Fiction is a stupid waste of human life, but at least some fiction – like Mushishi – addresses my feelings of alienation. Life would be better if I had high-quality philosophical thoughts and then acted on them, but instead I watch anime, generate low-quality philosophical thoughts from the anime – and then, usually – I fail to act on the thoughts!
2014 must have been a spiritually empty year for me, because instead of making meaningful human relationships, I tried to watch more than 18 shows. The major shows were:
hitsugi no chaika – avenging battle
Denki gai no Honya San
inou battle wa nichijou-kei no naka de
danna ga nani wo itteiru ka wakaranai ken
ore twintail ni narimasu
shirobako season 1
parasyte season 1
amagi brilliant park
madan no ou to vanadis
shingeki no bahamut -genesis
daitoshokan no hitsujikai
That’s not even counting the shows I dropped, or the retro stuff, like A. D. Police, or the non-Japanese stuff, like Archer. Was I seriously wasting six hours per week on these shows?
This poorly-documented foray into massive anime consumption did not work out well. Most of the time I was burned out on various shows and I would put off watching them while binge-watching some other show.
What have I learned? I definitely like high-concept fiction (e.g. Psycho-PASS) but I’m willing to settle for well-produced epics without much depth (e.g. Shingeki no Bahamut).
Some shows (e.g. Parasyte, Garo) haven’t completed, so it will be interesting to see whether their stories turn out to justify their screentimes.
However, a lot of shows are created solely to create excitement in viewers, and that requires a considerable amount of attention and regularity. Binge-watching trashes that momentum. If I only watched a few shows, but watched them as regularly as I watched
danna ga nani wo itteiru ka wakaranai ken, maybe I would have experienced those shows as the creators intended them.