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Five Anime/Manga I Keep Going Back To

Do you reread/rewatch stuff?

 I very rarely reread or rewatch any manga or anime, no matter how much I love it, unless it's for a review. Rereading is usually a timekiller activity, so I'll generally pick up a novel, and reruns are something I only watch on TV-- and only then if I really feel the need to turn my brain to mush.

But throughout the years there have been a few franchises I can just go back to again and again. So here are five of the items on my shelves that just don't seem to get old.

 Ouran High School Host Club
 Ouran High School Host Club
1) Ouran High School Host Club (manga)
During a period of my life when I was inundated with a lot of really boring crappy romance manga, I picked up Ouran on a lark from a friend who had bought it but didn't really get into it. I read through it and the first volume actually had some honest-to-god laugh-out-loud moments. The completely disinterested heroine was a breath of fresh air, and the characters that actually developed over the subsequent volumes became increasingly dear to my heart. The over-the-top parody of shoujo tropes didn't hurt, although it faded more as the series went on. I still reread the early volumes to recapture some of that.

 Slayers
 Slayers
2) Slayers (anime)
I came to Slayers relatively late in my anime fandom-- I was a sophomore or junior in college and had been a fan for nearly a decade. But I'd never gotten around to it (no anime club in my high school!), until the day one of the folks in the LiveJournal-based Portland anime club I co-founded brought it in and we sat down to watch. I'm not unfamiliar with parodies of high fantasy (I still think "The Very Secret Diaries of the Fellowship of the Rings" is hysterical), but Slayers' unique heroine-- feisty Lina, uncaring of the destruction she causes but always there to point out when some other anime trope is ridiculous --always gets me snickering.

 Cowboy Bebop
 Cowboy Bebop
3) Cowboy Bebop (anime)
Moving away from comedy for a moment, it's probably kind of a cliche at this point, but I love Cowboy Bebop. Even now I think most of Bebop feels pretty fresh compared to a lot of the stuff coming out these days. I guess it's nice to still have something where the men are neither wimpy nor blusterful and the women have curves and aren't afraid to use 'em. The excellent style and the storyline don't hurt, either.

 Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
 Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
4) Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (manga)
This dark comedy from Dark Horse is truly unique, albeit a bit more gory than I usually like my media. A bunch of kids with varying abilities-- one channels an alien through his handpuppet, another is an embalmer (which is rare in Japan, where most people care cremated), a hacker, a dowser, and a guy who can talk to the dead --all get together and start a company whose goal is essentially to find dead bodies and deliver them to wherever the bodies want, the goal being to score some money via...whatever: a secret stash, a lotto ticket, etc. It's a collection of shorts, for the most part, but they all do build to something bigger...and it's all excellently done. Part horror manga, part ensemble comedy, I could reread these volumes again and again. You should too; there's a movie tentatively in the works, after all.

 FLCL
 FLCL
5) FLCL (anime)
What can I say about FLCL? It's only six episodes, which makes it an easy thing to pop on in the background, and it's also an amazing show. The visuals are amazing, the characters are engaging, and the story...well, it's a little confusing at times, but by the third or fourth watch-through you've more or less got it. And the scene between Haruko and Naota's dad is awkward comedy gold every time.

So those are my top five re-watches/re-reads. How often do you (or don't you) go back to stuff you've already read or seen? Are there particular titles you like to go back to?
fancifulunicornon March 24, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.
FLCL is definitely a big one for me
FoxxFireArt moderator on March 24, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.
Really? I can watch or read something I enjoy to an extreme extent. There are certain episodes of One Piece I've watched well over 10 times. The same for moments in Detective Conan manga or the movies. I've watched several of those movies over five times. Most of the cases I've really enjoyed are with Haibara or Kaito Kid.
With One Piece, I never get tired of watching Zoro reacting to Tashigi, and she is in very few episodes. There is also the Enies Lobby arc, when Luffy decked the World Royal, or Nami in Thriller Bark. In the beginning of that Thriller Bark arc, Nami had some very Luffy-esque moments.
 
I've read all of Negima! online in scanlation, but that doesn't stop me from buying the mangas and rereading what I've already read and enjoying it. I would much rather have the book on my shelf then read online. Providing the quality of the product is equal or better to what I can get online.
XChileon March 24, 2010 at 1:23 p.m.
Of course, sometimes the works are too much to let go of...for me its always Initial D I cant stop watching it.
wwfunderakeron March 24, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.
I havent rewatched any anime yet, but want to School Rumble and GTO again.
crusader8463on March 24, 2010 at 2:10 p.m.
I'm the same way with everything i watch. I can only watch it the one time and that's it. The only exception is watching it again many years later, but even then I can only make to the end of a few shows. Ironically Cowboy Bebop is one of the few shows that i can always just sit down and enjoy watching it, no matter the episode. That is certainly a testament to how great of a show it is. Oh and Princess Mononoke too.
constanzadellarosaon March 24, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
I tend to go back to watch Rurouni Kenshin's OAVs (the first ones), and read Dominion: Tank Police very often. I love those crazy cat sisters.
Juuhachion March 24, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.

 'nuff said
 'nuff said
JELEINENon March 24, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.

I used to watch Royal Space Force once a year until my tape died.  I bought the Manga Entertainment DVD, but it was so horrible looking as to be unwatchable.  Finally, this year I found the Bandai release for a reasonable price (in other words, no where near what the MSRP was for it) and so have revived this tradition. 
 
Galactic Heroes, Beautiful Dreamer, Otaku no Video, Time Stranger and Aim for the Top! are the other titles I will re-watch on a semi-regular basis.
sora_thekey moderator on March 24, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.

I'm going to check out FLCL... just because it's six episodes!
Dream moderator is online on March 24, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
I have a couple titles in my collection I keep hopping back to...
 

Two Well-Endowed Bibliomaniacs Raiding Jinbo-cho out of Books with the Youngest Sister Complaining of Their Addiction in Read or Die TV.
Two Well-Endowed Bibliomaniacs Raiding Jinbo-cho out of Books with the Youngest Sister Complaining of Their Addiction in Read or Die TV.


 No Matter Where You Go, Everyone is Connected!! XD
 No Matter Where You Go, Everyone is Connected!! XD
BobCaton March 24, 2010 at 5:35 p.m.
I re-read Love Hina sometimes :)
Papasanon March 24, 2010 at 6:31 p.m.

My daughters watch every anime that we own OVER AND OVER AND OVER again... But one title I keep hidden, so as to prevent them for ruining it for me with their endless repetition: 
 
FOOLY COOLY!!! 
 
(FLCL) 
 

 
 
Bigheart711on March 24, 2010 at 8:27 p.m.

I can't believe I'm friggin' typing this, but I keep coming back to watching Red Garden and Rin ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ even though I was freaked out at the end of an episode of Rin at first. 
 
@Dream: Mad prpos to you on the R.O.D. saga! I can't quit on the series at all.
Halberdierv2on March 25, 2010 at 6:12 a.m.
Bebop and FLCL is gold.
Krison March 25, 2010 at 11:36 a.m.
Oi, I missed this.....
Anything I buy I'm always going to go back to, but there are some that I'll go back to over and over and over...way more than everything else.
Ouran High School Host Club (anime)
Skip Beat! (manga)
You're Under Arrest (anime)
Azumanga Daioh (anime) 
Fruits Basket (manga)
 
Some others...but those are my constants. 

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