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
- 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.
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?