Quitting anime (not)

For the first time ever since 2009, when I got into the anime fandom, I spent the past two months not watching anime.  And now I’m back.

I’ve learned a lot about the sometimes scary, hardly understood phenomenon of Fandom Quitting Syndrome, or at least about how it could apply to me. Blogs die, usernames drop out from forums, faces change at conventions,  and as long as we are still here, we can only speculate about whether we will eventually also get bored with anime, whether it’s a natural part of growing older, and whether there is an easy trick to trick our brain into avoiding it.

Yet, unlike most others, I got a second chance to come back and describe what happened.

You see, back in January, I skipped an episode of Psycho-Pass. It was exam time at school, and I simply didn’t have the time to watch it for a whole week. But I intended to continue it later, so on that week, I avoided most episodic blogs as protection from spoilers. There was only one little flaw in my plan: As my blog reading material drastically dropped, I had less and less reason to keep checking my RSS feed. And I usually use my RSS feed to reind me when there is a new episode.  I think you see where this is going. Like a snowball groving ito an avalanche, or fluctuations in how a few cars are breaking causing a traffic jam, the effects of skipping a few traditions grew day by day.

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Fall Anime List and random comments

I haven’t been posting a lot lately. I do have various themes to write about, actually I’m collecting them on a sticky note, it’s just that I haven’t actually been watching a lot of anime lately, so I first wanted to enrich the blog with some direct anime discussion, based  on my recent experienced, before even more rants about fandoms and phrases and opinions in general.

It’s not that I’m no longer interested in anime, but in the past months, it had to share my time with my rediscovered enjoyment of western media. Specifically, I just got into Paradox Interactive’s grand strategy franchise (those things are ridiculously deep), and also started to watch Stargate SG-1 from the beginning. I’m learning to appreciate anime’s brevity from a whole new angle. SG-1 alone has twice as many episodes as Legend of the Galactic Heroes, each of which are twice as long. It’s not even just the filler episodes, but the whole directing. 30 second  scenery shots, ten seconds of dialogue pauses, even the OP is slow! And this is supposed to be American TV’s idea of explodey action!   If an anime would have this many atmospheric scenes, it would be called an atmospheric ~healing~ anime by half of the fandom, and ~boring~ by the other.  By the way, I like it, it’s just interesting to be reminded of how if we look at this the other way around, even the very basic elements of anime, that we take for granted, like the pacing, might be inherently strange for anyone else.

Anyways, welcome to September, the end and beginning of the eternal cycle. Soon one season ends, another one begins, so here we are, vocalizing our disappointments and pleasant surprises of this season, and our hopes and wishes for the upcoming one. As usual, I’m only listing that I have a reasonable chance of checking out, in descending order of expectations actually, after finishing the list, I just realized that I can barely find anything that I’m truly hyped for, and very few that I truly expect to be crap but still checking out, so no, they are in no meaningful order:

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Summer season preview and thoughts

I’m usually not one to cynically comment on every season how “this will be a perfect time to focus on my backlog”, but truth to be told, the upcoming season really is the perfect time for that. Not because it would be so ridiculously boring, (in fact it’s not even the worst season in recent memory), but because the current spring season is so ridiculously good. If you only follow 4-5 series in a season, then you are better off with picking only the 1-2 best from the next one, and supporting it with the remaining great series of this season, than with any top 5 that the next ones could throw at us.

Even if you are watching 10 series like me, there are still some more that are worth of watching. I’m still backlogging Lupin III,

But enough gushing about this season, and let’s look into the next one. After all,  it still can have some pleasant surprises:

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Springtime for retro

And idol groups! At least these are the two main trends that seem to dominate the upcoming spring season, other than the amusing coincidence of having two zombie harem comedies at the same time.

Now let’s summarize what I’m expecting from them, in decreasing order of expectations. I won’t describe everything that is airing, only the ones that I have some sort of opinion about. (either planning on watching it, or having a reason for not watching it other than being ignorant about the genre).   The remaining ones will be listed at the bottom.

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