Scamp did a list of his top 30 anime, which made me realize that I’ve never really complied such a list. As I started to think about, I remembered why I never sat down and did. I would have been able to do so six months ago without a second thought, but it’s not so easy now.
I think most hardcore anime fans hope if they end up in a relationship with someone also interested in anime. It is nice to have someone who actually understands why you enjoy anime as much as you, and to share it with them. However, few people talk about the negative side to dating someone also interested in genre, that is, what happened when you break up. You know that age old addendum of not being to go somewhere anymore, or listen to a certain song anymore. Rather for me, it’s not being able to enjoy certain shows as much as I use to or being able to watch them anymore.
To be fair, this hasn’t happened in all my failed relationships. Rather, it’s only happened as the result of an incredibly messy and painful break-up that finally ended a relationship that had been on and off for 3 ½ years. Not that I’d ever want to go back. My current relationship, now at six months, has been everything I’ve ever wanted, and my boyfriend has been the best thing to happen to me. Perhaps a sign that I didn’t learn my lesson, he’s also an anime fan.
Luckily, the ex and I had different taste, so he didn’t ruin too much for me. It’s kinda bizarre, as some animes that we loved equally, or talked about equally, some have been ruined, and some haven’t.
So this post is to dedicate to those series/movies that may or may not have made it onto my best list, but unfairly won’t know thanks to a major life mistake of mine.