Do you watch too much anime?

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.

17 thoughts on “Do you watch too much anime?

  1. I think that even though I watch a lot of anime, the fact that it is just one story form I enjoy (others inlcude movies, novels, and games) means I don’t ever really feel like its too much or I’m burnt out from anime. If a particularly week I find anime not really doing much for me I’ll spend more time reading or I’ll watch a movie instead in my down time, or log yet more hours into a game. Mostly as long as I get a story fix I’ll be pretty happy.

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  2. I have had periods where I simply couldn’t find anything I considered worth of watching. Lately, I’m watching Magi now that JoJo: Diamond is Unbreakable has ended. I keep a variety of mediums to involve myself in besides anime to stay balanced, such as reading and the occasional non-anime movie.

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  3. Anime is the only visual medium I engage. I’ve never been an ardent movie fan and probably never will be. So far, I haven’t felt like I’m overdoing it or losing my love for it. But when you consider the amount of free time I dedicate to anime, it’s typically less than the time I use for reading/writing.

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  4. Good questions! Makes one stop and examine one’s choices.

    I’ve a personality that lends itself to enthusiasm. When I love something, I LOVE SOMETHING. Watching anime is one such activity that I very much enjoy. I do watch a lot of it, and sometimes I even feel bad about consuming so much of my time in this way, but I do the same with reading and feel no remorse. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life, and I’ve yet to tire of spending hours upon hours with a book, so I’m not too worried about anime burn out so long as there are titles that engage my interests.

    Moving away from that, having interests outside of anime does make it easier to engage others in conversation. I love how you call them “normal people.” Seriously. *shakes head and laughs* Well, I never claimed normality and that’s just fine with me! 😀

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  5. Anime as of late has been the only thing I’ve been watching. But lately my co-worker has been dragging me with her for movie dates so it’s nice to take a break from it. I don’t think I’ve ever felt necessarily burnt out from watching it so much, but then again this is probably something to ask myself in another year – since I’ve only fully immersed myself in anime in 2016. My love for it was off and on before 2016 just because I was only watching whatever was recommended versus branching out on my own and finding new ones to watch myself. Granted since I started watching anime, I’ve completely skipped out on watching the shows I used to love watching (law & order: svu, chicago fire, archer just to name a few) When i feel like I need an anime break, i usually go back to those to try to catch up.

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  6. I binged on One Piece while in college, starting from when they first met Usopp. Watched between 10-15 episodes a day. Took me over a year to catch up with that show. 600+ episodes!

    I swore NEVER to marathon a series again after that.

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