What makes an anime worth watching?
Every season there are plenty of new anime to choose from. There is usually something for everyone’s preferences. But narrowing down a list from what is out there is hard. It’s an even bigger decision when you are looking at the anime of the past as well. Removing the anime that isn’t worth watching is fairly essential, unless you are happy with anything. In which case this post isn’t for you. You keep doing you. For those who want to spend their time engaging with anime on a story development, character development, or world development angle there is a lot to consider.
If you read the description of the anime there is generally limited information there to make a decision. It might give you enough of an idea to know up front if something isn’t for you. If the description seems out of this world, the story is probably too complicated to be compelling. Not that complex elements should be a turn off, but a good story will take its time getting you introduced into the rules of that world. There is only so much the mind can digest before immersion is broken. Remember when you can no longer suspend disbelief you might as well be drunk to enjoy it.
Guess what? It’s okay to drop an anime after a few minutes if it’s clearly not for you.
Fortunately you have the help of the internet to see if something is loved or not. If the description can’t help you decide, then you can google something to see if it’s a good fit for you. There are plenty of blogs and media outlets writing about what you want to watch. The trick is to find your spirit animal in terms of a writer who resonates with your general ideas and beliefs about what is good to watch. I am not saying you need to resonate 100% of the time, but the suggestions need to make sense often enough. A good writer can be your guide through deep waters.
Friends can also be a good source of deciding what to watch. They will have their favorite things that they want to watch, and you both are friends for a reason. Chances are high that you might be into what they are into. Again your interests don’t need to align always. Sometimes there are things that friends love that you may not. There are always differences in preference no matter how close of friends you may be. This doesn’t mean one friend is right and the other is wrong. It’s just a matter of what you enjoy. It’s okay to enjoy your own thing.
At the end of the day if all else fails trust your intuition. You are going to be right more often than you are wrong. And if you are wrong it’s okay to have a good laugh and move on. There is no rule that says you have to complete a bad series. You don’t have to watch all of a series to completely understand it. Sometimes like a bad book you just need to put it down and move onto the next thing. Never spend more time than necessary on something that doesn’t make sense for you to keep watching. When you know you know. Move on and keep enjoying yourself.
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