Some of the best anime is worth watching more than once for its entertainment value or dense themes.
Anime that are especially entertaining or dense are the best types to watch more than once. Some anime pack as much information as possible into every scene, making it necessary to watch it more than once. Other anime have such a mysterious and thrilling story that the audience is in constant suspense, so a second watch can be more leisurely.
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Some anime benefit from being watched from different perspectives. Others can offer a new experience if rewatched. There are comedic classic animes that offer a much-needed laugh at the end of a hard day.
10 Death Parade’s Themes Are More Enjoyable On A Rewatch
Delivering a great story is a tough task for an original anime, but Death Parade manages to give audiences a satisfying experience in only one season. There’s a lot of deeper themes going on in Death Parade, including references to Buddhism and existentialism. These themes may not be as noticeable on the first watch. Fans must watch the series a second time to really appreciate the messages that Death Parade is trying to get across. Prior knowledge of Buddhism also enhances the experience.
9 Rewatching Puella Magi Madoka Magica Gives A Completely Different Experience
Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s biggest mystery and reveal is saved for the very end. After watching Kyubey practically beg Madoka Kaname to become a magical girl, audiences are finally rewarded with Madoka’s wish at the highest point of tension. Watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica again knowing Madoka’s wish and the truth behind Homura Akemi can be a rewarding experience. A rewatch allows audiences to enjoy the ride, instead of constantly guessing what Madoka will wish for and who Homura is.
8 Nichijou Is A Fun, Relaxing And Hilarious Watch Every Time
A shining star in the world of anime comedy and parody, Nichijou has become a beloved series in the same vein as shows like Azumanga Daioh. While Nichijou doesn’t have as much popularity, its slapstick comedy and antics are reminiscent of Azumanga Daioh. Nichijou adds in its own flavor of wackiness.
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Nichijou has no shortage of easily rewatchable comedy. For example, Misato Tachibana whips out a gun arsenal when denying her feelings for Kojiro Sasahara. Also, Mio Naganohara bribes a cop to keep her manga drawing habit a secret,
7 Konosuba’s Comedic Value Practically Begs That It Be Rewatched
Some comedy series have so many layers of humor, it’s easy to miss some of the comedy the first time around. Konosuba fits within this mold. Audiences can notice more jokes and references on a rewatch. If some especially astute viewers notice all the jokes the first time through, Konosuba‘s is funny enough to be amusing on the second or even third watch. Konosuba is a great parody anime to share with friends who have the same sense of humor, especially the otaku variety.
6 FLCL Requires Multiple Watches To Truly Appreciate Its Message
With an anime as short and dense as FLCL, it’s necessary to watch more than once. This way, fans can really grasp its meaning. FLCL follows Naota Nandaba and his struggles with puberty and finding his place in life. FLCL‘s angsty tone is augmented by its stellar soundtrack made up entirely of tracks by the Japanese rock group, The Pillows. Several scenes in FLCL are particularly memorable for the excellent music playing in the background. FLCL‘s combination of amazing story, animation, and soundtrack make it well worth multiple watches.
5 Mob Psycho 100 Is Humorous & Encouraging And Rewatches Are Soothing
Initially appearing as a simple comedy series, Mob Psycho 100 doubles as a heartwarming tale. Mob Psycho 100 can encourage audiences to believe in themselves. Made by the same creator of One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100 takes a different approach with its comedy. Although, both shows share the same absurdist humor. Both Mob and Saitama are overpowered. Mob doesn’t consider himself powerful, and instead relies on his mentor, Reigen Arataka, for advice and guidance.
4 Cowboy Bebop’s Story Has A Stronger Impact The Second Time Around
On the first watch, Cowboy Bebop seems like an unorganized, disjointed narrative that lacks a true focus. Tucked within Cowboy Bebop‘s episodic narrative is a deeper story – focused on coping with the past.
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Each episode challenges Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, and Faye Valentine – making them look back on their pasts. Their pasts aren’t completely pieced together until the end of Cowboy Bebop, so watching a second time with that knowledge makes for a satisfying rewatch. It’s also got an amazing jazz soundtrack.
3 Odd Taxi’s Mystery Is Easier To Catch During A Second Watch
Despite being a modest 13 episodes long, Odd Taxi does a splendid job putting together an intriguing mystery. Odd Taxi delves into a plethora of modern social dilemmas. Odd Taxi‘s pacing is excellent and manages to string along narrative tension without wearing out audiences. Odd Taxi‘s biggest plot twist is one of its strongest features. On a rewatch, fans may notice the twist before it’s revealed. Spotting hints to the mystery are easy to miss the first time. A rewatch can feel like seeing something new.
2 Monogatari’s Story Is So Thick It Practically Begs For A Rewatch
The Monogatari series is worthy of a rewatch because of its stunning and inventive animation. Monogatari is based on a light novel series of the same name. Monogatari’s author is truly what makes the series interesting. Nisio Isin is famous for his impressive wordplay and self-referential humor, and the anime adaptation creatively implements Isin’s narrative style. A lot of Monogatari‘s story is dependent on witty conversations between characters that beg a rewatch.
1 Rewatching Steins;Gate Is Satisfying
The dramatic tension in Steins;Gate is balanced on whether Rintaro Okabe will manage to save both Mayuri Shiina and Kurisu Makise. Neither girl’s fate is clear until the very end of Steins;Gate, so rewatching can be very satisfying. Knowing that Steins;Gate has a solid ending leaves audiences relaxed on a second watch, allowing fans to better appreciate the humor and drama. Steins;Gate is also pretty relatable for otaku, so catching more otaku references and jokes is another benefit during a rewatch.
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Brittanie Maldonado is a Staff Writer for CBR and a long-time gamer/cartoon-lover based in the US. She studied English and Comparative Literature at the School of General Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York, so she loves evaluating and analyzing different types of media. She’s worked in fast food, retail, and corporate roles, but she is happiest when expressing herself through writing. Brittanie has a deep love and appreciation for the Japanese language and culture, and she brings this cultural perspective to the forefront when assessing various Japanese media. If she’s not researching or writing, she’s probably gaming or catching up on her backlogged anime watchlist. She doesn’t do the social media thing too well, but you can check out her Twitter at @SpikeUesugi or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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