One of the most talked-about topics within the anime community are “FILLERS”.  It’s one of those topics that almost everyone has something to say which is almost identical to everyone else’s—that they HATE fillers. . .or maybe just dislike them.  Bleach and Naruto are infamous for the amount of fillers in their anime, with Naruto drawing the ire of many fans for continuing to pump filler episodes after filler episodes even after when the manga has long since ended.  ONE PIECE isn’t innocent either, but it’s not as bad compared to the other Big 3 members.

Fillers - they never really happened - naruto meme

The main reason why there are filler episodes is to prevent the anime from catching up to the manga.  With Naruto, however, this isn’t the case anymore.  The manga has already ended for a while now but the anime is still releasing filler episodes to the dismay of many fans.  If you browse through many anime forums about NarutoI guarantee that you’ll come across someone who complains about this.

I’m writing this post not because I want to complain about anime fillers, but to share my irritation at those who complain nonstop about them.

Not all anime watchers have read the manga, so why are they even complaining about fillers?

Anime fillers  are original story arcs that didn’t actually occur in the manga.  In my opinion, complaining about anime fillers is only justifiable if you actually read the manga.  If you haven’t, it’s like pretending to be a know-it-all and declaring that the sun rises from the north just because you heard someone say so.  I’ve encountered so many viewers both online and in real life who complain about anime fillers, but when I ask them if they have read the manga, they answer NO.  And I’m like, “Huh?  Seriously?  Then what the heck are you complaining about?”

hiro gloating and getting hit with a book

This kind of people who haven’t even read the manga but complain nonstop about fillers are just complaining for the sake of complaining.  They only complain because everyone else is doing so.  They have read on the internet that a particular episode is a filler and that people are complaining about it, so they too complain without even watching the episode first.  They let the opinions of others influence their own without even giving the episode a chance.  I bet that if they haven’t read these complaints beforehand, they would not even know that what they’re watching is a filler because they haven’t read the manga.

Most anime films are non-canon just like filler episodes

You watch movies of these anime, right?  And these movies are mostly non-canon just like fillers, but why do you praise the former while bash the latter?  Think about it for a moment.

naruto and hinata kiss - last movie

Give respect to the animators

Did you ever think about the hard work the animators put in making the anime we love so much?  You complain so much about fillers, bash them, skip them, but did you ever think about how the animators work their asses off making filler episodes as hard as they work in making the canon ones?  If you respect what they’re doing, the least you can do is watch the fillers for what they are and not become negatively influenced by what others say before even watching them yourself.

Despite of what you think, fillers are NOT destroying the series (usually)

Think about it.  With Naruto so infamous with its fillers,  why is it still so insanely popular all over the world?  And let me tell you this.  There are many people from different parts of the world who aren’t full-fledged otaku but still watch Naruto, enjoy the anime and never complain about fillers.  Heck, they don’t even know what the heck “fillers” mean in anime-speak.  If fillers are really destroying the series as many, ahem, “knowledgeable anime experts” using anonymous usernames on various anime forums are claiming, then anime like Naruto should’ve already flopped a long time ago, or worse, terminated.

Not ALL fillers are crappy

This post is not about whether I think fillers should exist or not.  I don’t mind it either way.  Granted, there are crappy fillers, but it’s irresponsible and extremely disrespectful to many talented animators to say that ALL fillers are crappy.  There are many entertaining fillers out there that have awesome stories that you’ll wish they’re part of the canon story.  I’m sure that you’ll enjoy some of them if you just give them a chance and remove your negative preconceptions against fillers.

Complain about the quality of the episode, not because it’s labelled as “filler”

If you don’t really like fillers despite of what I wrote, fine.  I respect your decision as a fellow anime fan because I know that everyone has different tastes.  Go ahead and skip the filler that you so detest and continue watching the main canon episodes.  My only request is for you to STOP bashing filler episodes that you haven’t even watched yourself or finished watching until the end.

If you really must complain about fillers, complain about the quality of the story instead, not because it has the label “filler”.  For those of you who are like this, quick to criticize without first-hand experience, well, I’m not sorry to put you in the same category as those pinheads who say that anime is only for kids or anime is all porn.

