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.
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.
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.