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Does anime keep you sane?
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Posted 2/8/14 , edited 2/8/14
Simply as the title states, does it keep you sane? I took my distance from anime a couple of months ago but i noticed i was doing some insane stuff. Like stuff i wouldn't normally do and it wasn't because i wasn't watching anime, it was more because the normal me would do and think some insane stuff that i wouldn't understand, It feels like if my thoughts are put in check when i watch anime but if i stop, they go on a massive insane thought rampage spree. what do you guys think? does it keep you sane to some extent? Does it help you filter all the bullshit that happens around you?

Maybe for me, anime is like that anti-anxiety and depression pill that doesn't have any other side effect. Except for the awesome asian music.
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No. Reality keeps me sane. The occasional breather I get from anime, movies, and novels is nice...but in no way does it contribute to my overall stability. If you have become reliant on fantasy to keep you sane, it might be time for therapy. It means you a running away from something...and that something doesn't go away by watching anime. It lurks in the background until you are ready to face it and deal with it.

Unless you live in an impoverished ghetto, North Korea, or a war-zone, the world isn't such a bad place. Having said this, I do enjoy my anime sessions. But I also enjoy sports, non-fiction, painting, fishing, playing guitar, flying RC planes, and flat out taking a walk once in a while. THAT's what keeps me sane.

Do what you want, though. Run from reality. Some people's lives our so bankrupt, I guess I can't blame them. Sitting at home all day, watching the world pass them by, wishing they were somewhere else. Wishing they were someone else...and then ultimately BELIEVING that they are somewhere and someone else.

Anime was supposed to enhance your life, not consume it.
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I agree with dirty soap dish it's un healthy to make anime your whole life I used to be an abuser of drugs then I started watching anime and I'm glad to say I've been clean for months now. Keep your head up. Don't forget that you have to put in work on your life also. That's all :3
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Face it, you're not a good guy. Now go do some insane shit. Do time and that will be all.
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As much as I enjoy anime I don't think it keeps me sane. I have plenty of bizarre thoughts but I like being a little loopy. As far as behaving in public and such goes I just act like a normal law abiding citizen. If you're actually capable of doing crazy shit because you don't have anime you might want to get looked at, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. If you do something insane in the wrong place at the wrong time you're going to get yourself into all sorts of trouble, and leaning on anime as the only way of preventing that doesn't sound like the most reliable of cures.
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nah, it just keeps me homebound
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I would say if nothing else, anime keeps me occupied in my otherwise uninteresting life. I am currently unemployed (seasonal work, guh) and there isn't much to do in the one-horse town I live in. -That's inaccurate... there are more horses than people (farming community)- Regardless, boring. As for keeping me 'sane', I lost that a long time ago, heh. I wasn't nearly an angel in my youth either, but have since 'calmed the f--k down'.

What I would recommend to OP is to switch it up a little. Pick up a hobby/sport/etc, and maybe leave anime on the back burner for a bit. Beings that I live quite away's from my friends, or civilization, for that matter, I supplement that free time with hobbies. Go get yourself a guitar (personal recommendation), or some model cars (or gunpla. those are cool, too), or anything you can do that will produce a sense of achievement. Devoting all of your time to just watching anime, leaves little room to gain any talents or personal growth.

-I'm literally a borderline shut-in, but I practice guitar almost everyday, and am getting pretty good (I think so anyway), I learned (am still learning) German, which I find to be a beautiful and fascinating language. I've read a lot of great books (not lately, the 'local' library is 15 miles away) I've taught myself to draw fairly well (opinions vary) All of that and I still make time to watch my shows. Otherwise I'd probably have gone completely nuts and offed myself from sheer boredom by now.-

It's totally fine to watch a marathon of anime, I just don't think it should be your only outlet from the insanity of the real world. There's a crap-ton of things you can do that you don't have to deal with people to have fun, and keep your mind busy/sane.
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I dont know if this counts as insane but for about 2 weeks all i did was go to work then watch one piece then back to work etc. Well at the end of that little adventure I awoke one day and tried to stretch my arm across the room to get a bottle of water. And i was PISSED i couldnt get it. It didnt hit me till later that i could never stretch my arm. lol I had to take a break
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Its what keeps me from being sane.
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The only downside to escapism is that you will eventually eat away at your inner world until there's nothing left. Once it has all crumbled and faded away, silence creeps in, boredom sets, and you become a hollow vessel.
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23 / M / Georgia
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^ God, that just sounds fkn awful
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"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead." - Charles Bukowski
I agree with others in this thread. Long term, it isn't healthy to rely on anime or any other form of entertainment to keep you "sane". It's the same thing as saying, "I have a beer or two every night to take the edge off.". That form of escapism leads you to a horrifying moment of clarity on your deathbed that is completely avoidable if you choose.

You're better off addressing the root of the problem(s) and facing reality then "medicating" (psychologically or physically).
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Reading these responses, I have to wonder if the original post was actually meant as the philosophical challenge some seem to assume. . .Meanwhile, I admit to several activities that seem to contribute to my overall emotional well-being, such as drinking hot tea, reading (particularly poetry), and watching anime. And while I do think that my sanity is beyond their influence, my mood most certainly is not. I am not a nice person without my morning tea, period. And being deprived of books and anime can also darken my mood, although it usually takes longer. . .
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28 / M / Lake Elsinore, CA
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Anime is just one of a few things that keep me from going mad!

It relaxes me and it can teach you stuff too, seems that the people who make anime are also beginning to see what kind of people watch it and try to give us life lessons sometimes in their shows...

Idk, a form of therapy for some as it is for me sometimes.
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I can feel my sanity slipping away when i watch anime. I don't mind it though
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