Post Reply Queue handling of super-short episodes
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Posted 8/12/17
For as long as the Queue feature has been on Crunchyroll it has never worked properly with super-short episodes, i.e. episodes less than 4 or 5 minutes. This is most apparent with Teekyu, since it's such a long running show, but I've seen it happen with all the really short things, as well as with trailers for shows.


This is the latest episode I watched, screenshotted from the Windows 10 app. Shows up the same on the website queue. I watched the entire episode, in the app, but it doesn't show up as watched to end. So next week when episode 102 arrives, I never see it in my queue since it thinks I didn't finish episode 101 yet.
(This also tails into some annoyances with navigation in the Windows 10 app, but that's a whole other story.)

Please, can you make the queue somehow get updated properly when you finish watching an episode, so I don't constantly miss out on one of my favorites?
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Posted 8/12/17

jiifurusu wrote:



Please, can you make the queue somehow get updated properly when you finish watching an episode, so I don't constantly miss out on one of my favorites?


This is still an issue on the VRV so it's unlikely to be fixed without a major change in how watch status is tracked.
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Yeah, it's like the automatic bookmark doesn't update enough to work properly with shorts. For that matter sometimes the same thing happens with full length episodes... but more often the opposite. I just wrote to HiDive this week:


Although HiDive's promotional copy emphasizes binge-watching, that is not how I usually watch - I'll typically watch for 15-60 minutes at a time and very rarely watch more than two episodes of one show in a row. And HiDive's web player has been *amazing* at accommodating the way I watch, by keeping my place precisely in the many episodes I've left partway. It's clearly better at it than CR's app or Funimation's, and those are both pretty good. I hope this precision carries over to future HiDive apps.

The automatic bookmarking is actually a little *too* good, in that it's saved my place about two seconds before the end of an episode a couple of times. But don't overcompensate: I have the opposite problem on Crunchyroll (both web player and their app), where if I have to stop watching an episode around 20 minutes in, the Continue link in my queue will change to the next episode, and I have to manually navigate to the correct episode to finish it. This is a tricky problem to program around, especially considering that after-credits scenes are common in anime; there is no safe bet, you're either going to do what CR does, or you're going to have people unwillingly resuming into the credits of an episode they've finished. I suppose setting the cutoff to 120 seconds before the end of the video would be the best balance, but I wish there could be two Back/Home buttons - one "Bookmark & Exit," and one "Mark as finished." I expect that would be perceived as inelegant and undesirable in this age of stylish simplification, but it would be useful.
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This is a really frustrating feature! The only CR player which will mark the short videos as played all the way to the end that I've tried is the PS3 app (for some reason, Teekyu is not on the PS3 app but that's neither here nor there). I'd say that shorts probably make up about 50% of my queued airing anime, and it's really frustrating having the video start part way through the previous episode instead of at the start of the next/current episode for a lot of what I'm watching. It would be really nice if all versions of the CR player would behave in the same way as the PS3 app and correctly mark these episodes as completed.
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Posted 8/20/17
I do agree with this as well; it'd be nice if they fixed it.

There's code to enter in a dev web console that will update the viewing to the end, but it's kind of pointless to do so when the next new episode will do it again, requiring you to do it again.
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