Be a Respectful Anime Fan

My main purpose for writing this post is not to force you to like fillers, but to encourage you to give fillers the benefit of the doubt.  Don’t generalize all fillers into the same crappy category.  Treat them as individual episodes and judge accordingly, in the same way that you judge a regular canon episode.

Most fillers are made for a reason.  Whether the reason is to slow the pace of the anime to prevent it from catching up to the manga, or to change the atmosphere in the series from serious to light-hearted and vice-versa, or even just to prolong the anime in order to maximize profits; whatever the reasons are for the existence of fillers, the least we can do as real anime fans is to support the series, not destroy it by bashing it with nonstop complaints.

I still have so much to say about this topic, but I will end this post for now and reserve the things I haven’t included here for another post.  How about you?  What do you think of fillers?  Do you like them or do you hate them?  And why?

That’s all for today, folks!  I hope that this post gave you something to ponder about.  Have a great day.  Cheers!


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  1. I agree, people like that are annoying. Frankly I also say, what is with people calling fillers “non-canon”? I’d say why can’t people just see two different canons, manga canon and anime canon? It would make more sense than just whining.

    One anime that definitely has so called “filler” episodes where supposed “filler/non-canon” episodes that don’t feel like filler at all was Sailor Moon, those episodes actually helped flesh out the characters and make them likable and appealing and they helped give the story more time to develop. It also improved the manga story and both have their own canons and such too, so they really couldn’t be skipped much. The only time it really felt like filler was the fourth season, there was almost no plot development until the end of it.

    Even some other good filler arcs were the Yu-Gi-Oh Waking the Dragons arc and Saint Seiya’s Asgard arc.


    1. That’s an interesting way to put it. But I agree with calling anime fillers “non-canon” since the original story is the manga, meaning it’s the canon. If the anime is the original which can also happen and the manga is the adaptation, then the anime will be the canon one.
      And good examples. Indeed, good fillers help flesh out thr story better than the manga. I watched some really good fillers from anime that I wish were part of the original. Just thankful that the anime decided to make them. Prince of Tennis has enjoyable fillers, as well.
      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your opinions. I appreciate it. Cheers!


      1. I don’t agree with the anime fillers being non-canon, sorry, but that’s just me, to me Sailor Moon’s a case where you don’t have to read the manga to see the anime and love it. Sadly I don’t care for the Sailor Moon manga much anymore (new Sailor Moon anime made it look bad and manga purists/raging new Sailor Moon anime fans ruined it for me, though I will say I see the new anime as another new canon). 😦

        No problem.

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      2. Anime fillers are mostly non-canon because they don’t appear in the original work, which is the manga. Indeed, the original Sailor Moon has fillers which explain the background stories more in detail. As for the new anime adaptation, Crystal, I would say that it’s more canon because it’s more loyal to the original manga. This is not necessarily to say that it’s better than the original; just that it’s more loyal. I, myself, don’t mind much about canon or non-canon, as long as I enjoy the series. Thanks for dropping by again. Cheers!


  2. Fillers are not boring! it makes us more attached to the anime!!! for example i m a big bleach fan and i don’t care how many fillers there are. I still love bleach! Complaining about fillers is pretty stupid and annoying and i don’t understand why some wonderful anime are losing popularity because of fillers!!! Fillers are never harmful!

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    1. Well, for me it depends on the quality of the episode. Doesn’t matter to me whether it’s filler or canon, if it entertained me, I’ll like it. But THANK you. I drew plenty of ire when I wrote this post, thinking I’m some kind of pro-fillers which they think makes me their enemy. Huh. Oh well. Whatever. I’m just being honest with my opinion. Anyway, big thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinion in this matter with me. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  3. I think people get frustrated with fillers because they don’t advance the story or nothing significant will happen in those episodes (you can’t for example kill off a character who may end up doing something in the upcoming Manga.) It can also be disappointing to see certain shows get tons of filler whilst other series are not given a new season to wrap up a cliffhanger ending.

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    1. That’s the difference between the flagship series that are insanely profitable and the ones that are considered a gamble for the studios. They keep pumping episodes after episodes to prolong the series. I understand the “not advancing the story” part, but that’s only if one is aware that it didn’t happen in the manga. I think that many people gain this discrimination against an episode when they learn that it has the label “filler”.

