I was reading the Football365 article on how Owen Hargreaves, the much maligned "midfielder", can stop his own team supporters from booing him all the time. The guys at 365 suggested ten ways and this reminded me of what kwok said about his "anime boredom".

Everyone will lose his/her form once in a while and get sick of their passion. So how can we revive the old flames and get all pumped up over cartoon action again? Simple. Follow any of these ten steps.


Danbooru is suffering from severely restricted accessability now.

Don’t watch bad stuff. Lay off the Soul Links, Disgaeas and other black sheep and you’ll be fine after a while.

Trace your roots. What genre do you like best? Get a good COMPLETED show from that category and watch it, even if you have to force yourself to watch the first episode. Chances are, you’ll end up liking it and marathoning the whole thing.

Stop downloading. The more backlog you accumulate, the more it seems like work to clear it.

Watch comedies. Shows like Sexy Commando Gaiden aka Sugoiyo Masaru-san!, School Rumble and Keroro Gunsou do not require much brainpower and concentration. I find it much easier to click on an episode of Sexy Commando at 2 am when I’m already dead tired compared to say Zipang. The same applies when you are off-anime-form.

Watch inspiring sports anime, preferably the emo and realistic ones. These are totally morale-raising and always end with cliff-hangers each episode, making you push on and watch the next one. I marathoned 45 episodes of MAJOR and it was awesome. Pity the second season looks to be going Prince of Tennis way, but still quite good.

Abandon ongoing series if they begin to suck. Too many people waste their time following over-ripe bananas. It’s ok to not finish a series. Forcing yourself to finish something just saps energy away from other more deserving shows. Btw Inukami rocks.

Get hold of a totally un-anime anime. It’s good to do this when you are tired of the constant cliches, like high school girl pilots, weak joe harem leads, uber-powered and rash protagonists etc. So what’s an un-anime anime? Sunabouzu comes to mind. Rarely has a main character been so disturbingly ecchi, pure evil and underhanded. He even sells a typical macho do-gooder main chara type guy to a gay bar because he wanted to piss him off. Pure genius.

Do short series. Instead of staring up 26 episodes, pick a short but powerful OVA to watch. The ultimate masters in OVA creation, Gainax, has three such series. FLCL, Gunbuster and Diebuster.

Take a day or two off and relax at home. It’s hard to enjoy any show or hobby if you’re stressed and tired from school or work. Alternatively, watch it at work or school.

Finally, do not believe in any hype. The more expectations there are, the more disappointment. Overhyped disappointment will lead you to think, "So this is the best they have to offer? Rubbish. Since everyone says this is the best already, the rest must be worse. Damn anime sucks."

Actually, to cure all anime-sickness, just watch Sexy Commando Gaiden 8 episodes a day. It’s the most powerful animeotic known to mankind. Oh shit, now I’m overhyping it.


22 Responses to “Feeling Bored of Anime? 10 Things to Revitalise your Passion”  

  1. 1 Michael

    “Finally, do not believe in any hype. The more expectations there are, the more disappointment. Overhyped disappointment will lead you to think, “So this is the best they have to offer? Rubbish. Since everyone says this is the best already, the rest must be worse. Damn anime sucks.”

    I so agree. Look at Ergo Proxy. For the most part, it has been shit. It only started to pick up once more with the thirteenth episode, and to all the guys who once praised it but don’t see the reality, wash your eyes, men. I once fell into this trap, and boy, was I disappointed with myself - Ergo Proxy was the best? The same went with Haruhi Suzumiya … an evil bitch = fun? Great.

    Also, you should add that more people should watch older series. Good ones like Touch or Hiatari Ryoukou totally revitalized anime watching for me - just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s bad. On the contrary, most old anime are better than new ones!

    (Oh, and for a blatant advertisement: I have the summaries up to the 14th episode of Ergo Proxy at my blog. Click it if you want to see what happens next. 13 FTW!)

  2. 2 tj_han

    Oh yeah older series! How could I have missed out on this. Most of the shows I mentioned are older ones too.

  3. 3 Tsubaki

    Lol watch Soul Link for entertainment value! I mean, nothing can get as bad as Soul Link.
    Me and my friend watch Soul Link, and then bash it like crazy after every episode.
    One of those few animes you love to hate.

  4. 4 Alex

    Buying DVDs is fun, too, because you can look at your shelves and say “Hot damn! I haven’t watched that yet!” or “Hot damn! I haven’t seen that in ages and I loved it so much!” I’ve neglected my DVD collection for a year now, but it keeps on growing. Pulling out City Hunter is making me happy.

