This may sound like a ridiculous concept considering the subject matter of this blog, but are you? Is it the only form of media that you watch? Do you watch endless amounts of episodes of an anime series without putting some form of break time in-between? Have you ever felt burnt out by over watching? Are you tired of me asking questions yet? If you are, just know that there is a point to all of this. Anime is a fantastic art form that more people need to get into, but there are times when it can be a little too much for us. A cool down period or a short break from the obsession can do wonders sometimes, but always depends on the individual.
I’m start this off by talking about my own watching habits. The amount of anime that I watch in any given moment is sinusoidal in nature (like a sine or cosine function). There are times that I watch endless amounts of Jojo, HunterxHunter, and Fist of the North Star. There are also times like last season where I only watched anime three nights a week. I may be done low like this now, but I know that I will be barrowing through another long running anime soon. I have noticed that the less I watch anime, the more it feels special to me sometimes. Therefore, after large sessions of five episodes a night, I slow down majorly. This doesn’t mean I stop, I just go down on a cool down period. At this moment, anime feels special to me again because I am watching less of it. It’s like drinking something with a high caffeine content. The more you drink it, the more average it feels, and the more you rely on it for everyday life. I don’t ever want to lose the way I feel about anime. I’ve been watching it for years now and I still think it’s special.
Using another bad analogy, but being a fan of something could be like playing poker in a casino. If you bet all your money early on, there is a higher chance of losing all your funds. If you bet in small amounts or even fold from time to time, you have a higher chance of playing for a longer time and even earning some money. Watching in moderation or with other mediums like live action shows, movies, etc makes a person more well-rounded. It also allows you to have a higher chance of talking to normal people if your interests are not put into one basket. On the flip side, if find friends that obsess about your one focused hobby as much as you do, then you are probably set for life. There is no right or wrong here. It all depends on how you chose to live your life. If you want to obsess over one thing, go for it. If you want to obsess over a lot of things, go for that as well. It’s all up to you. The goal of this post is to put some caution into the air and maybe get you to think a little.
I turning this back around to you guys now. Here come more questions, so beware. Has there ever been a time in your life that you thought you would stop watching anime? Have you ever thought about how you can get maximum enjoyment out of watching anime? Honestly, I need to think about some of these myself. I’m not ever going to tell anybody how they should watch anime. I made a post like that before and I still regret it to this day. People should watch anime anyway they feel like for however long they want. Just like how people’s thoughts, personality, and feelings are different, their watching pattern is unique as well.