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Posted 7/2/13
It comes down to the anime.

Most I will rewatch, though I cut out some of the filler and re-do eps. One thing worse than bad eps that have no ties to the story, are the eps who retell everything you've just seen again for 5-8 minutes. I respect why they do that, yet for me it's a waste of time unless they use different music from the 1st scene.

It either has to be something really terrible to stop me watching it again, or I've watched it fairly recently (not as enjoyable if I've already watched it in the last 3-6 months). The only other exception, is if the show is extremely long. If it's long, then it's either a long time before I re-watch it or not at all. Depends on the quality of eps and the free time for a marathon.

Some times it's better to watch something new altogether, then it makes the rewatch more enjoyable.
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I rearly re-watch anime i rather look for new ones but if i really do like an anime and its been forever and i kinda forget what it about I will watch it but right know there are so many new awesome anime lol and a lot of new seasons i'm looking forward to this year
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Posted 7/2/13 , edited 7/2/13
I have the same logic as re-watching a movie.
"There is something in there that I missed before."

As for anime with 100+ episodes ..... I've only done it with Gintama so far just because each episode there is something new or something I've missed. That AND the pain saga with Naruto because pains speech really resonated with me and I wanted to hear Narutos counter-argument.
Other than that, yeah it doesn't make much sense to rewatch such a long series.

Unless you have a photographic memory it's inevitable that you're going to forget something.
Heck, even if you remember everything are you sitting there wondering:

"Why was the shot framed this way?"
"I wonder why they timed it out like that."
"The music here just fits so perfectly .... why?"
*General thoughts about the characters mindsets and where they come from/who they are that gets changed with a re-watch*

During the first time you watch it?

Also, if you're watching it subbed and you dont speak fluent Japanese, you're reading subs for a good 1/10th of the time (IF you read fast) so you're missing out on the animation, the cinematography and what each character is doing in each shot.

I will say, I have to LOVE the anime I'm re-watching though otherwise it's not worth it.
V Explanation on my tastes that is just me personally and doesn't contribute.


I can see the validity of not rewatching anime since there is SO MUCH out there and so many things to try out/discover but I'm finding out there are very few anime that I actually love and a lot I like ... I'd re-watch an anime I loved over an anime I liked anyday.
Doesn't mean you're wrong for not doing that it just means "Different strokes for different folks"

Edit: Most amount of times I've watched an anime is 5 and that's Cowboy fucking Bebop and I plan to do it again.
Also, it has to be at least a few months before I start watching again even if it's an anime I really love just because my brain needs time to feel like it's missing out on epic-ness haha
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The only show I have ever watched back to back, was SAO. As in I finished my first viewing, and immediately started over at the beginning and watched it again. Usually I have to wait a few months or a year or more before I give it another go. I do though tend to have a habit of getting hooked on a show's OP, ED, or BGM and will listen to that back to back for hours sometimes.


I tend to experience a strange, almost orgasmic in nature feeling (call me weird for chosen words) when I deploy tears at an emotionally charged scene in anime. It's why I get soundtracks to my favorite emotional anime moments and have a specific playlist. I'll play the song and play out the scene in my head...giving myself that "feeling".


I think that's very, very common among people that watch as much anime as we do.

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I don't re-watch an entire anime series but I used to tend to re-watch certain episodes. I prefer to look for new ones. The closest I think I've come was re-watching Dragon Ball Z when I got into anime, only having recently watched it as a child and there were many things that I didn't remember.
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I used to rewatch series that i loved a while back, but not anymore. I try not to even rewatch certain episodes of my favorites because there are too much good anime you are missing by rewatching series. I only broke this rule recently from HunterxHunter but thats not fair cuz its too good not see the episodes over.
Posted 7/2/13
I can say that I do. Every now and then I'll would re-watch Baka to Test to Shōkanjū, Railgun & Index (Thanks to tommythecat) as a whole series. If the series doesn't have more than 100+ episodes, I can probably say that I would re-watch my favorite series as a whole
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Yea, I do. If it's something that I enjoyed very much I'll rewatch it. Or sometimes I'll feel like I may have missed stuff and I'll rewatch. Doesn't quite beat the first time experiencing the story though.
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If I'm going to rewatch something, I use my good old ps3 and 1.5x that bad boy. Your ears become accustom to the speed at which the people are talking and you waste no time at all watching it again. I've only re watched Ellen Lied though lol its short to begin with.
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I initially want to shout, "YES, OF COURSE!" But then I thought about things again, and I realized that I have only re-watched 3 anime, which would be Angel Beats!, SAO, and my favorite anime of all time, Blast of Tempest. However, I have only been seriously watching anime for about 6 months, so I've had a lot of shows to go through. Given this pattern, I think that I will probably continue to re-watch the shows that I consider the best of the best. I'm currently in the middle of re-watching Soul Eater for sheet entertainment and because Maka is my favorite female lead in any anime I've seen.

Unlike the OP, I don't have isolated episodes that I re-watch for the feels. I see anime shows as whole works of art, and I can't really get the emotional, intellectual and entertainment value out of a show just by watching one episode. To me, just watching one episode over and over again would be like staring at one part of a sculpture and not taking in the whole work.

For example, I re-watched Blast of Tempest probably around a month after I finished it the first time. While I was awed by the brilliant moments of the show all over again, I didn't really feel an emotional release until after I finished the last moment of the last episode, and then the thoughts can flooding in and I'm still reflecting on the show in its entirety.

Any decent work of art should be worth experiencing over and over again, because you will always be impacted differently. Not to mention, we are always changing, and the differences that occur in us over time can change the way we think about the art we experience. (Main point of what I'm saying, thus the italics)


Finally, I listen to OPs and EDs to remind me of the atmosphere and mood of a show. Every time I listen to the Angel Beats! album, i want to watch the show again.
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Posted 7/2/13
the odd time i recently rewatched elfen lied and loved it.
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Posted 7/2/13

runfromlegion wrote:

Yea, I do. If it's something that I enjoyed very much I'll rewatch it. Or sometimes I'll feel like I may have missed stuff and I'll rewatch. Doesn't quite beat the first time experiencing the story though.




totally agree with this guy .
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Posted 7/2/13
If the show's fifteen episodes or less I'd be happy to watch it again
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Posted 7/2/13
The only show I have ever re-watched was Fate/Zero. That one I can do because the first time I was watching it to catch every detail since I never saw Fate Stay Night so all was determined to catch all the rules and families. Second time though I watched exclusively for entertainment.

So I don't re-watch shows alot since I've only seen like 50 animes but want to expand to more. I guess it's the time issues. I usually re-watch episodes, for example Soul Eater and Gintama, but never the whole thing. It's only for some quick entertainment.
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Posted 7/2/13 , edited 7/2/13
Less so now. I used to do a lot of time-consuming/menial crafting activities when I played World of Warcraft so I'd almost always be watching something while doing so. Which was a chance for me to rewatch a lot of different shows.

Most plot-driven anime hit a point where I'd be bored to watch them twice, but I can rewatch something if it's 1) pretty simple and entertaining, 2) to revisit an emotional state based on my mood, or 3) if it has an extremely complex plot.

Examples:

1) Saki, Dog Days, Hikaru no Go.
2) Chihayafuru, Haibane Renmei, TTGL.
3) Serial Experiments Lain.

There's also another category, which so far only includes Hyouka and the fourth movie of Kara no Kyoukai, which is that they have such an incredibly pleasing/soothing soundtrack I can even listen to them to put myself to sleep.
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