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Reflections on 2016: My Taste Has Changed

I don’t know what I’m looking for when I watch anime. Do I want something with good animation? Do I want something to relax to? Do I want a thrilling story? I don’t know. I don’t have any specific preferences.

Because of that, I can’t really explain my anime taste to anyone. I joke a lot about liking harems and light novel adaptations and whatnot, but when it comes to my absolute favourites, I don’t know how to describe them. Maybe it’s because they don’t fit easily into a single genre, or perhaps it’s because I can’t think of a particular reason for why they’ve captured my heart.

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I’m looking at you, Code Geass…

Despite not being able to describe my tastes, however, I am certain of one thing: my taste has changed over the years.

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J.C. Staff Is Not A Crap Studio

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I-It’s not as if I like J.C. Staff or anything. Baka!

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How To Have A Painless Argument About Anime On The Internet

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This can be done well in theory.

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Update on Summer 2013 Anime + Fall 2013 Season Preview

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There’s a lot of miscellaneous stuff I want to mention about certain anime that I never felt deserved a post of their own, so I decided to write about them all and slap them together in one post. This is going to come off as a bit unstructured compared to my regular posts, but bear with me.

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Anime Backlog Habits: What Makes You Prioritise One Series Over Another?

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First World Problems – but hey, everyone’s experienced this. There is simply too much anime out there for one person, no matter how much of a dedicated fan you might be, to watch. So pretty much every anime fan has a backlog or a to-watch list floating around somewhere, whether it’s in your head or written down.

Here’s an interesting thought to ponder: assuming that everything on your backlog is something you want to watch, what makes you prioritise one series over another?

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How To Watch Anime Correctly: The Sacred Blacksmith

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A couple of weeks ago, I watched this super cool show called The Sacred Blacksmith. Then I looked at its MAL score and at the critic reviews and it appears that the general consensus is that it’s a sack of shit.

In my humble opinion, you’re all doing it wrong. So this post is going to teach you how to watch anime correctly for 45.683934% more effectiveness (numbers are exact, by the way). While my example for this post is The Sacred Blacksmith, you won’t need to have actually watched the anime to understand this. Just mentally swap it out for that show you really like, I dunno, Boku no Pico or something.

Anyway, onto my demonstrative example:

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Is The Anime Blogsphere Too Cynical?

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As a whole, I don’t think the anime blogsphere is too cynical. I do, however, think that it lacks certain perspectives.

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The Best Anime of Spring 2013 According to the Experts

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In this post, Kirino and Kuroneko from OreImo will be dissecting a couple of the latest season’s anime offerings for your reading pleasure. There will also be guest appearances from Kyousuke before he turned into an otaku. You don’t need to have watched OreImo to understand this post because the characters won’t actually be talking about that anime. (But yes, it is the Best Anime in my totally unbiased opinion.)

After reading their opinions on this current season of anime and their most anticipated title for next season, it’s up to your expert opinion to decide: Between me, Kirino, Kuroneko and Kyousuke, who has the shittiest taste in anime?

The answer is in your hands. Vote on the poll in this post!

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Is It Wrong To Make Assumptions About People From Their Tastes?

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I’m going to make a controversial statement here. I don’t think it’s wrong to make assumptions about people from their tastes. I do it all the time.

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Falling in Love with Flawed Anime

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I like Gundam Seed Destiny. Shit taste confirmed?

I’m sure you’ve all done it before: fallen in love with an anime that everyone else you know seems to hate.

So what do you do then? How do you recommend a series that has so many objective flaws? Sometimes, it’s even a little difficult to explain to yourself just why you like something so much.

But hey, love’s an irrational thing. Just as we fall in love with people for all their flaws, so it can be with anime. A genuinely moving, engaging piece of work doesn’t need to lack flaws to be effective at what it is. We’re in it for the experience.

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