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Post Reply Do you prefer to watch anime weekly or marathoning?
Posted 3/6/15
Depends, weekly is awesome cause of the suspense, but marathoning is nice when the whole anime is released and It's very intriguing just so I can get immersed into it for a short period of time and not really have to think what's coming next so I just end up experiencing it without much thought.
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I always marathon shows until i run out of episodes to marathon. then i watch weekly. sometimes, i prefer to wait for multiple episodes to come out, then watch them all. i sometimes wait a few weeks, then watch all the available.
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I usually marathon until the last few episodes where I slow down and complete those a few days later.
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Posted 3/6/15
Weekly I just cabt wait XD1
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I prefer to be able to marathon a show. But theres alot of good ones running so i watch those all weekly
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I do marathoning
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Posted 3/6/15 , edited 3/6/15
I've done both over the years. I do have to admit I used to have fun marathoning a series, or a whole story arc of a long running series in one night (especially with friends to help keep you up all night). It was like watching one big long movie or something and you could experience one complete story in one sitting.

That being said, I have to admit that taking all things into consideration...whenever possible, as much as it's in your ability to do so, whenever you are able to....it is by far better to watch a show weekly, just one episode at a time. The production companies that make them put them in an episodic format on purpose for a reason. Let's face it, that's how these shows were designed to be viewed. That week between each episode gives it time to sink in and for you to get more fully immersed in the series. The suspense in looking forward to the next episode, especially after a major cliffhanger is a big part of the fun and forces your brain to work more in speculating what happens next.

When I look back at all the shows I watched weekly vs. the ones I marathoned, I find I remember more from those shows because more of it sunk in during the watching of the series, even on a subconscious level. Contrast that to friends I have who only marathon shows when they are finished and they watch entire series back to back in a short period of time. They can hardly ever remember squat about them and the details they do remember they are always getting confused with one another.
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Posted 3/6/15
Filler like Fairy tail week to week
Censored stuff? marathon without it
Normal stuff like Garo week to week
short like military and etc., week to week
Posted 3/6/15 , edited 3/6/15
Weekly for me, I suppose.

I've never been one for marathoning shows. I mean - I marathon in bursts, but usually no more than 3 or so episodes. The time commitment starts to wear on me past about that point.

It's hard to explain, but I feel like most shows were made by people conscious that they would air weekly - and it kind of shows in the way the story is presented. Not necessarily "episodic" but somewhat "self-contained". It's like a can of soda compared to a 2-liter.

That's just me though. Even after a show ends, I can usually only stand to watch it in 3 episode bursts or so. Maybe a little more or less depending on how episodic it is or how frustrating a cliffhanger is.
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Posted 3/7/15 , edited 3/7/15

KaiserSosei wrote:

That being said, I have to admit that taking all things into consideration...whenever possible, as much as it's in your ability to do so, whenever you are able to....it is by far better to watch a show weekly, just one episode at a time. The production companies that make them put them in an episodic format on purpose for a reason. Let's face it, that's how these shows were designed to be viewed. That week between each episode gives it time to sink in and for you to get more fully immersed in the series. The suspense in looking forward to the next episode, especially after a major cliffhanger is a big part of the fun and forces your brain to work more in speculating what happens next.

Keep in mind these shows weren't designed with a one week gap between episodes by choice, but by necessity. I fully expect if given free reign, most episodes would be variable length and aired at different intervals. Some might be presented as movie length epics aired weeks apart, while others might be shorter episodes aired daily.

In the case of most late night anime, you also either have anime that is based on material that was designed originally to either be consumed in much smaller chunks (those based on manga) or in larger ones (those based on light novels) than will be represented in a single episode.



When I look back at all the shows I watched weekly vs. the ones I marathoned, I find I remember more from those shows because more of it sunk in during the watching of the series, even on a subconscious level. Contrast that to friends I have who only marathon shows when they are finished and they watch entire series back to back in a short period of time. They can hardly ever remember squat about them and the details they do remember they are always getting confused with one another.

My experience in reading the comments for shows I watch (normally at my own pace after they have completed) suggests many who watched week to week have forgotten details from earlier episodes. The problem with this as evidence is I have no way of knowing if they were really paying that much attention in the first place, as many people think they can effectively multi-task, when in reality that ability is rare.

