For a long time, I felt like Haikyuu!! was grossly overhyped. But when Kuroko no Basket came to an end, I picked up the volleyball anime in an attempt to fill the void. It didn’t work. In fact, I was so turned off by the idea of Haikyuu!!, that it stayed on-hold on my list for over a year before I picked it back up. I even thought of dropping it at points. But man, am I glad I didn’t.
It had been a while since I watched anime; lifestyle changes and coursework deadlines greatly contributed to that. But when I found myself in Asia, tired from spending long days in the heat and just wanted to unwind for a bit, there was little else to do. I searched the net for an easy-going, episodic anime to watch occasionally as I travelled the world. Something I could put on for 20 minutes before going out to dinner.
I watched Another during the early hours when I couldn’t sleep. Perfect time for a horror, really. And honestly, I found it surprisingly satisfying to watch. It’s been a long time since I marathoned an anime, especially in a single night.
I played Phoenix Wright just last year, and I really enjoyed it. When I saw the anime coming out I was in disbelief: these games are old. Nevertheless, it excited me. Finally a show where I’m actually familiar with the source material.
I am a big fan of Digimon. In fact, this franchise is the reason I write about anime in the first place. It all started a long time ago, in a small hut far away in the Norwegian mountains, where a girl of only fourteen had nothing but her laptop to keep her company. Ok, perhaps that was a bit of a dramatisation, but my god, was I obsessed with Digimon back then. I would spend hours searching the web for fan art, I knew the names of every single character, human and digimon, in English and Japanese, and who knows how much time went to reading the fanfiction. So when I heard about Digimon Adventure tri, I was freaking hyped.
By the time I managed to finish Guilty Crown, I couldn’t fathom what it was actually about.
I got interested in the anime through a few friends. Mostly they hated it, but there was one person who praised it above anything else, and I had to know why; curiosity got the best of me. There must be something worthy about a show that enforces such strong feelings in people, whether they are positive or negative. And when I learned who was behind this title, my interest peaked.
Obviously I have been, ahem, very busy for the past few months. I haven’t even been watching anime save for a couple of episodes of Haikyuu when I’ve been really bored.
My area of interest has shifted greatly in a short amount of time. Of course, I’m not saying I don’t like anime anymore. What has happened is with everything going on in university, I’ve simply prioritised
playing video games other important tasks and activities. Unfortunately I’ve been made to watch a lot of western shows due to my screenwriting class, as well having found interest in 80s and 90s films. And I’ve got a part-time job so anime and manga has ended up at the bottom of my to-do list.
However, fret not, my friends. I will get back to anime and I am in the process of persuading my partner into watching some FMA with me. I’ve still got my Crunchyroll account and a long list of things I want to watch.
For the time being though, I will not be following any airing anime, save for Digimon Tri, as keeping up with all the seasons is simply too time-consuming next to my studies. I’m focusing on my backlog for the next few months, searching for that new genre to get me hooked (I’m getting tired of sports anime..).
In other news I will be travelling for a bit in 2016 and Tokyo is on my itinerary! Head over to my personal blog to read about that.