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Do you feel sad after finishing an anime series?
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I finally have a few anime series under my belt and I've started to realize that I hate finishing them! So far all the shows that I've watched by a couple of episodes in the characters are usually developed and you start getting a sense of how things are. Then you start to love and hate certain characters and eventually you can't wait to watch just one more episode and then it's over.

I was so sad after I watched Clannad and the afterstory that I didn't start another series for a month. No more Nagisa or her parents and their bakery shop; nothing else to see. I recently felt this feeling again after finishing Kanon today. No more Ayu and her "ugu"ing or sleepy Nayuki bouncing her head off the table during breakfast.

To add another question to the discussion, why are Anime shows so short? Most of the shows I've looked up only have 12 or 24 episodes whereas here in American we apparently give our shows YEARS worth of content, look at the Simpsons it's managed to reach 21 years worth of episodes!

In an odd way, just like what they say with a family pet - to get over a loss, get a puppy! Guess that means I just need to move on to a new cast of characters to fall in love with.
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Not sure about the first part, I have felt disappointed over how a series ended before. That is personal preference.

For the second part, and you'll probably get the best answer from @Ancient One, but it probably MONEY. The cost of creating a series is expensive and increases year after year. The Simpsons are a statistical anomaly compared to other American animated series. But I'm not an expert on that sort of thing.
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I Want to cry everytime a good anime ends, but thats how the industry is these days. I was depressed for 2 weeks when Gintama ended. But it certainly sucks when you watch something beyond awsome that ends and you never get to progress further in their world of epic. I guess you get used to it eventually, like a garden of flowers, they come and go and are just as beautiful each season, but always there to look at.

From my viewpoint with no documented knowledge, Animes today are in high volume of variety, and short stories are the best selling. As its industry grows in popularity so are the number of created shows, its impossible to have everything go on long sagas. I also see it as a fail safe for long mangas to make a single season, if it does well they can create another season. (Sora no Otoshimono gets a 3rd season this year *example*) This is very unlike years ago when only a certain few animes can make the cut and were able to continue many many season. (because they were the only things to watch)
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If the show's good, and I've connected with the characters, then yes, naturally I'll feel sad.

As for being too short, I prefer that. Tell a good story and don't drag it out.

Series that run too long often just end up being too soap opera-ish for my tastes. There's too much filler, too much inconsistency, and just a general lack of going anywhere. But, that in a way, is the point. The shows that run on for a long time are extremely popular, which translates to $$$.

There's no way to tell beforehand how a show will sell, so they are written to be shorter. If they are very successful, there is a chance for expanding the story. And then if the show is "too" successful... well, there isn't much point to wrapping up the story, is there?
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Yes, especially when i truly enjoyed the series. I wake up the next day and notice that a certain anime isn't on my schedule breaks it my heart but everything must have an ending.
The Clannad series are favorite anime so I can relate with what your saying but the other anime that made me feel the same way when it ended was Angel Beats! and AnoHana
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deadpanditto wrote: As for being too short, I prefer that. Tell a good story and don't drag it out.


I agree with you on that point, I guess if a show was long, drawn-out and full of filler you wouldn't connect with it as well.

I've also noticed that some of the popular American cartoons don't have a main story to them, they're all about the current episode which I'd assume means it's much easier to sign on another season. Another reason I'm really enjoying Anime as it's much more than just cheap laughs for the evening, I want to keep progressing through the series to see what happens even if I'll end up sad that it's over.



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I could definitely understand the sadness. Even if it's only taken me a day to complete, when it's finished, I feel like its become a part of me. As if I had memories associated with it. After finishing said anime, I typically take a shower and thinking about the anime, then when I'm done, start another one, prep noodles, and repeat.
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If I'm sad or not when a show ends usually depends on the reason I like a show. If the best part of a show is its plot, then I'm kind of happy when it ends because then I can appreciate the whole plot, not just the fragments you know at the beginning. I feel accomplished, not sad when I finish those kinds of shows. But if the best part of a show is the characters, then I can get really sad when I'm getting towards the end. I don't really care what the characters are doing as long as I get to spend time with the them.
I enjoyed finishing anime like Another, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Shigofumi, but hated finishing ones like Baccano and Angel Beats.
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depends on the ending sometimes they end it right and I feel fulfilled but usually they end it with a lot of unanswered questions and there isn't a next season and then I'm sad.
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I couldn't agree more. With a piss poor ending comes a piss poor level of satisfaction. The only time a bad ending is forgivable is when the author passes away and the material is left unfinished. (Kaze no Stigma being a good example of this.)
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I agree. Some anime leave you wondering what happens beyond "the end". Kind of like Kanon did for me. I love that anime and didn't want it to end. I wanted to know how life was for everyone. I wanted to see Ayu walk again! *Ahem* Anyhow, yes, some anime leave me sad when they end. >.>
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toxxin wrote:

depends on the ending sometimes they end it right and I feel fulfilled but usually they end it with a lot of unanswered questions and there isn't a next season and then I'm sad.

agree with you



darthzader wrote:

I agree. Some anime leave you wondering what happens beyond "the end". Kind of like Kanon did for me. I love that anime and didn't want it to end. I wanted to know how life was for everyone. I wanted to see Ayu walk again! *Ahem* Anyhow, yes, some anime leave me sad when they end. >.>


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Zee7sms wrote:
To add another question to the discussion, why are Anime shows so short? Most of the shows I've looked up only have 12 or 24 episodes whereas here in American we apparently give our shows YEARS worth of content, look at the Simpsons it's managed to reach 21 years worth of episodes!

As volcan_98 stated, the primary reason is money.

American television is very focused on selling advertising. The closest you'll get to this with anime are the evening series like Naruto, Bleach, etc., all of which tend to be long-running, just like most American television.

Most of the one or two cour series are late night anime, where the broadcast of the anime itself is more of an ad. If it is an original anime, the object is to sell DVD/BD discs later, and possibly merchandise. If it is based on a manga or light novel, that is an added promotional aspect. In fact, these are the most likely to be an unsatisfying short run, as the light novel or manga publisher tends to get the biggest boost in circulation from the initial airing, and typically has little reason to kick in financial support for future seasons.

Posted 5/15/12
I know exactly how you feel. When you watch an anime; the story, the characters, and the plot just make you feel like you're part of that world. You know everything about the characters, and at the same time you experience the same pain and happiness as them.

They feel real, and then when it's over it's like.. that's it.

The bright side is that there are so many talented mangakas in Japan that there is always a good story at hand.
Posted 5/15/12
If the series was really good... I felt really sad at the end of Toward the Terra...
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