[Description]: A short series of posts about the relationship between viewer and anime and how to get more insight and enjoyment out of what you watch.
When I say ‘creating a space’ what I effectively mean is putting aside time for your show. This may seem like an obvious thing but what I’m referring to is the kind of time you are putting aside – the kind of space you are surrounding your viewing with. When you watch the newest episode of your favorite airing show, do you watch it first, before anything else? Do you save it until its the last thing on your list of things to watch that day? Maybe you save it until the end of the season when you can watch it all at once without waiting or only watch it after a certain meal of the day. These kinds of rituals put the viewing of that show in a special ‘space’ – by paying particular attention to how and when you watch the episode, you’ve set it apart from everything else and this accentuates your enjoyment of it and solidifies it better in your memory.
The important part of all of this is to attach significance to your experience with a show. Marathoning and binge watching are actually a perfect example of this in that you take the show in all at one time without much interruption. You can do any number of things to achieve this such as tying your viewing to a signature snack or turning off all the lights before settling down. This is one of the reasons I generally take time before and after watching my favorite shows and temporally separate it from the other things I watch. Book-ending an exceptionally dark or depressing show with something lighthearted with no pauses in-between can compromise the mood of the show your watching. Giving each episode time to breath both creates this significant space and allows you to prepare a specific mindset going in.
With all of that said, many would argue that this is meticulous and a waste of time but there are plenty of ways to elevate your enjoyment of what you watch without infringing upon your use of time. Do you have any rituals and practices you have tied to certain shows? What’s your favorite way to make a show stand out in your mind?
You can read the next post in the series here: Becoming A Better Viewer: Valuing Components
You can read the preface for this series here: Becoming A Better Viewer: The Preface