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recap (rē′kăp′) – a summary of a news, sports, or television show.
Have you ever felt disappointed watching a movie, series, or anime? So disappointed that you wish you could just skim through the bland scenes?
Did you ever want to have an idea about a film first, before watching it, to know if it suits your taste?
Or do you just want to recall a movie without watching it all over again?
If your answer to any of these is yes, then sift through a YouTube Recap channel.
With the wide selection of entries from entertainment, recap channels on YouTube have made it their commitment to providing viewers with summaries to help them discover the best according to their preference.
You might find recaps so good you won’t need to watch the film or series entirely.
Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the best recap channels on YouTube.
Cas van de Pol
Cas van de Pol or Cas is a Dutch animator who creates animations inspired by video games, movies, and television shows.
His recap channel of the same name summarizes various animations from Disney, Marvel, and other animation production companies.
Cas uses cartoons for his channel’s recaps and kids will surely love them.
Cas’ most notable work so far is the cartoon recap of The Lion King (The Ultimate ”The Lion King” Recap Cartoon) with over 54 million views as of this writing.
The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) recap (The Ultimate “Spongebob Squarepants Movie” Recap Cartoon) is also very whimsical.
Although there are no narrations, the videos make up for it by using hilarious inarticulate voice-overs.
2–30 minutes (varying)
Animations, Cartoons, Games
Film Recaps is an American YouTube channel recapping horror, mystery movies, and stories in under 15 minutes.
Currently, its most viewed video at more than 2 million views (10 000 Year Old Man Cursed To Suffer Immortality On Earth) is a recap of the 2015 Canadian/American horror-comedy film He Never Died.
Coming in second, with more than 1 million views, is SHE Becomes IMMORTAL And Regrets It. A recap of the 1992 movie Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep.
Film Recaps’ video narration is of good quality. But what’s disappointing are the stills on some of the videos.
Mr. Recap Animes
Mr. Recap Animes is a channel for horror animes with quite a focus on the works of Junji Ito, a Japanese horror manga artist.
Its most viewed video at present (Famous MODEL is a MONSTER insatiable for HUMAN MEAT – RECAP) is from Souichi’s Diary of Curses (Fashion Model and Rumors chapters).
The channel also features the thought-provoking direct-to-video adult dark fantasy animation from 2010, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic (A WARRIOR must go through the 9 CIRCLES OF HELL to find his beloved – RECAP).
Despite the channel being a good source of horror animes, it’s lacking in many aspects. Narration is good with the scary tones. But there are times it’s hard to understand.
The recap channel is quite new and the author surely has a lot of time to improve.
20 minutes (varying)
One of the newest and best emerging recap channels for Netflix horror series and horror movies, Recap Junkies, promises reviews and movie recaps that are satisfying and enjoyable.
Narration is primarily excellent and entertaining and the videos are always lively.
Its most viewed video (Girl Gets Trapped Inside House With Wild Tiger | Burning Bright movie recap) is the recap of the 2010 horror thriller film Burning Bright.
The recap channel also features the chart-topping Netflix series All of Us Are Dead (Girl Is Bit By Hamster and Starts a Deadly Outbreak In High School | netflix movie recap).
20 minutes (varying)
RECAP KING is a channel that covers all movie categories. Promising to wrap up the summarization within 10-15 minutes, it also gives unique insights about the movie.
RECAP KING invites its viewers to request movies they want to be summarized.
Their most popular recap (These búllies don’t know that the new student they are búllying is a tough delinquent) is of the movie Evil, a 2003 Swedish drama film with 3 million views to date.
The notable action comedy movie Central Intelligence (2016) starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also included in their list (A man is búllied for being fat and weak, but 20 years later, he changes and takes revenge).
The narrations are simple yet very clear. The channel expertly digests movies in a concise manner that sometimes it feels like you don’t need to watch the movie anymore.
Scifi Recapped, as the channel name implies, mostly covers sci-fi movies and series.
The channel is the younger sister of another recap channel, Mystery Recapped.
Its most famous review (In This Class, Students Trained To Be Assassins To Kill Their Teacher) is the live-action adaptation of the anime Assassination Classroom with 5 million views up.
Colossal, a science fiction dark comedy 2016 film starring Anne Hathaway, is on their list too (Giant Monster Appears And Imitates All This Woman Moves).
Scifi Recapped has a lot of movie roundups that compensate for its sometimes mediocre narration. But surely it will improve in this regard.
15 minutes (varying)
Top Cover Movies
Top Cover Movies recap channel currently focuses on well-known Anime series.
Its most famous video (A level 1 guy defeats a level 1500 undead – Recap best anime moments) is the recap of the anime Shinka no Mi: Shiranai Uchi ni Kachigumi Jinsei (The Fruit of Evolution: Before I Knew It, My Life Had It Made) with more than 1.5 million views.
The channel also has a recap of the provocative anime series Charlotte (2015) (A guy who has the ability to steal all other people’s superpowers – REVIEW and RECAP Charlotte).
Top Cover Movies has been around for quite some time but sadly, it presently has very few anime recap videos.
Narrations ain’t top-notch but for anime lovers, it’s good enough. Still, Top Cover Movies has a lot of room for improvement.
10 minutes (varying)
Considering this Quora thread, there’s an average of 2,577 movies created in a year worldwide. That’s 7 movies a day. This number doesn’t include series and animation titles.
Even in 2020, the year with the lowest number of movies produced in North America alone (statista.com), the total was 334. That amounts to almost 1 movie a day.
Some countries have increased film production in the past decade, particularly South Korea (stephenfollows.com).
With such numbers in film production, we might feel we are missing some of the best movies out there.
Recap channels on YouTube are the best sources of information for movies, series, and animes we may not be able to watch in our lifetime.
Do you know a YouTube recap channel that should be on the list? Shout it out in the comments.