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Post Anime Depression Syndrome

Jun 26, 2011 @ 22:00 CST

Something many will find silly yet have probably experienced it themselves – after the conclusion of a series you are left wanting more of what no longer exists.

When one watches a series, granted they enjoyed it, the characters leave an impression in one’s mind similar to that of an actual person they appreciate.

You can feel attached to any fictional character, regardless of the medium in which they originally appeared.

To start with, everything leaves either a conscious or sub-conscious imprint in someone’s mind – varying thoughts either major or minor, they develop with extended exposure to the object or event in question. In the case of anime, as you continue to watch a series from start to finish it builds an alternate reality of sorts in your mind in which the events of the anime are like events of this new reality.

That is not to say this is actually a different dimension or something similar, rather it is an alternate area of ideals – much like as if you experienced an event in real-life, you would have a separate sub-set of memories correlating towards that event.

The ability to distinguish items from actuality and fiction relies on other mental factors – meaning memories can all be on a similar starting level of emotion save for those one wishes to put aside in relation to these other factors.

As progressive story and artistic (visual and sound) developments occur, attachment to these developments increases and different emotions begin flourishing – “I like this”, “I hate this”, “WTF is this”, all leading to distinct thoughts on a particular series.

These established groups of thoughts are refined in the same manner as any other thoughts – an anime one was captivated in took a depressing turn would likewise leave one feeling depressed to a certain extent depending on how they respond to other factors mentioned earlier, such as they sub-consciously take into account it’s only an anime and thus it has less of an effect.

Events taking place in an anime are processed no different than actual occurrences in real life until other factors come in.

As you watch a series you would feel as a character in the anime themselves would feel – similarly sharing their emotions as you are encompassed into the setting no different than an actual character as there is nothing to define such a boundary unless the person themselves does so.

A boundary preventing an associative feeling could be anything from not liking the series, to simply being occupied in reality (something rare these days).

As a series ends, it would be on similar level of internal conflict as moving away or losing a friend – an aspect of the series, like a character, has become equally as developed in your mind (a character’s traits and personality) as did the story’s outcome of such character, allowing you to attribute them no differently than reality.

All in all, it leaves you with the sad sentimental feeling after it’s all over.


  • I totally agree here, I’ve had this happen to me with several anime, of which I’ll leave unnamed in case it makes people feel less inclined to watch them.

    Though I can’t help but think from the creators perspective, did they intend to leave fans with this feeling of emptiness to draw fans into a second series (provided they had one planned). Or did the mind behind the anime have a relevant past, or event in life that is portrayed in his or her own world that you have been enveloped in? Who knows. But it’s certainly not a nice feeling, so much so that for one anime, enough wasn’t enough, that I bought 2 CD’s just for collective purposes xD

    Reflecting again on how an anime might be relevant to the creators life… MM! had me thinking. The main character has a complexion for masochism, and yet pairing the style of that anime with the creator himself, dying, I didn’t know what of, but I heard rumours of a suicide, but this was from the Sankaku community, you never know what is a serious statement on their part xD

    • Seven says:

      I believe creators go for such an ending for various purposes as you’ve stated – certain one’s put their entire heart and soul into a series as can be seen in the likes of Aria, whilst others are much more of “we need to fill these timeslots” ordeal.

  • Symm says:

    I have this usually with animes with bad endings. Take Chrno Crusade, the first anime, that is not on UK television, that I actually watched.

  • Stark says:

    I had this so much when Welcome to the NHK! finished. What an emotional rollercoaster of an anime that was lol. Anyone that hasn’t watched it yet should definitely try it out ^^. Btw, great write-up Seven :D!

    • Seven says:

      Thanks, I’ve honestly recently been pondering whether or not to watch Welcome to the NHK! but you’ve just made me finalize my decision on yes.

  • Usually anime that don’t have a real ending are usually those light novels… I mean most of them get such nice animation and good story, but leave us on a cliffhanger or some sort of strange ending.
    Though for Chrno Crusade, I believe the manga (which the anime is an adaptation of) was not done at the time of the anime’s production…

    • Seven says:

      That’s an interesting observation – it’d probably be a good idea for me to look into what other media are available on a series to better understand what type of story it is.

  • Anonymous says:

    This happens to me all the time, and every single time I get depressed for more than a week, even a month. I love animes about love-hate relationships romance/comedy. And as I was thinking earlier today, I somehow want these characters to be real; not necessarily my friends, but definitely alive. I sometimes wish life could be as simple as a fantastical romantic comedy with adventure, instead of such a mundane world of nowadays. I miss courage, adventure, excitement. And I think that is what I miss the most after finishing any one anime I like, I lose that excitement, romantic comedy, that content, that I miss in my normal life.

    This is weird because I am a writer and I find myself more in tune with other people’s characters rather than my own. I can easily kill one of my characters for story purposes, but I hate it when an anime hero dies (and at the same time love it artistically).

    Well, in the end I think what really makes me feel depressed is the fact that I am deep down frustrated in a lot of aspects of my life. And maybe instead of filling that void with anime, I should feel it with experiences, excitement, etc, so that when I see anime it reminds me of what I have, not of what I don’t have.

    Just a thought.

    • Seven says:

      Very well said! A lot of different aspects can effects anyone’s thoughts on anything, even things people wouldn’t normally consider, so it all gets fairly complicated once someone wants to actually think about it all.

    • Anonymous says:

      This also hapens to me also I cry and cry and cry and wish when I die that I will be able to see them I think to stov ones are the ones that get to you to most I hate it when they kill and AWSOME main character anime is a cure …

    • Anonymous says:

      This is exactly how I feel. I just finished watching a romatic comedy and now I feel horrible. Now just like you said I wish they were real or I could be like them and do something they’ve done. It makes me feel like I’m not doing enough with my life. Or I could probably just be super dramatic. I keep tell myself its not real but I really want it to be….

    • Anonymous says:

      This is definitely true for me! I am so dissatisfied with my life that I look into an animes to fill in these experiences for me.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the complete same!

  • Anonymous says:

    Quality post. Also the genre of the Anime doesn’t seem to matter (to me at least). One with a sad ending might make me feel just as bad as a happy ending as you’re ‘leaving’ the, let’s say ‘world’, of that anime in both cases.
    In one sense I wish I wouldn’t have this ‘syndrome’ as it makes me feel plain awful – months after the final episode – but still in some way I enjoy it despite hating the fact that every anime will eventually end and that only real life (wich is incomparable to the possible perfection of anime) is where you’ll actually continue to live in. I can’t actually complain as I’ve got a nice family and am healthy, but still… I’d give a lot…

    Just my experiences though, perhaps a bit more extreme than just attachment in some way.

    • Seven says:

      I think you are actually quite spot on, it really happens to everyone, anime or otherwise. Certain circumstances may alter the power of the effects, yet it is all there in the end.

      Speaking personally, I finished Welcome To The NHK recently – that one left me quite upset for a while.

    • Anonymous says:

      I came across this, because I was searching for people who feel the same way after watching anime, this post depression feeling…and I must say that you have a point. I feel the same, I have a great family and friends and nothing to complain about. Still…I would give so much for anything that is similar to all these stories that fascinate me and it kind of scares me. I have this hmm “problem” my whole life and maybe it seems weird, but I cannot help it. Real life is often boring to me, depressing and without any excitement. I also agree on the happy-sad ending, it is alway the same. Sometimes,happy endings make me even more sad, because I am envy (?) about it. Anyhow, sorry if I have some wrong spelling, I haven`t wrote in english for a while.

      • Seven says:

        That’s quite interesting – I’m sure most of us feel the same way. Humans by nature turn to a state of bore when either activity is null, or when the routine itself becomes the equivalent of that – meaning repetitive. Thus we seek more.

        Your comment is actually quite well written considering you say you’ve not used English in a while – impressive, and nice to see you felt inspired to go out of your way and leave a comment.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with anon above. I had to stop watching animes as a kid because of awful depression and horrible thoughts. I recently got back into them by accident and it’s like a virus. I just finished Rosario + Vampire and I am feeling nothing short of morbid. The love for those characters is more than almost every human I know. I sometimes scare myself with thoughts like this. I don’t even know where I’m going with this. I just needed to talk about this somewhere to someone, and stumbling upon this post on google while looking for proof I’m not the only one was great. Uhm….well….


    • Seven says:

      Everyone will want to expression their emotions at one point or another – you shouldn’t feel any bad about it.

