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Published November 4, 2015

Have you ever just gotten done watching an anime, wanted to watch another, but couldn’t decide what exactly you wanted to watch? I’m not talking about, “the void” or anything like that. It’s not because you feel some hole in your heart that you don’t think can be filled, but just because you can’t find anything that fits the mood that you’re in.

When I get like this, I usually go to myanimelist, find the last show that I really enjoyed, and look at the recommendations. After scrolling all the way and up down the page, I pick a few that look interesting and my eyes immediately gravitate towards the score on the left hand side of the page. I think there’s some sort of filtering system in my mind that automatically categorizes anything with a score less than 7.5/10. With anything below a 7 receiving quickly being disregarded, and shows in the 7-7.49 range being placed in the on-hold category.

But even if the score is high, and the premise is interesting, I just might not be in the mood for that particular show. Maybe I’m looking for a comedy/slice of life series, but keep stumbling upon interesting sci-fi anime. Or maybe I’m looking for a good sci-fi series, but keep running into well-received romance anime. Or, maybe I’m looking for a show that combines all of these different genres together into one really entertaining package, but then I realize that I’ve probably seen all of the shows that have managed to pull that off, and do it well. After I get tired of looking for shows I’ve never heard of, I decided to pick a show from my, “plan to watch” list, but, for some reason, I’m not really interested in any of those right now… Plus, I’ll need something to watch after I’m done watching whatever I decide to watch today.

After a while, I’ll just wallow in my indecisiveness, and stare at the computer screen for a few minutes thinking of exactly which series I should watch. And, just before I give up and decide to just watch television or play video games instead, I decide to watch the series I had set aside for later anyway.

How do you decide which anime to watch next? Let us know in the comments below.

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