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Losing interest in Anime...
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Posted 1/9/13

DraiKofi wrote:

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.


Exactly as you said. After you've seen the 'greats', the 'shit' just doesn't cut it anymore. I lose interest really fast unless the anime is exceptional.

However I still watch anime almost everyday, got a few series that I watch religiously when they are released on CR. I doubt I will ever 'outgrow' it.
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Yeah, I've went through the same predicament. I haven't seen any new show in a long time since the loss of interest. I don't even enjoy watching the old anime shows I used to love watching over and over anymore. :3
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Yeah surprisingly I'm losing interest in anime too but little by little. I still like it a lot but I'm not obsessed with it as I used to be. Gradually little by little it seems like it's becoming a chore for some strange reason more than a pleasure sometimes. I think the reason people lose interest is because there are so many different kinds of anime to watch and not enough time. Some anime are too similar to others so since when we watched a lot of anime we become critical and have more high expectations of other anime. I find myself watching anime I have already watched over and over again. I'll give credit that some of the newer animes are not all that but I find them rather enjoyable. I don't think the new anime suck. I rather prefer some of the newer anime than the older anime. Anime is just a phase but it is really addicting and a lot people have this idea that "Im going to watch anime forever! It's the best thing that happened to me" I used to be like that too but now I find it quite humorous now and laugh at how I used to be and find so many people on here who are still so elated and in the " anime phase" but it's not a bad thing. It's just not the most important thing in my life anymore or even a high priority, it is just a hobby and I'd like to keep it that way.
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Posted 1/9/13

mystic17 wrote:

Yeah, I've went through the same predicament. I haven't seen any new show in a long time since the loss of interest. I don't even enjoy watching the old anime shows I used to love watching over and over anymore. :3


That's why you find new old anime shows to watch instead of rewatching the same ones
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It's entirely possible that you're just growing up and learning that the majority of anime just feeds off of recurring tropes and cliches while having no substance. Every character is just another archetype with a pointless gimmick thrown in to differentiate them. Go do something entirely new and learn to like that.
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I feel like I will always love anime but I do feel like I've lost a bit on interest and I think that's because I'm getting older. As we look into a lot of animes, most of the characters are young (like 12ish-18ish) and the older we get, the harder it is to relate us to them. We don't feel the same way as we did when we were 12ish-18ish because we just simply are older.

Believe me....There are many "great" animes then Death Note and such. Too many count but never too many to watch.
Posted 1/10/13
I would say somewhat. Maybe it's just work and because I can't marathon as I use to when DLing was hip. Additionally, the amount of release per season looks a bit overwhelming that it's hard to choose which is worth spending time on. Though, I bet that I can get into something if I wanted to.
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Posted 1/10/13

DraiKofi wrote:
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.



Your interest in anime will likely wax and wane many time over your life. However, as far as the newer titles go, there are plenty of good shows still coming out. Shows like Psycho-Pass, Blast of Tempest, Magi, and Robotics;Notes have all been quite good. Read up some anime blogs to try to find out what anime coming out right now you'd most like.
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Posted 1/12/13 , edited 1/13/13

Shrapnel893 wrote:


The_Libertarian_Otaku wrote:


swordstyle wrote:

I still enjoy anime, but I find I'm getting increasingly annoyed by the constantly recurring plots and completely nonsensical themes that more and more anime are coming out with these days. Almost to the point of anger. It's like any time someone comes up with a new and fresh idea, it gets shot down because it hasn't been done 999 times already.

I still enjoy the ongoing series that I've been watching for years. Well, mostly. I'm starting to get legitimately pissed at Naruto. It's been well over a year since I actually enjoyed the show. I keep watching because I've been a fan for so long and I keep telling myself it will reclaim it's former glory eventually. But that's getting harder and harder to believe.


I legitimately started hating Bleach during the Zanpakutou filler arc. Cramming that and other fillers in the middle of New Namek a.k.a. Hueco Mundo was a bad idea. Mix this in with Tite Kubo's reputation for being a trolling creator and you get even more X-Pac heat. Perhaps Kubo should talk to Vince Russo. How many swerves could they both possibly write?

