Maybe anime veteran bias isn’t the best term for what I am thinking of here…
Lately I’ve been thinking about how I judge anime, and comparing my observations / enjoyment to what I would have thought when I started out watching anime. I was just much less critical back then!
For the first year or so of discovering & watching anime, I loved everything I watched. Didn’t matter what it was. Harem, ecchi, action, shounen, mecha, fantasy, et cetera. I just enjoyed watching anime. I look back now on some of the titles that I watched and am fairly surprised that I sat through 12-24 episodes of certain anime. Present day Yomu would have some serious trouble re-watching some of the anime in his anime list.
So this made me wonder, is there a tangible anime veteran bias? I can guarantee that if I actually rated anime (something I don’t do on MAL), I would have rated many anime higher back then than I would today. And even anime that I have watched recently, such as Black Cat, I know I would have rated higher had I watched it back in 2013. At the very least, I feel like I would have enjoyed it more.
But what causes this to happen?