      The series that had truly struck me with similar ideals as your own was Aria The Animation and its respective sequels – I watched a certain episode at 3AM and I couldn’t sleep that night from the sheer awe of what had occurred.

      • Sixxx says:

        I felt the same way after watching Air TV and Angel beats :{

        • Seven says:

          There’s many series I feel sad after watching but Aria really hit me hard – that series is simply monumental and more.

          • Sixxx says:

            im going to start watching Aria today along with BRS TV and Welcome to NHK.

            • Seven says:

              Those latter two are spectacular, although Aria most of all. It’s rare that someone decides to watch it based on a recommendation however – the concept seems to scare people away perhaps.

              In any case, it is my all-time favorite series – make sure you watch through all seasons in the appropriate order; Aria The Animation, Aria The Natural, Aria The Origination.

    • One can call it the impact of true art. It has a profound effect on those who view it, and that you feel scared or uncertain of the thoughts brought about as a result is nothing to be ashamed nor scared of.

      They’re the proof that what you saw meant something to you. I myself have been there more times than I can remember, and if there were one piece of advice I’d want to give, it would be this:

      Don’t feel you have to rush anything. Be patient, believe in yourself and take it one step at a time. You will get there eventually, no doubt about it.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t want you guys to go thinking I’m some depressed anon on the verge of doing something drastic. I live a genuinely and generally happy life. I had a fucked up childhood and a bruised and battered heart but that’s besides the point. I think I pinpointed my problem a while ago but just forgot to bring it up. I know this is gonna sound awfully selfish so the parenthesis are there to clear that up.

        I feel that I am the only person (that I know, at least) that is able or capable of loving someone the way love is portrayed in animes. It is so pure and so strong and overwhelming. It makes me happy to see others, even fictional characters portraying that for others.

        Anyways, I agree with what you said wholeheartedly and took that into consideration. It is indeed an art form and one that touches me very deeply. I just get so overwhelmed by the “fact” that no one can love that way, that pure, that true, I suppose.

        Buuuuuuuut…. yeah. An anime wins me over with it’s cute art. Any other animes along the lines of Spice and Wolf, Rosario + Vampire, Clannad, Chobits, etc that you can suggest? Hopefully with the fan service to a minimum.

        • Seven says:

          Well you’ve actually stumbled upon the right place as everyone here is sure to feel the same as you do (at least I do), but in any case, this site itself is dedicated to anime as an art.

          As for recommendations, the others will likely have different ones – though I can suggest Aria The Animation and Shigofumi, I could come up with a few more, but I’m actually up a bit too late right now. Regardless if the first one is your thing or not, I’m positive the second can appeal to everyone.

          • Anonymous says:

            I’m not really into the violent gory ones. I’m more into cute ones with cute art. Also, I know it’s a bit picky but I need it to be English dubbed, I can’t stand English subs, I feel like I miss too much while reading.

            And cool, I’m going to go look into the site and maybe even register :3

        • Hawkward says:

          Hey anon, don’t worry I didn’t have any thoughts like that! Angel Beats, and believe it or not… K-ON! to name a couple. But it’s definitely a great way to keep people dedicated to the respective series. You fall for the PAD pit and your caught, hook line and sinker >_>

          Anyway, as for recommendations, I’d say Gosick, Steins;Gate and Inu X Boku SS might take to your tastes. Spice & Wolf is one of my favourite anime/manga, I love that supernatural romance feel, while still feeling somewhat “real” at the same time, if you get what I mean.

          P.S Don’t be afraid to sign up! If you happen to comment again, I’d be able to identify you easier =) Though I’m not wanting to force anything upon you.

          • nikkins says:

            YAY! So is there some sort of friend’s list or way to stay in touch? Or just a “see ya on the forums” type of deal?

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah… Right now I have BAD Post Anime Depression… Of K-On!…
            It was such a great ending… and after watching the english dubs, i just can’t watch the subbed movie… Gah!!! Why does it end so beautifully. You get things like fucking spongebob squarepants here, and in japan you get works of art like K-On!… A KIDS TV SHOW AS WELL!!! Agh…

    • Anonymous says:

      I know this feel I did the exact same thing and I’m so attached to the characters ands it’s so terrible they ended the anime like that just needed to share.

  • Anonymous says:

    I felt like this when I finished Avatar the Last Airbender series. I grew attached to the characters and love the epic adventure and story.

    • Seven says:

      Yeah, it’s really quite common to feel this way – I’m sure a lot of people might actually feel this way when finishing a series but overlook the emotion cause they find it strange.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well, I didn’t see Clannad and Clannad: Afterstory mentioned anywhere here, which I watched 3 weeks ago and it was the first romance / drama anime I’ve ever watched.

    This anime has had the biggest impact on my life out of anything I’ve experienced. I’ve watched Naruto and Bleach and all that, and while certain events and scenes stir at my heart in those as well, nothing even comes close to touching the surface of what Clannad did to me.

    I’m 24 years old, and I don’t think I’ve shed a single tear since I was about the age of 12-13 probably, which is why I find it quite unbelieveable that a fictional story like Clannad can make me weep like a 5 year old. I think I cried continuously for the second half of the Afterstory, and it left me with a feeling of being empty, I felt like they had everything I’ve ever dreamt about having, and I just can’t see myself ever getting anything like it in my real life, no matter what I do.

    I’ve been in a state of depression ever since, a rather deep depression at that, I got nobody to talk to about it, and all my friends just joke around when I try to talk about anime in general, so nobody takes me seriously when I try to discuss how I feel and to try and get different viewpoints on it.

    Basically right now my physical health is good and I got all my material needs covered and no financial issues whatsoever. Despite all that this anime alone shattered my mental health, and it’s been left in pieces ever since.

    To make matters worse, despite being so sad about that anime I was also intrigued by the genre as a whole and I’ve been searching for similar animes. I found Angel Beats and watched that, made by the same company as Clannad and it was also a beautiful anime, a little more action, but there were some scenes that made my eyes tear up there as well.

    I’m currently watching Kanon, also made by the same company as Clannad and I’m halfway there, I’ve already shed more than a few tears here and there during the few episodes I’ve seen so far.

    Now the really freaky part is that whenever I think back at these animes, no matter where I am… at a friends place, at work, at home, wherever… My eyes start to tear up and there’s no way I can stop it. It feels like this anime has torn down all the walls I had built up around my emotions and released it all in 1 go, and I’m unable to restore it to the way it was, I’m not even sure I want to.

    This anime changed me as a person, whether I’m a better or worse person for it, I have no idea. What I do know is that I seem to be unable to relax anymore, I am unable to stop thinking about it.

    I’m sorry for the wall of text, but these feelings have been piled up for weeks now, and I’ve thought way too much about it.

    • Seven says:

      If you’re saying you’re constantly idling in thought over the emotions of Clannad, that is a bit too drastic a state and you might need find something else to occupy your mind.

      As for the bits about being overwhelmed with emotion from the anime, I don’t think you’re particularly alone in that respect.

      An anime that will most definitely make you cry, although it might help you feel better, is Aria – reason being the story and nature of the series isn’t exactly a love tale, yet the emotions present are similarly powerful, but are all around more uplifting to the end. You’ll know what I mean if you watch it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sounds good, I will most definitely check out Aria. Clannad also had a very uplifting ending, but at the same time it just didn’t satisfy me, I wanted more…

        Like I said I’ve done a lot of thinking after I watched it, and I know that there are real feelings lying underneath the surface. Clannad just popped the lid on everything, the problem is I don’t see any way to deal with them, I’ve never experienced anything like this before, I’ve never been a very emotional person, I’ve always kept everything inside, but now I find myself unable to.

        I know I might sound overdramatic, but what I wrote just came directly from my head, it is how I feel, and I can’t change that, I was very surprised that a fictional anime could make me feel this way too.

        But this is of course my problem, and sorry for the wall of text once again, I just had to get it out there, been keeping it inside for almost a month now.

        • Seven says:

          I actually appreciate that you commented so don’t worry about any of that.

          Also I don’t think you sounded overdramatic, rather, the issue itself sounds rather extreme.

          • Anonymous says:

            Well for some reason now it feels like quite a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders, almost as if all I really needed to do was vent a little to someone… weird. The feelings are still there of course, but they aren’t weighing so heavily on my mind anymore.

            • Seven says:

              That’s quite to know – I wonder what you’ll feel after watching Aria.

