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Netflix Is Driving Me Mad

I’ve gotten used to Netflix not having that much good anime, but recently I’ve noticed how it’s almost as if they purposefully remove the better anime on their website. It’s really fucking annoying. I could make a list of more than ten anime that Netflix used to have on their website that I really liked, but then they took it down. I usually notice the anime not being there when I come back looking for it after a year or so passed and BAM it’s gone. You know what, I WILL make a list, because this is really firing me up.

Back in 2013 (which is when I first started watching anime) I watched Angel Beats, Clannad, Full Metal Alchemist, Soul Eater, and Ouran HighSchool Host Club on Netflix. By the end of that year they took down  Angel Beats and Clannad.

In 2014 Netflix added Attack on Titan just so they could remove it later in 2016. I watched Squid Girl and Okami-san and Her Seven Companions. I didn’t watch a lot of anime this year. I don’t remember exactly when either of these two were removed but it was relatively soon after I watched them.

In 2015 I watched Princess Jellyfish, The Devil is a Part Timer, Noragami, Psycho Pass, Welcome to the N.H.K and Red Data Girl on Netflix.

By 2016 they removed Princess Jellyfish, The Devil is a Part Timer, Noragami, Soul Eater, and Full Metal Alchemist. I watched Nana on Netflix.

Since I’ve last checked Nana, Welcome to the NHK, Psycho Pass, Attack on Titan, and Ouran Highschool Host Club have been removed from netflix.

These aren’t even all of them. I watched My Little Monster on Crunchyroll, but I remember it being on Netflix for a short while. It was a pretty good show, I was glad Netflix had actually added a good anime on to their site BUT THEY REMOVED IT IN LIKE A FUCKING YEAR. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing School Rumble there maybe four years ago and then removed later on. I’ve recently started watching it and so far I’m really enjoying it. I watched one or two episodes of Fruits Basket on Netflix before they removed it.

Them removing Nana is probably what triggered me to write this, because finding places to watch it is difficult and the DVD set is expensive as hell. They also removed some of my all time favorite anime like Welcome to the NHK, and Princess Jellyfish, and Angel Beats. I’m looking at all the anime on Netflix right now AND THERE IS NOT A SINGLE GOOD COMEDY. School Rumble, Ouran Highschool Host Club, The Devil is a Part Timer, Squid Girl; these are all REALLY good comedies! Honestly all the anime I mentioned are pretty good if not amazing. So why would these be removed?

So what’s left on Netflix? What good anime has Netflix managed to not remove?

Well there’s Your Lie in April, Durarara, HunterxHunter, Death Note, Little Witch Academia, Madoka Magica, and Mushi-shi. Honestly I don’t think these hold as much weight to them compared to Nana or Welcome to the NHK or Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood or Princess Jellyfish. But that’s just me.

I’m done ranting for now. Maybe it’s time for me to get a Hulu account.

Depression is large. I don’t mean this in the sense that depression as a mental health disorder is widespread (though, of course, it is). I mean that an individual’s depression is greater than the confines of his or her mind. Depression spans past the cliched image of a man with head in hands and infects not only the wrinkles of personal experience, but the larger world beyond. It can make life seem bleak, and the settings and systems surrounding that life equally dark.

If this sounds scary, it’s because it is. For most of my childhood, I stumbled upon depressed characters with whom I had very little in common — Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Bell Jar’s Ester Greenwood or even primetime television’s Dr. Gregory House. They possessed an almost implosive form of sadness and fear; their depression seemed self-contained and anxious, as though fueled from some tightly drawn ball of melancholy stuck in the chest. While this may perfectly reflect someone else’s sadness, it did not and does not mirror mine, and it only left me feeling more isolated.

Then I found anime.