I’m No Anime Connoisseur: I’m An Anime Glutton

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Are you an anime glutton?

I’ve always described myself as a consumer of anime but lately I’ve been looking at my diet in general and somehow my brain decided it was a good time to take stock of my anime diet… The connection made sense to me at the time but to be perfectly frank it is probably a little tenuous.

Now when it comes to my real diet, I’ve always been a major chocolate fiend. What makes chocolate ice-cream better?

A) Chocolate chips

B) Chocolate topping

C) Chocolate brownie that’s been cut up

D) Mint Slice biscuits

E) All of the above

Let me assure you, my answer would definitely always be E.

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Now, I don’t necessarily have a weight problem and my health issues are not related to my weight or diet (as some of the first things they ruled out were diet related illnesses), but I decided 2020 was the year I was going to get serious about looking after myself just a little bit better as I knew I’d be dealing with work stress and if I didn’t make an effort I’d probably end up skipping meals and just slamming down a chocolate bar to keep me going when I got busy. A month into the year and I’m giving myself a gold star (and I’m going to eat a chocolate brownie with choc-chips just because I can).



However, let’s bring this back to anime (you know, the whole point of the blog which is not my tired ramblings about things that don’t matter to anyone else). When I turned a reflective eye onto my anime viewing habits I had to draw the conclusion that I’m no anime connoisseur. Nor am I particularly concerned by that particular realisation.

Being an anime glutton has its perks.

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Now this is working off of the definition of ‘connoisseur’ as being ‘an expert judge in matters of taste’. I think it would be hard for anyone who enjoyed watching an anime like King’s Game or whole-heartedly and un-ironically loves the original Sailor Moon series to claim that they are an expert judge of things. More importantly, I’m kind of firmly of the opinion that taste is an incredibly unique sense.

Honestly I’m mystified by people who like pineapple and tell me it is sweet. I just wonder what planet their pineapples are coming from because the ones I’ve tried over the years are sour, pulpy, and a pain in the neck to cut up in the first place (totally not worth the effort).

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Like, why?

Besides, when it comes to things being entertaining, sometimes what amuses, relaxes, or is just fun is pretty tasteless when looked at objectively and it only kind of works in the context of the actual product being consumed. Kind of like tofu really… That tastes awesome when cooked into something but by itself…

So yes, I would have to draw the conclusion that I am an anime glutton. I watch in excess (at least according any guidelines around how much screen time a person should have), I devour as quickly as I can and then with very little time to savour the previous flavour I dive into the next dish hoping for an exquisite treat but consuming it anyway even if what I end up with is a viewing experience akin to eating raw kale. That said, I most definitely draw the line at watching an anime that feels like eating pineapple.

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But whether you are the picky anime viewer, the light eater, the binger, the glutton, or a connoisseur, the question you’d have to ask yourself is ‘are you having fun?’. And if you’re anime consumption habits are giving you endless joy, then by all means continue to do your anime, your way.

What does come up a lot from anime reviewers though is a sense that they are falling out of love with anime. That they find each season increasingly devoid of inspiration. That nothing really calls to them anymore. That they are just tired and need a break from anime.

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When your entertainment leaves you feeling drained and like you are losing your passion for a medium you love, it is definitely time to take stock of your viewing habits and whether they are causing part of the problem. I may be in love with chocolate but I don’t eat it for every meal (okay, I don’t usually eat it for every meal).

If you are finding yourself losing your love of anime, it might be time to take stock and determine what kind of consumer are you?


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Karandi James


Feature: Prepare to Binge

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Not a serious topic this week as we move into the Holiday weekend but I felt that given a lot of us will probably indulge in a bit of a binge over the holidays (you know, those of us who are avoiding spending actual time with people) might need a bit of a survival guide to a decent binge session (and I’d love for people to share their bingeing tips in the comments below).

Now, I mentioned this wasn’t serious as in honesty I will spend the various important days with family and close friends, but all those other days in between Christmas and New Years… well I can definitely see a few marathon viewing sessions calling me.

