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The two verbs ansehen and anschauen are near-identical synonyms. They are, in fact, identical as to their denotations. People may disagree, however, as to the equivalence of their connotations. For example, when we hear or read anschauen we simultaneously hear or read a faint echo of the noun Anschauung in the back of our mind. There is ...
Yes the two verbs are synonyms which mean exactly the same. I can't think of an example in which one of the verbs would mean different things. Perhaps the activity of watching a movie can be expressed better with anschauen instead of ansehen, but it's not a mistake to use ansehen either.
Anschauen and Ansehen have an identical meaning. If you use anschauen or ansehen is mostly dependent on the region where you are. For me anschauen is more directed to the object while ansehen is a bit more general.
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