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Feeling burned out on anime
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I used to be super-obsessed and now I wonder what the hell I was thinking watching so much anime. Thankfully there's also vidya and wrestling. But fuck WWE's PG shit. Fuck changing the name of the company from WWF! Go back to the Attitude Era! They can start by bringing back Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Goldust. So what if it's fake? Everybody knows that! There's no need to insult the fans' intelligence. How stupid does Vince McMahon think we are?
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You sound like a whiny hipster. It sounds like you just watch bad shows so quit doing that. I drop shows after the 1st episode all the time. If you have a shitty attitude towards anime as a whole I can guarantee that you won't like it just cause of your negative attitude. I've taken month brakes from anime, breaks from different genres, breaks from a certain show for months just to come back and watch them later. To me it sounds like your are pissing yourself off. Things change, time moves on, some new things you will like some you will hate. You just can't bitch about ever little thing. Japan is not America they do not come out to please you but to please the Japanese audience. There are a lot of shows that do very poor here and very very well in japan and vise versa. Most american viewers enjoy the action genre much more and the romance and moe genre much less because of the culture differences. It's not like loli con is widely accepted over there either, its just more popular and people will pay money for it. Sort of like how American like to play games were you shoot other people, its all fantasy so in the end its ok...?

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You only watch 5-6 shows at a time NOW? How much were ya watchin' before?
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I don't think I'll ever burn out. I feel like I wasted the day if I don't watch at least one episode or read a few pages of manga I sometimes stop for a while if I get a new game though.
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I'm almost 23 now, I started watching anime when I was in middle school - around 11 or 12. There were a few years in there where I didn't watch anime, but i just started getting back into it recently (I signed up for this site so I could watch the new episodes of Sword Art Online ASAP).

But it's not like when I was younger where I would read and watch dozens of manga and anime at a time. Now I just pick a few good shows that I want to follow or watch, but that's cause the rest of the time is filled with other things in life: school, work, video games, social life, etc.
I guess my main point it's good to take a break. You're tastes have probably changed, and you've probably been so overloaded with the same material that you're burned out. Take a break for a few months, or even longer. And when you decide to come back, choose what you want to follow. You don't have to watch every single anime out there to know what's good and what isn't.
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Posted 12/3/12 , edited 12/3/12

Magilad wrote:

You only watch 5-6 shows at a time NOW? How much were ya watchin' before?


http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-782824/feeling-burned-out-on-anime?pg=0
Read the post before you shoot your mouth.

@ Kaamaru: I barely even read manga anymore. I never did read as much of it as I watched anime, but I did buy up plenty of manga back in the day. I still have plenty of books I've never read. Books that I bought years ago. Only times I ever read scans of anything? Yugo the Negotiator (Up to halfway through the Pakistan arc; unlike the anime, the manga was never brought stateside) and Golgo 13 (Story 1: Operation Big Safe, 1969; Viz's release only had selected stories and it's a long-running series). If I'm not reading manga, I'm reading Game of Thrones (Never seen the TV series), Neal Boortz's books, or other stuff.

Now Adult Swim has Naruto and I've picked it back up for the first time in four years (I'd only seen the first episode and read a few chapters). With DBZ with swords a.k.a. Bleach going into reruns, maybe I'll check this out. Just hope it's not too padded like DBZ and One Piece were. Now where do the fillers start? That way I'll know when to skip to Shippuuden.
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Sorry that you're feeling tired of it lately...
For me, I don't think I'll grow burned out of it. Anime is my life and I rely on it a little too much. It distracts me from negative feelings, and it brings me up When I think about how people come out with all these different and crazy stories, it just makes me smile because anime will never end cause there'll always be someone to make a new story.
Maybe to help you out, I always give anime a chance. I'll watch the first 3 episodes and if I don't like it, I'll drop it. So maybe if you aren't impressed right away, don't bother with watching it..
Hope I'm of some help...
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The_Libertarian_Otaku wrote:


Magilad wrote:

You only watch 5-6 shows at a time NOW? How much were ya watchin' before?


http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-782824/feeling-burned-out-on-anime?pg=0
Read the post before you shoot your mouth.

@ Kaamaru: I barely even read manga anymore. I never did read as much of it as I watched anime, but I did buy up plenty of manga back in the day. I still have plenty of books I've never read. Books that I bought years ago. Only times I ever read scans of anything? Yugo the Negotiator (Up to halfway through the Pakistan arc; unlike the anime, the manga was never brought stateside) and Golgo 13 (Story 1: Operation Big Safe, 1969; Viz's release only had selected stories and it's a long-running series). If I'm not reading manga, I'm reading Game of Thrones (Never seen the TV series), Neal Boortz's books, or other stuff.

