The winter season is about to leave and in less than a week the spring season will start. For the people who watch anime on a weekly basis this means a whole load of old is about to be replaced with an even bigger batch of new. The previous season will sink into oblivion while the new and hot series will be discussed frantically online.
I have always tried keeping up with ongoing anime as much as possible. There has never been a particular reason for this behavior other than it feeling good to be up to date, most likely a side-effect of being an organized person in general.
Whenever I have failed to keep up with the episodes there has always been a feeling that could almost be described as guilt. To make matters more complicated, this also meant being shut out from episode discussions which in turn forced me to avoid social media in risk of spoilers.
You could almost say that keeping up with anime was an addiction or at least really bad habit. While it never was a problem in itself – after all, I still had fun watching – it does feel quite unpleasant to realize that you were unconsciously forced into a certain pattern. This is not necessarily restricted to anime seeing as there are many patterns to our lives, yet it helped opening my eyes a little.
These past few weeks my focus has been on video games rather than anime, leading me to be behind on many series except for a select few. As of writing I am over ten episodes behind on Space Dandy, or why not my favorite The Pilot’s Love Song which has over half of the episodes left?
Early on it was difficult to break the bad habit, but as the weeks passed and episodes continued to stack it eventually became easy to simply let go of it. At the moment this bad habit of mine is completely broken and it feels perfectly fine to be behind on anime.
Ironically, the risk of falling back into old habits is near-guaranteed if I want to watch the new animated goodies. On the other hand, it does feel uplifting to now at least be aware of a possible relapse and how to cure it.
Discovering how my consumerism and surroundings affect me is nothing but fascinating.