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Alright, where to start? HI. I go by Wedgy most places, so I guess it won't kill me to add another handle to that short list. I like how the community is set up, so thought I'd swing in and give it a go.

 

Back in the day I used to be really into anime. Like, super-obsessive. Used to do the works, had the manga, watched all of the animes. Even tried (and mostly failed,) to tap into my art potential. Loved what was hot then: FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket, Wolf's Rain, D.Gray-Man, you know them. DBZ? OF COURSE. I even had the Legend of Zelda volumes because I was that cool.

 

However, in the last decade I've slowly just... sort of fallen off of the wagon somehow. For a while I really just wasn't into anime at all. I was talked into watching the Death Note anime and I really enjoyed it. I also watched something about a messenger service... thing and I cannot recall the name of it to save my life (help?)

 

I've been primarily a gamer. I think that is what has helped me keep my dwindling interest in anime from fully being extinguished. I'm a HUGE Fire Emblem fan. I could play those games for hours and fangirl over all the bishies. League of Legends has also become a giant timesink in my life, and with the recent Star Guardian skins it's hard to ignore the fact that it has a lot of Eastern inspiration to it. I've also been somehow able to consistently write D.Gray-Man fanfictions this whole time, and that I cannot explain, either. I guess the characters are just very likeable.

 

Now look, I'm obviously here because I want to watch some anime again. I need a place where I can have an outlet when I find something I really enjoy so I'm not bottling it up because as it turns out I'm surrounded by other adults who don't give half a rat's bottom about that sort of stuff (and some of them don't even own a computer. Sigh.) That said, I haven't officially lost my interest. I can feel it in there, somewhere. I just need something to scratch that itch, you know? I wager you lot can point me in the right direction. Glad to be here, if that is the case. \m/

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Alright, where to start? HI. I go by Wedgy

 

Hello Wedgy!

 

Back in the day I used to be really into anime. Like, super-obsessive. Used to do the works, had the manga, watched all of the animes. Even tried (and mostly failed,) to tap into my art potential. Loved what was hot then: FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket, Wolf's Rain, D.Gray-Man, you know them. DBZ? OF COURSE. I even had the Legend of Zelda volumes because I was that cool.

 

However, in the last decade I've slowly just... sort of fallen off of the wagon somehow. For a while I really just wasn't into anime at all. I was talked into watching the Death Note anime and I really enjoyed it. I also watched something about a messenger service... thing and I cannot recall the name of it to save my life (help?)

 

I can really relate to this - I used to watch everything I could get my hands on, reading manga like nobody's business, and going through more or less every fan translated visual novel available of decent enough quality. It was pretty intense. :?

 

But, then, at some point I more or less stopped. My dry period lasted probably around five years, during which time I still watched an occasional anime, but it was a fairly rare event and far from the norm. In my case, this trend started to reverse around 2015, and has continued since then. I still don't consume nearly as much as I used to as I frankly have better taste these days, and am far pickier than I used to be, but it's a far cry from going a year with only watching one show like I was previously.

 

I've been primarily a gamer. I think that is what has helped me keep my dwindling interest in anime from fully being extinguished. I'm a HUGE Fire Emblem fan. I could play those games for hours and fangirl over all the bishies. League of Legends has also become a giant timesink in my life, and with the recent Star Guardian skins it's hard to ignore the fact that it has a lot of Eastern inspiration to it. I've also been somehow able to consistently write D.Gray-Man fanfictions this whole time, and that I cannot explain, either. I guess the characters are just very likeable.

 

I've recently become acquainted with the Fire Emblem series and have been absolutely loving it! Previously the only SRPGs I'd played had been Disgaea games, so they've helped to add a bit of variety to my SRPG life. Never really been a MOBA fan myself, though.

 

Now look, I'm obviously here because I want to watch some anime again. I need a place where I can have an outlet when I find something I really enjoy so I'm not bottling it up because as it turns out I'm surrounded by other adults who don't give half a rat's bottom about that sort of stuff (and some of them don't even own a computer. Sigh.) That said, I haven't officially lost my interest. I can feel it in there, somewhere. I just need something to scratch that itch, you know? I wager you lot can point me in the right direction. Glad to be here, if that is the case. \m/

 

I think you've picked a good place to plop into for this - after having poked my head into a decent number of non-huge anime forums lately, this one easily ranks as my favorite of the bunch, and the only one that has kept me coming back again and again. The folks here are, in general, fairly relaxed and chill, easy going and easy to get along with.

