Finishing the best animes are like saying goodbye to a friend

I finally got around to watching Steins;Gate during Thanksgiving. And then rewatching it this Christmas season with my sister. I thought it was a fantastic show. And it gets better the second time through. Actually, I thought even the pacing seemed quicker the second time around, maybe because I was noticing things I’d missed the first time. Even though the time travel to change fate storyline has been done, and quite well actually with Higurashi and Madoka Magica, Steins; Gate still felt fresh, smart, engaging and interestingly enough, lovable.

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I always feel a little sad, a little down after finishing a great show. I’d always had an inkling why, but I think it was after Steins;Gate that I realized that the feeling was similar to saying goodbye to a good friend. The great shows, the really great shows, they pull you into the cast like you’re one of their own. You laugh with them, you cry with them, and even though you’re not really there, wholesale nba jerseys you fight with them. cheap mlb jerseys And when it comes to the end, you hate to say goodbye. ein. You don’t want to let go. You just want one more go around, one more episode, one more victory to achieve. Part of it is the quality of the storytelling. Mysteries, dramas and tragedies have the benefit of putting you on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s easier to become invested in characters when you’re pulling for them and when you share the same “enemies.” Steins;Gate, Higurashi, Madoka Magica, Gurren Lagann, Code Geass all do this brilliantly – pulling you through the topsy turvy ride of fighting to change fate, save lives or save the world.

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But a dramatic storyline itself isn’t enough. You need to have a cast that you Orpierre like, one that you can empathize with, one in which you can imagine hanging entreprises out with. The major difference between a show like Steins;Gate and a show like Fate/Stay Zero was that one show had characters that I fell in love with. If wholesale jerseys I didn’t have to save the world with the cast of Steins;Gate, I’d still want to join the mad scientist brigade. The Fate/Stay cast? Rider aside, eh… not so much. They’re interesting characters, but feel too one-dimensional, too far from what I am for me to connect with. And sometimes all you really need is the cast. I think the quintessential anime that I hated saying goodbye to was Aria. And not that the content was mundane. Far from it. Aria featured a fantastic world and while the stories didn’t have the same world-ending gravitas, each story was a perfect depiction of a slice of life, so to cheap jerseys speak. But what made Aria so hard to say goodbye to were the characters, and the bond that I, as a viewer, had with them. It’s why I waited months to get around to watching the 3rd and final season. If I held off, I didn’t have to say goodbye. And I hate saying goodbye. I felt similarly about Natsume Yuujinchou (although that works show cheap jerseys apparently may never end), The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Mushishi and more.

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I feel the same about anime blogging and the community. I know I haven’t been as active in the blogging front or Twitter for several months now. And to be honest, in between balancing school and some personal stuff I have going on, it’ll probably be a while before I can get back to any sort of regularity. This sporadic-ness will likely continue. And admittedly, I don’t know if it’ll ever be like the first three years. But like the characters and episodes of shows I love, I can’t bring myself to walk away from this game. I want to go through one more heart-tugging show, one more sense-overloading convention, one more grand trip to Japan.  Even if the names and the community have changed, even if it’s not as familiar to me today, it’s something that’s been dear to me for four years now. So to that effect, my thoughts for the future of this blog is that it’ll continue, and the content will always exist as long as I think it’s relevant. And for as long as there’s enough money to pay the bills. ????

12 Replies to “Finishing the best animes are like saying goodbye to a friend”

  1. Great post. I feel exactly the same about the great anime series and I am actually currently holding off of a Steins;Gate rewatch because I don’t want to feel “a little sad, a little down after finishing a great show”. I think I’m waiting till it’s closer to the time of the Steins;Gate movie so it won’t feel like it’s over when I finish the series.

    It’s good to see you say that you’ll continue on in some capacity. I think many bloggers decide if they can’t keep to some pre-decided level of output then they should just quit which I disagree with greatly (though I can’t fault them for thinking this or get angry at them when they do). If it’s one post a quarter or even just one post a year, I still want to read what my favorite bloggers are watching and what they think of those series. Which is why I plan on never quitting completely, though that assumes there are people out there that would miss my blog.

    1. Thanks steelbound! Wait, there’s a Steins;Gate movie planned? Man, how did I miss this. The plot seemed pretty well addressed so I’m curious to see where they take it or what they focus on.

      Yeah, I could see it both ways. I think it’s tough to admit or accept when you can’t keep up the same volume (or quality), and the temptation is to say if you can’t do it as well as you did before, then why bother. But if you’re continuing to watch anime, then chances are you’re still going to have things to say about them, so why necessarily restrict yourself? But then, not writing becomes a habit in of itself. And I wonder if people don’t necessarily intend to quit, but just end up doing so because it becomes that much more difficult to get in the writing mode once you’re out of it regularly.

      Glad to hear that you’ll always be around to some capacity. It’s always good to know old, familiar faces are around. 🙂

  2. Nice to see you back RP 🙂 And yeah I get the sentiment, even though I haven’t myself seen Stein’s Gate. On a related note, someone should get a survey running to see how many people held off finishing Aria for months.

    And happy new year! Hope you and Rabbit Poets have a good one.

  3. Yes my friend! I mostly really agree, finishing a good show is like closing a drawer with happy memories! Falling in love with the characters and its aesthetics and personality, and following their plots is the best! (i really love anime and manga style.. i am becoming an otaku..muhahaha.. :$)

  4. I remember finishing Shakugan no Shana…..after several years, it just ended so perfectly……ugh brilliant…

    But the worst goodbye, yet most bittersweet was when InuYasha, my favorite anime ever…finally CAME BACK after years of being done and BLASTED AWESOMELY through a GREAT final series. The final series was amazing. I’ve read the manga previously, so I already knew how it ended and when the anime ended it just allll set in that there would be no more InuYasha ever. No manga to go and read after I was done with the anime, no more movies (why not!?)…..nothing. It was over. Sure I could rewatch the movies and episode 52 forever, but no more new material. God I love that show.

    Sometimes you can take a few years away from a great series and then rewatch it, and you’ll find that you miss a lot and can’t remember some parts. I did that with Inukami! Inukami is awesome and if you don’t like it you’re an idiot.

  5. Just finished Natsume Book of Friends Season 1 and am currently crying bucketfuls. Shows like this get my heart and twist it any which way only to break it when it’s over.

  6. Epic blog you got there!
    and I couldn’t agree more, even though my to-watch list is growing taller and taller >n< all because of this specific feeling.
    I hope you'll update soon, am gonna follow you 😉

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