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Season? or Non-Stop?
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Posted 9/7/11
This is a question I'd like to ask everyone here. How would you prefer your anime?

- Do you like it in a 12-24 episode seasons that premiers once a year? (ex.: Spice and Wolf, K-On, Squid Girl, Bakuman, Nichijou, etc.)

Or

- Do you like it a continues non-stop show that you sit every week watching it with no breaks between the episode? (ex.: Naruto, BLEACH, One Piece, Detective Conan, Pokemon, etc)


Personally, I prefer it to be a seasonal anime. Short, doesn't take much time to watch it, easier to obtain, easier to follow, and the production is usually high quality.

As for the continues series' like the examples mentioned, while it's good to have your favorite shows pumping episodes every week, it gets a bit tiring to follow later. Newer fans will find it difficult to watch a long running series from the very beginning and try to keep hundreds of episodes all the time till they reach it's current status. This problem is worse with manga-based shows where they need to have filler episodes in order not to catch up to where the manga at, and that causes it to drag out to the point it turns of fans from watching it.

The seasonal anime fits the slice of life genre since the plot is not serialized like an action story, but shonen could use it to cover story arcs without the need of filler episodes. But the problem with it is if the show was not popular, it won't bring a second season. Like K-On for an example, due to the popularity of the first season, they made a second, longer season.

What are your thoughts on this matter?
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I do not really have deep reasons behind my preference, but I tend to be drawn to the season-style anime.

First off, it fills up my Anime List much more easily, and also for the reasons that you listed in that it is easier to obtain, watch, and follow.

I prefer watching an anime season like that, and then looking forward to a sequel with, possibly, a new title and new features. For some reason, the "non-stop" anime sometimes become just overwhelming.
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Nonstop all the way
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Seasons because the anime would suck after a while and eventually go into filler overdrive it the series was non-stop.
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If I were younger, I would've voted non-stop, but now days, I just prefer a block of seasons.

Why? Because I feel like I don't have to devote my life to finishing that anime.. and most of the seemingly 'endless' anime I've seen just doesn't catch my interest.

I could hear about a fantastic new anime and one of my friends would say "lol I'm on episode 362".. If I watch an anime, I have to watch it from episode one no matter what.
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i personally like longer animes but i dont like them to be nonstop. like a multiseason anime is the best. around 50 episodes is good.
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Seasons
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i watch both
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Something I should elaborate and sorta forgot. I don't have a problem if an anime airs every week. The problem is when an anime have an indefinite number of episode. Digimon for an example, airs every week, but it usually goes near 50 episodes. Take or give couple episodes, the same as older shows from the 70s and 80s where they'd go that much.

But now, like the top shonen, since they follow mangas in magazines that "forbids" to end their cash cows, that's the problem that we are facing. These cash cows are forced to publish as long as they remain popular with the readers. And these magazines can't risk losing them to something they can't guarantee being marketable or not.
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SHINOBI-03 wrote:

Something I should elaborate and sorta forgot. I don't have a problem if an anime airs every week. The problem is when an anime have an indefinite number of episode. Digimon for an example, airs every week, but it usually goes near 50 episodes. Take or give couple episodes, the same as older shows from the 70s and 80s where they'd go that much.

But now, like the top shonen, since they follow mangas in magazines that "forbids" to end their cash cows, that's the problem that we are facing. These cash cows are forced to publish as long as they remain popular with the readers. And these magazines can't risk losing them to something they can't guarantee being marketable or not.


It's the same with movies now. The big studios wouldn't dare put out anything that might be different or something that isn't aimed at the general public.

Anyway, I don't feel the length of a series has any bearing on how much I like it. Plus, I personally don't feel the need to watch a series like Gintama continuously. I think it's okay to watch something that long bit by bit. Furthermore, I like Naruto and Bleach just as much as FLCL but for altogether different reasons.
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i agree with shinobi concering the part about newbies finding it difficult in the beginning to catch up and i HATE most fillers but i still prefer non stop till the very end
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dark_heart1 wrote:

i agree with shinobi concering the part about newbies finding it difficult in the beginning to catch up and i HATE most fillers but i still prefer non stop till the very end


Here's what I did for One Piece. I skipped the anime entirely, and focused on the manga since reading it is much quicker than watching the anime. And when the anime reached the Thriller Bark arc, that's where I decided to follow it.

In short, I say it's better to read the whole manga first, knowing the main plot, and then follow the anime at where it reached.
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