You know, lately I feel like I’ve been in anime heaven with all of these rewatches!
So far I’ve hit 6 of the 9 anime on the rewatch list!
…And that’s it for this post.
My job here (selling out my old posts) is done.
Until next time,
All right, you win. I’ll write a little more. One of these days though, I’m seriously just going to end my post just like that. No warning, no apologies, just an abrupt end.
You’ve been warned.
Where to start?
My first thought is in regards to Vandread and Seitokai no Ichizon S1, the two rewatches that I’ve completed. I enjoyed both of these much more than I thought I would! I’d go as far to say that I enjoyed them MORE than I remember enjoying them the first time. Seitokai no Ichizon S2 was a bit of a letdown though…
With Vandread, I went into it thinking that it was going to be average. Originally I watched it dubbed, and as a result my perception of the protagonist Hibiki was much different going in. The subbed version was excellent though, and that helped me to really enjoy the anime so much more in the rewatch. What can I say, I’m a subs-only guy. It makes a big difference to me.
Seitokai no Ichizon (S1) was a little different. I had quite fond memories of this anime, and I also watched it subbed originally. This rewatch though, it really opened my eyes to how much of a masterpiece the first season of this anime was. Seitokai no Ichizon was one of the first, if not the first, slice of life anime I’d ever watched. So now, after countless hours in the genre – both slice of life AND harem anime, I can comfortably say that Seitokai no Ichizon (S1) is a masterpiece. I can’t state enough just how impressed I was with this anime, due to so many factors that would have gone over my head the first time through. Thanks to this rewatch, I’d go as far as to say that Seitokai no Ichizon (S1) is one of my greatest of all time anime.
So those are the two completed rewatches, and both have opened my eyes to how much my opinion on an anime can change for the better.
When it comes to all of these rewatches, I’ve noticed a few other things.
First is that I’m constantly blown away at the sheer amount of content I’ve completely forgotten. And not just minor details either, like a joke here or there. I’ve forgotten complete characters, both in Date A Live and in Clannad. I’ve forgotten entire plot points, like some of the time travel stuff in Haruhi, or pretty much the entire story behind Clannad S1. I used to think that it was only the small details that I’d forget, and yet here I am, rewatching anime as if it were my first time. I love it – to me this is like a dream come true, to be able to re-experience some of the greatest anime for a second time like this.
Of course, there are some details that just can’t be forgotten. Like what happens in Clannad After Story, or the Endless Eight. Some aspects of anime are too big to ever forget – the big twists, the anime’s claim to fame. But even then, it’s been an amazing experience so far because even though I know about the various sad occurences in Clannad After Story, I also know that each episode will contain many, many details that I still hadn’t remembered. So some episodes are completely fresh, others a little less so. But overall, I’d say that these rewatches have been more fresh than not.
The other thing I’ve noticed from my rewatches is that I’m finding myself appreciating the anime more than I did the first time I saw them. I used to hold this belief that as I watched more anime, my tastes would become more refined, causing me to actually look back on older anime I’ve watched with a more “elitist” or critical view. While this can be the case at times, like with Absolute Duo, my overall experience has mainly been the opposite.
I’ve found myself appreciating the anime more than the first time I watched them. While my preferences may have changed a bit, I actually think that if anything I’ve just become more able to define what it is that I enjoy. I used to binge watch anime, one after another, without a second thought. As long as I was entertained, I was happy with the anime. But now, especially thanks to this blog, I’m spending much more time looking at why I enjoy the anime. Overall, I feel like this has allowed me to enjoy these anime so much more, even if it’s after watching them for a second time. I have a much better understanding and appreciation for what I’m seeing.
Clannad has probably been the best example of this. My memory of Clannad was always associated with having my heart torn into pieces (in a good way). But there’s actually so much more to Clannad that makes it a masterpiece. The backgrounds and colours are absolutely breathtaking, for example. The soundtrack is also so memorable that even after many years I still picked up on almost all of the songs. These are details I probably wouldn’t have paid as much attention back when I was first watching anime, but I can’t help but notice them now.
It’s been an amazing experience rewatching so many of these anime that I hadn’t seen for so many years. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how great it’s been.
Which is why I’m going to dub the place I’m in now “Rewatch Heaven”.
Watching new titles is fun, but being able to re-experience anime that I know I loved, and can love again, has been a whole other level of fun.
If there’s an anime that you haven’t seen for 4+ years, that you know you enjoyed, why not give it a re-watch? You may find that there’s actually much more to that anime that you realize.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.