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New Poll - Last 5 Years (Anime)
In honor of last week's poll, let's switch it to anime now! For myself, I haven't watched an anime series in at least 3 years. Although I did just buy the Blu-ray for Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, so I'll watch that sooner or later. And you can find the first 8 minutes of the first part of Ghost in the Shell: Arise as a preview, so I watched that. (I loved Stand Alone Complex but didn't like the original films as much). Anyways, vote in the poll!

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Comparing your manga consumption between now and 5 years ago...
Choices:
I started reading manga in the last 5 years - votes: 3030 (21.1%)
I read a lot more now - votes: 4423 (30.7%)
Read just a little more now - votes: 860 (6%)
About the same - votes: 1877 (13%)
Read a little less now - votes: 2119 (14.7%)
Read a lot less now - votes: 2000 (13.9%)
I stopped reading manga - votes: 78 (0.5%)
There were 14387 total votes.
The poll ended: June 15th 2013

Hmm, seems most people read lots or just started. I'm feeling old now... (I just watched the class below me graduate college, so of course I'm feeling old)
Posted by lambchopsil on June 15th 7:59am Comments ( 21 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» darkraiders on June 15th, 2013, 1:47am

I pretty much stopped watching anime now, i watch 1-2 episodes every few months and that's all.

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» RocketDive on June 15th, 2013, 2:33am

I definitely watch less anime now. A lot of personal issues have come up in my life and hasn't given me the time to sit down and enjoy an anime. It's just really hard to focus on one thing because of it. Even when reading manga I'm constantly rotating between tabs on my browser between each page.

The last time I thoroughly enjoyed an anime was early this year, which was Fate/Zero. I only had my school laptop at the time and Content Watch pretty much blocked everything from my daily routine. So watching anime was one thing I could do to clear my mind before bed. Maybe not the best choice of anime to 'clear my head' with, but hey, it was a great series and well worth it in the end.

Before that though, it would probably be Panty & Stocking so going on three years. Really doesn't seem like that long since it first aired... I do watch new series every so often but always get way behind and sometimes end up dropping them, even if I do enjoy them. Yeah, it's pretty sad. dead

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» illya_ on June 15th, 2013, 2:41am

Watching the preliminary results:
A lot of ppl started watching anime, but then moved over to manga. It explains why atm 31% Watch a lot less anime now while 30% read more manga than earlier.

Total amount of good anime < Total amount of good manga

(Also after you have started reading a manga of a series you used to watch as anime, it is hard to go back to the anime since they usually drag out the scenes... (I am looking at you naruto!))

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» giinko on June 15th, 2013, 2:46am

About the same, since I don't watch anime to begin with. Japanese animated films, yes, but reading the actual manga is somehow always better.

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» RoxFlowz on June 15th, 2013, 2:52am

I think it's about the same for me or a little less. I enjoy watching my animes at night, because it's quiet, I've got the big TV for myself and the atmosphere is much more intense than during the day.

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» deadphoenix on June 15th, 2013, 3:31am

After 5 years you can't watch so much anime anymore as their isn't so much good anime's left, so it's looks normal to me that the amount that you watch drops.
With manga it's a different matter, their tens of times more good manga than anime.
cool

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» dreamaway on June 15th, 2013, 4:14am

Definitely more now. People argue anime is already past it after Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Evangelion, etc., but these last five years has been pretty good so far. To name a few that became popular, there was Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate, Durarara!!, Toradora!, Spice and Wolf and Bakemonogatari. OreImo and Shingeki no Kyojin are the two current ones that have been highly lauded. There are even titles that doesn't seem good, but unexpectedly are once you try them like Hyouka, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita and Mondaijitachi ga Isekai kara Kuru sou desu yo? (yes, long title). I can't argue it has all been good, however, but, hey, there will always be good ones, there will always be bad ones, and there will be that occasional overrated ones that never deserved its hype.

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» tactics on June 15th, 2013, 4:37am

I watch way too much anime nowadays. Once I jump onto currently airing anime, I find it very hard to stop.
Although yes, a lot of the stuff I watch is pretty bad and repetitive (but very pretty), I found that I don't actually concentrate very hard when I watch anime. It's something I do to wind down or just wanting to do something without thinking hard about it.
I can't see myself stopping anytime soon, even with my final year coming up lol.

