Archive for January 2nd, 2010

Koumei the Strategist.

Despite theoretically having had more free time, life tends to get in the way, as this abundance of copious free time is seen by others as an opportunity for me to get out into the fresh air more. Or something. I'm not begrudging them or anything; it's just a Thing. I am easily amused.

It did surprise me quite a bit when I realized that for the last anime season, I really could only follow a very few shows with any sort of regularity (Kampfer and A Certain Scientific Railgun), while trying to track down several other older shows that I've taken a renewed interest in. I just did not have the time or energy to do much more than that; I can watch the anime, but to blog about it requires me to devote brainpower to the matter at hand.

It's an interesting problem: here is an anime title. We don't know much about it. We can check reference sites like Anime News Network, but the summaries may not tell us enough about what the show is about, especially if it's a new show. The tags can be useful, but "comedy" can mean anything from Excel Saga to Pani Poni Dash to Negima. Just because I am in the mood for the fanservicey laughs of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu doesn't mean I can settle for the black humour of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, or the mood whiplash of Kanamemo.

And summary blurbs often try to avoid spoilers, which, to me, reduces potential interest value. What is considered a spoiler, anyway? Would the primary revelation of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya be considered a spoiler? I've heard arguments either way; revealing it would spoil the surprise, but not revealing it has made people dismiss it as Just Another School Days Comedy.

Additional interest in the franchise or the subject matter is another factor. For example, I ignored Persona Trinity Soul the first time it came out. Now I'm working my way through it, although I have to say that I don't think my initial assessment of it was all that incorrect: if it wasn't for the Persona link, it's not all that good a show.

So now not only do I have to watch the shows I missed in the last season, I also have the shows I missed in the last last season, and any shows I picked up based on new information on whether I'd enjoy it.

Backlog is a harsh mistress.

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