Now Adult Swim has Naruto and I've picked it back up for the first time in four years (I'd only seen the first episode and read a few chapters). With DBZ with swords a.k.a. Bleach going into reruns, maybe I'll check this out. Just hope it's not too padded like DBZ and One Piece were. Now where do the fillers start? That way I'll know when to skip to Shippuuden.
Yeah, skimmed through it rather than reading whole thing, so my comment was a mistake there.

Anyway, I've had a similar feeling, being burnt out on anime. But, I think that was because my friend kept pestering me about keeping up with it all the time. I'll get to watching it when I want, damn it. lol If anything I'm burnt out on anime now is the inconsistency of animation and direction for long running shows. It cheapens its value to me, especially when the story good. Japan should really do things more like americans and not try to get an episode out almost every week without any kind of break for seasons. I mean, I don't mind little dips, but a lot of times it's too noticeable and off putting.
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So I've cut back on anime over the past year, and now I just don't plain feel like starting new shows anymore. Not since Adult Swim started airing Tenchi Muyo GXP have I started anything new. I used to watch SKET Dance here and got pretty far up, but have since dropped it along with a bunch of other shows (Which I'd watched on FUNimation's site and Hulu). I've been a fan since the late-'90s-2000s anime boom. Seen HUNDREDS of different TV series, OVAs, ONAs, and movies. I once watched 180 different shows in the course of a single year. I've watched shounen, shoujo, seinen, josei, yuri, yaoi--everything short of hentai. Like just about everybody here, I witnessed the Great Anime Crash that started back in '07. I've plodded through good shows, bad shows, and everything in between. I used to follow up to 30 shows at a time. Now? I just can't get into much of it anymore. I've even looked back at the anime I've watched and in hindsight, WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING? I've seen so many bad shows that I now regret ever wasting my time on them! And this season? I've kept up on all the news and just can't find anything that appeals to me. It all seems so unoriginal now. I now only follow 5-6 shows at a time. Before I would watch both subs and dubs. Now? I no longer have the motivation to watch subbed anime. Tried starting PandoraHearts--dropped it immediately because the subtitles are timed too fast! I should not have to pause a show just to be able to know what the fuck the characters are saying! Is just watching and enjoying an anime too much to ask? Even went so far as to cancel my FUNimation subscription because their video player kept screwing up. If they're not going to fix it, why bother? I may as well have set $8 on fire every month!

There's certain genres that are now as dead to me as disco. Ecchi, harem, VN, and moe shows (Exceptions: KyoAni's product, the Nasuverse, and a few other series) are now dead to me. Those genres are the cancer that's killing anime! They're holding the medium back. Lolicon? Get rid of it! Only in the last ten years did we finally get past the stereotype that all anime is violent tentacle porn. We don't need a fucking pedophile stain on our fandom! (For starters, FUNi can drop Dance in the Vampire Bund and apologize for ever getting that "show".) Old slice-of-life shows and period pieces set in the time before Christ a.k.a. the last half of the 20th century? Except for Kids on the Slope and a few other shows, I cannot watch them without screaming at the TV over the lack of cell phones! And speaking of cell phones, 2000s anime is already starting to show its age. Flip phones? Brick phones? How fucking obsolete! Nobody or their dog uses those anymore! I can't even look at someone using a flip phone IRL anymore without either cringing or laughing at how backward they are! Where the hell did they get their phones? A time machine set to the Bush administration? Even while watching newer shows such as SKET Dance, I keep raging every time they show a flip phone. GET WITH THE FUCKING TIMES! FLIP PHONES WERE COOL...BACK IN TWO-THOUSAND-FUCKING-FIVE! WE HAVE SMARTPHONES NOW!

I don't know if it's because I've gotten older, or my tastes have refined, or if it's the times we're living in, the fact I've been going out more and picking up chicks, a mix of these, something else, or what. All I know is that I'm burned out on anime. Many of the shows I've seen have suffered from lousy writing (Horizon, Pretear), padding/fillers (Bleach, Naruto, One Piece), cop-out endings (Ai Yori Aoshi, Inuyasha before Final Act, Trinity Blood, Tokko, et al), too much fanservice (Heaven's Lost Property, Mouse), sequels that just came too late (Inuyasha again--why couldn't Sunrise just disregard the first anime and do a total remake that followed the manga?) or just plain shitty writing (Guilty Crown, Arcana Famiglia). Who the fuck wrote this shit--Vince Russo? WHAT? Did Vince Russo write this shit? WHAT? Did Vince Russo write bad shows like Arcana Famiglia and Horizon? WHAT? Did Vince Russo put all those ungodly fillers in Bleach? WHAT? I SAID DID VINCE RUSSO WRITE SUCH SHITTY ANIME? You do not end shows without resolving loose plot threads! You do not pad shounen anime with fillers and long arcs where the heroes take 10+ episodes to fight one guy! You do not cram fillers in the middle of other story arcs! (I'm looking at YOU, Bleach!) You do not set up a show for one premise and then pull a swerve that degenerates into mindless filler! (Arcana Famiglia 3:16 says I just trolled the fans!) It's as bad as WCW after the Fingerpoke of Doom fiasco!

