Some people have certain rituals or manipulate their environment to create the best experience watching anime. I’m not talking about this at all. I use the same computer for work, play, reading manga, watching anime, and writing blog posts. So the only thing that’s probably peculiar is how interruptable I am. By this I mean I actually expect to be interrupted while doing anything.
An episode of anime can take 48 hours to finish. Something comes up, usually more important. Then I sometimes forget about what I was doing in the first place. Hell, I started watching Tokyo Godfathers 2 years ago and I still haven’t finished it.
Anyway, this is not the kind of idiosyncrasy or eccentricity I’m interested in. Here’s what:
I was conversing with Jaren Lewis or the very interesting girl cartoons blog over twitter where I was advising him on what Gundam show to watch next after completing the original movie trilogy (0079). I was advising that he chronologically complete the shows set in the Universal Century when he responded with:
This struck me as very weird. I mean, as a Gundam fan I can’t imagine someone willingly giving up the opportunity to watch the Universal Century continuity in chronological order. But here we have an anime fan interested in different (meta-)narratives.
He can’t be the only one.
Or, there must be other kinds of oddity out there.
In my case, when marathon-reading manga, I can only focus on one at a time. This shouldn’t be so strange, but right now I’m writing this blog post in a mall café pretty much because I don’t want to read the Golden Boy manga in public (has explicit fanservice and near-nudity of impossibly proportioned women).
I have other manga on hand, like The Music of Marie, and Eden. But I’ve started neither series and I can’t read them while still in the thick of Golden Boy. I read ongoing manga that update regularly or sporadically, but during my initial discovery of them, like in the case of Bakuman, or Team Medical Dragon I couldn’t read anything else until I’ve caught up with the available chapters.
In hindsight this seems very weird mostly with respect to how I’m ok with being interrupted all the time. But enough about me. I want to hear more about other quirks and habits with regards to watching shows and reading manga.
I can’t be the only weirdo out there (besides Jaren).