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Anime fatigue – rounding up the responses

I recently penned a piece to vent my frustration in balancing being an anime fan with my duties to the blog and other publications. Deadlines and release dates mean having to review a piece rather than wanting to watch it, so when it comes to having free time, watching anime is the last thing on your mind. This summer season especially has seen a glut of review materials, meaning I’ve all but abandoned the simulcasts, and the more they mount up, the less inclined I am to watch them. It’s a vicious circle, one which can be difficult to break, and one which many a blogger has buckled under.

I mentioned at the end of the above post that I’d write a follow-up based on feedback we received which, fortunately, has offered a fascinating insight into the realities of anime blogging. I’ve gathered a few responses below.

Cauthan 

As both a watcher and a reviewer, the whole concept of ‘anime fatigue’ feels pretty familiar. From the standpoint of somebody who is constantly analyzing and contextualizing anything they watch – as you spoke to – the whole viewing process can get really tiresome and you’re definitely attaching a burden to what you enjoy no matter how much you love watching or writing. At least when I am watching something, I feel like I have to be on the tip of my toes the whole length of the show and when I watch something to take a break from review-work, I feel guilty not jotting down my impressions and making use of the media in front of me. It’s exhausting. And from the perspective of a watcher, I feel like I’ve long since finished the vast bulk of shows I thought would appeal to me and though each new season brings fresh enjoyment, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel of my PTW for a very long time now. So that’s my experience and I think a lot of long-term viewers can relate to the topic.

LitaKino

You brought up a great topic discussion on anyone who is a anime blogger, reviewer whatever counts along those lines of the enjoyment taken out of watching a series. any bloggers who review movies, anime watching something for the sake of writing a review, writing down little details, impressions. it can get tiresome because you feel lost in asking yourself “Was I actually enjoying myself”?

But LitaKino went a step further and wrote a tremendous and honest response inspired by my own, creating a thoughtful dialogue and furthering the conversation. Here’s a snippet:

If you’re someone that enjoys critiquing anime while watching it the whole time, on the animation, character interactions. Good for you. But by god I feel it would strain on your balance of being an anime watcher and reviewer. This is where Anime fatigue sets in and it’ll get tiresome after a while, constantly critiquing every little thing, then it will feel like a chore and affect your enjoyment factor. I would not enjoy doing this ever to myself, and overtime you may fall out of love with anime, I have no idea.

LitaKino’s piece is well worth checking out, especially for the foolproof advice for overcoming the hump. Advice we could all use at one stage or another.

It’s a topic bigger than any one blogger so I’m looking forward to reading all your responses. Do you suffer from anime fatigue and, if so, do you have any coping strategies.


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8 Comments on Anime fatigue – rounding up the responses

  1. Awwwwwwwwww I kind of fan girled seeing this post, Thanks for featuring me guys XD I feel very humbled and my articles seems to be hitting everyone’s right tune at the moment which is a surprise XD

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  2. Oh hey, glad you thought my response was worthwhile and I remember reading Lita’s post earlier this week. I think a lot of what she says is pretty helpful and I think it’s good you featured her here to kind of balance out my pessimism haha. I’ll say this – for some people, turning off their brain and letting go of their analytical tenancies works wonders but for me and other viewers like me, the critical aspects of a show are a major appeal and reason why I watch. How does the show subvert your opinions or fall into its own typical genre trappings? Why is each scene shot in the way that it is? And how did the show surprise you or where could it have improved? It’s the same torturous thought process that drives people to anime fatigue yet it’s fundamental in my enjoyment and can turn even a bad show into something interesting in the right circumstances. What I myself do and like Lita suggests is to not find balance between critical thought and enjoyment but reprieve. Call up a friend on voice chat or Skype or get somebody over to your house and stream an anime together. You can still be as critical as you want (assuming your partner doesn’t want to kill you because of it) and turn it into a pleasurable social event. Constantly have one show running that you watch purely for fun and if you end up reviewing it by the end then that’s just a bonus. I’ve written too much. Thanks for the provocative posts and for featuring me.

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    • I’ve struggled a little bit with this as well. I’m kind of the opposite though, I have a hard time remembering everything that is going on in the story and what parts of the anime to critique about. So when I want to do a review on something, I am forced to take notes on how I feel at certain moments in a series or episodes. This is why I mainly talk about how the overall show made me feel a certain way or made me think a certain way. I feel like it takes away from the overall enjoyment of the show when I’m pausing the episode every 3 minutes to write a couple quick notes. Great post, glad to see everyone struggles with some sort of anime fatigue. Having a show in your back pocket to watch and not review has helped me revive my love for anime, especially when it’s something like an ecchi/harem where I can turn my brain off and enjoy.

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      • Elisabeth O'Neill // September 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm // Reply

        Same for me, I tend to find a show more entertaining if it has several elements that prompt critique, or debate between me and Dominic if we’re watching something together. But it’s hard to get in the mindset of enjoying something you’re also reviewing, because if you’re not pausing constantly to make notes, you’re worrying you’re going to forget some good points. I still do have fun watching review stuff when it’s good, mind you. It’s just that the very process of reviewing makes the experience stilted, and you can’t help but lose the flow of getting invested in the story and characters.

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  3. Oh my god! I literally just started crying the other day about this. I came from a site that almost destroyed my love of anime with all the work they threw at me. When the site went under, I was thrilled to start on my own and immediately got my blog together. However, within a few weeks, I started to feel that strain again. Between a 40 hour a week job and just trying to have time for myself and my friends, I couldn’t watch anything because it honestly made me sick to know I have five shows to watch and review. I was convinced I would have to fold my blog and be done with it.
    But this was the best thing at the best time! If anything, it proves that I’m not the only one struggling. Thank you so much for bringing up this topic. I think everyone who blogs should read it. It’s such a wonderful read and encourages me to keep going and not feel obligated to cover everything. Do what you love guys! Ganbare!!!

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    • Elisabeth O'Neill // September 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm // Reply

      That sounds awful, you’re much better off on your own if a site’s taking advantage like that. And yes, one of the best things about running your own blog is that you aren’t working for anyone but yourself. You haven’t promised anyone you’ll write reviews for however many series, so you don’t need to. Quality over quantity is definitely the best policy, and if a task you’ve set yourself is giving you intense feelings of dread like that, it isn’t worth forcing yourself. But if something’s made you happy, even if it isn’t right now, don’t be too quick to give up on it and risk regretting it later down the line. I’m so glad this piece has been a help to you, and thank you so much for your lovely words 🤗

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