Its one of those status update “I’m still alive but not quite alive” posts again. I’ll try to make this relevant. Try.
Back when I was still in the peak of my love for all things anime and manga (which would be way back in 2008), I completely couldn’t imagine not watching anime at least once per week. Its like some addiction: I would be restless for the entire day, humming some silly anime OP under my breath until I reach home and immediately plant myself in front of the PC where I stay rooted to for hours: waiting for the subbed video to finish loading then hungrily absorbing the 25 minute (give or take) long show before vomiting my insignificant thoughts, complaints, likes and dislikes all over the internet.
Those were really good times…
But right now, the situation is sort of like this:
I never thought I’d stop watching anime. As Justin Bieber says: “Never say never.”
Before anyone thinks I’m saying my farewell or anything like that, I’m not. I’m just taking a well deserved break as I try to find a life elsewhere. Try as I might.
Lets be honest here: I haven’t even completed the first season of Fate/Zero yet. I’m still stuck at that loli Rin episode. I have been viewing every single thing I’ve watched recently with much cynicism and negativity. Maybe its the elitism thing someone brought up a while back.
Having been on holiday since December to April (holding a holiday job for 3 months before sleeping away the whole of March), I’ve had all the time in the world to catchup with backlogs and no excuse to not watch anything but as you can see…
Backlogs aren’t meant to be cleared, apparently.
Right now, I’m actually into my second week of my freshman year in a local polytechnic (studying Mass Communication instead of design for some reason) instead of heading to a junior college because the thought of sitting for another Cambridge paper (GCEs) is horrifying and funnily enough, my bus drives right past Valen’s school every morning. His school’s campus size is amazing, Singapore is tiny and when are they finally going to be done building that train station? The place’s under construction for ages. *cough*
Anyway, thats my current excuse: I need to adjust to my new school life and study something I had absolutely no prior knowledge about so god only knows why I’m even in school. The real truth behind the excuse that twitter and tumblr followers would know the real reason as those 9 goddesses known as Shoujo Jidai to Japan. Well its totally not my fault that they just so happened to top the Oricon charts and appear on Kohaku which I just so happened to catch. Or so I tell people. Seriously though, is it bad that I find those 9 girls more moe than whatever anime has been throwing out? They do have a lot of fanservice and Yuri (no, I’m not referring to one of their names) and even have an actual tsundere…
I digress. I’ve actually made it this far without regularly watching anime. I say regularly because I did catch the first episodes of Tsuritama (it was unique…) and Eureka Seven AO (which I actually dropped in mid episode) AND I managed to finish Symphogear somehow, barely pulling through with just pure fan loyalty for Nana Mizuki whom I’ve been neglecting recently thanks to *cough*. Other than that, I haven’t watched anything else which is much more than Valen’s record with his pledge towards ecchi.
The best thing about this is that I completely don’t feel empty or restless and I didn’t break out in hives or go into some withdrawal syndrome. No drama, no nothing. Just pure disinterest and slightly more sleep. Which leads to
3 2 conclusions: either I’m really growing out of it or this break is really well called for or whatever anime thats been coming out recently has been absolute rubbish. Perhaps this is a phase you actually go through once you’ve been watching anime regularly and obsessively for far too long. 5 years is half a decade and that IS long… Or it could be the 3 year aniblog death cycle theory I read somewhere a long time ago.
But where do I continue after I stop watching anime? That IS all I’ve been doing for the past 5 years next to not studying and drawing. I guess school work’d keep me busy enough and so would drawing which I’ve been doing since forever. Of course, I could always join the already full-to-the-brim-with-everyone-else-in-the-world-hallyu-Korean-pop bandwagon, which is far too popular and mainstream ,mind you. Do people actually return to being a veteran anime viewer even after they grow out of it? Why do I make it sound like quitting smoking or drug addiction?
Personally, I’m curious as to how long this break from anime will last because for all you know, the break lasts long enough that I will never be able to catch up and the next thing you know I’ll be handing in a resignation letter and since we got a new author… I’m kidding. Its just that I’ve usually stuck to what I’ve been doing and this is the first time I’m growing out of something.
At least I can confirm that I’ll hold out until May. On a side mention, I signed up for the school’s equivalent of a Japanese Cultural Club which conveniently has a sub unit dedicated to drawing and if things go well I’ll have something to write about over the weekend.
Once again, congratulations to AOIA for making it through the first round of the Aniblog Tourney, no thanks to me~
Also, I would like to express my condolences to Diarmuid. Being Lancer is suffering. And Bakuman apparently ended.
There must be a certain irony in writing a post about not watching anime on an aniblog…