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    2. That’s basically the issue for me as well, that fillers don’t advance the story. I have watched a few Naruto fillers but I usually feel dissatisfied in the end because I think “so what?”. One could argue fillers are also a chance for side characters to get some screen time. But this falls into the same problem as above, these characters probably have nothing to do with the overall story and plot and won’t get any significant screen time later.
      Having said that, the fillers I hate the most are the bleach fillers. In Bleach there are two types of fillers: one that is based within the actual story and one that just uses the same characters but gives them different looks and roles entirely. The first type I didn’t mind so much (I’m referring to the Bount arc) but this arc hinted at a deeper story but at least in the anime this wasn’t fleshed out. Ichigo beats the Bount up and that’s the end of it. That wasn’t very satisfying for me and left me a bit confused about the Bounts’ motives and why they were angry.
      The other types of fillers I feel are genuinely a waste of my watching time because I can’t enjoy watching something that isn’t “Bleach”. There was another arc where the swords turn on their masters. The concept was too ridiculous for me to accept to bother watching the arc, again when it doesn’t serve any significance.
      Another thing you could argue is that fillers are another chance to see a lot of great action. For me I watch action not for the action itself but for the awesome scenes that unfold and character development and schowcasing new powers or breaking and overcoming walls with power upgrades or something. I know fillers won’t showcase new moves, so I know automatically not to expect much.
      Basically fillers are much ado about nothing. 😉

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      1. So are you saying that you don’t like fillers? Do you skip them or do you still watch them? As for Naruto and Bleach, have you read the manga and is that how you knew that the episodes you watched were fillers? Or have you heard that they were fillers when you watched them?

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      2. Generally I don’t like fillers as they feel pointless, and I skipped the bleach and most Naruto and One Piece fillers. My brother reads the manga for Bleach and Naruto and he told me that the Bount arc wasn’t in the manga (I still watched it anyway because it was semi-interesting). Fillers are extremely easy to spot: the focus goes completely away from what’s happening currently in the story and sometimes goes away from the protagonists of the anime. For example the episodes where the leaf village prepared for the great war, I watched some of them but largely skipped them. Any Bleach side arcs or stories I completely skipped after watching the Bount arc. One Piece tends to have 2-episode fillers which are technically side-stories, and I might watch them in the future but they are not interesting enough for me to watch them at the moment.
        I also used to look up how long arcs were and I would find which episodes were for which arc and any filler arcs. Basically if I don’t enjoy watching something, I don’t see the point of watching it, especially if it has no relevance to the story I’m actually interested in.


      3. Fair enough. Each of us has different opinions. I’m not forcing people to like fillers by writing this post. I just wanted to vent out my annoyance on people who declare that ALL fillers are crap, which is so not true and very unfair. There are fillers that are worth watching and I even wish are part of the canon story. Granted, there are crappy fillers, many of them, but not all episodes in the canon story are awesome either. I guess I want to say that it’s fairer to judge the quality of an episode regardless of whether it’s filler or not, rather than say “Oh, it’s a filler so it must be crappy. Don’t watch it or you’re a loser” or something like that. Don’t you find that annoying? Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinion in this matter.

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      4. Haha for me to get annoyed I would need to see or hear other people’s opinions but I don’t talk about anime online or with my friends so I don’t get any other opinions. That’s why I’m going out of my way to find anime blogs and interact with the people on the blogs.
        Of course I got your overall point and you are absolutely correct, each arc or even episodes should be judged on its own merit and it’s contribution to the whole story and if it’s a filler, then the enjoyment factor should be taken into account

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      5. Oh, good for you. Well, most of us anibloggers here at WordPress know each other, so it’s not that hard to find anime blogs. But really? You don’t discuss anime in real life?

        Good to hear. Thanks. And anyway, I never expected everyone to agree with my opinions regarding fillers when I wrote this post since most anime fans that I encounter dislike them.

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      6. People online are just as real 😛
        But yeah I don’t have anyone to talk to about anime except my brother, which is probably why I don’t feel a massive need to to talk about anime since I can just discuss it with my brother. But it’s nice to see differing or similar opinions. Sometimes I just want to understand if there’s anything good about an anime, so I see what people say about the anime. If I feel I missed out then I can watch the anime. I think ultimately this is a good way to find more animes to watch since I can’t possibly watch-test everything.

