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Inspiration to Watch.
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I like watching anime, and I watch a lot of it. In fact, you could say I watch way too much of it. Posing this question is like asking for money while swimming in money to have more money to swim in(avoided drugs analogy because ewww drugs)

But, I've seen enough shows to know the good from the bad, the time wasters from the time spenders, and the pointless and meaningful.

And there are a number of series I just...can't get in the mood to watch. Half-hearted Shounen's, uninspired Ecchi's, amazing long-runners, expected perfection's I want to save for a proper day. Many a show I just...skipped over when I was looking for something to watch.

So, I wanted to ask of you guys.

What inspires you to watch specific shows or genres? When do you sit down and say "I want to watch this one, right now"
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I just watch whatever appealing to me.
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Character design plays a really big part in it for me. I can't watch HxH because of the way Gon looks.
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their dressing style plays a big role for me........i don't watch few anime cuz of their dressing style
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I research. I have my favorite genres of course, and generally, that's what catches me first, but I'll also latch onto an anime based on a recommendation from someone or even on a random whim. Regardless, that's just the first stage. I don't jump into any of the anime I watch without at least checking around for reviews or ratings. If I mostly hear that people were disappointed with it, I will scrap it as a candidate. If, on the other hand, I find that people enjoyed it (that's enough; I don't need rave reviews, just positive ones) it goes on my to-watch list.

I try to keep my list at around 20 titles if possible, and whenever I feel like watching something, I'll break out the list. First I'll give it a run-over to see if there's anything in particular I really feel like checking out at the time. If there is, I do so. If not, I'll roll a d20 to generate a result, and assuming I'm not averse to watching the one I get, I'll do just that. If I'm not feeling in the mood for that one, I'll keep rolling until I get one that I do feel like watching.

Of course, sometimes I just kind of don't feel like watching anything on the list. In these cases, or sometimes when I'm just feeling a little spontaneous, I'll actively look around for a new anime to watch. I still do the research phase, but generally, when I spontaneously pick one up like that, I'm not quite as picky as when I'm choosing what to put on my list.

In terms of what I look for in anime, I have semi-eclectic tastes. While I'm not big on shounen, and try to avoid anything too fanservice-focused, I'll watch most anything else (and sometimes even shows from the categories I don't much enjoy.) However, my favorite anime are usually the ones that deal with their characters in-depth and/or know how to tug on my heartstrings. I'm a sucker for tearjerkers and heartwarming moments, and I love delving into characters' heads and watching them change as a series goes on. Basically, I love dramatic anime. Intrigue and mystery is a plus, sci-fi elements and a well-designed setting can and will get me interested, and I'll jump at the opportunity to watch a good horror. Conversely, too much aimless action turns me away, fanservice annoys me unless done with the right kind of flair, and I just can't bring myself to care about competitive-type anime, like sports. But above all, I watch anime to see the characters interact with each other and learn more about themselves.
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Posted 3/17/14

fantazzia wrote:

their dressing style plays a big role for me........i don't watch few anime cuz of their dressing style



Lowlights wrote:

Character design plays a really big part in it for me. I can't watch HxH because of the way Gon looks.


Woah, similar thoughts on you two. Y'all should hang out.

Before you do, up to elaborate for me, if only a little.

I personally loved how Gon was designed in HxH, he is quite visually striking, even in the original Manga.

Then you have the School-Boy Uniform(Gakuran) appearing in every single generic action/shounen/romance/comedy/blarg show.
I get it, the Male Uniforms look really damn badass, of course they do! Do you know what they're based upon? But that doesn't mean EVERY SINGLE MALE PROTAGONIST has to wear one!

Hell, sometimes it's even worse. I can't watch Index because the hero looks more generic than he should, I can forgive bad plot but really? Do you know why Railgun is more popular? Probably has to do with the unique female protagonist it features.



Darn it, now I'm ranting.

I wanted to ask what gets you to watch shows, not what kicks you away! It's waaaaay to easy to find a reason to not watch something.
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I honestly have no idea; I can go for years without being in the right state of mind for a particular show (whether I've seen it or not), then one day I'll randomly marathon the whole thing. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann I put off for almost 5 years, and Kino's Journey was closer to 10 (both I thoroughly enjoyed when I eventually saw them). It just depends on my impression of the show, and whether or not I expect it to have themes or to offer an experience which fits my mood.

Same goes for things that I've already seen; Neon Genesis Evangelion, for example, gets progressively more depressing the older I get, but last December I randomly trucked out my DVDs and watched it all in about a day.

If I need to hype myself up though, some good AMVs can usually do the trick; or I just take a break for awhile.


