How many anime shows does it take to become an Otaku?
These are legitimate questions some anime fans have in the community.
While others are more curious about how many anime is a “good” amount to watch everyday to stay up to date with new, ongoing series.
The answer is simpler than we make it out to be. It’s not complicated and it doesn’t have to interfere with your priorities or lifestyle choices.
So with that said – here’s how you can decide the right out of anime to watch for you.
How Many Anime Should You Watch? Here’s The Answer:
1. How much time do you have to spare everyday?
When I started getting back into anime, I devoured a ton of anime shows within 12 months. And most of the time I watched anime on a daily basis.
But the only way you can do that is to figure out how much time you have to spare everyday.
For me – that was 1 hour or more. Each anime episode is 20 minutes long.
If you watch an hour’s worth of anime everyday, you can get through a 12 episode series in 4 days.
Or a standard 24-26 episode series in 8-10 days.
But it all comes down to how much anime you’re able to watch everyday, how much time you can spare, and whether it’s worth sparing time to watch anime everyday.
2. How Important is anime to you?
Might sound like a daft question, especially since you’re here reading this article on an anime website.
But… The truth is: not all anime fans are “dedicated” to watching anime, checking up on news, and being a part of the community everyday.
The real question is: what are you like?
- Are you a dedicated anime fan?
- Do you watch anime casually and occasionally?
- And how important is it to watch anime in your life?
If it’s one of your biggest sources of entertainment, then it’s probably important to some degree. And if it’s not… you can watch anime based on how important it is to you.
You don’t have to watch anime everyday to be a dedicated fan. Some fans watch anime once a week and have a “binge” session to catch up.
Other fans do it everyday because they’re either a part of the industry, or they just love to support the anime shows they love everyday.
Only you can decide what’s best for you.
3. Is watching anime everyday a bad thing?
No. There’s nothing inherently “bad” about watching anime everyday. As with most things that can get out of hand, it comes down to moderation.
Most of my time is spent being proactive in the anime industry, and being productive with my time. But I still make time to watch anime every week… Because it fits around my lifestyle.
Every anime fan is different. But if you do watch anime everyday, do it in moderation. Otherwise it’ll spiral into a bad habit that you can’t get away from.
And by that point – it starts to stand in the way of your priorities. Keep that in mind and don’t let it get to that level.
4. How many anime should you watch everyday to become an Otaku?
There’s no such thing. I’ll start with that. ‘
There’s no set rules to being an “Otaku”. Because being an Otaku is a mindset, not a set of rules you have to follow.
Think of it like being a “gamer”. You don’t have to play 1000 games to be a “true” gamer.
In the same way, you don’t need to watch anime everyday, and you don’t have to binge anime consider yourself an Otaku.
If anyone else tells you otherwise, they have a hidden agenda and are trying to manipulate you in one way or another.
5. How many anime should I watch to get a “good” grasp of what I enjoy?
I’ve watched over 400+ anime series. Probably 500+. Some I’ve dropped, many I’ve finished.
I’ve watched more than enough anime to know I enjoy:
- Slice of life.
On top of other genres like Supernatural and Magic.
That doesn’t mean you have to watch over 400+ anime shows to figure that out for yourself.
I’d say 100 anime series is a good enough number to strive for. Once you’ve seen at least 100 anime shows, you’ll start to get an idea of what you’re into (if you’re new to anime).
Anything less than that won’t be enough because there are so many anime as it is.
If you have more questions about watching anime, share it in the comments.