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Post Reply Is there any particular reason people seem most interested in whatever new series is coming out?
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1. It's the new hotness. People like new things just because they are new and exciting.

2. Availability. New shows are typically more available on streaming services than older ones that may not be in the catalog anymore.

3. Advertising. New things get ads and merchandise, older stuff not so much. People see the ads and merch and then check it out, but for older stuff it is no longer in the public eye for most series.

4. Younger generation probably prefers the newer stuff as they may not like the style of the older series.

5. People want to be up to date and contemporary when talking with peers about series. It is more fun talking about current stuff since most people are familiar with what you are talking about, whereas with older stuff there might only be a select few who have seen the series, if any, within your social circle.

There's probably more reasons, but these are some of the bigger ones that came to mind for me.
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#4 is a horrible reason, even though it happens a lot. We have media content that goes all the way back to the 1920s! Its good to experience variety and different eras of media.
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I don't know maybe is because I am looking for something new to watch or I find it interesting.
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I'm always on the lookout for new stuff, but I also hate when people dismiss great anime just because it "old."
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Probably because it's easier to just go along with whatever is airing at the moment than to go back and pick and choose from decades worth of anime. Not to say people won't go back and watch older anime, of course.
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I like to have a go at the new shows because I have a clear memory of waiting for years upon years to get anything at all in the anime department (and of paying $30 U.S. for a VHS tape of four episodes). The streaming era never fails to make me feel like a kid in a candy store. Granted, I still enjoy my oldies, especially the mecha, but I like to see what each new season has to offer.
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I can't tell you why everyone else likes newer shows but I can explain why I like watching simulcasts. The main two reasons are: 1. It's something new. and 2. They give me something to look forward to each week. I really don't watch regular TV and I really got sick of all my favorite TV shows being prematurely cancelled (the last straw was with Angel and then Tru Calling - yeah it's been a while now) It's just annoying to watch something and dedicate so much time for years and then it's gone with NO resolution and no ending. Anime is bad about cancelling or not renewing series too but at least I don't dedicate as much time to them. Plus it's fun to watch something while everyone else is and to be a part of the latest discussions. I'm a bit late to the game when it comes to anime and a lot of the jokes and discussions on older anime's just fly right over my head so it's nice to know and understand what people are talking about when it comes to newer stuff I don't have time to dedicate to some older anime with over 300 plus episodes. It's too much nor am I interested in the likes of Naruto or One Piece but I can imagine it's probably pretty fun for those who have followed along with them from the beginning.

With all that said I really enjoy going back and watching older anime's to see what all I've missed. I've found some really great shows that way. I also really enjoy the fact that more of the older one's seem to go further than just your average 12 episodes that we get these days. Anime is just fun to watch period. Old or new, it doesn't matter but I do enjoy watching a show while everyone else is too. It makes you feel like your part of a very VERY large family.
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It's just generally fun to join in the conversation, but it's mostly for a new watching experience.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Because people are mainstream and listen to Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande just because its new, despite older songs being better. Such people are trash and deserve death.


Fabulous!
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I just try to keep an open mind. I have been watching anime since I was 7 or so. Seen lots of different shows. I like the old more than the new, but a breath of fresh air is always welcome. Not one for the newer art styles, as I prefer the "darker" tones. Lupin will probably always be my favorite. As far as "newer" series would go probably Paranoia Agent. Got a bit off track but personally I like new anime just to hopefully see something new.
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Cait_Sidhe wrote:

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It's an interesting topic because I never payed much mind i to whether I was watching new or old stuff. I just keep a list of all the stuff that interests me and organize it such that I spread out what i'm watching for the week. Thus, I end up watching older shows almost as though they were simulcasts.

I can more or less tell whether i'd like or dislike a show from the description as well, but my tastes are quite specific, so it leads to me ignoring quite a few shows. Reading reviews allows me to see if my gut reaction was likely correct, or if I may have been mistaken. If I feel that's the case, I may give it a try anyway. Ironically, I really only read reviews for shows that *don't* interest me

As for the endings thing, I just need closure in what i'm watching. I think I may be obsessive about that though. I don't even like music that doesn't have closure. For example songs that just "fade out" - can't stand those! Maybe I'm just crazy

You know, it's funny because since I don't read source material, i'm actually more likely to think positively of adaptations of ongoing material that have anime original endings. While manga readers are all in an uproar, my usual reaction is "I'm okay with this". I completely understand what you mean about wanting to see more of the characters though. I get that sensation as well, but like to leave it up to my imagination and make my own headcanon.

