In the series Koufuku Graffiti (it’s a show about cute girls doing cute cooking), the main theme of the show is that ‘food tastes better when you eat it with ones you love’. This is a short reflection on how I think this applies to anime. While it can be fun to watch by yourself, there’s just something about sharing your viewing experience with others which I think can add to your enjoyment.
When I first started watching anime, I was living with my family, and come holiday time, I used to enjoy sitting down with one of my sisters and watching a show together. I’m fortunate enough to get on really well with my siblings and so it wasn’t a surprise that my interest in watching anime lead to one of my sisters being interested in the same hobby. A particularly memorable moment was watching Haruhi together for the first time. We weren’t aware that the broadcast order of episodes was not chronological, and the baseball episode showed up out of nowhere. While perhaps the statement is meaningless to others, we will still occasionally bring up ‘who is that guy and why are they playing baseball?’ as a way of expressing confusion. It was also reassuring that in fact that I hadn’t missed something by myself owing to the shared experience.
These days, I watch a fair bit of anime with my husband, although we still watch some shows separately too owing to different schedules, or he’ll watch things I don’t or vice-versa. Of the 12 anime I’ve currently got listed as watching (how did that list get so big? This seasonal anime thing certainly has made my list a bit out of control), we’re watching about half at the same time. It’s a great way to share quality time together, and it’s also fun to have immediate feedback on surprising, exciting, or humorous moments in a show. I think it’s also a way to broaden each other’s horizons, as a few of the shows we watch together wouldn’t have been a mutual pick (it’s my fault that he watched gdgd fairies. I’m not sorry).
I guess that this is also one of the perks of having a blog. When I’ve watched a show, or even while I’m watching one, I can share my experiences and opinions and get interested replies. While my blog readers may not immediately be friends, shared interests and experiences are a great way to build a friendship, and so they’re people I can get to know over time. Watching so much seasonal anime is a new experience for me too (in the past I’d normally only watch one or two things as they were airing), and I think that it’s reading about other people’s ideas which has encouraged me to try out so many airing shows since starting my blog.
Watching anime alone is good, but watching it with another person is in my experience a chance to make friends, share experiences, and broaden your horizons, all of which can be great!
Do you think that anime ‘tastes better with ones you love’? Do you have any stories about how shared watching experience helped increase your enjoyment of a series or build a friendship? I’d love to hear about them!