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How to get over post anime depression.
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Posted 12/22/13
I love watching anime and cannot get enough of watching. However, every time an anime comes to a finale, I get depressed. It doesn't matter if the anime is short or long duration, I get depressed. It is like losing a "friend" or so. Is there a way to get over the anime blues? Sometimes, I think I should stop watching anime for a while, but it is very hard to do. Is the problem limited to me? Or is it very common? Need your advise.......
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Posted 12/22/13 , edited 9/12/14
Start watching another anime.
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Posted 12/22/13 , edited 12/22/13
Read the original, meaning.
Manga, light novel or visual novel.
Even if an anime end's it doesn't necessarily mean that's the actual ending.

You sound like you have the berserk blues by the way..
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You are definitely not alone; when I find myself invested in an anime (which happens often enough) I too find that I don't want it to end and become quite depressed. There are times when I get to the last episode and I don't watch it just for that fact, though I do eventually tend to push my way through and watch it to the end.

There are a number of things to do, as others mentioned, look into the light novels or manga, they generally go on and help bring closure. Other ways are to yes, simply start up another anime, though, you'll find that you will likely run into the same thing at the end of the new series. Don't let that detract you though, there are hundreds upon hundreds of anime and manga/light novels out there that are spectacular and a part of enjoying them is to view / read them in their entirety.

One thing that I do, to tell you the truth, when I am hit with it pretty hard, is to go through and write a little fan fiction until that depression is no longer there. Simply take the characters and continue on in your own eyes and you'll, believe it or not, recover quite quickly from the post-series depression, not to mention, it's never a bad thing to let your creative side take hold once in a while (even if your writing is poor / feel you can't go through finish it our, try it, it really helps).

I also tend to find myself re-watching the series ( I did that with Toradora!, Muv-Luv Total Eclipse, Ouran High School Host Club and a number of others ) and that helped, too, reliving the series.

Hang in there, though, it'll get better if you go through and find a good creative outlet that lets you relieve the stress / depression after the series has ended.
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Duuuude, I totally get a little blue when an anime I am really into ends (I predict some anime blues in my future once Valvrave the Liberator ends) but yeah sometimes if the anime has an original manga I always read the manga:) Other then that if I really loved the anime I buy it on Blu ray that way I can watch it whenever I want and it's in my collection<3
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I don't get depressed over it, but I would agree with fluffykun, if the Anime was adapted from something, go to what it was adapted from. Manga, Light Novel, Visual Novel, Video Game, etc. It's not always easy, and half the time I would say it isn't even in English if you can not read/understand Japanese. Chances are highly probable that if the Anime ended, its original form did not end at the same time and kept going. Also sometimes Anime will end in a different way compared to the original, or the original had multiple endings, usually VN's.

You get the idea, also the obvious just start another series... there are hundreds to thousands probably even hundreds of thousands of shows out there.
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My best advice to is to as a soon as you watch another anime do not linger around thinking about it or trying to search for more seasons or dates for future releases. and most importantly start watching another anime. Then you'll get use to it. Definitely watch more anime and soon you'll not feel down but instead you'll feel happy that you have watched a good anime. then repeat and move on.
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I used to have the anime blues when i first started watching anime, and honestly I miss that feeling. I would go as far as to even try to imitate the main characters' actions and way of thinking. Toradora, Sakurasou no pet na kanojo, say i love you, even action anime like Kenichi or H.O.T.D had such impact on me. But after watching too many series it's just meh. If the anime is really emotional i would still tear up now but just for the moment.
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I just rewatch the show. There are always things you miss the first time through, while rewatching may not give the same enjoyment as the first time, you can catch things you missed (I did not catch all the omake character appearances in Cat Planet Cuties the first time for example). Plus it will start to dull you to the show and the second or third time you see the end it will not have the same effect.

But just the same, all things that start must eventually end. I just keep in mind that each ending marks a new beginning of something else. If I stopped and got depressed at the ending of Fairy Tail I would not have wanted to start Sword Art Online. One show ends, another show begins, endings are simply the start of new and different things.
Posted 12/22/13

fluffykun011 wrote:

Read the original, meaning.
Manga, light novel or visual novel.
Even if an anime end's it doesn't necessarily mean that's the actual ending.

You sound like you have the berserk blues by the way..


^ This. I actually got mad at that one. Like 'WTF!? That's the most anti-climatic ending EVER' mad. Same with Highschool of the Dead. Anyway, both of those continue far past the 'ending'. I'm still praying for a second season of HotD... that would be t!ts.

As far as anime(s) that are 'complete', yes I too get a little depressed when they end. It's quite hard to get wrapped up in a particular story for X amount of time, then it's like.... there's nothing.... Even days/weeks after depending on the impact it had on you. I find it's easier to take a few days, eat a barrel of ice cream, watch Opera,... cry a little (HA!). It's kinda like a break-up, I guess. The only thing you can really do is get over it. Or if you really, really need to, watch it again. Chances are, you'll be bored by the 3rd ep.

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Tub of ice-cream is always the way to go.
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Personally i think it's one of the better adaptations, the 1997 anime of course but the three movies still did a great job on there own.
I was able to continue straight after the anime no complaints.

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If it has a manga, find it and read it~ If it doesn't, try reading some fanfic. If that doesn't help, then if you have a tumblr then reblog a million pictures gifsets etc about that anime, and if you dont have a tumblr make one if you want. If still nothing helps, then find a new anime to help ease the pain and help you move on. You're not alone T_T I get so sad when i finish my favorite anime haha
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When an anime end that I really like and into ends I start getting depressed as well.

Lets' just say my form of closure includes taking a look through its different forms of media like the manga, visual novels, games and etc. I also try to learn about it's history and production to know more about it.
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Paxil, Xanax, Zyprexa, Elavil, Prozac. Mix 'em all in a big derby and wash it down with Mountain Dew. It's Grrrrrrrreat!
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