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Old 2011-02-21, 01:45   Link #21
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Very much so for me. It's a combination of personal reasons and quality-reasons that has declined my interest in anime. As I grow older and reach close to graduation age in regards to my university studies as well as being more interested in other hobbies (e.g. Starcraft: BW/2 Professional scene) that I've become much more critical and selective to what I've watch (or continue to watch). For example, I disregard any fanservice-heavy/ecchi shows entirely, which negates probably half of a season, and I also have a low tolerance for pure "fluff" shows namely "moe without substance". I also have a low tolerance for Type B tsunderes, shonen kiddy emos, indecisive male leads and other arguably "annoying" anime stereotypes.

I think 2007 was probably the year where my interest in anime peaked as this was when about 50% of my free time on anime/manga related activity, whilst also spending a fair bit on DVDs, manga and light novels (I wasn't really a collector in terms of figures or merchandise however). Nowdays, I follow maybe 2-3 series a season whilst finishing 1-2 older series a month.

With the exception of some notable seasons between now and 2007 (Fall 2008, Spring 2009 , Summer 2009 and the current Winter 2010 comes into mind) anime hasn't really been that great in my opinion. I think 2010 as a whole was probably the worse year for anime in a while (except for some theatrical releases). I personally spent the majority of 2010 digging back on older anime, namely from the early to mid 2000 period. I've also tried watching pre 2000 anime, but most of the time, they seem too "outdated" and "old" for me to watch. Not saying they are in any way bad, just likely outdated for my people of my generation.

However, this current Winter season has somewhat re-sparked my interest in anime as there are some good stuff airing atm including Wandering Son, Fractale, Level E and of course, the new fad Madoka Magica. And Winter/December-January is supposed to be a dead season for entertainment as a whole. And Spring and Summer has some guaranteed safety net shows that I'll definitely will be watching (e.g. from the noitaminA timeslot), so this year looks like it's back on the recovery road.
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Old 2011-02-21, 01:58   Link #22
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It has gotten to the point where I have no idea what to watch. Animes have been so great in the past, I think I've been getting more picky with choosing a series to watch. If anyone has grown up watching Toonami, you can get an idea.

N' ya, like all movies, there is a good run every other year or so, and 2010, I didn't see many new ones that sparked my interest.

Mmm, I could just be blind
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Old 2011-02-21, 02:04   Link #23
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N' ya, like all movies, there is a good run every other year or so, and 2010, I didn't see many new ones that sparked my interest.
In terms of movies, there were a few notable ones in 2010 including Nanoha, Disappearance, Macross Frontier and Bungaku Shoujo. Your mileage/tastes may vary however. Personally, Eve no Jikan movie came from this year which I thought was superb and ended up being the anime of the year for me.
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Old 2011-02-21, 02:09   Link #24
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I knew I was blind, haven't heard of those, ha! I otta check them out, perhaps look really hard this year for anything good.

Then again that seems to be my problem, I wouldn't know where to start looking, I've tried to watch new series such as Level E, and for some reason im like, "I want to laugh harder" -_- It's always hard to get started with a series
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Old 2011-02-21, 03:02   Link #25
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A little, only because I have a very low tolerance for ecchi, especially when it becomes the focal point of a series.
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Old 2011-02-21, 03:09   Link #26
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Old 2011-02-21, 03:46   Link #27
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Yes, I don't watch anime, mostly.

I seem to feel that there's a lot of laziness going on. I don't expect every season to have a masterpiece, but there's a decline in shows that are watchable. Standards seem to be falling for even the mediocre shows.
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Old 2011-02-21, 03:54   Link #28
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Thank god old anime is good enough to watch over and over again
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Old 2011-02-21, 04:38   Link #29
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However, 2011 is giving me new hope, as several series have caught my attention:

Beelzebub
Infinite Stratos
Rio ~Rainbow Gate~
Level E

And of course I'm still following Naruto, Bleach, and Fairy Tail. My stubbornness to see them to their conclusion, no matter how long that may take, keeps me from dropping these series.
It's good to be able to have your bar so low if you just want to enjoy something. I can barely stare at such shows for more than a few minutes.
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I think 2007 was probably the year where my interest in anime peaked as this was when about 50% of my free time on anime/manga related activity, whilst also spending a fair bit on DVDs, manga and light novels (I wasn't really a collector in terms of figures or merchandise however). Nowdays, I follow maybe 2-3 series a season whilst finishing 1-2 older series a month.
Well, going by quality 2007 was the best anime year of all times followed by a great drop in interesting series thereafter. No surprise there...

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I've also tried watching pre 2000 anime, but most of the time, they seem too "outdated" and "old" for me to watch. Not saying they are in any way bad, just likely outdated for my people of my generation.
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However, this current Winter season has somewhat re-sparked my interest in anime as there are some good stuff airing atm including Wandering Son, Fractale, Level E and of course, the new fad Madoka Magica.
As I said, it is good to have the bar lowered just so you can enjoy anime.
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Old 2011-02-21, 04:41   Link #30
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There was about a two year period during which I couldn't enjoy a lot of anime. I still have this grudge against mainstream anime that are overrated beyond belief by their fans but I have come to accept that just because some fans overrate some show doesn't mean I should underrate it either.

