Gone are those days.
I still remember when I can binge 6-10 episodes of anime a day. Just spending those nights finishing up a 1 cour anime in one to two sittings. I wish I was still as deep into anime as I was 4-5 years ago.
How did this all begin?
Anime has always been part of my life. Growing up in the Philippines, there were time slots when it was only anime on the two major TV channels. I didn’t really explore anime until high school. During sophomore year of high school, I had a small anime phase where I watched all the gateway shows (Code Geass, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Angel Beats). I stopped shortly after because I got into other hobbies and having no one in my local area to talk anime with kind of discouraged me.
Looking back at it, I was a very shallow person during high school. I gave up something I thoroughly enjoyed just to have superficial relationships with my locals. I had a fall off with most of my “friends” during senior year and that’s when I decided to try out anime again.
Once I got into college, I started to realize so many things. I had much more free time and people don’t care as much about what you do or what you’re into. You’re not stuck with the same people for 8 hours everyday and there’s no point in trying to impress or fit in with them..
So I decided to go full throttle and delve deeper into the world of anime.
During this time, I felt like there was so many shows I wanted to watch! I was very enthusiastic about the medium as it was a world I have always loved and cherished. All these anime that were considered classics were all lined up for me. Along with these highly rated anime were also some horrible ones, but I had a rule for myself where I would never drop a show no matter how bad it was. At the same time, I discovered an anime community on Twitter, and I finally found people I can have anime discussions with!
It was a beautiful time.
Second half of 2014 came around and I got into League of Legends. By the start of 2015, I have fully immersed myself in it. It came to the point where I stopped watching anime so I can allocate more time to play league.
Nevertheless, during this hiatus, I still picked up ongoing anime here and there that people on my Twitter timeline would talk about (One Punch Man and Erased as examples). I only started watching anime again fully in 2017, catching up on shows I haven’t watched from my brief hiatus.
But I’m still not as deep into it as I used to years ago.
I went from watching around 60 episodes a week to barely getting through 12-13 episodes. Yeah, I fell off hard. I just feel like at this point, anime isn’t my main priority anymore. There were plenty of series in my backlog that I couldn’t wait to get to. And now, I don’t feel the slightest bit of rush to watch them.
But there are still days when I could sit down and binge around 6 episodes. I just had one yesterday actually and it makes me think: Is it me or is it the anime? Or maybe it’s both?
Because there really are some anime (Food Wars and Hanasaku Iroha) where each episode would fly by like its nothing and I could keep watching for hours. But then there are also those anime that are perfectly made for me in every way (Made in Abyss and Little Witch Academia) yet I can’t watch more than 3 episodes in one sitting. So maybe it really is just me and my selective attention span. The anime I just listed are just examples of what I have seen this year, by the way.
I got nothing to post about today so here I am thinking out loud instead. I know it’s not really a well thought out post but I just wanted to talk about it anyway. I started watching Hanasaku Iroha this week, and it usually takes me around 2 weeks to finish a 2 cour anime. I’ll post my thoughts about it next week.
To the people still reading: Are you still as deep into anime as you used to when you first started?
If you answered yes, then how do you do it?
If you answered no, then what made you lose interest?