The human sense of taste is a complex and amazing thing. There’s never a common standard; what’s sweet is just, well, sweet, and if it’s bitter, there’s nothing else you could describe it as. But, what makes the palate so unique is how each of us sometimes go and like the weirdest, or at the least, the more uncommon tastes (you know, stuff like, mint chocolate, Oreo-and-cheese milkshakes, uhh, veggie burgers). We don’t like it right away, but it grows on us – we acquire a taste for them. The same also holds true for a lot of stuff; songs you listen to, books you read, and maybe, in the anime we watch as well.
Having been a fan of anime for some four or five years now, it wouldn’t be too surprising if I grew a sort-of tolerance, maybe even a liking, to some of the stuff we see in there. To name a few:
If four, maybe even three years ago, you asked me to go and watch a shoujo anime, I would’ve said “Uhh, no thanks.” (well, more accurately, I’d probably say something along the lines of “..What’s shoujo?”) but yeah, most likely I’d decline the offer. Why? Because I simply and absolutely thought that those shoujo shows back then really were geared to just the female audience. Kimi ni Todoke showed me the light and error of my ways basically. Now I really don’t mind as much anymore – more so since I end up looking forward to romances with the coming of a new season, and shoujo romances are often times a nice change of pace.
Ecchi (and by extension, fan-service, suggestive and otherwise)
Fan-service is a different story though. At some point in time I just thought “That’s.. wow.”. Not that I’d love every show I watch to have it, but if it happens to be there, well, it’s service, not really polite to turn it down.
So yeah. I’m sure there’s a few more, but these three stand out in my endless, ever-growing and infinitely long list of anime. What are your acquired tastes in anime? A genre maybe? or just something you see in anime in general?