I know Anime North is still a month or so away, but the thought came to mind earlier. I remember seeing a thread a long while ago about post-AN depression and related rituals people partake in after AN sadly ends each year. So it sparked my curiosity, made me decide to make a new thread about it to hear people's stories, see what's changed, what's the same and what's new.
Might as well start with my anecdotes. Now, as I've been known to say in the past, Anime North is like the Anime Gods came together to lift a piece of Etobicoke out of its normal surroundings, surround it with a magical barrier of wonder and joy, connect the separated piece to the roads below with rainbows and declare "Let there be anime", so when it ends, I can practically see the magic drifting away, never to be seen again until the same time next year. What do I do after the Anime Gods remove the barrier, set the piece back down and restore the plain mortal roads and I'm forced to return from my home away from home to the regular world?
- I try my best not to notice the jarring difference in surroundings as we leave, going from all the happy, costumed attendees laughing and interacting and making friends and the colourful, noisy, uplifting settings right back to the same old mundane roads and neighbourhoods and people. I usually fail at this step and feel like having a good cry.
- I tend to watch a lot more of my favourite anime right after each AN.
- If it's a costume of a relatively normally-clothed character, I like to wear my costume or parts of it for days after the con ends.
- In 2012, I took up looking at all the pictures I took over the weekend while listening to John Frusciante and anime themes. The Frusciante comes from having heard his songs over the weekend thanks to my mother playing them in the hotel room each night.
- I begin writing up a convention report to relive the best moments.
- I spend weeks afterward asking myself why Anime North can't be a 365-day 24/7 event in its own little magical world we can retreat to at any time.
- But most importantly, I can distract myself from the sadness by knowing that I have more cons coming up, where I'll have fun again and possibly see familiar faces again. And most important of all is that Anime North will never truly end, not really. It goes on in the hearts and minds of each and every one of us who love it so dearly, and it will always come back next year in physical form, ready to bathe us in its magic once again. That, my friends, is one certainty of life worth knowing.
...Wow, I got kinda poetic there for a moment. This is what Anime North does to me, folks, it turns me into a dramatic speech generator. XD
Well then, guess it's everyone else's turn! Share away!