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Anime Hangover?
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Posted 4/16/15
Hello.
I'm posting this to see people feelings after they watch a really good anime.

I personally tend to have a "hangover" when I have watched an anime that I really enjoyed. Not all the anime i watch does this to me however. Only the special ones i guess.

For example When i Finished up Akame ga Kill! I was sad. Sad that I will never be able to enjoy that again. Although i enjoyed it i get this empty feeling. Like i will never be able to find something as good as it. I tend to not watch any more anime for days to weeks after. Not even whats in my que, When I do start again I always go into whatever I decide to watch with this "well it will never be better then Akame" feeling.

I was doing pretty well with not letting it bother me until I finished up Cross Ange last night. I really enjoyed it and when it was over that same empty, sad feeling came. So tonight I came on to CR and was like ehhhh... So i figured i would post this and see if anyone else goes though what I do.

Any input would be great. Thank you for your time.

(no need to flame over my choices of anime. To each is own)
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Posted 4/16/15 , edited 4/17/15
More anime fixes that.
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Posted 4/16/15 , edited 4/16/15
Anime Hangover. Hummm That's a good name for it, since some people consider it an addiction.
The final solution find a new one or a new stuff to do, Always works.
Posted 4/16/15 , edited 4/16/15
I generally call it "Post Anime Depression." It's always sad to have a good anime end. I do dwell on it for a bit and may wait a few days to watch another anime, but I quickly get over it by realizing there's so much good anime out there! Just watching something else seems to cheer me right back up. All that sounded pretty corny hahaha
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Posted 4/16/15

AnimeKami wrote:

More anime fixes that.

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Posted 4/16/15 , edited 4/17/15
As explained in an earlier post by Sir_Ash24, the Post Anime Depression Syndrome or PADS is a very common disorder that affects almost every anime watcher. It characterizes for giving a feeling of "emptiness", and sadness in some cases. The causes are mainly because the person gets really attached to a certain character or feels strongly connected to the show. The treatment is based on a few doses of another series; let's say an episode or two the next day or a few days after the PADS. A recovery of a stable mind is shown when the person begins watching more series, and the show which caused the PADS becomes a good memory. (Ash24)

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Ash24, Sir. "I generally call it." Crunchyroll forums (2015):1. Web. 17 April 2015. http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-897057/anime-hangover

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The solution to all of lifes problems is "MORE ANIME".
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Posted 4/17/15 , edited 4/17/15
I used to get anime hangover or PADS badly when I first started getting into anime more seriously. Gurren Lagann, Eureka 7, SAO season 1, and Guilty Crown gave me horrible PADS. I would stop watching for like two weeks sometimes just to get over it.

But as some have already said, watching another anime the next day really does help because it gets your mind off of it. I would suggest watching something a bit more lighthearted so you can feel happy while watching it. When I started getting into watching simulcasts and following shows every season, this has almost eliminated PADS for me completely. You just kind of get into a groove of watching multiple shows so your attention is split between a lot of different animes so when you finish a good show you can't mourn too much since you have a dozen other shows on your plate to divert your mind.

Sometimes the "pain" doesn't completely go away, but it does help a lot.

I think the last show where I had major PADS recently was White Album 2 and I finished that last October. I literally just had to go to bed almost immediately after finishing it because it just destroyed me mentally lol. Watching some shows the next day, it did help, but that ending lingered in my head for a while.


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Haha I like how you made this sound very intellectual, like if it was coming from a doctor.
Posted 4/17/15
I haven't felt it since HunterxHunter ended and Love Live! before that. May have built up an immunity or not liking as many shows lately as others said: more anime, but maybe if you miss that universe then keep exploring it?

Rewatch the anime(I still keep the two I mentioned at the top of my queue in case I wanna rewatch some or all of them.), if it has source material or extra materials see what you can dig up, check out fan works, make your own fan works etc.

You'll get over it eventually no matter what method you use. You'll find something else special as long as you keep looking. But those ones will always be special for making you feel that way.
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A lot of people refer to that as the 'void' as well. I think we all experienced that after Clannad/After Story or AnoHana. The one anime that hit me with the void the hardest was probably Nagi no Asukara though. The whole atmosphere of the show was quite melancholic and the ending could've been done a lot better. A LOT better.

Like most of the others I think a light-hearted anime like Non Non Biyori or Barakamon will help you get over it.
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Posted 4/17/15 , edited 4/17/15

TaL0n82 wrote:

I was doing pretty well with not letting it bother me until I finished up Cross Ange last night. I really enjoyed it and when it was over that same empty, sad feeling came. So tonight I came on to CR and was like ehhhh... So i figured i would post this and see if anyone else goes though what I do.

Cross Ange

Getting the OST and/or theme songs helps out a lot. Then you can fly around on those weird mech jet skis over the ocean any time
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Posted 4/17/15

AnimeKami wrote:

More anime fixes that.


This. I get that hangover feeling bad if I really like a series, so I just start watching something else.
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Posted 4/17/15
I had the same problem after watching Kara no Kyoukai, I stopped watching anime for about 2 months. I have to agree though, watching SOL anime helps a lot. They kinda give you a break and help you start over.
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Posted 4/17/15 , edited 4/17/15


I usually get an empty feeling (or 'hangover' as you described it) after finishing any form of media, be it anime, a game or a movie; so I can certainly relate.


Ciros2290 wrote:

I haven't felt it since HunterxHunter ended and Love Live! before that. May have built up an immunity or not liking as many shows lately as others said: more anime, but maybe if you miss that universe then keep exploring it?


I agree. With Love Live!, there's also the freemium game (which I still play :P) which can keep you periodically enveloped in that universe from time to time.
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Posted 4/17/15
Thank you guys so much for the feedback.
It was very encouraging to read all the comments and its good to know im not the only one who has this issue.
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