Redo!: Thoughts on Re-watching Anime

Rewatch

That “redo” was in my Cosmo voice. Since the start of December I’ve been re-watching a number of anime series. This isn’t anything new really, re-watching anime has been a fundamental part of my hobby. The primary reason is to see if the anime in question still holds up, basically to see if the happiness I experienced watching my favorites is still there. Re-watching is a big part of updating my list of favorites (even though it has remained the same for years). There are some anime I don’t remember much of because it’s been years since I last saw them so it’s nice to be able to re-watch them because it’s like watching a new anime without watching a new anime!

Here are some anime I’ve re-watched this year:

  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • K-On (both seasons)
  • Dirty Pair
  • Tenchi Muyo
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Lucky Star
  • Love Live
  • Baccano
  • Angel Beats

 

I’d memorize dialogue in these anime and I can still reference certain moments because I know them so well. If you’re wondering what anime I’ve re-watched the most it’s K-On. I’ve dead ass watched both seasons and the movie at least 25+ times, I never get tired of it! I don’t think I’m alone. There are other fans who re-watch anime, but for others they rarely want to watch an anime again. The reason I’ve seen is they would rather move on to something new as opposed to retrying something that they have already finished. Fair enough, but for me, since I’ve watched over 1,000 anime now I think I can slow down a bit when it comes to watching anime I’ve never seen before.

Upon a re-watch I can definitely appreciate an anime more and in greater depth. I don’t even look up the meaning for any of the anime that have the most complex story because I’m usually able to have it figured out on my own. As you can tell by the above pic, I’m currently re-watching Bakemonogatari, and if seeing my waifu on my screen again has taught me anything, it’s that maybe new isn’t always the best choice. I may have watched the entire Monogatari Series a number of times, but her lines and actions still make me laugh my head off and get me saying “what the blue cheese!?”. Even in the first episode when she’s a verbal abusive jerk, she finds the cleverest way to say what’s on her mind.

Please

Aren’t Japanese people supposed to sneeze twice if you say something bad about them when they’re not around? Anyway, the one thing I can say about re-watching anime is that I’ll never be surprised by the ending of Cowboy Bebop, or what happens to the Elric brothers in Fullmetal Alchemist, or the magic in Howl’s Moving Castle. But I can experience the feelings associated with them and relive a bit of what it was like to view them for the first time. Sure, it may not be as potent, but they’re still present with the knowledge and excitement that what’s to come will deliver.

If I don’t like an anime, it’s not likely I’ll re-watch it again. I may not drop any shows, but at the same time I won’t waste my time re-watching anything that I don’t find wonderful. For me, I think it’s better to re-watch anime more often than watching new series. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch some seasonal anime (that upcoming Pop Team Epic anime adaption though), but I’d rather go back to my favorites than watch a new mediocre anime. I don’t know why, but seasonal anime hasn’t been doing much for me, which might explain why I have been re-watching more and more recently. Seriously, there are at least 30+ new anime every season and I can count the ones I’m currently watching on one hand. Sure, there might be that one anime which gets extremely popular once in a while, but I can always check it out later or never.

I remember when I went through my “anime is the best thing evarrr!!!!!” phase back in 2012 to early 2014. Nowadays, just two days shy of being 24, I’ve mellowed out a lot. I mean, I’m still a weeb, but I had way more 10/10 anime back then where as now I only have two. I realized some anime don’t have the same impact they once did. I feel all my ratings should be a big deal for me. As my own life experiences and attitudes have changed, I’ve found that my ability to connect with and relate to characters has also changed. I understand them better, and am entertained by them even more. Even characters I once thought were annoying little buggers I’m now able to at least sympathize with them.