And that I should have realistic expectations. Not everything is going to keep me on the edge of my seat and outsmart me every single move, especially because I have a very good memory, I am well-read by most standards and I have watched more than my fair share of anime etc. And frankly, they don't have to.

A huge part of enjoying an anime and getting that on-the-edge feeling has to do with my attitude. I shouldn't be trying to judge the anime through multiple perspectives and all that crap. I wish I could go back to the time I used to have volumes of notes on everything I noticed and thought about whatever anime I was watching. But well, I doubt I will ever get back to singing along to the karaoke and failing at drawing characters but trying over and over again. I have, however, stopped being overly critical of stuff and I can now enjoy most good shows. I got into watching a show over and over again taking notice of any mistake while never really caring for what was done well (since they don't stand out) and it got bad enough that I couldn't enjoy even really good anime because I made too much fuss over simple errors. Glad I am kinda over it now. A huge part of it was my IRL condition too. I was getting more and more depressed by the day and since anime, along with video games, manga, visual novels and books, were my only retreat, I abused them to death trying to find the answer to all of my crisis in them. The results were obviously disappointing. At best, fiction can inspire you. You still have to live your life and answer yourself yourself.

Of course, I still have two modes when I watch anime. I will almost always try to watch them first when I am in a happy mood so that I can just enjoy the show. If the show turns out to be crap enough to give me a sour taste despite my being in a happy mood, I will mentally note to go on a huge rant should some fan of that series push beyond acceptable lines. Otherwise, I will eventually rewatch the show when I am depressed and I do it really slow trying to analyze everything I can to form a firm critical opinion of it. Unfortunately, and this has to do with me, what comes out is cynical most of the time If something manages to impress me even when I put it under such scrutiny though, I will vehemently advocate them whenever I can. For the rest of the shows that don't necessarily disappoint me when I am in happy mood but don't really impress me when I watch them objectively, I usually give a "meh, it wasn't too bad" (means quit watching it lol) to "yeah well, it had a few problems but otherwise okay" (means "you're overrating the show and you should stop unless you want me to rant it down to pieces") to "3/5 or 8/10" (I never give 4 out of 5 for some reason and this usually means "watch it if you are already into it; don't bother if you haven't watched it so far") as recommendations and most of the time, my recommendations reflect my enjoyment of a series fairly well.
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Old 2011-02-21, 07:15   Link #31
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It's been extremely difficult to enjoy anime as of late.
I think this may be the first season in which I couldn't find a single title to consistently look forward to on a weekly basis.

Nowadays, it's been about light-comedies and moe anime to kill time for me.
I give more serious titles a try when it gets very trendy, but I've been met with mostly bad experiences.
I think the last series I really enjoyed for the plot itself was Code Geass.
Cheap laughs and cute character designs can only keep me coming back for so long...

Granted I don't check out every single title every single season, but this has been my experience.
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Old 2011-02-21, 08:07   Link #32
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After Panty and Stocking, there is no chance for another erotic comedy to work for the next 10 years. Plus it's that bill coming out right now.

Good days are ahead if the industry can no longer throw softporn as successful cashmooing on tv. They will need to FINALLY turn to something else, which will finally create a new fad for us to be interested in.
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Old 2011-02-21, 11:25   Link #33
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I haven't watched anime in two years, I download IS for just the heck of it and now I'm hooked once more, heh.
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Old 2011-02-21, 11:38   Link #34
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When I started watching anime some 5 or 6 years ago I was ignorant. I had no idea what fanservice was, what different types of genres there were, what Visual Novels were, etc.
I would look at forums and boards like the Suggestions board here on Animsuki and just watch whatever people said was good so the range of shows I watched was quite large.

As time went on I started to watch shows as they aired and got more into it finally separating what I was watching. I finally knew what a tsundere character was (took me a while, heh) and I pretty much started to understand more. By this time harem shows started to look all the same and stuff like brocons/siscons shows like Akeneiro and Oreimo started to show up more for me. For some reason they really started to become more prominent and I think I was focusing too much of my attention on them whilst at the same time forgetting all the good stuff. This led me to start really doubting anime and I wanted to just ignore shows like that, but for some reason they keep appearing before me on twitter and anime blogs. Personal reasons probably have affected me a little aswell but now I find it hard to find a good show to watch, whenever I look at the genres if it's got harem or romance in it my face scrunches and I read the summary hoping for a good ending or something, thus ruining the show.

