Ah the anime binge. Like its other TV binge brethren, you span many hours doing nothing but watching an anime series. One episode after another, nonstop. With modern cliffhanger strategy, you are sucked into a temporary blissful oblivion.
Good or bad?
General binge watching, while enjoyable in the moment, can sometimes bring feelings of guilt afterwards. You spent your whole weekend inside doing nothing but sitting in front of the TV. Shame. Shaaaammeee!
But you are studying Japanese. Anime is in Japanese. So should you free yourself of guilt and pat yourself on the back for a weekend of “studying?”
What about with “English su…”
Assuming you weren’t using English subtitles, an anime binge is a positive thing. A binge can only exist if you are enjoying the anime. And you only enjoy the anime if you are understanding a certain percentage (this percentage varies depending on the anime).
While doing nothing but anime binges may not be the best for your Japanese progress (a little balance is important), your occasional anime binges are great. Enjoy them, guilt free.
This is one of the great benefits of learning Japanese. Things in life that are normally not seen as productive suddenly are. You can watch the trashiest talk show, read the trashiest books, and sit on the couch all day. Yet you are being productive and should be commended. Embrace that idea. It goes a long way.
Do you anime-binge study guilt free? Feel the progress after a binge? Share your thoughts in the comments!