You know, my dear readers, the past two seasons, precisely because they have contained a surfeit of good shows, have convinced me that I’m not the sort of person who can benefit by watching ten or more currently airing shows at once. I’m no Angry Jellyfish. My inspiration for writing about anime peters out as it becomes divided over so many shows. Not only that, by my other interests seem to suffer. (Admittedly, it’s likely not anime’s fault, but it can be the scapegoat here.) And so, I have found myself tempted again and again to quit blogging for a while or to abandon watching current series. Of course, if I quit watching currently airing seasons entirely, then who would read my articles? Moreover, how could I properly enjoy other blogs?
The solution lies in cutting back on the number of currently airing shows I’m watching. And so, I have decided to stall all of them save for the following four–four seemed a good number:
- Akame ga Kiru
- Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
- Rail Wars!
That the last three do not contain serious subject matter at all (unless you include Sabagebu’s hunting and airsoft regulations, anyway) works to their benefit. More serious shows often have more complex plotlines, hence they deserve more focus than viewing them on a weekly basis can provide. This might be less of an issue if I kept an anime commonplace book, where I included quotes, episode commentaries, and glosses. My current method is to wait for inspiration to hit while watching the show and then to write enough drafts until I am satisfied with the final product. But, an anime commonplace book does sound like a good idea, doesn’t it? Does anyone else have such a book or take notes after watching episodes?
Akame ga Kiru still remains on the list for a different reason. Having read fifty-two chapters of the manga, latent topics for articles have been rolling around in my head. (Here’s my favorite one of the articles I’ve written concerning that show.) Also, I would not exactly call Akame ga Kiru a show brimming with complexity; though, various circumstances cast doubt on the efficacy or righteousness of Night Raid’s actions, and Esdese herself is one of the most complex and interesting characters I’ve seen in a long time. (On the other hand, some people consider her stupid and uninteresting, but I want nothing to do with those Philistines.) As a matter of fact, I have an article brewing on the past episode’s fights, which annoyed me greatly.
Of course, this shall not prevent me from reading articles on other shows, even if they contain spoilers. Shocking twists and turns are not where my interest lies in a story. I’m happy to go along with the story’s steady revelation, to enjoy the hero’s journey, and to wait for interesting themes to drop from the author’s genius. The nice thing about this attitude is that stories can hold an almost endless interest for one as the reader constantly uncovers new themes. I apply this even to anime, but perhaps I hold the medium in too high of an esteem?