Quitting anime (not)

For the first time ever since 2009, when I got into the anime fandom, I spent the past two months not watching anime.  And now I’m back.

I’ve learned a lot about the sometimes scary, hardly understood phenomenon of Fandom Quitting Syndrome, or at least about how it could apply to me. Blogs die, usernames drop out from forums, faces change at conventions,  and as long as we are still here, we can only speculate about whether we will eventually also get bored with anime, whether it’s a natural part of growing older, and whether there is an easy trick to trick our brain into avoiding it.

Yet, unlike most others, I got a second chance to come back and describe what happened.

You see, back in January, I skipped an episode of Psycho-Pass. It was exam time at school, and I simply didn’t have the time to watch it for a whole week. But I intended to continue it later, so on that week, I avoided most episodic blogs as protection from spoilers. There was only one little flaw in my plan: As my blog reading material drastically dropped, I had less and less reason to keep checking my RSS feed. And I usually use my RSS feed to reind me when there is a new episode.  I think you see where this is going. Like a snowball groving ito an avalanche, or fluctuations in how a few cars are breaking causing a traffic jam, the effects of skipping a few traditions grew day by day.

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Spring season roundup

I’m a bit late with this, I barely watched any anime for two weeks, so I didn’t even start the new season. In fact, I will have to interrupt the typing of this post several times to actually watch the finales that I’m talking about.

Anyways, if I already had season preview posts and first look posts, I guess I should also conclude my opinion on them. Here they are, the shows that I watched in this season, in descending order of how much I enjoyed them.

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Winter roundup

When I started this blog, I expected to post typical episode-to-episode reviews like many other blogs, I just didn’t want to start it at the middle of the season. But here is the end of the season, and I’m starting to figure out, that I’m not very good at writing full reviews. There might be one specific issue that I notice about a show, and that’s still the better case. In the worse case, all I can think of is something like “wow, that was boring” or “that was good”.  But in either case, I just can’t throughly describe every show’s production values, every character, every OP, every plot point, with hundreds of words over and over again.

So this blog will stay focusing on the random “themes that I noticed in anime” and “attitudes that I project onto the whole fandom after disagreeing with them in a noname forum’s noname thread” themes, just like until now, instead of bothering too much with any such reviews.

But at least I will post a very short preview, fist impressions, and overview of all seasons. Let’s start this with an overview of the past winter season:

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