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Loving anything is painful. Because if you really love something, you will invest yourself in it emotionally. For example, I still cry whenever I hear the opening themes to Clannad (and Afterstory) or Angel Beats. You know why. . .
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Fold39Crane wrote:

Anime doesn't do that to me. Books, comics, and the fandoms, on the other hand... I still understand what you mean to emotionally (and sometimes financially, ouch) invest in something.

But I have to admit that recently there is a series that had drawn me in, surprisingly. It's not the best anime I had watched. I started watching because it had its humorous moments. However, I'm always going to remember one slow Sunday, when I was catching up on the series. I was half paying attention when suddenly, the protagonist pulled off a miraculous stunt. Then, a really cliched and slo-mo fist-bump thing happened. And my heart-rate accelerated in pride.

I never could find my shame since that episode.


This could be so many things but I'm guessing Kuroko's Basketball?
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Aeso wrote:

Finishing an anime and reminiscing is the most painful


Tell me about it. ._.



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I won't mind you fangirlling over something awesome. lol. *Puts on ear muffs in case you begin to squeal*


LOLOL are you sure about that!? I never considered myself the fan girl type until I came across Fairy Tail... Oh man.


Rajyrr wrote:

I hate getting really invested in an anime that starts off amazing and slowly degenerates into a train-wreck. Sword Art Online felt that way, for me. Although the worse of a train-wreck that became, the more hilarious is became, as well.

It's far, far worse when a show overstays its welcome, though. Shows that could have been 50 - maybe 75 episodes turn into hundreds of episodes of stagnation that have virtually no plot whatsoever. That is horrendous. That is why I now despise Naruto, actually.

Getting invested in characters can certainly leave you feeling down when a series comes to an end, but it can and will be so, so much worse, otherwise.


I could not agree more. I also watched SAO but I just completely stopped. Maybe they should have named it something else, I don't know. I wish the first half of the first season was stretched out a lot longer. There could have been so much more material that would be good material. When they switched over to ALFheim Online I was okay with it. Then they really pushed it switching over to the other games and after the Gun Gale arc I couldn't take it anymore. I also hated how Asuna's character just kind of like became lost and hardly does anything. She was so badass and awesome.


KindheartAlchemist wrote:

I definitely agree. I feel like I can relate to a lot of anime characters and I find myself shedding many tears on their behalf.

I would have to say the saddest part about anime is when a really good series ends. I always wish I could forget watching a whole series so I could experience it again. Once you finish it, no matter how many times you rewatch it, it's never the same as the first time you experience it.



I KNOW RIGHT!? It's really depressing. T-T The first time is always the most magical. Though sometimes I rewatch scenes and they still manage to tear me up the second time. Not so much the third... Some character's back stories really get to me. I cry like a damn baby when they commence the feels. >_>
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Loving anything is painful. Because if you really love something, you will invest yourself in it emotionally. For example, I still cry whenever I hear the opening themes to Clannad (and Afterstory) or Angel Beats. You know why. . .


Sometimes I have to skip the opening/ending themes because they make me hysterical... o.0" But yes you're right, loving anything is painful. Though it sucks loving something so much that's not even real.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

Loving anything is painful. Because if you really love something, you will invest yourself in it emotionally. For example, I still cry whenever I hear the opening themes to Clannad (and Afterstory) or Angel Beats. You know why. . .


I was going to say the exact same thing. If you love anything, with an intensity, it can become one of the most beautiful, yet almost painful things.
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moonhawk81 wrote:

Loving anything is painful. Because if you really love something, you will invest yourself in it emotionally. For example, I still cry whenever I hear the opening themes to Clannad (and Afterstory) or Angel Beats. You know why. . .


I was going to say the exact same thing. If you love anything, with an intensity, it can become one of the most beautiful, yet almost painful things.


