Re-watching is actually more fun than I initially thought.
I have never been a huge fan of re-watching movies, shows and such. I believe that your first encounter with something is the moment to treasure, especially if you want to judge it. When you watch something a second time, a lot of impact is lost and it will never ever be exactly as your first experience. You lose your innocence.
However, this year I decided to re-watch two of my favorite shows, one which you must already be aware of since I am currently blogging about it (speaking of that, the last post will come after the “12 Days”-spectacle, I do not want to drag it out). Yes, the first one is Toradora. But the second one? Eureka Seven!
It was not too long ago since I first watched Toradora, probably around two years, so I still have it fairly fresh in mind. With Eureka Seven, however, it must be roughly five years ago or so! That is a long time.
My reason for re-watching them is quite simple: to see if I still enjoy them as much as I did when I first watched them. Or, somewhere within myself, there might be the hope of rekindling that special feeling from the first viewing. A case of sudden nostalgia, you might call it.
And this is where I admit defeat: it is fun to re-watch. As predicted, it will never be as the first time. But instead, it will be a new type of experience! When you already know the story (hm, I had forgotten a lot in Eureka Seven though), your attention is directed towards other things, such as the details and the characters. It feels very rewarding to be honest and not too disappointing when you find flaws you did not notice the first time. It certainly adds another layer to something you already loved.
With that said, I am still far from finishing them. It takes a lot more time to re-watch for some reason, which might be because I know what will happen. But no matter what, it really is fun to re-watch! But I will never agree with people judging shows after their second watch. Do not get me wrong, I do it myself. What I mean is that you shall not forget that you notice things you normally do not in your first viewing. You have to take this into account.
Have you re-watched something this year?