I found an old file on my computer the other day of my top 57 anime listed in order of which ones I liked most. I compiled this list over two and a half years ago and boy was I surprised to see what I liked back then. I know my taste has changed but I never realized it changed that much.
Although my top ten haven’t changed very much I did notice some anime which have moved around a lot either because right after I’d watched them I rated them highly or because they don’t have much long term appeal. Either way some anime have dropped a long way down the list such as When The Seagulls Cry which was 18/57 but is now 143/165. It’s been years since I watched it and it really makes me think. 19 year old me somewhat enjoyed that anime but 22 year old me would rather watch something else.
Two things this really set off in my mind was the scoring on anime online and the idea of an anime having a short term and long term affect on the viewer. Any story ever is going to be more highly rated if the score is given within a day of the person finishing it. I’m certain I’m right in say this but if you want to argue that then go ahead. The thing is I know this is true because even I do it. Of coarse there is an exception to this and that is the idea of something being more appealing in the long term.
Because it is possible that you’re memories may become “distorted” as time passes and you start to forget the good points of a bad story or the you start to forget the bad points of a good story. This can explain why something you remember from your childhood be it a game or an anime is vastly less interesting when you watch or play it as an adult even if you thought is was going to be great. Nostalgia can be a terrible thing sometimes.
I’m not claiming to be an expert on this but some of you must at least have had a similar experience as everyone’s taste changes over time especially in your teenage years. Will your taste in anime be the same five years from now? How about twenty years from now? I know mine will be vastly different.