How to control the urges for cels? One way I
know is to curb the urge to buy cels
spontaneously. You don't need to buy something
from every update. Here are some ways you can
avoid spontaneous purchases:
1. Know what you want.
Take screenshots of cels that you would like to
have, and write down how much you'd be willing to
pay for each one. If a cel turns up that isn't
the exact cel, you have instant documentation of
what you want and how much you're willing to
pay. It's very easy to nitpick an expensive cel
if you have a superior screenshot to compare it
to, plus you know that there are better cels from
that sequence that are worth waiting for. Which
brings me to my next point:
2. BE PATIENT!
Found a cel you'd like to have, but it's too
expensive? Why buy it if it's more than you feel
comfortable paying? Unless it's an A1END or
hanken, there are other cels in that sequence,
which may turn up later for a smaller price.
3. Listen to your heart.
Did you see a cel that made your heart flutter?
You couldn't stop staring at it because it was so
beautiful? That's (IMO) the best reason to buy a
piece of art -- you can feel your reaction when
you look at it. (And no, I am NOT talking about
the "Damn, that's rare!" feeling, which is
TOTALLY different, and not really a good reason
to buy something.)
Or, did you see a cel from a sequence that you've
been looking for, but it didn't make you go doki-
doki? It'd probably be a good time to search
yourself to see if you'd really like it.
4. Enjoy other things. (Including the cels that
you already have! ;P)
Cels are wonderful. I love the art. But if I
start feeling sad that I haven't seen any of the
cels I'm looking for, there are a few ways to
quash the "I must buy SOMETHING!" feeling. I
look through the cels I already have. I buy a
new manga, or read some of my old manga. You
don't have to own an *original* piece of art to
enjoy the piece; watch the anime (or read the
manga) that you love best and remind yourself how
exhilirating the art is, whether you own a piece
of it or not.
Whoever said talking helps... really hasn't
become a cel addict like all of us.
I wish this "we are all addicts" kind of talk
would become less trendy. Addiction is not
cool, as you can see from the (few) lament-
filled posts on the forum. It seems like a way
of saying, "I know what I'm doing is somewhat
unhealthy or inappropriate, but I'm doing it
anyway WHEEE!" Please (and this applies to
anyone reading) don't take this as an attack.
I'm just saddened when people take such pride in
Remember, when someone who has cels that you
admire says that they're addicted, don't
interpret that addiction is the only path to nice