How good can really short animes be?
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Posted 12/9/09
Alright, so I just finished watching Saishuu Shiken Kujira which has a total of 12 episodes that are each 5 min long (about 4 if you don't include the ending credits) and it got me thinking. When there are animes this short, how good can they really be? I for one was lost. The first like 7 episodes were all about introducing characters and then the episodes after that show each were like the last couple minutes of a plot that could have taken multiple 20 minute long episodes to develop. Each of these episodes were completely unrelated as well other than having some of the same characters. I really felt like pulling my hair out. It has made me think that animes this short probably aren't all that good. I for one think they should just turn animes like this into one movie and try to focus on ONE or TWO of the plotlines they tried to get in as well as just trying to in-depthly develop a few characters. What does everyone else think?
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Posted 12/9/09
I think alot of shows cut themselves short when they could have expanded alot more on them but some (Around 24 eps) are surprisingly good cant say ive ever watched a show 5 mins long with only 12 eps thats really short to develop any kind of story plot and characters and then follow through with it.
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Posted 12/9/09
I know right. When I say short, I mean basically animes that have at most, 10 to 15 min long episodes. If that is the case, it is almost necessary for 24 or more episodes in order for it to be developed at all is what I think.
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Posted 12/11/09
It could be a promotional gimmick, if the show were originally a manga short on a weekly magazine. Though I haven't seen any shows that are that short, the next closest thing I've seen would be Doujin Work, which features 15 minute long episodes, with a total of 12 episodes for the season.

I guess it's a matter of presentation. If you can present a story in such a short amount of time while amusing the watcher, then that makes it just as effective as a longer 24 minute production, minus the extra costs for each minute of airing. There are actually quite a lot of these 15 minute anime shorts that don't make their way to the west, and I've got to say that many of them are great because they're sustainable. Although I guess this kind of formula seems to work best with comedy. Depending on the plot scenarios, you might need more time to gravitate the story across a much longer time frame - although I'm not too sure about that one.

As for the amount of time to develop a story, much of what you see on TV is protracted, anyway, to make people watch it (i.e. cliffhangers). Minus the marketing strategies, you could tell a story in as short as 30 minutes if you wanted to, albeit rather rushed. I guess my point would simply be that the quality of a short anime depends much on what it's trying to drive across to the viewer and if it did it effectively. If you don't see the point at the end of it all, then you can pretty well say that it wasn't a good idea.
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Posted 12/11/09
"Cromonte High School" was like 12 minutes per episode and was funny as hell.
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Posted 12/11/09
Galaxy Angel was a fun one with 12 min episodes
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Posted 12/13/09
I can see how they could tell a story in a shorter time like a movie, I guess I must have just picked the wrong short anime to watch.

How many episodes were in Cromonte high school and Galaxy Angel?
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