              • Anonymous says:

                I tried watching something completely different for a change, and I heard High School DxD would be good. It was a good show to be honest, but very short. Like most animes it still left me wanting to see more when it had ended. As usual I search around for any alternative endings / extra episodes made but to no avail, and that’s always depressing.

                I haven’t seen Aria yet, I have downloaded so many shows and time has been an issue, but I did finish Air, made by the same people as Clannad, didn’t feel quite as close to the characters because you don’t get to see as much of them, or follow them as closely, but despite that I cried a small river at the events that took place. I’m feeling very melancholy these days, and I can’t shake that feeling.

                I’ve started watching Chobits now, I’ve seen 6 episodes and I love it so far. I’ve been thinking that maybe I should stop watching animes since they always make me feel like shit when they end, but at the same time I have nothing else to fill my time with when I’m not at work.

                I’m planning to watch Fruits Basket after Chobits, since I heard that was also supposed to be a really good one. For now it seems I won’t be able to watch Aria just yet unfortunately, but I will definitely check it out once I have the time to.

                In conclusion I find it a bit weird that I know what’s causing me to feel this way, and despite that I am completely unable to stop watching animes right now, it gives me great pleasure every second I am watching it, but at the same time it torments me like nothing else once it’s over.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well uhm, guys this post is pretty late or too late to be exact but I just want to share my problem if anyone would give some care or something or not it’s ok. Here goes. Do you know that feeling that you put yourself in the main protagonists shoes? I usually do that mainly because for some reason every anime that I watched and every protagonist it had resembles me in almost every way even the looks(Shinji)the animes that made me feel this way: BECK, FLCL, EVANGELION)but the only difference is that the “world” the protag lives in is far from the life I’m living and the world I am in. And it gets stuck to me the thought that why isn’t that happening to me? or why am I not there? I’m that guy. Although I already know the answer. When I first watched Evangelion and saw shinji. Damned me be. And then he wimps and wusses out and kept saying I must not run away I must no run away. I friggin do it all the time. It’s like that anime alone is a revamped version of my life and yes I hate my father too.

    Sorry for posting a waste of time .

  • Anonymous says:

    I have this post anime depression to some extent, I will constantly think about an ending of an anime, thinking of possible events that may take place after the anime, but typically I get over it and realize the ending was good. Anime’s that I did this to were; Clannad and other Key animes, Full Moon o Sagashite, rumbling hearts, or other emotional animes. The latest one I watched was Full Moon, which I really enjoyed, because I am a mucisian myself. I am over my depression from this anime… But now all I want is for Viz media to finish the dub, even though people say a dub is bad I think they are all good in their own way. Plus sometimes subtitles go too fast for me to read.

  • Anonymous says:

    That was a really well written article. The subject is really real for me, however it only last for a few days. Just found your site and I think I’ll become a regular. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I think this issue should be studied empirically by psychologists, I personally think that it would be interesting topic to study ( I wish I’m a psychologist).

  • Anonymous says:

    My heart aches over anime, even though I know in my mind it’s “human made”.. that’s what aches my heart the most. It’s a reflection of humans.. we made this with our own emotions and it does reflect us even if it’s not real.
    Now after watching some animes I’m constantly sad thinking about them, and find it hard to find a reason to live… but when I’m with my friends I forget that sadness. Anime has changed a lot of my morals and values, and I love it. I don’t care if it’s just a “Cartoon” it’s human made… no matter what if something is made my humans, it reflects human qualities… Even with my ocd to always have closure, I don’t need closure on that fact.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is a month or two late, but I stumbled across this post and I just had to post. I finished reading Red River 5 minutes ago and it’s one of the best historical manga I have read. It’s kind of an old manga, but the art grew on me.

    I’m seriously going through withdrawal right now. I’m feeling a mix of nostalgia, envy, and pain. It’s like I was on a journey with the characters, and I immersed myself into this world, and it suddenly ended. And I feel so sad and jealous because my reality is so boring compared to theirs.

    It’s ironic because I read this manga to escape the depression I felt after ending Tail of the Moon. Gosh. My life effin’ sucks.

  • Anonymous says:

    For me its like the end of the world Every time i Fall in love with an anime and i feel so depressed When the anime i love Comes to an end

  • coolsauce says:

    great article.

  • Anonymous says:

    I feel this way with almost every anime I watch. The worst feeling I felt was when I finished “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya”. It even had a happy ending, yet I still felt sad! I mostly feel this way because I realize that my life has a slim chance of being anything like it is in these animes, and I realize that my life is not, and never will be, as perfect as the realities that I’m watching.
    Now, I know I may be a little over-dramatic, but I know also that there are other people out there who feel the same way I do. These feelings have caused me to force myself to not watch anime so I don’t feel this way, because the feeling is terrible.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok…apart from the article being truthfully right, I’d like to express my mind to this: Many people here, especially the anonymous ones hit the exact spot of how I often feel. Not only this sad feeling that creeps up on me, when an anime i can socialize with comes to an end and leaves me feeling empty, but also the idea of this never happening in real-life just … hurts.

    I do realize, that it is foolish to think, that fiction becomes reality, but as another user said animes are made by humans and they want you to let it reach you.

    I often feel like the world would be a better place if it were more like a (friendly) anime or something similar, I know it’s not gonna happen, since it’s fiction, but just the small parts of for example true friendship or as another anonymous said the pure love could be real…

    I am totally aware, that I sound like an otaku or what’s it called, but it felt really good to see how many people I don’t even know have the same feelings, that I thought noone except me had, especially the one about how love should be more like!

    When I’m reflecting on my life, I see my mistakes, what I could do better and sometimes I even get that short “I’m gonna make my life a good ending anime”-feeling in me – until it gets gets pressed back in my heart by my not even really sad reality along with other hopes of changing anything.

    This is overdramtic and unrealistic but as many understanding people here said: Anime show you the better, yet unrealistic way of life – and it’s goddamn hard to accept the reality after being on cloud n°9…

    “Anime is like a drug – you can’t stop watching, but it f***s you up.”

    ( Thanks everyone for making me able to feel better! ^-^ )

  • Anonymous says:

    When I finished FMA:B , I didn’t want to have social interaction with anyone. I still don’t. I just want Ed back.

    • Anonymous says:

      I just finished watching FMA:B too! It had a happy ending but it somehow left me sad. I felt sorry for the homonculi, especially Envy. It’s so sad. :<

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m having this at the moment after finishing watching strawberry panic, some characters were left with a bad ending and others had a somewhat good ending but even the two main characters who have a spiralling romance which I adore and then it doesn’t actually fulfil my need for a happy ending and I’m wishing to actually be in this world because love it so much and I would do things differently to make a better ending but alas I can’t and this has left me feeling lost and confused and I only want to be in that world. X

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m glad to see so many people enjoy anime and feel the same way I do when it ends…the animes that really tore me apart were pokemon movie 6 jirachi the wish maker,tora dora, eureka seven(the number one that destroyed me) and its sequal eureka seven ao. I recently watched a few that were leaving me with that sadness for more were my pet monster, infinite stratos, shin Chan(dwl),summer wars,spirited away etc. I sometimes wish I could live out some of these anime…cause reality sucks…big time.. It often gets me depressed when I think bout it.. But since I write and draw my own manga, I use that to distract my thoughts after I watch a great anime series or movie. Thanks for creating this blog. I somewhat feel better knowing that there are others out there like me. May we gather strength in our numbers. :)

    • ludo says:

      Eureka Seven (first one) left me ruined for several weeks. And by “ruined” I mean shredded to pieces, crushed and dissipated, left wandering around aimlessly, with no reason to live anymore.
      I recovered… eventually. But that was some tought experience for me. Not fun at all.

