In my last post, where I criticised people for instantly judging a season based on Chartfags amazing charts, I got a comment telling people that they should just watch everything in a given season. Instead of replying in the standard form, I felt I could make a pretty good post out of this. Basically, this is why you wouldn’t watch everything in a given season.
Take two people, Scamp and 5camp. Both have the same taste in anime but 5camp isn’t that much of a nerd and doesn’t have the time to check out every show in a given season. Scamp, on the other hand, does. As a little experiment, let’s check out their approaches to the current season and see how different the anime they’re watching is (ignoring sequels for now).
5camp first heard of the new season when he stumbled across Chartfags amazing chart somewhere in the vast reaches of the internet. He instantly crosses of Chu-Bra and Seikon no Qwasar and crappy fanservice shows but his eye catches Durarara as being potentially quite interesting. A few weeks later he follows some forum links to season previews. While he was originally uninterested in Dance in the Vampire Bund because of the underwear-clad loli in the picture, the previews have caught his interest in the anime. He also decides he’ll give Sora no Woto a shot because it’s a anime original production and Ookami Kakushi because it’s done by that Higurashi guy. On the other hand, Ladies vs Butlers and Omamori Himari get shafted because of the obvious fanservice trailers. Now 5camp drops off the map slightly, exams or something, so he misses the start of the new season until he suddenly finds everyone talking about Durarara. A cursory glance across the internet and he’s rather surprised to find a lot of praise for Baka to Test, which he originally dismissed as looking a bit generic, so he decides to give that a shot too.
By my count, 5camp is now trying out Durarara, Vampire Bund, Sora no Woto, Ookami Kakushi and Baka to Test.
Scamp is ignoring what everyone says and watches everything this season. Ladies vs Butlers, Legend of Koizumi, Cobra the Animation, Chu-Bra, Sora no Woto, Baka to Test to whatever, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Onamori Himari, Durarara, Ookami Kakushi, Hanamaru Kindergarden and Seikon no Quasar.
Now that we’re hitting the third and fourth episodes of the anime this season and the crappier anime have been dropped, let’s do a quick comparison between the two in order of how much they’re enjoying the series.
5camp:Durarara, Baka to Test, Sora no Woto
Scamp:Durarara, Baka to Test, Hanamaru Kindergarden, Sora no Woto, Cobra the Animation.
In a way, what you’re looking at here is what really makes an otaku (according to the last OEG round, they didn’t notice I don’t write for Bokutachi anymore so no worries about using the word otaku). Out of the 7 extra shows that Scamp watched, only two he’s still watching now and Cobra is hardly a world beater. While 5camp has let Hanamaru slip under his radar,he’s still managed to catch the better shows of the season anyway. Not everyone is as obsessed with anime as you. Not everyone is willing to sit through all that crap just to uncover that single gem. Why would they? Surely they have better things to do with their time than sit through anime they’ve already identified as being a pile of shite. Oh sure they might miss out on the occasional Hanamru because they thought it would be pedo bait but that’s a small price to pay for a lot of free time.
Of course, Scamp isn’t quite a true otaku. He isn’t watching these crap anime to the end. Maybe Ookami Kakushi stops being terrible and that gets added to the list of watchable anime from the season. He still had to sit through 12 episodes of Chu-Bra, 12 episode of Ladies vs Butlers and be continuously disappointed by Vampire Bund. But instead of sitting through all those crap for that one show that gets better, he instead decided to use that time to socialise and maybe sleep. In fact, mabye I should call this post ‘what makes a true otaku’ although that’s maybe pushing my luck a bit too far…