And then you have the Great Anime Crash itself. We've seen so many great companies die a sad, ignoble death--Geneon, ADV, Central Park Media, and now Bandai. If they didn't get all the bad anime I just mentioned, they'd still be around! If the Japanese companies hadn't been such fucking Luddites and screwed themselves and the American companies by clinging to dead business models, these companies would still be alive and well! I don't know which is sadder--this or the Montreal Screwjob! They sat there and they tried shit like Bandai Vi$ual U$A and it didn't get them anywhere! Talk about reverse importation, talk about fansubs....why can't the Japanese companies adopt OUR models instead? As long as people buy the DVDs, they still get the money! Whoever came up with the idea that American fans should pay the same as the Japanese for their anime or that Geneon and ADV should have gotten all those mid and low-tier shows that killed those companies deserves a Stone Cold Stunner off the top of a ladder!

And that's the bottom line, cus Stone Cold said so!



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Too tired to read those walls of texts.

I've been burnt out on anime sometimes now, luckily I have other stuff to do too.
I have a lot of games on PS3.
I was watching all of Friends lately.
Now I'm sort of back to watching anime, but it's going slow.
Currently I'm catching up on My Little Monster and completing Working.
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Take a week break and return back.
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Posted 12/4/12 , edited 12/4/12

GodWhomIsMike wrote:


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Same. Whining is bad. People still use flip phones by the way, not every asshole and their dog has a smartphone. It's also obvious by the shows you listed you don't dig too deep into the different genres to find the needles in the haystack, do ya? News flash. Geneon, ADV films, and Bandai are still around. Central Park Media went bankrupt though, so it's gone. Japan doesn't adopt our business model because they have their own and it's quite successful. Not just American fans, but all fans, and no, they don't make us and have never made us pay the same prices as the Japanese do with their releases. Different business model, ring any bells? Like others have said, take a break. You kind of overloaded on anime what with keeping track of thirty or so at a time. Even five or six. Also, stop watching 'shit' shows then and you'll probably be happier. Instead of complaining about tentacles, lolis, time travelers, aliens, and espers, why don't you find shows without those things. You know, actually look? Anime not having cellphones, that's a problem for you? Anime hasn't declined in the 2000s, overall it has gotten better. Here, I'll give you a list (my list) of anime you can skim through. Lots of good titles, none of them bad.

