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Order of Watching and the Effect on Liking
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What do you guys think about the order of watching different shows affecting how much you like them?

To illustrate what I mean, here's an example.

Angel Beats! was one of the first anime I ever watched. That means that it was also among the first (maybe the first) anime I had seen set in a high school. It currently sits at #2 on my all time list.

By the time I watched Toradora! I had seen plenty of anime set in high schools, but I had never watched a rom-com. It currently sits at #3 on my all time list.

After I watched Toradora! nothing really came close to breaking into my top 10 until I watched Gurren Lagann, which among the first shows I watched featuring a mecha and only the second to be absurdly crazy. It now sits at #5 on my all time list.


Now, I realize that the three above shows above are all fairly popular in their own right, but I've watched a ton of anime since these and between them and very few have come close to reaching a level where I would call them among my personal favorites. Obviously, this is partially due to the quality (I think) of the shows in my personal favorites, but I have begun to recently wonder if there is subconscious element of repetitiveness that is at work here.

Have I seen so many high school based anime that they have begun to fail to resonate as deeply with me? If I was just about to pick up Angel Beats! or Toradora! now, would I like them less? If I had watched different shows first, would they be in my favorites instead of my current ones?

What do you guys think? Does the order in which you watch anime affect how much you like certain shows? Or has your measure of quality remained the same despite watching more and more anime?
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I have a big dislike for EVA. I watched EVA right after I finished scryed. I believe that, that is the primary reason why I have this dislike.

Some causality law when watching anime is defiantly in effect. Currently, I have developed a bigger love on crude humor.

... Let us back up a bit. My career (career? lol) in watching anime had two primary phases. The first was just watch any anime I could and generally I was in a state of infatuation. The second phase was romance and only romance (surprisingly I watched code geass at this phase). Anyways up to a certain point like the scryed, EVA moment I developed a certain dislike to certain anime, bad protagonists and certain voice actors (va).

So... now bad VAs and bad protagonists and my current self. I ask myself which anime have these qualities? and what is the state of the anime industry.

Two fold, a shift to moe and more ecchi stuff. I like ecchi stuff to begin with and moe stuff, but it usually trails bad protagonist and subsequently makes me hate the VA. Now, I try to overlook the bad protagonists and ignore them most of the time and am now in a state that crude humor does give me a better enjoyment.

*I know I am a dick, right? lol

* i think I am answering the thread... I think.

I had a conversation with my former padawan about how btooom was his... 3rd anime and how it was one of his favorites. i will not deny that your first anime will always hold a certain place in your heart. For me, my top anime has been macross frontier, the mix of space travel , futuristic setting and romance dominated why it is my favorite anime.

TL;DR I like all anime. I have seen all the genres yes even the shounen-ai (just one, and that one was hysterical aka crude humor). I try to look at anime in a different light and put it into a different perspective than what it is listed.
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I'd say order of watching has a huge effect on liking an anime. For example, I had watched up to a certain point in Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece before my tastes changed and I grew tired of the rather specific shounen structure they follow; a few years ago, I checked out Fairy Tail because I had heard a lot of good things about it, but by around episode 15-16 I had to give up on it because it had fallen into that same structure, a structure that I no longer cared for. If Fairy Tail had been the first or second anime of that kind that I had seen, I probably would have made it through more than just 15-16 episodes because I wouldn't have had my fill of shounen anime yet.
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It's kind of a mixed bag for me. My first anime, roughly in order, were Gurren Lagann, Haruhi, Kanon/Air/Clannad, and Madoka Magica (bit of a strange arrangement, but yeah). Of those, Madoka is the only one I like more now than I did then, and the only one I've ever seen that definitely has some "nothing in its genre is likely to surpass it for me" status. Haruhi is still my standard for anime self-parody, but mainly keeps that spot because there isn't much else like it that isn't a weak knockoff.

