Quick show of hands, who watches anime in public in some way? What device do you use to watch it? Where do you usually watch it? I know that this sounds like some sort of survey, but I’m wondering how alone I am on doing this. It’s been a major part of my viewing habits for a while now, so maybe it’s a part of somebody else’s’? It might not sound like something that matters a lot, but sometimes it does. Viewing habits matter and define who we are. Even simple things like binge watching shows how we consume media as a culture. Whether if it’s watching anime on your cell phone in a public place or using an app on a console or a roku to watch anime on tv, either shows how much time you have to watch anime or what quality you feel like watching it. Weird how that works out, right?
I watch anime in a large variety of ways. It depends on a couple aspects for me. For one, how busy am I? Am I going to just stay at home all day or am I going to hop from one place to another? Even if I am staying at home, what do I have to do today? Do I have to work outside in the backyard with dad? Am I going to watch a football game with the parents, so I watch things on my phone? What does my mom want me to do? (Yes, I am staying at home right now. Whatever). If it that turns out that I have nothing to do, then I will spend the time in my room watching anime and some live action series on my television. If I need to move around a lot, I watch anime whenever I can on my cell phone. Especially at the gym when I am on an exercise bike and finally have time to sit down and catch up on seasonal shows. My watching habits are weird.
The most interesting moments that I have watching anime are watching series that have a lot of horrifying elements to them on an exercise bike or treadmill. Yes, I do that and I don’t care. An example of this was on Wednesday when I watched Zodiac Wars, because I couldn’t find anything else to watch. I wasn’t expecting all the killing, blood, and gore, but you know what? Even if it’s the wrong way to show how adult anime can be, because themes are more important, this is the pubic way to do it. Then there are other times when I was watching Ushio and Tora in public and quite a few episodes focused on people turning into spears or other bloody and scary elements in that show. Then there is Berserk, which needs no introduction at all. It’s Berserk, it kind of has a reputation for being horrifying. I don’t think that a lot of people give more of a passing glance to what other people are watching, but I wonder what some people think when catching glimpses at the right time. I doubt if it gave people more than a passing thought or it ruined their day at all, but sometimes I wonder about all of this.
Watching on a cell phone is far from my favorite way to view this art form though. Since the screen is small, despite how close you hold it to your eyes or placed on something, missing nuances of the animation and even some of the sound through ear buds is still likely to happen. These sound like small things, but these are things that may make or break a viewing experience for some shows. No, the best way to watch a show for me is to watch it on the biggest screen possible with as much sound control as you can or whatever that size of tv to distance from tv ratio is. (I may need to come up with some kind of mathematical formula on this. More experimentation to follow!) In this way, you can perfectly see everything on screen while being close enough to read the subtitles at the same time if you are watching a show subbed. If dubbed, that doesn’t matter as much and you can notice much more of the background elements and stuff. The perfect viewing experience.
So now it’s your turn. What do you consider your best viewing experience? Also, do you watch anime on your phone? I know somebody else out there must do it to, because I’m not alone on that I think. Maybe, maybe not? I guess I will find out in the comments section! Let’s have a discussion.