Sometimes you can just watch too much anime even if you don’t watch that much. The amount of new series being released can be overwhelming to the point where you just have to step back for a while because you can’t tell if a series is good or if a series is bad anymore, it just exists. Time for a holiday away from anime for a while.
I’m no rampant anime watcher. When I come home every day I don’t sit watching hours and hours exclusively of anime until the small hours of the morning. I quite enjoy sleeping at night. I like to take a series in my stride, watching them through at a steady pace so I can really take in everything
about them. The music, the characters, the animation but even at that slow waltz every now and then you feel series are blending into each other. Trying to find a standout series amongst the poor ones can be the most difficult task of all. I can’t count the number of series that I’ve started only to drop after a few episodes. The problem is in that state of mind could I have dropped potentially one of my favourite series? It’s happened before.
So how can you tell when you reach this point? It might not be so obvious at first but one of the things that hit me like a George Foreman punch is that you start to really take notice about what you’re watching. In a bad way. It could be anime stereotypes like characters having tragic pasts, enhanced jiggling breast areas or close up crotch shots, perhaps some big eyed character design that irks you, that old mary jane pushover girl, maybe music that just seems completely out of place or worst of all tiny little animation errors that no one in the world cares about except you. You notice everything and it’s usually the most negative aspects but mainly it’s the point where you start to fool yourself that it’s all the same and nothing is fresh.
I’m in that rut right now. I was meant to submit and article about anime a few weeks ago and simply couldn’t muster one despite my best efforts. In every attempt I’d end up turning the article into something that was a stretch to even relate to what I originally started with and it wasn’t even much to do with anime or even Japan anyway. So what am I writing this for? Just to say that it’ll come back and somewhere down the line you’ll be jogging on some beautiful country park with your pet labrador and decide, ‘Oh! I feel like watching Cowboy Bebop!’. It happens to me with James Bond movies too, I get bored of them so I don’t force myself to watch them (that would just be stupid) only for something to suddenly reignite my interest and then you can’t keep me away. As of right now I’m quite enjoying my break, though I have a copy of Berserk volume one recommended by Martin that’s starting to look very tempting…
Has anyone reading this ever felt in a similar way and decided to just give anime a break?