Bored with Anime and Manga? Is there a cure?
In fact, yes. Its true. I’ve become somewhat bored with anime and manga at the moment. Over the years, I’ve been borderline obsessed with the genre. The Funimation Channel was my best friend throughout high school up until now. With Netflix, free streaming and fan translations, there shouldn’t be a reason not to view any. Yet, this past year, I’ve found myself not really engaging as much and criticizing a series every time I watch one; whether I’ve seen it or not. I was an avid manga reader reading something every night. I would make sure I made time for my weekly series I kept up with; most notably One Piece, my favorite series. I haven’t read it in three months.
I don’t know what the issue is but it really bugs and confuses me (please refer to the feature image). I mean, c’mon! I love this stuff! Perhaps it’s the lack of ‘wow’ content I’ve noticed in the community. There’s only a couple of newer series that actually impress me. Am I too picky? Is this punishment for despising a series like Naruto and Bleach? Last year, I discovered SO MANY amazing series that I became obsessed with; Claymore, Devil May Cry, Heroic Age, Sengoku Basara and Baccano!, just to name a few. I’ve watched these over and over and they soon grew tiring. Except Baccano!. That is perhaps the best anime of all time.
Perhaps I don’t have the time I did. This Ogeeku is super busy lately by working twice as much now with a new position, the website and costume supplies and pieces. Yet, I still don’t see that as a valid excuse. I am playing video games more *cough*six hours of Kingdom Hearts in a day*cough*. So I’m ruling the whole time thing out.
I have thought about the fact that I don’t have enough anime/manga friends. Oh believe me, I have plenty online and those who live stupidly far away. I can count on one hand the number of people I actively talk anime with in person. I find it rather sad, actually. I’m also a HUGE fan of cosplaying and I probably know 2 people who cosplay. I like engaging with people about our interests. Sorry to say, but unlike most geeks, the internet doesn’t always do it for me. I CRAVE interaction. I think that’s why I love conventions so much. Fellow nerds dressed in nerd attire getting to gather talking about nerdy stuff.
There is a glimmer of hope. My fellow local Ogeekus still have faith in my anime love by drowning me in series I haven’t seen. I’m looking forward to Chrome Shield Regios, more Air Gear, and Needless. Thanks Jay, Talon and Andy. This is a special shout out for you!
Also, if there’s any series anyone wants to throw on my plate, I open to suggestions! Comment below.