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Are these long running Shounen worth the time investment?
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
As someone is is retentively new and just getting into anime. I have been a casual fan at best for awhile now and have watched a few of the most popular series. The longest series i've watched are Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. One Piece seems to be on a entirely different level.

If i use a filler list and skip episodes would that make shows better or worse?

http://www.animefillerlist.com/shows/naruto-shippuden

http://www.animefillerlist.com/shows/one-piece
Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
I would argue dragon ball z is the worst of the long running shonen shows.If you're prepared to put time in to watch that garbage, then the other stuff like one piece and naruto are definitely worth your time.
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One piece is the king of anime and manga so yes.
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
Well when people talk about long running shonen anime they usually mean Dragonball, Naruto, One Piece and Bleach so I'm going to assume those are what you're asking about specifically. Dragonball is absolutely worth it, though you may find Super to be underwhelming. Naruto is worth it if you can handle some fluff and filler but only up to a certain point in the story, because Shippuden is pretty bad. Bleach is kind of the same thing as Naruto though it has much better and much less filler but it gets rally bad near the end. One Piece is not worth it. The anime adaptation just sucks all around which is a shame because the manga is easily the best out of the last 3 so you should totally read it.

If you don't just mean those 4 specifically then you should definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, HunterxHunter (2011) and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. These are some o the best long running shonen manga with fantastic anime adaptations that don't contain obtuse filler. The first two are on Netflix and the last is on Crunchyroll so you have no excuse.
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
I agree about Hunter x Hunter but its not as long as the others

NAruto is really very good as long as you skip a ton of fillers I watched some of them , some are good ,some are annoying, some I skip and fast forward But I like Naruto the most becuase you watch him grow with his classmates.There is not a lot of title out there that actually make their characters grow in..well anime years , I enjoyed the many character development of many characters and the stories. I liked how the mangaka wrote the begining and the end, tying up all the main events and they adapted it well. I stated watching Naruto since 2008 so everytime I hear the intro song, its brings me back to those day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SHJX7OyM5s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3IaNrnthS8

But Marathoning Naruto is best Highly recommend

Bleach was pretty good over all, I watched that since day one it came out. I became Morita san fan becuase of that

AS for One Piece , I just could not get into it although it one of the top 5 anime in Japan....I tried...just cant ...so I cant recommend it .Its just too wacky . The same things as Fairy Tails, I liked it at first and after 2 season , I just lost interest in it.
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17


I've moved this over to the Advice, Info, Recommendations forum.

I don't care for One Piece, but I mostly enjoyed Naruto until I had to deal with endless seasons of filler and mostly filler until eventually I dropped it. I'd say start watching Naruto, including the filler, but if you are feeling bogged down by and not enjoying the filler, then use filler lists as guides and skip, and don't regret skipping. You should watch at least as far as and including The Pein Arc (you'll know it when you're in it; you'll know it when it's over). I honestly don't think anything that came after was anywhere near as good as that Arc.



octorockandroll wrote:
If you don't just mean those 4 specifically then you should definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, HunterxHunter (2011) and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. These are some o the best long running shonen manga with fantastic anime adaptations that don't contain obtuse filler. The first two are on Netflix and the last is on Crunchyroll so you have no excuse.


All three of these are on Crunchyroll for US viewers.

I agree that Hunter x Hunter is worth watching. Even though there were episodes I felt were not at all well-written or adapted, I did get sucked in and watched in binge mode while I caught up to the simulcast and then watched weekly to completion. This show is the only non-simulcast show that is still always in the top 20 (often top 15) "Popular" shows (according to CR's popular page) (Sometimes Bleach ends up there as well and seems to be there regularly recently).
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
In my opinion, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece, & any other long running anime would be worth watching with the fillers. However, if you don't really enjoy the anime and just want to complete it as quick as possible then a filler list could be helpful. It's really all preference. The reason I enjoy fillers is because I like a little detour from the main plot sometimes & sometimes fillers can be quite funny. (:
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Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
A little detour can be fine. Some filler episodes can be pretty great. Naruto had some hilariously awesome filler episodes.

Problem with something like Naruto is that for every great filler episode it felt like it had 15 terrible and pointless ones. A long time ago I made the mistake with the original series of binge watching to catch up with hopes that somehow just maybe the next episode would get somewhere. It really never did and then it just kind of ended (I think? This was crazy long ago).

It's one thing watching week to week or catching up on 10-20 episodes. But when you have hundreds it's hard to recommend to anybody. Which sucks because the shows typically have awesome characters and overall story.

But if you basically have infinite time or look at a list to gut the filler, these shows can be worth it.
Posted 3/15/17 , edited 3/15/17
Yup.

Every episode is worth the time.
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Posted 3/17/17 , edited 3/17/17

HateKillingCamels wrote:

I would argue dragon ball z is the worst of the long running shonen shows.If you're prepared to put time in to watch that garbage, then the other stuff like one piece and naruto are definitely worth your time.

Last time i watched DBZ, i was a kid. I I would not watch it again besides nostalgic reasons, but i recently watched KAI and its much improved.
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Posted 3/19/17 , edited 3/19/17
Yeah One Piece is long, but its worth it. Skip the fillers. The plot points and certain characters down the line all seem to be connected so there will be some episodes where your like "Oh so thats why that happened". The character growth and the crew really grow on you as understand their motives and what their willing to do for each other.

Funny thing is I use to not like one piece, like I couldn't get into the art direction or the characters at the beginning, but man does it grow on you.

Bleach is pretty good, their fillers though are kinda crazy except for that Zanpaktou arc. Naruto is good but their really dragging Shippuden out. The revelations in Naruto are really good. Dragonball Super is pretty good, along with DBZ Kai.
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Posted 3/21/17 , edited 3/21/17
Naruto and Bleach are the best Shounen that I have watched. I prefer the shorter anime series but I will occasionally watch a hundred or so episodes of Naruto Shippuden to catch up on whats happening.
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Posted 3/21/17 , edited 3/21/17
I usually skip fillers, but the driver license episode in DBZ is worth a watch.

One Piece drags later on. The recent Dressrosa arc was torture at times. They have what I call "Running episodes" where for several episodes one group is just running from point A to point B. They'll cut back to this group several times just for filler. They'll run, fight some people, and keep running. It gets ridiculous. It's best to binge on OP since you really only get 17 minutes of actual show since the intro a recaps are soooo long.

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Posted 3/21/17 , edited 3/22/17
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is worth the time if you skip the filler arcs (and from 2016's episodes for Shippuden that's a lot of episodes to skip). Actually, the two arcs after the 4th Shinobi War that featured Sasuke in one, and Shikamaru in another were two pretty damn good arcs IMO.

Bleach was alright, but it lost its way after going to Hueco Mundo. The real highlight of the series though is about the first 60 episodes, but the Bount filler arc isn't terrible as it integrates itself into the anime fairly well. Though if you watch through to the end, I find that it ended in a relatively good place.

Never seen One Piece, but I don't see myself watching 700+ episodes.

Another one that I don't see mentioned in this thread is Fairy Tail. At 276 episodes and one movie, with a second on the way, it was a pretty enjoyable ride. Most of the fillers were pretty good as well.
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Posted 3/21/17 , edited 3/22/17
The only anime you really need to watch is Gintama, the rest is trash
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