A marathon is made when you take an entire season of your favorite anime to watch, or if not, a movie session or several anime episodes and others of your choice.
Many people do this, but the wrong way. Not that there is a manual with rules, but the use of some practices can make your marathon much more fun and comfortable.
These tips are not only for anime, but also for series, movies, dramas and others of your interests.
We gathered a lot of information from the internet and also experiences lived by us, with the veracity that you can do it the right way!
Here are the tips:
choose what to watch
Always go prepared for a marathon, nothing is more frustrating than watching an episode of everything and not liking anything.
Separate a list with what you want to watch, if it is difficult to know this, watch an episode of each one on your list and then see which one you like the most. Once that's done, go with the idea of not switching to another anime, unless you're going to marathon a variety of anime.
set a limit
It is very important to have a boundary about yourself. You can set a time limit or an episode limit per day. We recommend between 12 to 25 episodes maximum, or 8 hours/day. Remembering that it can be 1 anime of 24 episodes or 2 anime of 12, or several anime, but if that's the case, preferably anime released weekly.
Not following a limit will bring serious problems to your body and your mental state. Examples would be insomnia, body numbness, vision problems and impaired hearing (if using headphones).
Other more serious cases would lead to depression or loss of desire to leave the house and do other activities. Which happens to be my case too, since recently I watched about 40 to 50 episodes in a row with only a few breaks.
Choose the location and date of your marathon
It is very important to choose the right place and the right day for you. Of course, for some any place is right and any time is time for a session of thousands of episodes, NEET's maybe. But if you are like this, know that it is a mistake!
Prefer places where there are no televisions or other sound devices on, also prefer places without much movement. For most, the place in question is the house itself, right? That's because too much noise and movement will take your attention and you will miss many of the emotions that the episode wanted to convey.
In addition to the location, prefer to do your marathon using a TV, monitors or notebooks and tablets. That's because a small screen can force you to overspend your eyesight, and also a larger screen will give you more pleasure during an episode. But use this tip if you think it's better.
Pick a date where you don't have any commitments or where you know you won't be interrupted in the middle of an episode.
Personal hygiene and cleanliness of the chosen location
Nothing worse than feeling dirty, right? You don't need to do a purification ritual, but at least brush your teeth, wash your face and keep a good smell. This is so as not to be uncomfortable in the middle of the marathon, because once you start it’s hard to stop for other things…
Also clean your corner. Take out the trash, remove excess dust, leave it with a pleasant smell. Change the used handkerchiefs and cloths for a long time, make it a perfect environment for you.
Of course, these things are to increase your experience, but do as you need and want.
Snacks and isotonic drinks
There's nothing worse than seeing something and being hungry and not having anything around… We end up getting hungry, but change that. Prepare snack potions to accompany you during the marathon, it doesn't have to be big things or meals, it's just so you don't starve like many do.
The drink is to take away your sleep and also to replenish the energy and nutrients your body needs after being still for some time.
Notify your family
Tell him not to bother you for a while as he will be busy. After all, it's pretty bad to be interrupted by silly things. If they insist or get worried, tell them the truth or say something that convinces them it's not a bad thing.
But if your family notices something and gets worried, just try to do marathons only 1 or 2 times a week. Remembering that you can do this every day, but sometimes it's good to take a break, okay?
Avoid distractions, stay focused
Remove distractions. Leave your cell phone on mute, remove that manga, book or figure of yours up close. Anything that gets in your way prefers far away, distractions take your focus and much of the story can be lost by this lack of focus.
The most important item on this list, by the way, difficult for some and simple for others.
If you feel the need to use the bathroom, use it. If you feel like drinking water, drink it. If you feel like stretching your body, stretch. Don't let silly things make you take breaks, but know when to do so, it's important for your body.
If you prefer, take 5 to 10 minute breaks every 1 or 2 hours. Whether to eat or anything like that.
Set aside tissues to clean up your crying sessions after emotional scenes
I don't know if it's just me, but I'm too weak for any shocking or sad scene. My eyes just water.
And there is no anime that brings me that emotion. Even if you don't have this weakness like mine, it would be good to separate tissues or a washcloth, maybe you feel that urge to cry suddenly, don't be ashamed, it's natural (I think).
And anime can be whatever genre it is, it will still have a sad emotional side. Over time you realize that this doesn't even need to be forced for the most part, it just happens. But if you go to see CLANNAD or similar, bring lots of tissues.
MAL is the abbreviation for My Anime List, MAL is a site that has a huge collection of anime, manga and others. On this site, users can evaluate each work, which in the end is made a ranking and list of the most voted with all those present on the site.
It is also possible through your account to organize all the anime that you have already watched. Therefore, you can always organize your previously watched anime.
The site has many other functions, I recommend you to access and see for yourself.