“That sounds like a great story! Can I watch it with you?”
“Well, I want to watch it with some regularity…so no.”
After completing Avatar: The Last Airbender and Violet Evergarden with me, my roommate has learned well how hard it is to align both our schedules, even though we live in the same house.
When I was a teenager, I had so much time to watch anime, but I didn’t have many people I could watch it with, and I didn’t particularly want to watch it with anyone else anyways. My brother, the only person in my family who liked anime, would watch an entire anime over a weekend and then give me small spoilers while I caught up. So in the end, I preferred to watch anime alone, and then rejoice about how great it was with my internet friends at a better time. The last thing I wanted to do was watch it with someone who might not like it very much, and end up feeling like I’d wasted their time, or even worse, judged.
Now, I actually prefer to watch anime with a friend, if I can.
Time is so short, and most of my friends now like anime. If I can find one we both like, nothing is more delightful than watching an episode with them and chatting about it afterwards. The only problem is, the days when I could put off my responsibilities indefinitely are over, and so we have to fit together the pieces of our schedule to watch even one episode together.
My brother never did stop watching anime all at once, but I persuaded my mother to watch Haibane Renmei with me. She enjoyed it, but never agreed to watch an anime with me again, until recently, when I convinced her to watch episode 10 of Violet Evergarden with me.
“So,” she said “There are how many episodes of this?”
I can only hope.
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