It doesn’t seem like a lot, but over the last 4 years, 5 days not watching a single episode of anime is the longest time I’ve gone without. It’s been my primary leisure at home (including blogging anime and manga) all this time. However the past week was brutal in terms of schedule and actual work load so I’ve barely been able to respond to comments on posts written last weekend. Now that I’ve some time to myself (not really, because I really should be sleeping – it’s 1:00 AM and I’ve had quite a few drinks) I’m going to break my fast. But with what?
The easiest thing for me to do is to watch one of the latest episodes of the shows I’ve been following this year (Toriko, as well as Aquarion EVOL have had releases this week). But you know what, it’s not as easy a choice. Let me tell you why.
The last time I’ve gone longer than this without anime was around 2006 when I must’ve gone for months at a time. I’d binge some weekends with my then fiancé (now wife) but overall it wasn’t anything like how purposeful I am now. When I broke my anime fasting, I tried a number of shows I hadn’t seen before: Gundam shows, Eureka SeveN, Last Exile, and I ended up not really liking any of them.
I ended up rewatching Ninja Scroll and rediscovering how awesome anime was, which led to me watching stuff I hadn’t seen before like Gunbuster! then eventually Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. What did this tell me? It told me then that it’s actually quite good to start with the familiar, to rewatch things you love, that you haven’t revisited in a long time. In my case, I had not seen Ninja Scroll for over a decade. It reminded me of what I enjoyed – fluid animated violence. And since this was hard to come by given my exposure and resources then, I went with what was even more familiar: giant robots. Then one day I found a way to watch the original SDF Macross.
Something tells me that if I dove into Toriko now I’ll just not really pay attention to it, especially given how it’s the kind of shounen that has a lot of epic stupid in it. As for Aquarion EVOL, the show on my very best of days requires an entire quarry of salt to enjoy, given that it’s you know, Aquarion.
So I think I should go watch something I know I really like, and that I haven’t seen for a long time now. Looking at my anime list, I’ve narrowed down what I want to see:
- Samurai Champloo
- Spirited Away
- Perfect Blue
I don’t have Champloo on hand, I just realize, ditto with Perfect Blue (unless I can produce an operational VHS VCR LOL). Besides, Samurai Champloo is a 26-episode show and I don’t really have that much time for a marathon. So it’s likely to be Spirited Away at this point. By the time I finish watching, maybe, just maybe I’m ready to face this weekend’s smutapocalypse in Nisemonogatari.
How about you guys? After not watching for a period of time do you find yourself diving into new shows? What’s your experience? Do you find yourself questioning what the hell did you ever like about anime in the first place (otaku need not respond)? If you end up watching an old favorite, what’s your go-to show?
How do you break the anime fast?