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I unfortunately do. A little too much for my own good in fact. It actually almost makes me think I am going crazy because if something tragic happens in an anime or manga, I actually cannot stop thinking about it, even if I want to. I try to reason with myself and convince myself that what just happened is actually largely irrelevant and I shouldn't be concerned about it at all. And logically, that is correct, it is irrelevant, however for some reason I still get upset. I feel like I am forced into being my own psychiatrist and I am failing at it for reasons beyond my comprehension.

On the other hand this same phenomenon does not appear when I am reading a book, watching live-action TV / cartoons, watching a movie, or even playing video games. For example, I was completely absorbed by Breaking Bad and Lost. There was drama, cheating, death, a lot of crap going on in those shows. But never once did I feel sadness or agitation, it was completely intrigue. Hell even Breaking Bad's ending which was pretty tragic left me feeling happy.
As a video game example let's take Assassin's Creed Unity
I just don't get emotionally involved in these stories.

I have no idea what it is, but manga and anime just up the negative emotional reactions in me. Does anyone else seem to have this problem?
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Twice?

The first one was pokemon.
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i get what most people would call PADS but after a while it goes away, its just a numbing feeling persay.
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AnimeKami wrote:

Twice?

The first one was pokemon.


I'm pretty sure I cried when Pikachu ran away, but then he came back. This was back when there was not 1 billion and 1 pokemon. Just 150. Ah yes, simpler times.

But the answer the question. Yes, yes I do.
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Most of the time, no. But when it happens, oh boy...

The final fight of Gurren Lagann still makes me almost cry with excitement and sheer emotion.
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OtakuKoala wrote:

Most of the time, no. But when it happens, oh boy...

The final fight of Gurren Lagann still makes me almost cry with excitement and sheer emotion.


Kamina got me good. I found the ending kind of depressing and ironic at the same time.
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Some shows will hit me hard emotionally such as Anohana or Clannad After Story, but usually no.
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Always a pleasure to invest emotionally in an anime. The characters are out of my control which makes the investment far more exciting. Who dies, who lives, and who is hookin up with who! Animated characters can be made to appeal to our innate desire for cute things; "cute" being of course subjective to a large degree, but thus why we have various genres of anime that have various styles of animation to appeal to our own ideology of "cute".

I don't think I over invest though...but Oreimo & Clannad
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Not that I can remember.
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Yes, I tend to get overly invested as well. In fact, you might say that I started watching anime consistently because I was amazed at how emotionally invested I could get in certain shows.

As I said in another thread, anime as a storytelling medium resonates with me more than most others. I'm still impacted by movies and books, but not to the same extent as anime. Heck, just the other night I shed a few tears while watching Blue Spring Ride and started to feel guilty about some of my life choices....

It seems like a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it allows me to get easily invested in shows and characters that other people find forgettable. On the other hand, it can really take a huge emotional toll on my psyche. Perhaps I use all the lighthearted slice-of-life shows I watch as a form of self-medication lol.

I think everyone has a medium that does this to them though. To some extent, at least.
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xxJing wrote:

I unfortunately do. A little too much for my own good in fact. It actually almost makes me think I am going crazy because if something tragic happens in an anime or manga, I actually cannot stop thinking about it, even if I want to. I try to reason with myself and convince myself that what just happened is actually largely irrelevant and I shouldn't be concerned about it at all. And logically, that is correct, it is irrelevant, however for some reason I still get upset. I feel like I am forced into being my own psychiatrist and I am failing at it for reasons beyond my comprehension.

On the other hand this same phenomenon does not appear when I am reading a book, watching live-action TV / cartoons, watching a movie, or even playing video games. For example, I was completely absorbed by Breaking Bad and Lost. There was drama, cheating, death, a lot of crap going on in those shows. But never once did I feel sadness or agitation, it was completely intrigue. Hell even Breaking Bad's ending which was pretty tragic left me feeling happy.
As a video game example let's take Assassin's Creed Unity
I just don't get emotionally involved in these stories.

I have no idea what it is, but manga and anime just up the negative emotional reactions in me. Does anyone else seem to have this problem?


I know it´s off topic, but you actually finished unity? On pc I hope? With more than 10 fps? If so, could you tell me which video card you have so I can order one of the miracles?
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I havr to admit yes. Before i know it my eyes are flooded with tears as if I cut a whole bag of onions
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i do wish i didn't limits my list of anime that I'll watch because can't stand depressing stuff.
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eragon2890 wrote:

I know it´s off topic, but you actually finished unity? On pc I hope? With more than 10 fps? If so, could you tell me which video card you have so I can order one of the miracles?


Nah I watched a let's play of it. The guy I was watching was playing it on PS4. I very rarely buy games at premium price, especially without seeing if I would like to play the game or not first. Unity is a no buy for me. The last game I bought was Dark Souls II. Although I am a huge fan of that series so I just bought it without second thought.
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yes, I'm starting to move on tho lol
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