After a meeting with the rest of the Beneath The Tangles staff, a couple of us started talking about our anime viewing habits. I was really surprised to hear that we all chose what shows to watch each season in very different ways. My personal preference is to watch as many anime a season that I can. First, I cut out anime that I personally have problems with, this includes ecchi anime, anime based around sexual themes, and especially little sister anime. Second, I find shows that I think I will really like and make those the first priority for watching. Third, I watch whatever is left. Once each new season starts, I watch all these anime. If an anime seems to have no potential, I drop it. If I hear good things from other ani-bloggers, I might pick it up again.
Last season, I made a mistake. I did not watch an anime called Log Horizon, because the name sounded dumb and the synopsis sounded like a remake of Sword Art Online. After hearing many good things about it, I finally decided to try it out. It has been only a couple of days since and I am now having to wait till Saturday for a new episode. I love the fact, that the show is intelligent, where as Sword Art was much more emotion based. It is like a video game version of international politics, and I love that. I am going to keep watching this one.
I do not believe that judging an anime by its name is bad though. I made a mistake this season by starting episode one of Recently, My Sister is Unusual. It seemed interesting with the sister fainting on the steps, but then it quickly went placed I didn’t expect… I dropped it right away. This is one of the reasons, I do not start certain anime and do judge them before hand. Most of the time I don’t use only the name; I use the synopsis. (Though these can be incredibly vague.)
How do you watch anime and choose what to watch? Anything you won’t watch? Any shows that changed your opinions?