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10 Ways to Spice Up Your Anime-Viewing Experience

Updated on December 29, 2012

If you watch a lot of anime then you've probably experienced at least one slump in interest. Anime is being pumped out at a dazzling pace and sometimes trying to keep yourself up-to-date can cause you to burnout. But don't worry. There are ways to shuffle things up and rekindle your love for anime. Here are 10 ways that will help you spice up your anime-viewing experience:

1. Watch Japanese without subtitles

Do you watch anime exclusively in Japanese? Then how about watching an anime in Japanese but without the subtitles! If you haven't studied the Japanese language most chances are you won't understand a word being said, but you will be much more focused on the art, animation and music. A good choice will be to rewatch an anime you've already seen once and know the content of. This will allow you to squeeze some extra hours out of your beloved series and approach it from an entirely new viewing angle.

2. Watch in a different language

Speaking of "watching only in Japanese", how about a little linguistic change? Trying an anime in English for once might prove to be a good change of pace. Pick up an acclaimed anime that you know has a good English dub and will fit well with English voices. For example, an anime about feudal Japan should be left in Japanese, but a gunslingers anime that takes place in the old west is a perfect fit for English. Trigun and Cowboy Bebop are probably the most famous English oriented shows, but any good show will do.
The opposite can also work of course. If you always watch anime in English you might want to switch to Japanese for those love-comedy or sport anime. Even if you don't know Japanese that well (or at all) the difference in language will strengthen the Asian themes that most anime revolve around.

3. Watch with or without friends

This one is related not to the anime that you watch but to whom you tend to watch it with. Watching anime alone and watching it with friends can produce very different results. If you always watch with friends try to pick a more personal series (such as a drama or love story) and watch it by yourself for a change. If you watch a lot of series alone, try inviting some friends over and have a livelier screening.

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4. Drink your anime dry

Speaking of friends how about trying out one of those wacky drinking games, only with anime! There are many variations of anime party games, most of which revolve around drinking. You and your friends can decide that you take a sip every time a specific thing happens on screen. Watching Dragon Ball Z? Have a shot each time Krillin or Bulma are shown. Watching an ecchi show? How about drinking a cup each time a panty shot is taken?
Of course these are pure examples. The best drinking games are the ones you decide on in the heat of the moment. Just stay away from that copy of La Blue Girl you keep deep in your drawer. Some anime should not be played with…

5. Try a different flavor

Do you always watch just this one genre? Maybe you watch every genre out there, except for that one that you dislike? Here's a word of advice: anime should be judged on a subjective basis. There are no bad genres - only bad series. So if you always avoid one specific genre do yourself a favor and chose one or two series from that genre that have garnered good reviews from critics and give them a shot. If you aren't sure which series to pick you can read some reviews on popular anime reviews websites or simply ask a friend for advice. Since each genre tends to have its unique characteristics most chances are watching a new genre will prove to be a refreshing and worthwhile experience for you.

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6. Play Secret Santa

This is a variation of number 5. Instead of deciding yourself which new anime to watch team up with a couple of friends and have them decide for you! Here's how this works: have each friend discreetly write one or two anime titles on a blank piece of paper. Then put all the pieces in a hat or a bag and do a draw. Each person will draw one piece of paper and will watch the series he or she drew. After all of you finish watching your designated series meet up again. This time each person will reveal what series they wrote on their paper and you can then talk about the series you watched.

7. Intellectually challenge yourself

Sometimes the best things are those that require an extra push or a little investment. Alongside the more casual light anime there exist series that have a deeper, more allusive nature. Most of these feature references to real-world phenomena or ideas but can appear complicated to the average viewer. If you invest the time to understand the terms and story behind these series though you will be greatly rewarded. Intellectual pleasure is not a foul world despite what our modern materialistic culture would have you believe.

8. Broaden you anime world

This is a variation of number 7. Let's say you like a certain anime series. Why not check the manga, game or book written on it? A lot of anime series have those kind of tie-ins and they can broaden the scope of what you see in the anime, making it an even richer experience.

9. Change your watching behavior

Like I wrote a few paragraphs back habits die hard. One way of spicing up your viewing-experience is to change not the subject of your viewing, but the way you view it. Do you usually watch only one or two episodes of a show before you stop? Then you might want to shuffle your experience by doing a marathon over the weekend. If marathons actually are your thing consider doing a "shuffle marathon" – watching anime for a couple of hours, but switching to a new series after an episode or two. This is a pro tip that can benefit even the most serious anime junkies out there.

10. Stop watching anime

Surprise surprise! One of the best ways to get out of an anime burnout if simply to stop watching anime for a week or two. Take a breather, hang out outside and clean your mind. Too much of a good thing isn't always good for you. After taking some time off you can then return to your beloved anime with new powers and a renewed appetite.

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      hlwar 4 years ago

      This is very interesting, well written, and surprisingly helpful. Too many times I start burning out from my hobbies (like watching anime) and I typically wind up doing #10 - for extended periods of time (like up to a year or more, yikes). So I'll have to put your advice to use before it gets to that stage. d(^_^)

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      Anime Reviews 4 years ago

      I'm glad you liked the article hlwar, and yes, #10 can feel a bit like a last resort. Some of the other ones are quite fun though. Please do try them if you feel your interest dropping, or is just in the mood to try something different.

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      Ericajean 4 years ago

      Very helpful hub, AnimeReviews! I have gotten back into anime after a six month slump- being busy with work and reviewing books. However, the best advice I'll take for myself is to watch more anime in dubbed format and in a different language. I watched One Piece and Dragonball Z dubbed and fully enjoyed the experience, but I am on Kamisama Kiss now and it is subtitled and I'd rather just watch the show and enjoy the music, you know?

      *I voted this hub Useful.

      So thanks!

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      LofZOdyssey 3 years ago

      This is really cool and I will definitely need to try some of these tricks. The secret Santa one is interesting and not to far from how I choose what anime to watch next.

      I know I will need to be careful with drinking and watching. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent re-watching episodes because of my boozed up memory.

      And maybe because I'm just insane, but I don't know when I will need to resort to number 10. The last time I took a real break from anime was during a six month period over two years ago.

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      A'Lanna 3 years ago

      I always get burnt out even though I love watching anime but these tips really help out. Thanks!!

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      Max Wong 2 years ago from Singapore

      Nice tips! It's refreshing. I didn't imagine watching anime in those manners that was presented! :)

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