Having watched a ton of shitty anime is a bad feeling, but having dropped them is even worst. You only win if you didn't start watching a show in the first place, but even then you have a lingering thought of "what if", and feel like you could be missing something.
In a way, all anime watchers are really only pseudo-masochists, compensating for their inability to bare the burden of everyday careerist life. Their life and direction may be depressingly lacklustre, their drive nonexistent, but at least they have the will to continue watching these shitty shows week after week, season after season, right? Or so they tell themselves. And no, I'm not projecting.
>>137689916 I drop anime all the time, but if I finish a series I'm not enjoying it's because >I hear it's good/gets better and I see potential in it >It gets a lot of praise and I want to be 100% sure I hate it before I talk shit about it on /a/ >It's 'required watching' and too relevant to ignore >I've already watched enough episodes that I may as well just finish it >I'm attracted to some of the characters and just want to look at them
I generally watch 40-50 shows a season and only enjoy about 20-30 of them. But if I only picked up shows that sound interesting based on the summary alone it would drop down to 10 or less and I'd miss out on some good shit.
Kind of apropos the OP pic, watched the Disappearance telling myself it would get better and there would be a great reveal showing how the whole lovey-dovey SoL shit was just an epic ruse. Gave up on that by episode 4 or so.
>>137693625 >judging a show on its synopsis Your loss. >>137693736 There's nothing better this season besides the two mentioned above. You can't even list one single show that's objectively better, because it's simply not airing.
I have a pretty high tolerance for bad anime. I don't believe someone can provide fair critique of something without giving something a decent shot.
Princess Tutu would have been an anime that I would have probably dropped if I didn't have this trait. The first arc I found was too similar to Cardcaptor Sakura and it wasn't as good as it had done it.
Thankfully, I kept with it and it probably become one of my favourite animes, even though I'm not too fond of the genre for the most part.
To me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of a medium - be it an anime, movie, TV series, or book - is going into something with very low expectations, expecting it to be crap, and finding out that it completely exceeded your expectations.
I think I prefer these to mediums that are just overall decent.
>>137693964 >If you can't even spare a few hours a day on your hobby you live a very sad life. But if you spend every free waking hour on one single "hobby", I'd say you live a one-sided sad life also. Add in cooking, exercise, etc, and free time becomes sparse. And you're forgetting shitposting and discussion, which can turn a single episode into an hour or more timesink.
>>137694114 It's rare I choose to watch a show that's longer than 12 episodes and it's just as rare I finish a show that's 12 episodes. No matter how good a show is "I'll just watch one episode for now".
Dagashi Kashi is obnoxious, stupid, unfunny, badly directed, etc.
It's a complete waste of my time in every way. Hotaru is infuriating, her stupid dumb crosseyes and obnoxious one-note retard personality when she dominates every scene to scream about candy is unbearable, makes me want to shoot myself
But then you have coconuts, his friends, his dad, and best girl Saya, such likable characters, and I keep watching so they might have a scene or something
...But no, every episode is just
>hey coconuts >hey bro >you want to go see saya? I hear she's...
>HI IT'S HOTARU I WILL NOW BLABBER ON ABOUT A NEW SNACK FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES STRAIGHT AND OVER-DRAMATIZE EVERYTHING I DO IN A WAY THAT HASN'T BEEN REMOTELY FUNNY SINCE EPISODE ONE
Like jesus, they don't even have ecchi anymore after episode 1's shower scene almost
>>137694235 This, if you're anime only pleb then sure 2-3 hours aren't a lot, but if you read VN/Manga/LN/ play JRPGs and other not Japanese related stuff like books, music or movies, it's a ton of wasted time because you don't even enjoy it.
>>137694810 And if other nip media fails you, western stuff is still good. I don't want to waste time on shitty seasonal anime when there's so much out there I could be watching or reading instead. There's having a hobby, and then there's being so militant about fulfilling your 'obligations' to the hobby that you disregard other things you could also enjoy.
I do it because I hate dropping anime. It gives me +1 on MAL, and I can brag about how I forced myself to finish an anime I hated. So I sometimes watch anime that I really don't like. Oh, and I also have other goals as well. For example, I want to watch everything by Kyoani, which was a great motivation for watching Air, and that was something I couldn't drop simply because of that.
>>137696013 2D fills a niche for fantasy appeal in characters, but every time I watch a quality western drama I'm shocked that I spend so much time on anime because I like how the characters look. I go straight back to anime because I want that niche filled, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy things without feeling attraction to the characters.
>>137696436 And yet it managed to keep me going through the whole thing where other anime have just failed. Maybe I just have less time now or something and I don't have patience for things I'm not really REALLY enjoying any more.
>>137693427 >>137693776 I always feel like Cowboy Bebop could have been wrapped up in 12-15 episodes. It just dragged on at too many parts, like those few episodes between Gren's death and the last 3 eps.
>>137689916 There's more to anime than just outright enjoying yourself. You can challenge yourself with stuff that makes you feel uncomfortable, changes your perspective, takes a lot of dissection on your part etc, just like with any art. There are a lot of anime that aren't exactly "enjoyable" but are an experience or experimental or weird as fuck art or difficult to process themes. Whatever. Does that mean they weren't worth watching at all? Of course not.
>if you don't get anything out of it in the end
Quite the opposite. You're probably going to "enjoy yourself" a lot more if you listen to a 3 minute song in a genre you're very comfortable with than if you sat down to a 20 minute experimental jazz piece or something. Which do you think is going to broaden your perspective more, though? I definitely enjoyed fucking Kiniro Mosaic a lot more than I enjoyed Eva, but which one do you think gave me a better appreciation and understanding of the medium?
>>137697795 >There's more to anime than just outright enjoying yourself. You can challenge yourself with stuff that makes you feel uncomfortable, changes your perspective, takes a lot of dissection on your part etc, just like with any art. That only works if you have shit load of free time and barely interested in any other hobby Otherwise, you'll just feel bad because you spend time on a complete shit you struggle to watch while you could have done something you actually like
I enjoy watching bad things on a certain level. I attain enjoyment from dissecting something to understand it, whether the actual product is good or bad. It's just as interesting to be able to say "Scene A was well-put-together because of the way the shot composition interworked with the soundtrack" as it is to say "Scene B was poorly put together because of its inability to clearly communicate the action of the scene".
Plus I think it helps with perspective. To be able to understand why certain elements of a show can make it good, you have to have a reference of what happens when those elements aren't used or improperly used. You can't define what makes a character design good if you have no idea what a bad character design would look like.
>>137698248 It's not that it's not enjoyable, just that it's a lot harder to consume. At the risk of sounding "snobby", shit like Mosaic is just a turn-your-brain-off-and-watch experience. It's a different kind of enjoyable. Whereas Eva or whatever, while enjoyable, takes more effort on your part to fully enjoy, if that makes sense.
>>137697795 >You can challenge yourself with stuff that makes you feel uncomfortable, changes your perspective, takes a lot of dissection on your part etc, just like with any art. I sincerely doubt my perspective on seasonal harem LN adaptations will change any time soon.
>>137697795 >Which do you think is going to broaden your perspective more, though? This is completely irrelevant. I don't watch stuff to "broaden my perspective," I watch it for fun. Challenging yourself is silly.
>>137697212 >Unles you're new to anime, you can easily guess how 90% of anime going to be after watching 1-2 episodes or just looking at the synopsis and poster. I always get the feeling that people who say this have a strict dividing line of stuff they watch and don't watch or something. I just don't see how you could, immediately tell from the synopsis that this generic SoL was going to be a 6/10 and the other was going to be a 4/10 and that you should avoid the second one for not being worth your time.
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