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Posted 12/27/15 , edited 12/27/15
There's been something that has caught me off guard so many times and it probably shouldn't, but it continues to be an annoyance. I'll watch a show and have no idea how long it's going to be. Sometimes an anime doesn't end itself on the first season, like at all. So unless you're constantly following the anime release calendar for each show you watch or get into - it's not always certain that a series is ending on "x" date. I've been disappointed many times by jumping onto Crunchyroll hyped for a new episode of a show I'm watching, only to see nothing, and only to find out that more is coming in season 2 and there's no information present on the video itself or the series information as to when that's expected to be.

My basic suggestion is to provide more detailed information on anime at least on the desktop version of the website.

This information will include the following:

- Projected number of episodes this season (for currently running)

- List the date for an upcoming season of the show (simplified with TBA for unannounced shows)

- Linked series; An example would be listing all of the Fate series preferably in the correct viewing order somewhere on the video as an optional drop down menu.

- Finally, it wouldn't be a bad idea to link to series relevant merchandise somewhere. This is debatable, as I know some people despise advertisements for things that they may never be interested in buying, but if it was unintrusive it would be a nice addition in my opinion.


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Posted 12/27/15 , edited 12/27/15
That is information not readily available. While we do know roughly how many episodes a show will have, sometimes episodes are canceled or added. The same thing goes for additional seasons. The decision to make an additional season may only come after producers realize that a TV broadcast is very popular or that the first disc volume sells beyond expectations.

Series directly connected in a continuum are usually hosted on the same page, unless the Japanese publisher has changed between seasons.
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Posted 12/27/15
^ pretty much what this guy above said
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Posted 12/29/15

shinryou wrote:

That is information not readily available. While we do know roughly how many episodes a show will have, sometimes episodes are canceled or added. The same thing goes for additional seasons. The decision to make an additional season may only come after producers realize that a TV broadcast is very popular or that the first disc volume sells beyond expectations.

Series directly connected in a continuum are usually hosted on the same page, unless the Japanese publisher has changed between seasons.


So am I misunderstanding the business operation of Crunchyroll or something? I was under the impression that this was a legal streaming site where CR contractually licenses a show, OVAs, etc. in advance prior to them being released in addition to existing content. I don't imagine that CR just flies by the seat of their pants. It seems more likely that there are terms where shows will say "We're going to release 12 or 13 episodes this season if it is well received." This information would allow CR to list the season to have an expected number of episodes, but not promise an exact number - and this is what I would suggest to be adequate.

Maybe I'm going a step beyond and assuming that CR is larger and more (influential isn't the word).. but bigger? Than it actually is. If this information isn't readily available, what would stop a company like CR from inquiring directly? Maybe the whole "test the waters" thing is necessary for some shows, but wouldn't they have an idea by like episode 3 as to whether or not they're going to go a full cour and more or cut it short with 10?

I don't think it's unreasonable. Information that isn't readily available can be sought out. I'm suggesting, not demanding (albeit that I hold everything to very high standards) and would like to see improvements in the future. If it is determined that these suggestions are not in line with what most people think or would prefer, I'll be content with that. Simply leaving things in the dark and popping a shrug because 'nobody knows' is kind of unacceptable in my opinion.

Anyway, thanks for reading.
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Posted 12/29/15

RiouInsuiko wrote:


shinryou wrote:

That is information not readily available. While we do know roughly how many episodes a show will have, sometimes episodes are canceled or added. The same thing goes for additional seasons. The decision to make an additional season may only come after producers realize that a TV broadcast is very popular or that the first disc volume sells beyond expectations.

Series directly connected in a continuum are usually hosted on the same page, unless the Japanese publisher has changed between seasons.


So am I misunderstanding the business operation of Crunchyroll or something? I was under the impression that this was a legal streaming site where CR contractually licenses a show, OVAs, etc. in advance prior to them being released in addition to existing content. I don't imagine that CR just flies by the seat of their pants. It seems more likely that there are terms where shows will say "We're going to release 12 or 13 episodes this season if it is well received." This information would allow CR to list the season to have an expected number of episodes, but not promise an exact number - and this is what I would suggest to be adequate.

