The Legendary “Anime Burnout”? | Aniblogging Escapades

Devils and Realist 2013 anime series [The Legendary Anime Burnout meme]

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In discovering this phenomenon that affects many anime enthusiasts the mutual consensus seems to generally be a slowly building disinterest in anime that eventually leads to an abandonment of anime. The horror! To a huge lover of anime and aniblogger this is probably the most terrible prospect.

Still while had seen the so-called anime burnout phenomenon around for a while. I actually wanted to further get at the root of what this is. Anime burnout is a growing disinterest with anime that leads, one, to stop wanting to watch more anime but what triggers it can come in numerous forms.

The most common trigger might be that people who love watching anime cannot really keep up with their anime watching habits due to whatever reason. The prime one being real life commitments vs. anime watching is not something they can balance successfully.

Another reason might be that people might have a state of mind that does not allow them to fully enjoy anime. Tying into this separately might be that for example an anime fan could be a picky anime watcher. These two while slightly different might coincide since no matter what if you have a certain mindset of how you approach anime that will surely affect how interested you can possibly be by anime.

Darker Than Black 2009 anime series-Ryusei No Gemini (Twins of the Meteor) key setting

Finally one reason that seems to escape anime fans. And one trigger that can lead to no longer continuing to watch anime is utter sadness of the end of an anime you might have held dear. While the above reasons seems to be a common trend with other anime fans, this trigger, seems to be the most uncommon. I personally know this can be a trigger to not wanting to watch anime anymore. I actually went through this with the end of Darker Than Black: Ryusei No Gemini after finding out there will be no continuation after the jolting ending. What this trigger can be best described is an anime depression. A sadness of the ending of an anime that an anime enthusiast holds dear. It truly was so bad I stopped watching anime from 2010-2013. Only with the start of 2013 did I return to anime thanks to Amnesia.

The thing that helped me return to anime was life itself. When there were so much stuff going on in my life in early 2013. A lot of the stress of life finally got to me and the thing that I turned to without thinking was anime. Anime helped a lot from relieving stress and making me think back on fonder memories. Surprisingly, many of which have connections to periods of time where I watched anime.

What I am getting at now is that Anime Burnout need not be feared. This phenomenon is something that can be conquered but it does take time like any major book reader would tell you when we deal with book reading slumps. Life just needs to happen to let you breathe a little and remind you why anime is so remarkable.

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Sources and Other Interesting Reading

MyAnimeList-How do you stop “Anime Burnout”?

AnimeBoards.com-A Troubling Phenomenon – Anime Burnout

The old Hummingbird Anime boards-Anime Burnout

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2 thoughts on “The Legendary “Anime Burnout”? | Aniblogging Escapades

  1. Interesting post, Cassandra. I think a certain amount of burnout is expected with any interest/ passion. I myself am in a situation where after a decade of reading, writing & advocating YA, I can’t seem to find much appeal in it anymore. It has affected my writing and my whole life. But it’s just a phase – the trick is riding it out. After all, everything moves in seasons 🙂

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    • Right, Ramona. That must be it. Given how an interest/passion can tend to fire us up intensely, it stands to reason that same fire can lose its kindling and go out. Though if we really love it we will always return back for more.

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