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Post Reply Do You Get Overly Emotionally Invested in Anime?
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26 / M / Alabama, US
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Posted 1/9/15
It has to be an especially compelling story with especially compelling characters for this to happen to me, but yeah, it happens occasionally, and when it does happen, it takes me completely off guard. Unlike you though OP, this has happened to me with other mediums as well, albeit less frequently. Mass Effect 3 had me in tears on multiple occasions (and the infamous god-child ending had me feeling empty for a good few days afterwards) to give a video game example. Still, for whatever reason anime seems more capable of this then other stuff. Not really sure what it is about it.

When I first started getting really into anime it definitely happened more though. I was shocked when I found myself choking up nonstop for the last 3 episodes of Witchblade, of all things. That was one of the first shows I watched from start to finish when I started getting back into anime a few years ago.

My problem more then getting too emotionally involved is my tendency to over analyze and over think stuff. It doesn't keep me from enjoying mindless shows or anything like that, but it means that I spend far too much time thinking about fiction. Then again that's just a general character flaw I have, not specifically limited to anime.
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Posted 1/12/15
Oh, I totally get overly invested. That's probably one of the reasons that cute/moe and comedy has become my favorite. If an anime has any hint of something dark, I spoil myself on Wikipedia to see how bad it is. Although sometimes I take a chance, like Dusk Maiden of Amnesia, and end up liking it. Though I probably won't rewatch it
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Posted 1/12/15
I wouldn't say I get overly invested.
I am in the same boat though where I do not really having any emotions riled up from live action tv or movies.
Yet anime does seem to bring out all the emotions.
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Posted 1/12/15
Depends, if the anime is really good and I watch the last episode until it goes Black; I sit there and my chest feels strange lol
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Posted 1/12/15
I do! Especially if its a really good show.
Like for Parasyte i've screamed and been like OMG! No! lol
Those are the shows i know ill have to rewatch.
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Posted 1/12/15
Yes i do. Really depends on if the story and characters click with me and man do i hate when it does those shows i get overly emotional about i do not watch them a second time.
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Posted 1/12/15 , edited 1/12/15
Yea, kind of ... (Okay, quite a bit, especially if the anime is sad/ really dramatic)
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Posted 1/12/15
I definitely do. I don't know how many times I've cried while watching Fairy Tail or Blue Spring Ride. Parasyte grosses me out but I still like to watch it. I scream, squeal, fangirl hardcore over Uta no Prince-sama.
So yeah, I'm quite well invested.
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25 / M / Boise
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Posted 1/12/15
a few times yes, but that's what a good story does, if the characters relate to you and the concepts make sense to you, your emotions do get involved. There are times I wished the scenarios would happen to me in real life, kinda silly I know but im sure I am not the only one
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Posted 1/13/15
You are using video game analogies, that's not a good sign... I hated Breaking Bad and can't see how anyone would be made happy by that vicious, hateful, bloody violent and depressing show. The ending was terrible- mostly because I could spot how it was directed by a different person than all the rest of it had been, it was just too violent and I regret ever watching it. Okay back to anime- I only have this kind of negative emotion if the show is extremely violent, in a serious way. I had the issue with Now and Then, Here and There, finding it really difficult when I first watched it (almost 10 years ago) and only repeated viewings softened the blows. The ending to one of the episodes of Michiko&Hachin literally made my heart skip a beat... I had to abandon it for a time because it was giving me anxiety. Two of the episodes in Cowboy Bebop could make me cry even after repeated viewings, Mushi-shi also made me cry, but so did the New World episode of Super fucking Sonico.. I guess I'm a softie
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19 / M / Cali
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Posted 1/13/15
Like when I was watching Little Busters, my heart was getting less tender towards the series. They give out small hints in the first season, but then they just hit you with sadness and confusion. SAO kinda did the same but they didn't do as good as Little Busters lol. Aside from that, I think the greatest damage to me was done by Oreimo
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Posted 1/13/15 , edited 1/13/15
I'm a sap. When an episode is sad, you can bet I'm balling my eyes out. The last four episodes of Madoka Magica still hit me with a tidal wave of tears even after re-watching it countless times. Yuuki Yuuna did a number on me, too. Episodes 8-11 of that show are emotional torture. Wish the ending had been more grim instead the ass-pull we got, though.
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Posted 1/13/15

KingKaio wrote:

You are using video game analogies, that's not a good sign... I hated Breaking Bad and can't see how anyone would be made happy by that vicious, hateful, bloody violent and depressing show. The ending was terrible- mostly because I could spot how it was directed by a different person than all the rest of it had been, it was just too violent and I regret ever watching it.


I'm pretty desensitized to violence. The torture the main character went through in Now and Then, Here and There didn't even make me flinch. It was more the rape and enslavement that made me kind of sick with that series.

Though yeah, gore, violence, blood, I've seen too much of that to even think about it anymore. I also don't notice 99% of panty shots. People often complain 'this series has too much fan service', I usually reply 'it does?'
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 1/13/15
No. The mark of good storytelling is the ability to move audiences, draw them into the fantasy. I greatly judge anime by how much they rile my emotions, hence tragedies tend to be my favorites. I don't like to waste my time with what I cannot become emotionally invest in. Nonetheless, I've long since learned to cope with and "shed" emotional backlash.
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Posted 1/14/15
Are you serious? My entire life becomes dedicated to this stupid stuff.
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