  • avatar yanwan says:

    Oh, I’m so glad I randomly searched for post anime depression. All these comments really helps not thinking of ourslef as an idiot for being sad of an anime’s ending.
    I don’t really know why I get so depressed over it, it may be because we come to know the characters…thing is, we ‘really’ know them, not like in real life where we always wonder if people can be trusted, they are good and we know it, that might be why I want them to be happy, because they deserve it in some way. When people are kind and ‘pure’ we usually always want them to be happy.
    But it might be because my life’s really empty that I care so much.
    Saying goodbye to things or people is always hard.
    Even if I’m 21, I’d still wish i’d never ave to say sayonara to someone/thing.
    And at the end of the day I understand that it’s not goodbye that is fearsome but ‘ever’. “I won’t ever get to meet him again”,” I won’t ever hear about them again”. Sola, Tsukihime, fate stay night and every anime I saw had a sad ending in some way. Even the lord of the ring.
    If I have to part with them I’d wat to know they are happy everyone together.
    If I ever made a story, the last scene would definnitely be the hero and the heroine attending a party with their 2 years child, meeting up with their old comrades and making the reader understand that even if years passed they still are close, that even with having their family they are together, and at the end the hero would say something like ‘friend? family? duty? I don’t want to chose what to work on, I’ll take all of them and cherish it’.
    yeah kinda cheesy I know, but I want the reader (which would be like a aguy who can’t differentiate betwwen 2D and 3D) go on, without crying over his friend and being able to think that he’ll read/watch it again soon, without crying of fear of being sadWell guess I wente too far from the subject sorry ^^’.
    I can spend days on wikis pages, searching for info, wishing to hear a good news.
    Damn, I reaaaaaally feel like crap right now ç__ç
    It would be great to love something without it saddning us…

  • Anonymous says:

    Accel world completely shattered my heart every time im alone i cry, and i hadnt cried for 3 years but AW changed it all :’( but i still recommend it to anyone its great

    • gargamesh says:

      I too cried, because it was so horrible.

      • Anonymous says:

        It was just painful, i still cry whenever i’m alone, talking to someone usually occupies my brain, so that my heart doesnt reach out.
        But getting to let your feelings out does help. I Sound gay dont i :(
        Well sorry for wasting time by replying to you oh and im the guy that wrote the thing you replied to fyi ik im stupid and annoying, sorry

      • Anonymous says:

        I feel you bro.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m so glad I searched for this forum too. After watching Bleach, which by the way – is very emotional in some aspects, I just felt empty. I forcefully stopped myself from watching the ending for about a year, ’till the point where I neglected it and was actually embarrassed I ever got into the series in the first place. After that, a year later on a summer’s night, I learned that Bleach ended. Some small part of me felt a bit sad, but nonetheless I wasn’t bothered.

    Until I actually picked up where I left off, I’ve spent a whole month sleeping past 3 in the morning just catching up with the series, reading fanfiction of the couples I ship and subconsciously revert my attitude back to when I was dead obsessed with the series from stage one. Now, watching Bleach’s ending, I felt shit and empty, a pairing I absolutely despised (because Hitsugaya Toshiro DOES NOT fit Hinamori Momo, sorry.) was hinted towards the end, the music was just so fitting, the story plot never ceased to amaze me, and the characters in general were so well-drawn.

    I’m just a teenager, a girl, someone who probably wears her heart on her sleeves, but never have I ever cried in TV series, until Bleach came along. I’m not sure if you all (Bleach watchers, anyone?) feel the same way I do, especially it being Bleach, but it feels like I’ve had this special bond with Bleach because finally, something is good enough to temporary numb me from reality. (Not going to go to drugs because that’s just not my thing)

    • Anonymous says:

      I fell UR pain also I would cry and cry and cry then I would wish when I died I could see them

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow i never knew this phenomenon was so common. After watching NGE i had and still have, this empty feelings, for different reasons.
    Firstly i could identify myself really well with the characters and the problems they dealt with.
    The ending also fucked my head. I mean from a story standpoint it was good, but it was just unsatisfying and left me with an extrem empty feeling.
    The worst thing is that i fell a little for Rei. Now i always get kinda depressed, when i realize that i will never met someone who is a little bit like her in real life. Sounds pretty weird, eh….
    I´m just writing this to get over this feelings, maybe it will help.
    At least its good to know that i am not the only one who has a emotional binding to certain animes this strong…

    • Seven says:

      I’m surprised you didn’t know this was so common. A lot of the people here are too hard on themselves, no one would be making anime to begin with, with stories like Evangelion, unless they’ve faced some hardship themselves.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve experienced this from time to time. I’m going to name the animé I’ve watched, but that shouldn’t dissuade anyone from watching them; they’re pretty good, to put it lightly.

    The first I truly enjoyed was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (as well as the original manga volumes; I own all five DVD’s and all twenty-seven volumes), though after it was all over, I didn’t feel too bad. It was more of a “well, that’s it, I really enjoyed it. Wow. I think I’ll watch it again in the future.” than what I’ve experienced as of late. To briefly summarise my opinions of FMAB, the story and characters were spectacular, the art was fantastic and the soundtrack was wonderfully emotional and complimentary.

    The second animé that left me feeling pretty good (but possibly wanting more) was Highschool of the Dead. Whilst the animé just suddenly ended, I was aware of the manga that is was based on, and that the story continued there. Again, excellent characters and story, wonderful art, and a soundtrack that works really well with the apocalyptic setting. I still want more, actually, but the manga is currently up in arms about new chapters (one was released this year after two years of hiatus), and people firmly believe that a second season may be in the works when enough material is released.

    The third, and most prominent, of the animé I have watched is Noein. This was the first animé that I really connected with; the characters are brilliant, and romance is quite a key theme (hey, I can be guy and like romance in animé, too!), which is presented really well. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I feel that the lack of true, concrete relationship-resolution (e.g. “I love you, X!”, “I love you, too, Y!”, or seeing them together in the future or something) left me wanting so much more from it. There could be enough stuff left over to make an OVA (or even a movie) (that would be awesome), but seeing as Noein was made back in 2006, it seems really unlikely.

    I thought I was just being stupid when I started feeling really down, and playing the soundtrack over and over in my head as I came close to tears and didn’t know why, so I searched it up and found this, and now I understand. I’m not sure if I could explain it to someone, but writing this definitely feels a lot better than keeping it locked up. Thanks.

    PostApocolyptica, Elliot Thacker-Hopkins

  • I known about this feeling for a while after I watched Guilty Crown. That anime really made me cry and at that point of my anime watching time Hare’s and Inori’s death made me cry at night when I watched it on my phone. I would still listen to the soundtrack and still do even though it makes me depressed. It nice to let out that feeling.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is nice to let out those feelings; I think I made a mistake when I got so down that I just started crying after dinner one evening (this wasn’t too long ago, as I’ve very recently finished watching Noein). I too have soundtracks like that on my iPhone so I can listen when I want, though my brain often plays out several tracks throughout the day anyway. I don’t think I’ll be too down with P.A.D.S. for much longer, and for some reason I can’t wait for the winter to come around, to have the cold air around me, to wrap up in my longcoat for a while; Winter’s my favourite season, after all.

      PostApocolyptica, Elliot Thacker-Hopkins (I think I’ll sign up, it seems like a nice site)

  • Anonymous says:

    I hate this feeling, but i find it very interesting how anime’s could leave these feelings in you in the first place, i’ve recently watched the anime toradora! and in a way i did relate that to my real life and when it finally ended, i have this choked up feeling thinking oh man… i want it to continue i cant believe its over and is there any other out there just like this anime to watch

  • Anonymous says:

    I totally agree, I just finished watching a comedy/romance/action anime series and I have to say, It was one of the best anime series ever. Unfortunately, it ended abruptly and it made me super sad and mad, they made a mini novel as a ending, but no one has translated it into English. I’m going to go mourn about how abrubtly the series ended. :(

  • Anonymous says:

    An anime series doesn’t have to end to leave a melancholic emotion. I could watch any particular episode that’s in the middle of the series, and when the credit hits, I will feel sad, even if there was a happy ending for that episode. I think the music is what plays the biggest role in triggering these emotions. If not for the music, it’s because the characters and their world looks cute or appealing in some way that makes us wish we were there. Cause, of course, our reality, to most of us, is usually boring. Anime has all kinds of bright colors and cute/sexy looking characters, who wouldn’t want to live in that world with awesome music?

  • Anonymous says:

    I also have these feeling sometimes and most of the time making a new friend or talking to an old one can help a lot. And if u are American or of any different race this can stir emotions “love, hate, and passion” in some cases it can also cause you to fall in love with a certain race specifically Asian if it’s anime. Like for example me, I watched anime since I was 8 and ever since I’ve been more drawn to Asian women it creates a special bond between Asian culture and Asian women/ men sometimes you can feel like you want to just fly over to japan and hope that what happened in the anime show will also happen to you and in some cases it can. Anyways I’ll but my contact info bellow so feel free to text, snapchat, message me on Facebook or kik. I’m an open book and would love to hear about your feelings I can also recommend you a couple anime if u like. Kik-sethjhig, snapchat-ragehigg, Facebook- Seth Higgins

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been watching BLEACH episodes for quite a while.I thought it as another ANIME which is fun to watch.But after the series got to its end I cannot bear the thought losing such characters.I cannot get over it!!

