Is there a specific way you prefer for your anime watching? To give you an example of what I mean, let me describe two very different experiences I had of watching anime.
Not too long ago, I watched Clannad and Clannad After Story in the space of a week. Both shows combined with their respective extras added up to over fifty episodes. That is a lot to watch, and even more so in the relatively short span of time. I very much enjoyed watching Clannad and was extremely engrossed in it while watching, but I noticed something interesting about my experience marathoning the show after I had completed it. I watched Clannad faster than almost any other show I have seen, but what I realized after was that I forgot about it almost as quick. Which is not to belittle the show in any way. I enjoyed Clannad a great deal, but after it was over, it wasn’t long before I started watching something else.
Now, let me compare this to my experience with Aria: The Animation and its sequels. Aria as a whole is among my all time favorite anime and I think a part of that had to do with how I went about watching it. Unlike Clannad, which I marathoned in the short span of a week, I watched Aria over the course of nearly two months. To be precise, I took fifty-three days to complete Aria at a pace of one episode per day. It wasn’t a schedule that I planned for, it just sort of happened. Fortunately, it was an unintentional occurrence with a great payoff. That length of time gave me the chance to savor each episode and enjoy what they had to offer individually. And unlike currently airing shows where I would have to wait a week for the next episode, watching an episode of Aria each day only enhanced the experience. While it may have taken a while to complete it, my experience with Aria could only be described as a journey.
I won’t compare Clannad and Aria in terms of which one was better, but in terms of long lasting impression, Aria wins, and part of that is due to the leisurely pace which I watched it. Watching episodes on a daily basis gave me time after each episode for musings on each episode, which doesn’t really happen when you are watching episode after episode without breaks. Additionally, not having to wait a week between each episode prevented any loss in interest or forgetting. It took longer, but it was an extremely rewarding experience that stayed with me a long time after I completed the show.
Does this mean that one way of watching anime is better than another? Not necessarily, but I do think that personal preferences has an influence in our watching experience.
So is there a way you prefer to watch anime? Do you like watching at night? With company? Do you prefer marathoning a series or watching it slowly? Do you prefer different watching styles for different shows? Or, does it not matter to you when and how you watch your anime?
Share your thoughts in the comment section down below.