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Old 2013-09-03, 05:43   Link #481
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Who knows what the future holds, but for now I just cannot see it happening, with anime being so perfect.
Whether the industry can stay afloat in the new economy is my real concern.
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Old 2013-09-03, 16:08   Link #482
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Right now I'm suffering the exact contrary process. I am still quite casual but my interest is growing...

I know there will be a moment in my life where I'm not anymore into anime, and maybe I will be able to retake it some years later. Like everything in life, hobbies/interests are not destined to be permanent, but rather to change.

Then again if the discussion is going to be about the current state of the industry then I guess my opinion is not very reliable; since being still casual means that I'm not ready to make a proper analysis on the evolution of anime as a whole. I can say that it is equally difficult for me to find a good anime now in 2013 than back in 2009 when I got into it, but that's it. I don't specifically look for newer or older stuff when I decide what to watch, just what my mood dictates.
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Old 2013-09-03, 17:18   Link #483
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Like everything in life, hobbies/interests are not destined to be permanent, but rather to change.
Well, while I can see how interest in keeping up with whatever's hot/trendy with the "kids these days" may wane over time, to me anime is a medium not a genre. As long as there are interesting stories to be told (which I don't see changing), I'm not sure that I'd lose interest simply by virtue of it being animated in Japan. Then again, I'm not sure that I've totally lost interest in any of my other hobbies either, they just don't get as much time as they used to.
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Old 2013-09-03, 17:23   Link #484
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I didn't say otherwise. In fact if I'm able to enjoy anime it's because it is a medium; therefore being able to fit my mood in more ways than a single genre would. But still, I think it has some cohesion as a whole. I actually equal watching anime to watching live action or whatever kind of movies, or to actively listening at music, or reading novels.
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Old 2013-09-03, 19:55   Link #485
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It's interesting that you make the distinction between medium and genre. It makes me think of music. Of the people I've met, the ones who were into a specific genre of music faded out their interest, but the ones who're into MUSIC as a whole are always changing and growing; keeping where they were from but exploring new places.

I can def vibe this with anime. The more open you are to different experiences the more likely you are to stick with it as a whole.
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Old 2013-09-03, 23:41   Link #486
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Like everything in life, hobbies/interests are not destined to be permanent, but rather to change.
Manga has been my choice of hobby for thirty years.
I don't see myself dropping it anytime in my life time.
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Old 2013-09-03, 23:51   Link #487
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Manga has been my choice of hobby for thirty years.
I don't see myself dropping it anytime in my life time.
Aye, manga and light novels for the long term. Currently, I'm not watching more than 1-3 anime series a season and often I'm waiting until it's done so I can marathon and decide if it warrants the attention.
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Old 2013-09-03, 23:58   Link #488
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Well, I think "Change" might means that you should accept the shift in style and plotline.

But do you guys think one of the reason for manga and novel could last long is because their distingtive characteristic to each other?
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Old 2013-09-04, 00:01   Link #489
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I think it's because they're books. I have to wonder about someone who grows out of books.

More seriously, written works (even manga) convey subtlety and nuance better. They can cover more complex relationships, plots, etc.

That's something *any* visual medium has difficulty matching.
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Old 2013-09-04, 00:07   Link #490
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it's not really because of which is more expressive, although sure, that's a part of it.

It really comes down to volume and range.
Manga covers a vast, VAST range of readership demographics, that there's no reason to "out grow" it.

Anime on the other hand, the vast majority of demand is for younger audience, and hence, extremely focused to cater the specific demographics. Like I said in another thread, popular seinen manga tend to become live action drama series instead of animation, largely due to the catering of demographics.

Anime can be out grown, the older you become, the less number of titles to cater to your interest, but manga is completely on different level of content.
I mean like incomparably larger. There are ten thousand different tankoubon collected manga volumes published a year.
Over 300 manga magazines are in publication.
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Old 2013-09-04, 00:13   Link #491
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I vaguely recall reading somewhere that manga in Japan cuts through all the demographic boundaries. Kids, teenagers, salarymen, adult women, College students, there are some manga aimed at each of them.

Novels, at least in the western world, are much the same. There's novels for kids, for teenagers, for adults, for every sort of genre, gender, and age category imaginable.

Manga and novels are aimed at the masses. Nobody would say they've "grown out of novels", because its widely understood that novels is for the masses of all age and gender categories. People may lose interest in novels, but they don't "grow out of it".
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Old 2013-09-04, 01:01   Link #492
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Manga has been my choice of hobby for thirty years.
I don't see myself dropping it anytime in my life time.
Of course there have to be tons of exceptions

My point is that anime is not something you can grow out of (I really hate that expression); but rather shift interests. And that it's only natural.
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Old 2014-02-16, 22:08   Link #493
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As long as my backlog is nonzero, I will not stop watching anime.
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