I can't get into any anime currently streaming. I even cancelled my Anime Membership because if there isn't any new anime that appeals to me, I might as well set $7 on fire every month. I cancelled my FUNimation subscription as well, though that was due to a mix of declining interest and technical issues. Their video player kept screwing up on me, always loading for a bit and then stopping. I've got Verizon FiOS Internet, running Windows Vista 64-bit Home Premium. Tried it in Chrome, IE, and Firefox. Same problem. I tried reporting it to them on their Facebook page and their message boards. They never fixed it. If they won't fix something that's clearly broken, I'm gone. I'm done. They lost a subscriber. None of their new stuff seems to appeal to me any more than the new anime streaming here. Tried starting PandoraHearts and dropped it only four minutes in (Mainly due to badly timed subtitles). I was so into anime at one time that I even kept lists--one of every show I ever watched and another of everything I watched every day since 2009 (The latter started at a time when I followed up to 31 shows at a time). I used to have a New Year's tradition of starting a new anime right at the stroke of midnight. No longer--I couldn't find anything to watch. I look at the synopses and they all seem like stuff I've already seen before! Where's the original anime! Where's the GOOD stuff? Where are the Cowboy Bebops, Escaflownes, Ghost in the Shells, Fullmetal Alchemists, Fushigi Yuugis, Black Lagoons, and Code Geasses of the 2010s? The quality has gone down. The good shows are being buried. Nobody's letting them get over. The long-running shounen shows are too padded. There's too much ecchi and harem garbage out there, and everything's a rehash of another show. Say "I love you" was better when it was still called His & Her Circumstances! One Piece is just DBZ with pirates, Fairy Tail is DBZ with wizards, ad nauseam!

I've been going out more and picking up chicks. I got back into wrestling the night Hurricane Sandy hit and have watched ever since (WWE, TNA, the odd ROH/NWA match, and The Great Muta's bloody match against Hiroshi Hase). So far, TNA's better than WWE now. Screw the PG era!


Did you check the whole Funimation site? They have a fairly large list of anime. Have you tried Hulu and other sites? There's no such thing as original, everything is taken from something else. I have a list (not complete) on my profile - but you've probably seen most of them. Based on your love of anime that is.



Everything I added blue notes to is all the stuff I've seen. I watched many of those shows years ago. The stuff that I own? If I didn't like it, I wouldn't have bought it.

In case you didn't even read my little rant, I ditched FUNimation's site due to a mix of technical issues and lack of interest. I've looked all over their site. These days, I just use Hulu/YouTube/Crackle for my anime streaming needs, and even then I only stream one show now: Kiddy Grade.
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Posted 1/12/13
Whenever I start losing interest in it, I read some well-written reviews or columns about anime and I fall in love all over again.
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Posted 1/13/13 , edited 1/13/13
Time to move onto manga or maybe better animes than sword art online.
Which are the greats? I'm sure you haven't seen them all.
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Posted 1/13/13
There will be years when nothing appeals to you at all anime-wise, or at least you won't find them easily, I absolutely DETEST watching a series as it airs. I ONLY marathon anime. So when none of the ones available are interesting, I do something else.

A lot of great stories were born from people who bored with the stories surrounding them. A change of pace also gives you time to re-appreciate something you are currently bored of. I've stopped watching anime many times, but I come back and keep enjoying it. I don't think anyone could sit and do one thing forever and never want to do anything else.
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Posted 1/13/13 , edited 1/13/13
Oh yeah it definitely happened to me. The main genre of anime I used to consider myself a fan of was the whole drama/tragedy/romance type. The tragedies and dramas made me too depressed and didn't always pay off in the end, and the romance is almost completely off the list, too many of them fall back on that tsundere trend, which went from slightly amusing to fucking rage-inducingly stupid for some reason. Love Hina is easily and by far the worst of this example, even though I last watched it years ago.

I tried watching "Heaven's Lost Property" yesterday but it was just the same, along with the nails-to-chalkboard audible irritation that is Greg Ayres' voice. I'm not saying he's awful, but some animes such as Clannad were ruined cause of his needless and extremely crackly voice pitching.
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Posted 1/13/13 , edited 1/13/13

The_Libertarian_Otaku wrote:



I see. I did read the rant and I can say I left Funimation for the same reasons. Would you watch the shows you haven't added blue notes too or? Some of them were really good, some... not so much.
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Posted 1/13/13
It feels like forever since Gurren Lagann came out...
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