“Guilty Pleasure” is commonly used to describe something you shouldn’t like, or are guilty of liking it, but at the same time you do like it. I’d describe a Guilty Pleasure Anime as a show that you love to come back to when all the other shows fail to impress you. It’s not a masterpiece show, but we love it nonetheless. Basically, it’s your biased favorite.
I’ve archived some shows but there’s a handful in there that I’ve re-watched more times than the others. One of those shows would be Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi. It was one of my early favorites during my first years of watching anime. I saw a very short clip of it (eight seconds long if I remember correctly) and it was enough for me to want to give it a go. The art style really got to me, though at that time I had just got around watching some other J.C. Staff shows. The story wasn’t anything like I had expected, rather, it was loads better. I started recommending it like crazy afterwards.
I was blind to its flaws because I was so entranced by it. Maybe even now, after reading what others see in it as flaws (character development and such), and after seeing some of it as well, it didn’t matter. I still loved it. And yes, I’ve re-watched it a bunch of times. I can’t really say it’s the nostalgia factor, since it wasn’t that long ago that I’ve watched it, but if I had to give a reason, it maybe because it was one of the shows that got me started with anime. Kinda like how when you got a new toy but you don’t want to get rid of your old one (or is that just me, lol)
It’s my go-to show when I need a few laughs, a kyaa~ moment, or just something to pass the time when the day feels slow. Definitely not the best, but I guess that’s the idea here – a show doesn’t need to be near flawless all the time for us to say we like it, and sometimes ignoring the “flaws” and just enjoying the show just works.
So, you guys have any “Guilty Pleasure” shows? ^^