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May 13, 4:37 PM
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So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?
 
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...why not just stop now???
You've already reached the stage of self-reflection to be aware how much this is harming your enjoyment. If you intend to stop after this season, it means you will be "behind" on shows for all future seasonals, until you binge-watch something in its entirety later on. If you are fine with that, why not just stop the grind NOW instead of in 2 months? There's no harm in finishing the shows you are currently watching in one go once they finished airing.

If you know this is ruining your enjoyment, why do you continue that way?
 
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But like... just watch whatever you feel like, whenever the season is over.
Can't be pressured to keep up, if you didn't care about it to begin with.
 
 
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But like... just watch whatever you feel like, whenever the season is over.
Can't be pressured to keep up, if you didn't care about it to begin with.



Yeah I know that's what I'm saying though after this season I'm done with seasonals
 
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SleepySera said:
...why not just stop now???
You've already reached the stage of self-reflection to be aware how much this is harming your enjoyment. If you intend to stop after this season, it means you will be "behind" on shows for all future seasonals, until you binge-watch something in its entirety later on. If you are fine with that, why not just stop the grind NOW instead of in 2 months? There's no harm in finishing the shows you are currently watching in one go once they finished airing.

If you know this is ruining your enjoyment, why do you continue that way?



I kinda just wanna finish these shows out and be done with this season. And after I'm done with this season I'm going to just watch what I want.
 
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SleepySera said:
...why not just stop now???
You've already reached the stage of self-reflection to be aware how much this is harming your enjoyment. If you intend to stop after this season, it means you will be "behind" on shows for all future seasonals, until you binge-watch something in its entirety later on. If you are fine with that, why not just stop the grind NOW instead of in 2 months? There's no harm in finishing the shows you are currently watching in one go once they finished airing.

If you know this is ruining your enjoyment, why do you continue that way?



You know what... Uh yeah you might be right. Imma put a couple shows on hold and only keep up with summer time rendering and komi and spy family. Since those are really the only shows I really do enjoy watching and look forward to every week. Not to say the others are bad but I'm not like man can't wait to watch it.
 
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Kasutoro-Kun said:

You know what... Uh yeah you might be right. Imma put a couple shows on hold and only keep up with summer time rendering and komi and spy family. Since those are really the only shows I really do enjoy watching and look forward to every week. Not to say the others are bad but I'm not like man can't wait to watch it.


Sounds like a plan :)
The other shows aren't gone after all, you can watch them when they are finished and you are in the mood for it!
 
 
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If you wanna stop watching every new release anime, I suggest getting a new hobby instead. You can start with something relating to anime like reading a manga/light novel, playing anime like games, ect
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I used to do near 10+ seasonal anime every season. But, it was a lot of eh stuff. I got tired of watching stuff just to watch stuff. So I've started only picking up a couple things based on what sounds good, sometimes that's nothing for that particular season. The exception being if something is getting mentioned a lot I will at least look into it. There have been plenty of times I added something to my watchlist and let it finish releasing and then binging on my own time, rather than following week-to-week.

Like, right now, I'm only watching 2 seasonal, and the rest of my free time is committed to watching other anime on my lists. It might not hurt to take a break from seasonal stuff, or just pulling back on it significantly to focus on stuff that you actually are interested in. I've even taken extended periods off from anime completely before. Sometimes you just get burned out and need to do other stuff. Anime isn't going anywhere, so there's no need to run yourself ragged if you aren't enjoying it.

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May 13, 6:16 PM

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wait for the season to end, and then binge watch
 
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I mean, you could always just stop trying to keep up with things as they air...I dropped having a consistent anime watching schedule entirely, and that helped drastically with avoiding burnout. Yes, it takes me forever to finish things, and I cant keep up with current series anymore, but that seems like a good tradeoff to me.
 
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I would suggest you to not to waste time on seasonals. Better pick a finished anime which is atleast 24 episodes. There are tons of anime which you can watch.

I don't watch seasonals because I feel like I'm doing a job instead of enjoying anime.
 
May 13, 6:34 PM
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I got done with seasonals after i got tired of watching 10 seasonals in the fall 2021 season lol, after that it is max 1 seasonal per season for me
 
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I watch a lot of seasonals at a time sometimes 20+ but I don't watch one episode as it airs, I wait until multiple episodes are released and then I watch it and do the same thing over again or even wait until it's finished airing.
As it was starting too feel like a chore to me as well. I drop series I am not enjoying too because at first I was trying to complete everything I started and I was just not enjoying it.
 
 
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I'm at this point as well. Watching 15-20 seasonals back in Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 was probably the best time that I have as an anime fan, but ever since then it has never been the same.

Watching 2-3 seasonals that are meaningful is good and all, but the problem is that even I can't watch non-seasonal anime in my own volition and enjoyment since I caught up to new interests. I don't know maybe my case is much more frustrating and maybe depressing than yours.
 
