Anime Memory Test: The Re-watch

So a few months back I went on a little re-watch spree. No particular goal in mind at the time, I just browsed my list and picked some anime that I had fond memories of but also didn’t fully remember. Some held up better than others when I compared my re-watch to my memories of the anime from the first time I had seen them. I was surprised at a few, and how my opinion of them had definitely changed from what I remembered of them.

Here I will go through 5 anime that I had remembered enjoying and had some expectations for and write about how they held up to those expectations after a re-watch.

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My memory just can’t keep up with anime these days.

ReLIFE

I first watched ReLIFE when it initially released in 2016, and decided to watch it again in order to experience the anime again for the 4 episode sequel / conclusion that aired this year.

ReLIFE hit a little closer to home this time when it comes to the whole NEET aspect, because I have had personal experience with that since I initially watched ReLIFE. I actually think I enjoyed the anime a little more because I felt like I could relate more to Kaizaki. While what he went through at that black company was definitely worse than what I went through last year, the way in which he quit and the aftermath of that had some similarities to what I went through.

Sequel / conclusion aside, the first season of ReLIFE held up well and I enjoyed it just as much if not a little more the second time through. Even if the major premise is not forgotten, there were enough minor details that I forgot that I ended up wanting to keep watching. I think it’s a great slice of life / high school anime to go back to if it’s been a few years since initially watching it. Plus the fact that I feel like I can relate more to the anime this time through made ReLIFE worth the re-watch 🙂

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Pun intended.

Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Despite it’s glaring similarities to Asterisk Wars, Chivalry is the one I had decided to re-watch as I remembered it as more enjoyable to Asterisk Wars, despite the fact that Asterisk Wars had two seasons. Initially I had watched both Asterisk and Chivalry back to back, so I can’t seem to mention one without the other; they are just intertwined in my memory. My initial watch of Chivalry would have been in 2015.

I’m going to be honest here, I’m a sucker for fantasy anime. So I loved re-watching this one. In terms of how it lived up to my memories of it, I think Chivalry did well. I like the protagonist and his story, and I like the magic combat that is employed in this anime. The whole one on one magic duels were great in Chivalry (better than the two on two combat in Asterisk Wars).

I didn’t like the heroine as much as I remembered of her – I learned a word that works here I think: himedere? Not that I could really tell the subtle differences between a himedere and a tsundere, except that one is a princess. Seems like the same thing to me, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong on this one.

Either way, I’m not a huge fan of tsundere, and I think my opinion of tsundere has actually gone down over the years which is why I didn’t like Stella as much in my second time through Chivalry. Something about the whole “push away but cling and get angry the moment another girl appears” thing just irritates me more than it used to. I guess my standards for a good tsundere are just higher now than they once were.

I would say that despite Stella (the heroine), Chivalry holds up great as a fantasy / magic battle anime, which is really all I could ask for. I wouldn’t be surprised if I went back and watched it for a third time at some point if I end up getting that craving for an anime that fills this niche in the future. A good anime to re-watch I would say.

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Sometimes magic battle anime just hits the spot.

D-Frag!

I probably first watched D-Frag! around 2015. I remember absolutely loving it and it became etched in my memory as a great comedy anime. The kind that every time I’d scroll by it on my anime list I would say to myself “that was a good one”.

Second time through, my opinion isn’t quite the same. I think it’s a funny anime, no doubt, but I don’t think it lived up to my memory of it from my first time through. I must have hyped it up too much to myself over the past few years.

I’ve also watched Gintama in the time between my initial and re-watch of D-Frag! which I think could have desensitized myself to the type of humor that is prevalent in D-Frag!. The whole “straight man” comedy act is Gintama 101. Gintama just does it so well that I think D-Frag! has a tough time competing – Gintama raised the bar on the “straight man” act.

I still think D-Frag! is a funny anime, and it’s definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it, but I would also say it’s probably not worth the re-visit. At least it wasn’t for me.

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Gotta love this expression though.

My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy

On a similar note to D-Frag!, we have this anime, which I’ll just go ahead and call “Mental Choices”. Mental Choices was yet another anime that I fondly remembered as very funny. The premise itself is definitely creative and interesting enough. The mental choice system in the anime was basically all I remembered from the anime after a few years.

To be honest, second time through on this anime was just no good. I didn’t find it very funny at all. While D-Frag! was at least still funny / enjoyable to me, Mental Choices really wasn’t. First off, I didn’t like the characters. While I didn’t really like any of them, the white haired one I couldn’t stand. I’m generally not too picky with characters, and in non-serious anime like this I’m pretty lenient with them. But the white haired one was just irritating to me. Her jokes were not funny, and even if they weren’t supposed to be funny, that wasn’t funny either. Plus the way she talks and the whole tsundere act she had going on just didn’t work for me this time.

