12 Days of Anime: Day 1 – Seasonal Viewing

Welcome to my 12 days of anime! This is where anime bloggers around the world talk about 12 moments related to anime which stood out to them during this year. They don’t have to strictly be about shows which are new, just things that happened to you during the year related to anime. Ideally the posts are going up from the 14th to the 25th of December, but if someone’s schedule is a bit different to that, that’s also fine. I’m planning to have a mixture of scenes and anecdotes, and of some positive and less positive moments. I know some people theme these but my plan is a total mixed bag! Onto my first moment.


I’ve got this seasonal thing down. Maybe.

As I’ve started a blog, I’ve become a bit more serious about watching some shows as they air to keep up with the cool kids participate in the blogging community. In the past, I’ve been pretty content to let a series finish airing before I start watching it because that way I can see it at my own pace, and may only watch one or two things as they air (or start watching them as they air, lose all steam, and come back to them later… Dagashi Kashi, I’m coming back to you one day I promise). It’s very different picking shows as they air. This season, I’ve watched some things based on their first few episodes and overall reputation which I probably wouldn’t have if I’d known what they would be like as they finished. At the same time, it’s also been very interesting to share thoughts with a large group of people who are watching the shows at the same time, and even vicariously ‘watch’ a few shows through people who share episodic thoughts. I’ve also discovered that my natural taste is better than picking up shows because the community is talking about them. Of the shows I’d selected on my own, I’ve really liked them all, of the ones which I checked out mainly because of community interest, I’ve not found them as good. I’m quite happy sitting in my corner watching comedy shorts and cute girls doing cute things. Still, there’s an undeniable pleasure in being able to share excitement and opinions with people around you. I definitely plan to keep rolling the dice and watching more airing shows owing to the enjoyment of interacting with others.