40 Seasons in 40 Days: Fall 2000

I knew Love Hina could have used more blood and death.

That part I said yesterday about that being the only season where there were no TV series. Turns out I was just a bit off and that I had a whole six month block in this decade where I did not have a TV series covered. Just 2 items today to wrap up the year 2000, though that number is probably pushing it a little.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2001

I think they make these kinds of films in the San Fernando Valley. No wonder they ran out of money.

Back to the malaise era with it’s minimal series production and other gaps in quality for today’s retrospective. Winter and summer have historically been pretty poor periods for number of series produced. Also, for the first and probably only time in this series I do not have a TV series finished here. Just a movie, a special and an OVA today.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2001

Would this completely one-sided affair be of any interest without the scenery?

As I’ve said before, the early part of this decade really should be considered the malaise era. There’s not a whole lot going with new series, and not very much of it is good at all. This season would prove no exception.

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40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2000

Maybe this says more about South Park's staying power than anything.

The spring season is usually when the best series (or just most in recent years) arrive. In 2000, there obviously weren’t that many being released. There were a few good shows in this season, and I think I watched most of them here. Another thing I noticed was that the start dates weren’t front loaded at the beginning of the month and that there was a nice even spread. I guess that’s possible with so little competition out there. Continue reading 40 Seasons in 40 Days: Spring 2000

40 Seasons in 40 Days: Winter 2002

Milfeulle Sakuraba buried in flowers
Galaxy Angel can do both aesthetically pleasing and comedy at the same time.

The 11th part of this retrospective series continues in the early part of the decade. The way things are panning out, I may just start calling the 2000-05 years the malaise era for anime. A couple series here and there is the pattern, and there’s really no consistency in quality. This time I have six different watched, some good, some not.

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Watching Anime With Extreme Prejudice Part 1

I've gone from liking stuff with explosions to thinking Sasameki Koto might be the best show of the season. Evidence of change I guess.
I've gone from liking stuff with explosions to thinking Sasameki Koto might be the best show of the season. Evidence of change I guess.

I didn’t always be like this. I would gladly finish whatever series I had decided to watch, then something changed. I bring this up because MAL (or rather should I say whatever I have put in) says I’m on 199 drops or 32.9% of anything I have started watching.

This raises a variety of questions such as:

  • Do I even like anime?
  • Why don’t I just stick to genres that I know I like?
  • Is there a brutality to my style of watching?

To answer those 3 simple questions; I keep watching it don’t I?, it is hard to stick to certain genres when hardly anything of quality gets made in those anymore and sticking to specific genres is a little narrow-minded in my opinion, and it’s not really brutal since I doubt any of the creators care what this blogger with a microscopic readership thinks.

Instead I think it has something to do with the my own perceived cost of media consumption. Not to get sentimental again, but I remember having to download anime over a dial up connection. So at that point it made sense to me continue watching since I had invested more time than anything in getting just 20 minutes of entertainment. That also led me to buy DVDs back in the expensive days since $30 in the place of 4-6 days worth of effort made sense. On reflection a lot of errors were made there (glances at Love Hina boxset on shelf).

Over time, it has become incredibly easy to just grab pretty much anything in a short amount of time. Within a couple of hours I can decided to download the first episode of Tatakau Shisho to deciding that it isn’t worth my time. It was like anime viewership had changed from experimenting with recipes I was trying to cook myself to just trying new items off a fast food menu. The emotional investment in new series was practically gone. In addition, the explosion in new series at about the same time suddenly introduced a fierce urgency to plow through shows I may not necessarily want to continue. So I started dropping a lot.

That was about five years ago now, so here’s how I did from memory:

In a world of anime where this is good enough to watch...
In a world where this is good enough to finish...

Completed: Kakyuusei 2, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (3 years later), ToHeart ~Remember My Memories~, Final Approach, W~Wish, Moon Phase, School Rumble, Futakoi, Zipang (2 years later), Genshiken (6 months later), Rozen Maiden, Grenadier, Air, Legend of Duo (only to write this)

and this doesn't last beyond 1 episode.
and this doesn't last beyond episode 1.

Dropped: Windy Tales, My-HiME, Beet the Vandal Buster, Kannazuki no Miko, Viewtiful Joe, Uta~Kata, Desert Punk, Fantastic Children, Bleach (after about a year), BECK, Gundam Seed Destiny, Yakitate!! Japan, Gakuen Alice, Major

With the emotional investment removed, I was suddenly dropping a Gundam series which would have been unthinkable at the time (though many would argue I dropped the right one) and I was loading up on shows that mostly were not ever going to be classics. Should I try to get the emotional investment back or was I living a lie from the beginning?