A common discussion in anime I’ve noticed on the blog and youtube sphere “Anime Burnout”. You felt the burn too people?
So called “Anime Burnout” to me is no different than say your growing tired of a tv drama your watching but here were talking about the anime genre. The vast selection of genres to choose from, you wouldn’t think “NO way !! I’ll get tired of this”.
If you can recall back to when you first got into anime, it was exciting, thrilling and discovering all these shows to watch. You could watch so many all in one blitz go without worrying then you’ll get tired of it. Exactly how I remember when first getting into this medium, this time in your life happens only once. When your someone like me who’s been watching anime now for over a decade, your tastes change, the industry itself is. Discovering how things are now compared to back then, I’d say getting tired of anime is more on the reoccurrence.
Accept for new anime fans…. makes you jealous thinking about it. Discover all the new things. Little do they know.
The most reoccurring thing hearing all the time is becoming tired of seasonal anime. Over the last few years simulcast of the newest anime airing in Japan, being directly aired after worldwide. Streaming has become more main stream 20 or more shows airing each season, this is a great thing to see. More anime, but if your an avid watcher every season the possibility you may have gotten a tad tired, depending on how many shows your watching.
For a year and half I’d been out of the seasonal scene till this year and decided to jump back into it, for spring season 2017. At first it was really exciting seeing the variety this time around, picking seven or eight shows to watch. As the spring season is coming to an end and another season starting didn’t take long surprisingly for me to feel the burn. Wait… wait for me haven’t finished what I’m watching now, IT’S TOO MUCH!!!. Keeping up each week in the beginning of watching seasonal never bothered me, even after being away for a while. Quickly realising it was becoming too tedious for me to keep up, while all the side things I was watching. Binge watcher at heart here, probably should stick to that.
Now some people are adjusted and fine with watching anime weekly, all good. But if your a binge watcher at heart, *raises hand* Me. You don’t know how avid seasonal watchers keep with ten shows or more their watching, while if their watching side anime’s. Might look all mighty watching so many shows but chances getting put on hold or dropped are more likely now, than say five years ago. Not saying I regret getting into this spring season as Tsuki ga kirei was a surprising gem, every week couldn’t wait to watch. But Seasonal there is balance of good and bad it comes with, but this comes down to the watcher in choosing how many shows they’re watching. If your watching nothing but seasonal all the while, depending on the person. The burn will come quickly or not at all.
Need To Keep Up Burn
A phase that plagiarise me for the longest time from watching seasonal anime, was the mentality having to keep up with shows I chose to watch. Just gets to a point your sick of hearing your own self whining, how you are behind. Asking the question “Why do this to myself or yourself”?
One answer I’ve come to my own conclusion on is the influence from others. People I know in this anime loving community, friends I know vast majority watch seasonal anime. When it’s comes to discussions regarding seasonal I’ve been and seen it has become awkward, mentioning earlier being away from or even now. “Have you watched so and so?” you been hit with this question, chances are yes and from being bombarded with. My usual answer would be “No not yet” others reply “Oh okay” after it seemed like to the other there was no point in engaging in further conversation, if you’ve not seen whatever series there talking about.
This resulted building up this mentality for me to keep up with all the seasonal shows I was watching. This does you no favours having this mindset, quickly becoming burn out even more easily. You feel like your missing out something amazing or great, that you should be watching it NOW, RIGHT THIS SECOND. Don’t bother putting yourself through it. It took me the longest time to realise that so what if I had not seen heroic academia, that you shouldn’t have to keep up with the latest anime. To just feel included for the sake of it, Go at your own pace or come back later to it all. You have time.
The expectation of anime these days is higher than ever, people want the next great thing. Terms of talking expectation I’ll use shonen as a example Bleach, Dragonballz series full of such action, with high intensity battles, powerful characters. Something like that to keep you so engaged, shonen’s strongest point, the bar keeps getting set higher and higher. Though the shonen genre now is a little deflated currently, when hearing in 2015 Dragonball super was announced I’ll admit was excited. Ever since watching only the few first episodes just fell, my excitement fall flat honestly.
