This is going to be a shorter editorial style of entry, about the anime known as “A Certain Magical Index”, or “Toaru Majutsu no Index“. Well, it is more about how I watched it in a manner very much unlike my usual manner, which had resulted in my not finishing it, and enjoying it less. It’s not that this technique is “bad”, it’s just not the one for me.
You can see my progression of watching the show (or lack thereof) in the monthly Media Consumption posts.
So, before we get to how I’ve watched this series, let’s talk about how I usually like watching series. I like to blast my way through a series as if I were Kamina from Tengen Toppen Gurren Lagann. I sit myself down and watch a show, 8 hours, 12 hours straight. This usually “slays” most series, but sometimes it takes me two days to go through a series. Yes, this does mean that I don’t let my emotions nurture over time, but they do for me spring up quite forcefully, and I can remember and engage with the world the series is in as if I’m living inside it.
This also helps my attitude of “No need to speak and review every single episode with 50 screenshots; I’ll cover an entire season, or even an entire series.” It’s just how I roll. And it also means I can find a weekend every several weeks and go through an anime series. It reduces chances of forgetting an anime series, leaving it halfway through and then never returning to it. It’s a problem with so-called “zany” comedies (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, etc.) as they don’t have enough of a story to keep me going, and there’s only so much you can take at one go. I probably should watch these series as they air, one episode every week….
So what did I do this time that was different? I began writing my thoughts in Microsoft Word. Not just some thoughts as each episode ended, which also slowed down how I went, but each and every interesting thought I’ve had as the series went by, necessiating breaks. Even worse, much worse, was that from about the 10th episode I’ve began taking screen-shots. We’re talking roughly 150-200 screen-shots per episode, with sometimes rolling back in order to get just the right frame.
This made watching the episodes somewhat of a chore, even if I ended with a lot of cute and neat screenshots, especially of the awesome Misaka Mikoto ;) But I still watched it, I still had fun for the most part, though the series giving me several story-lines (like small 3 episode arcs, rather than one continuous story) also helped in diminishing my excitement.
So, what really killed things for me? Well, it just goes on to prove my point. A certain episode (21) got a bit messed up and had no sound. And somehow, by the time I got it alright, I was already somewhere else… which just goes to prove the importance of not stopping in the middle. It’s a different deal with on-going series, as watching it the day it comes out works the same. But that’s why fillers also kill a lot of shows – once you stop watching it’s very easy to keep being “stopped”, just like if you take a vacation from a blog it’s really easy to not continue.
PhotoImpact which I used to take the screenshots somehow works again, which is nice, and will help working on figure photoshoots, woot :)
I do plan to finish the series, someday, sometime. But watching a show with taking breaks? It really kills my enjoyment. Watching under 4 episodes in one go, as well.
So, faithful readers, how do YOU like watching your series?