There’s no point in denying. I love re-reading or re-watching. Sure, I still want to be introduced to new series but a certain joy erupts within me whenever I’m getting back to my favorites. Especially during the peak of my obsessions, I tend to revisit my favorite scenes and it doesn’t reduce my enjoyment at all. Like for example, I’ve re-read the summer training camp arc in Haikyuu!! numerous times and still chuckled at Kuroo and Bokuto’s silliness each time.
Sometimes when I finish an amazing book, I can’t help but to turn back to the first page and start over again. A lot of people say that the second time around, we will be able to pick up the things we miss at first, but the main reason I re-read is because I want to feel the rush of excitement and pure satisfaction again. Unfortunately, due to some circumstances, I wasn’t able to re-read as much as I used to.
However, I’ve been having trouble with finding new series to obsess over lately so I decided maybe going back to my old favorite fictional world would do something good. In the past few days I was re-watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and it ignited a lot of feels — and tears as well. (I mean, I first saw it when I was in elementary and now I’m graduating high school…) In short, it had been a long time and I had forgotten a lot of essential plot points. My friends were like, “What the hell? You’re gonna go through 64 episodes again?” But it was just as fantastic the second time around and AHHH THE ENDING! Tied up the story perfectly and — most important thing for a shipper’s heart — MY SHIP SAILED!! I would love to go deeper but then again, this post is supposed to be somewhat spoiler-free. I’m gonna re-read the manga next and then I will catch up to new updates after that.
I think picking up old favorites is like coming back home. I like the feeling of knowing what to expect without fearing disappointment at all. I guess there’s a certain joy in that.