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Posted 9/14/11
Does anybody have any ACTUAL information on why the producers of this series create FILLER? Is it for advertising dollars? Is it to give them time to work on other projects? Time to create amazing episodes of Naruto that require more effort than other episodes?

I assume it's not to LOSE FANS, which it apparently DOES DO.

I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE FILLER.

Did I mention my dislike of filler? I don't like it. I've stopped watching Naruto since the filler started. So it's not helping the advertisers and it's not helping the fans.

So would somebody please explain to me why they are doing this when the MANGA clearly goes on with the story and characters we all care about?

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Fillers are made to give the series Creator(Kishimoto) enough time to produce the Manga chapters to keep it ahead of the anime as well as give animators enough time to produce the canon episodes since only one animator works on a filler episode hence why the quility of it is lower then the canon episodes, these are the primary reasons why filler episodes are done, truthfully if you want you can do with out the anime and concentrate on the manga if your willing to read it, ideally you want to keep the manga atleast 50 chapters ahead of where the anime is at currently, there are series where they didn't do this and it ends as a series of episodes that are non-canon because they were released as the manga chapter where released and example is Sailor Moon, the anime ended up ahead of the Manga hence why the last two seasons of Sailor Moon never covered the canon story.

I can go on but bottom line there are two reason mainly why filler episodes exist.
1) give the Creator enough time to produce the story
2) give the animators enough time to draw all the scenes
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Ya, I agree with JC!

I know some anime who been only 12 episode, some 26 few 50, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece are the same.

I read/watch. Truth is, look up wiki to see how long 'filters will be cast for' I heard that filter may end by late October.

Give you time, to watch other animes.
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The problem is that the manga is at least 100 chapters ahead of the anime. There is really no excuse, unless they are working on a movie. & that doesn't excuse the filler for being so bad. Bleach has excellent filler for what it is. It's a bad decision on so many levels.
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This is a good general explanation, thank you! But since the Naruto manga are more than 100 episodes ahead, it does not apply.

So, does anyone know why there are Naruto filler episodes at all? Are the producers working on some super super duper ultra Naruto episodes, where the action requires many more times the animation than normal? That might make sense.

I wish the producers or people connected to the series would give us a definitive answer! Unless of course they just want to make cheap episodes and more advertising dollars. Then they probably wouldn't admit it.
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the answer is most likely the second reason I listed, also we are entering the next season, and sadly they must want the next season to start with the next Naruto chapter and no they are not 100 episodes ahead infact they are barily 40 episodes ahead when you look at episodes they can in fact cover up to a max of 3 manga chapters in a single episode
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In most cases, it seems that the filler arcs are put in place to allow more time for the manga series to get ahead of the anime, but since the manga is way ahead of the anime, it must be as JCossey-san said, to give the anime team more time to produce the canon scenes.

I also feel that they are also to provide more emphasis on certain elements explained in the manga that Kishi hasn't been able to put across, as sometimes the filler arcs add interesting points that I want to know more about. For example in the Konoha History arc, they came up with the idea that Naruto and Sasuke were assigned on to the same team so the Uchiha clan were given some sort of control over the Kyuubi. I would like to know more about that. Also, this girl who seems to be from the Uzumaki clan in the Adventures at Sea filler arcs, I am curious to learn more about her.

It's unlikely that we will learn more about points like these, but the fillers sometimes do make me curious about things and understand certain points more.

LIke with the Naruto films, they don't seem to be canon but for Naruto Shippuden 3: Inheritors of the will of fire, Kishi wanted people to remember that film because it sent out the message that your friends are important. While most fillers and films seem ridiculous, there's always some sort of significant message being sent out to the people that actually pay attention to these things.

That's just an opinion based on personal observations though; I could be wrong entirely.
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Thanks for the explanations and opinions. I really wish the creators would come forward and give us a definitive reason, because I don't know of any Naruto fans who are happy to watch filler over canon. All of my friends who are Naruto fans can't stand watching filler. Don't watch it, in fact.

Does anyone know when this sploosh of filler will end?
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mckaystewart wrote:

Thanks for the explanations and opinions. I really wish the creators would come forward and give us a definitive reason, because I don't know of any Naruto fans who are happy to watch filler over canon. All of my friends who are Naruto fans can't stand watching filler. Don't watch it, in fact.

Does anyone know when this sploosh of filler will end?


I heard that this current filler arc may end in the middle of October.
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I remember hearing somewhere (a different Naruto forum perhaps, can't remember) that some of the filler episodes are added because Kishi didn't write/go into the backstory of certain events and characters. One example is when Naruto meets the jinchuriki of the six-tails, Utakata. This was never covered in the manga, so it was used as a filler to flesh out that part of the series.

Most of the time it is junk filler, but sometimes there is a meaning to it.
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Mariner wrote:

I remember hearing somewhere (a different Naruto forum perhaps, can't remember) that some of the filler episodes are added because Kishi didn't write/go into the backstory of certain events and characters. One example is when Naruto meets the jinchuriki of the six-tails, Utakata. This was never covered in the manga, so it was used as a filler to flesh out that part of the series.

Most of the time it is junk filler, but sometimes there is a meaning to it.


Yeah, sometimes there seems to be interesting points in the fillers, even episodes that seem to be "pointless". Like in the Konoha History Filler Arc, I remember Danzo saying something about how Naruto and Sasuke were put in the same time to give the Uchiha clan control of the Kyuubi? Something like that anyway.
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It's not only a case of 'how far ahead the manga is'.

Bear in mind they can't normally just shove filler in whenever the hell they want at total random (although they did a few times with Konoha History...) I mean, once the war starts, there's a long time before they can really do filler again.
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Mahzes wrote:

It's not only a case of 'how far ahead the manga is'.

Bear in mind they can't normally just shove filler in whenever the hell they want at total random (although they did a few times with Konoha History...) I mean, once the war starts, there's a long time before they can really do filler again.


I wish that truly were the case. Bleach inserted a filler arc in the Heuco Mundo (sp?) arc. Ichigo was fighting Grimmjow and at about the time the fight was ending some arc cuts in for 20 episodes or so before continuing the story. ಠ_ಠ
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Well I'll be careful to avoid speaking of spoilers but the upcoming arc gets really busy, and fights have to be missed out or shortened in the manga so several things can be covered but the story can still progress. With any luck, the Anime team will put in scenes for these shortened or missed fights and do a pretty decent job. That way, filler scenes are added, but they fit in well and everyone is happy with these more detailed fights.
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At least Naruto's fillers aren't completely random like Bleachs fillers, yes fillers suck but ever long running series normally ends up going to them eventually
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