How do I watch my animu?
I have three ways in watching an anime depending on some criteria. Either I marathon it, watch it little by little or I watch it weekly. Obviously, the last one is for those currently airing shows that I decided to follow. The first two are for those that have already aired and completed. I find that each method has advantages and disadvantages depending on the anime.
Marathon-ing is best for me for those shows that are completed (obviously) and are not episodic in nature. Like every episode are interconnected directly with one another. Good examples are Code Geass, Steins;Gate and AnoHana (They are in my top 10). When I say marathon, I mean that I watch them in one go. If not, for a few days not exceeding three. Watching it in one go doesn’t give me a break with the story. I am connected to it the whole time and the level of intensity/feeling regarding the show is great. Sometimes it doesn’t end there. Even if I already finished it, the intensity and the feelings still lingered to me for a few more days.
The disadvantage with that method for me is that a lot of events that happened are forgotten in the long run. Since I’m watching it at a high pace, I only remember the most memorable one. In addition, the cliffhanger at the end of the episode doesn’t have any effect on me as I can always hit the play button of the next episode. Less speculations on my part because I’ll eventually arrive with the answers later on. It is also hard for the characters to stay in me since I’ve only been with them for like, 1-2 days. Well, there are some exceptions of course.
My solution with this kind of problem is – rewatching it. But c’mon, some of us will just want to watch new anime instead of rewatching the ones we have already seen.
Now, watching a show little by little (I don’t know what to term it teehee) are for those currently airing or completed shows which are episodic in nature. Watching current shows weekly sometimes falls into this criterion. What I mean by little by little is that, I only watch like 1-2 episodes a day or in a week. I like this method because it consumes less time because you can watch it anytime. Shows like Nichijou, Kimi to Boku, Hyouka and Natsume Yuujinchou (all included in my top 10) which are more or less episodic in nature falls in this one. I savour every episode and take my time speculating some events. The characters become more unforgettable because I bonded with them on much longer time. And sometimes, when I speculate an episode it becomes memorable and harder for me to forget. Ask me what episode that happened and I will be able to answer, somehow.
The disadvantage is that when I’m watching a show weekly and is not episodic, sometimes I feel disconnected because of the interval for the next episode. Sometimes, my solution is to rewatch the previous episode but that’s too much of a hassle. The level of intensity when watching it goes back to zero then rise again then after some days or so goes back to zero again until the next episode airs. And with a lot of shows that I’m watching every season (Yeah 8 is “a lot” for me) that also becomes a bit of a problem.
All methods works just fine for me. I don’t marathon that much nowadays because, ahem, school. When I do, I want my full attention focused on the show. If I have to worry about any assignments and quizzes while marathon-ing an anime, it takes away some of the enjoyment. And I only watch at night so that I wouldn’t be bothered by my parents and siblings.
Anyway, we all have different ways of watching anime. But whatever that is, as long as it makes you enjoy the medium more, you must stick to it.
How about you? How do you watch your anime?