Monday, July 11, 2011

Anime that gets better with each viewing

I've been trying to be as active as possible on our Twitter account.  As you guys may know, I'm not really into Twitter all that much, but I have to admit that it's fantastic finding other anime fans out there.  As far as that aspect is concerned, Twitter is a great tool.  I've also had the pleasure of checking up on what anime-related Tweets people are sending out, and I'm noticing one trend in specific.

Out of all the anime tweets out there, I've seen a great deal of people talking about watching a specific anime movie or series multiple times.  While I'm always focused on watching an anime feature that's new to me, these tweets helped me to realize that perhaps I need to revisit anime that I've already checked out.  There are reasons why I love specific anime, and it makes perfect sense to go back and relive some of those moments.

Yes, some of the magic is lost when you rewatch an anime.  You just can't relive those moments where you didn't know what was going to happen next.  That element of surprise is pretty much gone the first time you go through, but a repeat viewing can bring about new emotions that you didn't get the first time around.  In other words, repeat viewings don't allow for certain feelings that were spent the first time around, but you gain new experience on a second run-through!

Case in point, my experiences with FLCL.  Without a doubt, I've seen FLCL more than any other anime out there.  Those that have watched it know that repeat viewings can work wonders for the series.  I absolutely, 100% guarantee that you won't see all that FLCL has to offer the first time around.  That includes not just storyline elements, but visuals as well.  There's just so much in this series that's jam-packed into 6 episodes.  New avenues, character traits, hints at future story elements and more won't come into play once you've digested the series a few times.

What anime do you think gets better with each viewing?  I'm sure you all have a series that you've seen multiple times.  What ones can't you get enough of?


  1. Welcome to the NHK, Kanon, Clannad, Shana, Chobits, Queen's Blade, Gunslinger Girl.. oh man really I've rewatched so many series so many times I can't even begin to name them all. Quite often I'll watch an anime all the way through then if I think my wife would like it I proceed to rewatch it with her right after I finish the first time. FLCL is quite rewatchable too. I'm currently rewatching Dance in the Vampire Bund with the dub for the first time, so it's like a brand new viewing compared to subs.

  2. Ok, so this is where I usually plug the anime that I usually do, which Baccano, because of the many storylines and back and forth nature of the timeline, you appreciate it more and more with each repeat viewing. Durarara does a decent job of being rewatched too, but to see hints you might have missed the first time. I also rewatch Sgt. Frog and Hetalia often because there are jokes I will miss the first time around.

  3. I feel like I've said this a lot, but I don't really re-watch anime, but since FLCL keeps coming up, I might re-watch that.

    Though I do re-watch Durarara!! after each live chat, because I can't always concentrate on everything that's going on when I'm chatting :P