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May 13, 10:31 PM

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Preferences make us enjoy anime less, for having less anime to watch means having less anime to pick and so you become pickier with what you should watch.

I have a friend who can watch all genres and enjoy nearly everything regardless of whether they're labeled as trash or masterpiece, overrated or underrated by the anime community. Honestly... I feel a little jealous.

Imagine if our preferences are as wide as my friend's. We'd all be able to enjoy anime and there'd be less hate. I wanted to be like him but it's just impossible since I am a human being who has his hates and likes. Tried watching stuff like magical girls killing each other and it just isn't for me.

What do you guys think? Are you jealous of people who can watch anything? Are you fine with how you are?
May 13, 10:33 PM

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That sounds absolutely based. Your friend is living his best life.
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May 13, 10:33 PM

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actually I am pretty narrow minded about this stuff. I am happy in my comfort zone. I don't want to like police anime.
May 13, 10:40 PM

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I really wish I could be one of those people.
May 13, 10:53 PM

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It’s not anything that I’d ever get jealous about personally. We all have our own interests and passions; some people have very niche interests and some have very diverse and broad interests. I don’t think it really matters how diverse one’s interests are as long as you’re enjoying what you watch. It’s all just entertainment at the end of the day. I do have some genre biases, and I almost never watch anything lower than a score of 6.00 on MAL, but I’d consider myself to be very open-minded and willing to try a lot of different types of anime. As for whether I’m fine with how I am, yep, I’m perfectly content and fine with my interests. 👌
May 13, 10:56 PM

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I mean, good for him. It's not like I am going to be jealous of someone just because they are able to like things I wouldn't.
May 13, 10:59 PM

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Maybe a little bit jealous, but I'm also totally fine with my preferences.
May 13, 11:02 PM

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I'd expect everyone to be like that, not about enjoying everything, but being able to watch all genres.
My friend looks at the tags and doesn't even start an anime if it's something he usually dislikes.
For example, my friend doesn't watch mecha anime, even though his favourite anime is a mecha anime, he thinks that there's only one good mecha, the rest is shit.
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May 13, 11:02 PM

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Great for those people, they have more anime to watch and get entertained easily ^.^
May 13, 11:10 PM

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It is great for those people. I have my preferences but I don't limit myself to a few genres. I try to give everything a try once.
But the one thing I watch most is shounen. I can enjoy any battle shounen from the 90s and 2000s but my ratings are a different thing.
May 14, 12:07 AM

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I think choosing some things over others is what makes them special. If I had not preferences, nothing would be special for me.
May 14, 12:16 AM

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your friend probably listen to linkin park numb.

i try not to drop the soap aight but we can still talk about stuff like girls or ladies.
May 14, 12:19 AM

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but does your friend enjoy futanari hentai though??
May 14, 12:22 AM

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It's not really that hard tbh. I can watch literally any genre. Ofcourse, there are some shitty shows which sucks but then you also got the good ones.
May 14, 12:47 AM

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The idea that positivity is the only path one should pursue is getting a bit overrated. If your ambition is to deny yourself the chance to experience negative emotions then you're wishing to be less of a person than you already are. Don't discount the importance of having preferences and dealing with stuff you might hate.
May 14, 12:50 AM

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Thankfully, I am someone who can watch mostly everything with the only exception being Mari Okada's melodrama.

May 14, 1:11 AM

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I have some preferences but I think I can also watch nearly everything, I've watched SoL, romcoms, action, adventure, idol, mystery, horror, comedy, drama, music, kids animes and I like them all. Though I prefer to watch mostly romcoms but I'm trying to broaden my tastes and the type of animes I watch by watching almost all good seasonals, this gets me into watching new types of animes without the commitment, I mean one episode a week can't hurt, right?
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May 14, 1:19 AM

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I honestly don't have almost any sort of preference so I can enjoy anything as long as it's good but I do find most animes I watch nowadays, very average.
May 14, 2:37 AM

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Good for your friend.

If only my friends are like that...
May 14, 3:24 AM

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I wish I was like that. Being able to enjoy anything must be very relaxing.
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May 14, 3:47 AM

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I can have good time watching a good show. I can have good time roasting a bad show. "Watch the bad to understand what others are doing well". That's why I'm fine with watching anything.

But I haven't watched much tho... Only 300 entries completed, far fewer than many people here
May 14, 3:56 AM

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I don't think I feel jealous. If you enjoy everything, you might don't give it any deeper thoughts, but that's most of the fun.

When it only comes to genres tho, I like different genres, but I prefer fantasy and co.
May 14, 4:21 AM

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I can watch everything, it doesn't mean I'm gonna rate high everything.
May 14, 4:33 AM

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that's neat, then i can watch anything with that person. still, it doesn't really give me feelings of jealousy that they are able to. i acknowledge that i am more picky and particular than the average, that i'm a fickle watcher. but i think that preferences give insight. it's only natural to have things that you like to watch more versus things you don't necessarily like to watch more. to go against that would be denying myself for little reason. what is enjoyable is subjective and differs from one to another.
May 14, 4:50 AM

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I managed to find quite a few good anime even from my least favorite genres. It took a while, but I also found some anime I liked among the ones labeled as trash. Don't be so sure that you'll never be able to find an anime you like from a certain genre; subverting expectations is not impossible.

