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Post Reply What is Your Preferred Length for a Good Series?
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
I'm curious how long people generally like their anime to be. Each category has their strengths and weaknesses. Generally shorter series will have more intense and cohesive plots with solid endings, but lack the time to properly flesh out more complex ideas and characters. The longer series tend to have less cohesive plots or may even be completely episodic in nature, but the long run times allow for extensive character development and world building if the writers use extra time they are allotted well. Shorter productions also tend to have higher production values, but may not go on long enough for the creative team to really hit their stride and get used to working with one another.

Sadly in this day and age we get a lot of incomplete series that are based off mangas and other source material that are only partially adapted which negates a lot of the benefits you usually find in a shorter series.

Beyond the story telling differences between long and short form anime, there are also the real world time constraints people must deal with by both those producing and watching these shows. A single long running weekly shonen can monopolize the personnel and resources an entire studio that could have been producing multiple shorter series instead.

So I am curious, what sort of series do you find yourself most enjoying? Would you like to see more short form anime like movies and min series or are you into epic shonens that span decades, perhaps something between? What direction would you like to see the industry move towards?


Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
Two cour ftw
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an extended series because I want an ending lol. By the way would have went for endless series but naruto ruined that for me with all the filler.
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
Two cour
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
Generally something that doesn't feel rushed or forced

Some can do it in 12, some can do it in 24, but 24 is a really decent spot for any anime willing to actually tell a story

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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
It depends on the series. A lot of light novel-based series could work as having at least 3 cour of 12-13 epi. each or at least 2 24-26 epi. cour.
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
As of now I like the 2 cour format, enough time for plot and character growth. But a great show is a great show no matter how many episodes it has.
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Posted 7/12/18 , edited 7/12/18
as long as the plot feels it should last
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