So, you have post anime depression, or at least, you’d like to know what post anime depression is. Well, I guess you’ve recently watched Silent Voice, or maybe some episodes of Rascal Does not Dream of Bunny Senpai, and now you’re feeling like there’s nothing more to live.
If you’re looking for solutions on how to dissipate that shitty feeling, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, you’ll learn what triggers Post Anime Depression and come to realize that it’s not a big problem. In fact, I actually think that post anime depression is a good thing.
What is Post Anime Depression
Post anime depression is that sulky feeling you have after watching a sad anime or in my case, the death of your favorite character or some Slice-of-life anime. It’s very common for people who like watching a drama anime.
Anime is just another form of media being absorbed by our brains. That means that our brains can sometimes subconsciously associate anime scenes with experiences that our minds can relate to. This causes some feelings which are either wanted or unwanted, producing this thing called post anime depression.
Post Anime Depression Syndrome (PADS for short) is just good fun. It is not in any form lethal and is not a symptom of depression. Anime doesn’t give actual depression, there could be something that caused you or your friend depressive thoughts. So stop blaming anime.
The Feeling of Post Anime Depression
If you’re very susceptible to getting post anime depressions, chances are, you like watching drama, and you like watching Japanese films. I think that Japanese Directors/Authors are so good at putting to spotlight the different mundane aspects of life that, this will sound existential, always want us to become appreciative of how fragile and beautiful life is.
The feeling of post anime depression varies from person to person, but do you realize the one thing each of us has? That empty feeling. That is sorrow in disguise. Our brains will think that we’re the main character of the show we’re watching. Or, your brain could also associate anime characters as people, this causes you to feel sympathy or pity for them.
We like paying for emotions. We watch drama, watch horror, and even sometimes have fetishes that trigger all kinds of emotions our body craves. Post anime depression is something we get in order to heighten the enjoyment of watching anime.
Should I Be Afraid of Post Anime Depression?
Just like riding a roller coaster to incite fear, sadness can also be fun. Don’t stop yourself in watching some Clannad or Angel Beats, those anime are good. It will be a shame if you hinder yourself in watching those shows.
In fact, post anime depression actually helps you cope with real sorrow. By watching sad films, you’ll come to realize that your case of sorrow is not just you. Many people are dealing with unhappy moments, and it helps that people try to understand how to console other people.
It might be nihilistic for people to compare a sad moment in someone’s life as just a drama show, but the effort of trying to relate to someone in their sad moments is actually difficult if you don’t know the problem.
So don’t be that guy, don’t be afraid to experience sorrow. It could help a person in the future. Anime may just be a cartoon for some people, but what they don’t know is some are actually deep. Getting post anime depression from anime might help you a long way.
Curing Post Anime Depression
If you’ve read all that, then chances are, you’re already cured of your post anime depression syndrome. Other tips that include watching wholesome anime or watching a comedic anime are just band-aids. Understanding is truly the remedy.
If you’re still thinking that post anime depression is bad then drama might not just be your thing. You might just need more positive moments in life given how cruel the world already is.
Inducing post anime depression is what we do best. Watch these shows next and don’t forget your tissues!
- Your lie in April
- Angel Beats!
- Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
- Wolf Children
- 5 Centimeters Per Second
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Cowboy Bebop
- Akama ga Kill
- Violet Evergarden (Thanks Lynn)
- Parasyte (Thanks Lumi)
I’m missing a lot actually, so why not add some in the comment section down below.
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Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena