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?