With such a broad selection of series coming out, you have to make a list of series you would like to watch. How do I run down and select all those series that are coming out?
I’m writing this post, because I would like to map out for myself how I select series. There is no clear definition or lining that will define what shows I will watch, yet there’s always a set of criteria I take into account.
One of the most obvious ones is the studio. I have a set of preferable studios which most of the times guarantee an entertaining watch. Studios such as Kyoto Animation, P.A. Works and Bones belong to my personal top three studios.
All three of the mentioned studios have a certain visual design that I fancy and have proven that they are capable of creating master pieces or at least entertaining shows. Shows that are a hit or miss are Production I.G., J.C. Staff, BrainsBase and MadHouse. While having a great line-up, not all shows seem the best fit for my personal preferences and I enter them with greater skepticism.
I appreciate quality artwork and animation. Therefore if pre-release images are promising I’m more interested in watching a show. Along the lines of animation, if a popular artists is involved for character designs or art direction I will be more open in picking up the show.
Next to a set of favorite studios I have a set of genres I appreciate, namely; slice of life, drama, tragedy and mystery. Comedy shows are often a hit or miss, because humor is very subjective and a show builds on a certain type of humor. May it be hidden humor or explicit and over the top. Over the top is often a hit or miss.
I like the slow pacing of slice of life shows as they require less attention of the viewer. Drama and tragedy is a great genre to get emotionally compassionate with the cast and get more engaged with the story.
I roam around different websites that fully or also include anime content. Their opinions are a great influencer for me to judge a show. There are blogs that I follow and where I base my next decision on. They’ve proven to have a comparable set of criteria or have a somewhat similar opinion. Some bloggers are very good at sharply formulating why a show is good or bad.
Of course I’m interested in your thoughts and you can always drop your ideas in the comment section.