  • domme008 says:

    I felt like that after Death Note. The second season was rather bad, but I loved Lights character, I wanted to see more of him and his plans.
    It was the same with Code Geass, for a while I felt down because I was unable to see more of Lelouch.

    • Seven says:

      I’ve not watched Death Note yet despite how supposedly good it is because its popularity makes me not want to watch it, but perhaps I will.

      • domme008 says:

        It truly deserves its hype, until a certain point that is, the second part sadly goes downhill. And try to watch it, if you don’t like it you can just drop it after all, it is an interesting watch.
        Regarding your other comments in this article, I’ve only heard once the name Aria, isn’t it an anime movie? I guess I’ll watch it since you hold it in such high regards.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree. Every single time I watch a very good anime movie (not that much into series), I wish I never saw it and I could relive the exact same experience. Damn you film producers! What are you doing to us T-T

  • Anonymous says:

    so i think i am suffering from this i watched the clannad/clannad after story series and, it’s really changed my life. clannad is possibly one of the best and sad animes i have ever watched. When i watched it, it made me feel as if i was in the anime with the characters. clannad seriously has made a huge impact on my life, and the soundtrack is superb. Best Soundtrack in an anime i have ever watched.

  • ludo says:

    I feel totally crushed every time I finish an anime. The feeling is so horrible, that I stopped watching new anime as frequently as I did in the past, and now I rather rewatch some old series.
    It’s really no fun for me, it totally knocks me out, for days or even weeks depending on the anime and I feel aftereffects for months.
    I’m really glad somebody wrote an article about this phenomenon, it feels good to see I’m not the only one.
    As for why is it hapening – I think it’s either because anime shows how living a life should feel like (if society around us wouldn’t suck) or/and wakens up the feelings of our parts, that we had to suppress in order to not go crazy (because again, society’s so fucked up).

  • Anonymous says:

    Omg im so happy im not the only one. I had so many deppressions over animate. Especially with Fate stay night, Clannad, Strike the Blood (Maybe Season 2 will come),Db Gt. It is a horrible feeling that stops me from revising when i have very important exams (life exams) Im so helpless.
    At the same time I ask myself why there is humor in this realistic world and people just like in animate. There are some top sad anime:(

    • domme008 says:

      Eh, can’t say I agree with most of those, but Dragonball’s ending did make me feel depressed. I was still a kid back then, and it used to be a part of my life, so seeing the series end was a rather painful experience.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t have a place to vent this aweponweiwcrebbbbyncuc feelings so thank you very much for this wonderful post.
    Right now I’m suffering this one after finishing One Outs. Though it’s not your typical anime which you should be depressed out since it’s a psychological sports, the MC primarily drove me into this state. Since from the beginning I got really hooked with him (really I was mindblown by him) and I was literally smiling in every episode. But sadly right now I am rotting away inside. When the final episode finished and realized that it was a major cliffhanger and has no season 2, I felt like the world has given up on me. I just plopped onto the bed, stared in the ceiling with my poker face. And I couldn’t find some release (like crying). Just like what I told to a friend, this depression was way more heavier than anything I’ve ever experienced in reality.

    Well to me, I think I’ve got PADS (in almost every anime I’ve finished) since I was exposed to the anime since I was a kid. Reality and anime for me can’t be separated. Heck, anime sometimes overwhelms the other. I totally agree with someone who stated that one could also experience PADS because the creator put all his love and soul in his/her work that we spectators/readers can’t helped but be moved and feel like we are involved in their world. The characters’ existences just seep in through us unknowingly.

    I know I still have lots of reasons why I’m having PADS but hell I can’t right now. I’m a total wreck.

  • Anonymous says:

    I know that Feel too well. I watched many Animes and because of that sentimental feeling I get after finishing an Anime where the Characters are believable, I simply loosing my mood to watch Animes and take a break from it. I can’t just start over as if nothing happened. Thinking of it I might be a bit envious of those who can.

    I think for the short time I watch a good Anime I feel that the Characters in it will lighten my mood (feeling a bit like I’m with “friends”). And everytime I am at Home I can’t wait to watch further (at least only when it’s a good anime). And when one series suddenly ends, I read through the Manga just to squeeze it further so that I don’t get that “bad feeling again”. Doesn’t help at all though.
    Some Time in the Past I watched “Great Teacher Onizuka”. And I didn’t watch the last episodes just because I didn’t want to get that Feel. After I stopped watching I simply watched another Anime and so forth. Sometimes after that (like month or so) I ended it and it was beautiful T.T

    Another story (its like brand new (yesterday ^^)) I played Katawa Shoujo again and I’m so sentimental that I couldn’t even play another Route then the one I chose in my first Playthrough (for those who might be interested in what Route, it was Lillys T.T). Just because I wanted to revive that Character in my Mind and I couldn’t possibly turn my back at her and “hurt” her feelings even if she doesn’t really “know”. Sounds pretty horrible right? I’m just messed up T.T ^^

    Someone mentioned NHK ni youkoso at the first few Comments. Yeah that Anime … one of the top Animes that gave me “feels” when I think of it I even stopped watching Anime for months after it. At least I didn’t read the Manga, because I was told that in Difference, Misaki would be Night and Day (bad way).
    Maybe others will disagree, but the same thing applies to Sword Art Online. There are many Animes that I got the same feeling. Maybe I just list some whom I know of gaving me “feels” at the end:
    Steins;Gate, Hajime no Ippo, TTGL, Dragon Ball, Air Gear… aaah just too many to remember. Should be enough though.

    I secretly stopped watching romantic comedys/dramas, too. Because I really struggle there the most. Like I think of my Life after finish watching. Not cool.

    I could write the whole day about this though. But I guess no one will read a Wall of Text.

    Woah… I wrote sooo much, it’s really unlike me. I guess I shook my accumulated Feels off a bit, like I said I just finished Katawa Shoujo again. Something like that just hits me hard everytime. At least I’m sure that my comment won’t be read, because its on the bottom end of this Post and I’m Anonymous without an Avatar pic ^^.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do share many of the feelings that have been written in this forum the last two years, so I will not specificall focus on what I felt after watching Animes.(Clannad, Nagi no Asukara, Angel Beats & Guilty Crown- especially because of it’s soundtrack did cause the greatest Melancholy that I have ever felt in my life)

    What I would like to share is the actions one can take against this feeling.
    Although this, to some degree, might be disrespectful towards the feeling that one has, due to the credible world that has been created in most of the animes with a strong emotional impact, rewatching a couple of episodes can be really helpful. It gives you the feeling that this world ( including the characters) is not gone and can be accessed at any time. Besides, seeing some scenes of an Anime again, will remind you of the fact, that you were actually watching an anime and not another reality.. This is not even necessarily disrespectful in regards of the love that one feels for an anime. It’s just the desire to experience the most delecate parts of it again in order to overcome the ” post-anime depression”


    And I read your wall of text, as I did read everyone’s “wall of text” on this page :> I’s sad to not know, whether you’ll read my reply or not

    (Anyone, who’d like to reply, efer to me as Deniz (: )

    • gargamesh says:

      For one, whether it’s anime or reality, I don’t think that makes a difference, the feelings conveyed are still there, no amount of everything can change that for me.

      Your effort of reading is much appreciated, as well as your comment.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve read all of these comments and I to am relieved to know I’m not the only one, I’ve finished many anime and downloaded several soundtracks because I wanted to be reminded of the anime which only results in sadness after playing the soundtrack but at the same time I love hearing it, believe it or not but this anime named “Freezing” has me longing for more and it’s depressing, when I caught up to the Manga that is, the theme song is “color” by “maria”, can’t help but sing it in my head all day for the past month, but I’m watching infinite stratos at the moment and I just finished season one and I’m going to start season two tomorrow but I’m really liking it and I know this is the last season as of yet and I expect to be crushed when I finish it unfortunately, sorry for complaining, it just feels good to let some of this depression out into the open

    • Anonymous says:

      I know exactly how you feel, because it is happening to too. After I watched the first and second season it wouldn’t get out of my head and I cried twice today and I don’t know why!

