Back in February of this year, I had shared my thoughts about why I continue to watch Anime. However, there are reasons why people lose passion for it and it’s not usually clear. Also, I will share some personal experiences.
Availability Issues/Limited Choices
Back in the 90s and early 2000s, it was difficult to watch Anime since you watch it on tape or on television. Moreover, the selection as the shows was limited and mainly geared towards kids such as Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, etc. Because of that, this can deter some people as they feel that these shows are made for children. I remembered this as I own several tapes of Pokémon on tape and some shows airing on television before I went to school. It’s basically the dark ages before broadband Internet became the main stream.
Fortunately, anime got more accessible in recent years not just because it’s easier to download, but there is now access to legal streams like Crunchyroll, which has instant access to lots of shows. Because of this, it’s not a widespread problem.
There are too much shows that focus on Fanserivce/Moe/etc.!
This is one of the complaints I hear once in a while with some blaming the current state of Anime and that there is nothing good to watch. I know people has different tastes but there is always something to watch if you look harder. Back when I started watching Anime back in 2009 again, I had a feeling that there is hardly anything to watch. However, I learned to find shows that I will enjoy.
In short, there will be at least a few shows that you will enjoy each season. Just remember Sturgeon’s Law, which states that 90% of everything is crap.
Lack of Time/Motivation
Just like any hobby, it takes time to watch Anime (and write about it). I understand that not everyone has the time to watch everything because of work or schooling. I have written about this subject last year as a part of a project, so I’m not going to focus too much on this. Generally, teenagers and young adults tend to have more free time to spend on their hobbies, including watching Anime compared to those who carry a full-time job or have a family.
The second part of the puzzle is motivation. Of course you can download Anime, but maybe you want to support a franchise by buying merchandise. Motivation basically comes in two parts, financial and psychological. Financial is pretty simple since you need money to buy DVDs, pay for a Crunchyroll subscription or related merchandise (ex. Source material, figurines, music CDs, video games, etc.). Because of the current recession, it’s hard to spend money on luxury items as one need to pay for the essentials. Even if you don’t decide to buy stuff, you still need an Internet connection to download or legally stream shows, which of course require money.
On the other hand, psychological motivation is hard to convey as people have different feelings on why they want to give up on Anime. Maybe they feel that they are watching the same thing over and over even though it’s a different premise? Or perhaps they are not interested in the medium anymore and want to watch other types of media? Essentially, there are various factors why people lose motivation or passion for the medium besides the examples I have shown.
Overall, I don’t see myself losing passion for Anime anytime soon. However, there will be difficulties to keep my passion for Anime in the near future. But, when the time comes, I will deal with it as the best I can.
With that, I leave this question to discuss about: How do you keep your passion for Anime going? Also, what do you think about this issue? ¶