Edit: Something that can sell me on almost any anime at any time though, is a badass character.

Rui Ninomiya made Gatchaman Crowds for me.

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Felstalker wrote:
Woah, similar thoughts on you two. Y'all should hang out.

Before you do, up to elaborate for me, if only a little.

I wanted to ask what gets you to watch shows, not what kicks you away! It's waaaaay to easy to find a reason to not watch something.


It was his pants.

Typically, before watching an anime, I'll have to have heard enough about it get a general gist of what it's about, what the characters are like, etc. Then I'll look at it, and if there's something that really just makes me not want to watch it (See: Gon's pants, the faces from Clannad), I won't.

Sometimes though, if I see one really well designed character in both appearance and role, I may watch it even if I don't really care for the basis of the show.
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Generally, I get burned out after watching a lot of episodes from the same show & I've pretty much found that the only answer is to take a break.

There's nothing wrong with taking a break; there's a lot of the world out there besides just anime.

The way I see it, you can't force yourself into a mindset where you're ready to watch something. You just have to wait until it comes along. I know that I've tried to watch shows in the wrong mindset before, and it's majorly impacted my feelings towards/perception of the show. For example, the first time I tried to watch Bakemonogatari I was not quite ready to watch and so the first episodes bored the heck out of me. When I came back a few weeks ago and tried it again with the proper mindset, I loved it.

Don't waste a show that you might potentially love by trying to force yourself to watch it before you're ready.
Posted 3/17/14 , edited 3/17/14
Take a break to take your mind off of anime and then you can pick the one that looks the most appealing with fresh eyes. And i agree with the person above me, don't force yourself to watch an anime if ur not in the right mindset, watch one that fits your mood
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Whenever I read that something is adult fan fair/coming of age stories, then I am most likely to check it out... it's pretty easy to weed out the bad ones once you set those two filters. Sometimes these biases are not yet established like at the beginning of a new season so at that point I look for animation quality, a good cast of voices and funny script lines/character types..
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When i decide if I'm going to watch something I usually ask around to see what friends thought of it first to get an idea what kind of genres it is or what kind of characters the main characters are or whatever other little bits of info i can find out from them. I also tend to do a little research myself; watch previews, read reviews, look at the art style, basically anything i can find out without spoiling any of the story so I can decide if it's a show i'd sit down and spend a few hours watching.

When I look for a show nobody else has seen that I go blind into; like most recently I watched Tiger & Bunny which nobody I knew had seen I started by looking at the previews/theme songs to get an idea of the art style and OST to see if that hooks me in. If that doesn't I push it a little more by doing what I do above where i look at reviews, forums, tags and whatever basic info is available so help push my choice one way or another. Of course like any other person I watch what i feel like watching and try not to watch the same genre in a row (Ie. Comedy -> Comedy, instead Comedy -> Horror; something that switches it up a little bit so things don't get stale)

Though sometimes you just get into a funk where you don't feel like watching anything and eventually it'll pass, when I get into that mood I just stop watching things aside from my weekly shows for weeks at a time sometimes and eventually I'll stumble across a show that grabbed my interest and it'll put me back into the mood to start watching things again.
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Bakuman is the good anime for me...
You know? Their effort to realizing their dream is so awesome...
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For me, it's more of a question of "Have I been PROPERLY baptized in anime enough to be considered a knowledgeable fan?"

What I mean by "baptized" is--have I (or YOU) seen ALL of the gateway anime shows (or movies) that made anime so popular during its "golden age"? (i.e. Rorouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Gundam Wing, Slayers, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Full Metal Alchemist, Evangelion, Macross Plus, Mononokehime, Metropolis, Hellsing, Escaflowne, and DBZ and Pokemon in their entirety)

That, and I refer to this list and mark off the one's that I've seen and keep going:


Another thing that keeps me going is that I completely explore a genre of anime I like before I move on to a new one (this includes watching the bad shows along with the good so you can appreciate them much more).
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Usually what inspires me to watch a show is the show itself, or rather, what I know about the show itself. Since I can really only know that from people that have already seen it, that really just means that whatever people have said about a show makes me think it might be suited to my taste. Other than that, I watch a few episodes or so of every anime in a season, and then just choose the best ones. The last couple of seasons have been above average, which means about 20 or so shows, but I prefer to keep it around 15 or so for most seasons. If I ever get some free time, I use it for those. I just started JoJo in preparation for season 2, which means the last three on the list of shows that I feel like I need to see, as of right now, are Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Ouran High School Host Club, and Great Teacher Onizuka. There are a slew of others on my list, but generally speaking, there are way too many books (in particular) and things (in general) that I think would be a better use of my time.
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