My anime-watching habits have changed ever since getting my second job. Of course, this is a given since I will be working during the day instead of blazing through a series, but I’ve noticed deeper changes to how I watch anime.
First, I’ve reverted to my pre-fansub watching habits. Back then, local TV stations aired anime daily, and most of them were really long shows like Lupin III, DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc. I’m not the greatest fan of these shows, but they were pretty fun to follow, and I ended up watching episodes whenever I can (read: when I wasn’t doing my homework, ohohoho). However, I couldn’t help missing a good number of episodes because of various reasons. In that case, I’d just shrug, and ask my classmates about how Lupin managed to pull off yesterday’s heist. This is where filler is awesome–they allow you to cut some slack and enjoy anime as an occasional endeavor, as opposed to tightly-written shows that absolutely cannot miss a single episode.
I watch anime whenever I can. I don’t particularly feel obligated to watch anything, and so I depend on my mood to guide me. If I feel mecha-deprived, I’ll watch a good scene from a random mech show sitting in my hard drive. Stuff like that. I’ve cut back on a lot of airing shows I’m watching. Mostly it’s K-On, Eden of the East, and Shin Mazinger which are the shows I constantly keep tabs on, while shows that are fantastic yet behind in subs become lower priority (Souten Kouro, Guin Saga). There are also anime that I sneak into the top of my to-watch list for certain reasons (like Simoun, which I finished last week), but they are exceptions. For old shows, I’m watching Aria and Might Gaine every weekdays, though “every” is more of a guideline than an obligation. Aria is helpful at the times when I go home really tired, which has more to do about the looooooong commute than anything else. Might Gaine is particularly fun, but it isn’t as compelling as GaoGaiGar, so I’m okay with laughing at each ridiculous filler episode per day.
If I’m too tired, I won’t watch. If I’m occupied with my PSP, I won’t watch. There’s no sinking feeling of missing a big part of my life if I don’t get to watch these shows. As opposed to a few months ago, when I was unemployed (I left my 1st job around January), I’d kick myself for missing a day in downloading the latest Toradora sub or whatever. Back then, I was dead set on maximizing my free time for anime (until I find a job). Well, not anymore.
I think it’s because of my new job. I like my current job a lot, and I’m motivated to wake up at 5:30 AM in order to arrive early at work. Since I work in a bank, the building is cleaner, the people are nicer (they aren’t nerdy antisocial programmers), and the elevators are fast (my previous job had really shitty elevators). Sure, you’ll see me occasionally reading MTF or ANN at work, but most of the time I’m in a programming trance of sorts, where time passes doubly fast.
My current lifestyle only allows me about 3 episodes of anime a day, from Monday to Friday. Any more and I’ll have to sleep at around 12 midnight, which is bad–I’m trying hard to sleep around 11 PM and my PSP just gets in the way (curse you, Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce). Add the fact that I’m reading anime blogs, forums and books, and you have a Schneider who’s more stressed out with allocating his free time to maintain a semblance of a life than with his work. Oh, and there’s this blog, too! Urk.
What’s more, I’m starting to write fiction again. One might ask why I didn’t start earlier, when I was unemployed, but I just can’t write in a stress-free environment. With the limited time at my disposal, writing becomes exciting for me, and the words come quick (that doesn’t mean I don’t have to revise, though). I’m still no good, so don’t expect me to post my stuff here.
This doesn’t mean I’m folding up or anything. I just need to vent out steam. Really.