>Try to pick up more shows for the season besides the 5 I have
>Keep reading the synopsis of the shows and it just keeps sounding utterly shit
sounds like most anime in the last like 5 years, i at least give them 2 episodes maybe 3 if im on the fence still
Wish Terraformers didn't have the ridiculous amount of censorship to actually make it watchable this season.
>Want to watch so many shows this season
>already watching 15 currently airing show and have to put some on hold
This season has been kinda bad compared to last.
But then again, the only reason last season was as good because there were really good Spring leftovers.
"Only plebs watch the things they think they will like" or however the saying goes.
tl;dr instead of focusing on the plot synopsis, watch the things that you hear positive things about from other people
If you're going to be that half-assed about it at least watch the preview. Otherwise be a normal anon and check out the first episode of whatever shows /a/ is raving about.
/a/ has some pretty shit taste though
/a/ has the best taste on the internet.
This anon said he is watching 15 shows this season. He disproves your theory that /a/ has the best taste.
/a/ is a lot of people, so you're bound to disagree with some things but it will at least expose you to more that you'll like.
How does that disprove anything?
So far the past few days most threads seem to be about Amagi Brillant Park, not about the plot or the main characters, but about side characters and their fucking helicopter.
Grisia threads shitting up that one girl is the best girl
Terraformer threads complaining about censorship
And some gay trap\gender bender harem magical girl garbage.
>Keep reading the synopsis of the shows and it just keeps sounding utterly shit
Well, what do you expect? You won't last long watching anime on seasonal basis if you have that kind of mentality.
Might as well backlog.
>tfw you have a 2+tb backlog to go through, but seem to add more than you watch
ya but overall i disagree with /a/ a lot
I clear one show off my backlog and add 5 more. Such is life.
Don't even look at the synopsis nigga.
Look at the studio, source material and genre.
/a/ reactions help a little too.
So what? What's your point? I don't understand it.
And when you decide to watch it it's one of the shows you look out the most that season, every time
>not jumping in blind with no expectations
its like you dont want to be pleasantly surprised
>leaving it up to chance
Anon you are one crazy mother fucker.
Stop trying to be an anime expert, just watch shows you like.
>not watching the first episode of everything, and dropping everything you don't enjoy
Whose taste do you even have?
8 years ago or so. People only care about airing shows and the discussion nowadays. Hang out, man! Join the lulz, m8! Trolls trolling trolololol!
Twenty minutes are barely anything, OP.
Last season was worse.
I do this but I also Don't drop even the shittiest of shows because I can still find ways to enjoy them, unless its like, non-existant tier anime
You're an awesome person. How do you that?
Last season started good, but a lot of the shows just lost steam half way through. I had to force myself to finish a couple of series. But there looks like tgeres some really good stuff this season. I've got 23 and may pick up a couple of others depending on /a/ reaction
lets just say I somehow didnt see all the blatant fanservice in strike witches until after I rewatched both seasons, and that I didnt notice how strong the harem antics of IS season one were until after rewatching it.
also brynhildr best unintentional comedy.
But how to do it is you just look at the smaller details, or take things less seriously when you clearly shouldnt take it seriously at all, watch things for what they are, not for what you want them to be I guess.
Fuck man I dunno. Fun things are fun.
I havent watched k-on yet
basically just interpret a show in a way that makes it enjoyable most of the time.
but ore no twintail man is fun
I don't agree with the view like "even if the show isn't good, let's make it good". I'm still a classic "loldeep". The problem that I found with most anime is not because it's bad, but because it's not good enough. There are always promising, original things in almost all anime that I watch, but sadly they are hidden and unexploited because of internal problems (lacking technical skills or the necessary vision to capture it), or external ones (executive meddling, merchandising, etc.) It always makes me sad.
You're more or less reached Enlightenment.
You can enjoy shows for what they are, without needing other people to form your opinion for you.
It's a good mindset to have.
I agree though I also use fiction to form myself as a person, even if its shitty I still want to get something out of it. I mean, not in any drastic way. Introspection is a great tool for becoming a better version of yourself anyway, though I like to tack on some mannerisms I admire when I see them in some characters.
I hope my shit taste(capacity for enjoyment) infects others
What is /a/ raving about?
forming individual opinions: the animation
How can you have such shit taste? I honestly think that if you have the chance, you should kill yourself.
Does it have solid character development?
I'd sure hope so
>I agree though I also use fiction to form myself as a person, even if its shitty I still want to get something out of it. I mean, not in any drastic way. Introspection is a great tool for becoming a better version of yourself anyway, though I like to tack on some mannerisms I admire when I see them in some characters.
You use art as didacticism? What are you, a Brechtian? A Marxist? Don't worry. Just kidding. There are great didactic arts too, if you're interested.
I dont even know what those are(past the names) or what that is but sure, tell me more.
I have exactly the same problem, except that I'm currently at 0 shows.
I think I'm also around 5 shows from the current season, maybe 6. And I know how you feel, anon.
Just read a little about brech.
or rather the wikipedia "theory and practice of theatre" section and thats fine for now, I agree with about the first half of it but then disagree with some of his ideas, I dont think the art itself should force introspection (it can be thought provoking and such) though I'd leave the self reflection up to the person and not the art itself and that the person in question should be responsible for what they let shape them as a person from what they get out of whatever they are observing(if they're doing that), so, be impressionable but not a parrot.
Pick a random year between 1980-1996
Pick a random OVA
Chances are it will be at least as good as anything airing this season, even if its mediocre at least the animation will be good
>Pick Randomly 1993
>First thing I see is La Blue Girl
Now this a blast from the past.
you must really love HorribleSubs.