    Of course, it’s a personal thing, but I like having a collection to look at and pick from because it means more to me than any simple lines of data representing something on a desktop. Plus it’s easier not to watch crap DVDs because they represent time and money spent.

  5. 5 KT Kore

    I’ve been doing the anime thing for 10 years now and I haven’t burnt out yet. I mean, I’ve seen people who have claimed to burn out after only 9 or 10 months of being an anime “fan.” It blows the mind. Though, with the very few anime fan friends that I have, I notice that I watch a LOT less anime than they do. They can watch 12-15 episodes in a day and it’s not a big deal to them. The most I’ve ever watched was about 11 in one day and I thought that was huge. I also don’t watch anime every single day. I’ll watch about 4 or 5 episodes in a day normally (unless it’s Evangelion…I get a bit crazy with that show), though there are many days when I don’t watch any anime at all. I guess all this sporadic anime viewing has staved off any burnout. I find myself enjoying average shows all the time — shows that most others would call crap in a second.

    So yeah, I guess another tactic to countering burnout is to watch less.

  6. 6 tj_han

    I’ve been a fan for over 10 years too but the heavy watching only started about 1.5 years ago, coinciding with fansubbing and BT.

    And yeah, heavy viewing does burn people out.

  7. 7 Hazel

    “Stop downloading. The more backlog you accumulate, the more it seems like work to clear it.”

    Yeah tell me about it. There’s this feeling of never being able to get through all the cool anime in the world, and missing out on the good series by giving too many chances to the second rate ones, but then I hope I’m not going to die for a good 40 years yet!

    Then a huge list of downloaded animes to watch makes me think, ‘Ugh, I don’t want to watch any of this, too much to get through, will spend my life doing something more meaningful…like…um…reading manga?…putting as much effort into my degree perhaps!…Erm…’ @_@

    I’ve tried watching whole series with friends, but by 3/4 of the way through I’m inevitable chatting to people about it and missing bits, or a little bit too drunk to care *^_^*, and there’s nothing worse than re-watching the last 1/4 of an anime when you already know the ending was a bit disappointing, and it seemed a lot funnier when you were tispy!

  8. 8 T_T|||

    Michael said, “The same went with Haruhi Suzumiya … an evil bitch = fun? Great.”

    I respect your taste but I have to mention that the show ain’t all about Haruhi only. If you’re viewing the show always with the thought that it will all be about Haruhi, then you’re missing out on a lot of stuff. Episode 11 was fuckeliciously fantastic. And the animation wasn’t compromised. At all. Whoever in Kyoani who’s behind all these cool shit, you’re the man. I strongly believe episode 11 will rekindle ANY ex-Haruhi fan’s flame. It’s that GGfiedly powerful.

    When were the times I raved over a single episode? I think it was EVA 01 berserk episode. Other than that, I recall none as rave-worthy.

  9. 9 cuteproxy

    Quality over quantity, to sum it up. Although it helps to have seen a lot of anime for comparison, too much of one thing has got to be unhealthy, physically, mentally and emotionally. Right now I’m watching all I can because I didn’t follow any anime series for like a year and a half. I may have to slow down on anime watching sometime later this year, I still have some career goals and watching anime isn’t really going to help me pass JLPT level 3 (I’m taking it later this year, ready or not).

    By the way, this is a very good post. =)

  10. 10 psgels

    “Don’t watch bad stuff. Lay off the Soul Links, Disgaeas and other black sheep and you’ll be fine after a while.”
    Like Tsubaki said, it can actually be good to pick up a horrible anime and bash it to the ground. I’ve done the same thing with shows like Ginga Densetsu Weed and Shadow Skill. In both cases, I laughed myself through the first couple of episodes, only to experience an amazing plot hidden beneath them. Especially in Ginga Densetsu Weed’s case. And whoever said that Disgaea was horrible? It’s turning to be quite entertaining. ^^

    “Abandon ongoing series if they begin to suck. Too many people waste their time following over-ripe bananas. It’s ok to not finish a series. Forcing yourself to finish something just saps energy away from other more deserving shows. Btw Inukami rocks.”
    I’m indeed catching myself doing this. I want to know how shows like Yumeria and Star Ocean Ex ended, though now I really regret finishing them.

    “Get hold of a totally un-anime anime. It’s good to do this when you are tired of the constant cliches, like high school girl pilots, weak joe harem leads, uber-powered and rash protagonists etc. So what’s an un-anime anime? Sunabouzu comes to mind. Rarely has a main character been so disturbingly ecchi, pure evil and underhanded. He even sells a typical macho do-gooder main chara type guy to a gay bar because he wanted to piss him off. Pure genius.”
    I wouldn’t recommend Sunabozu, actually, as I became sick of it after a couple of episodes because of the horrible fanservice. Still, the idea remains good. Shows like Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, Paranoia Agent or Higurashi no Naku Koro ni really make you see anime froma different perspective. Trying to watch an anime with an uncommon art style also helps, like Popolocrois 1998, Bake Neko from Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror and Gankutsuou.

