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Posted 4/9/17 , edited 4/9/17
When I think back on anime I usually put them in three categories.

#1 The legitimately great shows that you'll go back and watch several times over the years. They don't necessarily have to be deep or a particular genre, but it needs to make you think something more than "I guess their is nothing else to watch at the moment."

#2 Popcorn anime that are decent, but probably not amazing. You watch it and you forget it a day later.

#3 Shows that just feel like they're there so the studio has some output that season and even they don't have their heart in it.

#4 The train wreck shows that make you wonder how they reached air.

Do you tend to watch "popcorn" anime during the season to have something to watch, or do you just watch the few best shows of the season you can find?
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I tend to watch things that grab my interest in some way but won't force myself to watch anything I'm not enjoying on at least some level. This usually means that there are at least a few shows each season that I watch essentially just because they are on. I don't just watch the best of the best, though some seasons are so empty of even mediocre content that it sort of feels like it some times.

If I find something offensive or bothersome I might not even give it a few episodes assuming I even try it in the first place. Sometimes a terrible sounding pre-season summary is enough to make me not tune in. The vast majority of the time I don't feel any need to keep watching something that I don't like just because I've invested some time into it.

There are a few cases where I've found things that actually do fall into the "so bad it's good category" where even though I recognize it's a complete piece of garbage I'll still watch it because the wondering why it's even on air is actually part of the entertainment. Phantasy Star Online from a little while back is a pretty clear example of this.
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I totally understand the so bad it's good feel. Mine was Big Order. It was such a disaster I couldn't look away. It was such a shame since I had loved Future Diary since it was doing the initial manga release.
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I watch whatever the season throws at me. I try to watch at least 75% of all simulcasts every season.
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Handshakers is definitely #4.

Another is also #4.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Another is also #4.


. . . . . . ohmygod, someone else who doesn't like Another. I haven't seen the anime, but I read the novel and.... yeah that was awful.

As for the question.... I always feel like a lot of the shows I see are type 2, most people think are type 1. And the shows I see as type 1, most people see as one of the other types, but this isn't about those ^_^;

For me, the show that first comes to mind when I think of that type 2 description is Heroic Legend of Arslan. I... expected so much more from it. It's so pretty, too.

I guess, I'll watch shows like that if they're pretty. At least as pretty as Arslan. Also bonus points if the main cast includes a moe prince. <3
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Posted 4/10/17 , edited 4/10/17

-Hatachi- wrote:

When I think back on anime I usually put them in three categories.


Makes sense.


#4 The train wreck shows that make you wonder how they reached air.


Anyways, I watch any anime that interests me. If it's only average, it's only average. I'll drop it if it stops entertaining me and keep watching if it keeps entertaining me. There's never enough time in the day so there's no reason to keep watching a show that feels half assed or gets boring. I've certainly watched a lot of shows that I enjoyed then immediately forgotten about though. I guess you can say I group them like you do though. I don't refer to them as "popcorn anime" though because that actually never occurred to me. There's essentially 4 groups I place them in, a lot like you
I'll put them in spoiler tags in a spoiler tag to not take up too much room in the thread since I've already taken quite a bit of it up. It'll go from best-worst like your categories as well.

That sums it up pretty well. As expected it's a pretty big wall of text. A category I forgot to mention is kind of like a subcategory to the 4. There are a few anime I always have on hand for when nothing is airing during the season. I guess you could call these my popcorn anime.
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