Clannad is...alright, but ironically (see avatar) it's not much of a thing for me anymore. I eventually decided I liked Angel Beats a lot more, and there are several slice-of-life and/or romance shows that I think are better (Kotoura-san, Kokoro Connect, etc.). Toradora was one I only got around to seeing last year, and I'd say it's at least as good as Clannad. So with those two, it probably isn't just you.

Completely grew out of Kanon and Air. Can't stand them anymore...they're so drenched in morose moeness. I think I just didn't notice at first because I hadn't seen any emotional shows that weren't blatantly tormenting cute girls to make you cry. Gurren Lagann, too, but I was never all that into it anyway.

I'd like to think I don't have set-in-stone opinions about anything, but it's hard to know for sure.
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I do think the order you watch has an effect, Baka and Test was my first Anime I watched and it rests firmly in the number one slot for me. But not just the order you watch but when you watch it after it aired... I personally... can not watch anything from the 90's, I just can't visually like them, along those lines shows from the early 2000's, like 2000-2006, A LOT of shows in there I just can't get into because the visuals make me want to quit.

Also repetitiveness like you were saying kills some shows, where as I watched shows like... Rosario Vampire, Toradora, Angel Beats, etc early on and enjoyed them, etc x highschool based show now means less too me (though I still watch them generally and enjoy them).

Overall though I want to say my likes and dislikes have stayed about the same in the Anime world, that of course could easily be that even while being home nearly all day every day for the last year has let me watch a lot of Anime, it is still only one year under my belt, compared to others who have been at this for years.
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Yes, I'd say order does matter.

Folks who have been watching anime for a long time may speak reverentially about certain series that "founded" sub-genres, but if you've seen the latest & greatest versions first, you'll likely decide that the original is derivative (and poorly animated.)

Likewise, if you've seen two or three examples of a sub-genre every season, the new ones are going to have to be pretty amazing to make the same kind of impression that the first example of the sub-genre did.
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I judge the anime I watch based more on quality of story and characters than I do on setting and themes.
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Hmmm...i've been thinking of what to say, but i guess ill use an example.

Gash Bell was an early anime for me that i actually adored and it quickly became my favorite anime, even topping Dragon Ball Z. I remember being like 13 or 14 and going online to see the ending subbed. I still love this show, but i can look back now and see a number of flaws in it. But this was when i just watched anime without even considering any factors or thinking critically.

After that came a little bit of a Bleach faze(dear god), and i definitely wasn't thinking when watching that. I just waited for the action to start and the epic music to play.

Gash Bell will always be special to me since it was an earlier anime i saw, and no matter how much more anime i see, i won't forget that series.

Ok, my favorite anime is Soul Eater. I watch new anime occasionally, but nothing i've seen has topped that. Seen it 4 years ago, but the quality of that anime is still outstanding to me. That's not to say other anime aren't close, and i've seen some anime that's pretty damn close.

Basically, i could have seen anime years ago and loved them or grew to dislike them, or i could have seen anime recently that i like alot.


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I watched Gargantia right after Gurren Lagann. I didn't enjoy it as much as other's did.
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Yes but I think what it comes down to is experience with the medium. Knowing the cliches in certain genres and other things like that. That's why the scores for anime I saw when I was new to anime have changed more than recently finished ones. See something as new and unique at the beginning and see how generic it was later. Though I'll always have a soft spot for those early anime.
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Yes it does, in 2 ways typically:

People usually have very fond memories of their first anime and tend to love them more and are more willing to overlook their problems. So a show that may be not so original will get a lot of love because the viewer has not been exposed to the original source material.

Also, the more shows you watch and experience you get, the more critically you judge them because you now have a lot of shows to make comparisons with. That is why shows that may have clichés, no matter how well they are executed may not garner as much love, while something that seems new and fresh will revitalize your love for shows in general.
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I think order does definitely has some effect on personal tastes with anime.