The only kind anime I can never seem to enjoy are the ones that try to be deep through metaphors, long silences and shit like that. But as I said above, maybe the next one I'll watch will surprise me.
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May 14, 5:10 AM

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Enjoying everything I watch sounds nice and all but idk, if everything is enjoyable then the surprise and excitement of enjoying a show you didn't expect to like would be gone.
May 14, 5:13 AM

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There's nothing to be really jealous about tbh, they are probably just masochists even though its trashiest of the trash and still somehow enjoyed
May 14, 5:17 AM

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I don’t feel anything, it’s normal 'cause I’m one of those people.
May 14, 9:32 AM

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Newcomers to anime and legends are can watch any anime.
May 14, 10:03 AM

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I mean yeah it would be nice if I would like everything but... I don't and thats fine

People who can watch everything and enjoy it are interesting to hear opinions from tbh
May 14, 10:17 AM

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I can watch everything from any type. But I can't complete them if I found them boring regardless of the type of Anime. I have been thinking of giving a 2nd try to some of them but it will be just one by one.
May 14, 10:38 AM

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I consider myself such kind of person. although I'm much more harsh when judging stuff that is not of my primary preference. but I don't think the people that can watch literally everything with equal or similar enjoyment actually exist. everyone has something they dislike
Am I a good person? No. But do I try to be better every single day? Also no
May 14, 10:41 AM

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Reading all the comments is like reading what everyone thinks of me...
May 14, 12:30 PM

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I enjoy pretty much everything I watch besides a couple tbh

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May 14, 12:32 PM

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Idk how they can do it. Jealous ig...
May 14, 12:33 PM
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Yeah I can pretty much like anything I watch. There's a reason I still have zero drops...
May 14, 12:45 PM

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Well, I'm one of those people and it really is great that I get to enjoy every anime I watch :)
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May 14, 12:50 PM

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There's only maybe a couple genres I won't specifically watch but I may skim through a bit just out of curiosity. Otherwise I watch just about everything. I also watched some of the worst stuff just out of curiosity.
May 14, 12:54 PM

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I also do watch everything, and I always thought this was the same for the majority of people. Why would I not watch the genre I dislike if it could be a revolutionary anime that would change my view, or it could have an OST that would become my favorite, or it would have a character that would become my favorite. Also, every anime that I end up disliking only reinforces my love for the next anime I will like, and for my favorites. It's just a certain mindset I guess, which is the same reason why I don't drop anything
May 14, 1:06 PM

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Its actually really nice. I can also kind of do that ,however I easily get bored with certain stuff
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May 14, 1:11 PM

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I dont know anyone like that because they have better things to do lol. So I guess my only thought is "Wow, they must have nothing better to do."
May 14, 1:26 PM

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I'm like that too and it's the best thing ever. One can step out of their comfort zone and find something they wouldn't if they only watched several genres. Of course it's not for everyone and I totally respect that, but then we have people who refuse to try something new and just bitch on everything different. Those people just suck. Watching same stuff gets repetetive and boring after several years. I've been watching anime for over 10 years now and if I hadn't broaden up my horizons, I might've ended up not watching anime anymore bc it would get boring.
May 14, 1:36 PM

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I watch almost every genre, but that doesn't mean that I enjoy any show. I think that most of the "genre" deal is just prejudice. I mean, there are genres that one might not enjoy, but I've seen a lot people not even trying.

If you explore, you are gonna find something, I think that people are just lazy and it's fine. You don't need to go out of your way to enjoy something, you just need to find that something that makes you want to go out of your way. I do it with anime for example, but that doesn't mean that everyone should do it.
May 14, 1:47 PM

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Being able to watch everything doesn't mean someone has no preferences. There are still things that appeal to us more than others naturally, it just means we don't draw such harsh lines as "genre/theme I absolutely won't watch".

For example, I watch pretty much any genre out there, because there's nothing that would make me automatically turn away. That doesn't mean I like everything equally - overall, I watch more action adventures than other stuff, because that's something I enjoy, and the ecchi series I like I usually like DESPITE the ecchi, not because of it, because that's generally something I don't enjoy. So there definitely are preferences - but I won't watch something JUST because it's an action adventure, and I won't avoid something just because it has ecchi. If it's enjoyable, it's enjoyable, regardless of theme or overall audience reception.

Part of why I can watch pretty much anything is because my interests are pretty broad, so there's a lot of topics that make me go "Oh yeah that's something I was always interested in!", the other is that I just don't wanna rob myself of the wide range of great shows I'd be missing out on if I skipped entire genres 🤷‍♀️

So no, I'm not envious of your friend, it's more like I relate to them, but I did want to clarify that "liking all genres" generally doesn't mean everything is truly liked completely equally.
May 14, 1:57 PM

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Hmm, I can't lie, a little envious. It makes me wish I was more open minded, but I do try to give most things a go.
May 14, 2:02 PM

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I am strong as fuck. I watch everything and anything.
May 14, 2:04 PM

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If I could enjoy everything I wouldn't watch cartoons to begin with...staring at walls would be way cheaper...
I don't think I can be jealous of a person who enjoys staring at walls...even a little.
May 14, 2:06 PM

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More power to them. Being able to articulate why they like something would be nice, though.
May 14, 2:08 PM
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It's impressive, and I feel bad sometimes that there's certain genres I'm biased against. I hate feeling picky because I feel uncultured and pedestrian, but just like how my gag reflex revolts against mushrooms and crab, there's a metaphorically similar response to certain genres of media in my mind. I do very much envy the people that don't have that.
May 14, 2:10 PM

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If something is good, it's good. I'm willing to check out genres I'm generally not a fan of if the story and characters are good enough. It is what it is. I'm a fan of a good story.

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