It has been a while since I tackled this topic and frankly I felt that the time was right to tread into this territory once more. Today’s topic is, “Figuring Out What’s For You.” Putting it simply we are here to talk with you about finding that genre, that golden staple for your library that will forever be a jumping off point. Even the most seasoned anime enthusiast has one. For us that title will forever be Chobits as it is timeless and a representation for the genres Seinen or slice of life. Frankly finding out what you enjoy the most is what is rewarding when watching anime.
You could end up liking a whole other genre than you previously thought, that is very much why we encourage you give everything a go. Sure you may not like shameless yaoi or yuri, but what if you layered it with a story, slice of life and romance? Take the yuri, “Aoi Hana” as an example of yuri with no fan-service and excellent story/character development. I was elated when I found this gem and was chasing after titles like it more and more. It is digging to discover that ends up being so enjoyable, so rewarding when figuring out what works for you.
That being said accidental discovery is a very plausible situation. I frankly didn’t think I watched a ton of moe/slice of life shows until I stopped and took a look at my watch history. I loved it so much that I subconsciously ignored the genre and just went with it. It made me happy and it left me feeling content and full. I didn’t once feel the need to reassess what I was watching. This is because I love moe/slice of life and can continually enjoy it over and over again, because it just works for me. Now sure, finding your preferred genre might not be such an easy ordeal. We all have our requirements and varying levels of pickiness. We may not enjoy everything we watch and may only find comfort from a few select titles, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying to figure out what makes you happy.
So get out there and take a closer look at the titles you watch and figure out what genre consistently scratches that itch. You may be surprised to find out what genre types you enjoy more over ones you thought you enjoyed. It all is one giant learning experience, one that we all can benefit from in the long run.