Ladies and gentlemen, I have a confession to make.
I don’t like anime as much as I did a year ago.
Not that I hate it or anything, but I’m finding it increasingly hard to simply sit down and watch anime. My schedule’s being eaten up by school and other commitments. And the free time I get is now being challenged by the likes of other interests like VNs and TF2. I’m lagging behind on everything. The only show I watched last season, on schedule, was [C], and that was just to see how they could save that trainwreck.
You cannot openly discussion anime with everyone, any time or anywhere like talking about movies, music or weather. What’s more, unlike other media, being an anime fan requires certain level of sacrifice. You have to be active to obtain anime and if you stop being active, anime rarely runs into you. And lastly, anime may have less to offer for older people like, say, people in their forties or fifties. So I am in doubt. Can someone keep watching anime for the rest of his life like watching movies or reading novels? Does anime provide enough appeal to us as we go through each stage of our lives?
Now, as a proud ani-blogger and anime fan, I couldn’t just decide simply to stop watching. At least, not yet. (Not everyone can become grumpyjii. ) No, I needed to keep watching in order to substantiate the hundreds of dollars I spent on
building a Rei shrine this hobby. I needed to reignite that spark.
This would turn out to be much more difficult than it seemed.
Lurking around the internets brought me back again to Yumeka’s blog. The thing that differentiates her blog from most of the aniblogosphere was how her posts weren’t based on rants and anime reviews, but rather on the anime fan’s passion. Things like scheduling anime, anime clothing, anime jokes, et cetera. So okay, now I can schedule time for watching anime. 1-2 hours before sleep, et cetera. That seems manageable.
Yet I still needed to make myself like anime again. So I attempted to watch good shows in school. Tatami Galaxy and Candy Boy – not-too-shabby, but I only managed to watch 1 episode of each, simply because it didn’t feel right. The people – you feel them staring, watching, and it simply feels so awkward. And this led to an epiphany: one of the reasons I lost interest was that I didn’t get any alone time. There were always people around, who could see my screen. I needed to watch when I was alone, which would have been late at night.
But what show to get me back into the mood?
Well, it’s no secret that I’m a sucker for the cute and adorable. So now I’ve drafted up a list, including the likes of Nichijou (people seem to love this ). Maybe I’ll actually get to watch this tonight, but then again , there is that horrid transformers movie I’m being dragged to watch . . .
How do you guys feel motivated to keep watching?