These days, it's a common complaint that anime are much too often restricted to either being rushed to fit into a 1-Cour format or simply are cut short before their respective stories can be finished. Famous examples include things like Spice and Wolf, Angel Beats! or Akatsuki no Yona, all anime that could have been much more with just a few more episodes. Today, however, I'd like to talk about the other side of the coin. Which anime twiddled their thumbs way too often, were dragged down by slow pacing, or simply were too bloated to be really any fun? Now, obviously, it's easy to bring up things like One Piece or Naruto, but I'd encourage to keep long-running shounen out of this discussion. It's not satisfying to shoot a target that only has a gigantic bullseye and nothing else, if you get my drift.
Since I brought it up, I'll go ahead with the first two examples:
Don't get me wrong, I love Kobato. for its simple storytelling and stellar character development, but it really should have been 12 episodes instead of 24. Almost all the meat of the story is in the last third, and getting through the unapologetically boring midsection is something that almost caused me to put it on hold a couple of times.
Granted, I'm not as in love with Eureka Seven as most of the anime community seems to be, but I still adore the crisp aesthetic by Bones and its enjoyable adventurous plot. Honestly though, the story doesn't really justify 50 whole episodes of content, 25 would have been fine, 39 maybe, and in order to compensate, it often feels like stuff just happens so we can meek out a few more episodes.
Feel free to also use this forum as an overall discussion for how long you prefer your anime. Do you like anime being 2-Cour or more, giving it ample time to flesh out the world and characters, or do you like concise, shorter tale that quickly hit make their thematic and narrative points?
- Longer Anime, they're able to develop complex storylines while still allowing things to progress organically.
- Shorter Anime, they're more focused and often are more impactful than longer shows.