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Seasonals won't go away, and you will be able to watch them whenever you want. If watching several shows every week is affecting your enjoyment, it's not necessary to keep doing it.
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Your life will change when you realise that it's okay to just drop an anime.
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I get it: you biten more than you could chew. You're worn out because of the sheer amount of good shows this season has to offer and the level of effort it takes to keep track of so many stories at the same time.
In your case it's even worse because you decided to stick to the zero drop policy instead of keeping up with the seasonals, so you didn't earn any leeway for both the future and the present.
 
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I like watching seasonals because it lets me find some hidden gems I wouldn't have watched otherwise. I also usually drop 40% of the ones I start watching.

Even if you stop watching seasonals, things won't change that much: the risk of ending up stuck with non-seasonal anime you hate is still there, despite being a bit lower.
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"I don't like dropping anime"

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SleepySera said:
...why not just stop now???
You've already reached the stage of self-reflection to be aware how much this is harming your enjoyment. If you intend to stop after this season, it means you will be "behind" on shows for all future seasonals, until you binge-watch something in its entirety later on. If you are fine with that, why not just stop the grind NOW instead of in 2 months? There's no harm in finishing the shows you are currently watching in one go once they finished airing.

If you know this is ruining your enjoyment, why do you continue that way?


I wanna watch everything I like.. old and new sessional doesn't matter to me... I wanna watch them all, and i wanna watch them as quickly as i can and I don't care how because I don't know how long in the future these free sites will be still up..
 
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It's easy to get into the seasonal run...and hard to put it down when you have it altogether.

I'm probably the minority that will mention that seasonals are a viable hobby due to it being like in current times, though you will defo do better to avoid it like a plague if it brings you all the way to burnout.

There are lots of pros when it comes to binge-watching, literally the only con is that you don't get to enjoy it the same way when it is currently airing. Seasonals will never run away because it's business.

Take this advice from someone who's been on the seasonal grind since 2018.
 
 
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Honestly I used to think the same thing on previous seasons, but this one I'm enjoying pretty much every show I'm watching, even though I don't think they're all good.
 
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For me I just realized I will stick to watching stuff I've never encountered. Sequels are mostly garbage, no point in watching an anime of a manga I already read. I've accepted there really aren't any amazing anime coming out anymore, but the average stuff is alright to kill some time with.
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MichaelJackson said:
"I don't like dropping anime"

stopped reading there.
MichaelJackson said:
"I don't like dropping anime"

stopped reading there.



Why? I didn't say anything wrong? I'm confused
 
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The problem is that you are watching too many seasonals. Every time I started feeling something similar to your struggle I dropped a few seasonals that I liked the less until I streamlined the amount of anme I was watching down to an easily consumable amount. My sweet spot is around 3-4 seasonal anime per season + a few old ones that I watch at my own pace. To put it simply, try to cherrypick from every season, don't try to watch "everything"!
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?


Then just stop. This is a recurring problem with so many people regarding anime. They start uncontrollably watching dozens and dozens of seasonals like their life depends on them. They get burnout, they feel oversaturated and hence, they start hating and criticizing every show there is. Stop, give it some rest, take your time and watch one anime at a time, you'll appreaciate them alot more.
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I don't understand why people bother with seasonals n the first place, most suck anyway.
 
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?
just do what I've been doing lately, be a true man of culture by watching Yu-Gi-Oh! instead of seasonals
 
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?
just do what I've been doing lately, be a true man of culture by watching Yu-Gi-Oh! instead of seasonals



Lol I've seen yu gi oh already and the one after that with the kid with the brown hair I actually liked him better. Me and a friend was talking about yu gi oh recently and we were laughing because we were basically saying how yugi basically cheats bc he's not the one actually playing it's a legendary duelist that takes over his body and plays for him whenever he needs him
 
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
Fario-P said:
just do what I've been doing lately, be a true man of culture by watching Yu-Gi-Oh! instead of seasonals

Lol I've seen yu gi oh already and the one after that with the kid with the brown hair I actually liked him better. Me and a friend was talking about yu gi oh recently and we were laughing because we were basically saying how yugi basically cheats bc he's not the one actually playing it's a legendary duelist that takes over his body and plays for him whenever he needs him
Maybe you should start reading manga instead of watching seasonals, then. The original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is such a zetta good read.

And yeah, I suppose that's true, but it's more like the other Yugi just forces himself to come out for these games anyway, especially in S0 lolol
 
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Well, that's just your fault. Shouldn't have watched a lot of seasonals and instead should have focused on the single best of the season.

 
 
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I had a similar experience with seasonal anime. I also started watching seasonal shows in 2019 and was watching up to 25 shows per season in 2020 (lockdown helped). Now I'm only picking up a max of 10 shows and I try to chose them more carefully. For example Shikimori was hyped and looked like it might be another Nagatoro/Uzaki/Komi with a great leading girl, but it's been bland and boring so far. Now I have more time to watch older/completed shows from my ptw list, like Dirty Pair, which I'm currently watching and is a fun watch.

It can be hard choosing which shows to pick up, for example who would've thought Ya Boy Kon Ming would be the sleeper hit.