I still watch shows as often as I used to but it's getting harder to choose what to watch thus making it harder for me to enjoy.
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By this time harem shows started to look all the same and stuff like brocons/siscons shows like Akeneiro and Oreimo started to show up more for me. For some reason they really started to become more prominent and I think I was focusing too much of my attention on them whilst at the same time forgetting all the good stuff. This led me to start really doubting anime and I wanted to just ignore shows like that, but for some reason they keep appearing before me on twitter and anime blogs. Personal reasons probably have affected me a little aswell but now I find it hard to find a good show to watch, whenever I look at the genres if it's got harem or romance in it my face scrunches and I read the summary hoping for a good ending or something, thus ruining the show.
Those are easy money series, with low budget and zero risk factor. They are in their last breaths as the market has been saturated with them and the ordinence bill is coming up.
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Old 2011-02-21, 12:16   Link #36
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It hasn't really gotten any harder for me to enjoy anime, no. This probably has something to do with methodology. While I watch anime independently, I'd say that 80% of my lifetime's anime viewing has come in the form of a social activity with my best friend. Given that, for various reasons, we have always had clear constraints on our time together in a given year, we have always made it a point in the 12 years we've known each other to be very choosy.

After an initial screening process that usually whittles us down to--at the very most--eight options, we still remain pretty critical, as thinking about this stuff is part of the enjoyment for us, and if after four episodes we're not getting some enjoyment out of it, we drop it. This doesn't always lead to a sophisticated choice, which most people in the thread seem to be upholding, but it goes very far to prevent burn-out, and usually does leave us with stuff that is indisputably good, taste aside.

Oh, that, and the fact that concurrent to anime, we generally have two American programs and two British programs we're watching at any given time (especially Top Gear!) means that there's a lot of buffering in place against overexposure.
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Old 2011-02-21, 12:48   Link #37
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Yes and no.

At times I feel like I'm watching considerably less anime per season, but that's not my fault. I didn't raise my standards , the industry lowered theirs.

I've actually become more lenient in how I view anime over the years. I definitely at one point considered moe unwatchable, and now I can enjoy a show filled with moe.
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Old 2011-02-21, 13:29   Link #38
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One thing to remember is that a person is entirely wrong if they think the FIRST series they saw of a particular genre was the BEST EVAR. That series simply got a boost from the novelty to the viewer. Over the years, I've found BETTER executions of certain types of series and a progression in some areas to more complex characters and themes.

Some of this is the increase in seinen and shoujo targeted series - which simply tend to have more complex characters and plot designs than series designed "for young boys".

Yes, it means wading through mediocrity and crap... but otherwise you utterly miss something that clicks your buttons.
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Old 2011-02-21, 22:29   Link #39
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At some point, I had rather strict standards when it came to anime. I despised fanservice and wrote every harem anime off my list unless it was written by Key. I avoided Naruto and Bleach like the plague, made fun of them a lot, and at the same time hailed Death Note as the "best anime ever", although it is still one of my favorites. Any anime made before 1990 that wasn't Ghibli I tended to avoid because I didn't like retro animation.

What made it hardest to enjoy anime was the sheer magnitude of (finished) anime I started watching recklessly without planning. I was so bogged down with multiple series that I often spent entire months between episodes of certain anime. Many of these shows I eventually quit due to a lack of motivation and loss of interest. I was so saturated with different series my interest in anime as a whole dropped.

Since then I've placed restrictions not on the type of anime I watch but the number I watch at a time. I still see tons of currently running shows but I only see 2-3 finished anime at a time so I can concentrate and get the best enjoyment out of them. On the other hand my standards in anime genres and tastes have relaxed a lot. I actively seek unfamiliar genres and "old" anime to broaden my perspective. I learned to stop hating on fanservice and embrace it for all its delicious worth, except when it is overly contrived or distracting to a damaging extent.

I recently watched Apocalypse Zero and managed to grasp every small bit of enjoyment it had to offer. The fact that it didn't suck nearly as much as so many people say it does probably helped though. I'm also currently watching a certain horribly written show called Infinite Stratos. I can't appreciate it like a real fanboy but I enjoy it in a sardonic, elitist way. An anime doesn't have to be an amazing masterpiece for me to enjoy it, and it doesn't even have to be "good" by the majority's opinion. At this point, I mostly watch anime for the sake of expanding my experience with the medium. Let's just say I'm seeking bragging rights.

tl;dr: No, it has actually gotten easier for me to enjoy anime.
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Old 2011-02-22, 02:19   Link #40
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It hasn't really gotten any harder for me to enjoy anime, no. This probably has something to do with methodology. While I watch anime independently, I'd say that 80% of my lifetime's anime viewing has come in the form of a social activity with my best friend. Given that, for various reasons, we have always had clear constraints on our time together in a given year, we have always made it a point in the 12 years we've known each other to be very choosy.
I think that people who have friends who are into their geeky hobbies are more likely to enjoy them over the long run in general. For starters, it gives you an excuse to rewatch shows you like. For example, I recently rewatched the first half of Toradora with my anime club for Valentine's Day. I never would have done that on my own because I have so many animes I haven't seen/PC games I haven't played/books I haven't read/etc., but I definitely enjoyed it.

And shows that suck benefit even more from social watching, just because having friends around makes it less tedious.

Which isn't to say that I don't need "alone time" to plough through anime and games I really want to see, but hobbies are just more fun when they're social.

(P.S. My girlfriend and I are both Shaft fans, her actually much more so than me. We're both loving Madoka Magica at the moment.)
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