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      7. Ahaha. Of course, but you know what I mean.

        Oh. Older brother or younger brother? I usually talk anime with my dad or my uncle. They’re not as into it compared to me, but they don’t think it’s weird because they used to watch it too.

        Well, yes. It’s so interesting to hear other’s opinions about anime. I also enjoy gathering recommendations from other fans. I don’t think I would’ve watched this much anime if it wasn’t for the recommendations I receive from others. Anyway, keep on watching anime.

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      8. Younger brother. It’s cool you can watch and talk about anime with your father and his brother (your Uncle).
        Yes exactly, there are animes I’ve found by reading anime blogs and also my tastes have changed a bit. Usually I would only prefer action type animes like shounens but there are so many other animes which aren’t exactly adventure shounen types but are really fun to watch like The Wallflower or Great Teacher Onizuka.


  4. The only times I get annoyed by fillers is the time I’m watching Naruto. I don’t read Bleach manga so I don’t know if it’s a filler so there’s nothing to complain about. Some One Piece and Fairy Tail fillers are quite funny and I like them.

    Naruto, on the other hand, is different. I read the manga and it gets especially annoying if the fillers are so long that it takes up months or that the fillers came in at a random time, say for example there’s this episode about a “mecha Naruto” in the midst of the war arc that’s still on-going in anime right now. It disrupts the flow of the series. And this isn’t really about production quality or anything, but as an audience viewing experience.

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    1. Fair enough, but that’s also one of my main points. You know it’s filler because you read the Naruto manga. In a way, you’re justified in your opinion. Compare that to those who haven’t read the manga and don’t know which is canon or filler but complain nonetheless because they see others complaining. That’s what I’m annoyed at.


  5. While I do give the benefit of doubt that there are good fillers but it’s very unlikely that you’ll find them because you have to sift through hundreds of fillers just to find an episode or an arc that is worth watching. Or you can wait until some poor soul who takes it for the team to watch all of them to post about the good parts. Other than good filler that is worthy enough to be OVA material, the fillerscape is littered with horrible writing, and sloppy animation.

    In Naruto, there have been lots of fillers that ruined the story by changing certain aspects of the main plot and turning it into one huge incoherent mess. As a long time fan of the series, I’ve been through countless fillers and most of them are simply troublesome to slog through. Now that I don’t have as much time for anything like I did as a teenager, it’s hard to actually enjoy fillers let alone watch all of them.

    Given the low quality of fillers, it became clear to me that making fillers is simply a waste of talent and passion. With credit where it’s due, While I do have my upmost respect for the animators in their work, but the money that goes into making filler can be used to create awesome merchandise and/or a few great OVA episodesinstead.


    1. Fair enough. It’s just that one of the main points I want to convey by writing this series is that not all people who complain about anime fillers even know the difference between the main story and the filler ones because they haven’t read the manga. They complain nonstop just because they see people complaining about fillers. They easily get influenced by other people’s opinions without forming their own. But I guess that’s normal.

      I also understand your point about crappy fillers. However, I also want to point out that even regular episodes adapted from the main story can be crappy. What I would like people to realize or even just keep in mind is to judge an episode based on the quality of the story, not because it has the label filler. I’m not saying that people should start liking fillers. No, that’s not my point. If an episode is crappy, it’s crappy. If it’s good, it’s good. It’s not because it’s cannon or filler. I think it’s unfair to say that ALL fillers are useless and crappy, in the same way as it doesn’t make sense to say that all canon episodes based on the main story are awesome.

      It’s clear that we disagree on many points about this issue but I appreciate you sharing your opinion. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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  6. Preach is sister! Really nice topic and I agree with everything you said. I see many people do complain about filler and they do not read the books. I used to be one of those people who really hate fillers but one of my friends told me that they do this take a break from the main story and I felt bad for being disrespectful. Not all filler episodes are bad but they can be funny and creative, like Naruto funny episodes or Bleach. I was impressed with fillers in Rurouni Kenshin. That is true with anime films.
    Once again, I really enjoyed your discussion and keep it up 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate it, Matt. I don’t think it’s a “nice” topic at all, since it’s very touchy. Lots of people don’t agree with what I’ve said in this post, but at least I’ve had my say about it. Anyway, it’s not like I expected everyone to agree with me when I wrote this post.

