1 – Take it with you
While most binges are spontaneous and happen in one’s spare time, if there’s a series that you’ve been meaning to watch, you might try out mobile apps for Crunchyroll and the like. If your commute is longer, you can watch your show on the bus, etc.
2 – Make it a double feature
There are TONS of Anime movies out there that are out on DVD and available through Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Amazon. If you have a local DVD store, they may have a few of the older ones available for rent. Pick two by the same group, or with similar/contrasting themes, and have fun!
A really easy and common double feature/film binge is to pick a studio and watch two of their films in a row. (Studio Ghibli has enough films for a proper bender, but it’s not recommended for the faint of heart.)
3 – The Flight
(In Seattle, craft breweries will usually have a way to try multiple flavors at one sitting, and it’s usually called a “flight.)
Watch episodes one and two of at least three different anime. If you hook in, pick which one to watch all the way through next time.
4 – Anime Club
You don’t have to binge alone – if you’re part of a high school or university you may have an anime club already, or may be able to start one. Anime Binge was founded by a proud member of MEK Theta Sigma – a combination Anime Club and fandom community at Webster University
5 – Pick a Shorty
Most 12 ep anime series can be polished off in one day. Some of them don’t have a proper ending (no renewal) and some are just perfect and require a second watch later to really get the gist (FLCL is a great example).
6 – Plan a day and time, and ATTACK!
Some anime series just aren’t built for distract-able people. You can’t watch Stein’s Gate and still get the full gist if you do dub only with only watching occasionally. Or sub only with only watching occasionally. You will miss hint after hint of the wider story if you do.
One final note… In defense of “The Bender”
While you don’t necessarily want to binge the entirety of a 12 season anime in four days, there’s a perfectly legitimate excuse for The Bender – You always wanted to, and now you have, and don’t you feel better now that you have?
It’s difficult to maintain a “Bender” if you’re the only one doing it. You will have questions that you don’t have the answer to mid-season, you will have epiphanies that you can’t share with anyone else because they won’t get it. Let AB know if you’re going to attempt a Bender and we’ll do our best to attack it with you in parallel time. Tag us on our Facebook and let us know what you’re up to!