the 'Episode 10 Crisis'
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like the title, single season anime are getting way, WAY too predictable with the end of season cliffhangers.

It's getting to the point where I'm dreading episodes 10 and sometimes 11 because it's just about guaranteed that everything's gonna go to hell in a handbasket.

So the question is; is this a known thing that bugs people, or am I just being oversensitive/watching too many damn shows?
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I've seen quite a few Anime that around Ep.10 it gets pretty well.. predictable. It bugs me sometimes but usually, even though i know something will probably happen, i am not disappointed by the ending
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windsagio wrote:

It's getting to the point where I'm dreading episodes 10 and sometimes 11 because it's just about guaranteed that everything's gonna go to hell in a handbasket.

So the question is; is this a known thing that bugs people, or am I just being oversensitive/watching too many damn shows?


I don't think its an issue of being over sensitive or watching too many series. You are seeing some of the structure elements of the series, things that a casual viewer would likely miss. While I sometimes flinch when episode 10 or 11 rolls around, I stopped worrying about it and just waited to see how it would play out. I guess the key is to just enjoy the series.

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I agree, you are recognizing general show patterns.

The majority of shows, anime or otherwise, rely on formulas to some extent. For instance, most cop dramas are based on a 3 or 4 act pattern, partly due to commercial breaks. If you watch enough of anything, you start to pick up on them. The better shows try and keep things fresh by messing with these formulas, but there is only so much you can do when you have 12/13 episodes to tell a story. By episode 10 or 11, you have to start wrapping things up for the conclusion.

All I can suggest is to try and enjoy the ride, don't over think it while watching.
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You are seeing some of the structure elements of the series, things that a casual viewer would likely miss.
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deadpanditto wrote:

I agree, you are recognizing general show patterns.

The majority of shows, anime or otherwise, rely on formulas to some extent. For instance, most cop dramas are based on a 3 or 4 act pattern, partly due to commercial breaks. If you watch enough of anything, you start to pick up on them. The better shows try and keep things fresh by messing with these formulas, but there is only so much you can do when you have 12/13 episodes to tell a story. By episode 10 or 11, you have to start wrapping things up for the conclusion.

All I can suggest is to try and enjoy the ride, don't over think it while watching.


This.
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That is why when big scaled animes are screwed up "guilty crown" you rage at it.
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As others said, story structure... if you have not been to the site tvtropes.org and whittled away several weeks of your life reading it, you should. It's all about elements of media like this. I think by episode 10 in a 12-13 episode series, mysteries start getting revealed, so that the groundwork is laid for the final battle/confrontation/or whatever. In many series you know what's going to happen because often there is a formula at work. This is not necessarily bad or good (see Tropes Are Tools on tvtropes.org), often the formula is used because it works. BUT, if you've seen it a billion times and there's nothing unique about it, it becomes cliche. (Although a lot of people are not bugged by this.) There are definitely series out there that invert, subvert, and/or play with the cliches, which I think are extra fun if you DO think about these things.
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tvtropes makes me feel unoriginal, I like to pretend I'm the first person to think of things :D:D

And I don't wanna give the wrong idea, I do still enjoy the ride, but there's just that 'here we go again!' feeling ya get ><
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This is more than true. I really wish creators would put more effort into their anime, but alas with so many produced we've just not the time (or funding) to go on.
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KleinerSkollexxx wrote:

This is more than true. I really wish creators would put more effort into their anime, but alas with so many produced we've just not the time (or funding) to go on.


Yeah, though sometimes there will be good quality animation that they obviously put time and money into, but the script/story falls flat and I wonder why they even bothered?
Posted 3/29/12

deadpanditto wrote:All I can suggest is to try and enjoy the ride, don't over think it while watching.


Wise words.

I numb my mind and hang on to escape the harsh realities of life for a couple hours a day. I see some people get way too work up over what they watch. What's good, what's bad, why this sucks and why that sucks.. Even if something is cheesy, bad, and reused or whatever the case.. As long as it entertains me, it's all good. I'm glad I have such a broad range of taste and standards.

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With computer CGI and all it's getting easier and easier to produce quality animation, and it seems animating is better than rounding up some good writers and paying them up to write a good script. Keep in mind a good animation is cheaper than hiring full time writers, and people can easily be so tied up in quality animation (read: pretty people) that they superficially label the story "good".
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Yeah, I kinda expect a certain degree of predictability from my anime in general. That's why when there's a series that throws you for a loop (in a good way) it is almost like it's on another level than most anime. When there's a predictable story arc or character development I roll my eyes and keep watching because sometimes it pays off. It's just the nature of the beast I guess.
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