Former "Otaku" Now in a Love-Hate Relationship with Anime

So I've been into anime for quite a long time. You know, I'm that guy who was into Sailor Moon back in the day because that's all there was besides the Sci-Fi channel stuff. (Oh Man, do you remember Roujin-Z? Gall Force? I do.) And then as anime was made more available through retailers such as Suncoast and Media Play. They had all the stuff you could want. That was when I had free time, that was when I had a NewType subscription to sample every anime I could ever want. I developed my own tastes after experiencing all sorts of different kinds of anime over the years. Now that I'm out of high school, and I've started working, it's harder to find out which anime fits my needs. There was a point when I had a falling out with anime, but now we're in a love-hate relationship. There's a few here and there that I try, but every time I sample something new it's usually something I've seen before, or something that had the potential to be executed so much better. It's not that I don't like anime anymore. I don't have the time to sit down and watch 26 episodes in one night like I used to, or the attention span to watch things that I used to like.

Perhaps the demographic has changed. Quite a few of my same-age friends (I'm around 21) enjoy Gurren Lagan, but it doesn't really do anything for me. When I sit down and watch stuff like that, I think to myself that I would've enjoyed it when I was younger. While substance is great and all, I think some anime is far too serious and is boring. I like a mix of all that, but they don't make much of that anymore. There are still quite a few anime that I enjoy, and a few manga I can read. It just doesn't seem like there are as many offerings as when I was younger. I still keep my eyes out for something that I might like, but I just keep worrying. I strike gold once in a while, but I guess it's good that I don't hit gold all the time, since I don't have all the free time to keep up with it all anyways.

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