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Tytu23 wrote:

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?


If you have serious and real depression, go get help. If you're not really depressed and just down in the dumps, then 1, don't use the word depressed and 2, any romance, comedy, or slice of life anime will do.
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Anime to cheer you up:
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My Love Story : Fluffy romance.
Amagami SS/SS+ : Series of short, low-drama romances
Usagi Drop: Slice-of-Life about a cute kid.
Full Metal Panic? Fumofu! : Pure silliness.
Arakawa Under the Bridge : Silliness, now with a bridge.


Anime to Help you with the Cathartic Cry:
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Anohana
Clannad/After Story
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Gochiusa is the best medicine
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Nichijou (my ordinary life) is a slice-of-life anime that could make you laugh.
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Tytu23 wrote:

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?


I've moved this over to our Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

Because of some smartass who decided to flood the thread with emoticon posts (which I've now deleted), there's been some temporary wonkiness with the pagination, and there are a few good posts that ended up on currently "invisible" pages. I've quoted those posts below so you can see the suggestions (if you click on the word "wrote" in each of the quotes, it will take you directly to their post, that you can then reply to directly if you want to.)

Good luck finding some distraction for now; I do suggest that you seek out some other assistance for help with finding a longer term way of coping.


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try Food Wars!. very entertaining and will make you laugh. laughter is good medicine


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Toriko. But usually watch American animation for mindless distractions/white noise (American dad, archer, etc)


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Tytu23 wrote:
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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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?


In my experience what works as a pick-me-up in some instances won't necessarily in others. Sometimes My Neighbour Totoro will lift me up and bring me back to childhood, other times it'll make me miss childhood so bitterly that I end up feeling worse. Depression's cruel like that, it won't give you something that always works. Nevertheless, you're looking for suggestions for pick-me-ups and I'm willing to give them, so let's go through some genres and get some examples. I'll link to the shows that are available in-house, but I'm just going to tell you where to find external shows since I think it would be in bad taste to provide links to those.

Comedy

It's a rare day that something like Azumanga Daioh, School Rumble, My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy, Girls' High, or Working!! won't at least distract me from feeling depressed for a while. Some of the zanier comedies are pretty effective if you enjoy that sort of thing, like Ramen Fighter Miki. For something a little more on the zany side there's FLCL.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/my-mental-choices-are-completely-interfering-with-my-school-romantic-comedy
http://www.crunchyroll.com/wagnaria
http://www.crunchyroll.com/ramen-fighter-miki
http://www.crunchyroll.com/girls-high

School Rumble and FLCL are available both subbed and dubbed for both free and subscription users on Hulu.

Azumanga Daioh doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere, but it looks like Netflix is renting out DVD copies.

Action/Adventure/Fantasy

As a general rule these don't tend to work very well unless they have a heavy dollop of comedy thrown in the mixture. The more the story relies on creating suspense and a sense of dramatic seriousness instead of being amusing or exciting the less effective it tends to be. Something like The Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk hits my bare minimum amount of comedy needed to do the job, and I wouldn't go for anything too serious like Attack on Titan for a pick-me-up. Rurouni Kenshin is probably as serious as I would go, and I'd be careful about which episodes I'd watch. The good news, however, is that CR has the dubbed version of RuroKen, so I don't have to worry about reading subtitles when I watch a beloved classic! Yay!

Long-running shounen action series like One Piece and Gintama tend to do better, as do fantasies along the lines of Inuyasha. You might also try something like Kill la Kill if you're looking for something to get your blood boiling with excitement. Sometimes that's a good distraction from depression, too.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/the-tower-of-druaga-the-aegis-of-uruk-
http://www.crunchyroll.com/one-piece
http://www.crunchyroll.com/gintama
http://www.crunchyroll.com/kill-la-kill
http://www.crunchyroll.com/rurouni-kenshin

Inuyasha is available both subbed and dubbed for both free and subscription users on Hulu.

Slice of Life

These seem to be generally effective, but that effectiveness fluctuates a lot since they're specifically designed to hit close to home. Sometimes I want to watch a story about someone having a nice, quiet, peaceful life as a way to get my brain to slow down and stop worrying about things that might be troubling me, and slice of life seems to be good at doing that. This is where I put My Neighbour Totoro even though it also has fantasy elements, because Totoro is basically an allegory for childish imagination. Squid Girl serves me well, but that's because I really love puns. I'd also put Azumanga Daioh here. So I really have three examples, but only one of them is new (so the pool will look a little scant here).

http://www.crunchyroll.com/squid-girl

I am not aware of any streaming service that offers My Neighbour Totoro, but it looks like Netflix rents out DVD copies.

Harem/Ecchi

These tend to come saturated in comedy (simplistic though it often is), so sexual elements or not (and I don't particularly care) they are fantastic for getting my mind off of things and in a laughing mood. The best of the crop we have here is Nisekoi, but if you're looking for something we've got that is just as much fun to laugh at as it is to laugh with there's Rio Rainbow Gate. You might also try Rosario Vampire, Love Hina (I recommend the manga over the anime, though), and Shuffle! (which is good if you want to cut down on the fan service a bit, but comes with some drama).

http://www.crunchyroll.com/nisekoi
http://www.crunchyroll.com/rio-rainbow-gate

Shuffle! and Rosario Vampire are available both subbed and dubbed on Hulu for both free and subscription users, though you'll have to deal with an age filter for obvious reasons. I think Rosario Vampire is also on Netflix. It was last I looked for it.
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AnActualArtist wrote:

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.


You're right. Anything you enjoy doing can help you a lot. Letting the depression get to the point that you don't want to or are incapable of doing anything is a bad thing. It helps so much if you just keep doing what you enjoy whether it's watching anime, jogging, working out, visiting friends. It doesn't matter. The important thing is to find ways to keep busy and to keep doing things and living life no matter how hard it may get. Other than talking to someone and staying social it's one of the best things you can do.
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Recommendations:
Usagi Drop and/or Barakamon (feels good)
Natsume Yuujinchou (masterful storytelling with great resolutions to each episode, though sometimes bittersweet.)
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (very cheerful anime with great characters with not a hint of dullness)
SKET Dance (fun, episodic anime which is similar to Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun with its cheerfulness)
Silver Spoon (character growth and the main character's ability to be so relatable should help make his emotions becomes your's)
Nodame Cantabile (the perseverance of the two main characters and chemistry make this show one of the best musical/romantic animes)
Chihayafuru (a great sports, romantic, and comedic show with a uplifting main character complimented with a uplifting soundtrack)

If these are not the type of anime you are looking for, then feel free to ask.
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I have to agree with the others about seeing help if your thoughts get too dark. It helps a lot. That being said things to put a smile on your face from an anime stand point ...

Nisekoi
Ben-to
Seitokei Yakuindomo
Love Lab
Sabagebu
Tonari no Seki-kun
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Is the Order a Rabbit?
Chronicles of the Going Home Club
Chitose Get you!
Kill Me Baby!
Assassination Classroom
D-Frag
Mitsudomoe
My Mental Choices...
Servant x Service
Working!!!/Wagnaria!!
Squid Girl
The Comic Artist and His Assistants
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If you have serious depression, then go to the doctor.
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You should talk to a doctor or someone who's close to you.

But to answer your question Nichijou is absolutely insane and hilarious
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