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Why don't you just go, watch other Anime and wait for the filler to be over then? Not like I haven't done so before (boat journey of doom for example).

I do. In fact, I am. I have no plans to finish that Chunin Exam arc. I'm probably going to take another 6-8 month break from Naruto. In the meantime, I'm focused on other anime like Parasyte, Yona and Log Horizon. I'm always jumping about from anime to anime. I'm bringing this topic up for random discussion, not to seek some kind of resolution to a solvable filler problem.
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Posted 2/8/15 , edited 2/8/15
I don't normally mind fillers, as long as I can enjoy it. The only occasions that I had a distaste for fillers was one of Fairy Tale fillers and the some of the newer Naruto fillers. There was this one arc in Fairy Tale that I just could NOT get into.. I still went through it, but barely paid any attention. Then as it got back to the main story I was glued to the screen. Naruto fillers are annoying because they end up being a completely irrelevant situation. I'm pretty much skipping them at this point. Those are the only two series where I've been annoyed by fillers. Even Bleach fillers managed to keep me a little interested.
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Posted 2/8/15 , edited 2/8/15
To the question at hand, Bleach. Though I stopped watching Naruto during the 2 year filler arc from the original series so I don't know how bad it's gotten but Bleach stands as the only series I've watched where in the middle of an ongoing canon arc, they threw in an entire filler arc. In the middle of a goddamn fight no less!

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To the other debate this topic has turned in to - as has been stated, you have three options with these long running series. You can either throw in the occasional filler, you can drag out the pacing per episode, or you can just up and take a break. Each of the "bigger" series has done one or more to varying degrees. Personally I would take the break route. My view on each of them:

Pacing - One Piece is the biggest example of going the pacing route, and I personally feel it is making the series nigh unbearable to watch. At times it is just the same repetitive scene, over and over again on repeat for episodes upon episodes, be it the large scale fodder melee's or running from a damn purple cloud. At others it serves to undermine the purpose of the characters themselves by turning what should be a simple fight or confrontation for them, meant to showcase that characters improvement or development, into something that comes off as them struggling. It's continually getting worse as the series progresses because they choose to do very short filler arcs and jump right back in to the main story. They don't give the Manga enough breathing room. At the current point in the anime it is practically nipping at the manga's heels and it shows. I would relate watching the Punk Hazard arc to watching Namek blow up in 5 minutes over 30 episodes.

Filler - I do believe, with the exception of Hunter x Hunter (2011), that every long running series has gone down the filler route more than once. Sometimes the filler is well done and enjoyable to watch. Other times it is atrocious garbage that you either skip entirely or because you're a sadist you force yourself to sit through it and watch it all. The larger issue with filler, at least for me, is that a lot of the time those filler episodes or arcs tend to interrupt continuity, or even outright contradict canon story elements. And I hate when they do that. Of course you also have those filler arcs that just seem to drag on and on for months at a time and all you want is for the story to get back on the path, though admittedly this is an issue with those who actively read the source material. That being said, I'd take filler over slow pacing because all the additional nonsense that is thrown in to episodes when the pacing is slowed is just really terrible filler that wasn't even good enough to get it's own arc.

Break - I honestly can't think of a series aside from Fairy Tail that has gone this route. Hunter x Hunter (2011) maybe? Though if the manga continues with this hiatus nonsense that's doubtful. And Fairy Tail isn't exactly a shining example because they did it wrong. You don't take a break on the anime to give the manga some time to progress, in the middle of an arc at that, just to come back and finish that arc before going in to a 20+ episode filler arc! Though the idea behind taking a break simply comes off as a better option to me. You don't get drawn out episodes that are a struggle to sit through and you don't get contradictory filler episodes that feel out of place. Sure you won't get your "weekly fix" for that specific series but there are hundreds of series out there that you can fill that space with while you wait. And you would wait, because the quality of the series you're waiting on would improve because of the break.

I'll stop ranting now.
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Posted 2/8/15
sekirei season 2.
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I love DBZ, don't get me wrong, but it took two whole seasons to kill Cell. I don't think even ol' Buu took that long.
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Fairy Tail Eclipse Filler arc

me after watching that filler =

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DBZ. Lets put it this way; I watch DBZ: Kai to make certain that I don't deal with it, and to help avoid how bone-crushingly long it can be dragged out. I'm looking at you, Final Battle of the Frieza Saga.

Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden. Although, my interest in the show and manga has long since died down, I feel like I need to close the book on this via marathon; however, I aim to intentionally skip the fillers, and organizing the mess is a pain.

Bleach. Fortunately, the fillers are more organized than that of Naruto, so I'm pretty much just skipping seasons. Once again, my goal is to see this through.
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Naruto Shippuden by far :/
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This current arc of Fairy Tail filler... I usually fuss through filler, but this one is so full of crap writing/production/everything, that I just had to stop. The Clock filler arch was surprisingly good (Jigglebutts asside). I was hoping they would keep up the quality, but I guess not....
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Posted 2/8/15

Brakkis wrote:

Break - I honestly can't think of a series aside from Fairy Tail that has gone this route.

Assuming it keeps coming back (which doesn't seem far-fetched), Kuroko's Basketball might qualify.

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TMOHS' ENDLESS EIGHT. DEAR GOD, ENDLESS EIGHT. Okay, Kyoani, they're wearing different clothes and doing slight variations of the same damn activities. NOW WHY MUST YOU REPEAT IT EIGHT TIMES?! OR SEVEN? I LOST COUNT!!
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Fillers in Bleach where it just goes F#$% da story and does something completely different. Made me stop watching it and shows like Naruto just out of distrust of filler arcs
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