Before I get into preparation and tips for a good binge (and I take no responsibility if you take any of those tips seriously) I’ll just put out a few series that I am thinking about binge watching.

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01. Yuri on Ice. Okay, it has been months since I watched this through from start to finish and it has been over a year since it came out. Definitely time for a marathon viewing session of this one.

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02. Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon. I love this show. It is great fun and I haven’t watched it in awhile so this seems like a good time for a binge session.

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03. Full Metal Panic. I mentioned that I loved this to someone the other day and then realised I hadn’t yet reviewed it so I’m going to try and binge it over the holidays so I can prepare a review of season 1, season 2 and probably fumoffu.

Should I get through that, there’s plenty of other shows on my list that I can add to the line up but to be honest if I get through all of that I will probably need some sort of medical attention so let’s get on to preparation.



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Starting with the necessities for a decent binge, you have to figure out where you are going to do it. If you are like me and travelling from place to place to see family and so on during this time period finding a place can be tricky (though fortunately portable screens and hard drives make the how you are going to watch much easier).

Ideally you should have a TV with a large screen and a couch or beanbag to really get into a binge but we can’t always have the ideal. At the very least, you need a room with a door to shut the rest of the world out for at least three-hour blocks (or it doesn’t count as a binge session).

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Secondly, you are definitely going to need food and water stocks. And I know soft drink, chips and chocolate look fantastic as options but you are not going to last days on end with that sort of fare. Straight water is key to longer binge sessions and try and supplement some of those chip and chocolate snacks with bread and other grains for ongoing viewing.

Okay, the bread can have a healthy dose of nutella or similar on it if you really have to go for a junk food binge at the same time as an anime binge, but trust me, you’ll last longer with some semi-decent food in your system.

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Thirdly, know what you are going to watch. Don’t set up for a binge and then wonder what to put on. Have a plan and be ready to press play. You’ll thank me later for that one if you are a king or queen of procrastination.

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Finally, in preparation phase, you are going to need to be either be on your own, or have people that get your hobby. Otherwise they are just going to keep interrupting your flow and dragging you out of your zone. If you aren’t in a cooperative environment, forget it and plan a binge after the family time is done.

Now, as to tips for bingeing itself.

Don’t pause. No matter how good a scene might be or what you may have just missed, do not break the flow mid-episode. Plan bathroom breaks and things during closing credits or pauses between episodes but do not pause mid-episode. Once you start this it is far too easy to start pausing and doing other things which is certainly going to take you out of the binge zone.

Stick with one show until at least the half-way point. Binge sessions are signficantly easier to handle and more satisfying when you are making real progress through a narrative so don’t chop and change shows. Which is actually why bingeing works best with shows you have already watched because you shouldn’t get a few episodes in and want to drop it if you picked it for a binge.

If the show is an old favourite, do say your favourite lines, sing opening themes, get up and dance, or shout down the villain. Interaction and movement will all help you keep going and prevent atrophy in your limbs.

If you aren’t certain you can handle a binge session because you’ve never tried one before, pick a show with plenty of appeal (by appeal I mean cute guys/girls or plenty of action/comedy/whatever floats your boat). You don’t want to be in pain and you want to enjoy the session. Make sure you know exactly what you want from your viewing and pick a show that will give it to you in generous portions.

Lastly, and most importantly, don’t apologise because you want some time for you. No one asks the athlete to apologise for spending hours training or the concert musician for the hours of practice. This is your hobby and what you like to do, so don’t apologise. (That said, ensure you have met your family/friend obligations – humans are social creatures whether we want to admit that or not someday). But if you’ve done the family thing all Christmas Day and want three hours to yourself on Boxing Day there really isn’t any need to apologise for that.

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Enjoy your Christmas and if you are planning a binge, I’d love to know what is on your watch list these holidays and what your strategies are for a successful binge watch.


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Karandi James