Archiving a Comment: Should You Speed Up Anime?

Tl;dr: You should watch anime at 1.0x speed~


I had a conversation about anime on Discord, after someone... We talked about various things after that, so I decided to record my part of the conversation on #Hive blockchain:

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It started when someone asked:

How do y'all finish shows so fast?

My answer:

  • Watch at 1.10x - 1.25x speed depending on the importance of the scene.
  • Skip OP and ED, (unless it's something great like Assassination Classroom season 2 openings, or unskippable Mushoku Tensei's)
  • Dedicate 3-4 hours in the weekend for Binging

I was called out on the first point, that I shouldn't speed it up... What did I say to that?

Anything more than 1.25 makes the pace unbearable for me... I commend you guys who can understand the story at 2x

"You guys?"

I dunno, the people boasting about doing that on Twitter?

It all snowballed after that... Using Twitter as an example wasn't a good idea of me, because I know anime users on Twitter aren't well-known for intellegent comments.

To be fair, I don't do that too often... Even 1.1x sometimes is bad because shows meant to be watched in real time.

The response I got was perfect!

"Every show is meant to be watched in real time."

I agree, unless I'm pressed for time, I believe the best experience is one where you won't have to speed things up.

The conversation continued after that to skipping openings and endings. We all agreed that some of them shouldn't be skipped while some should. My golden rule for OPs and EDs:

  • Watch the OP/ED once
  • If it's great watch it every time
  • If it's good watch if when you feel like it
  • If it's bad always skip it
  • EXTRA: Check if it has alternative versions
  • If it's unskippable, praise the director and watch!

We talked about endings that we don't like to skip. Mushoku Tensei openings are unskippable because they show new footage every time. The endings of 86 Eighty-Six are pretty much the same.


Eighty-Six
(Eighty-Six Poster)


Finally we moved to the re-watchability of anime. In which I commented:

Yes... I Rewatch anime a lot. Especially if there's a value in rewatching (foreshadowing.)

For novel readers: Mushoku Tensei... You can't believe how many foreshadowing is there in the first 13 episodes alone!

I remember when I used to rewatch a scene in ONE PIECE to make sure I have my facts right when speaking with others online, the next thing I knew, 4 hours have passed and I rewatched a whole section of an arc, and the comment hasn't been posted yet.

Someone told me that Steins;Gate is good for rewatching, but I haven't got into that series yet. I might go to #anime or Light Novel first depending on what happens.

So, that's what I have to share today. If you read this far, Thank You~


Also, tell me if you liked the format: I try to make these posts compromised mostly of my comments on the conversation, and only use the responses I get if necessary.

~ Thanks for Reading ~



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Interesting arguments.
For me, I don’t like to change the speed, 1.0x is the best. Or else you won’t get to enjoy the whole anime.
Sometimes I skip the OP and ED but if I have time to spare or if I really like it, I don’t.

I didn’t like Mushoku Tensei after watching 2 episodes and I haven’t watched Eighthy Six so for those, I cannot really say anything.

Sometimes the animes bore me, so I don’t get to finish them. I think there’s no need to speed up if you don’t like what you’re watching. Just move on to another anime. Maybe in the future when you’ve already changed your taste, you can watch it again and finish it.

Some scenes I like, I rewatched a lot. And some animes that has an upcoming new season, I rewatched the previous season so I won’t skip a detail when I watch the new season.

But anyways this all depends on the person watching. These are just my opinions 😅

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Watch the first 3 episodes of Eighty-Six, and continue if you liked them...

I won't say watch Mushoku Tensei because the main appeal of the show is in Episode 2, if it was very bad for you I won't say continue, but if the only thing you hated is the main character, then it's a story about a terrible person who becomes a good person, and it's rewarding how much he changed, (while still needing a lot,) by the end of the first season.

I actually think watching at 1.0x speed is the best option, despite what I said at the beginning.

Thank you for the comment! I never expected someone to read my whole post!

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I never expected someone to read my whole post!

Hahahaha! You have me 😂
If I’m so intrigued with the topic at hand, I read the whole post. Even re read some parts 😅

Anyways, maybe I do hate the main character. I don’t like him in his past life so maybe I’m a little bit bias. It’s still one of the popular shows though, even here in Japan when it was aired. So probably, it’s just me. I guess if I’m ready to watch it again in the future, I might like it and finish it. 😅 Who knows

I haven’t heard of Eighthy Six until this post so I don’t know. The photo though looks cool. I’ll see if I can find it here. Yeah usually I watch 3-5 episodes, and if I like it, I’ll binge watch it. 😅

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Yeah I think if you have to speed up something you're watching, there's a good chance you don't actually enjoy it but more so enjoy being part of the community that surrounds it. For example there are tons of people on Letterboxd which add a silly amount of films to their lists every year. People ask them how they watch so many films; their responses: they put something on, don't actually pay attention to it, and focus on something else.

