We see them everywhere; people who watches movies all their lives, the ones who listen to rock music since childhood. Some make a living out of it. Certain passions last a life time. My passion for movies would most likely do the same. Recently, I wonder what will become of my passion for anime.
I am not saying that my passion for anime has diminished or anything. It is still intact after these many years of anime watching. Every now and then, I see new and younger people, mostly in their teens, declare themselves anime fans and start watching anime like there is no tomorrow. But how long will the honeymoon period last? In my real life, the very few people I know who used to watch anime has given that up long time ago. Recently, I’ve just lost my last known real life anime-fan friend. She stopped watching anime…she kind of grew up.
When I look online into the anime community, I see mostly newer group of people who have been anime fans for only sometime (Being exposed to certain anime series during childhood is also common but that should really count). This observation is further amplified by Scamp’s ‘two-year life time of anime blogger’ idea which was widely discussed last year. Is it safe to assume that those bloggers who stop blogging about anime also stop watching anime as well? I will never know but they must have lost some part of anime passion along the way.
Maybe it’s because watching anime is still not generally perceived as completely normal hobby. You cannot openly discussion anime with everyone, any time or anywhere like talking about movies, music or weather. What’s more, unlike other media, being an anime fan requires certain level of sacrifice. You have to be active to obtain anime and if you stop being active, anime rarely runs into you. And lastly, anime may have less to offer for older people like, say, people in their forties or fifties. So I am in doubt. Can someone keep watching anime for the rest of his life like watching movies or reading novels? Does anime provide enough appeal to us as we go through each stage of our lives?
Nevertheless, I cannot conclude that anime fandom is a short-lived affair because anime has just entered mainstream media and become widely available in the past decade or so. That’s probably why there is still no elderly anime fan, is there? If that’s the case, then only time will provide answer to my question.