The 12 Days of Anime are here already…a fact that is only beginning to sink in now that I’m writing this post. Compared to last year, 2018 sure did go by quickly, and it’s hard to believe that I’m 20 years old now. Anime was a blessing as always, though it seemed like this year would fall short until the Fall season. Anyways, it would only make sense to use my first post to compare current year with past, so let’s just get on to that.
First, to compare the raw numbers between the two years. This would be my time watched, number of series watched, number of episodes watched, and my mean score (MAL).
Days Watched: 151.8 (+23.9)
Completed: 364 (+57)
Episodes: 8,922 (+1334)
Mean Score: 6.86 (-0.16)
Days Watched: 127.9
Completed: 307 (+108)
Mean Score: 7.02
Unfortunately, I didn’t decide to start keeping track of my statistics until the end of last year, so I don’t have 2016’s data to compare to. That being said, I clearly watched significantly less series, while being more picky with my scoring this year.
Additionally, I only watched 30 seasonal anime this year, at the time of writing this. Compared to last year, where I know for a fact I was watching 10-12 a season. The rest of my time was spent with older series that I’ve been meaning to watch: The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Initial D, and Ace of Diamond are a few examples of this.
I also wanted to hit on that mean score drop from this last year. While I definitely have been pickier with series, the majority of this change was actually due to a re-balance of the shows already on my completed list. I’m not overly-analytical about it, but I use what I’ve dubbed a “weighted enjoyment” scale (might write a post on this in the future).
2018 was again a very film-heavy year for me. I added at least 12 more new Western-released films to my completed list (haven’t gone through the whole list yet, my apologies), compared to last year’s 9-10. The amount I’ve spent on theatrical screenings at this point is absurd.
I think it is safe to say that, this year, Slice of Life has only further solidified itself as my favorite genre thanks in big part to A Place Further Than The Universe. The majority of seasonal anime on my list fall under this category, with the exception of the 1-2 action series I watch a season. That being said, I’ve also gotten really into some niche areas this year. Initial D has gotten me excited for other car anime like Wangan Midnight (next on my list), and I’m still looking for more enjoyable yuri series thanks to Bloom Into You, despite Citrus and Netsuzou TRap‘s recent letdowns.
I think it’s also time for me to move even further away from seasonal anime than in 2018. The last few years have seen my list almost entirely dominated by these currently airing series, and this year was the first time I made steps towards getting out of that rut. By no means am I saying that seasonal shows can’t be good, hell look at this current stacked season. But with the over-abundance of anime being produced and my huge plan-to-watch list, some personal changes need to be made.
Besides the raw numbers and my viewing habits, there isn’t much more to touch on here. I didn’t intend for this post to be too lengthy, especially because there is a lot of content overlap between this and my final post (which will be more in-depth). As someone who hasn’t been actively writing almost all year, I wanted to ease back into it on the first day.
I’m still planning on sticking by my previous goal to read more of the stuff posted by my fellow ani-bloggers, so if you are also participating in the 12 Days of Anime the chances are high that I’ll be reading your stuff as well!
Lastly, I’m planning on having the majority of stuff this year up around 12:00PM PST (failed this goal last year…oops), so look for my posts around then. With that being said, I’ll see you all again tomorrow.