Healer Girl is easily my top pick from this season and I wouldn't have guessed that before the season began.
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if you are young you might feel like time is cheap but trust the working generation they will emphasize how really important is time for us. drop it if you don't like it, and watch in one go instead of waiting for weekly new episodes.

just like a healthy relationship, you need to allocate time and space for other things in life. if you quit now you will enjoy anime much better in near future if it's still your hobby. no one's gonna put out anime quizzes and win big money ya know.
 
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why ... why does it bother you that much to drop something? why do you feel obligated to watch everything? this sounds like a completely self-inflicted problem and it's your own issue of not being able to control yourself and/or allow yourself to just enjoy things.

i watch "seasonal" shows because modern anime gets better and better (fight me, i can't watch anything released prior to 1999 because it looks goofy af), but i only pick up the stuff that seems up my alley (all-female cast/comedy/romance-less adventure and a tolerable art style/direction). i also have a life to live so sometimes i'll go a couple weeks without catching up. honestly? perfect, i can hunker down with some shows i've been anticipating without wasting my time on only one episode to leave on an arbitrary cliff-hanger that i would've forget about by next week. unless you're some professional reviewer and watching anime is your job or something, just ... why would you get involved to the point that something made for entertainment gets to be a chore?

are you being paid to do this? no? great. relax.
 
 
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Just be pickier about what you watch. I know it sounds stupid and it is, but what can you do? The more there is to watch, the more you have to filter somehow. My recommendation is to pick the seasonals you enjoy talking about.
 
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why ... why does it bother you that much to drop something? why do you feel obligated to watch everything? this sounds like a completely self-inflicted problem and it's your own issue of not being able to control yourself and/or allow yourself to just enjoy things.

i watch "seasonal" shows because modern anime gets better and better (fight me, i can't watch anything released prior to 1999 because it looks goofy af), but i only pick up the stuff that seems up my alley (all-female cast/comedy/romance-less adventure and a tolerable art style/direction). i also have a life to live so sometimes i'll go a couple weeks without catching up. honestly? perfect, i can hunker down with some shows i've been anticipating without wasting my time on only one episode to leave on an arbitrary cliff-hanger that i would've forget about by next week. unless you're some professional reviewer and watching anime is your job or something, just ... why would you get involved to the point that something made for entertainment gets to be a chore?

are you being paid to do this? no? great. relax.



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Ah sometimes I get you. But at the same time, you'll just have to drop.


If a show is not good and you're not enjoying it, whether it's a seasonal or not - it should go to the dropped list. Watching anime should be fun after all
 
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Well, I think you should just drop those shows. Continuing would only lead to anime burnout and probably make you dislike them further. If you're not a completionist there's no reason to keep going tbh. Or you can just put them on hold for now and then binge watch all the eps later on when you feel like it.
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bro think if he drops an anime he'll get murdered ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€
 
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bro think if he drops an anime he'll get murdered ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€



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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?


Unless you're being Clockwork-Oranged into watching everything, this is really not a problem you need to think about for more than a second. X action is a chore to do. X action is not mandatory. Conclusion = do not do X action.
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When did watching anime turn in to work:

Watch what is popular, give everything that looks good to you it's obligatory 3 or however many episodes it needs to hook you in.
Join in conversation with people watching the same anime episode that came out today. Or binge the anime you want, without skipping any of the ones you initially thought you'd like when they started airing. Take at most two day breaks, if you take more know that you will be forsaken.





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yeah I kinda started out the same , but in just one year, the number of seasonals I watched dropped from 6-7 to 1-2. I think most of the seasonls aren't really good anyway.
 
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Your first mistake was forcing yourself to watch a show you don’t like, maybe take* this season as a test and start dropping the shows you’re not interested in
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?


For goods sake, do you REALLY have to follow EVERYTHING in a season? Drop the stuff you don't like and be done with it.
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Kasutoro-Kun said:
So I've been a avid anime watcher for years now but I only decided to watch seasonals in 2019. I had no problem felt fine picked up about 3 shows that seemed interesting. Over time I picked up more seasonals. Around late 2021 watching seasonals started to make me feel burn out and it made watching anime a job. I don't like dropping anime so I try to finish every anime I watch. By this season I'm completely and utterly burnt out. I hate seasonals now. Not because the shows are bad. This season is actually incredible. But because of how much of an absolute chore it is to feel like ok I have to watch the new episode because I don't wanna get left behind and catch up. It's giving me serious insane burn out and is making something I love to do as a hobby feel like I'm doing an office job. I can't wait till this season is over and I could go back to what I used to do. Which was pick up random shows and watch them whenever I feel like it. I'm done with seasonals after this season. Does anyone else feel like this and hates having to constantly keep up with multiple shows every week?


For goods sake, do you REALLY have to follow EVERYTHING in a season? Drop the stuff you don't like and be done with it.


Lol I don't follow every single thing but I do follow too much
 
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I feel like that a tiny bit, I'm watching too many seasonals, but I can put them on hold at any time, so I don't have any anxiety over it.
 
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