Hey Ani-Tay, How’ve you been? Great to hear! So I’m kind of a long time reader and first time writer (in this case post, but that’s the same thing) and I had to ask you people a question
Have you ever stopped watching or delayed viewing the ending of series?
I recently realized I have started to do this, where near the end of a series, I will simply delay it by saying I’ll watch it later, and keep putting it off to the point where it’s 4 week into the new season of anime. When I was consciously aware of my actions at this point, it made me ponder why? I started to rationalize my thoughts and theories of what made me stop watching this amazing show since I’ve watched the last 11 episodes, and this is my outburst (if you may)
I noticed I did this mainly to SoL (Slice of Life) animes and after watching many SoL/ Comedy type anime, I realized that not many of those get sequels or movies and such, which leaves me wanting more, unsatisfied even empty. When a SoL type show end they are always hard goodbyes, watching characters depart from one another , ending another year at the high school or simply because the characters achieved their humble goal. We as the viewers are cruelly forced to say goodbye as well, we can’t see the end product of all their hard work, the life they share now or how different it simply is. As viewers we’ve have spent 12 episodes together with the cast, knowing their thoughts, seeing their daily lives and enjoying the company and jokes they share between themselves and us. These endings are so short and cruel because normally they happen in the latter part of the anime which is maybe 5-10 minutes long. This is such short time which is nothing close to real closure to the anime, the cast, and the characters. Overtime, during the entire series I have become attached, bonded with the characters which are the essence, the very core of an anime of this type. Knowing that the end is soon for the anime I’ve delayed it, just simply letting the anime live in this limbo state for me knowing it hasn’t ended because I haven’t simply seen it , and knowing it has ended but behind these last glorious 24 minutes or so. Not watching the last episode(s) allows the series in my mind to be much more alive, allows me to still believe that the journey is still on, or that the storyteller has yet to finish the tale. It becomes for me personally an active memory, allowing my wild imagination of what will occur later in the plot or maybe just hearing a characters voice one more time. This is maybe one of the reasons why I can’t watch the end for this type of series, because I might never get to see it of it again.
I know that most SoL series are based off the manga or light novel, and if I simply want to pursue further into that story I should just read them, rather than complain or discuss my loosely collected thoughts. It is this reason that the manga or light novel has carried on from the anime meaning the animation studio have to have a cut-off point, maybe the first 2 light novels, or the first volume whatever, the animation studio have to produce a non-finished story. It this ending that makes saying goodbye just that little harder and we pray that the series have sold well enough to make another season. Even with shows that have other genre mixed in like a Gosick or Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, when they play the ending song during the final scenes of the series, man does it hurt, it cuts down quite deep. Maybe I delay the ending so I can prepare myself, allowing me to enjoy every second, savour every minute when they end the high school year, do the performance at the festival, leave the country or when they get together. I will be ready.
Now if you’re still reading this, you don’t think that I’m THAT crazy or obsessed and I can tell you that I’m not, I just added a little flavour to my thoughts is all, and I wanted to know if anyone else does this too? I know this might not apply to drama type series, (especially to actual T.V drama because the point is that you watch to see how they resolve the drama and such) I also don’t read the manga or light novels because I don’t have the time or want to. This can apply to any type of series though, but I’ve personally only experienced this with SoL animes, but yeah it would be great to hear (actually read but same difference) if anyone does this or if not, explain why?
And yes, I know it’s a stupid thing to do.
(By the way, thanks for reading all of that, I know it’s a bit too long, but I appreciate it, I had to read it too! Anyway if there’s any stupid grammar mistake or something, please tell me so I can correct them, so far what I’ve read makes sense in my head. Hope you enjoyed my writing style and what not and thanks for reading!)