5 Centimeters Per Second
Accel World
A Certain Magical Index
Air Gear
Aki Sora
Akira
Angel Beats!
Ano Hana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Another
Aquarion
Aria the Scarlet Ammo
Astro Boy
Azumanga Daioh
B Gata H Kei
Baccano!
Baka and Test
Bakemonogatari
Basilisk
Beck
Best Student Council
Berserk
Birdy the Mighty: Decode
Black Blood Brothers
Black God
Black Jack
Black Lagoon
Black Star Rock Shooter
Bleach
Blood +
Blue Gender
Bokurano
Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai
Boogiepop Phantom
Btooom!
Bunny Drop
Burst Angel
Canaan
Carnival Phantasm
Casshern Sins
C-Control
Chobits
Chrono Crusade
Clannad
Claymore
Countdown: Akira Saga
Cowboy Bebop
Crayon Shin-Chan
Cromartie High School
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Dante's Inferno
Darker Than Black
Deadman Wonderland
Dragon Ball Z
Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Ef - a tale of memories/melodies
El Cazador de la Bruja
Elfen Lied
Ergo Proxy
Eroge! H mo Game mo Kaihatsu Zanmai
Evangelion
Excel Saga
Fairy Tail
Fate/Stay Night /Zero /Unlimited Blade Works
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Fist of the North Star
Flag
FLCL
Freezing
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Panic!
Future Diary
Gantz
Garden Of Sinners
Ga - Rei: Zero
Gasaraki
Genius Party / Genius Party : Beyond
Girls Bravo
Ghost Hound
Ghost Hunt
Ghost in the Shell
Golden Boy
Gosick
Grave of the Fireflies
Grenadier : The Beautiful Warrior
Gunbuster / Diebuster
Gundam
Gunslinger Girl
Gurren Lagann
Haibane Renmei
Halo Legends
Heaven's Lost Property
Heaven's Memo Pad
Hell Girl
Hellsing
Highschool of the Dead
I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!!
InuYasha
Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade
Kakurenbo
Kaze no Stigma
Kekko Kamen
Kino's Journey
KissXSis
K-On!
Last Exile
Le Chevalier D'Eon
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette
Listen to Me, Girls, I'm Your Father!
Lovely Complex
Love, Elections, & Chocolate!
Lucky Star
Madlax
Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
Maria+Holic
Mermaid Forest
Minami-ke
MM!
Monster
Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit
Murder Princess
My Little Monster
Mysterious Girlfriend X
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
Nana
Naruto
Negima!?
NieA_7
Nisemonogatari
Nodame Cantabile
Noir
Nyan Koi!
Okami-san and Her Seven Companions
One Piece
OreImo
Pani Poni Dash!
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Paprika
Paradise Kiss
Paranoia Agent
Perfect Blue
Petgirl of Sakurahall
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
Pokemon
Princess Jellyfish
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Puni Puni Poemy
Queen's Blade
Red Garden
Rideback
RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne
Romeo x Juliet
Sailor Moon
Say I Love You
School Days
School Rumble
Seitokai Yakuindomo
Sekirei
Serial Experiments Lain
Shangri La
Shigurui: Death Frenzy
Shiki
So, I Can't Play H!
Sora no Woto
Speed Racer
Spice and Wolf
Steins;Gate
Strike Witches
Summer Wars
Sword Art Online
Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
Tari Tari
Texhnolyze
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Sacred Blacksmith
The World God Only Knows
Tiger & Bunny
Total Eclipse
Toradora!
Uta Kata
Welcome to the NHK
White Album
Witchblade
xxxHoLiC
Yumeiro Patissiere
Yurumate3Dei
YuYu Hakusho
YuruYuri

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I'm almost 23 now, I started watching anime when I was in middle school - around 11 or 12. There were a few years in there where I didn't watch anime, but i just started getting back into it recently (I signed up for this site so I could watch the new episodes of Sword Art Online ASAP).

But it's not like when I was younger where I would read and watch dozens of manga and anime at a time. Now I just pick a few good shows that I want to follow or watch, but that's cause the rest of the time is filled with other things in life: school, work, video games, social life, etc.
I guess my main point it's good to take a break. You're tastes have probably changed, and you've probably been so overloaded with the same material that you're burned out. Take a break for a few months, or even longer. And when you decide to come back, choose what you want to follow. You don't have to watch every single anime out there to know what's good and what isn't.


This is basically my mindset. I find that a lot of people who get burned out tend to be victims of shounen style stuff. It happens to all of us. You grow up and things change. Shounen style stuff is marketed toward kids and teens.

I usually focus on Seinen stuff, or atleast stuff that doesn't feature a Japanese high school (I can tolerate a University). All of those kinds of stories tend to be very derivative and unappealing caricatures.

Take a break, be more choosey with your shows etc. Basically everything that has been repeated in this thread ad nauseum.
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Shrapnel: I've already seen many of the shows you listed. I even own some of them. White Album still fell victim to the same rage I felt watching Maison Ikkoku and Kimagure Orange Road, and that was a period piece. Episode 4 alone made me scream at my monitor over the lack of cell phones.
As for School Days, I mainly watched for the Nice Boat meme.
Kino's Journey? One of the best anime ever. :)
Haruhi? Lain? Blood+? Those shows are like fucking church. I'm considering getting a Haruhi tattoo myself.
TWGOK was the shit. The arc with Shiori in the first season had some very insightful shit going on. Just replace books with CDs and cassettes and you can see how Keima is right about digital media killing the physical stuff.
DBZ = fucking classic.
Air Gear? Really? FUCK THE AIR GEAR ANIME! Read the manga instead! The anime just goes for 25 episodes and then stops abruptly.
Princess Jellyfish and Highschool of the Dead both also ended too early.
Yumeiro Pâtissière is Iron Chef with more desserts. It's too kiddie in hindsight but I still wonder if the animators were on something when they made that show.
FMA: Stick to Brotherhood or read the manga. The '03 anime never happened.
I've seen the following Gundam anime: First Gundam, Wing, G, Gundam X, Seed, and 00. Out of those, I've only finished G and 00.
Heaven's Lost Property and Girls Bravo are both utter garbage. Ecchi, harem, weak-willed beta-male protagonists, unoriginal premises, and in GB's case, an ending that basically resets the story. Those shows can die in a fire! I will never watch them again. I'd rather watch Russo-era WCW than this shit!
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But I'm sure this happens to everybody. You'll get over it
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