I Hope Nippon-Semai Notices Me and The Yearlong Detox
Hey guys and gals – so it’s been a year. Actually since I quit little more than a month or so before that article, and it’s about half a month after that posted it’s closer to 14 months. In the past 14 months, I’ve not watched a single anime. Not an old show, not a rerun on Cartoon Network, no single episode from any new season, and no movie. Now in the last post I made it clear that I wasn’t ‘quitting anime’ in some forsaken anti-nerd crusade – merely that I gave up on the broken institution that is a medium of work. So why haven’t I watched anything?
Partly because it’s not often you get to hear from someone who watched over 600 anime series, did weekly columns and seasonal reviews, and when they stepped away from it cold turkey they could talk about it. The other reason was actually kind of related to the dumb ‘lol cocaine is cheaper than anime’ jokes of ridding myself of the addiction.
The problem with me is that I am a very rhythm person (not musically), but in that I fall into patterns of things I do that come in waves. I knew then that if I even tried to keep up with things on a small level my old rhythm would take over, and I’d be stuck in the quagmire that is shitty anime. So I stepped away, and the most enlightening yet obvious finding of doing this?
I don’t miss it at all.
I know you may respond to that with ‘well duh why would you if you quit?’ However I want to clarify that notion. Yes I very much dislike anime overall, and I will defend to the death how so much of it is awful. There are shows I love and adore though, things I know and still used in my everyday life, jokes I still find funny. Even the process itself was a double-edged sword. I would often hate doing reviews of the new shows, but there was a joy coming from watching something bad that you could riff on. My weekly column was a mix of feeling depressed over how terrible a single aspect of the medium could be, but enjoying a clever or silly idea I had to fix it. Even the shows themselves would have moments or even entire shows that I liked, that I enjoyed watching.
But I don’t regret not having watched anything in the past 14 months.
Part of this I can attest to all the memes and images I see on the internet that even though I know nothing about current anime, I kind of know what the new shit and waifus (not sure why I repeated myself) is that people are splooging about now. Part of it is that the only good things I’ve heard from trusted people is about sequels or remakes so clearly nothing has jumped out. Part of it is seeing people post lists of anime you should watch, and feeling so angry at how awful their choices can be (seriously Akame ga Kill is shit guys), and I guess part of it is because I knew nothing would change.
Because anime, is without a doubt in my mind still broken.
In short, there’s no way it couldn’t be. It would take a monumental shift, and that is not something that happens in a vacuum, or without revolt from fans. Since that’s not happened it’s safe to assume that anime for the most part is exactly how I left it. Given this lapsed time it’s likely I’ll look to see if there is anything from the past year worth watching, but the bar is now so high I’m not sure much will earn the right. I’m okay with that though.
Because I gave up on it a long time ago from when I started this column.
Anyway kids that’s all for this week, and maybe forever?
Week Year: Why I’m Giving Up On Anime Next Week Never: Something about Love Live and some other dumb Loli maid shit, I dunno what the cool kids watch anymore man I just see dumb things in my FB feed and sigh a little inside for the poor saps watching so much garbage, but I’m not going to try to write something and change their minds I just wanted to keep the formatting of the old posts the same here. Seriously I’m done writing about anime now, okay thx bye.
The Buffalo is Nerdfit's longest active content contributor. Having helmed various podcasts (What's Nu in Animu, WritersCast), columns (I Hope Nippon Sempai Notices Me, Advanced Game Theory, Booze Reviews, Anime Season Previews, etc) - currently he writes a weekly article column of 'Buffalo's Shit to Think About'