I only completed 5 anime’s that released in 2018 and that’s a pretty low number when you consider that included one two episode OVA, one film and one season 2.
So I thought I’d just explain why I don’t watch it really since to a lot of people seasonal anime is synonymous with anime fans.
If the shows that had come out last year were representative of all the anime that exists I would not be an anime fan. Simply I don’t really like it and more importantly the shows that are popular are awful to me for the most part.
Finding stuff to enjoy and appreciate from the current anime seasons is difficult for me to do since theirs so little that I might actually like that it’s hard to find in the first place.
Being weekly really hinders the show for me. If I have to wait for it to finish airing I’m probably going to drop it and not come back to it even if I do really like it.
For example I got really invested in a place further than the universe but I dropped it. It was just a show that I forgot about, and now when I went back to it the show was just something I didn’t care about because I had left it for so long.
I also find it much easier to find shows that I want to watch outside of seasonal anime and if I can do that why watch seasonal anime at all?
Also I don’t even watch anime that much. Due to the fact that I had a big anime film phase there were 4 months where I didn’t watch a single series. And in total I saw 16 anime’s this year to completion (if you take films and other things that aren’t pure anime seasons away) so it’s just not as interesting to me as it once was.
So if I want to find something to interest me then I tend to go looking for it through other means than just seasonal anime.
Now is this a problem? I think so, since there are so many seasonal shows there should be something for everyone and that clearly doesn’t happen, there are tonnes of shows for very specific audiences and the people with other interests just get what’s left. If you don’t like action shounens or light novel comedy then the amount of shows that become available to you rapidly decrease.
So there are 41 shows this season, of these 25 of them fit into those two categories though some quite loosely. But all of them look like that to me. Then theirs 5 which have thumbnails so bad that nobody would want to click on them or care about them. As well as that theirs also one random live action show thrown in there for no reason which sucks a lot.
That brings the total to 31 which means theirs ten shows left for other people who don’t like those two categories. That seems like a problem to me.
These shows will all be different and fall into these tropes in different ways or be very different to the tropes. Regardless on the outside looking in they look very similar which to new fans is quite off putting. It makes all anime look the same and it makes all seasonal anime look the same which is bad because if people decide they don’t like that they’re sort of stuck.
But it’s also a problem of the industry that those kind of shows are the only ones that get made and the only ones that are kind of popular. It’s too risky for a lot of shows to do anything else. But at the same time you don’t want to support the new shows that are coming out so you can’t give money to them so the studio doesn’t have the money to take any risks.
I guess what you can do is support the shows you do like, but who wants to spend money? I know I don’t. Theirs enough free stuff out there that I find more worth in seeking other things outside of anime than supporting the dying industry.
So yeah anime’s going to be dead soon basically. Either that or enough studios will go bankrupt that the ones remaining will get more money since there will be less competition. That means some will be able to continue.