LOS ANGELES, CA – With the winter anime season already in full swing, countless fans find themselves watching yet another host of new anime. Inevitably, many struggle to keep up with the multitude of new shows airing every week, and often end up with a backlog spanning several seasons over time. Stephen Sherman was one of these people — until he discovered his own revolutionary way to watch anime.
By adjusting the playback speed on his video player, Sherman effectively reduces the amount of time he must spend each week watching seasonal anime, playing all videos at 1.5x speed or higher. Sherman discovered this technique during his search for a way to watch all of his desired anime without quitting his job.
“It was a bit of a challenge at first, getting used to reading the subtitles so quickly. Some shows are harder to manage than others at these speeds, but it became easier after a while.”
Sherman first employed this strategy at the start of the Fall 2017 season, and to great success. He has since cleared out his backlog of seasonal anime dating back to 2016, and having developed superior reading speed, is now able to complete light novels at a much faster pace. Sherman claims he can even read the entirety of the flashing text cuts found in the Monogatari series without pausing the video.
Sherman’s newfound talent has more practical uses as well. He claims to have received a promotion at work for his sudden increase in productivity and has outgrown his hatred for nightcore anime remixes on YouTube.
“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Sherman continued. “Now I can balance my love for anime with my everyday life. I really think it’s something everyone should be doing. Probably the best thing that’s come of it is that I have more time to spend with my wife and kids.”
But not all anime fans agree that Sherman’s revolutionary new anime watching method is fair.
“How can you fully appreciate the anime if you’re focusing on reading subtitles that are flying by?” Sherman’s wife Alex told Anime Maru. “This is why I only watch dubbed anime played back at 1.5x speed.”
Other fans offered alternative methods to watching anime in a reasonable time — including watching multiple episodes simultaneously or just not watching anime and reading episode synopses.
Regardless of these naysayers, Sherman is sure he will continue using this revolutionary technique, as it has proven to be best for both himself and his family.
Sherman was last seen finishing the final episode of Himouto! Umaru-chan R, which even at 2.0x speed, “couldn’t end fast enough.”