No doubt this is an otaku-world problem but I must get this off my chest. I’m running out of anime to watch- at least that’s how I feel sometimes. Now I’m sure that I’ve just pissed off the majority of my friends because they have given me so many recommendations that I have left untouched/finished but I do have a reason that may or may not annoy you even more. Whilst it is very much impossible for me to “run out” of anime, there are moments where I feel like just finished with anime, like I’ve completed my mission and defeated the last boss of a game. It feels like all the other shows are just side missions, a discretional idea that just comes across as redundant to accept. And I know that this feeling is narrow minded in that I am missing out on the prospect of a life changing experience but I can’t help what I feel. It is, in fact, a phase that does pass, however it’s a phase that can only be broken by a strong jumpstart. This jump start, in most cases, needs to be by an engaging first episode to hook me in and keep me watching so that the marathon begins and doesn’t stop – no matter if the quality of the show drops after the first episode. A very good example would be Kotoura-san (if I marathoned it rather than watching it whilst airing it and then committed myself to reviewing it weekly.) Kotoura san had an extremely strong start that, for the first time, pushed me to tears on the first episode. If I was going through the aforementioned phase, it would no doubt be broken by Kotoura-San even if the rest of the show was average.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s just me that goes through this, is it? Or am I just a minority? Honestly there are times where I look at my backlog that includes my favourite anime of all time: Katekyo hitman Reborn, Code Geass and Golden Time to name a few and I just feel like I could be content with having just watched those. But then again who knows? There may be an anime that surpasses the likes of all three of them.