I’m sure we’ve all taken part in some of the usual anime fan activities, such as blogging, reading fan fics, making AMVs, listening to anime songs, etc,. But I’m curious as to what fans’ more unusual anime activities are…
In this post, I’ll share two activities of my own as examples of what I mean by an unusual anime-related activity. I’m sure they’ll sound silly to some people so I hope no one will make fun of me XD
One thing I used to do from time to time (though not so much anymore) is marathon anime opening videos. I would pick out 1 to 2 hours worth of anime openings and watch them one right after another. For series that have multiple openings, I would sometimes watch more than one, but usually I would just pick my favorite one. With this activity, I would sort of get the sense of rewatching each series without having to actually take the time to watch them all again. I was also very meticulous about the order I would watch them in. I liked watching them with the genres as mixed as possible, so I wouldn’t want to watch a Naruto opening followed by a Shaman King opening since they’re both shonen. A good order would be something like 1) Sailor Moon OP, 2) Cowboy Bebop OP, 3) Code Geass OP, 4) Air OP, 5) Digimon OP, and so on. I liked to watch them in this order because I would imagine that I’m showing this anime opening marathon to someone who doesn’t know much about anime, and the variety of genres back-to-back would be a good way to show how diverse anime stories can be. This idea is actually what inspired me to make my anime video project. I even kept a list of the order I liked to watch the openings in, constantly adding new ones as I watched new series.
I haven’t done this activity for a few years now. My life has been busier than it used to be and whatever spare time I have is used for blog work or catching up on anime episodes. Another reason is that I’ve started watching more anime at one time and haven’t gotten around to gathering video files of all the new openings. I used to rip anime openings from raws or fansubs for every new series I watched, since good quality openings on YouTube were unavailable. Now they’re easy to find, so it’s a matter of me taking the time to download my own copies of the openings I like but haven’t gotten yet.
Actually, thinking about this old activity of mine has gotten me to want to do it again, with an updated list of OPs. I do similar marathons with my favorite AMVs sometimes, though not nearly as often as I used to do with openings.
Another (and more embarrassing) thing I started doing since I got into anime (and still do to this day) is make up my own episodes and “watch” them in my head. I would usually do it right when I go to bed before I fall asleep, since it’s dark and quiet and I can concentrate better. Like my taste in fan fics, they won’t be OOC or anything like that. They would simply feature situations or stories I would like to see in the actual anime but haven’t. I’ve done this with all the series that have been my favorite, and a little bit for others in between. Most of these series have been ongoing, in which case I would “watch” my own versions of later episodes or even the finale itself, making sure to incorporate what the original creator has done up to that point.
For the five years I was into Inuyasha, I kept refining my version of how the series would end and “watched” it many times over the years, as well as many side-story episodes. When I was into Evangelion, I imagined a WYDS for the movie, which I actually did turn into a fan fic. Now I’m trying to work on how I want Haruhi to end, though I’m having some difficulty.
LOL, I used to be really hardcore with this activity of mine – sometimes I would watch an episode from that series before I went to bed just to get me ready, and if I fell asleep before I finished “watching” my episode, I would try to finish it in the morning before I got out of bed…yeah, go ahead and laugh.
Like with my anime OP marathons, lately I haven’t been able to “watch” my episodes that much. Mostly it’s because I’ve been too tired every night and I fall asleep right away, so I’ve only been doing little snippets while I’m working out or just chilling in my room. For the past three years it’s been all Haruhi (and a little Kannagi and Lucky Star) but who knows what my next favorite will be.
So yeah, as silly as they are, these are two of my unusual anime activities. I’d love to hear what any of yours are too (don’t be embarrassed!) Also, I’ve only done individual activities, but feel free to share any group ones you like as well.