 

I actually joined for much the same reason, actually - not having a lot of people in my social circle that are interested in anime. My significant other is a fellow anime nut, but that's about it. :'(

 

As for pointing you in the right direction, this is my standard list of anime recommendations:

 

* Clannad / Afterstory

* Fate/Stay Night

* Fate/Zero

* Erased

* The Twelve Kingdoms

* Spice and Wolf

* Another

* Kara No Kyoukai

* Azumanga Daiho

* Madoka Magica

 

There's a fair bit of variety in terms of genre and premise among them, so hopefully there will be something in there that you'll enjoy!

 

With all that said, welcome to AF! :angel:

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Heyo welcome to the forums.

If you have any questions, refer to my signature.

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I actually haven't played Fire Emblem before. I was going to, but I have zero idea where to start and I have zero motivation to find out.

I play both League of Legends and DOTA2, but focusing more on LoL right now. I have been playing Rune Factory and Harvest Moon games recently for some reason tho.

Also, I think the Blood Moon skins are far more eastern-based than Star Guardian. lol. That's just imo.

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I do think I'm also casual tho. Like, at some point in time, I would watch every show in a season. But now it's kinda... eh. Ya know?

There are times when I only watch one or two shows in a season. I do more gaming nowadays rather than watching anime.

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I can't really point you to the "Right Direction" since I'm also a casual. However, I am a follower of the "Three-Episode Rule". I suggest you try everything by watching two or three episodes before deciding to drop or continue the anime.

 

Well, this post has been my longest so farand I'm not even getting credits for it, but hey, all for the sake of new members.

Welcome to the forums. See ya around!

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But, then, at some point I more or less stopped. My dry period lasted probably around five years, during which time I still watched an occasional anime, but it was a fairly rare event and far from the norm. In my case, this trend started to reverse around 2015, and has continued since then. I still don't consume nearly as much as I used to as I frankly have better taste these days, and am far pickier than I used to be, but it's a far cry from going a year with only watching one show like I was previously.

 

I can imagine why you'd be picky, since free time becomes more and more precious the more responsibilities that take its place. Opportunity cost, and all. I've tried out a few anime recently, and I find its been a lot harder to get a 'wow' out of myself than before. I might just be afraid of wanting to binge watch something, since I have a tendency to put off things like sleep to get that last squeeze of content, whatever it may be.

 

 

I actually joined for much the same reason, actually - not having a lot of people in my social circle that are interested in anime. My significant other is a fellow anime nut, but that's about it. :'(

 

Do you live in a lowly populated area, out of curiosity? I ask because I used to live in a fairly large city growing up, and it was so so easy to find my fellow Japano-nuts in someplace or another. Pikachu hats on every corner, know what I'm saying? Now that I've moved out and I live in a teeny-tiny town, they don't seem to be anywhere. My most immediate circle consists of a few other gamers (that aren't necessarily interested in anime etc,) and folks who like fishing, biking, and hockey. My own SO is kinda "eh" about anime. He doesn't dislike it, he actually got me to watch Death Note with him, but it's not something I'd mention if I were to describe his hobbies or interests. It's good you have someone close to geek out with, though!

 

* Clannad / Afterstory

* Fate/Stay Night

* Fate/Zero

* Erased

* The Twelve Kingdoms

* Spice and Wolf

* Another

* Kara No Kyoukai

* Azumanga Daiho

* Madoka Magica

 

 

Ooh yes! Thank you for the list right off the bat! I'm going to have a look at some of these. I've actually heard of one or two, so I'd like to check out the ones I haven't yet. That will make things more interesting. Really appreciate it friend!

 

I actually haven't played Fire Emblem before. I was going to, but I have zero idea where to start and I have zero motivation to find out.

I play both League of Legends and DOTA2, but focusing more on LoL right now. I have been playing Rune Factory and Harvest Moon games recently for some reason tho.

Also, I think the Blood Moon skins are far more eastern-based than Star Guardian. lol. That's just imo.

