It’s the last day of March and I find myself both drowsy and for the most part bored. I did manage to cull my “plan-to-watch” list over the week but these past few days have just been so static (though it may be because I haven’t adjusted to not having anything to do). To alleviate these feelings I went with a sort-of last resort past-time for me – watch random episodes of any series that I have. Intriguingly, I almost, always found myself going for shows with an episodic format.
I don’t watch the whole series though. For example I’d watch two episodes of Arakawa Under the Bridge and then afterwards going for an episode of Working!, then maybe Mushi-shi, or Jigoku Shoujo, or well, you get the idea. (I actually began doing this more often for an American TV series) Some episodes I’d just choose randomly, while some episodes I remember being awesome and choose that.
That’s basically the appeal that I was getting at. Episodic shows, like the name may imply offers stand-alone episodes that are perfect for just lounging around when you have nothing else to do and to watch. Well, you could also pick-out an episode from a series with a proper story flow, but for me, in the times that I’m just too out of it, I can’t bring myself to “get into it”, like the moments where you have to pause and think “did this or that happen yet in the story” or “is that character gonna do that in this episode”.
But with episodic shows, there’s just the characters, the situation and in some cases just a sliver of plot. Just pick an episode, sit back, laugh if the need arises, and relax.
We don’t really see this quaint use of episodic shows during a new season because, let’s face it, we want plot in our shows (unless of course the titles outright declare that they won’t have a plot to begin with) which then leads to people turning down these types of series. It’s also the same for when you’re going to marathon a series like this. It’s usually a bit tougher to go through episodic shows like you would any other show because most of the times there’s no drive, like a story arc, to jump to the next episode.
I’m not saying that episodic anime should just serve as boredom busters but, given the times when I am bored, they’d do a way better job keeping me awake during a siesta period, than say a plot-heavy psychological series.
So, do you guys share the same sentiments as me on this one? ^^