After a most epic catch-up weekend I’ve set up for myself, I’m still falling short of actually catching up to the shows I’ve been initially watching since the start of the season. The vacation I had kinda messed up my anime (as well as blogging) body clock it seems.
The gap isn’t really that big at the moment – at most I’m behind four episodes in each show I have on my plate. Of course, there were shows like, say, Fate/Zero, that I couldn’t possibly let myself miss out on (and I was only two episodes behind). But, as I watched the latest episode I had at the time, I felt completely lost. I had trouble recalling what happened a few episodes before and wasted a good half of the show just by thinking stuff over. I could always just re-watch the ones I forgot and get back on track right away but I figured that I’d have more or less the same experience with the other shows, and thought to myself – with the new semester looming in, should I just wait until the season ends and watch them all in one go?
Personally, I still prefer watching episodes as soon as I possibly can. Besides being slightly impatient, subbed episodes usually come up around early morning here anyways so I’d more or less finish my anime duties come the afternoon, leaving me some time to blog and/or do other stuff. It’s also really fun to go around other ani-blogs and talk about the latest “WTF”‘s and “hnnnnnnnnnngggggg”‘s of the week, or even get some clarification if a certain scene didn’t make sense.
I’ve been used to waiting a week for new episodes a bit before I started watching anime (I’d have to thank some American series’ for that), and that’s pretty much the only downside I see. It might not even be a “downside” at all. It adds more to the suspense really. I remember my first time following an ongoing show, Index II, and every week I’d just be so psyched to see Kuroko and stuff.
Then again, I know that some viewers prefer wading out that season before marathon-ing a series in a day or so. Having marathoned a number of shows already, (albiet not from current seasons) I can say that doing so also has it’s fun moments, like getting the full story in one continuous flow. I wanted to try picking up Shakugan no Shana III once it finished, but by then I think I lost my drive a bit, so that could be something of a bad side to waiting on a show.
So, what do you guys usually do? Do you guys watch weekly? Or do you guys wait? ^_^