I enjoy solitude immensely. I find it hard to do my writing and research with people around. When it comes to watching anime however, I prefer watching them with others. When I watch by myself I often get bored. I find myself dragging the proress bar forward, even though the scene may be important and not even that boring. I take frequent pauses and find excuses to distract myself. It doesn’t make sense, really. Anime is my hobby and distraction. But when I’m by myself and anime, I lose focus and wanting to do other things instead.
When I’m with others however, I’m always having an AWESOME time. Even when the anime isn’t that good (or just not to my liking),even when it’s a show I’ve seen lots of times, I’m enjoying myself. I ended up watching Project A-Ko twice in as many days, I saw the first 4 episodes of Monster again, I re-watched Gundam MS Igloo 2 as well as the 1st 2 episodes of the 8th MS Team, and I re-watched the 1st 3 glorious episodes of Tenggen Toppa Gurren Lagann. I was among friends, though only Mechafetish and I (hmm, nope, LGA below is otacore) can be considered otaku – there’s a healthy apetite for good anime here.
- Mechafetish: Epic Universal Century Gundam fag who will tirelessly re-watch anime just to share the experience with others. I wouldn’t be the otaku that I am without him making me watch so many shows (Monster, all the Gundam I ever watched, Macross Frontier, Gunbuster 1 & 2, Tenggen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Code Geass… there’s more, and those are just shows I ended up liking). Works in finance and business development for the national casino.
- Princess of Tennis: we met her on the city courts and she has a good one-handed backhand to go with an MA Psychology. I don’t know what her Ph.D. studies are but she’ll be getting one in Gundam along the way. Teaches at University.
- Legendary Girl A: She is much like how that sounds. Shoujo fan with an omniverous apetite for awesomeness. If you’re watching something funny, it gets a red paint job and gets 3x more funny just because she’s there with you enjoying herself like no one else can. Works in banking and finance, friend of the Waifu from way back in Uni.
- The Waifu: Short-haired loliish dojikko tsundere shoujo fan that can tolerate some mecha anime in dere-dere mode. I watch most anime with her. Helps build my Gunpla. Has a great collection of Lelouch figurines. Corporate attorney for the national casino, as well as for the Judge Advocate General in the Armed Forces. Yes, The Waifu is a Misa-Class ojou-sama with the rank of Captain (and she’s older than I am, lol). Shes’ the single effective justification for the Bishonenization of mecha anime: I won’t be able to watch any if there are no Bishies to keep her interested. Do I win at life?
Including me, there are five of us (2 gentle/m/en, 3 meganneko ladies) who more or less who can regularly watch shows together (though never all of us at the same time, at least not yet). AVERAGE AGE of group: 30.2 (with Mechafetish being the shouta).
I think that there are some anime that I’ll never be able to complete if watching by myself. Mechafetish and I started watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes last Saturday and I’m hooked. But I realize I need to get The Waifu on board because being such a long series I can’t count on always having M-fet around to watch it with. Since The Waifu actually likes Tytania, I think I have a chance.
Anime for me is a social activity. It really is best enjoyed when watching with other fans. I end up watching a lot of the first few episodes of the great titles because we keep on introducing them to our friends. And the wonderful thing is how much I enjoy them differently depending on who I’m watching them with.
We all go out to eat and have awesome conversations about the shows, which leads to finding about new shows or shows I may have overlooked. Now I realize that I want these conversations to continue, and that my friends won’t always be available. So I reach out through blogging. So now I want to know about other people. Who do you watch anime with? How does watching with them impact your experience of the show?