MADISON, WI – Brian Torkinsky had been an anime fan for several years until he was told by many people on the internet that he needed to watch classic anime. As a result of watching several of those shows, he has decided to move on to other hobbies.
“I really got into anime after watching Panty and Stocking a few years ago, then I just wanted to consume more and more anime and it took up a large portion of my life,” Torkinsky told Anime Maru. “Then, I got on Twitter and I had all these people telling me that I needed to watch older anime.”
That began Torkinsky’s downfall from anime fandom. It became harder and harder for him to watch anime after watching some of what his then friends called classic anime.
“There were a bunch of people who told me I should watch Gintama since I guess it was the funniest anime ever. I think I laughed one time, but that was when I accidentally woke up in the middle of an episode,” said Torkinsky. “Then they thought I needed something that was an intellectual war show so they wanted me to watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes. That show really failed once they killed off the best character and spent the remaining two-thirds of the show moaning about how much of a mistake it was that they did that. What terrible writing.”
As his desire to watch more anime fell, he still tried to go back to find his passions, but was unable to.
“I remember going back and wanting to watch whatever anime the guy who did Panty and Stocking did most recently because I thought that would get me back into it,” Torkinsky said. “Then when I watched Kill La Kill I was just bored as hell. It was the exact same feeling I had watching what everyone said I should watch.”
The recent college graduate went on to list everything that had been recommended to him from the Madoka movies to Monster to Death Note to Cowboy Bebop. “I know that there are many people who say that anime is dying, or it needs to be saved. I would honestly say it’s a miracle it even made it up to the year 2010, because if those are the best titles, I don’t even want to think about the worst,” Torkinsky concluded.
As for what he sees himself doing now in his spare time, the business analyst at a local company was pretty open.
“I went to a local bar when the World Cup was on, and people were having fun watching something together. I never got that when I was watching anime. So maybe I will go watch or play in some sports leagues around here, or even go to some concerts with some friends. I just don’t want to be one of those guys who says that things were better ‘back in the day’ when they really sucked.”