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Post Reply Do you prefer to watch anime weekly or marathoning?
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 3/7/15
All the anime in my top 5 list just so happened to be those that I've marathoned. I think its great to follow each episode so closely from one and another. I can follow the story, characters and setting better and the impact from the last episode is still fresh.
When I think about shows like Hunter X Hunter, which is in my top 5 animes, I do not know how much I would've appreciated the Chimera Ant arc if I had watched it weekly. The pacing became slow but the action was nonstop. I believe that the momentum it had on me would've been lost on me. I was very invested in the story and each episode felt so short that I would've become very irritated if I had to wait between each episode. Attack on Titan is also on my top 5 list but I only half marathoned the series until I caught up with everyone. About half way through the series I had to watch it on a weekly basis but strangely enough my excitement never went down. However there was a difference between those two viewings. In the latter I had more time to form my thoughts on the show and predict how it would all go down by the end. It was nice, each viewing either gave me confirmation on my predictions or gave me something new to think about. In the end I enjoyed the show very much but I kind of wonder how my experience of it would've been if I had marathoned it all the way through.
Then there is a show that's not on my top 5 list or it's a show that I even particularly like and it's called Samurai Flamengo. I thought the series was a blast to watch through but in the end just end up hating it. It had cliffhangers the likes that you probably never even seen. I believe that it deserves its own term for the special type of cliffhangers that makes you question everything, which I like to call
. Why am I mentioning this show? Its because it successfully made me become invested by continuously rethink my predictions of how this show was going to end that it in itself was the entertainment. It was a type of show that I would've hated from the onset if I didn't watch it on a weekly basis. I'm pretty much torn in this issue. Marathoning and watching anime weekly is such a different viewing experience that don't know which one of them is honestly better.

What do you think about this issue?
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Posted 2/28/15 , edited 2/28/15
Hxh was slow as hell watching weekly, but that made the good episodes that much better.
So i think marathoning shows makes it lose value on individual episodes.

Some shows should be judged as a whole though. I wouldn't start watching One piece from episode 1 weekly even if i got paid...
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Almost all my favourite anime I have marathoned. It's great to have the previous episode so fresh in your mind, however having to wait weekly for that next episode really builds up the excitement for me making the episodes even better when the time comes around.
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I think some shows are meant for thinking long term and others for the short.

The short ones are probably the ones you find yourself enjoying to put on every week because the information you gather along the way changes all the time, making it fun to spend time thinking about what is actually going on. Marathoning on a show meant for short term thinking will not have the same impact because you disregard any theory built up one or two episodes before. It is meant to engage the viewer to start thinking and when the audience doesn't do that it becomes boring for them to watch.

The long ones have the information slowly revealed, thus if you marathon it you can catch up with it quicker and it will make more sense - especially if you are dealing with multiple characters in different spaces. If you watch these shows every week the space between the episodes feels too great and you get removed from the action for too long, you loose the momentum built up in the episode - and you might find you forget characters from episode to episode.

However most shows boils down to how repetitive they are.
The more something, especially the situation the character is put in gets repeated in every episode (magical girl vs monster, detective vs criminal) marathoning it becomes a chore.
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I prefer weekly. Even when the entire anime is finished I prefer to watch only one episode per day until I finish the series, and I think Squid Girl may be the only exception to that because I just enjoyed it so much.
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Marathon makes you go on a roller coaster ride. If I really want to watch the show because its weekly, I will revert to reading the manga because I can't wait. If the story is so good and the manga doesn't go as far as the light novel. I will read the light novel because thats how good the story is.

People will be surprised how better the light novel is compared to an shonen like anime/manga such as Irregular at Magic High School. The way the author describes the story in such a way that intrigues you to see how the anime will play out the action sequences.
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Posted 2/28/15
Until I got into Bleach, I never watched anything weekly. And even then, I marathoned up to the point where I ran out of episodes.

After I dropped Bleach (after the end of the Aizen arc) I still rarely watched anything weekly until I got a CR membership, and it just so happened that most of my queued shows aired on Sundays.

Since then Sunday has been my weekly anime day.

I still prefer marathoning though. I'm not sure I would've gotten into anime this much just watching weekly...
Posted 2/28/15
I don't exactly marathon or set times of the week of when I watch anime. I just watch it when I feel like it.
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Depends on the anime. If it is slow paced and easy going, usually weekly. If it is engrossing and building on each episode, marathoning is preferred.
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I prefer watching a show that's already completed so I can watch it at my own pace. Not one for ''marathoning'' though, I can count the number of times I've watched a whole show in a single sitting on one hand.
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As a hole I like to marathon but both have there sets of perks and I'll do both the only problem I have with weekly is if I'm watching a really good episode and it ends I gotta wait a hole week to find out what happens next and I no this helps build up tension and excitement but dang it some time I don't have the patients to wait
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I prefer to watch at least 2-3 episodes at a time. Especially with stories that are more progressive from week to week. For shows that are more episodic, and the story doesn't really build each week I am happy to watch one at a time.
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I usually watch weekly, but I'll marathon the occasional show. I just can't wait to see what happens, so I can't usually hold out until the show finishes airing.
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Posted 2/28/15
I like marathoning if it's 12 or so episodes.

With things like Pokemon, I prefer going weekly though.
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Posted 2/28/15
I rarely watch week-to-week anymore. I believe the last show I did it for was Seitokai Yakuindomo, because it appeared rather clear there would be no continuing plot.

Normally I prefer to wait, not so much so that I can "marathon", but so that I can view at my own pace, whatever pace that might be.
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