The Crazy Stupid Way I Select Anime to Watch (And Why I’m Content with It)

A recent award question got me rethinking about my anime watching patterns. The question in particular was what shows were I looking forward to watching in Spring 2018. I’ve been asked similar questions, which is not surprising because it’s a common question passed around the anime community. However, my response is almost always ‘Well, the way I select things to watch doesn’t lend me to catching the newest anime as they come out, so I don’t really have any lol’

I’ve explained my, for lack of a better term, “method” of selecting anime a couple of times to some people, but I’ve never really gone in-depth about it, mostly because it’s complicated and makes me look insane…..But I decided I’d share with you this tangled web of nonsense, because I think I actually have a point in here…..Probably not, but let’s see!

There is a method to my madness, I promise. I’ve just gone down a rabbit hole that I, myself, have dug and I can’t get out. If, at any time, you find me to be a nerdy psycho for selecting anime this way……Yes.

Let’s start at the nitty-gritty, which is my anime folders in my bookmarks. I have four different anime folders that arrange anime I’ve either stumbled upon, heard about, read about, randomly saw etc. (sometimes I’ll even scour anime sites and select at least one series by title from each letter of the alphabet.) I bookmark either the streaming page for it or an info page about it. The folders go by episode length. 1-13 eps, 14-26 eps, 27-51 eps and 52+ eps. These are categorized as such because these are the typical lengths shows usually extend out to

Next, I go to the first folder and either select the anime at the top of the list or flick the scroll bar up and down and blindly click on an entry. Then I do the same for the other folders. This becomes my ‘lineup’ so to speak. I will then watch the first episode of each show, probably do an Episode One-derland about each, then, if I like the show, I’ll put it in line for completion (which may or may not be a long line due to laziness and backlogs) or I just drop it. If I really like a show, I’ll bump it to the top of the line and complete it quickly.

Particularly long shows, usually ones in the 52+ folder, get more elbow room for watching since they’re usually just so long that I’d be sidelined for a while if I put too much focus on them at once. For these shows, I’ll watch an episode when I’m in the mood or have some extra time.

Now, currently, I’ve made a massive mess of things in my watch schedule. I have a bunch of stuff backlogged and I keep getting distracted by my other projects (SDCs, Shounen/Shoujo Step-by-Step, Dissecting the Disquels etc.).

To keep myself more organized, I have made up a watch schedule that continuously changes as I complete more shows and need material for my series. For instance, my current schedule now is to watch and review at least one episode of Cardfight!! Vanguard per day (if able), while completing my rewatch of Boogiepop Phantom (Almost done). Then I’ll do at least ten episodes of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch for Shoujo Step-by-Step and then finish Death Parade (Also almost done). And so on and so forth.

All the while, this is peppered with stuff I need to update as I post more blogs. For example, I might throw in some Pokemon, an Episode One-Derland (Cartoons) episode, a western animated movie and some manga.

In essence, the way I watch anime is very sporadic. An organized mess, if you will.

I will admit, this is far from an efficient way to select or complete anime. By all means, I should drop it entirely and adopt something better. I have no clue when I even started doing this, because sometimes I get into weird obsessive modes and make up stuff like this only to forget why I structured it like that in the first place, but, like I said, I’m pretty deep into the rabbit hole I’ve dug for myself. I find the familiarity and wonky structure to work for me on some strange level. Plus, I think this method has more benefits than one might think.

I get to watch and learn about all sorts of anime from the dawn of the medium to today. I get to uncover old lost gems and even old fun garbage that I don’t think I ever would’ve considered otherwise. I also get exposed to a multitude of genres that I might not have ever delved into. I give nearly each and every thing I randomly select a fair shot instead of pigeon-holing myself into a few categories.

I also don’t have to suffer through any drama that might be spawning from a current series, writer, producer, studio etc. Or at least, if I do, I get to avoid the brunt of it.

