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What approach do you prefer to have long series take?
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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 7/31/17
I thought that I would ask this question as keeping up with long series is a pretty laborious task for everybody involved. In a typical project management triangle model, the general rule of thumb is that there are three things that you want, but you can only have two of them with time, money, and quality.

A similar principal applies here as there are lots of compromising that needs to be done in order to keep a show not only running, but keeping up with the quality as well. Thus, the three things in this instance are continuity, filler, and pacing as they represent the three characteristics of the project management triangle. With continuity, it is preferred to keep the show running, but then there's the need to either resort to fillers if the anime catches up with the manga, or to slow things down which risks watering down the product (DBZ is a great example of taking pacing to the absolute slowest). Then there's the filler approach, and generally that's a bad thing. While there are some good filler arcs out there, it's generally an undesirable thing. Lastly, there's the pacing issue that I already explained.

So in general, Fairy Tail, Naruto, and One Piece go in different directions with the approach as Fairy Tail picks minimizing fillers and adapting at a reasonable pace while sacrificing continuity by taking two breaks. Naruto continuously aired while being adapted at a reasonable pace, but that means fillers and there are tons of them. Then there's One Piece that has aired continuously for 20 years and has generally avoided fillers (it does have filler arcs, but they are short and there are not many of them), but to make that happen things get adapted at a snail's pace. That is pretty evident with the Dressrosa arc when it took over two years and 100 episodes to complete. And so with that, I'm asking which is the preferred approach to long series. If you do select the Other option, explain what show you have in mind, but make sure it is something where the anime adaptation has been trying to keep up with the manga when it is produced.
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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 7/31/17
or how about just don't make an anime until the source material is done or quite nearly done. not everybody reads he source anyway so its not like someone who only watches the anime will know how everything is going to unfold. not that everything stays true to the source once its in animation anyway. but blah blah blah
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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 7/31/17
Fairy Tail is the second best way in my opinion, but I wish more series would go the Hero Academia approach with no fillers (unless you count the OVAs, but those were written by Horikoshi too and, well, were OVAs). Plus, even if it sucks to wait, the breaks usually mean better animation and help build up hype. Kinda like when you only eat a specific food during one season or holiday, it ends up being a tad more tasty because you waited for it. And the Hero Academia pacing is really well done, I believe they adapt two chapters per episode, so it's not like they'll choke if they keep the current rhythim.

Also I really fucking hate fillers so yeah. No fillers. Rather have nothing than a crappy episode that more often than not fucked up a perfectly good story/character.
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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 7/31/17
i don't mind fillers, as long as they are enjoyable to watch. nothing trollish like the infamous Haruhi's endless 8.
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Posted 7/31/17 , edited 7/31/17
Good god, I have no idea what even happened with Naruto. The series practically morphed into filler,, and not in the same way that anime-only ending series like the original FMA did. It just had filler to be filler, even when the manga was long finished. Whichever path a series takes, Naruto is one that should absolutely be avoided.

Anyway, that's kind of an aside. I'm probably going to be the odd one out here. I don't mind slow pacing, like at all. I enjoy the One Piece anime and always have. I don't share in any of the complaints that most people have of it. I get much more annoyed with series that take breaks than I do with series that have slow pacing. In pretty much every case except for One Piece, I don't read the manga of series, so when the series goes on break, then it interrupts my taking in of the series and can really mess it up for me.
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