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Losing interest in Anime...
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I thought Anime was the best thing since slice bread when I first stumbled across it and thought I would die an old man loving Anime, but anyone else feel as they got older they sorta started losing interest in watching Anime? I'm not saying I hate it but for me it's not as good as it use to be. I use to be excited to come home from school and the first thing I would do was watch the next episode of Naruto or something and time would fly by. I just don't feel the same way.

Just watching the newer Anime titles; take for example Sword Art Online, I have no idea how people find this Anime in any way, shape or form amazing.

I mean I wouldn't completely stop watching Anime as it has been a huge part of my life. I feel like I've watched all the 'greats' and can never find that sense of nostalgia since I first watched Trigun, Death Note, Cowboy Bebop or whatever Anime.

Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?


I feel you there. I am becoming increasing picky about the anime I watch. As far as Sword Art Online, I completely agree with you there.
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Sigh. Another one of these threads.

Look at it this way: Why on earth would you ever believe your tastes wouldn't change? Why on earth would you believe that all anime is great?

Anime is like anything other form of entertainment. It's like books, movies, TV, games, etc. You'll find some titles are good, some aren't, and a very few are amazing. You'll also find that what you like won't match with what other people like. If others find SAO amazing and you don't then so what? Enjoy what you like and don't worry about other people.

Go take a break from anime. Enjoy something else for a change. But, in the future, don't place unreasonable expectations on an entertainment genre as a whole. There's no way it will ever to those kind of expectations.


Oh is this a duplicate? I was curious to find if other people had a similar phase or same view on Anime.

Its not that I believe my tastes won't change. Its the fact that it is one of those long term personal hobbies/interests that defines who I am and I'd never thought I would ever lose interest in. I'm sure you can relate?

Maybe I'm forever chasing that nostalgia that got me into Anime or it's that fact knowing I'll never find an Anime with the same satisfaction thats having an affect.

Lol you make it sound like watching Anime is the only thing I do. I don't put high expectations on Anime, in fact it's the opposite I try to watch all Anime with an open mind.

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DraiKofi wrote:


deadpanditto wrote:

Sigh. Another one of these threads.

Look at it this way: Why on earth would you ever believe your tastes wouldn't change? Why on earth would you believe that all anime is great?

Anime is like anything other form of entertainment. It's like books, movies, TV, games, etc. You'll find some titles are good, some aren't, and a very few are amazing. You'll also find that what you like won't match with what other people like. If others find SAO amazing and you don't then so what? Enjoy what you like and don't worry about other people.

Go take a break from anime. Enjoy something else for a change. But, in the future, don't place unreasonable expectations on an entertainment genre as a whole. There's no way it will ever to those kind of expectations.


Oh is this a duplicate? I was curious to find if other people had a similar phase or same view on Anime.


No, it's not a duplicate per se, but similar threads have popped up from time to time. I guess it really isn't an uncommon feeling. I get the impression, however, that it's mostly younger people like yourself that feel this way.



Its not that I believe my tastes won't change. Its the fact that it is one of those long term personal hobbies/interests that defines who I am and I'd never thought I would ever lose interest in. I'm sure you can relate?


Yes, I can relate. Out of curiosity, how long have you really been watching anime? It can't be that long. Regardless, you are going to have a lot of interests come and go, especially over the next 5 years. That's just natural at your age. You may eve lose your interest in anime only to find that years from now you'll pick it up again.



Maybe I'm forever chasing that nostalgia that got me into Anime or it's that fact knowing I'll never find an Anime with the same satisfaction thats having an affect.

Lol you make it sound like watching Anime is the only thing I do. I don't put high expectations on Anime, in fact it's the opposite I try to watch all Anime with an open mind.


See, that's the problem in one word: nostalgia. You've already set your expectations based on some shows you've watched in the past. Nostalgia can be nice, but it can also lock you into a way of looking at things, and I'm not just talking about anime. When you are locked in the past, you can't really move on and enjoy new things.
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See, that's the problem in one word: nostalgia. You've already set your expectations based on some shows you've watched in the past. Nostalgia can be nice, but it can also lock you into a way of looking at things, and I'm not just talking about anime. When you are locked in the past, you can't really move on and enjoy new things.


I don't go into an new Anime thinking 'I hope this makes me feel as good as Cowboy Bebop' or whatever, as I have said I have an open mind when watching a new Anime. Its probably an subconscious uncontrollable thing.
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I find when I have games I wanna play I keep not watching it and putting it off till I am behind a lot. In a way its kinda the same right?
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DraiKofi wrote:

I thought Anime was the best thing since slice bread when I first stumbled across it and thought I would die an old man loving Anime, but anyone else feel as they got older they sorta started losing interest in watching Anime? I'm not saying I hate it but for me it's not as good as it use to be. I use to be excited to come home from school and the first thing I would do was watch the next episode of Naruto or something and time would fly by. I just don't feel the same way.