Even now there is no burning desire to pick back up the series, Dragonballz is a lot of nostalgia for me. But with how the series is being handled now, it’s still not getting me excited. There was a lot of high expectation for dragonball super in the beginning, to be like “Z” but with how this shonen is known to be. There is only so far that can be stretched, I’ll put this simply what’s the next power Goku could possibly have after a god? For the record when this Dragonball super gets dubbed, mostly likely I’ll pick it back up.
Noticing a lot people put high expectations just by the look of art visual image of an anime, seriously come on. You don’t know something till you try it right? your just setting yourself up for disappointment in the line of what genre your watching, if you expect it to be great every round. Not saying it’s okay to not have expectations of something but the good comes with the bad, that’s why if you only ever watched series with hardly any flaws. You’d not be able to add fair input in discussions with others if there talking of a series you’d never watch in a million years. If the story ending was non conclusive, minor characters were considered bland, all these little thoughts racing through your head. Just leads to feeling burnt faster than blow out a candle.
Not everything will be absolutely astounding every time, newer anime fans learn this quickly. So don’t be too close minded, always keep your options open but also remember if your not enjoying a series then don’t watch if your not.
Too Many Or Same Of Burns
Out of all these burns, one that hurts the most resulting in not watching anime for weeks on, sometimes leading to forever. Personally myself never have I tried to watch so many things at once, my limit is about watching four series at one time. Anymore than that, my brain will turn to scrambled eggs. Being able to take in everything of the series I’m watching, what it has to offer is very important to me, nor would I want to miss something vital. If your watching 10 shows half of those are seasonal say and other things on the side, what are the chances you’ll reoccur the series previous on goings.
Fair enough to those that like watching all at once, good for you. It’s all well and good me saying not to watch so many shows at once, but our moods can change like the wind. So many genres to choose from, make you lean towards honestly watching too many anyway. Sometimes may have to be in the right mood, if that’s the case then focus on whatever show it is.
While too many is never good, if in that equation some series are from the same genre then another problem. Going back to seasonal anime for a second, 20 or more shows these days being pumped out each season, chances of something being similar is another common occurrence. Speaking about Chivalry Of A Failed Knight and Asterisk War from the Summer 2015 season in a post recently, how both were so alike. This can be off putting all together making viewers over look shows like Chivalry and Asterisk, all the more easier.
Even if your not a avid seasonal watcher, in general of watching anime, spreading yourself wide is so important, I’ve talked about this in another post. Romance maybe my favourite genre, could watch it all the time even. But even my cravings lead me wanting something different, there’s nothing wrong with that. Broaden your genres people.
To conclude on “anime burn” or just “burning out” in general. Something I feel, I’ve read in every post or video seen, take a breather. Your mentality is important, pondering over all the seasonal or other shows your watching or got to watch won’t make you feel better. We all have other watch interests marvel movies, tv dramas etc I’m sure, heck I may be obsessed with anime but probably go crazy if it was 24/7. Taking a step back will eventually you lead to crave anime again, if your a avid watcher of it.
Pondering on the time your away from anime, that you’ve missed something great or important or so your friend says. SO WHAT if there your friend they won’t pressure you. I’ll tell you felt great the other week when finally getting to see wonder woman, it felt like a mental release from the seasonal burnout.. I’m still going through though. Who cares what others think, if you need a break then do it. Not like anime is going to grow legs and run away, it’ll always be here to come back too.
– Broaden your genres
– Watch other things
– Leave yourself not so close minded
– Learn to know when it’s break time
It’s not rocket science of knowing when to take a break from anything, you’ll just end up doing it.
I hope you enjoyed and hopefully this post helped you in whenever you may get burnt out!!
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