>want to watch anything at all
>decided to wait til at least everything has 5 episodes out
>still havent picked anything up
I do it because by the time I pick something up mid season and it has 5 or so eps out I want to marathon it so I figure by the time I do that, this time if I pick something up later season it will have most of its eps out
how do you put things on your backlog when nobody makes batch torrents any more
Try reading Henrik Ibsen too. He created the play 'Enemy of the People'.
Well, didactic arts are actually one of the oldest forms of arts. You know about folklore, right? How they have moralistic messages.
Let me get this straight: You view that we shouldn't view the didactic messages of art intrinsic inside art itself, but should be the responsibility of the audience, right?
But that is precisely what Brecht was trying to do. He reacted against the so-called Total Art, Pure Art, etc., dominant in Romantic eras, one century earlier. Take Wagner's opera for example. Wagner conceived that the play should be performed annually in Bayreuth Festival. There are regulated norms created by him, on how to engage his operas properly and in pure disposition. It's almost like you're attending official flag ceremonies in school.
Brecht maintained, in contrast to figures such as Wagner, that art should be 'partial'. That is, art shouldn't try to replace reality. The only way to do this, in his view, that we should break the fictional illusion within theater. Something like, the blackmen (people who put objects during the blackout) suddenly appeared and make funny or ironic remarks toward the players (or even the playwright). Brecht viewed that it is impossible to be critical in the first place, if you're completely engrossed within the fiction.
Thus, one of the harshest criticism by Brechtians are their stubborn polemics against the so-called catharsis or sublime. Brechtians view that catharsis are none other than a complete absence or impotence of thinking. You're completely overwhelmed by emotions, with no other way than 'tumbling down' to the Abyss. There is no distance between the art and yourself, and hence it is impossible for you to get out of that. In short, catharsis makes you dumb. It's defeatist and fatalistic; you completely surrender yourself to your fate.
All this talk about drama and theater is making me hungry and wanting to watch Code Geass again.
It's also interesting to consider bildungsroman theme in anime such as Gundam 0079 or NGE, in mass popular arts.
I'm still fascinated by how Tomino made Amuro progresses throughout the story. At first, we are led to believe that Amuro should be a responsible adult, he should be responsible toward his decision to get into the robot in first episode, he shouldn't run away from his responsibilities, etc.
Look how Amuro turned out in the end. Such a sad eyes during the final scene. He goes back towards his friends. His eyes are full of sadness. He denied death, Lalah's seduction to accompany her in the afterlife.
How are the youth supposed to take responsibilities if they turn out like that in the end? Right. This is how Tomino teaches. Tomino's characters are reflective. You are supposed to NOT be Amuro.
>judging anything by synopsis
>being this much of a normalfag
Well, I don't care if you retards like you will avoid stuff I watch instead of constantly complaining how much they don't like it.
People complain if they know they won't get bitten back in the ass afterwards, in an anonymous community. They do so just because they can. It's okay to form an opinion on how one doesn't like this or that. Most of the complaints, however are repetitive and hysterical. It's basically asking to be instructed, like OP for instance. Since it looks like that you've been here for a long time, just count how many times you taught people on various subjects, such as mental attitudes and discipline. It's a stranger loving another stranger. A stubborn love, indeed, one which is full of pain, conflicts, and passion. The price one must pay when one is exposed to the anonymous public.
>synopsis goes into 5 pages of detail on the mythology, cosmology, biology and societies of the setting, as well as every name of every character in the show
>does not mention genre, themes or mood of the show
Anime summaries in general just suck.
Do you only listen to classical music or what? Might as well add 'in G major' there.
>This anime is played in x narrative scale, which correspond to so-and-so moods within it.
Might be awesome.
IF you cant find something to watch this season, of all season, heres a suggestion. STOP WATCHING ANIME.
This season has the most number of decent shows in the last 5+ years.
B-but I want to live inside anime.
Let me use an example to illustrate my point: Non Non Biyori
Taken from MAL (source: mangahelpers): "Elementary school student Hotaru Ichijou has moved with her parents from Tokyo to the middle of the country. Now she must adapt to her new school, where there are a total of 5 students in the same class who range through elementary and middle school ages. Join their everyday adventures in the countryside."
That's one of the better ones but still, why not just use something like: "Non Non Biyori is a laid-back SoL show about life and school in the sticks." One sentence, all necessary information (even more so than the 3 sentences above).
Even now people are still debating what 'Slife-of-life' means. Might as well give a concrete description, instead of using vague, debatable concepts like that.
Even now people are still debating what life is. That would not stop you from considering the average dog part of it.
SoL is a fairly well defined term. There are of course fringe cases where you could argue for or against the classification, but for stuff like Azumanga Daioh, nobody in their right minds would argue against it.
SoL might not be 100% unambiguous, but it is still a useful term and anyone familiar with the anime/manga medium will know what it means.
>but it is still a useful term and anyone familiar with the anime/manga medium will know what it means.
That's the problem.
What about curious sorts who know nothing about anime/manga medium?
Well they could always google the term. Or - after watching about 10 shows in total - notice the tag "slice of life" on some of them.
Like with every other term ever. I admit the English Wikipedia entry on SoL is not all that good, but it is not the only search result.
I understand, but the marketing and advertising department certainly won't agree with you there.
I'm talking more about summaries that sites like anichart or mal use.
But still, even for a marketing department, getting to the point is a good idea. An example:
"Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around a spy agency and the lives of its employees." (taken from fxnetworksdotcom). It's a straightforward explanation of what the show is about. Not perfect, but close.