The world's in a weird spot where people seemingly feel the need to do things at rapid pacing. At that if they don't "consume" a particular piece of media then they're missing out somehow, so out of FOMO they hop into something that again, they probably don't actually like.

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I actually think this is a fair reason to speed up, but I don't like doing it myself... If I don't like a show, I don't like it...

But sometimes, watching at speed-up is still fun because the pace is already slow.

Thanks for the comment~

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I don't know, I've never found myself in that situation where I feel the need to speed something up. If something feels slow to the point where it doesn't quite catch my attention, I just move on.

I've seen some incredibly slow films and shows in the past, some of very long runtimes. And if I feel it's too slow or long, I'll just split it up over a day or two. But that is very rare. Another thing I do is take frequent breaks to stretch my legs and get water. Then I'll return and continue after a short break.

Just like you said: if you don't like something, you don't like it. Though I can genuinely believe that the average audience member is paying at best 40% of their attention to what they're supposedly watching. I doubt they're even aware of it, with how common the idea of endless scrolling through phones has become.

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That's a good point too... For me, it started when I needed to finish a Youtube video I was watching fast, and figured, I'll just speed it up and if I didn't understand it, I'll watch it later.

At 1.25x speed, I didn't notice any loss of information, and I also felt I'm using my time better, (NOTE: It's only a psychological effect, doesn't mean it is reality,) since then, I speed up videos and episodes sometimes.

Thanks for the comment, the last part about endless scrolling hits hard, !LOLZ


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I never sped things up when watching or rewatching (unless it's an educational tutorial vid). Probably do OP/ED skips often but never increasing the pace in real time. It just spoils the viewing experience and even the dull pacing of a show is part of the viewing experience. I think speed running the episode is like speed running some good games you could have enjoyed the tiny details but overlooked it and then regretting later wishing you can play it again for the first time for those novel easter egg experience especially when there is a lot of action involved.

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That's a great comparison:

"I think speed running the episode is like speed running some good games you could have enjoyed the tiny details but overlooked it and then regretting later wishing you can play it again for the first time for those novel easter egg experience especially when there is a lot of action involved."

Which makes speeding the anime on a rewatch like speedrunning a game you already knew, and just wanted to experience more of it. (Though for games, speedrunning is a kind of challenge you can't do in anime.)

Thanks for the comment.

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I never watch anime at a higher speed than normal but I can understand why you'd want to do that, the problem with shounen anime in particular is how they keep repeating and explaining the most obvious things, probably for teenagers who have a short attention span, but for an adult it's annoying.
I don't get why people even started an argument about this, no one is obligated to "watch anime the right way", you can watch it however you want, maybe unless you're a reviewer or something like that.

Personally, I finish shows fast because I usually let them play out in the background while I'm doing other things, at this point I have watched too much anime that I can both understand Japanese and predict the plot of most shows without having to pay attention to the screen all the time.

Skip OP and ED, (unless it's something great like Assassination Classroom season 2 openings, or unskippable Mushoku Tensei's)

I don't think you and I ever talked about anime OP/EDs, it's nice to get a glimpse at your taste in music.
I like Mushoku Tensei's second ED btw.

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Wish more people understood this:

"no one is obligated to "watch anime the right way,"

I don't talk about music a lot, so it makes sense to not know my tastes. Also, it's sad that most anime plots become predictable after a while, but that's what makes the shows that break the tropes fun for me. Seeing tropes done in different ways also serves as more data for my writing.

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Don't really like speeding things up😂. If it's an action anime I want to soak up all the light and gore I can so everything is normal. After the Asta and Yami versus Dante fight in black clover my pupils were as dilated as a cat's 😂😂😂

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I won't speed things up in most action scenes in anime, unless it's old or full of filler (Dragon Ball or Naruto,) When I'm speeding up, I'm usually talking about shows with predictable stories, (that have a few twists that make them worth watching,) not the 10/10 titles.

After the Asta and Yami versus Dante fight in black clover my pupils were as dilated as a cat's

Haha, I don't know why, but this sounds cool~

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It's only black clover that it has happened 😂😂. The anime paid special attention to their fights and i respect them for that😂

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