OH NO NOW I MUST BURN IN OTAKU HELL!
I identified a few factors to account for this strange phenomenon:
- I’ve seen the original and A’s. The constant references to it make for an associated sense of superiority, where you think you know more than the new characters about the old characters. It’s the same reason Gundam Seed Destiny was so popular at first, because they kept referring to Kira and Athrun as some godly beings and us viewers feel good because we’ve watched them grow up to that state. The same applies for StrikerS, particularly in episode 7 where Teana talks about how all the captains and sub-captains are so mysteriously awesome and she did not know why. We know why and we thus feel good that our old friends are more powerful than these young up-starts.
- There’s a Rider chibi version. Lutecia has the same hairstyle, the same mark on her forehead, and similarly-colour-schemed clothing. Rider is the best thing in Fate/Stay Night. The introduction of great antagonists who aren’t merely robots or brainwashed clones have raised the story level quite a bit too.
- The large amount of action is what made Nanoha watchable, not the silly over-the-top friendship. In recent episodes, the action sequences have been immense.
- Angry little girls who shout are funny. Especially those who shout in a manly manner. Vita is hilarious.
- The grown-up Nanoha, Fate and Hayate look so ridiculous in their gowns. I do not like them and am pleased when the 3 main charas look bad.
For your information, here’s the list of shows I still watch, ranked upon the criteria of most anticipated + how quick I watch it after obtaining the episode and how much I like the series:
- Gintama – When I get a new ep, there’s a mini-celebration.
- Oofuri – Good sports series are always watchable and addictive.
- Kaze no Stigma
- Lucky Star
- Kenichi – I get this on Sunday along with Major. I never sleep on Sundays before I get to watch these two series and sometimes that can make me wait till 3 am.
- Bokurano – Sometimes I put off watching because the mood isn’t right.
- Darker than Black – the 2-episode arc style makes it less addictive.
- Kaibutsu Oujo – Nobody likes this show except me it seems.
- Heroic Age
- Towards the Terra – Used to be pretty low on the chart until Jomy vanished and we got Shiroe and Keith.
- Nodame Cantabile
- Gurren Lagann
- Claymore – Climbed the chart significantly with the flashback arc of Teresa.
- Seto no Hanayome
- Seirei no Moribito – It’s slowness is a turn off at times so I don’t watch it at night.
- Shining Tears x Wind – Great example of how not to write a story. Unintentional comedy gold.
- Gigantic Formula – This is the most racist and culturally-ignorant show ever.
- Moonlight Mile
- Naruto – The fights are interesting at the moment.
- Dennou Coil – How can a kids’ show have this much technological depth? It’s only here at the bottom because of the solitary episode.
- Hayate no Gotoku – The anime version is watchable because lots of new references are added. Like Tengen Top****.
- Kissdum – It’s shit.
- Skullman – Slower than my pet turtle. The exposition alone takes longer than the movement of tectonic plates.
- Sisters of Wellber – Crap.
Not sure if I missed anything, I don’t really keep an official record of what I watch.