I mean, while I’m not the busiest or stressed person in the world, watching anime is like the fresh wind. Has anime affected my reading/TV/video game time? Definitely yes. I’ve almost stopped playing video games and watching TV during the week, almost only reading and watching anime after work.
It’s not that I don’t like video games or normal TV, but rather it take a bit more concentration and/or time managemenet. It’s no fun to play video games for only 20 minutes, and you have to put all your attention into the game you’re playing. For TV, each episode is 45 minutes long even if you skip all the commercials, and pausing and leaving the show half way is no fun at all.
Unlike the author of the linked post, reading during the week is more of a time-killer for me. I could read a couple of pages and put down the book during the week, most useful during meal time and when you only have 10 – 20 minutes to kill. Or if time allows, I read from after dinner until I go to bed.
Anime on the other hand, provides perhaps the best relaxation for me, especially for “lite” anime. To quote from the post linked above, “what does anime have that supersedes other media [...] in terms of grabbing one’s attention and interest?” Well, I could just start the anime, turn off my brain, and laugh at the silly stuff. I guess that I have found anime (except for the few that like to screw with your head), with its clean lines, simplistic and clear expression, and sometimes silliness good for my mental health. That’s why anime has taken so much more time than my other hobbies.
So, in the end, how would I choose? I’d say until something more entertaining and/or engaging crops up, anime it is for me.
How about you? What’s your preferred entertainment? Comments and opinions appreciated. Thanks.