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Post Reply Long animes, season animes, or short animes: which one do you prefer ?
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Hi guys :)

How are you ?

I hope you are doing great.

I was away due to undergoing a pressegger early March, and I spent a small amount of time

recovering but needed to do more checkups, but now I'm ok and back.

Now to my topic:

Which anime do you prefer:

Anime that run for a long period of time non-stop and thus have a big number of

episodes, anime that have a short number of episodes, or animes that have multiple

seasons ?

Personally, I prefer animes that run for a long number of episodes or are divided into seasons

because I feel that I will get the most out of the anime while animes with short episodes tend

to make me want more of the anime.
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I'd say I prefer anime that go 22-25 eps and have at least 2 OVA in the run. It gives enough content to keep you going while waiting to see if it'll get a new season and by doing the OVAs later it gives them a chance to build closure if they learn no other new seasons will be forthcoming (like with Future Diary and Kashimashi).
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Definitely longer animes (20 episodes+) or seasonal ones because they give you plenty of time to attach to characters and enjoy the plot. The thing with the short ones (those about 12 episodes or so) is that by the time you attach to characters and the action, BAM!, they are over. And then you need to find a new one to watch and the story repeats itself.
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That's a tough one because for me it really just depends on the story they're trying to tell. Often a single season can feel too short, but there are some shows that can tell a good, contained story within that 12 episode span. 2 seasons is probably the sweet spot for me though. That gives enough time to craft both a world and characters but then also tell a complete story.

Once you get beyond the 2 season length it often feels like you're basically just playing for time and starting to need filler to carry things along. It's also hard for even shows with interesting premises and characters to remain interesting over the course of more than 24 episodes. As hard as it is for the writers to maintain the quality, it's also just as hard for the viewers to keep caring.
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Hmm, if it's a mecha show, I'm a fan of the old 26-or-50 episodes, but I'm usually happy with the 12-13 I get with most shows I watch.
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depends of anime)) I think 26 is perfect...
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Two or three seasons is good. One season tends to leave me wanting more, and it's too daunting to even start something like One Piece with a zillion episodes and a couple dozen OVAs and it's been running so long that a half of it's been spoiled and... The only long-running show that's held my interest is Gintama.
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It really depends on the story. I tend to prefer a 24-26 episode story, which allows just about the right amount of time for satisfying character and plot development. On the other hand, Madoka Magica did a fantastic job with 12 episodes, and Code Geass filled up two seasons quite well.

If there are multiple seasons, I like each season to have its own plot, like the original Sailor Moon (although those seasons were a bit overly long). Again, Code Geass being an exception. Episodal comedies like Rin-ne are exceptions too.
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One or two seasons seems optimal to me with the longer of the two options generally being my favorite.

There are exceptions, but generally anime that go much over two seasons tend to get repetitive and lose some of their emotional and narrative punch. A single season is often not quite enough for some of the more complex anime to properly build up and unfold, but for simple, strait forward stories it is plenty.

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I've found that sometimes it is hard to get the complete complete set of a long series, especially the older ones. The one I have in mind is Zatch Bell (Golden Gash Beru). The series goes out to 150, but I it is hard to get an authorized version much past episode 100.
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2 cour / 26 with a definitive ending is the sweet spot. Especially if the story is on a "grand" scale ( mecha anime for example tend to be on a grand geopolitical scale ). Though more personal / concise stories can be handled perfectly well with a 1 cour / 13 episode count. A particularly long and involved storyline on a grand scale can go into the 50ish range ( Such as various Gundam series ).

Unfortunately what tends to happen is stories that need at least 2 cour to breath get compressed to a 1 cour and more rarely stories that really need 3-4 cour get compressed to 1-2 ( I'm looking at you Grandcrest ).

But if you've hit 100+ episodes you are without question just rehashing the same shit over and over to some level.



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What I want most is in an anime is that the story has enough time to unfold naturally, and without being dragged on with fillers and endless arcs. In most cases I find 2-3 seasons the best. But it doesn't mean a single season can't be perfect or a long anime that has a natural progression can't keep my attention. But I admit most long anime that I thought could have been half the length with no loss, and I lost interest even before then.
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25-26 episodes. No question.

Only a select few anime get it right with fewer episodes, IE: FLCL & Serial Experiments Lain.

So, "normal" length anime? Because often times 12-13 episodes is just too short and there is no point of it even existing mostly.

Long ass anime hurt my soul... Last one I'm going to ever sit through is Legend of The Galactic Heroes. And that's because it's a classic. Monster is just about the only long anime I ever watched that didn't lose my interest in any way shape or form. (Because it's incredible)

I'd rather read long running shonen than watch it, that's too much anime to sit through lol.
Posted 4/16/18 , edited 4/17/18
When it comes to battle shounen, I prefer long anime. I don't mind a good 24 episode show though.
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