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» soraking on June 15th, 2013, 5:03am

i began by watching anime, then got into manga while still watching anime, but overtime stopped watching anime and only read manga now, unless there's something really good like the new hunter x hunter or a good movie

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» yarn on June 15th, 2013, 8:33am

Oops, voted wrong. Well, I do watch about the same amount as when I first started watching, which was less than 5 years ago biggrin biggrin

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» blakraven66 on June 15th, 2013, 10:15am

I used to watch almost everything...now I'm just watching 2 shows per season

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» Hanae on June 15th, 2013, 11:20am

I stopped watching anime completely sad From the very beginning it was difficult for me to watch a whole series, usually I lost interest after a few episodes. Now I don't have as much time as I used to have and when I have time I prefer to watch a movie. But I'm planning to start watching anime again, as well as some Japanese dorama, because I started to learn Japanese and I think it would be good for me to hear spoken language (even if it's a bit weird in most anime).

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» NightSwan on June 15th, 2013, 11:20am

I used to follow some shows on tv, but for some reason, they don't air anime here anymore.
Not even the kid stuff. That was years ago though, so I haven't been watching anime for
much longer than 5 years.
I like to try out comedy or action anime if they're recommended to me; otherwise I don't bother.
Unless it features some especially cute girl, hehe.

Basically, my anime consumption has stayed pretty much the same over the last five years.

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» TKS on June 15th, 2013, 11:26am

Mine has stayed the same = little to none. -_- Reading is faster so I prefer it.

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» MitzumiKare on June 15th, 2013, 1:35pm

As an anime reviewer I naturally watch far more anime now than I did previously. 5 years ago I didn't have internet, a laptop nor any way to watch anime other than going over my sister's to watch it via on demand at her house.

Conversely I read far more manga than I did 5 years ago. I am a speed reader and manga is more readily available. 5 years ago, my high school had a rather massive manga collection I was working through- most notably Full Metal Alchemist and Fruits Basket.

My manga reading is currently slowing down and I hope my anime watching catches up although I am far picker about what I watch than what I read.

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» That3rdGuy on June 16th, 2013, 7:17am

I don't read much manga nor do I watch much anime. Mostly just the ones I've wanted to finish since back then. I never pick anything new up because it's all the same. While the content has changed a little, the main ideas are all still there, just rehashed a little. I found that anime and manga are all generic a few years back, so I get little to no entertainment from them. I already hate pretty much everything about school-centered series. Pretty soon, I'll stop coming here all together.

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» kayue on June 16th, 2013, 9:56am

I watch a little more, or maybe the same.

I used to be fanatical about following a series when I started many MANY years ago, when there weren't a lot of choices. Although I still have my old faves, now there's so much variety that I only follow a few series, only occasionally.

Blame my Roku, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

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» animalia on June 17th, 2013, 10:37am

I mainy read manga> Id not watch as much anime as I used to

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» Artimidorus on June 18th, 2013, 5:02pm

I have, for all intents and purposes, completely stopped watching anime. Most animes that I see anymore are all ecchi with nearly naked girls (more on this in a sec) being VITAL to the plot. I also get tired of the super-powered kid genre. I don't want to watch 10 year olds fall in love, and I don't want to watch 3 year old children fight off an alien invasion of racist American's with giant clear eyes and freakish chins.

After trying quite a bit to find something with adults that I haven't watched, and isn't a genre I dislike, I have basically given up. With the thing on naked girls, I am so sick of seeing underage children made sexual, that I refuse to watch any anime with children as the main focus. This knocks off the vast majority of anime anymore. I understand that anime is for kids, but that doesn't mean it can't have something intelligent without a panty shot every few seconds. The last one I enjoyed with children was Lelouch of the Rebellion and the second season. So it isn't so much as my interest has dropped, it's more I have largely become sickened by the titles that I have seen coming out in the last 5 years. I guess this is also stopping me from reading as much manga, as I get annoyed with the same issues, but I can still find good stuff every great once in a while to read.

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» ink junkie on June 19th, 2013, 8:22am

I watch a lot more than I did before. Partly because I'm also catching up on old shows, partly because I've slowed down my manga consumption, which frees up time.

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» euri on June 24th, 2013, 2:59am

I'm reading a lot less now than I used to be. I find the story mostly having the same pattern and flow, especially shonen and shoujo.

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