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Why do people hate longer anime shows?
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Posted 12/10/13
If that's the case then I'd think Naruto would be the bigger culprit, you can cut out more than 100 episodes of Shipuddenn if you remove the fillers, you can cut out like...a total of 40 or so for Bleach. But longer story arcs usually have more story as well as shows have different paces.
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Longer shows tend to be done by animation studios that frequently use static animation (or excessive Ken Burns' effect) & re-use animation segments to pad out time.

& the length tends to either result in negative continuity (which means every episode means nothing and does nothing for character development) or excessive exposition (in which a single plot takes far too long, characters overstay their welcome, plot and character development is spoon-fed to you in excruciating detail, and jokes/themes get played to death.) It's basically the epitome of 50's television.

So:
The plot gets boring
The plot doesn't reach a proper conclusion without a hundred+ episodes of the characters getting side-tracked
The characters get boring
The art style gets boring
The animation is or gets boring
Jokes and plot get re-used.
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Posted 12/10/13
Not enough time to watch it
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Some long running anime do start off very slowly and you do have to invest a lot of time into them some also just may fall short. Its also that the majority of long running anime is shonen so if your not into action then it is hard to like it. I do enjoy some long running series however unless your are bored and got nothing else to watch or like the genre it is hard for a lot of people to get into some of them. (some long running series are my favourites
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Posted 12/10/13
I guess it's just a matter of preference then
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Posted 12/10/13

awesomeness2134 wrote:

I liked that after Aizen died in bleach they went back to the whole Quincy vs Soul Reaper thing, it was nice. But most of the longer shows I've seen haven't gotten bad as they dragged on, except One Piece, I honestly don't understand how it's still going



Detective Conan is MUCH longer than One Piece and its just a series about a kid detective.
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Posted 12/10/13
To me, no one hates a show that says they are going to make it long. If Yowamushi Pedal announced they were going to go for 15 seasons, I would be hype as shit.

The problem is, what happens in 15 years? When you have that many episodes to watch just to get caught up, it is a daunting task that will put a lot of people off from watching the show.

I am an ex-Narutard, and looking back I see how many other things I could have done, instead of watching a years-worth of a mediocre show.

One Piece being as long as it is has turned me off from watching it, even though I constantly hear about how great it is. I have watched the first 5 episodes multiple times, just to look at all of the episodes left and go, "Nah, I think I will go read Game of Thrones".

In conclusion, long shows are only an issue AFTER they are long and people hear about them.
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Posted 12/10/13
long animes have large universes. this i enjoy
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I love the long ones... actually anything under 24 bothers me because I can't get a proper feel for the characters haha.
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Posted 12/10/13
It appears that many long running anime series take on a life of their own predicated by marketing, while content suffers.
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Posted 12/10/13
It's because they can't keep up,Epic anime shows with 25 eps. are the new trend today like AoT and SAO
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My biggest issue is the daunting task of watching them from the start. Pouring literally days of time into getting up to date with (or finishing) an anime is nothing to sneeze at. I've been somewat interested in checking out One Piece for some time now, but I never will, because I just don't want to have to watch all of it.

Aside from that, a smaller series means a tighter plot. Character development and the timeline in general both tend to be more concise and self-contained: a shorter series often feels more complete than a longer one for this reason. The best long-runners are good because they pace themselves from the beginning. They fit into multiple genres and fill up their episodes with a variety of content so that progressive aspects that need to be one gradually can receive less attention, allowing them to take the time they need to portray them. As a result, even these good long-runners may seem to lack focus, since they often rely on the tactic of spreading their content thin. The two-cour anime is lauded as ideal by so many people because it's the middle ground between conciseness and completion. It's long enough to tell a well-thought-out and properly-executed story, but short enough to really zero in on the story itself and avoid scenes or events that are only tangentially related.
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Posted 12/10/13

qualeshia3 wrote:


awesomeness2134 wrote:

I liked that after Aizen died in bleach they went back to the whole Quincy vs Soul Reaper thing, it was nice. But most of the longer shows I've seen haven't gotten bad as they dragged on, except One Piece, I honestly don't understand how it's still going



Detective Conan is MUCH longer than One Piece and its just a series about a kid detective.



Ah, yes. Conan. Now that is a series that I think I can live with. Through I dropped it for now since I watched it on a chinese channel when i was a kid and I don't really know where i stopped. Perhaps in my summer break, i might Marathon it
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Posted 12/10/13
Long anime series tend to have two major problems that happen naturally unless there's an active effort to prevent them.

The first major problem is meeting a quota or demand. Some long anime series manage to avoid this, because they only need to produce 12/13 or 24/26 episodes and they have plenty of time to make both it and the season of episodes that follows. For others, it's new a episode week after week, without much in the way of a break, so it goes without saying that they're going to make things easier on themselves so they can keep up with it. That usually means that unnecessary things will happen, for the benefit of the people working on the anime rather than for the people who will watch it. There will be more pauses and drawn out scenes, more exposition (characters not really doing anything that would require much in the way of animation), flashbacks and recaps that offer nothing of substance to the plot, and reusing stuff rather than animating something new. And when the anime is based off of an unfinished work, and they catch up with it, the situation then becomes something like a car that lost its ability to brake, with a driver who only had eyes for the acceleration peddle to begin with. In other words: haste makes waste. It's one thing needing to pull something out of your butt, but it's another when you're not given enough time to come up with something that isn't crap.

The second major problem is keeping things fresh. I'm sure that plenty of people can enjoy that certain something that attracted them to a given anime to begin with, but given enough time something is bound to be repeated to the point of doldrums, if not outright frustration. A common example is the relationship between two characters, with them being a future couple made clear by the story in effect but not deed. This is often one of the key reasons why people will follow a story, because said anime essentially ends or loses its spark/purpose once the two characters in question actually take some kind of action to seal the deal. Long anime series can take this to the extreme, where there's no real resolution on that front until the very end of the series, with perhaps some token moments (aka teasers) between the characters every now and again to try and keep people hooked. Another example is when the episodes of an anime are formulaic, when in almost every case (except, possibly, during the last episode(s) of a season) you can plot how things will start, progress and finish, even if you don't know the exact details at first. If not handled properly, this can get repetitive in a bad way, where various situations (among other things) are revisited for lack of anything better to do.
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Posted 12/10/13
Most long running shows have no point or they have a point they keep putting off. Same for never ending manga series. I prefer stories that have a purpose, a beginning, a middle and an end with a good conclusion. If the middle is dragged out forever, it loses its way, I forget why I care about the characters and I drop it. In the case of anime long running often means filler as it uses up all the available source material and they have to make stuff up to fill up the weeks.

For me personally, I love to rewatch series. I can rewatch 10-13 episodes in 1-2 goes. I can rewatch 22-26 episodes in 1-7 days. Even 50 episodes just gets laborious for rewatching which I'm almost sad to say as I have 51 episodes of Chihayafuru and I would love a third season and a fourth but that would be 75 and then 100 episodes which would take me forever to rewatch. I'd have to be selective, which I hate. I love to love every episode of a series, not just a few episodes.
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