can you remember more of what's going on in a show by watching different shows? Wouldn't you be able to remember more by just watching more of that same show? Does watching more simulcasts mean that you value hype less? I'm confused on which arguments you think are countered.


this will mitigate the disappointment you might get if one of the simulcasts was filler/bad episode because one of your other episodes will surely make up for it.

this also reduces the "agony" for example if you're watching 3 good simulcasts it will get through the week with much less yearning for them.

Wouldn't the disappointment also be mitigated by watching the next episode of the same series? Remember that my comparison was between simulcasting and marathoning the same series. I don't see why a good episode of a different series is any better than a good episode of the same series at mitigating a bad episode. And if you're going to assume that a bad episode will be followed by a bad episode, then why not assume that a bad simulcast will be followed by a bad simulcast?

Essentially, unless you assume that the next simulcast is of the same quality as the next episode of the series you're marathoning, the question is as meaningless as "would you rather watch a good show, or a bad one?" And if you assume that a bad episode will be followed by a good one, then why would a good episode of a different series be better than a good episode of the same series? If you assume a bad episode will be followed by a bad episode, then I don't see why a week of shitty simulcasts would be any better than a shitty marathon.

Also, watching 3 good simulcasts will get you through with less yearning than just... watching the next episode? I find that hard to believe without an explanation.


there's further points to be discussed and elaborated on but i'm just too lazy atm, maybe another time :P


That's fine, but unless you decide to elaborate, I don't really understand your counterpoints.
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badisglaid wrote:

when people say "i'l wait till the series is finished then marathon it, i can't wait every week" i just don't get them.

for me personally i like ongoing anime for various reasons.

One being there will be discussion, youtube reviews/reactions ,hype surrounding the anime each week and people to share you views with RIGHT AFTER watching the episode. this helps renew your love for the anime and give a nice fresh feeling to the show.

if i was to go watch a finished series and it left me mesmerized i would have no way of expressing my emotions to people because even if i was to talk to someone who already watched it some time ago it wouldn't be the same because he/she probably doesn't have the same feeling from when he/she first finished watching the show.

so yeah i don't mind at all waiting each week and sharing all the excitement with tons of people/friends.
and it's not even half bad if you're following a bunch of simulcasts it keeps you busy all week long.

but that's just me, what do you think?


Personally, I do a mix--watch a few shows as they are simulcast, and then pick one older show to watch through, if not quite as a marathon, more quickly than I'd be able to if I watched only an episode a week.

However this topic already exists (though it's a little quiet at the moment), so please do add your post there, which will also encourage others to share as well if they hadn't already.

forumtopic-807959/watching-anime-after-it-finishes

ETA: Also: /forumtopic-804111/watching-current-season-anime


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