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Why are people hating on Short length anime
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Novasis wrote:

so a lot of people don't hate the fact that they're short necessarily, but if they do then they have no room to. For instance, a bit of people disliked InuXBoku Secret Service because there was only 13 episodes and the storyline didn't really have any meaning to it considering there wasn't a full out romance or explanation of any plot that could have took place, but didn't.


Amus_Man_Ikuto wrote:

12 episode animes are usually the best.... better stories because they are not stretched out

Keep in mind what is being discussed here are anime that are short in terms of minutes per episode, not the number of episodes in the series.

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Posted 3/8/13 , edited 3/8/13

TheAncientOne Keep in mind what is being discussed here are anime that are short in terms of minutes per episode, not the number of episodes in the series


Aah I understand what your saying now. I guess that would be my fault for not reading out the full thread, but it seems a number of other people we're confused, and are going to be so I'm not going to worry about what I said lol. Anyway I wouldn't have been able to post on this thread anyway because I've never seen short length anime like that. Whoops oh well xD
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I don't mind it and I like Encouragement of Climb, but I get why people don't like it. It's very hard to get into a short show because once you start to get in, it's over
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kinda funny when people hate on anime that's 3 minutes per episode, yet so many people have been creaming in their pants for a 30 second commercial that will never be the anime that they want.
Posted 3/8/13 , edited 3/8/13

Amus_Man_Ikuto wrote:

12 episode animes are usually the best.... better stories because they are not stretched out


That, and it doesn't leave them room for filler. If they did, then you immediately know it's a red flag.

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I'm okay with it if it doesn't try to actually put out an advanced storyline. They tend to be rushed and really random though so it might be a turn off to some people.
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Yeah yeah yeah!! It's getting to the good part!! Oh? The series end there?
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Why? Because people want a plot.
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aidenraine wrote:

kinda funny when people hate on anime that's 3 minutes per episode, yet so many people have been creaming in their pants for a 30 second commercial that will never be the anime that they want.

lol, true

Yeah, I never got it myself. These are probably the same people who gripe about manga one-shots.

I guess it's because we're conditioned to see half-hour episodes. It's like being used to eating super-sized meals at a buffet, then feeling cheated when you go order French cuisine that comes in tiny servings.

Of course, the two have different purposes. For something like Hetalia or Recorder and Randsell, which are just gag series (like the source material), short is good because I wouldn't want to see it filled out to stretch into longer episodes. If they are trying to tell a deep, involved dramatic story in 3-minute episodes, then it probably wouldn't be appropriate.


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TripleBakaKimidori wrote: I hate them because after the ~3 minutes of pure enjoyment- I feel cheated, having to wait a full week for an episode that is 1/8 the length of a normal one.

I normally save them, and watch them in sets toward the end of the season when I've dropped some series.

Many of them are flash anime, but while I can see not giving a flash anime 5/5, that on it own is not a good reason to really slam a short flash anime.

Most 3min/episode anime are animating a 4-koma manga, where each string of 4 panels is a single gag, sometimes in a sequence that tells a longer story, and sometimes as a one-off. When Squid Girl did three stories in a single anime episode, its normally animating connected sequences of 4-koma strips that make up a chapter or part of a chapter, which is how they got 5min-8min for a particular story.

By contrast, a 3min/episode short more often animates one to three strips.

4-koma are often mostly set-ups to tell gags, so its a bit much to criticize the 3min/episode anime for not having enough plot ~ its likely that its original source material didn't provide any more plot to work with, so making the episodes longer would not add any more plot.
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I love shorts! Poyopoyo, Chitose Get You, Teekyuu, Yama no Susume, Boku no Imouto wa Osaka Okan, Mangirl!, Ai Mai Mi, Wooser, I am forgetting some surely...

The Teekyuu BD is hilarious. It has an 18 minute version of the entire 12 episode season without OP/ED or credits. It is just 18 minute of 100 laughs a minute funny!

Most are based on short or four panel manga so they work well, even Yama no Susume is like that though most are surprised.
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I hate on the short length anime because:

1. I feel somewhat trolled when I read a description for a series that looks promising, then it turns out to be 2 or 3 minute episodes. I love slice of life in particular and that catalog has a ton of them, so this has happened a lot.

2. Crunchyroll has way too many of them, probably because they're cheap to acquire. And I feel that it's an artificial means to pad the catalog with more titles. I'd trade all of the short form anime on the site for one season of something like Chuunibyou.

3. The majority of them are crappy Flash animations that are as crudely written as they are drawn. Just not funny at all.
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TripleBakaKimidori wrote: I hate them because after the ~3 minutes of pure enjoyment- I feel cheated, having to wait a full week for an episode that is 1/8 the length of a normal one.

I normally save them, and watch them in sets toward the end of the season when I've dropped some series.

Many of them are flash anime, but while I can see not giving a flash anime 5/5, that on it own is not a good reason to really slam a short flash anime.

Most 3min/episode anime are animating a 4-koma manga, where each string of 4 panels is a single gag, sometimes in a sequence that tells a longer story, and sometimes as a one-off. When Squid Girl did three stories in a single anime episode, its normally animating connected sequences of 4-koma strips that make up a chapter or part of a chapter, which is how they got 5min-8min for a particular story.

By contrast, a 3min/episode short more often animates one to three strips.

4-koma are often mostly set-ups to tell gags, so its a bit much to criticize the 3min/episode anime for not having enough plot ~ its likely that its original source material didn't provide any more plot to work with, so making the episodes longer would not add any more plot.



I thought Squid Girl was not 4-koma. It is a regular style manga.
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TripleBakaKimidori wrote:
I thought Squid Girl was not 4-koma. It is a regular style manga.

A quick check at a scantalation site shows the chapters to typically be 8 pages long.

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Balzack wrote: 2. Crunchyroll has way too many of them, probably because they're cheap to acquire. And I feel that it's an artificial means to pad the catalog with more titles. I'd trade all of the short form anime on the site for one season of something like Chuunibyou.

Yes, if it were somehow possible to "swap", then that would make sense of some of the complaints.

But of course its not. The choice is between the same number of series with normal length episodes, and either more or fewer 3min/episode series.

I'm confident that they are offering a Minimum Guarantee for the 3min/episode series that in their experience they can make back from the royalties on the average 3min/episode series, which means its basically the people watching it who are paying for it. So for people who don't want "their money" going to 3min/episode series, just don't watch them.


TripleBakaKimidori wrote: I thought Squid Girl was not 4-koma. It is a regular style manga.

You know, I didn't buy the manga, so I must be misremembering a review. Based on what TAO said, it has chapters about the length of many 4-koma chapters ~ and given how episodic it is, that would have made one storyline per episode problematic.

A 4-koma manga that I have got in my JManga collection is Maritasan wa Mukuchi ~ that was quite nice as a 3min/episode series.

And I watched the Love My Lovecraft (or whatever the title is) flash animation, but I didn't like it enough to watch the normal series when it was added ... that was cute and silly in small doses, but got tedious in bigger doses.
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