 

I suppose they are, in a more literal sense of the context. I was thinking along the lines that Star Guardian is, without a single shred of doubt, 100% anime. But you're right; I should have said that, instead of Eastern! I've heard from some other LoL'rs that it has to be based off of Madoka Magica. My first thought was Sailor Moon, but as I've stated above, I've been outside the anime loop for a few years, so I'm not familiar with that one.

 

 

I can't really point you to the "Right Direction" since I'm also a casual. However, I am a follower of the "Three-Episode Rule". I suggest you try everything by watching two or three episodes before deciding to drop or continue the anime.

 

Well, this post has been my longest so farand I'm not even getting credits for it, but hey, all for the sake of new members.

Welcome to the forums. See ya around!

 

Thanks for the tip. I've found myself a victim of curiosity before. I've watched the entire length of a movie/TV/anime knowing full well it was terrible, but unable to look away for one reason or another. I still kick myself in the head over all that wasted time!

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I can imagine why you'd be picky, since free time becomes more and more precious the more responsibilities that take its place. Opportunity cost, and all. I've tried out a few anime recently, and I find its been a lot harder to get a 'wow' out of myself than before. I might just be afraid of wanting to binge watch something, since I have a tendency to put off things like sleep to get that last squeeze of content, whatever it may be.

 

It is pretty much as you've said. In addition to that, I suspect part of it is also that, in the end, I simply burned myself out on a lot of these things things by over indulging in media that was, ultimately, fairly mediocre... and that I am now, perhaps, overcompensating a little bit for my earlier willingness to voraciously consume stuff of a less than stellar nature.

 

The 'wow' factor has definitely become much more rare for myself as well, which probably plays a great deal into my pickiness - a lot of anime, perfectly average and decent by most measurements, simply strike me as boring at this point and don't really do much for me. :x

 

Binge watching is thankfully not something I often have to worry about as most of my anime consumption is done with my significant other, which greatly limits the temptation to do so in most cases... though, there have been times at which we've succumbed together. It's typically regretted the next morning.

 

Do you live in a lowly populated area, out of curiosity? I ask because I used to live in a fairly large city growing up, and it was so so easy to find my fellow Japano-nuts in someplace or another. Pikachu hats on every corner, know what I'm saying? Now that I've moved out and I live in a teeny-tiny town, they don't seem to be anywhere. My most immediate circle consists of a few other gamers (that aren't necessarily interested in anime etc,) and folks who like fishing, biking, and hockey. My own SO is kinda "eh" about anime. He doesn't dislike it, he actually got me to watch Death Note with him, but it's not something I'd mention if I were to describe his hobbies or interests. It's good you have someone close to geek out with, though!

 

Nope! Actually a fairly densely populated area, just one that we're still relatively new to and thus haven't yet done a whole lot of scanning about for likeminded folks. Once we have our affairs in order enough that we're ready to start running about and engaging in social adventurism it should be a fairly straight forward process... though, at the moment we're pretty tied up with boring adult things like debts from moving and various calamitous events that have happened, and a frustrating amount of family issues that we've been having to spend not a small amount of time attempting to assist with. I suppose it may sound odd, but at the moment there's basically not a huge amount of time / mental energy available for going out for social stuff.

 

Ooh yes! Thank you for the list right off the bat! I'm going to have a look at some of these. I've actually heard of one or two, so I'd like to check out the ones I haven't yet. That will make things more interesting. Really appreciate it friend!

 

You're very welcome! Like I said, there's a decent bit of variety in that list, so I'd be willing to bet that at least one or two things from it will work decently --- I hope, at least! :)

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Welcome to the forums, Wedgy! I can relate with falling out with anime. Similar story, in my regards. I was insanely into anime and then when I got settled down young, I spent several years just.. Living life. Didn't watch a thing or read anything. Then summer 2016, I decided to watch a couple things and got sucked back in. Haha.

 

In any case, I hope you enjoy things here! If you have any questions or concerns, hit me up!

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hiya and welcome also from me WEDGY

buy the sounds of it you will fit right in here

I wont recommend any anime at the moment but get back to us the group with how you found zoop's list and we will give more recommendations from there

there are also gamers and a gaming section here on the forums

so make a home here and enjoy

disclaimer:- we may be able to help but we don't scratch that itch personally :P

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