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Unfortunately, I'm not as big of an anime fan as I used to be.
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Posted 1/16/14
This sounds like you might be experiencing anime burnout. I'd suggest you take a break for a while, however long you feel, and come back to the anime scene when you see something that really excites you again. Another thing you can try is to rewatch a series or two that are your all time favorites, while avoiding anything new. Sometimes going back to your anime "roots" like that can help you remember why you love the medium and what it is about it that makes you desire to watch more. Then try to find series that ignite that spark for you after a short break. I hope this advice helps!
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Maybe you should just forget about being a 'fan'. You're buying into this idea that you have to be fulfill watching a gigantic amount of animation to justify liking it at all. I thought the subscription was only $7 a month so it's hardly a waste of money if you watch it twice per week. Consider how much typical satellite TV costs- per week- and 95% of it is garbage.
That's about how often I watch it- at any given time I'm following a whole TWO shows! And it's still cheaper than buying DVDs, which we have to wait years for in the states anyway. I discovered maybe a couple new shows I'd want to keep being on this site, and have plenty of other things to do in life just as well so why not it's just another thing to do for the fun of it.
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I'm still not done watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica, so I'm going to pay to finish watching it in HD

What many of you / all of you said are true. When I watch some old series I do get some of that magic feeling back, it does feel like I've been in a bit of a burn-out mode for a while (maybe even for as long as 5 or so years) and it's true that there's no use whining about not having enough time if that's the way life goes LOL.

Thanks for the anime therapy, guys!

p.s. Someone mentioned that my post title sounds like an anime show. I think it would make a sort of interesting show if done right, maybe a cross between Welcome To The NHK and Geshiken haha...
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Posted 1/17/14
Good to see all of these comments from thirtysomethings (and up) like myself, as I get the feeling several of us have similar issues. One of the things I enjoy about CR – aside from no longer having to purchase overpriced DVDs simply to try a new show – is that watching a new show means one new episode of that show per week, so I can pace myself accordingly. Trying to plow through a whole run is where I run into time management issues, so, if you are like me, I recommend focusing on the new stuff and picking a handful of choice series to focus on in order to keep your commitment in a low stress bracket.

And I definitely feel the pain of juggling a (lifelong) gaming habit and an anime / manga habit, though I have the benefit of a spouse who does both. (We teamed up for our marathon of Titan. We had popcorn and everything.)
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You won't be missing out on much I'll tell you that. With the myriads of poorly scripted, cheesy harem/incest anime out nowadays. It's sick.
Though it's funny I used to be into any and all anime, but over time it regressed to slice of life and comedy, something like Space Brothers.
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Posted 1/17/14
Like you said about making the time if you enjoy It enough, maybe you need to find a new anime which interests you more so you want to make the time to watch the show..

Maybe try bringing your wife around with an anime which might be more up her alley, Romance, horror, etc dependant on her interests?


Also I have a few trial passes, if you want one rather than paying for a subscription I wouldn't mind giving you one.

When you have free time to watch anime, just message me and you can have one as I don't have much need for them..
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Posted 1/17/14
I kinda slip in and out of my consecutive watches.

I could marathon an anime one day and not watch any the next.

It depends on my time, stress (since anime and gaming are my stress relievers), energy, mood, and if I'm into a game at the time.

And trust me, no one will think any less of you for not having time for anime.

People have lives, that's just the way it is.
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I didn't realize you had to watch what sounds like 16+ hours a day of Anime, collect figures, magazines, Manga, and keep up with all the current news to be considered an Anime fan.

I have all the free time in the world working from home, and I still only end up watching probably only 16 hours a week for Anime. 2-3 hours a day, and sometimes I will just skip a day and just watch more on another day.

I haven't collected a single magazine, figure, or stay current with any news what so ever unless it is announced on CR, and that is the only way I keep up with news.

As for my Manga, while I collect, it is not like I buy a new Manga daily/weekly. It is more like I will buy 2-4 one week, then another 2-4 the following month IF I have the money after bills.
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nanikore2 wrote:

I still like anime, I just couldn't make the time. Yes, I know that if I'm a "real fan" then I would MAKE the time. When there's a will, there's a way after all. I suppose that just means what I wrote in the title- I'm just not as big of a fan any more. It's not really sad; It's just the way it went with me.


You're simply burned out.

Personally, I haven't listened to music, watched broadcast/cable television, or watched movies in months (and if you don't count the times I watched them with my ill father, it'd be 3-4 years since I last felt compelled.)

Having gone to college to be a video editor for mass marketing purposes (and dropping it due to personal cost of living troubles), you would think the idea of watching new things would be interesting. And it is.. But, I simply burned out on such things and have no plans to pick things up in the foreseeable future.

Forcing it would be the same as forcing yourself to have "fun." That's not only counter-productive, but self-damaging. So just ignore it. If the interest isn't as big as before, it isn't as big as before. If it goes away, you probably have other things to do anyway. If it comes back in full force, you simply needed a vacation.
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josiah_sarunn wrote:

You won't be missing out on much I'll tell you that. With the myriads of poorly scripted, cheesy harem/incest anime out nowadays. It's sick.
Though it's funny I used to be into any and all anime, but over time it regressed to slice of life and comedy, something like Space Brothers.


Space Brothers is great! Though somehow I've managed to fall really behind on that series too.

I guess relatively speaking, I used to belong in a sort of "crazy fandom". I remember once where I rested up for an entire week just to go to this convention that was fairly close to where I live so I could marathon in a showing room (I think I was watching Scryed) the entire night...
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it's just like anything else... you like it a lot for a while, and then you move on. it's really cool when you look back on it much later and you remember how you felt when you were into it
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Posted 1/17/14
I have to echo one opinion, this is just how it is growing up. I notice many avid fans who have tons of free time in high school - and especially college - suddenly become negative on their fandom afterwards. You have a wife, but didn't mention kids. If those come along kiss ~all~ your hobbies goodbye for a few years.

Anime in general has been up and down. I disagree with the notion that you won't miss much. There's plenty of fun things around, and the good stuff will stand the test of time. It won't be going anywhere. So as you adjust to your new way of life you may or may not find time for anime, or even games. Will you be a larger anime fan or gamer in the future?

There's so many ways your fandom could go, just don't fudge up your Normal life trying to live up to consumption standards of your peers.
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