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Old 2006-05-09, 00:54   Link #21
Tiberium Wolf
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I watch the current airing shows because I have watched everything else that interest me. Since I go to baka-updates everyday to check for new releases...
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Old 2006-05-09, 01:32   Link #22
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I have only recently started enjoying anime, and there are a ton of series that I am interested in seeing. I never really paid much attention to the new and unlicensed anime, mainly because I was worried that watching a show ahead of time would take all the fun out of buying the dvd's once they were released. (if they ever were released.)

I decided to watch Ouran High Host Club a few days ago, since some of my favorite sites were raving about it (and because it looked extremely nice) ...and fell in love with it immediately. Now I'm excited about the anime, and I can't wait to get the chance to buy the show on dvd. I'll definently be checking out more new series coming out this season.
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Old 2006-05-09, 06:14   Link #23
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Watch good anime, not "was's new". I only watch new anime when my friends recommend it to me. I don't particularly like "new anime" since I have to wait for the episodes instead of d/ling it all then watching it. Although recently the newer anime I've enjoyed alot. Shakugan no shana, F/S Night, Haruhi etc.
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Old 2006-05-09, 08:59   Link #24
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Over the years I've become very efficient at watching anime so I'm clearing up by backlock at an alarming rate.

I'm extremely patient and have a fast connection with lots of hard drive space and DVDs so I do technically accumulate it faster than I can watch it, but my real reason for trying to watch stuff ASAP is to avoid spoilers. Sadly the internet is full of people who love to spoil and the only way to avoid that is to avoid forums (you'll see me here less and less now because of it, actually) and/or watch stuff as it comes out.

This of course doesn't mean I don't watch older stuff that I've missed. It's just that my priority is to newer stuff before the latest episode is spoiled.
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Old 2006-05-09, 14:42   Link #25
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To answer this question, I have to consider what anime is to me. As you may or may not have already been informed, anime to me at its most fundamental purpose is another form of entertainment. Its age, whether it is airing now, or is many years old, has no direct relation to its intrinsic qualities, its potential to entertain me. Thus, when I'm tired of and/or abandon some animes I'm watching, I occasionally have whims to check out other series, old or not, in Animesuki or other sources to fill in that entertainment gap. It is sometimes that I find overlooked gems, and my favorite shows, through this behavior (eg. Twin Spica, Kurau: Phantom Memory, YKK...etc).

But there is a secondary reason enticing me to watch anime, and that is discourse, as the opening poster and others above have mentioned. Watching current anime series allows me to participate in the active, and almost beyond up-to-date conversations in Animesuki (and other places on the net), interpreting the opinions of others within the context of the latest episodes, and perhaps more importantly, a chance to voice my own thoughts (flexing my mental muscles in the process is just a consequence) for others in the same context to read and digest. Forums and other similar fast-paced and organic discourse societies like this serve as a great source of raw opinions, to find conflicts and consensuses to base an accurate assessment of a series. So to address the topic question, is it important for me to be watching current anime shows? Somewhat, if not to directly satisfy the primary criteria, then for the secondary function.

However, there is another pastime of mine that provides the main portion of entertainment in my life, and that is computer gaming. I've been tapping the keyboard and mouse since I was a wee boy of 7 years old, and I highly doubt anime (or any other hobby) can topple my gaming pastime for dominance. But I can't help but wonder, if anime and manga was my principle diversion instead of secondary, I might have been more active, and more knowledgeable within this culture. Oh well, c'est la vie.
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Old 2006-05-09, 16:08   Link #26
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Basically i enjoy watching anime series that has already ended...this is because i can get it over with quickly instead of having to wait for the next episode to come out while biting on my nails...also ending an anime quickly means...
1) you get to see the ending and therefore feel relieved at the outcome or hate the outcome
2)you can let of some steam and opinions in forums (like this one )
and 3) you can get onto the next anime

but with that sed i really dnt mind watching up to date ones either...currently im watching bleach (great!) fate/stay night(greater!!!) and naruto (filler shi*=hiss!! boo!!!) and im really looking forward to the next episodes...

i find a mixture of old and new series good cause while waiting for the next episode of the 'new series' to come out i can polish off some old ones which interest me...
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Old 2006-05-10, 15:30   Link #27
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oldies but goodies

Personnally i do both. But hey, isn't it fun to watch series after everyone and check back over everything that has been said on the forum, just to make fun of those who think they understood it all? Especially with thrillers and/or suspense series.

It's not like i do it, but sometimes it really feels like you're... omniscient?

Anyway, i really aren't into making fun of people. But i love digging up threads. I almost never do it, because i know this is sort of annoying, but... i still enjoy it very much.

That's why watching "old" series is something special to me, and less "tiresome" than keeping up with newer series and the "never-ending" threads that are constantly started on them.

Well, it's just my opinion.
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