Another good reason I re-watch anime is because I’m the only person I know who’s watched as much anime as I have and I’m trying to introduce someone to something new I’m confident they’d like. My brother may not be what you would call a fan, but he does appreciate and respect anime (he says Samurai Champloo is the best anime despite only having watched 8 series maximum). My sister likes anime too, and good gosh I’ve been exhorting her to watch Love Live for months. So far, she’s only watched one episode and I thought she’d continue, but she has yet to do so! *sobs* 😦 Random note, but those Love Live Jumbo Nesoberi Plushes make for great presents. I have Maki and Riko, my niece has Kanan, my sister has Umi, my aunt has Yoshiko Yohane (in her Santa Claus costume from “ジングルベルがとまらない” or “Jingle Bell ga Tomaranai” in romaji or “Can’t Stop the Jingle Bells” for you English speakers). My brother has none ’cause he doesn’t like idol anime if I remember correctly. I probably should buy one for my mom, but I don’t know what she’d do with it. Anyway, writing this post made me realize I still haven’t watched K-On with my sister either and we’re supposed to do that (it’s been two years now)!

 

I should note I’m not one for nostalgia. I actually dislike it. But some moments are just worth reliving y’know. Anime I love deserve their re-watch for giving me the entertainment they have, and I deserve that sense of joy and refreshment from watching them. What about you, reader, do you re-watch anime? What are some of your favorites to watch over and over again?

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Back Home

It feels good to be back ’cause I don’t have to worry or think about anything school related for exactly a month! My niece is always the first thing on my mind when I wake up so I’m glad I’ll be able to see her more often now! Also, I’ll be able to draw more often, learn what I actually want and play some video games!

But my word, I had a good night’s sleep yesterday. I usually get about 7 hours of sleep, but maybe that extra hour was the difference because I felt so refreshed when I woke up at 6:30 am. I had two great dreams too: one involved me calling my friend who was now a detective because I wanted his help finding my lost Air Jordan 11 shoes. The other had me proposing to Charlotte Flair, but her dad Ric Flair wouldn’t accept the wedding unless I had a Hell in a Cell match with him. My birthday is this Wednesday and I’m supposed to get a tattoo sometime this week. I’ll post pics of it when it’s finished. This month has a lot going for it: my birthday, my sister’s birthday, Christmas party, my niece’s birthday and her birthday party… December is going to be quite eventful for all the right reasons! I can’t believe it’s already going to be almost a year since Reiina was born! She’s growing up so well and fast. I love her so much!

 

Anyway, it’s 10:04 pm right now which means it’s past my bedtime so here’s a gif of the love of my life to end the blog post. I don’t need to say anymore, good night. ❤

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Back on MyAnimeList

Myanimelist graph
Damn, only 36% of anime is good according to my ratings, lol.

Note: Here’s my post on why I stopped using the website in the first place.

 

So what does this mean? Well, for starters, it means the site is automatically more positive and credible now that I’m an active member again. It’s been almost 3 weeks since I signed up so I thought it would be alright to write a post on some things. I made a big deal on why I left so I’ll do the same on why I’m back.

If you don’t feel like reading my previous post, then I can tell you why I stopped using the website here… I stopped using MyAnimeList because I was sick and tired of the community/the forums teeming with insecure and purposefully negative users. While there were always users like that, it became more noticeable as time went on for a variety of reasons (users I like stopped logging in is one). It wasn’t a pleasant experience. I met a number of wonderful people on MyAnimeList, but there were other users who had a negative view on themselves, people in general and the world. It’s easy to get the impression, these users are as Sandy Cheeks would say, “Cold and mean and none too bright”. And that’s spot on. They liked to foist their insecurities and unhappiness on unwilling people. In general, too, they felt unsuccessful. As a result, they tended to be disagreeable.

Like I said so many times before, how you treat others is a direct extension of how you feel about yourself and when you try to make someone else feel bad or hurt their feelings unprovoked, it’s deplorable. Nothing says “I’M AN INSECURE PISSANT” more than attempting to put people down unprovoked.

Being away from the website and becoming more involved in the anime community was a pretty eye-opening experience. I realized the anime community was actually a swell one. My only real complaint is the fact a number of anime aficionados for some reason stink. I’m sorry, but I don’t know any other way to put it. When I go to the meetings at my university or cons in my state, there’s this omnipresent musky stench in the air. This doesn’t make them evil people by any means, but it does mean they need to shower more often, use deodorant or both. Anime fans I’ve met offline tend to be quite friendly. I don’t know if this is because everyone knows talking crap without a keyboard is dangerous or that’s how they naturally are. I tend to be sociable myself and I don’t have a cynical view toward others (I hate cynicism) so either way, I appreciate it.

