I value getting surprised very highly. I just hate predictability, and I hate being able to call something before it happens in a story. As such, I try to avoid trailers and previews for anything I’m looking forward to because, well, they dilute the final experience. Sure, if you’re into something, you want it now and you’ll scrap for any pieces you can get ahead of time. But if the marketing team isn’t especially savy and they reveal too much, too early, then your viewing experience is basically just about waiting for those “money shots” you saw in the trailer to drop. It’s sort of like opening your presents before Christmas. Do that enough and the big day isn’t as special by the time you get to it.
That’s one thing that’s been refreshing about watching anime for this site. I typically haven’t been bombarded by previews for these shows, I usually don’t know what to expect, and I’m almost going in blind.
Some of you have brought up that these show openers can reveal too much ahead of time. You can make the argument that that’s what animators want you to see and that these themes needs to be representative of the entire series, not just the first episodes. However, I’ll bring up a specific case where I got spoiled by just one poster and an opener...
That was an example of a show revealing a little too much with only just a little information in its own promos. When I finally got to it, it was certainly dramatic, but I wonder how much more jaw-dropping it would’ve been if I had no idea it was coming. I’m sure you’ve all got plenty of experiences for other shows that are similar… so let’s hear ‘em! When you have been spoiled by the source?