Lol somehow I find a lesson in all this for any future choices I make. xD
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Sometimes it can be painful emotionally, other times financially.
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well i remember feeling that way about not just anime but tv shows, books, etc when i was young but you get old and it's more just "eh" lol
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Fold39Crane wrote:

Anime doesn't do that to me. Books, comics, and the fandoms, on the other hand... I still understand what you mean to emotionally (and sometimes financially, ouch) invest in something.

But I have to admit that recently there is a series that had drawn me in, surprisingly. It's not the best anime I had watched. I started watching because it had its humorous moments. However, I'm always going to remember one slow Sunday, when I was catching up on the series. I was half paying attention when suddenly, the protagonist pulled off a miraculous stunt. Then, a really cliched and slo-mo fist-bump thing happened. And my heart-rate accelerated in pride.

I never could find my shame since that episode.


This could be so many things but I'm guessing Kuroko's Basketball?


Close, it was in the realms of sport: Ace of Diamonds.
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Loving anime can be painful if you're the only one who appreciates what it offers whilst everyone else around you is a close-minded POS who views what you like with such disdain.

Of course, I say this under the assumption, one that I believe more and more to be true, that "love and hate are the same thing".
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Well, no...actually that does happen for a few anime. Only the continuously heart-wrenching ones like Guilty Crown. I do get excited over anime but not to the extent you do unless it's an anime as sad as Guilty Crown.
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For me, anime is only painful when I watch tragedies, and when my anime-wants battle it out with my finances.
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Lol all these replies about financial hurt make me chuckle. I can totally relate. And yeah I get what you guys mean about the tragic ones. I need to watch Guilty Crown. O.o That anime keeps popping up wherever I go. There's only three animes that have always stuck with me emotionally, Inuyasha, Fairy Tail and Magi. Though only recently I watched all of Fairy Tail and Magi. Everything else was kind of meh and just entertainment. But the way Fairy Tail and Magi made me feel was extemely intense for me. O.o Haven't felt that much emotion in a long time so it's been really overwhelming and somewhat painful. XD I've never loved anything so much. Though since you guys mention only really loving tragic animes, come to think of it there were specific reasons I became so attached to these animes. It always happens when the really dark parts start. Though some animes animes are a lot darker than others.

Like FMA... It's an amazing series but every other episode was a tear jerker. But that could just be because I'm super sensitive lol. I need to finish watching it.



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Loving anime can be painful if you're the only one who appreciates what it offers whilst everyone else around you is a close-minded POS who views what you like with such disdain.

Of course, I say this under the assumption, one that I believe more and more to be true, that "love and hate are the same thing".


Oh my god. I'm so sick of people looking down on anime just because it's drawn or in Japanese. These stories are amazing and insightful but no one around me ever appreciates it and just gives me funny looks if I talk about anime. So I kind of just get stuck not being able to share the love and it's horrible. T-T
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xgraceling wrote:

I know it can't just be me. Falling in love with an anime is kind of a painful experience. Every time I get really hooked on an anime, I invest so much mental energy, become sleep deprived and anxious about every episode and feel so much it friggen hurts. When I get attached to characters and they achieve something or kick ass or do something really sweet I just like squeal with joy. It's not healthy.

Does anyone agree or have similar experiences? Lol


This feels like a tumblr thing. But yes. I have many anime boyfriends and it pains me that they can't love me back
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xgraceling wrote:

I know it can't just be me. Falling in love with an anime is kind of a painful experience. Every time I get really hooked on an anime, I invest so much mental energy, become sleep deprived and anxious about every episode and feel so much it friggen hurts. When I get attached to characters and they achieve something or kick ass or do something really sweet I just like squeal with joy. It's not healthy.

Does anyone agree or have similar experiences? Lol


It's a selfless love isn't it? We shouldn't indulge or become attached, but it's pointless to fight against such an emotional opposition. Time and time again, I feel myself brought down by anime. I can't help it, the most beautiful animes turn out to be the saddest. I must be a masochist -- because I live for these moments. So many feels!!!!
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