This post is the biggest self-call out post that I could ever write. At least according to some people who feel like when a person is a fan of a show of franchise, then they would have to watch everything attached to it. Maybe it’s the way of how the current world of media is absolutely pedantic over every single detail of a story of anything. All of which is something I can’t do unless I am super interested in something. Think about all the Star Wars youtube videos that go over every single detail over something in wookipedia followed by supposed “lore” movies centered on character backstories. For a while, my thought processes have been background details have always been lean ins to showing that a character exists in that fiction world and it is an actually functional world. I am ok with not knowing anything else. Yet, that does not seem to be the complete case anymore where a quick buck can be made.
With that comes the actual call out things. I call myself a fan of a lot of franchises. Those being like Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, and so many other things that we could be here all day. Look at my anilist profile to get a good idea: Link. Unless something is a major franchise like gundam where every part is attached to a different cast or carries the original cast further in the story, I am not interested in watching anything else usually. I call myself a fan of things like Dragon Ball Z, but I have never watched any of the older movies beside the one on Bardock and Trunks. I haven’t watched any of the Hunter X Hunter movies because I have no interest in them. I have no interest in watching anymore Votoms, despite loving it, because I like what I got from the Votoms tv series. It had everything that I felt like I needed from it. Shonen Jump films usually don’t interest me and I like seeing additional ovas of some series adding anything to the experience. I could be wrong, but I am ok with being wrong in fascinating and interesting ways.
Why is that? Besides some special circumstances, my attachment to characters in any story comes from their journeys in television series. While they don’t usually have the visual impact a movie would, TV series are where characters can change and grow as people through tough circumstances. I don’t think any additional ova is going to add anything other than characters being more defined characters in a smaller space in places that do or do not matter. In other words, more cliché versions of what those characters were. Shonen Jump films are usually rehashes of characters at a certain point fighting characters that don’t matter in any way that matters for the main story. Why would I want to watch a movie where characters aren’t who they usually are fighting fights that don’t matter against nothing antagonists? That doesn’t sound like fun to me. And as established before, ovas don’t mean much to me for the same reasons. I’m not usually a completionist and I think that’s ok.
There have been some cases where I have and those feel like special situations. Gundam, for instance, feels kind of obvious. Each ova features a different cast in a way that expands the lore quite a bit as I’ve mentioned before. Patlabor is another one and that is such a special case considering that it takes place in two universes and the ova following the tv series is 16 episodes in length and is just more Patlabor on television. I mean, that features the completion of an arc started in the show as well. I guess Fate counts in some way with the Fate/Cooking ova, but the art style and situation are so different from every normal fate universe that I don’t think that it counts completely at least. There is also the Waver Velvet Ova as well. So I guess it depends on what the series is. I am deeping into the Fate universe it seems and I am not leaving it behind anymore soon. So with that, it really does depend on how interested I am in a universe and even then, whether I want to know more is kind of random.
In the future, I don’t know if I will change that much, but that depends on circumstances and whether films are following a story or create a unique situation that doesn’t matter. I know that the Dragon Ball Super Broly film actually advanced the Dragon Ball Universe a little bit. There are also sequel films from Made in Abyss and Demon Slayer that exist and I wanted to watch them because they matter. I watched the Made in Abyss film already and I am interested to see where the Demon Slayer film on digital. Apparently, the next Jujutsu Kaisen film is going to be a prequel and important to the overall story when for when a season two hits? Sounds good to me. I don’t think that I will change this perspective that much in the future. I think I am stuck in my own world for too long to change now.