The one thing I find about long-term blog projects is that once I pick shows to watch, I’d prefer to hype up my project rather than watch the shows in question…
Long-term blog projects involving multiple shows are something I don’t do very often, and for good reason – I probably spend more time initially hyping up the project because I have so many other things I could be doing instead…which brings me to the question:
How do you pick and/or prioritise shows to watch?
Of course, if you watch simulcasts, current simulcasts would take priority, but when you have more than one show being simulcast on a certain day you’d then have to pick which one you watch first. Then again, if you’re at that point of the season where you’re completely sold for one show more than another or you just go by debut times on Crunchyroll (because that’s the boring way to do things), no biggie, right?
This also begs the question: if you don’t comply to those points I just mentioned, how do you pick what to watch at the start of a season? For me, it’s a combination of watching streaming services’ lineup pages and any other pages that could update me on their lineups. Then it’s a matter of picking which is the more hyped, since you might have noticed I rank my shows by hype at the start of a season, or what’s there at the moment if I’m not that lucky.
For backlog and bingeing, it gets a lot more difficult. Not only do you have simulcasts getting in your way if they’re around, but if you’re not watching anime all the time (which, admittedly, is all of us) other hobbies and real life undoubtedly bite into that time as well. Prioritising and being able to pick a show is, thus, definitely key.
This is where the choice of anime list comes into handy. See, one of the reasons I stick with AniList is the custom categories, which I use to have a set “Binge Watch Priority” category. I then take a few of these anime and rank them in order of how quickly they might disappear on me, whether there’s a second season available for them (either upcoming or current) or how much I want to watch them.
Sure, I could have someone else pick what show I watch next or have a recommendation service do it, but most of the time I’d rather be proactive enough to pick it myself.
So, how do you go about picking the next show to watch when given the choice? There’s many ways to go about doing it, so this’ll be an interesting discussion…