I also didn’t think the premise was done well at all. The idea behind the mental choices is a really cool one, and can really create some interesting opportunities. But most of the time they just make the main character do perverted / insulting things in public or to specific people. I would have liked to see more situations where the choices seemed harmless or indiscreet but then led to something surprising happening. Something more creative / exciting than what they went with.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend a re-watch of Mental Choices. I think it maybe is still an okay first watch, because the premise is interesting enough. But really, I wouldn’t blame anyone for skipping this one.

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To be fair, the protagonist didn’t find her funny either. Is she supposed to just be irritating?

Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches

I guess the theme of all of these anime is high school, I hadn’t realized that until I got to this one. Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches was an anime that I had high expectations for going into the re-watch. I remembered it being an excellent anime, with great characters and great plot developments.

And post re-watch, Yamada-kun was even better than I remembered. If it was an 8 in my head before, it became a 9. I love everything about this anime. I didn’t even remember it was a mystery anime going into it the second time! So naturally, I didn’t actually remember all of the witches, except for the first two which appear often in the anime. Shiraishi is a super cute character, and I love watching the relationship between her and Yamada. The premise is interesting and exciting. The anime provides questions that need to be answered, and keeps me watching. Even on my re-watch I was hooked once again on this anime. A great experience.

I suppose one of the benefits of having a bad memory when it comes to anime is getting to re-watch awesome anime like this and enjoy it all over again. What a bargain! I would definitely recommend Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches for a re-watch, if it has been at least a few years. And I would absolutely recommend it for a watch if you haven’t seen it yet!

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The body switching was very well done. The anime made it very clear who was in what body.

Honourable Mention: Monogatari Series

Not going to write to much about this as it wasn’t explicitly part of this memory test, but the Monogatari series in my opinion are BETTER the second time through. If you like indirect storytelling, symbolism, having to read between the lines, etc. It’s a great re-watch as you pick up so many more interesting details the second time around. Just figured I’d put that out there while on the whole topic of re-watching anime.

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And so there you have it. 5 anime put through the memory test. It’s interesting to me how my opinion ended up changing on all of them at least a little, and some much more than that. Anyone else experience some huge difference in opinion on an anime after re-watching it?

Until next time, thanks for reading 🙂

8 thoughts on “Anime Memory Test: The Re-watch

  1. WeeaBroDerek

    Chivalry of a Failed Knight didn’t really impress me upon initial vieiwing. Everyone does talk very highly of ReLIFE tho. One of these day’s I’ll get around to it.

    I’ve been introducing one of my friends to some of the series I have in my physical copy collection (relatively) recently. I rewatched both seasons of KonoSuba, as well as Ben-To, and the Blood-C series. I was concerned they might be more boring the second time through, durprisingly, they all held up favorably.

    There’s a chance I’ll rewatch at least the second half of season 2 of SnK, now, too cuz the third season is coming up. Won’t make the same mistake I did with Steins’Gate and not remember half the stuff they’re referencing haha

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    1. Understandable about Chivalry, pretty much every fantasy anime gets a boost for me just because of my personal bias for the genre.

      I loved KonoSuba, one I would definitely consider re-watching in the future. And this is the first I’ve heard of Ben-To, looks like a fun watch.

      SnK at this point I don’t remember much from either – I’ll probably also need to refresh my memory on the characters and what’s going on there. Either that or pray that it all comes back to me while watching the new content!

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      1. WeeaBroDerek

        I would give 2 years off my life for a 3rd season of Konosuba and Dagashi Kashi to come out at the same time.

        I’d prolly watch Ben-to a third time, really. Objectively, it’s far from the greatest series I’ve ever seen, but it is pretty fun, and that’s worth something.

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  2. I’ve had experience with all of these, so I just have to say-
    Yay! Chivalry all the way! It’s probably my favorite magic-school anime, cus it could really nail those emotional climaxes!
    In terms of other rewatches…
    Dragon Ball from my childhood and Blood+ from my preteen years were both terribly slow and impossible to get through a second time. Fate UBW was much better on rewatch, cus I barely paid attention the first time…
    Clannad also felt a little too slow the second time around, and the pain of the Soul Eater anime ending hurt so much worse seeing it again…
    Rewatching SNAFU completely changed my opinion on the animation, while also making it one of my top 10 series. It’s actually good!

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    1. Yeah Chivalry is great. I think I used to consider it my favourite magic-school anime, but now I’m not sure. I also really liked Akashic Records. I really just love overpowered MCs in fantasy anime.

      Only saw a bit of Dragon Ball as a kid, are the fights as bad as DBZ where one fight takes multiple episodes? Soul Eater I’ve considered rewatching a few times but then I remember Black Star exists and lose all desire to see it again haha.

      I’ve seen SNAFU twice as well. It’s a great anime for sure.

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