Monday, August 15, 2011

How many anime do you watch at a time?

Recently, I've picked up the nasty habit of starting an anime and leaving it hanging whenever I'm interested in another series. For example, when I got to episode six of Beck, I had the sudden urge to catch up on Katekyo Hitman Reborn. From that point on, I marathoned Reborn and put Beck on the back burner.

And since then, I've put several series on hold. According to MAL, I'm currently watching 21 series. That's not totally true, though.
Green = Watched in the past week
Yellow = Watched in the past month
Red = Watched more than a month ago

The only ones that I truly consider myself watching at the moment are: Beck, Detroit Metal City, Gintama, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, One Piece, Rec, and Redline.

Some of them I haven't even watched for more than six months. Those being: Bleach, Naruto Shippuden, Goku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (haven't watched in a year and a half), and DtB Gaiden.

This made me wonder what should be considered "currently watching." Is it something that you watch weekly, or something that you catch up on from time to time? Does it have a time limit? Is something you are "currently watching" a show that you've watched in the past week? Past month? Past year?

Or if it's a series that's already finished airing, how do you balance that series with all the others that you're watching? Do you watch a few episodes here and there?

Personally, I've always been a marathon-er. I wait until a series is done and then watch all the episodes in one go. Lately, though, I've been watching a lot of shorter series, and I feel that it is easy and fun to hop from one series to the next. Some series just aren't marathon material, especially those that are episodic or slower to develop. It's nice to watch those series in little 2 episode bits. It can sometimes make all the difference in how much you enjoy the series.

Anyway, how many anime do you usually watch at a time? Currently airing or already finished? How do you find a balance between all the shows? Do you have a limit on how many shows you can watch?