Hello! Kristof made the mistake of letting me run the QoTW again, and as a different host, I couldn’t help but think about how our differences shape our experiences with anime, how our relationships with anime differ. With this in mind, I wanted to ask: What anime do you associate with yourself the most? What anime defines you as an individual/anime watcher?

I guess this is a bit of a weird question to ask, mainly because many people see anime as just form of entertainment, something that typically doesn’t have a deeper meaning because it’s target audience is younger, but as a form of media, anime has the potential to shape how one views the world and also have their world view shape how they view the media. People don’t typically correlate themselves with the works they have experienced, but after seeing so much, one eventually carves out a sort of identity via their preferences and their favorite shows. While these may correlate with your favorites, these may not necessarily be them, so even though it may seem redundant, I thought it would be interesting to hear what you guys have to say about it.

I found this rather interesting for me personally, as I watched & read a few great stuff recently, like Nana, Beck/Mongolian Chop Squad, and Oyasumi Punpun (the second picture, FYI). While they were really great, works were I can definitely see how many people can passionately adore it and works I’d want to see again, they weren’t works I’d personally associate with, even though they were one of the better ones I’ve seen. For me, works like Humanity has Declined (the one that’s the cover picture), Kara no Kyoukai, Nagi no Asukara, and Zero Escape (A VN, I know) are works that I associate myself with because of how strongly they resonated with me, how they fit my particular tastes in media. They may not be the best shows out there, and they may not even be the shows I think are the best, but when I think about me and anime (well, Japanese media in general), these are the works that I think about, works that define my particular taste in anime. I would recommend these to all of you, even if some of them is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

The Last Question:

If you have any ideas for future questions of the week feel free to leave them in the comments, otherwise, see you next Friday.


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