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Hey guys, what was an anime that you think was better than you remembered upon a second viewing?
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/mekakucity-actors You have to watch it more than once to get all the nuances of how they told the story and how the pieces wrap and all fit together. Especially pay attention to the bit after the credits each time...
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I enjoyed Cowboy Bebop a lot more the second time I watched it.
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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

You need to watch both seasons, ignore OVAs, then watch it all again.
The second time around, you realize why everything happened the way it did, and if you want the full truth (the end of the second season was not the full truth), you need to watch it again.

First viewing: What the HELL is going on?!?!?
Second viewing: Holy crap, it all makes sense!!!

I've seen it about 12 times, I think.
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12 Kingdoms. There are a lot of small connections between the stories that you don't see the first time through.
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Kill la Kill, probably just because the English dub was so good though...

Nagi no Asukara for sure. Even better the second time. The foreshadowing you catch on the second watch makes it incredible.



Conversely shows I've found that are significantly worse the second time-


Steins;Gate- after you know what happens, watching it again is super cringey... It's like "Okabe, please don't do the thing, bad things will happen if you do the thing... he did it...." For like 15 episodes straight.


Kokoro Connect- still amazing, but the big twists kind of make the show.

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MightyMidgit wrote:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

You need to watch both seasons, ignore OVAs, then watch it all again.
The second time around, you realize why everything happened the way it did, and if you want the full truth (the end of the second season was not the full truth), you need to watch it again.

First viewing: What the HELL is going on?!?!?
Second viewing: Holy crap, it all makes sense!!!

I've seen it about 12 times, I think.


Man, I keep meaning to watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, maybe now i'll actually get to it. Do you recommend a waiting period between viewings or just watch it again right after?
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ThisWasATriumph wrote:

Kill la Kill, probably just because the English dub was so good though...

Nagi no Asukara for sure. Even better the second time. The foreshadowing you catch on the second watch makes it incredible.



Conversely shows I've found that are significantly worse the second time-


Steins;Gate- after you know what happens, watching it again is super cringey... It's like "Okabe, please don't do the thing, bad things will happen if you do the thing... he did it...." For like 15 episodes straight.


Kokoro Connect- still amazing, but the big twists kind of make the show.



Just finished watching Kill la Kill subbed (SO GOOD ), definitely gonna watch it a second time dubbed
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MightyMidgit wrote:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

You need to watch both seasons, ignore OVAs, then watch it all again.
The second time around, you realize why everything happened the way it did, and if you want the full truth (the end of the second season was not the full truth), you need to watch it again.

First viewing: What the HELL is going on?!?!?
Second viewing: Holy crap, it all makes sense!!!

I've seen it about 12 times, I think.


Man, I keep meaning to watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, maybe now i'll actually get to it. Do you recommend a waiting period between viewings or just watch it again right after?


I HIGHLY suggest watching it! There are better anime out there, but for some reason, I cannot remove it from being my #1 favorite anime.
Let the first one sink in a little before watching it again, but you don't want too long between viewings unless you have a great memory.
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Monster Rancher. And I absolutely loved it the first time around, so that's saying a lot.
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Death Note, I've re-watched 3 times lol.

One Piece, I didn't re-watch the whole 600+ episodes. I just re-watched my favourite arcs.
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Currently re-watching Inuyasha and I gotta say it's better than I remember so far, but that could be because the younger me didn't really understand much of what was going on.
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Currently re-watching Inuyasha and I gotta say it's better than I remember so far, but that could be because the younger me didn't really understand much of what was going on.


Same! I'm up to episode 67.

While like most shows like it, there are some random filler episodes, at least it is a congruent story so far. Everything seems to happen and lead to something/somewhere else for the most part. And I don't remember all the stuff with Kikyo being so messed up and dark.

I have been a Miroku fan since the show first aired, but now I like him even more. I think a lot of people discredit Inuyasha, but I am really enjoying it all these years later. Plus I have actually never watched The Final Act to complete the story (which is why I am going back to refresh myself). I am looking forward to finally completing this thing.
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MightyMidgit wrote:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

You need to watch both seasons, ignore OVAs, then watch it all again.
The second time around, you realize why everything happened the way it did, and if you want the full truth (the end of the second season was not the full truth), you need to watch it again.

First viewing: What the HELL is going on?!?!?
Second viewing: Holy crap, it all makes sense!!!

I've seen it about 12 times, I think.


so does that show actually have an overall plot i watched like 8 to12 episodes and dropped it because i got bored, it just felt like mindless gore to me and i lost interest. the way it reset back with everyone being alive just made no sense to me and without anything to even remotely explain why they were resetting made it feel like a bunch of arcs that had no relevance. maybe someone can tell me why it is rated so highly, did i just get bored and drop it too fast?
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MightyMidgit wrote:

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

You need to watch both seasons, ignore OVAs, then watch it all again.
The second time around, you realize why everything happened the way it did, and if you want the full truth (the end of the second season was not the full truth), you need to watch it again.

First viewing: What the HELL is going on?!?!?
Second viewing: Holy crap, it all makes sense!!!

I've seen it about 12 times, I think.


so does that show actually have an overall plot i watched like 8 to12 episodes and dropped it because i got bored, it just felt like mindless gore to me and i lost interest. the way it reset back with everyone being alive just made no sense to me and without anything to even remotely explain why they were resetting made it feel like a bunch of arcs that had no relevance. maybe someone can tell me why it is rated so highly, did i just get bored and drop it too fast?


With only 8-12 episodes, you are still in the midst of the confusion, and nothing big has been revealed. (Actually it has, but you won't realize that until your second watch-through).

The repetition is part of the plot. The end of the first season starts showing things that link/bridge the arcs as characters start remembering things from alternate timelines. The second season introduces quickly why time is repeating and then begins working to solve the problem.

One thing that many people do not realize is that this is a detective mystery that places you in the seat of the detective. It does not spoon feed you information, but leaves you to make your own conclusions from what is going on. The first season is known as the "Question Arcs" and the second season is the "Answer Arcs". The show would not be nearly as good if not for the second season. The first season is good, but cannot stand on its own well without the explanations of the second.

I do admit that some of the violence is pointlessly over-the-top.
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