Just watching the newer Anime titles; take for example Sword Art Online, I have no idea how people find this Anime in any way, shape or form amazing.

I mean I wouldn't completely stop watching Anime as it has been a huge part of my life. I feel like I've watched all the 'greats' and can never find that sense of nostalgia since I first watched Trigun, Death Note, Cowboy Bebop or whatever Anime.

Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?


That's why I only watch the good ones. I dropped Sword Art Online after episode 18.

Have you watched Hunter x Hunter? It's awesome.
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I myself am starting to get more into Western shows. But I still keep up to date with 4 anime of this season, and plan to marathon the others that I dropped along the way.
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Been a fan for almost 3 decades now...why worry about if you like something or if you don't? If it is something you have to think about or reason, then you probably are not all that interested. I will say having lived here in Japan for a while now, what a lot of English speakers call "being a fan/otaku" is what most folks here would call "watching television," and they would certainly never call themselves a fan. If you live and breath it, then feel comfortable calling yourself a fan. If you're not as big a fan as you thought you were, no big deal, move on and enjoy other things in life.

That just means less competition for limited edition goods at Comiket.

The lines are bad enough as it is. SAO stuff is hard to buy...lol I had to buy a Y8000 BD just to get a number to give me a lottery chance to buy a Y7000 ticket for a joint Accel World/SAO event. So over here, when you say you are "into it" you are "really really into it." And I kind of get where you are coming from on SAO, I'm a much bigger fan of AW myself. I think its way better written, but people are more crazy over Asuna merchandise than Kuroyukihime stuff at the moment.
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Being an older fan I will just say this. If someone tells you a show is "the best" or "the same show over and over" I will bet 9 out of 10 it is a younger person who has reached their saturation point with media. If you don't think stories repeat themselves, just kick back and read some classic literature, watch some opera or plays and tell me that only anime has a problem of repeating plots, similar characters and stupid deus ex machina. If you've only watched anime, sure, your frame of reference is smaller...but don't think that it has a monopoly on bad writing, there is more than enough to go around.
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People change with time. Its normal that things you used to love become less interesting after a while.
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Being an older fan I will just say this. If someone tells you a show is "the best" or "the same show over and over" I will bet 9 out of 10 it is a younger person who has reached their saturation point with media. If you don't think stories repeat themselves, just kick back and read some classic literature, watch some opera or plays and tell me that only anime has a problem of repeating plots, similar characters and stupid deus ex machina. If you've only watched anime, sure, your frame of reference is smaller...but don't think that it has a monopoly on bad writing, there is more than enough to go around.


Well said!

And a lot of people say a show is "the best" or "a masterpiece" when what they really mean is that they find it very entertaining. Often they don't dig deeper than that, and they don't really have to.
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I've never lost interest, nor will I ever will. I understand if time constraints (such as school, college, job, family, etc) eats up your time and you have no time to watch anime, but if you're not enjoying it that much then just take a break or something. I watch a few hours of anime every day and try to keep up-to-date, but if you're watching it all day every day, then of course it's gonna get old. If none of the new shows interest you... what do you want me to say? Not everyone is gonna love everything that comes out. I don't see how you cannot find a single show that you really like this season (for me it's Fairy Tail, Gintama, Space Brothers, and Magi which are keeping my attention). Maybe you're just watching too much at once, choose the shows you like and stick with those. Sometimes the 'growing too old for anime' discussions get a little irritating. Watching anime has nothing to do with age (I know you didn't say anything about that, but many people blame age on their loss of interest which is ridiculous).

It's a form of entertainment. If you're losing interest, then move on to something you do enjoy at this moment. I for one will most likely watch anime for a very long time.
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I remember I used to be able to marathon a series in a day no matter what it was.
I also finished all the series I started but now I'll watch like 2 episodes of something then drop it.
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I have an open mind for all anime. Some are harder to get into than others but that doesn't stop me. Plus if I can't get into anything new then I just rewatch the good classics. I don't feel I'll lose interest in anime anytime soon.
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I don't think its you man. Anime just isn't what it used to be. Your example "naruto" is pretty bad these days. There is still a few gems that come out but quality is just going down. Hunter x hunter is the only good show i know right now. I know tons of good old shows though.
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