Saturday, July 30, 2011

Anime: It's All About Length

I simply do not have the time to watch all the anime that I want to.  I actually don't have the time to do a lot of the things I want to do!  I know I'm not the only one in that boat.  That damn growing up gets in the way of so much fun!  It's hard to relax and do what you want when you're worrying about bills and day-to-day chores.  You really learn to appreciate that little free time you get!

That means watching anime is a big commitment for me.  I know watching anime is going to be a real time sink, but since I enjoy the features so much, I know that it will be time well spent.  If I can sit back and relax, smile and enjoy a great story, then there's not going to be any regrets.  The only problem comes in with deciding what series I am going to watch.

Sometimes I know that I have less time than usual, which usually leads me to watching an anime movie.  I know that that feature will be wrapped up in a couple hours, and I won't have anywhere to go there.  It's nice to know you're going to start and finish an entire feature in a whole night!  Of course, sometimes your anime cravings require a bit more content though.

I'm open to pretty much any series, but there are a few that are just too long.  I love Detective Conan and Lupin the 3rd, but those series' are just so long that I can't willingly dedicate the time or money to checking them out.  The same thing goes for Bleach and Naruto.  Great shows, but they are just so many episodes deep that it's very hard to jump in.

How do you approach anime series?  Is it anything goes, or do you like to keep your viewings short and sweet?


  1. Well to me, the movies are harder to watch than the series. Because I have to set an hour and a half or however long of my time to watch it. Regular series are easier since all I have to dedicate is 25 minutes or so.

  2. I used to think that the only series worth watching had to at least be 26+ episodes long, but I later realized that the ones I enjoy the most are mainly less than 20. I do agree with Bleach and the like being too long to just dive in and enjoy.

  3. I usually like to set my limit at individual seasons of less than 30 and no more than two seasons...there have been a few times ive broken that rule (like right now I'm watching Monster) but long anime is just so much of a commitment that i find it hard to justify. Its just takes so much time that, if it ends up disappointing, i will have wasted it all.

    I actually dont see many anime films...not because i dont like them but i like the way anime series carry themselves. I have seen some movies tied to series but i view those more as a new season (like Eden of the East's two movies were essentially season 2).

  4. I'm a fan of the short 12 episode seasons.

    I tend to watch at least 2-3 episodes a night.

  5. I absolutely love detective conan. The only anime I watch. I caught myself up on the series over the course of two years. Although there are so many episodes that aren't even canon; that the episodes that are part of the story is probably minimal. I think I even have a list somehwere. I could dig it up if you are interested RMC.