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Post Reply Ever think some anime have TOO many episodes?
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Not to be that person, but you used the wrong kind of "to." It should be "too."

In answer to the question, yes I do think there are quite a few anime that have way too many episodes like Detective Conan (Cased Closed in US) [this has prevented me from wanting to watch it], Naruto, and a lot of other popular anime that I think are incredibly dumb.
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If you find it to be a chore instead of an enjoyment like it's meant to be then just don't watch it. I'm excited everytime I start up an episode of One Piece, filler or not, because I love the characters. I wanna start watching detective conan (700+episodes) but not sure where to stream it.
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theYchromosome wrote:

While I understand the sentiment, I've also found that with long-running shows, you get more attached to the characters, if only because you've spent so much time watching them. Even annoying or nearly intolerable characters start to gain a bit of charm as you get to know them better, and soon enough you're in a position to keep watching just because you want to know what happens to the characters you've come to like. The plot of Space Brothers isn't really anything special, and I didn't even enjoy it all that much for a good portion of the show. However, there was a point when I realized that, without realizing it, I had gradually begun to like and care about what happens to the people in the show. Nothing incredibly spectacular happened, but nonetheless, I had "gotten to know" the characters because of all the time I had spent watching them, and the show had become interesting.


This does seem to be how it works for most people; though, for me, it's usually the opposite. If I don't like a character to begin with, it's only going to get worse with time, and the antics of pretty much any set of characters starts to get repetitious and boring after a while. How long "a while" is depends on the writing quality and whether or not I actually liked the cast to begin with, but hundreds of episodes is always too long. The "getting to know" thing happened to me with Toradora, but that's only 25 episodes, and I never felt like the plot was boring or not going anywhere.

Cynically, I tend to think that long shows are able to get away with weak writing and filler because people are so attached to the characters. Even if the quality isn't suffering, they still get a big popularity boost by being long enough to trigger the nostalgia boost, or whatever it is. It kinda gives insanely long shows an unfair advantage over normal-length ones: people like them more just because they've been around so long, and they often aren't aware of the bias. Or they think impressive length means it deserves its popularity, even though it's popular mainly because it's so long...
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Most of the time, I find that a lot of series have too few episodes. Angel Beats!, for example, turned out to be only a single cour long, leaving it over far too quickly; if you've seen that anime, you'll know that that's a real shame, too.

FMA:B was the perfect length for me, although at the same time I think that it's one of very few anime that could pull off that somewhat irregular length of 5 cours without becoming too tedious.

I think 2 cours, i.e. around 24 episodes, is usually a spot-on length for a single series (or should I say season, to avoid cross-Atlantic confusion ).
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XxOkami45 I think 64 Episodes is perfect.


Agreed. I was just noticing that Chihayafuru 2 is up to the 50th episode and just needs that little bit of extra room to conclude everything reasonably well, but doesn't really feel like it needs to go on past the Master matches. 64 would be about right for it, or dragged out to 75 with a full length Chihayafuru 3 tops.
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Doesn't pokemon have over 1000 episodes and counting?
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I love ... long novels (Sword of Truth, Harry Potter) ...


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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Sure, the last three together are pretty chunky but you have got to be kidding me that Harry Potter is the only other "long" series you can think of. If you want long novels, check out A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin or Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan or Saga of Seven Suns by Kevin J Anderson.
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So, OP's reasoning was "It's tooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuuuuchhhhhhhhhhh."

Okay.
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To a point, yes, some can have too many episodes.

It is interesting to me that there are those anime that have way too few episodes because of how good they are. I kind of wish that 24 episodes was a standard anime season rather than 12. With 12 they seem to rush the story way more often than not.

Then you have quite a bit of anime that is 200+ episodes of stuff I have no interest in. Things like Naruto are not very interesting to me. Bleach, I love the main characters...I just don't like the "enemy".

I don't mind longer anime, I just wish there were more good ones that were a lot longer. Would love something like Claymore or Skip Beat to be 100+ episodes.
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too*

And yes, I do. I don't watch anything over 100 episodes. I watched over 100 of Naruto and gave up. Although Monster had 80, and I haven't finished that, the episodes were very good.
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kotomikun wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:

While I understand the sentiment, I've also found that with long-running shows, you get more attached to the characters, if only because you've spent so much time watching them. Even annoying or nearly intolerable characters start to gain a bit of charm as you get to know them better, and soon enough you're in a position to keep watching just because you want to know what happens to the characters you've come to like. The plot of Space Brothers isn't really anything special, and I didn't even enjoy it all that much for a good portion of the show. However, there was a point when I realized that, without realizing it, I had gradually begun to like and care about what happens to the people in the show. Nothing incredibly spectacular happened, but nonetheless, I had "gotten to know" the characters because of all the time I had spent watching them, and the show had become interesting.


This does seem to be how it works for most people; though, for me, it's usually the opposite. If I don't like a character to begin with, it's only going to get worse with time, and the antics of pretty much any set of characters starts to get repetitious and boring after a while. How long "a while" is depends on the writing quality and whether or not I actually liked the cast to begin with, but hundreds of episodes is always too long. The "getting to know" thing happened to me with Toradora, but that's only 25 episodes, and I never felt like the plot was boring or not going anywhere.

Cynically, I tend to think that long shows are able to get away with weak writing and filler because people are so attached to the characters. Even if the quality isn't suffering, they still get a big popularity boost by being long enough to trigger the nostalgia boost, or whatever it is. It kinda gives insanely long shows an unfair advantage over normal-length ones: people like them more just because they've been around so long, and they often aren't aware of the bias. Or they think impressive length means it deserves its popularity, even though it's popular mainly because it's so long...


True enough. Despite my defense of long shows, I'm actually leaning towards a policy of not dealing with them. I mean, in the span of time I spend watching them, I could have watched dozens of other shows. I would have missed out on a lot of awesome things, but I've quite probably missed out on a lot of awesome things anyway by choosing the long show over the lot of short ones. It's a tough call to make without a time-machine, so I can only guess. Actually, that's not entirely true -- I'm almost absolutely sure Gintama and South Park were good decisions.

At any rate, I probably won't start any long ones from scratch, but I am glad I've at least seen a few -- a lot of them are relevant to anime culture, and show up a lot in the parody-type shows, so it's nice to understand the references and in-jokes. It makes me feel special. As to whether shows use character attachment to milk the fan-base and hide flaws -- absolutely.
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Nah I like long running series. Besides if I am getting into a new series I can just look up which episodes are filler that have no purpose to skip past em. But I am usually fine with a ton of episodes simply because I use anime to kill some time. So while I am waiting for the next episode of whatever I am currently really into, I have plenty of other things to watch. Granted I have to like the show. Like One Piece, while a good show, just didn't do it for me so I dropped it, while Bleach and Detective Conan, I've gotten through all the episodes lol. However, there's a show with filler, Detective Conan. Even the stuff from manga is filler. I think there is like 70ish episodes out of 700 episodes that have any plot relevance XD.
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Nothing wrong with a long running series with me I started in march 2013 watching anime and I have seen quite a few since then and I even decided to start the bleach + fairy tail series they are a good watch yes they have alot of episodes but at least you always shave something to watch..
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The longest series I have attempted to make a serious dent in was Ranma 1/2. After about 40 episodes or something, you start to notice the same things happening over and over again, and to be honest, my memory is still too good for that to be interesting. Long-running series might be best for old people whose memory is starting to go, so the events are always fresh.
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