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hmmm....In my opinion. I would probably say a fair balance of the two is the best way to go. As stated in a previous post. Some series are better when marathoned do to the nature of the story. For example. A shorter series tends to expand on the storyline more quickly than a show that runs longer.

So waiting a week or longer for an episode/ chapter is less of a big deal. The story is easier to follow. As opposed to a storyline where almost nothing takes place. It tends to make the majority of episodes seem tedious.

...So in retrospect it depends on the series type, and storyline. I love One Piece to death. But I generally wait long periods of time before marathoning the episodes I have missed. The chapters on the other hand are a different story. Even if nothing much happens. The story still progresses more quickly than it does in the show. Though that's kind of the point. Lol. There's more action sequences in the show. As well as more arcs(fillers & so on). The lengthy shows allow for the manga to progress at it's own rate and still be ahead of the show overall.

Overall I would have to say I personally prefer weekly for my manga, and marathoning for most series. But that's because I watch a wide array of shows. Lol. And it doesn't help when you try to stay busy all the time.
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Posted 3/7/15
I marathon as much as I can (until I have to wait for simulcasts)
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Posted 3/7/15
I marathon because I don't like waiting for the next episode of something.
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Posted 3/8/15

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KaiserSosei wrote:

That being said, I have to admit that taking all things into consideration...whenever possible, as much as it's in your ability to do so, whenever you are able to....it is by far better to watch a show weekly, just one episode at a time. The production companies that make them put them in an episodic format on purpose for a reason. Let's face it, that's how these shows were designed to be viewed. That week between each episode gives it time to sink in and for you to get more fully immersed in the series. The suspense in looking forward to the next episode, especially after a major cliffhanger is a big part of the fun and forces your brain to work more in speculating what happens next.

Keep in mind these shows weren't designed with a one week gap between episodes by choice, but by necessity. I fully expect if given free reign, most episodes would be variable length and aired at different intervals. Some might be presented as movie length epics aired weeks apart, while others might be shorter episodes aired daily.

In the case of most late night anime, you also either have anime that is based on material that was designed originally to either be consumed in much smaller chunks (those based on manga) or in larger ones (those based on light novels) than will be represented in a single episode.



When I look back at all the shows I watched weekly vs. the ones I marathoned, I find I remember more from those shows because more of it sunk in during the watching of the series, even on a subconscious level. Contrast that to friends I have who only marathon shows when they are finished and they watch entire series back to back in a short period of time. They can hardly ever remember squat about them and the details they do remember they are always getting confused with one another.

My experience in reading the comments for shows I watch (normally at my own pace after they have completed) suggests many who watched week to week have forgotten details from earlier episodes. The problem with this as evidence is I have no way of knowing if they were really paying that much attention in the first place, as many people think they can effectively multi-task, when in reality that ability is rare.



From what I remember from studying textbooks on scriptwriting and from talking from friends who worked with scriptwriters as well as from the communications classes in school, one of the basic rules of writing is you adapt your approach to the medium you are working with. Thus adapting or writing a story for an episodic TV show is approached differently than writing for a movie or single TV special. When you see all those cliffhangers in a series they are placed where they are for a reason ("How will they survive this latest challenge? Tune in next time to fine out" kind of storytelling goes back even before TV and weekend matinee's at old movie theaters and even radio).

The places in a story where they decide to end an episode are usually carefully planned out & designed to keep the viewer in suspense & looking forward to the next episode. They touch on this a bit in the anime "Shirobako". Though this is mostly concerned with stories that actually have big cliffhangers & such, so I can meet you halfway & agree that as others have said this may not matter with shows that have more self-contained stories in each episode or follow the typical "monster or villain or fight of the week" type of series.

And yeah you might be right about too much multi-tasking being a problem. The ability to binge watch a show has only been a viable option within the past few years. For many decades people have had to watch shows one episode a week (and many still do for many a TV show) and have not really had problems doing so. So yeah that might be a big part of it.
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Posted 3/8/15
I like to let them build up, then marathon them; unless it's one that my friends watch weekly and would spoil it for me.
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