But what anime is bad anime? Well as far as this post goes an anime is bad if you don’t like it, so when I say bad anime I just mean a show you don’t like.
Also I want to thank TimeForWriting11 for this post idea in my comments, while we may disagree on this I want to say that you’re blogs great, I don’t have any ill will towards you and I’m just doing this as I feel like there was more I could have said in my comment response.
The message of this post is don’t watch anime you don’t like because it’s not fun to do! Why watch something you don’t enjoy? To learn, apparently. You learn a lot of things from watching bad anime’s like what not to do. Which well, isn’t really accurate.
You learn a heck of a lot from watching your first bad show, then as you keep on watching the amount of learning will drop as a lot of shows are bad in the same ways. You could watch a lot of shows you don’t like because the art style sucks or it’s badly animated, however those things are very easy to spot and don’t need a whole series watch to learn.
Honestly that example isn’t great because when people say “learn” they’re more talking about story and characterization than visual things which can be picked up easily. To be honest though the biggest failings of a story which stops enjoyment is that it’s boring. And why is it boring? Because it isn’t good enough at making you care.Following this line of progression you get to two questions: Why didn’t it make me care? And What can be done to make me care? The latter can be learned by switching to a good show and the former has already been learned because you’ve seen the show you already find boring!
The most important question you can ask yourself from a bad anime is why do I want to drop this? And then drop it. There are a million bad anime’s out there so if you’re so interested in learning about why anime is bad it’s much better to watch everything and drop it so that you can keep on learning what failed to make each series hook you.
A huge part of enjoyment is first impressions. It’s rare for you to start a show thinking negatively about it and having it turn positive. So learning from bad first impressions is the best possible thing and then if you really want to learn about that missing 99% from all bad anime you can continue with the promising ones.
Something that I actually encourage is watching anime’s that everyone else loves but you hate. You can learn so much more from what the show does well to cause so many people to like it and you can learn a lot about yourself to explain why it doesn’t work for you. Those are the 1% of bad anime I say you should watch.
There is another response to this about being a completionist, a person who wants to complete every show. I can’t help you cure your OCD however I can argue that your time is better spent watching something you like and I can also say (having a roughly 50% drop to watch ratio) that dropping a show feels good, it means you don’t have to watch it anymore! I can’t argue with “It’s just a thing I like to do” but I will say it looks like a waste of time to me.
Also about completionists, aren’t you terrified to watch really long shows? If you don’t like it you’ll have to trudge yourself through this series. Because of this you might never get to try out great shows with lots of episodes. You’ll never see Lupin III, Hunter X Hunter or space brothers. In fact you’d probably never see anything from trying to finish fairy tail, bleach, one piece and naruto!
Now that this is out of the way I want to bring up a point that not a lot of people who watch anime to learn have considered. It’s the idea that no show is perfect, every show has something that could be improved. So you can learn why you’re good show is good, but you can also learn at the same time what that show does wrong and how it could be improved!
I’m not even into 50/214 dropped shows on MAL and I’m already at 1706 anime episodes that I skipped. That’s a hell of a lot! Granted detective Conan wouldn’t be on the rest of the list but still!
If I had watched all of those episodes it would have taken me ages to get around to learning about space brothers and how to make an adult interview/exam arc so brilliant.
So sure watch bad anime, you have to watch at least a bit to know it’s bad in the first place! But don’t go wasting your time, you’re time is valuable.