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s amazing to see how many of us feel the same way as I do. I always thought I was just being sentimental but I guess this is a thing haha. This happens to me almost every time I watch anime. From Guilty Crown to D Gray Man, I think the two anime that hit me smack bang were Highschool DxD and all 4 seasons of Zero no Tsukaima.

    Especially Zero no Tsukaima, I read online how the author died before he could finish the final 2 volumes of the light novel and it just tore my heart out. I loved the ZnT world because I had watched it from the very beginning and it felt like I was losing a huge chunk of myself when it ended. Louise x Saito <3.

    Anyway enough of my rambling haha, sowwi for the text wall

    • Anonymous says:

      I have just finished that show, and i feel exactly the same way! God damn- if there’s ever a portal appearing in front of me, I’m jumping through with no second thoughts! 0.o

  • Anonymous says:

    So this is what it is… I’ve been looking, for some time, for something to explain this slightly unconfortable feeling that I get after watching certain animes.

    I guess I just get attached to the characters of some animes and create this alternative world in my mind, to speak the truth, I usually imagine my self in that world when I really like an anime, so I guess that the “separation”, when it ends, causes some pain and sadness because I’m still attached to that imaginary world (It takes me about 12h ~ 2 days to recover usually XD, unless in a certain extreme case where it took me a week)

    My only question is: There are many animes that I like a lot, like my favourite ones, Soul Eater, Cowboy bebop, FMA: Brotherhood, etc but I didn’t got depressed when they ended, not a bit, it was just normal to me. I felt many emotions without a doubt, but in the end I didn’t felt depressed, while there are some other animes that I do like, but less, that hurt me like hell when they end. Any thoughts?

    By the way, the anime that took me a week to recover was “Code Geass”, It is also one of my favs. It was strong in many aspects and probably one of the biggest emotional rollcoasters I rode.

  • Anonymous says:

    It is suprising that people feel the same way. I usually watch visual novels and I am totally hooked to it’s characters. But unfortunately, when it ends, i feel somehow empty. Esp Steins gate, if my heart had wings. bla bla bla. This feeling could be the reason why i stopped reading visual novels or animes……

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m glad I found this post after a rather embarrassing Google search prompted by a sudden instance of depression. I have watched many anime titles since the mid-90′s, and while I have been depressed over sad endings or character deaths, I have never been depressed by a show with a happy ending until today. I should point out that while I occasionally suffer from mild depression, I have a very happy life, decent job, great marriage, etc.

    I think part of the problem is that I binged on Sword Art Online over the last week. Work has been hectic, so it was great to go home and get lost in a somewhat light-hearted fantasy show with fun characters, and I especially liked how the romance was developed. Despite the main character being dull and too perfect at everything, I really liked his relationship with the female lead. Probably to no one’s surprise, I didn’t care for the second half of the show as much, but was invested enough to get through it quickly anyways, and at least I was satisfied with the ending.

    Hearing that a second season just started, I immediately watched all available episodes, and… it just didn’t leave me with the same feeling. I no longer have that feeling of looking forward to what happens to the characters, and the realization of that is when the depression hit me. The fantastic soundtrack from the first season just keeps playing on repeat in my mind, and I have a sad, extremely nostalgic feeling that I can’t shake.

    Now I’m desperately rummaging through my backlog of anime shows hoping that something hits the same spot that SAO did for me. I’m a handful of episodes into Fate/Stay Night right now and it’s fairly enjoyable, though something feels a bit “off” about it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Im amazed that so many people get this feeling I thought I was the only onwe. After watching Steins;Gate recently ive been feeling very empty inside it doesnt really matter if the anime has a aad or happy ending the feeling is always the same a pit if emptyness at the bottom of my stomach. Soundtracks play in my head for weeks and its got to the point where ive started downloading soundtracks and lisining to them throught the day. You can imagine this doesnt help a whole lot lol but i cant bring myself to stop. Anyway it was nice to know im not alone and this is a quite normal feeling. I just get so attached to the characters they feel soo real and then come the end there gone and leave you behind lol sounds kinda creepy thinking like that but i cant help it. If anyone does read this thanks for listing to me go on and on about this much appreciated if you commented feedback would be nice:D

  • Anonymous says:

    Seems we all get these depressed emotions once our current anime has ended, and no matter how many times we go through it, the pain is just as severe each time. All we have to do is remember that time heals all. You know yourself that these feelings hurt right now, but in time you will look back and remember these characters and stories, and feel nothing but love and joy that they found their way into your lives in the first place and helped shape you as a better, stronger person!
    Feeling something is better than feeling nothing! Stay strong and passionate my friends, you’re not alone!

  • Anonymous says:

    I happen to stumble on this site because I was kind of searching for people who experiences the same melancholia and that sense of depression after watching a very good anime series. im so glad i found about this, my loneliness somehow lessens. i think i go on a nostalgic mood after binging on Special A, Gosick, Princess Resurrection and Gakuen Alice. Goodness! they were all worthwhile and having reach an end maked me feel like there’s this burden on my chest.Do you know that guys? as if I was actually taken from that world and brought back to what is supposed reality? ugggh! i feel like crying now.

    • Anonymous says:

      I can relate to those burdened feelings in more than one way. Throughout my life there has been a few books, acted-out shows, animated shows, and even band line-ups that once I (they) reach the end, it is as if I had been pulled back into a conscious reality. It is like a trigger being pulled, and one that we have to understand to be very natural. When we invest ourselves past our own realities, even within this world; we do so with the condition that we are unmistakably doing so on a “loan”. After reading the article and every comment, I didn’t plan on posting until I got to this last one above mine. I wanted you to know that you aren’t alone, and your feelings are shared. Not being able to live, in the sense of moving forward with that world has placed a weight, or burden upon me in a way that reliving a finite and already experienced world cannot reach. It is confronting the fact and learning to live with acceptance that the world I invested my heart within has lived its course, and that I have outlived that world. It also put a burden on reality, in the sense that I have a life to move forward with, continue, and responsibilities to meet (I have several pets). I think the most important thing to do when facing this struggle, which could apply to any struggle within life, is to look within yourself to understand what is in front of you and to apply that to yourself to learn more about the person you are. There has been some great advice posted already, for which I am thankful and recommend others to look into. I wanted to share what I believe could help others as well, which is tied into my personal point of view and experiences.

      From what I read, it sounds like some are the type of people who benefit from commonly following these fantasies, while others would be better without; yet all sound to have grown from their experiences watching specific anime(s). I am a busy person yet would love watching toonami on adult swim every saturday. I knew I had no room to commit to a long series, but saw the middle of Blue Exorcist and that was the one show I liked on toonami that out of the ones I looked up, I knew I had the time for. After finishing the series yesterday, I felt similar to everyone else who had both very depressing feelings and a hard time coping. I figure I will read the manga, as I have such a strong appreciation for the show and feel confident that after facing the acceptance of the end of the show, that I am strong enough to accept the end of that too without being as depressed. Yet just as I learned this summer, some things in this life aren’t for me. Those who rush through series probably have at least somewhat of an addictive personality, like me. With the self reflection I have recently began, I realized this was long over-due. I wouldn’t trade what I learned or experienced from my favorite shows or other things I had mentioned for anything, but I need to limit myself to shows that reach my interest but only extend as far as within reality.

      Life is full of ups and downs, and their extremities are based on the individual. When something I love ends, it hits hard. Like one person said, even reaching the end of an episode can induce depressed feelings for me too. Partly knowing the last episode will come, and partly being reminded of the reality in front of me. The smaller the “loan” we take out, the less we have to recover from. Anyone reading this should reflect and evaluate upon not only what brought them here, but everything that can bring them up or put them down. If it helps, write down your thoughts so that you can feel more organized. That is something I benefit from.

      As an example for anyone who may like one, this summer I realized that I am better off without video games unless it is one that can be picked up to play with a friend (mario kart, super smash bros, ect.) If I play a campaign based game, I am doing more harm than good for myself. When it comes to tv shows, I will now watch something about documented paranormal accounts, history, or one of the more unbiased current event shows such as the daily show. The less fantasies I invest myself into, or loan my time out to, the better off I will be in overcoming and facing the depression within my reality that frequently comes and goes but has never truly left me. There are many things in life that fuel both spectrums, anime touching hearts and teaching, yet presenting a distraction as well. Just remember to look at all angles of the subject before making a decision based on what is best for you.

