How to get over Post Anime Depression

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Do you experience that empty feeling after finishing an anime? Do you feel depressed when an anime ends, be it a short or long anime? Do you feel like there’s a part of you that disappears when finishing an anime?

Well, let me tell you, the feelings you’re experiencing after finishing an anime are perfectly normal and OK.

That empty feeling after finishing an anime is called, “post anime depression“. You find yourself constantly thinking about that anime. Fantasizing about living in its world, and even ignoring the world around you.

We’ve all been there…

…investing ourselves in a fictional world and becoming completely hooked on it. It really is an incredible feeling.

We invest ourselves so much in the characters, they feel real and we find ourselves attached to them. We get to witness so much of their lives, the good and the bad. Be with them every step of the way, as if what’s happening to them is almost happening to us.

Like when witnessing betrayals, fights, conversations, and awkward moments. We can’t help but imagine how we would react in those situations.

2 Post anime depression cures

I found the best way of overcoming post anime depression requires time. After you finish an anime and you start feeling empty, take some time off and find something else to do. Stop yourself from constantly thinking about that anime by occupying yourself with other hobbies.

If the characters in that particular anime are not dead or reached their conclusion, pick up the manga version of the anime. This will speed things up in reaching a conclusion and make sure you have closure.

Reading the manga can help combat these problems, and help the viewer reach the conclusion.

HOWEVER…

…reaching the conclusion of the anime/characters does not guaranty the viewer will not experience post anime depression.

For example, Akama Ga Kill reached a conclusion, we all found out what happened to every character. But this did not prevent an empty feeling after finishing that particular anime. The same goes for Code Geass. It had a satisfying beginning, middle, and end, but it left viewers yearning for more.

That empty feeling you get after finishing an anime is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s an indication that the writers and animators did a great job of producing it. But letting the anime interfere with your real life may not be healthy.

Make sure to follow the steps above and tell us what they did for you in the comments below.

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