Anime Lengths Whats the Big Deal?
Anime fans want to know, does episode count matter?
It’s common for anime fans to argue about which length is best. I have seen many anime series that varied in length. From those shows, I have a pretty good idea about the importance of length in anime. While most only discuss short vs long anime, I am going to add medium to the conversation.
What Defines a Specific Anime Length?
The Pros of Long Anime
Long anime has the most expansive universe
The stories take place in areas all around the world and in some cases the universe. Anime of this length can devote more time to the culture, backstory, history etc of its universe.
The locations are brimming with so many side characters unlike in shorter anime. Even the main cast could consist of ten to twenty characters. In these shows, even the minor characters get a moment to shine. Naruto Shippuden and Bleach demonstrated this during the major conflicts in their series. Characters get great conclusions to their arc in long anime. They also get more slice of life moments with the frequent filler episodes.
Bigger and More Epic Stories
The story pacing is more methodical. With a lengthy episode count to work with the writers have the ability to lay the groundwork for an epic story. This kind of groundwork rewards the audience for sticking around after episode one.
Long animes have given me the most value for my buck because of the expansive content in each story.
The Pros of Short Anime
They are quick and do not limit your options
They Tell Quality Stories
- Cowboy Bebop
- Samurai Champloo
- Serial Experiment Lain
- Fate Zero
- Steins; Gate
- Angel Beats
- Ping Pong The Animation
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Pros of Medium Anime
The Best of Both Worlds
The Cons of Long Anime
The Length Itself
The Endings are not always the greatest
The Cons of Short Anime
Endings can be rushed
Often the ending makes no sense and does not offer enough closure.
There is a lack of character development
Not Enough time for the plot to develop
The plot of a short anime is very simple sometimes to a fault.
Its length limits the number of answers the plot can answer
Usually a short anime will need OVA’s and movies to conclude the story
The Cons of Medium Anime
- Watch many new short animes from different genres to find out what your kind of anime you like
- Gradually work through medium lengths when you are ready.
- Long anime is something that you may never have time for so it might be something to avoid altogether at least early on
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