      I want to thank the poster above for helping me open up; for as others have also experienced, talking about this helps heal and I encourage those who do not even intend to post to at least type one and afterwords decide if you want to submit it for the benefit of yourself and/or others. As others have also stated, there is no shame to be held from these feelings (or any of your feelings for that matter) and growing and finding comfort from this discussion is proof. And if anyone could use a friend or someone to talk to, I wanted to share my e-mail (, as I feel an attachment to those who have shared and will share the feelings that bring them to this page. And besides thanking all of those who posted, I wanted to also individually thank Seven for posting the article.

  • Anonymous says:

    Am happy to see its not only me feeling this way. Reading the comments above cheered me up, but I know it won’t be for long. When I finished watching sword art online season 1, I felt so depressed that it seemed like a chapter of my life just ended. But when I watch anime like bleach, hunter x hunter, etc, I didn’t get this depressed as the way I am now before trying to find a solution on google and found this site. Am watching season 2 of sword art online currently been aired which have an episode released weekly. After watching an episode, I get so depressed that I wait hungerly for the next episode to be released. I just find my self crying and thinking badly.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just finished watching Toradora!… I fell like some empty shell… fell sad and wish that I was there with the characters from this anime. Same happened with Au Hari Ride… and Elfen Lied and Brynhildr in the Darkness. Why should I be so attached to those animes which had those increbibly nice relationships. For example I couldn’t get that attached to Tokyo Ghoul. And now when I start watching a new anime it feels like something *cold*. I wish I could continue the story with the characters from Toradora!, live with them share all the things with them in other words… I wish I was in the anime. This *real* world makes me hate that I’m alive, I hate everything about the world, why can’t be my relationship the same as the anime’s, why do I have to live in a world that I HATE, instead of this wonderful anime world. Those romantic scenes that I really love and wanna be real, but they can’t because we live in the real world and because it sucks.

  • Anonymous says:

    Naruto is ending.. Nuuuu

  • Anonymous says:

    After I finished my favourite anime, it felt like a friend moved away. I did not really like the first season, beacouse the plot was not so well-written and the ending was just an average happy ending. However, the second season really grew on my. The main character had the same problems as I do and was excited how he will solve them.
    I also fell in love with the main characters best friend. He is/was such a kind, gentil and carring person and I want him in my life so badly.
    The ending was perfect. A happy ending, but I felt like I lost a friend. I usually don’t cry when I finish an anime or book. I tried to keep them alive (amv, fanfictions, drama cds) and it helped me a lot. After two months I thought I was ready for rewatching it…I was so wrong. Now I have this terrible feeling again and I don’t know what to do. I would like to talk to someone, but non of my friends like anime.
    (sorry for my bad english. I am still learning, so feel free to correct me)

    • Anonymous says:

      Your heartfelt comment has gotten me interested, what is this series you speak of so highly?

  • Anonymous says:

    I had the worst post anime depression after I finished my favourite anime two months ago. It felt so empty inside, like the characters moved on and left me behind. I try to keep them “alive” (watching amv, reading fanfictions or listening to drama cds), but I still can’t rewatch the last episode without crying. I am looking forward to the OVA in march, but I suppose I will have the worst post anime depression of my life after watching it.
    (Sorry for my bad english! I am still learning, so feel free to correct me)

  • Anonymous says:

    I have these feelings too. For a few years. It comes and it goes. It hurts realy bad, and sometimes i don’t know what to do anymore when it comes again. Al though, over the years i’ve learned something from it, now I can deal with it a little better, but often it’s worse. I feel like that i’m addicted to these feelins now, it gives some comfort, it makes me for a stupid reason even a little happy. But at the same time, it feels terrible and stupid. It’s not something you talk about often, like: ‘hey, yeah, i’m unhappy because i want to live in a fantasy world’. I won’t call it a depression, i don’t know what a real depression feels like, but it must be far worse i think. It’s like, you want to live in a fanatsy, because reality hurts, you want to escape from the daily pain and problems everyone faces, but at the same time your fanatsy begins to hurt you too. So what i feel like is, that i’m stuck. It makes me feel wortless, and it makes me hating myself. Because when i feel like that, i think ‘why i am like this, there are far more worse things to face than this’. I am glad that i am not the only one who has this problem. I used to think that i was the only one. When the unhappy feelings strike again i try to think about what i have in the real world. And try to go out and not be the whole day inside the house, although i feel like staying in bed. Even it hurts so much, i think that i do miss it when it will completely go away. I see it as a gift (or curse) to have these feelings, that you can relate so well to a story. Sorry if my story is messy and not correct English, and i hope for everyone who deals with this, that it will get better, and that you can learn something from these feelings and turn it in passion, for example music, fanfiction and art. i feel i little bit better when i read the other stories, to who i can relate. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    These feelings hurt. The weight that it gives, i find it terrible but also comforting at the same time. It sounds stupid. It gives me hope that there are others out there who deal woth the same feelings.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just like the rest of you i seem to be going through the same thing, after watching code geass one of the most enlightening animes, I have yet seen. The ending was just…..I can’t describe. I Believe The main character is still alive, but at the time i was watching the very end I hadn’t pieced it all together, when LeLouch died for the whole work having piece I just cried……so hard for a straight like 4-5 minutes. Although gender does not really matter I am a male, and crying so much over a male character was just so surprising sometimes I become overly attached and start thinking of the characters as if me or as if close friends….:( Oh and don’t get me wrong I have a great life!

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this. I’d really appreciate any help anybody could offer me.

    I just finished Eureka Seven (Not including AO.) And this feeling is such a heavy sadness. But it’s not that I don’t want to feel this way, I believe it’s a valid feeling. It’s telling me I need more adventure and love in my life.

    The only problem is I don’t know how to go about achieving those things, I don’t know what the next step is. I’d like to join a group similar to Gekkostate and more importantly, have a love as genuine and pure as the one Eureka and Renton have. It kills me to know that I’m 20 and haven’t achieved either of these things. I feel like I’m wasting my life. All I do is stay inside all day and work on music.

    Nothing I do feels genuine. Nobody I talk to feels genuine (Other than my lovely cat and my childhood friend.) (My friend also experiences PADS.) I don’t know how I could ever meet people as genuine as those in Eureka Seven, or other animes for that matter. But I want to meet them so bad.

    I don’t know what the next step is, can somebody please help me? I feel alienated, I’m so lonely. I’m very sad. I apologize for the wall of text. Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from you soon.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh my goodness, I just finished it today and I feel the same exact way. I thought I was alone in this thought, but nothing ever in my life (aside reading the one webcomic) had crushed me and left me in tears so much in my entire life.

      I had such a closed off emotional meltdown and I have no idea how to deal with it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hallo, I read your message and wanted to reply:) (sorry for my English, it’s not my first language.)
      I can relate so well to your story. I am 19 years old and feel the same way. The sadness is indeed heavy and I find it terrible. But it’s not that I want it to go away. I also have the feeling that it is telling me something. That I have to make something of my life, to do something different. That I am not doing enough. To name myself a good and valuable person. Despite the fact that i am working hard on school and music ad deeply care for others. when that feeling strikes again, i feel so wothless, in everything that i do. I feel so sad and lonely that i sometimes think that i go crazy ;). (Sounds strange heh) I think, at some point, i am addicted to these feelings. They are terrible, but comforting at the same time. Often I have also the feeling that i can’t move forwards, that i am a stupid person for not being strong enough to face these painfull feelings. (Sorry for my little story) Try something new, something that you are afraid of, but also want to do, or, I readed that you play music. Try to put your emotions in your music, turn this sadness into passion. Try new things! Even if it’s hard sometimes. I try to see these feelings as a little gift, that you can relate so well to things, that you feel! I want you to know that you are not the only one who finds themselves drowning in these thoughts and feelings, that you are not the only one who feels like they are wasting their life. I think for sure that you are not wasting your life, that you go step for step forwards. The things come not in one time. And everytime you go through those feelings, know that they will fade and that you can go through them, that you can deal with them! I think you can learn something from these feelings, because i did and still do. Stay positive! :)

    • Anonymous says:

      I also wanted to say that writing down your thoughts helps. And that going outside for a walk or running helps too. Exersice helps a lot. And that you want to meet people as genuine as in the anime. If you look around you, you’ll see how much nice people there are. They may be different from the anime, but they are who they are. I mean, if you look closely you’ll see that your happyness is not far away, it’s right in font you :). The little things, you don’t have to be great and the best in one step, take your time. And you’ll see! I’m also still figuring it out, and it’s hard. Sometimes it looks like you are the only one. But that’s not true. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you all so much to everyone who replied :) It means a lot. I hope you are all doing well.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m a 32 year old guy and I started watching anime quite recently. I’ve not watched very much to be honest, but the ones that have really touched me are the ones that focus more on love and building romantic relationships. When these anime have finished I do indeed feel a sense of loss as you described which leaves me reeling for days and weeks in some instances.

