In the past, I shared my thoughts on how I watched Anime. With that, it’s time to take a look at two more aspects of watching Anime that I haven’t talked about yet, rewatching shows and watching Anime with other people.
On Rewatching Anime
You might be wondering, why you would rewatch a show? I think there are many reasons you want to such as anticipation for a sequel or you simply want to watch a favorite series over again. Most fans typically do not rewatch shows they already watched because it takes time to watch a show over again when it can be used to finish the backlog, currently airing shows and other things.
To me, I do not typically rewatch shows or episodes nowadays because I would rather spend the free time doing other things such as programing, playing video games or teaching myself Japanese, especially if my time will become limited in the future when I start working. However, most of my rewatching experiences happened during my childhood since I didn’t have broadband Internet or cable television. As a result, I spent most of the time watching any anime I own on VHS or recorded and reruns such as Pokémon, Digimon, Cardcaptor Sakura (the butchered dub), Yugioh, etc. on television.
When I decided to start watching anime again during my freshman year, I have rewatched some episodes of Haruhi, Lucky Star and Kanon. However, my rewatch activities started to drop off when I started discovering more shows that matched my developing tastes. While there are some occasions that I rewatched a series such watching Clannad with the English dub on DVD out of curiosity and writing 4 separate posts sharing my thoughts on the Clannad After Story rewatch, the last show that I watched all the way through again was The Idolmaster anime in 2012.
While I do not have that much free time these days since I would rather spend my time on other things as mentioned earlier, there are benefits to rewatching shows. First, you might discover things that are important to the story that you might have overlooked when you watched it the first time. I have been there, especially when I watched the Idolmaster without being familiar with the franchise. After playing the games, I got to know the characters a lot more to the point where I can get some of the references in the show.
Perhaps another reason you would rewatch a show is out of nostalgia or to gain another perspective of the show. As you would expect, personal experiences changes as time go on and you may view a show differently years from now. Of course, there is also the enjoyment factor in watching shows that you enjoyed in the past.
While rewatching is nothing special nowadays compared to the past when widely accessible fansubs and streaming is not a thing, it’s something that most fans still do once in a while. Perhaps when I feel like it, I might go and take a look back at some of my favorite shows that I enjoyed in the past.
I have to admit that I have a limited experience with watching shows with other people. It’s mostly because I never participated in my college’s Anime club. While I watched shows with other people online, the experience was mixed at best. Still, I have to admit that it was interesting to listen to other people’s opinions about the episode or show they just watched and even debate about certain aspects of the show afterwards. In other words, you can see how other people feel about same show from their point of view.
At the same time, some people can ruin it for others for the fact some people can be disruptive, which in turn ruins the watching experience for everyone else. I won’t mention names, but there have been a few instances where a viewer has been disruptive to the point that other people could not talk about what they are watching. As you would expect, it can diminish the watching experience in general.
For me, while group-watching sessions was an interesting experience, I usually watch shows alone since I do not necessarily have the time. Moreover, I want to watch shows without any disruptions and then come up with my own thoughts afterwards. Even so, I’m willing to have another go at an Anime convention in the future.
The shows I watched with other people are Fractale, Madoka Magica, Hourou Musuko, and The Idolmaster (rewatch), and 6 episodes of Haibane Renmei (rewatch).
With that, what are your thoughts about rewatching anime and group watching? Do you rewatch shows often or not at all? Also, do you prefer watching Anime with a group of people or alone? Feel free to share your experiences