The biggest sacrifice of this is that, yeah, I typically don’t get caught up on any newer shows unless I really really want to watch them (and even then, I sometimes falter. I’m only now watching Digimon Adventure Tri, for example). So I’ll never be on the front lines of anime news and kick myself in the butt when I finally manage to watch a really great newer show and wish I had watched it sooner.

I also tend to take much longer finishing series than I’d like because so many series so little time.

It’s a trade-off, but I’m oddly content with it.


12 thoughts on “The Crazy Stupid Way I Select Anime to Watch (And Why I’m Content with It)

  1. It is interesting hearing the different methods people use to choose their current watchlist. This sounds similar to what I used to do before I watched seasonal anime. I’d essentially just list everything I knew I could access and then stab the page with my finger and pick two or three titles to watch and once they were done, pick a few more titles. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ah, the ol’ ‘dart board’ method lol

      Yeah, it’s really cool to see the various ways people choose their watch list. One of my friends chooses more or less solely on recommended titles based on previous viewings and suggested titles from friends. You wouldn’t think there’d be so many options on something as simple as choosing a show to watch, but it seems everyone has their own style. 🙂

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  2. it does sound needless complicated, lol. but long shows are hard to complete. that’s why i mostly stick to 12 eps anime, so I can finish them early. I tried EyeSheild21 and I couldn’t finish it, lol.
    Your PTW is pretty fun though. four folders, lol. do you use MAL? Actually I try that too, but a lot of my bookmark ends up expiring, lol.

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    • I use MAL to keep track of my previous viewings and readings, and every now and then I’ll use it to find shows that are similar to ones I’ve really enjoyed. It’s not really a main source of stuff for my watchlist, though.

      Yeah, in hindsight my four folders are the one aspect of relative organization in my little mess. lol

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  3. Hmm, I’m still not sure how I’m going to choose my watchlist for this coming season. (If you’re planning on watching anything I’d be interested to hear it!) And Fyi, I tagged you in my post for the sunshine blogger award.

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    • Thank you so much for the award! 😀 I wasn’t really planning on anything this summer, but looking at the lineup, Vidland Saga and Eren No Shouboutai look pretty interesting. Oh and you bet I’m jonesing for Yami Shibai 7 lol

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  4. I wasn’t aware of that being a method for your reviews. I remember you saying that you had a more gradual process with what you watch and review, but this was a fascinating look into the mind of Fiddletwix for this blog.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it. 🙂

      My selection method has changed a bit since I wrote this. The schedule part is still very much intact. I update it constantly (In fact, I just updated it earlier today) and it’s kept my madness somewhat organized lol.

      In terms of stuff not on the schedule, though, I have basically dropped the folder thing. I now usually gun for completing whole series based on Episode One-Derland results (IE if it’s good I’ll typically watch all of it fairly soon-ish depending on how much time I have) and now that I have (Basic) Hulu and a few accounts on free (legal) streaming outlets (including some that have great classic anime choices) for more organized anime watching, I usually browse, mark some series on there and watch them in order from when they were favorited. I really try to avoid focusing on completing more than one series at a time because I tend to fall behind when I do that, but the driver of my brain car has a habit of changing lanes a lot if that makes sense lol

      I do still have my good ol’ anime folders arranged by episode number and I still blindly pick just for the sake of finding something completely random on rare occasions, but they’re seldom used now.

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      • No problem.

        I hear you right there about the scheduling. That’s something I update as well and have multiple months covered this year so far. I do have to make some more Top 7 lists for 2021 though.

        Gotcha. That makes sense with Episode One-Derland. Nice streaming choices. I’ve been getting into RetroCrush lately which has been such a nostalgia trip as well as seeing things I never saw before. The brain car metaphor makes sense. Haha!

        Very nice! I’m glad that’s been working for you. Somewhat recently, I’ve made folders involving countries I’ve never covered on Iridium Eye per continent. If I watch something from a new country, then I erase the name. This year, I’ve been doing a lot of that as I wanted to be exposed to more cinema from around the world.

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