This is something we all do and the process has change at lot at least for me anyway in the past few years. Back when I didn’t blog or even have a decent internet connection I relied entirely on my real life friends two of which knew a lot about anime and read anime news sites at the time. That and my brother who had a hard drive filled with piles of older anime and a few on going ones such as Bleach and Naruto. That was my exposure to anime, my selection was narrow like a
VHS DVD library in a country town I had no choice in the matter and at the time was watching whatever I could get my hands on. Now I have the luxury of researching an anime before obtaining it so I don’t end up with DVD’s for things that down right suck.
That’s where the anime charts come in. So we have this thing called the internet right and on the internet people (It’s always someone different) tend to compile a chart of upcoming anime for a particular season. Without even realizing it you are putting your decisions into the hands of complete stranger which is no different from what I did years ago when asking my more knowledgeable friends about anime. What I’m getting at is that on those charts is someones opinion and judgement. What text did they put with the picture, what picture did they choose to show off the anime. In this early stage your choices can be subconsciously made months before the anime airs and one picture and some flavor text can make or break an upcoming anime. Take the Autumn chart for example and try and find Shin Sekai Yori. It was impossible to find with the picture because the picture is terrible and dark. I’m more diligent then most (Boasting) and I looked into it some more but I wouldn’t have had to do that if Shin Sekai Yori had released some better promotional images that eventually get used in these kinds of charts.
Another thing to think about is how misleading the information is. “K” on the same chart has a picture of a cute girl (That’s new for anime) and yet from what I saw of that anime it was more about stylized violence and had a subtle Yaoi undertone. Don’t correct me if I’m wrong on that one.
So moving onto the newest chart. What has grabbed your attention? Is it the numerous cute girls or have you actually read about the anime too? Are you going to go and read up about the anime you though sounded the best or are you going to blindly trust the chart? That’s what I used to do so don’t be ashamed if it is what you do.