Most of my RL friends who are into anime don’t like watching running shows. Their reason: running shows are a hassle to keep up, and they prefer to download batch torrents and marathon the shows instead. I could relate, since I started out like that; however, I got burned out from the sheer volume of shows I had marathoned. Watching episodes in bulk is a double-edged sword–you can finish a show in record time, but it taxes a lot from you.
I didn’t want that. I prefer to enjoy anime at my own leisure. Instead of having a marathon, I’d stretch my consumption of a finished show in more than a couple of days–even weeks. Maybe because I’m having my brother watch anime with me more frequently (he sleeps early and doesn’t share my fortitude). Or maybe it’s the type of shows I’m watching (*cough Might Gaine and its crazy episodics cough*).
I started watching weekly shows seriously during 2007. I had dug into MTF and /m/ at that time, and found lots of ongoing anime that were relevant to my interests. Soon my compulsive seeding stopped, and I started to torrent many different shows every day. And I loved the experience. Here I was, talking to other people on the intarwebs, about the latest anime TV shows fron Japan. It’s not that special of a thing, but weekly watching introduced me to a world of intrigue and excitement: Where are my subs, Lunar? Is it time for the next Gurren Lagann size upgrade? Is Kasahara going to cry again this episode? What would be the next inane twist in Code Geass R2? Will Endless Eight finally end this week?
Sure, my anime consumption has slowed down, but masticating slowly is preferable to the indigestion I incur from watching too fast. When a show comes out that which I am genuinely interested in, I’d follow it faithfully, every week. Others, I wait for a batch, and watch at my own pace. Due to the nature of my work, I am unable to marathon anything anymore.
So, how about you? Do you wait for an ongoing show to finish, then marathon it? Or do you prefer to ride the moment?