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Does anime keep you sane?
Posted 2/9/14

Stonewolfe wrote:

Sanity is an illegal thing in my household.


You're illegal? DDD:
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Posted 2/9/14 , edited 2/9/14
In a way, yes. It keeps my mind clear for the rest of the day.

Although I have different methods of keeping myself sane. Now I'm perfectly fine if I don't happen to watch anime. If it's nice out I'd rather go outside to the park than just simply rely on watching anime.
Posted 2/9/14

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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.


^ I know that feel, bro! When I first entered college for some reason I was so depressed and had anxiety all the time. I guess since i went from high school (where I knew everybody and everybody knew me) to a place where I knew no one and no one knew me. This made me depressed. Plus the stress of trying to achieve stressed me out and on top of the whole trying to be social aspect I developed bad anxiety. Ever since then I turned to anime and haven't stopped since. I'm doing very well now these days. My depression and anxiety are much better. At the end of the day after working really hard at studying (or just fighting the game of life), I watch anime. it really does take your mind off things and kinda relaxes your soul. < Sorry if that last party was cheesy lol.
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Posted 2/9/14
Let's Just Say When You Watch Romance Anime it keeps you Alive.
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Posted 2/9/14
Yes....yes it does. Without it I would go CRAZY....
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Posted 2/9/14
No.

It's just a hobby.

I'm a pretty stable person on the whole. When life gets to me, though, I much prefer lying in bed, alone, maybe with some music on. No distractions.
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Yeah, I'd say it's a good way to escape my reality for just a moment.
Posted 2/9/14
Well.. When I'm upset over something watching anime helps me feel better. xD But I don't watch it constantly to keep myself sane. Getting out and doing stuff keeps me sane.
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Posted 2/10/14 , edited 2/10/14

dirty_soap_dish wrote:

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.



I sort of agree with this. Buuuuuuuuuut I fail to see how some of the things that keep you sane are somehow more important or "better" than anime. I mean, they can be, and apparently are to you. However, Anime keeps me a lot more sane than me getting bored to death trying to catch a damn fish, or taking a walk. THAT, is my opinion. Those may be your outlets, but anime can be someone else's.

It doesn't mean you need therapy just because anime keeps you level headed. Anime is just story telling and fiction for the most part. I hate to leave it at that because it's much more than that, but that's what MOST people get out of it. I think anime can work the same way as an outlet as any other outlet can work for anyone. I think it's easily compared to books and the like.

Actually, I lied. I don't really agree with your post at all. .....running....from reality? Man, what.
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You sound like you got some mental issue...
SRS!

Go seek help...!
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Posted 2/10/14
It distracts me from everyday life. I can pretend I am in a different universe and have no worries ;P It's something I enjoy a lot and wouldn't want to go without, so perhaps it keeps me "sane" xD
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Posted 2/11/14
I wouldn't go as far as saying that anime is what keeps me sane, but it is one of the few things that makes me happy. Now anime music, on the other hand, that actually does keep me sane while I'm getting bombarded with calls from stupid people at work.
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Posted 2/11/14

stgzlg wrote:

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.


Yes, in a way, anime (among other things) does keep me sane. I suffer from Bipolar Type 1. (Mood stabilizer prescription to prove it.) I'm lucky in that it is relatively mild, but stress can still trigger intense manic or depressive episodes. Managing stress in some way is pretty vital to everyday functioning, and distancing yourself from stressors can allow far more objective analysis of them.

I was actually having an episode this very evening, and forced myself to watch anime. Still feel a little bit of it, but I should be able to sleep now which will increase the likelihood of me being a productive member of society tomorrow.
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Posted 2/11/14
No, not really.
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Posted 2/12/14
Any hobby that is fun keeps us from going insane with boredom.
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