I started out watching School/Slice of Life/RomCom anime like Love Hina and School Rumble and had always had a preference to them. I spent most of my first couple years watching anime trying to find the "next School Rumble".

One thing that I'm happy about myself personally is that it hasn't taken away from possible shows I would like. I saw some Attack on Titan and was able to enjoy it. It isnt like slice of life shows that I normally see but I haven't denied myself the will to enjoy it because its's not.

On the opposite hadn, my friend started watching anime with shows like Ghost in the Shell, EVA, Champloo, etc. However, he tends to see no value in any show that's not like the "golden days of anime". I think hes kinda forced him into a pickle with not wanting to value anything near the anime he first experienced and gave those first great moments.

It's not to tell anyone they are wrong in what anime they like or not but I'm just glad that I personally don't allow order to ruin my anime experience. Because I saw Naruto first and it because my first shounen, doesn't mean I have to now value Bleach and One Piece less (I still like One Piece's story overall and I enjoy watching Bleach more(only one of the three I've wanted to and have rewatched))




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I do think the order you watch has an effect, Baka and Test was my first Anime I watched and it rests firmly in the number one slot for me. But not just the order you watch but when you watch it after it aired... I personally... can not watch anything from the 90's, I just can't visually like them, along those lines shows from the early 2000's, like 2000-2006, A LOT of shows in there I just can't get into because the visuals make me want to quit.

Also repetitiveness like you were saying kills some shows, where as I watched shows like... Rosario Vampire, Toradora, Angel Beats, etc early on and enjoyed them, etc x highschool based show now means less too me (though I still watch them generally and enjoy them).

Overall though I want to say my likes and dislikes have stayed about the same in the Anime world, that of course could easily be that even while being home nearly all day every day for the last year has let me watch a lot of Anime, it is still only one year under my belt, compared to others who have been at this for years.



Order doesn't have an effect on Baka and Test! Still one of my favorite shows ever :D
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Yep. I bring it up constantly but I do think that The [email protected] is top tier. I watched Love Live after it. It's good but didn't live up to my standards then. Watched Tari Tari after Idol. Nope, not as good either. Wake Up Girls may be a little too early to say but once again, I don't think it'll be as good but if it somehow does turn out to be really good or even better, then I'd be happy regardless.
So watching shows with a very similar concept at a certain time after a specific show does occasionally make me biased towards the first one.
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Yes it certainly has an effect. I mean hell just look at the average age ranges for those who generally like and dislike modern anime. The bulk of the jaded anime fan crowd is over 20 and pine for the halcyon days of the 80's, 90's, and very early 2000's..

Then it comes to seeing and enjoying shows within a genre.
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Oh absolutely the order has a major effect, in fact, that's probably the biggest factor in how much you'll like an anime before it really even gets rolling. The bad thing is, the more you watch, the more animes get effected by that, because there's A LOT of copying. It's kind of like being a fan of stand up comedy. If you hear enough of the same jokes, eventually they won't be as funny. So, the last comedian will never be as good as the first.

The first time I ever saw a guy accidentally walk in on a girl in the shower and get slapped, I laughed my head off.
Now when I see that? I get annoyed because it's so done to death.
The same thing with dense protagonists who can't see how much the girl loves them.
The same thing with characters who conveniently transfer into the same school.
The same thing with someone saying some stupid word pun and then getting smacked with a fan.
The same thing with mechas that can only be piloted by teenagers.
etc., etc., etc.

So, the anime that comes out with those tropes now, will just annoy me and I won't appreciate them as much as if I had seen them there first. That's why there are also alot of animes that try very hard to break outside of the mold, because they'll just be forgotten if they keep up with the same exact format as those in their genre.

It would really behoove anime creators to focus more on character complexity, interaction and plot depth, than to rely on gags and played out tropes. Those are the animes that are the best now days. Ano Hana, Kyosougiga, Hajime No Ippo, Monogatari, animes with excellent characters or stories, those are the ones you can really sink your teeth into.
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