Look at that crazy mix of colours of the girls from Tokyo Mew Mew, ranged mixture. Mixing it up in life and in watching anime is important, which is how I’ve lead writing this discussion. I was inspired from blogger Mage In A Barrel whom you may recognise as the writer for Ani words for crunchy roll. Recently they wrote their last piece for a while on Expanding their anime horizons and mixing it up. Make sure to go check out their post but this sparked to spread the message he was trying to convey to his fellow readers.
It’s only recently for 2017 I decided to get back into the seasonal game due to powerful influences of fellow bloggers and surrounding hype of certain shows during seasonal time. Keeping up with the seasonal stuff got a bit much about a year and a bit ago, that’s why I went on hiatus for it, I can’t handle watching too many shows at once. My limit is about four, with how main stream the seasonal game has become in the last few years, thirty or more shows are flooding out by every pass season.
It’s great to see how the anime industry has involved, reeling in more viewers but what Issac from Mage in Barrel was pleading to people is broaden what anime you watch. There is a vast majority who solely watch seasonal shows, up and down excitement of a new ending then a new one beginning. I only know so many who actually watch other anime’s between seasons, just shows to me of how big simulcast has become.
It’s no secret that I bet we have so much back log anime, that’s been put on the back burner for so long, it keeps piling up. This is the first great benefit of watching other series in between, it’s killing two birds with one stone, if you get my drift. This is something I’ve personally built up overtime, getting into the habit of and have whittled my back log down below 30, use to be over 50 haha. My anime list is my best friend of keeping record of all the back log anime I have put on hold, so when the time comes to wanting to pick up back something. I recommend using a site like my anime list or anime planet for keeping on top of your back log.
Another benefit of watching series in between is breaking up the aspects. Mixing the old with the new, watching series that aren’t current, this is really important. I know if I was just a sole watcher of seasonal series, I’d get bored pretty fast from the newest available, your mindset would become picky, seeing the same common plots, you’ll became stale of seasonal anime. That is how I would end up, fact for anyone which is why stressing across to others, expanding your tastes towards different genres and year of anime’s lets you build up a wider perspective on what there is to offer.
I remember back in March last year, watching Shangri-la from 2008 but was becoming tiresome of the show, Feeling in need of a break was required. Been craving to watch a 90’s series one of my favourite periods of anime, immediately remembered I had gotten the rest of Fushigi Yugi from a fellow youtuber Anime Palooza. Binge watching this series felt so refreshing soon after was able to continue Shangri-la, simply at that time was not in the mood to watch a sci-fi. There is no rule in having to watch something you don’t feel in the mood for, simply change it up and like me you’ll find wanting to continue, what was not gripping you in the first place. If your wondering Shangri-la turned out to be a breathe of fresh air also.
So maybe for this year, make the effort to dwindle down your back log anime, revisit some old favorites from your early anime days. I revisited Escaflowne a dear series to me at least three times last year, I still feel that same happiness and excitement from the first time watching it. Issac again makes an excellent point of only keeping up with the present you are denying yourself the opportunity, to discover something that has already passed you by. Re visiting old favorites can build up a new love and appreciation for what ever series it is from your early anime days. Happened too many times to me, I find myself loving the show more than I did than years ago.
So find your own rhythm that works for you of re- visiting past favorites, discovering something from another era of anime and tie in with the present. But don’t overload yourselves by watching too much, I myself returning to the seasonal scene, I’ll be watching one or older series at the same time. So I hope some of you feel refreshed in a way of reading my words on this discussion.
Please comment below any thoughts you have on this topic 🙂
I’ll see you all in the next post !!