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(Quick definition: Just in case there is someone who does not know what the void is, although if you are even a semi-regular anime watcher which you should be since you're on Crunchyroll you should know, I will explain. The Void is the feeling you get after watching a show where you don't know what to do with your life. You have put so much emotion and time into a show and now that it is over you don't know what to do with yourself. It feels like there is basically a hole in your heart that can only be filled with that show or a similar show. You have a mix of emotions, but the world seems different after finishing a certain show.)

Yes, I know this has been covered COUNTLESS times before, but I have to discuss it. I just finished Toradora! for the first time (I know, late to the party) and it is currently midnight and I have an early class tomorrow; but for the life of me, I can't fall asleep because the feel train won't leave the station. This is not the biggest void I have ever had (Clannad: After Story, as it does for many people, takes that), but damn is it addicting. I literally do not get The Void from anything except anime and it is kind of like a mini-endorphin/seratonin/adrenaline/other in's rush. While having The Void, I feel like I have learned a life lesson that only the show could have taught me and now life is going to be ok. I basically just get really happy and start thinking about fairly deep thoughts, like what my future holds, what I would change in my past, etc. It gets slightly out of hand sometimes.

Anyway my questions are:

A) Do you guys like The Void? Do you purposefully watch shows for the sole reason to get The Void or is The Void just a nice byproduct of watching the show for you?

B) Do you hate getting The Void?

C) What genres of shows do you get The Void from? For me, it is really only romance shows like Clannad and Toradora!

Any other thoughts? Talk about them too
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I actually like the feeling because it tells me that I really enjoyed the anime in its entirety. My most recent anime that I've gotten it with is Angel Beats. But I forced myself to watch another anime so I would stop groveling over it.
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I kind of like it. It means that you just watched something that really means a lot to you.
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Kubrah wrote:

I actually like the feeling because it tells me that I really enjoyed the anime in its entirety. My most recent anime that I've gotten it with is Angel Beats. But I forced myself to watch another anime so I would stop groveling over it.


I had it with A.B for about five minutes before I really started thinking about the ending and realized it made NO damn sense at all.
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No pun intended, put I got the void from Guilty Crown, and not in a good way. The ending was just so depressing and it threw me off for a couple of days.

Other shows that gave a void for good reasons:
Angel Beats! Duh.
Toradora!
Blast of Tempest
Shakugan no Shana
Haiyore! Nyaruko-San Because it just entertained me THAT MUCH.
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the void doesn't really effect me as much now that I keep current seasonally, since I have a lot more shows to watch, but it does manage to hit me in a different way, now. it's probably a good thing, too, because the last time I was hit hard was when I watched Angel Beats! a few years ago. after I finished it, I literally watched the show at least 6 times over because I couldn't get over it.
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Posted 10/8/13 , edited 10/8/13
I felt like I had no more purpose in life after I watched

Angel Beats
Code Geass
Bleach
Toradora
Anohana
Madoka Magica


Also Oreimo and School Days, but in a bad way like they made me realize how awful the world is
Posted 10/8/13 , edited 10/9/13
Well, here the thing: I don't know if I ever felt that way. I mean, sure I've cried once a series has ended. Series like Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Toradora!, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai., Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, and so on and so forth, but I don't think I've ever been at the point where I finished a series and didn't know what to do with my life to cope with the lost of a series honestly :/ I think it because I know that there's other amazing series to look forward that's on the horizon that I can enjoy and cry about. I believe that's the reason why I haven't faced "the void" yet

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October 9th, 2013 2:31 AM — Edited for Grammar and sentences.
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Lmao "The Void". There are alot of times that i get that feeling, not even necessarily at the end of an anime.
But one that i will share is when i first saw the end of Fullmetal Alchemist. I thought it was one of the most epic and beautiful endings i had ever seen. I would rewatch that scene at the gate over and over until i got over it...still can't. Which reminds me...i have to rewatch the entire thing since i skipped a few episodes in the beginning lol
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Could "The Void" also refer to a negative feeling after an epic or long anime that you delved into? Like an anime that had everything, but at the end it's like the entire staff decided sheer and utter disappointment were deserved? Or maybe an anime that you thought would go one direction, and then have a fantastic finish, but in the end it left you questioning the reasoning of such a thing happening to screw the anime completely? Or maybe possibly an anime that has a character that you felt deserved more and more story or action or involvement, but it seemed those behind the anime/manga felt that character got his 3 minutes of fame and was washed off the face of the earth.

That being said I have felt "The Void" after watching an amazing piece of art, known as Anime. I love it, it is what anime in your genre of liking should make you feel. Whether a goofy school comedy, or a period piece that simply depicts history, or the given state of fiction from history. I think without "The Void", good or bad version, anime would end up like most of the awful TV shows that air here in the USA. Anime doesn't need boundless nudity, or profanity, or an overworked actor to make it thrive. It just paints a picture in your mind and leaves you wiser in the end, I believe. I approve of "The Void" and this topic, I am eager to see more thoughts about it. Cheers!!
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Yeah, mine are:

Blast of Tempest
Tari Tari
A bridge to the starry skies
Kokoro Connect
Cuticle Detective Inaba

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GoldTStar wrote:

Lmao "The Void". There are alot of times that i get that feeling, not even necessarily at the end of an anime.
But one that i will share is when i first saw the end of Fullmetal Alchemist. I thought it was one of the most epic and beautiful endings i had ever seen. I would rewatch that scene at the gate over and over until i got over it...still can't. Which reminds me...i have to rewatch the entire thing since i skipped a few episodes in the beginning lol


Haha I only got a small one with Brotherhood
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Jah666 wrote:

Could "The Void" also refer to a negative feeling after an epic or long anime that you delved into? Like an anime that had everything, but at the end it's like the entire staff decided sheer and utter disappointment were deserved? Or maybe an anime that you thought would go one direction, and then have a fantastic finish, but in the end it left you questioning the reasoning of such a thing happening to screw the anime completely? Or maybe possibly an anime that has a character that you felt deserved more and more story or action or involvement, but it seemed those behind the anime/manga felt that character got his 3 minutes of fame and was washed off the face of the earth.

That being said I have felt "The Void" after watching an amazing piece of art, known as Anime. I love it, it is what anime in your genre of liking should make you feel. Whether a goofy school comedy, or a period piece that simply depicts history, or the given state of fiction from history. I think without "The Void", good or bad version, anime would end up like most of the awful TV shows that air here in the USA. Anime doesn't need boundless nudity, or profanity, or an overworked actor to make it thrive. It just paints a picture in your mind and leaves you wiser in the end, I believe. I approve of "The Void" and this topic, I am eager to see more thoughts about it. Cheers!!


About the top paragraph, I got the negative void that you're referring too from Gantz. Such a cool premise that I was so fascinated by and then the writers crapped on the ending and gave NO DAMN EXPLANATION to anything that happened.
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