Let’s kick off weekly Wednesday with this post…
It’s a dilemma that pops up in any anime watcher’s life – to watch a simulcasting anime, or to watch something from the backlog, only to neglect that backlog yet again.
Well, there’s the obvious one – simulcasting anime are the newest, hottest thing to come straight from Japan. If you don’t talk about it now, you might not ever talk about it with your friends (or your internet friends)…ever. People’s memories are shorter than that of the standard goldfish – according to Microsoft, the average human in 2012 had a short term memory which lasted about 8 seconds, compared to a goldfish’s memory of 9 seconds. Anime watchers who do the simulcast circuit are the same way.
Shows come and shows go, so people treat shows like a big deal as soon as they come out to live in the moment. In other words, that means it gives simulcasting anime watches the infamous “fear of missing out” when they can’t talk, can’t rate, can’t do anything with their anime-related friends. A “peer pressure”, if you will. (If there’s anything you’ve ever learnt from anime, it’s that in order to get over peer pressure, it’s either going on a big journey of self-discovery or confronting your demons. Anime watchers on the simulcast circuit can take the same approach to their watching habits if they feel overwhelmed by this season’s offerings.)
As suggested earlier, simulcasting anime gives people an excuse to live in the moment. It’s why people do risky sports like skydiving, or why people like action movies. To get that thrill that makes life worth living (and to be confident that they aren’t behind on that stinkin’ backlog). The idea that an anime that hasn’t aired yet will be the greatest of all time – also known as “hype” – is an infectious, adrenaline-pumping thing, and if you’ve been part of the simulcast circuit, you will know that feeling.
Actually, part of that could be the fault of the nature of the internet, too, and not just in the psychology of a person. The internet has the attention-deficit nature that makes people able to talk about whatever shows they support. That’s why people get assurance that shows they like will get talked about somewhere else in the big internet and they’ll one day discover it. It’s just that modern shows get the bias there, because more talk begets more talk.
So, there you have it. What do you think about our current state of simulcasting anime?