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Twelve Days of Anime: Day I – Reflections and the Birth of an Anime Fan

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vlcsnap-2012-12-14-17h22m09s144I love the winter: the dark nights, the crunch of snow, the icy chill. It’s a season that encompasses our reflections on the old year and our hopes for the new one. I’ve only been watching anime for two years now, but I feel like it’s been part of my life for much longer than that. It’s even stranger to think that I only just started following current anime at the beginning of this year.

Before then, I had been slowly and steadily working my way through a long back list of everything I had missed in the prior decade. I watched classic anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop and Now and Then, Here and There. And I watched recent hits such as Mawaru Penguindrum, Houro Musuko and Madoka Magica. Whether or not you personally enjoyed them, you cannot deny that these are all generally respected and praised by the anime community. With that in mind, I entered into each of these anime with understandably high hopes for them, and that affected what I thought about them for better or worse.

vlcsnap-2012-12-14-18h24m47s136Now I find myself in uncharted waters. The anisphere is beginning to predict the best and worst shows of the season, but they are just that, predictions. They We have been wrong before, and they we will be wrong again. It is now my sole responsibility to pick and choose the most promising anime of the season. I’ll have help along the way for sure, but the final decision lies with me and me alone. I still regret not watching Hyouka and Sengoku Collection during the summer so to make up for that I picked up a huge number of shows this season. It doesn’t seem to have paid off nearly as well as I had hoped though because I ended up watching mediocre shows like Btooom! and Code:Breaker. It’s a risky gamble between time and enjoyment, and I’ve lost for the first two seasons I’ve ever followed.

But there is a silver lining to this dark cloud, and that is the feeling of adventure in each new season. In the absence of knowledge and certainty, we have potential. Any of these new shows could be that hidden gem we’ve been waiting for. Maybe somewhere beneath that superficial synopsis there is something wonderful and intriguing that will keep the anisphere talking for months. Despite what the pessimists say, it has happened before, and it will happen again.

vlcsnap-2012-12-14-17h56m58s44I might be a rookie in the anisphere, but I’d like to think that I’ve already left my mark on some of your blogs. A few of you have definitely left your mark on me. I look forward to reading your future thoughts, and I hope you all participate in the Twelve Day’s of Anime. I think it does us all some good to just sit back, relax, and chat about whatever comes to mind. And while you’re at it, have a wonderful holiday!

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11 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Anime: Day I – Reflections and the Birth of an Anime Fan

  1. I love all the pictures of Rin! Which episode(s) of Usagi Drop was this? I can’t seem to remember this off the top of my head…

    I’m actually also following a record number of shows this season (although Btoom! and Code:Breaker aren’t among them) – there seems to be a lot going on. Winter doesn’t seem nearly as huge except for a couple sequels, but of course I might be totally wrong.

    Happy holidays to you too 🙂

    • Those pictures are from the second five minute OVA they released. That show remains was one of the most heartwarming things I have ever laid my eyes upon.

      There hasn’t been anything amazing this season, but I’m still holding out for Shin Sekai Yori. It’s had its high and low points, but I really think it has the potential to be something special.

      • Oh, I can agree to that! It’s an extremely skewed and romanticized version of childhood, but it was still absolutely heartwarming. Every episode made me wallow in nostalgia about being a kid and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling that would stay with me for most of the week until the next episode came out :3 I even managed to show it to my mom (the first anime she’d seen) and she finished the entire series! (I’m also really glad they didn’t animate the second half of the manga – stuff got weird)

        Yea, Shinsekai’s be teasing me because it’s been all over the map. If A-1 can get their act together, I can see great things though. Speaking of this season, have you checked out Sakurasou? It came across as a standard romcom at first, and then totally blindsided me – I’m a huge fan now.

        • I was pleasantly surprised by Sakurasou, but I haven’t been able to watch it lately. The fansub group I was watching had their IRC bot go down, and I can’t access torrents on my campus so I kind of lost track of it after that. Hopefully I’ll pick it back up and play catch up over winter break. From what I saw though it was definitely one of the better shows this season. I’m just worried that they won’t be able to keep it up for the whole 25 episode run.

          • “I’m just worried that they won’t be able to keep it up for the whole 25 episode run.”
            Same. I’m hoping this doesn’t turn into a “Hanusaku Iroha”, which starts out strong and then just flounders around for a good dozen eps before wrapping up.

        • I got curious. I looked up what happened at the end of Usagi Drop. Now I’ll never look at that show in the same way again. I don’t even know what to think anymore.

          You son of a bitch, why would you do this to me?

          I just… I don’t know.

  2. Just happened to stumble on this blog on how to approach the Twelve Days theme I’ve been seeing all around the aniblogsphere. What coincidence we happen to have the same theme design for both of our sites! Great post, especially adorable Rin!

    • Thanks for reading. This is my first Twelve Days of Anime as both a blogger and a reader. I was expecting things to become a bit fast-paced, but I never thought it would get this hectic. Keeping up with my RSS reader is becoming more work than actually writing posts. Even then, some bloggers are still following their normal schedules on top of all these additional posts.

  3. I started watching anime the pattern I had now a bit late too. Back then I watched shows like Dragon Ball and stuffs on the TV but only managed to watch bits and pieces. Then I borrowed DVDs like Shaman King and Full Metal Alchemist. Years and years after that, and a little after I got my internet, I started browsing youtube and some other video streaming sites for watching anime. At that time, I’m still not knowledgeable about anime and just watched what people were watching, or whatever is shown on TV, some fails my expectations, some didn’t. I started following charts at around late 2009, with charts I just watched as much as possible, I guess I don’t really have a specific way to choose what I want to watch, though I do check what had been having the most attention from other fellow bloggers and tweeters.

    I think choosing a good anime to watch is still a difficult thing to do even now, even if everyone says it’s good, you might had different opinions about it and didn’t like it, likewise with the other way around, you might like this anime while the rest wouldn’t like it. The only thing is to keep watching and keep your fingers crossed that it wouldn’t waste your time I guess.

    • I cannot even begin to imagine the horrors of liking anime before having reliable internet. I’ve been so pampered by the variety and consistency online that sometimes I take it for granted, I guess.

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