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Posted 1/6/16
So I've been searching for an anime that will either cheer me up or help me relate and I just can't find a decent one.. any suggestions?
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I recommend seeing a psychiatrist.
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Well, if you are clinically depressed you should see a specialist not rely on anime for treatment. If it's seasonal depression try 15 minutes a day of full spectrum light. If it's just the post-Holiday blues maybe

http://www.crunchyroll.com/polar-bear-cafe

Totally chill and silly slice of life about animals running a cafe. Very relaxing. Nothing sad but also no forced upbeat cheeriness, either. Also, great OP.
Posted 1/6/16
As a depressed person an anime will not cure anything, but a good anime will potentially take you away for a bit. I would talk to some one and watch anime too.
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I don't know...I watch some pretty depressing anime. I generally watch something like Fairy Tail (something silly and funny to laugh at) to cheer myself up. Most of the time, though, I want to stay depressed, so I watch something dark...

In other words, don't listen to me, since I'm crazy.
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Posted 1/6/16 , edited 1/16/16
Well, don't watch the second half of Eva.
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Recommendations will always be ambiguous if you provide such a vague description for what you're looking for. "A decent one" just won't cut it. Try providing more information on what kind of any you're looking for, also maybe provide information about yourself and what kind of anime you like.

I'm just basing these recommendations off your profile picture alone : Kill la Kill, Yakitate!! Japan (Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan! = English translation)
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One Piece!
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Get some Sun, breathe fresh air, look at what you have instead of what you lost. Don't take the drugs they give you either.
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Posted 1/6/16

hnrbledischarge wrote:

Well, don't watch the second half of Eva.


I remember watching the 2nd half of Eva as well as End of Evangelion helped me during such dark times, but that's probably because the characters were so messed up that they were easy to relate to.
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Noragami is pretty good, there are sad parts but there are lessons that you can take from this anime, I feel. Forgiveness, confession, friendship, love...there are also silly parts, especially with Yato's( main guy) character.
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Watching anime isn't going to help that much. But if your really looking for something that'll distract you I'd recommend Noragami, Maybe Kill La Kill, something like that which will get you fairly involved with a goof/fun story and characters. I'm weird and like to watch depressing stuff when I'm depressed so I probably shouldn't give any off my sad list.
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Posted 1/6/16 , edited 1/6/16

cosmicpup wrote:

Watching anime isn't going to help that much. But if your really looking for something that'll distract you I'd recommend Noragami, Maybe Kill La Kill, something like that which will get you fairly involved with a goof/fun story and characters. I'm weird and like to watch depressing stuff when I'm depressed so I probably shouldn't give any off my sad list.



Kill La Kill is a great recommendation since its sooo ridiculously corny but has a great story line. good distraction from being depressed
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Dusk Maiden of Amnesia put me in a really good mood after I watched it but as others said seeing a professional would help you more than anything else. I watch a lot of different kind of anime's and summer's usually worse than winter is for me but it depends on my moods. Also a really nasty bout can hit anytime for any reason or no reason. Sometimes I just enjoy something fun and light and other times I want something that reflects my misery. That's not always a great idea but I'm an old hand at depression and know that it's not the real me. He'll come back sooner or later and so I just wait around for him.

If it's just your average I'm depressed then you'll eventually come out the other side but if you suffer from clinical depression then you really should go talk to someone. Trust me, that's the best thing you can do for yourself, for your loved ones and your future self will thank you for it. Best of luck to you and always keep in mind that this too will pass.
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Posted 1/6/16 , edited 1/19/16
I like how closed minded some people can be by saying that anime won't help much when it's actually been proven to provide catharsis to a lot of sad people out there. There's plenty of threads and even videos on the internet of people praising anime for saving their lives from depression and even suicide. Naruto ending in particular spawned a lot of discussions and encomiums in regards to help and changes with their lives.
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Well I can't speak to clinical depression (since that's something I've never struggled with). However, when i'm in a depressed mood, Aria the Animation is the anime that always cheered me up. It's just a lighthearted show that paints an idyllic world and teaches valuable lessons about life. One person from the show even nicknames the main character, Akari, as "Miss Expert of Happiness".

It always picked me up whenever I was feeling sad, worthless, and just generally bitter at everything. Brought me to tears of joy on a few occasions because the show was just so full of hope. But as I said, that's just me.

Shugo Chara was another show that really cheers me up as well.
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