I gotta say this: it’s feels extremely good to be able to sample most new episodes in this new winter anime season. It’s something I haven’t been doing for quite a while. And I said most because I don’t sample second seasons of anime I never watched.
For the past three years or so, I haven’t been spending enough time doing things I enjoy most such as this hobby here. Getting back to this one hobby that serves as stress reduction will always be a positive thing. Believe me, this is not just an excuse to watch more anime!
Sampling new anime episodes regardless of genre, I’ll call this experiment. Experimenting with different genre and not letting short summary of an anime defines a particular title allows me to discover anime I otherwise wouldn’t watch.
Speaking of genre, I noticed my anime list last year revolves around sports and mystery (or detective series to be precise) genre. The easiest explanation to this is because they’re genres I enjoy most and have higher chance of following. Slice of life is kind of a miss or hit thing so I found myself moving away from the genre.
In the midst of this habit of selection, I’ve forgotten the thrills of discovering little gems. I don’t remember what’s it like to watch a fun Japanese high school series. By going through the first episodes this season, this sort of brings back the familiarity I once had with anime.
How so? For example, when I was sampling Musaigen no Phantom World, the first thought that crossed by mind was how I’ve forgotten the prestigious feel of private schools in anime series. Like the one I remembered from Ouran High School Club.
When time permits, I pick one or two anime titles from the winter list and watch. I try not to let preconceived opinion about a series refrains me from discovering interesting titles. By doing so, I found out that a short series called Ojisan to Marshmallow’s first episode was one of the most enjoyable I had so far. So was Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. Plus, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar has such beautiful scenery artwork, I’m falling in love with the series. By the way, the screenshots here are all from that series.
I’m glad I’m running on a slower pace this month in all aspects of my life. This way, I’m able to rediscover the joy of discovering anime. The good ones and the bad ones. The weird ones and the funny ones.
Wanna know what I’m watching this season? Head over to my MAL account! What are you watching this season?