    A good story should involve you, it should have you empathizing with the characters or even living in their shoes for a short duration. For most people who enjoy stories, they love them because they can escape, they can be someone else or be somewhere else and experience things than cannot normally.

    For some people, me included this means escaping to places where I can experience love. I’m by no means unloved myself. I have loving friends and I have a loving family, but because of who I am I struggle to find someone I can have a romantic relationship with. So for me being involved in stories where I can see through the eyes of someone else and be someone else I can experience romantic love in a very limited capacity (some might describe that as sad, but I’m allowed to fantasize?). So naturally when the story comes to an end I feel loss and displacement. It’s inevitable.

    Now this doesn’t necessarily solely apply to anime. It can apply to stories in general and the theme doesn’t always have to be romantic love, but that does evoke a strong response. It’s quite possible to watch a story and feel that you wish you were there or part of it because part of you is unfulfilled and then when you leave that setting and you can no longer fulfill that desire you will feel loss, an ache. I think all the above shows is that a lot of people have unfulfilled lives, unmet desires and through stories, they are attempting to fill those gaps, which can only work for so long.

    Sorry for the wall of text. TL;DR People have many unmet needs, stories allow people to escape to a place where those needs can be met in the short term. They feel loss when the story ends because those needs are n longer met.

    • Well said, mon copain. And welcome to the world of anime. We hope you enjoy your time here.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you. And sorry for the typos/missed words. I was typing very late last night.

        I’m learning there is a whole world of anime out there, some good, some not so good. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of anime is very much geared towards pleasing the viewers in a very particular way and that this fan service can detract a little from the story line. I ended up watching something on Netflix called ‘Frozen’ recently, as it was recommended to me by Netflix, only to find that in nearly every fight scene the female characters who were the ones fighting always managed to conveniently shred their opponents clothes so that their amply sized assets were revealed. I must admit I found the amount of pants shots somewhat alarming too. Is a lot of anime like this as this seems to border on hentai, which I wasn’t expecting.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Guys, I am glad i found this thread through googling. I have been watching Tokyo Ghoul the last week and it really got to me. I donť understand whats so appealing about those characters, especially Touka and Kaneki. You know, she acts bitchy all the time and he’s just a shy kid (I guess i do identify with him). Anyway, everytime I watch another episode and need to wait for the next one, I feel so empty. I wish it was true and not science fiction. I wish these characters were alive and I too could have a Kagune… I definitely want to keep watching this, so I guess i’ll feel empty after every episode until the very far end. Thank you for this thread and sympathy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Anime is a cruel yet beautiful cycle of endings and beginnings again and again

  • Google’d term brought me right here. Heh..

    I don’t know if any of you have played it, or more precisely, ‘read’ it, but Nekopara did this to me. A VN about cat girls and a bakery. To be honest I downloaded it, straight up, as porn. Headphones on, empty house, go. I live alone most days anyway, so it wasn’t hard. Nekopara.. I don’t really know how to explain this. Might be construed as typical harem eroge, which is what I came for, and starting out I wasn’t expecting too much, but it takes a while to get to those bits. So I read. Spoilers ahead, if you care.

    I found myself grinning like an idiot through most of it. It was goofy, you know? But I was sad when the main character tried to send the two girls, Chocola and Vanilla home. He didn’t need them, and was afraid they wouldn’t be comfortable. He had just abruptly left home and opened a bakery. A brave thing to do, but reckless. He didn’t want them hurt, or mistreated. Cat girls, in this universe, we’re widely accepted, but required much more care than their feline namesake. For someone striking out on their own.. A burden. But they pleaded and cried, and a touching flashback shows exactly why they’re so attached to him. They were strays, scared, cold, and he took them in. He stayed by their side, tried to feed them, cared for them when they became sick from the cold and lack of food. Took them to the clinic when they got sick, stayed with them. A kind thing to do. They were attached to him after that. I can’t tell you if this did it for me, or if it all added up over time..

    But I wanted that. They showed such.. Unconditional, fierce love for the main character. I understand that. I wish I had that. I want to meet these three characters – Chocola, Vanilla, and Kashou. Not to BE them, but in that world. I yearn for that type of love to be directed at me. I am male, 21, poor but comfortable. I would gladly do anything, to be part of that. As a woman, a man, a catgirl or boy. It’s warm. I feel cold. I want to work at La Soleil, later on called Nekopara. Why?

    I do not know. I know that if a door were to open in front of me, promising nothing but this possibility, a likely shortened lifespan and, nothing else.. I would take it.

    .. I’m fairly new to anime. I’ve watched Aldnoah, Log Horizon, SAO, Bleach, and am about to watch more.. But nekopara did it for me. I can’t shake it. Make of that what you will.

    Have a pleasant day.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think I am going through this as well, only, in my case, it is for a show I am rewatching. The show in question is C3, which I know didn’t get much praise on this site when it first aired, but something about it gets to me. The first time around, I watched for the fights, chars, and pretty visuals. Now though, I’m paying attention more to the music and darker parts of the story and it is affecting me more emotionally. I know, its silly since its a glorified harem show, but…I don’t know. I can’t explain it.


    I think I’m going through something similar at the moment, though, in my case, Its over a show I already finished. The show in question is C3, which I recall not being well liked on this site, and it is a bit silly, since it is just another harem/battle show. But…I don’t know what it is, but I’m noticing more stuff on this second watch then the first go around, like the music, or character backgrounds and I’m enjoying it more…but am more emotional over it in the process.

    Its turned into a bit of an obsession, with me wanting to read the Light Novels, hoping they are translated, and wanting to own a physical release of the show, which currently doesn’t exist because Funimation refuses to get the home video rights. I’m not stranger to anime and C3 isn’t the first show of its type I’ve seen. What’s causing this, I can’t say. So…I don’t know what the point of this was…maybe I needed to vent some.

    • Anonymous says:

      Gah, I didn’t mean to send two similar entries. I just rewrote my original one since it didn’t show up last night when I posted it. Sorry about that.

  • Anonymous says:

    Guys, i cry and cry whenever i finish an anime, then i want the characters to be real, and living with my, like heavens lost property. Is this normal? Also, i’m a boy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Had this feeling just recently again, after watching the two seaons of Rosario + Vampire. I was attached to the story, to the character, to the world. It was again, that i wanted to be in this world, or kind of reborn in it.
    I searched up and down on the internet for a third season, but just found that even the manga was already finished.

    Then i recognized, that it’s almost seven years ago when it aired.
    And that fact helped me realising that in the end it is (just) an anime.
    I started to feel kind of relieved. And even a bit happy.
    This furthermore helped me to overcome the post anime depression i got from the several other anime i shortly watched before R+V.

    I’m trying not to be sad because something precious has ended, i try to be happy to had the chance to make a nice experience.

    And although i’m an atheist and not believing in any kind of higher might, i will still continue to hope, that i either can enter a anime world after my death or being able to be reborn in one and make my own beautiful storys.

    /male, mid-twenties

  • Anonymous says:

    After finishing Heaven’s Lost Property, I felt the kind of emptiness I felt after finishied The Devil Is A Part Timer. That feeling of, “Why the hell isn’t there more,” or that feeling of, “I know there won’t be more, even though I poured myself into an entire series and Manga plus any movies or novelised offshoots….” I just wish I could get more, but I feel depressed because there isn’t more. So I just draw them instead to solve my yearnings for more. I guess I may never get enough of the love square of HLP and Tomaki’s obsession with perversion, nor to forget TDIAPT and Sadao’s enjoyment of a new world and an ordinary human life as a bloody fry cook at a ‘MgRonald’s’ store. I suppose there’s room for Blue Excorcist and Gurren Lagann in my life. I’m pretty sure this syndrome is real, though. I’m feeling it.

  • Anonymous says:

    I had this feeling with klk that’s all and as i’m posting this i’m feeling sad and wanting more of klk.

  • Anonymous says:

    I know I’m late, but I want to thank you Seven for creating this topic, it has taken a stone off my chest just to read about people in the same position.

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