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To wait a week or a whole season
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Posted 12/5/14 , edited 12/5/14
Every season I pick a few shows to watch weekly and at least one or two that I will wait to finish and watch all at once, I'm not sure what defines which will be which other than a distinct 'feeling' after watching the first ep. Anyone else do this?

This season I've been waiting eagerly for each Akatsuki no Yona release, and it always seems like I'm just getting really into it when the episode ends.

After watching ep.1 of Parasite - the Maxim I knew immediately that was a show that I would really enjoy, but I would wait until it was complete to do so and then marathon the whole thing.

For me there are advantages to both - it's very fun to marathon a show but I can't do it without feeling guilty. Watching weekly prevents me from spending hours in front of a screen, so there is less guilt but more frustration.

My most recent marathons: Noragami, Durarara, and Madoka.
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Posted 12/5/14
I know I do. In fact, generally it's shows that I consider more important to me in terms of how gripping they are that I'll watch weekly, while other shows I'm not too concerned about I will wait to be over. This rule doesn't apply to me all the time, but for a good majority of shows it does.
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I usually prefer to watch shows week to week. it's easier, I think. the exception to that would be dramas. I think they lose their intended effect by watching week to week instead of by marathon.
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Posted 12/5/14
I thought I would do better watching shows weekly, but after most of my Summer 2014 anime not even being finished, I decided to try something different. So far, I'm only watching like 4-5ish shows right now weekly, then marathoning everything else that's on my marathon list once the season is done. I think it's working pretty well for me.
When I watched a bunch of the summer anime weekly I was needlessly bored, and I honestly felt that I didn't absorb the show well enough. The result had me failing to finish more than 5 shows that I had started from the beginning of the summer season.
Right now, I'm actually marathoning I can't understand what my husband's saying (I know it's not finished yet) and I'm really enjoying this. I'm likely to try doing this method from now on.
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Posted 12/5/14
Mostly I try to watch every week, if i don't forget. The advantages of watching every week is you can keep with everyone else and can watch the new anime when they come out so you don't fall behind (mostly so you can keep wth the comments of each episode and can contribute properly). Also starting a season in the middle of airing is something i do but its annoying when you are out of the loop of comenting in time (if that makes any sense).
I suppose it would get frustrating if i didn't have a bad memory though...
I used to wait the season out, or watch old ones, but really trust your instincts and watch whatever you like however you like.

(But seriously QTAC your pic is so mesmersing, it took me ages writing this cuz of being destracted by it so much.)
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Posted 12/5/14
I wait to watch anything... If I can't find much on that anime then I'll watch a couple of episodes if it sounds interesting to me and Drop them and wait if I'm unsure if the ending is happy or not... I'm a weird one I guess I like to be happy and smile at the end of watching anime not be pissed and angry.
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Posted 12/5/14
I like to marathon sometimes depending on the the length of the of the show. For example, Senyu, Teekyu, and the now recent I can't understand what my husband is saying, are shows I rather marathon because they are short and I will more likely want to watch the next episode immediately. Plus, I am more bound to forget about it and what happened in the previous episode.

However, if you wait to marathon you miss out on the discussions about the show as it progresses.

In the end, I prefer to marathon some and watch some other weekly to depending on the hype. Making me a follower of the crowd in some sense. I will watch the top talked about anime weekly and the other I wait for a marathon. For me, marathon is more enjoyable because if it gets good, then I can keep on watching 'til the end.
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Posted 12/5/14
At first I used to marathon everything I watched.

Now I watch shows week by week. I just don't have the free time anymore to sit in front of my screen and watch episode after episode. Watching week by week lets me keep up everyone else.
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Posted 12/5/14
I only started actively watching anime weekly last year with Kill la Kill (among others), before that I never actually cared for seasonal charts.

I'd say I like waiting a week better; gives me something to look forward to (almost) everyday.
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Posted 12/5/14
I wait a season for those that I'm really passionate about, but I try to watch those that I feel I need to keep up with to stay informed weekly if I can.
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I'm probably strange. I don't mind spoilers (I like shows with characters I can empathize with and am indifferent to suspense), I hate fiction with sad endings (I read enough depressing history books; I prefer my fiction escapist and upbeat), and I have too long of a back-log of shows that I want to watch to bother with shows that I'm probably going to hate.

So I never watch anything week-to-week; I always wait until a show has finished airing, read some reviews and summaries of it, and then throw it in my queue if it seems like something I might like. When I do get around to it, I'll usually watch it a few episodes at a time, and finish a 12 episode show in about four or five days--unless it's particularly good (in which case I might marathon it) or I'm having trouble getting into it (in which case that 4 or 5 days might turn into 2 weeks).
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Posted 12/6/14
Most of the time I watch shows week-to-week for two reasons:
1. I feel I get more absorbed in the show and I enjoy the anticipation of waiting for the next episode.
2. I don't have the time to watch a number of shows one after another. At most I can watch one old show at a time while watching airing stuff.
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Posted 12/6/14
a week ? sometimes a month?

with hunter x hunter i would sometimes wait and then binge watch, but other times i would watch it the week it came out.

for the most part i say a week. usually have to watch them all on the weekend though
Posted 12/6/14
if i know the show is only 1 or 2 cour then wait, but if it's gonna be a long running show then bing. sometimes week to week if the show is good enough.
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Posted 12/6/14
I am rather firmly in the "wait and marathon" camp these days, and have been for a few seasons.

The last series I can recall viewing week-to-week as it was simulcast was Seitokai Yakuindomo*, as I was confident its episodes would be "free-standing", with no plot thread.

Sometimes I'll succumb and begin viewing a 2 cour series at around the 18-20 episode point, but that seems to always result in me catching up before the last 2-3 episodes are simulcast.
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