  11. 11 jpmeyer

    (Did someone say PASSION?)

    Anyway yeah, I never really understood the whole point of like forcing yourself to watching shows that you don’t really care about. That’s always seemed like the biggest reason for why I’d sometimes accumulate a backlog. And then that was easily solved by hitting delete.

  12. 12 Randall Fitzgerald

    Just a few quick notes from me:

    The BEST un-anime is Dead Leaves from Imai Toonz. It’s only 45 minutes long or so, but it is a seriously godly piece of frenetic comedy/action and there’s even some boob in it. Imai Toonz boob, but still.

    Second and last thing is, I’ve found watching a laid back comedy with pretty girls really helps recharge my batteries. I like looking at the pretty ladies while having a good laugh. Sadly, since School Rumble has never managed even a chuckle out of my, I can use it, but I totally have the hots for Yakumo. It’s like a forbidden love.

  13. 13 kwok

    Please, watch Paranoia Agent please, for the love of God. PLEASE WATCH IT!

  14. 14 Xak

    I can’t seem to avoid getting a backlog, since I am repeatedly recommended many series by different people and I value their judgement well enough to take their recommendations without confirmation. It totally sucks that I can enjoy just about anything and I hate to stop halfway since that means I try to follow loads of series and can’t give up on any of them :P

    Btw I agree that Inukami SERIOUSLY rocks…and Disgaea is quite entertaining…

    And yes Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu episode 11 is really hot…imo the best episode so far…

  15. 15 tj_han

    Oh oh England are so seriously rubbish and overrated. Like Gundam Seed Destiny.

    Anyway, Shadow Skill was an awesome show but they took a small bit out of the manga so it wasn’t very complete, much like Flame of Recca.

    Sunabouzu has “funny” fanservice, compared to say Demonbane’s fan service so far, which is the “pleasing” sort. It’s the same as comparing Dumb and Dumber to Charlies’ Angels, I mean in terms of fanservice.

    And Randall, I’ve never heard of Dead Leaves. What is that?

  16. 16 homeless_homo

    SCHOOL RUMBLE!!!!!!

  17. 17 Randall Fitzgerald

    OMG! Never heard of Dead Leaves?!?! That is a must watch. Basically it’s about these two secret agents who lost their memories and end up back on a moon prison called Dead Leaves and sort of go bring the funk to the jail facility (much hilarity as well) and break out while remembering who they. It’s one of those experimental types though, so you don’t necessarily catch all of that the first time through.

    It’s Imai Toonz (the man is awesome) so it’s a bit hard to follow. Box Torrents still has a torrent up for it. A Dual Audio english DVD rip, but that Japanese track is in, so who cares. It is hilarious, and crazy, and almost hard to watch at times because of the bright colors and fast paced action. Lots of sex and poop jokes. One of my favorite scenes is when they go to suck the shit out of prisoners asses, this one dude shits so much that he plugs up his shit hose and the guard just comes up and goes “You shit too much. You make me sick.” and kills him. You have to see it. Imai Toonz designs really make it hilarious.

    Here’s the official site:

    http://www.deadleaves.jp/

  18. 18 T_T|||

    Sounds stupidly crude. Suckshit. GG.

  19. 19 tj_han

    Hm sounds quite good I’ll go get it then.

  20. 20 SSwampstorm

    Should you really have to try to keep a passion going?

    All your points ultimately boil down to: Don’t force yourself to watch something that you don’t enjoy watching. It’s a good reminder, though.

    Personally, when there isn’t anything that I’m interested in watching, I just switch over to manga. It’s always nice to find new and interesting series that have potential to become anime later on. If the current anime season turns out to be terrible, why not read up the next one in advance? ;)

  21. 21 Alex

    Pluggin’ myself here: Dead Leaves. Remember, folks: Anime Pilgrimage is a good stop for obscure titles!

  22. 22 Star-D

    “So what’s an un-anime anime? Sunabouzu comes to mind. Rarely has a main character been so disturbingly ecchi, pure evil and underhanded. He even sells a typical macho do-gooder main chara type guy to a gay bar because he wanted to piss him off. Pure genius.”

    loli Fanservice ecchi evil genius protagonist(who rulz) cool pet = He is my master?!
    i don’t know you, but i loved that show, specially the way the main character deceived everyone to finally get her “love” to stay with him. And the kicks and punches he received where actually deserved. Yoshitaka rulz.

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