Maybe I'm going a step beyond and assuming that CR is larger and more (influential isn't the word).. but bigger? Than it actually is. If this information isn't readily available, what would stop a company like CR from inquiring directly? Maybe the whole "test the waters" thing is necessary for some shows, but wouldn't they have an idea by like episode 3 as to whether or not they're going to go a full cour and more or cut it short with 10?

I don't think it's unreasonable. Information that isn't readily available can be sought out. I'm suggesting, not demanding (albeit that I hold everything to very high standards) and would like to see improvements in the future. If it is determined that these suggestions are not in line with what most people think or would prefer, I'll be content with that. Simply leaving things in the dark and popping a shrug because 'nobody knows' is kind of unacceptable in my opinion.

Anyway, thanks for reading.


It's more that a lot of the animation production companies end up flying by the seat of their pants. It's not unheard of for something to go wrong with the scheduling, and run out of time to get an episode to broadcast in time, or to be preempted by other events unexpectedly. And because TV schedule slots are set aside months in advance, they may be unable to find another spot to air all the planned episodes, resulting in a shorter than expected season.
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Posted 12/29/15 , edited 12/29/15

RiouInsuiko wrote:

So am I misunderstanding the business operation of Crunchyroll or something? I was under the impression that this was a legal streaming site where CR contractually licenses a show, OVAs, etc. in advance prior to them being released in addition to existing content. I don't imagine that CR just flies by the seat of their pants. It seems more likely that there are terms where shows will say "We're going to release 12 or 13 episodes this season if it is well received." This information would allow CR to list the season to have an expected number of episodes, but not promise an exact number - and this is what I would suggest to be adequate.

Maybe I'm going a step beyond and assuming that CR is larger and more (influential isn't the word).. but bigger? Than it actually is. If this information isn't readily available, what would stop a company like CR from inquiring directly? Maybe the whole "test the waters" thing is necessary for some shows, but wouldn't they have an idea by like episode 3 as to whether or not they're going to go a full cour and more or cut it short with 10?

I don't think it's unreasonable. Information that isn't readily available can be sought out. I'm suggesting, not demanding (albeit that I hold everything to very high standards) and would like to see improvements in the future. If it is determined that these suggestions are not in line with what most people think or would prefer, I'll be content with that. Simply leaving things in the dark and popping a shrug because 'nobody knows' is kind of unacceptable in my opinion.

Anyway, thanks for reading.


Some production companies actually don't set a specific number of episodes by the time we negotiate our contracts because they want to keep it a secret in general how many episodes they plan for. That is not a big deal though, as it's mostly going to be a 12 episode run, maybe 13, seldom 11, and very rarely 10. The number of episodes also plays a part in how much we pay for the license, so if they end up making 11 rather than the expected 12, we also don't pay for 12, but for 11.
Usually you can predict how many episodes there will be, going by the day and main station it airs on, which public holidays it is going air on that might have special programming, whether it will collide with high school baseball finals, etc.
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Posted 12/30/15

shinryou wrote:

Some production companies actually don't set a specific number of episodes by the time we negotiate our contracts because they want to keep it a secret in general how many episodes they plan for. That is not a big deal though, as it's mostly going to be a 12 episode run, maybe 13, seldom 11, and very rarely 10. The number of episodes also plays a part in how much we pay for the license, so if they end up making 11 rather than the expected 12, we also don't pay for 12, but for 11.

On a related note, do the original contracts normally cover when episodes get delayed (i.e., Girls and Panzer, God Eater), or is it often the case that CR has to negotiate a new contract when that happens?

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Posted 12/30/15

TheAncientOne wrote:
On a related note, do the original contracts normally cover when episodes get delayed (i.e., Girls and Panzer, God Eater), or is it often the case that CR has to negotiate a new contract when that happens?



Should be situational.

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