But sometimes it's painful to take the stance that I do.

'Sigh'

Still don't know what's in the basement.
Still don't know what happened to Clare and Raki.
Still don't know if Holo made it to Yoitsu

'Sigh'


Huh, that is an interesting stance on the Anime original endings. Personally, aside from them closing off an anime from future seasons if they give it one but it is still on going, even if I don't know the source material for a series when an anime original ending pops up I can normally tell due to the quality drop. Or when a show was anime original from the start and you can tell the point they ran out of time to finish it the way they wanted to. Things end up feeling rushed or the quality drops somewhat. Take the Anime "Blue Exorsist" in terms of Anime orginal endings, I could tell the moment they went off the rails of the main story because it had an entire tone shift in what they were focusing on, and the way they had the final boss of the series honestly felt like they just thought of the first thing they could have for how to end the series within a single story arc.
And then you have the Anime Orginial ones where the endings feel rushed, such as "Angel Beats" where the last 3-4 episodes came out of no where and warped everything up so quickly it didn't feel right compared to the rest of the show. It seemed like it would have been better with a 24 episode anime rather then a 13 episode anime. That way everything could have been developed a bit more before rushing to the end.

BTW, for your Holo series
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For me its time and

3. They have caught up on all the older series they wanted to see.


Its just easier for me to watch simulcasts to find a few shows I really like than to marathon a bunch of older crap shows.
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People are fickle.
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That's all pretty good points yeah. I always hated that about shows here in North America, I would get right into a series and then it would end on some cliffhanger with the expectation of a second or third season..., but then there would be nothing but an announcement saying the series was canceled.

With Anime sure that happens to some extent with it, but for a good chunk of the series if the anime ends on some cliffhanger I can go look up the source material for the rest of the story. To see how it is going to end or where it is all headed. With Western shows that is never the case because almost all of our shows are made for TV and are rarely ever based on some book.

I also avoid some of the longer series unless I think I'm going to enjoy it. So far the only super long running series I have gotten into is Fairy Tail and Gintama. Back in the day I was into Inuyasha but that ended a long time ago. Now most anime I am into have maybe 13-24 episodes per season and at most only 2 seasons. So a lot of the series I watched have at most 48 episodes. And yeah, I agree with you. It was awesome seeing the longer seasons for shows, in some cases it felt like you really got to know the characters and things didn't feel as rushed as some of the later anime series can be.


I'm also mainly into Anime because it is different from the Western shows. You get so many unique ideas in comparison. (Sure after a while they stop seeming as unique... but still.). But I am kinda disliking this shift a lot of popular anime are having, a fair number of them are more serious and darker as opposed to light hearted and funny. So the only "New" anime which tend to catch my eye are the less serious ones, the ones which look like they can give me a laugh or still tell a good story without being overly serious. It's why I no longer watch Western TV shows is because they are all mainly dark and serious.

But because of this the ones I normally get into are series which are not too popular, like during the last airing of anime (Winter?) for the shows which started in January, the only two series I followed from that were "Pandora in the Crimson shell: Ghost urn" and "Heavy Object" though in all fairness Heavy Object had started back in the fall. And this season of anime..., none have really caught my eye. I mean a few look interesting, but again they are not really advertised too terribly much here and so I've been busy with the older series so I haven't looked at the Spring lineup of shows which is ending now.
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It's really hard just to know an old series that exists. I'm always hearing of this old anime series that I have never heard of before or that one classic that I apparently have to watch. I consider myself a fairly newer fan who got into anime via Attack on Titan so basically for me its the following:

1. Have I heard of it? I can't watch what I don't know.

2. Is it easily accessible? I'm a fairly casual anime fan so I'm not dropping $40-$50 on a DVD set with only half the episodes.

3. Is it actually good? Nostalgia is a powerful thing, perhaps people just don't like it?

4. How bad is the animation quality? Sometimes a story can make up for really dated animation, but this goes back to point 3.

5. Does this end with a "read the manga/source"? That will kill most of my excitement. I don't have enough money or interest to see through to an ending, especially with a series plagued by padding and pandering.
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