The simplest reason I can give to why I’m back is because I don’t care anymore. While I met more jerks on MyAnimeList than my day to day dealings at my university (and I virtually leave my dorm on a daily basis and I have yet to meet anyone who’s disrespectful), I’m at a point where I will no longer let anything shake me (for lack of a better word). I’m glad I’m part of the community not only in anime, but in my university. Being in a positive community is essential. I won’t let any community or the world change me or make me an angry person. I’m too happy, optimistic and friendly to partake in the same foolishness as a negative person!

 

Anyway, to end this post, if you want to know what my profile is here you go. If you have a profile, let me know so I can add you since I have friend requests closed. I watched over 1k anime so I probably watched your favorite and I love talking about waifus so we can argue over them if you want to! You all have a good day now.

Back on Campus

Random thought of the day: I don’t give myself enough credit sometimes, I’ve done a a lot of things that I thought I couldn’t do. I know there’s really not much I can’t do, it just takes time and hard work. I graduated high school, I was accepted into my first-choice university, I’m way better at speaking Japanese, I can draw better… even though there were people telling me it wouldn’t happen. Well, guess what? It did!

I can really do anything!

The Mystery Blogger Award

I really enjoy these type of award posts because if I were to ever have writer’s block I would have no excuse not to write something since I was nominated. Also, for those who receive nominations, it’s a nice reminder there are people who are reading what you write. So make sure to keep on writing! 🙂 Special thanks to tetrax4berium for the nomination!

 

What is the Mystery Blog Award?

  • It is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.
  • This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.
  • The award was created by Okoto Enigma.

 

Da Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  4. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  5. Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  6. Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  7. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  9. Share the link to your best post.

 

3 things about myself

  1. I used to live in Germany for 7 years. Some of the European countries I’ve been to include: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, and Spain. The keyword is “some” because I don’t feel like listing them all. I do miss Germany, only because my best friend lives there so I’m hoping I can go back and see him once I graduate.
  2. I can speak Japanese. I’m in a weird position, because even though I can speak it in most situations, I’m still learning to read and write (Kanji). I knew the writing system would take inevitably longer to master, but I’m enjoying the process. I should be relatively fluent by the time I graduate.
  3. I’m asexual. If you’re someone who think aces are people who have low sex drives or haven’t found the right person yet, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to block you! 🙂 I’ll get more into my orientation in a later post and my vlog, but the last thing I’ll say is I don’t mind fornicating or one-night stands.

 

Tetrax4berium’s questions

1. Other than blogging and watching anime, what other things do you enjoy doing?

Drawing, socializing, making music, writing (fictional stories, six word stories, poetry), shopping, exercising, watching the few TV shows and movies I like, spending time with family and friends and drinking eggnog.

 

2. What quote most inspire(d) you? It could be from anime, film, or some person in real life.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”. – Eric Thomas

 

3. Have you traveled to other countries? If so, where have you been to, and how frequently do you go travelling?

Yuppers. I listed some of them above, haha. I don’t travel as much as I used to, I’m hoping that will change once I graduate.

 

4. If you were an anime character and so were your parents, which two anime characters would play the role of your mother and father? (they don’t have to be related to each other)

^I have no doubt they would make wonderful parents. 🙂

 

5. How did you come to decide what to name your blog/ blogger-id?

“Starchaser” is one of my aliases and I use it for virtually everything. This blog? Starchaser. Music producer? Starchaser. Art and drawing? Starchaser. I use another alias whenever I submit poetry because I don’t want any of my poems to be under that name, lol.

 

Nominees

I’m nominating anyone who reads this post. Yup, if you’re reading these words right now, you’ve been nominated. You. Yes, YOU!

 

My questions

  1. What is something about yourself you’re working on improving?
  2. What song instantly puts you in a good mood?
  3. If you could do anything right now, what would you do?
  4. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
  5. What would the perfect day look like for you?

 

My best blog post

STARCHASER” is my best blog post as of today. If there’s one post I want my current and future readers and anyone who might arrive on my blog to read, it’s that one.

 

 

Aaaand that’s my post! Everyone have a nice day! I’m going to spending time with my sister and niece today so I know I will. 🙂