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Being an Adult and Anime
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Posted 9/7/16 , edited 9/11/16
Wake up. Coffee. Shower. Traffic. Work. Traffic. Home. ANIME!


The thing that I have wondered is how some people here does it- "it" being getting old with more and more responsibilities and still being able to watch Anime. This is not some "You're too old for Anime". I will say that it is more like "Damn. I am too busy for Anime".

Now, I only find myself finishing one or two series maybe every 7 months if I actually plan for it. I am baffled on seeing how my peers here on this site are able to watch multiple series, have time to post comments on this site (and others), do the social media, hang out with friends, have a job, have maybe a wife and/or kids, and still able to do the side quests on Witcher 3.

How are you adulting? How do you have a social life? How do you also play games and have time for other things? Is it a matter of motivation? I'm pretty sure you consume other forms of entertainment, so how do you have time to do so?
(Seriously, 10 episodes a day. You know who you are. "LAWL")

I am pretty sure that the average age on this site is like 22 years old, so I think that a good handful can relate or have some insight on this.

What's your story? How do you balance your life and this media? Are you actually that busy? etc.



**** I'm not really looking to watching more shows. I'm perfectly happy in watching just a few series a year in contrast to my binge Anime diet from my edgy high school/college past, but I am just asking because I'm just really curious.

Honestly, I'm not busy of a guy, but the last movie I watch in the theater was like two years half ago. "LAWL"
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25 / M / This Dying World
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Posted 9/7/16
I have found my niche in which anime I do want to watch and have filtered most of the anime out there - so anime does not take up a huge portion of my time as once did - and like most, I just watch what is airing each season.

My salary, quote, lol, is not large enough for me to have an irl social life and am forced to be reclusive in my home.

There is a triangle consisting of: anime, social life, work/school, and you can only pick a line on that triangle.

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Anime's all I need.
Posted 9/7/16
I pretty much don't watch anime anymore, because there's better things to do with my free time. The older I get, the less anime I like, and the less things I tolerate, so it's better for me to pretty much just give up trying any anime whatsoever and stick to things I know are always fun, like games.

I work a standard 40 hours a week and have no social life at all. There is plenty of time for games when my free time is always open. I do have a small backlog of anime that I thought looked decent, but to dedicate that precious free time to trying something I may hate or more likely just will find boring is just not worth it. The risk:reward ratio is just not there.
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Posted 9/7/16
I'm basically a recluse, so I have unlimited access to anime.

I actually don't watch very much of it though; I mostly prefer to spend my time either hanging out with family (no husband or kids), listening to music, playing Mario Kart, browsing the Internet, shopping online, or doing something creative like writing or drawing.
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32 / Somewhere...
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Posted 9/7/16
Introvert here....

It's pretty simple really. I get up really early to get some quiet before the crazy day starts. During that time I can post on here, catch an ep, answer messages, draw, read, etc. During the day I work, come home, cook, clean, make sure everyone is taken care of. Luckily, my other half is also an anime fan, so we usually catch a couple episodes of whatever during the week, but rarely binge watch anymore. Outside the family, I don't have a lot socially going on, nor do I care to really, so that doesn't really play into it.
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37 / M / Virginia USA
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Posted 9/7/16
^^^


Very similar to me. I usually wake up by 6:30 am. Gt up, make breakfast, take a shower, get dressed. Then watch Anime a bit before work. Then on my days off I do something similar. But i stop watching anime to run errands or do housework, etc. But, I don't watch a lot of TV or anything else so it's right back to anime (unless I decide to read or play a video game).

My one real "saving grace" is that I have no social life. I don't know anybody in the town I live in outside of a few family members and co-workers. I don't go to bars. I mostly cook at home to save money and because cooking is a hobby, etc.

This all will hopefully change soon as I am in the process of potentially getting a job in Japan. Only time will tell.
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24 / F / United States, DE
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Posted 9/7/16
I now work a full time job during the day, but try to spend time either watching anime or posting on the site and such during my free time. Luckily my salary is pretty decent now for the first time in my life so I can actually fund my hobby comfortably lol. I certainly spend less time on it now though then I did in school, and that will probably be even less once I move out completely next month.
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52 / M / Bay Area
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Posted 9/7/16
sacrifice sleep for major sessions of power watching shows, single dad with teenage son we don't watch much TV. I work a lot but find a balance. Some seasons are easy when I don't see much that interests me.
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First off, I'm still in grad school. I'm in that limbo between student and adult with a real job. I'll probably have more free time once I'm done, but it'll be less flexible.

A major way I watch anime while adulting is that I'll watch shows while doing cardio at the gym. It's a nice way to eat up backlog or watch finished series and is much preferable to the crap they show on their tvs (cnn, fox, etc). Just have to be aware of where you are in the gym if watching something extra weird or questionable. Had to turn off HxH because Hisoka was doing his creepy naked thing.

I'll also often watch an episode or two while waiting in airports. Most have free wifi. I could watch anime on the plane, but it's too loud for me to hear anything.

I'm also no social butterfly. I don't really go out and party. Even when I did go to parties my friends held, it was at most once every two weeks. That leaves plenty of time for anime.
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Being an adult means being on my own, which means there's no thrill anymore in "binging" whatever I want, whether it's snacks, games or anime...What am I trying to "prove" anymore, and to whom?

Now I have to set my own schedules depending on what actually works for me the morning after, and a little anime with my viewing time is just right--
I don't sit down and blast entire series just because they're cool, but I'm still glad I have CR on my PS3 set-top/console.

"Adulting", unquote, doesn't have to mean doing too much of something or none of it.
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Posted 9/7/16
I work a normal 40+ hour job but live alone so no one else complains whats on the TV. I also have an hour of my commute on a bus with WiFi so I can normally watch something then.

I don't really have much of a social life during the week and I don't play video game so Im not trying to balance the two.
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27 / M / Iceland
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Having no social life helps out.
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45 / M / Canada
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Posted 9/7/16
Usually, my anime time is when the kids are in bed and my wife is watching stuff on TV that I have absolutely no interest in watching. I do get some time in here and there on weekends when everyone is busy doing their own thing so I catch up on an episode or two. The best time is if I wake early in the morning because the cat was insisting on it and so watch some anime until everyone wakes up...usually get through a few episodes this way. But time with my family and time playing games when I'm in the mood eats into anime time. It's all a balance really and what I'm in the mood for. I don't binge like I used to though.
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Posted 9/7/16
I only started watching after I got too old and worn out for a big social life. I had my fun when I was younger. These days, I just like to kick back and relax as much as possible.
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