Writing something like this has only been built around my thoughts of Soul Eater. I haven’t told very many people about this, but I have secretly hated Soul Eater for years. When I first watched it, there was just something off putting about it. I was assigned to watch this show again for a blog Secret Santa of July thing and I am going to be saving a lot more of my thoughts for that and a review later on, but I have been finding that I really like it. This seems like a small thing, but it is huge for me. My tastes have really changed over time and that is something that I am proud of.
I feel everybody goes through their anime watching experience in separate phases. For a lot of people my age, around AGE CENSORED, this is the shonen and action phase. This was the time where the fandom was getting their media through television and VHS tapes. A lot of action shows showed up on this little block called Toonami. These were shows like Dragon Ball, Z, Gundam, Outlaw Star, Cyborg 009, and so many others. It didn’t matter what it was for me; as long as it had characters fighting I didn’t care what it was. I never thought of the sophisticated plot elements, themes, and character development, this is just what I watched as long as it was straight forward and had some fan service too. For me, this phase lasted a long time. Almost all the way through twelfth grade. I think a lot of people have never escaped this phase and are still stuck on shows like DBZ and Naruto to this day without getting a look outside of that realm.
The next phase in anime fandom is usually the anti-shonen one. People try to look through something more adult and had a lot more blood and gore. Something edgy. While I did back away from the Shonen battle stuff for a while, I started my obsession with Gundam and other mech shows like it. This shaped a lot of how I define what my favorite series are now. How great the world building is, how I define great characters, what is the meaning behind what is going on, and all the nuances that I can find in a show that make it what it is. While my love for mech shows is always going to be strong, I’ve been trying to branch out as much as I can.
Right now, my tastes in anime series are still changing. I’ve tried my best to become more and more open minded in my tastes and that is not something that is easy to do. Casting aside an initial opinion of something based on the cover art is really hard thing to do. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is easy in concept, but hard in execution. I’ve started enjoying shonen battle series again, jumped into more shoujo and josei series, and also started watching some sports anime starting with this season.
Stretching out of one’s comfort zone is extremely hard. As an introvert, I feel like I know this extremely well. Personal problems aside, having a friend or random person on the internet suggest something that you’ve never seen before helps growth. I had a friend show me the greatness of Mushishi and Haibane Renmei. My course was set after watching those two shows.