When somebody asks you what your favorite anime, what do you respond with? Do you have an already set in answer that you can shot out in a moment’s notices or do you have to put more thought into what you are going to say? I used to have a set in list that I had on my MyAnimeList profile and I would always refer to that when I was asked this question, but after a while I just left it there because I didn’t know what to do with it. I would look at other people’s 3×3’s and feel jealous that I couldn’t narrow down my list of series that I really like in any way to make one. It’s not that I didn’t like those shows anymore, because they are all fantastic, but I was many other series that I felt were great behind. In the end, I didn’t know what to think about this.
To solve this problem, I just decided to not choose any of them. It was the easiest solution to fixing this problem. I continually watch more seasonal anime and anime that have long since aired so my pool of anime knowledge is always growing. Knowing that the number of anime I’ve watched is nearing 500, why would I want to choose one anime to title as my favorite. Anime is a diverse medium/art form and choosing one anime to represent my taste feels completely wrong. Not even a top ten list would give me the capacity to do that. Yes, there are some anime that I like much better than others, but in my repertoire, there are some that I consider on the same level for different reasons.
My second problem with having a favorite is uncertainty. When you watch something that is on a close level to being your favorite, how are you sure that the series that you decided is your favorite is still your favorite? Unless you rematch your favorite series all the time to reinforce that it is, you don’t know for sure that it is. A favorite is always based on bias, but a person’s taste changes over time. After a while, when you rewatch a series that you consider a favorite for a long time, you might not feel the same way about it. Then you wonder why you ever thought it was in the first place. There is also a possibility that you like it even more for different reasons too. It’s impossible to know.
So maybe I’m putting too much thought into this. I mean, this is about watching something because we enjoy it, right? Well, that is all true. I’m not going to judge people who do have a defined list of favorites that they love to death. Go crazy. Go watch the things that you like and favorite the shows that you deem a good enough quality to favorite. This reasoning is for me alone and I don’t want to offend people with my own insanity. Just know that when people ask me what my favorite shows are, I’m going to respond by saying “I haven’t watched enough yet”.