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Hey guys, I started watching anime when I was 17 and I'm a huge anime fan. However, Im 23 and I feel that with the passing years I started to enjoy anime less and less and I'm left wondering if by the time I turn 25 or 26 I will even like it anymore. I feel like most anime are very generic and full of fanservice. Since I also have other responsabilities I feel like starting a full 24 ep anime will take too much of my time over the week. For example , I really enjoyed tokyo ghoul last season so I was hyped for season 2 this year, but as soon as I heard it was a 24 episode anime instead of 12 I got this feeling of uneasiness and commitment that I would have to sit down and watch for the next 24 weeks. So I ask this, what is your opinion about this topic and have you ever felt the same way? Thx. Ps. Srry for bad english.
Posted 1/17/15
Read the manga. Solved.
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I had a similar experience. I stopped watching anime for over 10 years. But, I started up again. People change over time.

Also, this winter season has been lackluster, IMO. I was wondering if I was growing bored with anime, and then I started rewatching shows that I liked in the past. It wasn't how I felt about anime. It's just how I felt about most of the shows this winter season.
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Posted 1/17/15 , edited 1/17/15
It's bound to happen at some point. You just burn yourself out, ya know? I did. Now, instead of grabbing ten different shows to watch each season, most of the time I don't even bother to grab one. Most of the anime I watch now are older titles.

That and I read more manga.
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Hi Solechris,
Take a break from it or try watching a shorter series, if its too dark try something lighter,
try watching different genres, try some diversity,
try some OVA's or mini series or a few Movies
the Beauty of anime is that there is so much out there!!!
it should never feel like a chore.
Anime is escapism at its core, like a good book, or Movie!!!
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Nope. Never. If I get burned out if one genre I leave it alone and watch another until I start fiending for it again.
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I've burnt out before, especially if I spent a season trying to keep up with too many simulcasts. I just quit following things for a few weeks and killed time on other things; or went on a ye olde anime binge, especially OVAs and movies.
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Posted 1/17/15 , edited 1/17/15
I've never felt like I wasn't enjoying it. Just some times I don't fell like watching. I took a lot of time over the holidays away from anime. It was hard to start watching anime on regular bases again. It took almost three weeks after the first to start up again.
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Yeah, a lot of times. Usually after I've watched something that's really good. Like when i finished Monster, almost everything else felt like a waste of time and incredibly boring. I took a pause from anime for some days, and my interest was as good as new.

I guess i have never lost my interest in anime completely, but it happens all the time with games. I can get so tired of them, it feels like a chore playing anything.
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I've been watching anime on and off when I have the time since like 3 or 4 years old. If anything at 26 I'm watching more now than I did as a teen because I'm finding more genres I used to skip more appealing with age. If all you are seeing is generic and ecchi type content, you are not watching the right shows. Try out new genres and things you think you might not like based on how the promotional art looks or the summary seems. You might be surprised at what is out there if you look at different genres than you are used to watching. I'd also look into older shows that came out before you started around 17 years old. There are quite a lot of classics that hold up well for their age you may enjoy. If after that you still find nothing you enjoy, you may just be a bit burnt out and need a break.


I have never felt burnt out on anime, certain types of shows and tropes, sure, but I can always find something that grabs my attention I have not seen yet. Have you watched Space Brothers? Try that if not, it's great, ecchi free, and long enough to keep you occupied for a while.
Posted 1/17/15
This happens to me on occasion. Usually it occurs when I get extremely busy or if I pick up a lot of shows that I don't really care about. Actually - what you did with Tokyo Ghoul is exactly what I did with Log Horizon and Chaika. I really enjoyed the first seasons of both, but the prospect of starting a whole new season of them seemed so daunting that I just opted out. I will watch them eventually, though.

I think it's sort of natural - probably just a cyclic kind of thing. For me, it usually only lasts about a season or two at the most - but i'm sure everyone's different in that regard.
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Hey guys, I started watching anime when I was 17 and I'm a huge anime fan. However, Im 23 and I feel that with the passing years I started to enjoy anime less and less and I'm left wondering if by the time I turn 25 or 26 I will even like it anymore. I feel like most anime are very generic and full of fanservice. Since I also have other responsabilities I feel like starting a full 24 ep anime will take too much of my time over the week. For example , I really enjoyed tokyo ghoul last season so I was hyped for season 2 this year, but as soon as I heard it was a 24 episode anime instead of 12 I got this feeling of uneasiness and commitment that I would have to sit down and watch for the next 24 weeks. So I ask this, what is your opinion about this topic and have you ever felt the same way? Thx. Ps. Srry for bad english.

I think it's normal. Until I watched Attack On Titan and now Tokyo Ghoul, the only anime that I really loved for a while was Code Geass. But also, I was in college, I had no time to watch anime, I couldn't really watch anime anywhere, and I didn't have a CR account. And I agree, they make too much fanservicey anime nowadays without enough plot. But I also think tastes in anime change over time as you grow up.
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Posted 1/17/15
I also feel like that, more clearly for past few seasons. I don't know why but the topic or plot seems more boring and common, I can find other magic spells, humours, sceneries, and characters but most of the series feel so similar. Still, I can enjoy few series. Maybe it's not us who tired of anime but it's just the anime itself hasn't bring something so special for us
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Posted 1/17/15 , edited 1/17/15
Nope, never. I'm 25 and I don't shove every single anime out there like a damn webooo, I choose carefully what I'm going to watch or what I'm in the mood for, is so simple. And I know we all have our responsibilities that's why I prefer manga and leave the anime when I'm on holidays or whatever( te completed ones) . Also when you are a fan of something you find time for it. Anime/manga, sports,movies,shows etc.
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Yup. Been there. I had a period of about four months where I really struggled to enjoy the shows I was watching. Harem shows with a weak MC really get on my nerves. But, there are still a few harem animes that offer a refreshing twist, or an interesting story that lets me enjoy the series. I'd advise you to take a break, and try to find some of the really fun shows that you might have missed. There are a lot of generic shows that aren't so good. But there are also just as many shows that are a hell of a lot of fun.
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