      That’s so interesting. Great job to your friend for changing how you view fillers. And you’re exactly right, that’s one of the main points that I want to convey in this post: that not ALL fillers are bad. Besides it’s not like I’m saying that people should LIKE ALL fillers. I’m just saying that there’s no need to be such a hater over them, right? I don’t really remember the anime Rurouni Kenshin much since I was literally a small, small girl when I first watched it. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions about this issue. Have a happy holidays! Cheers!

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  7. AMEN! I actually did a post a month or so about how I like it when things are a little different. Shake it up, give us something new, extra–FUN. I enjoy that and also get agitated when people senselessly complain about filler or how something is different.

    Somewhere, someone likes this change. Somewhere someone is very happy and excited that whatever happened, did happen. Somewhere, one of us is jumping up and down at the prospect of extra content! Take it for what it’s worth–good animation and extra story–embrace it, and relax. Take the stick out of your butt and try something new!

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    1. Yes, I remember reading that post of yours. And I distinctly remember you writing that you feel bored when the anime is “exactly” like the events in the manga. As for me, it doesn’t really matter to me whether the anime follows the manga loyally or not. I don’t care about that as much as I care that the story is REALLY good and entertaining. If the filler is good, I’m happy. If it’s bad, I’m not. Simple. It’s the same if the anime follows the manga loyally. If the story is crap, it’s crap.

      And indeed, I’m one of those people who’s really happy when watching extra content. I want MORE! Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions about this matter. I appreciate it. Happy holidays! Cheers!

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  8. I don’t usually like fillers just because, as a writer, I find it a bit insulting to the mangaka, but I do agree that fillers aren’t necessarily awful. They honestly don’t even bother me that much, so I suppose that saying I “dislike them” is actually not the truth. lol I can even say that there are some filler arcs that I liked, as well, and I was surprised when I later read the manga and discovered that they were not even canon. I just like it better when they follow the manga or light novels more closely because I wouldn’t like it if the animators jacked with my own story.


    1. I read from a question corner where Oda Eiichiro-sensei, the manga artist of the series ONE PIECE, answers questions sent by his readers. In that particular issue, Oda-sensei shares how the animators go to him and basically “ask” his permission about a filler story or a film storyboard that they’re planning to make. Oda-sensei says that he just basically says yes, yes, yes and offers a bit of suggestions. So I guess that it’s not really “disrespecting” the original author if he/she gives permission. I don’t know about other manga artists whose work were made into anime containing filler, but I also hear about other manga artists like Arakawa Hiromu, manga artist of Fullmetal Alchemist, who gave permission for the first anime adaptation to veer completely away from her manga with a completely different ending so that it won’t be forced to stop to wait for her manga to finish.

      Anyway, my apologies for the long text but I just think that based on these anecdotes, it seems that manga artists still have a lot of influence about the stories of the anime because it’s their original creation. But like I said, I don’t know about the other ones. Maybe it only applies to manga artists who’re wildly successful, I don’t know.

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinion in this matter. I appreciate it. Happy holidays. Cheers!


  9. Even though I’m somebody that can get annoyed by fillers, I agree with what you said. Some fillers are great if they’re given the chance, I enjoyed the fillers in Prince of Tennis just as much as I enjoyed the actual episodes. I really liked your point about the time that animators put into fillers which kind of makes me think that I should watch fillers regardless of whether I’ll like them or not out of respect.

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    1. Exactly. Well, I’m not going to lie, I get annoyed with fillers too but I also get annoyed with regular canon episodes if they’re crappy. I like to judge an episode by its quality rather than whether it’s labelled as canon or filler. Speaking of PoT, oh my gosh. I agree with you. Most of the filler episodes from that anime are hilarious. I really enjoyed them too.

      Thanks. I admire that hard work and dedication these animators put in the anime. We always hear a lot about the poor working conditions and low pay that they experience, so I want to at least mention them here. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions. I really appreciate them. Happy holidays. Cheers!

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    1. You made an excellent point there. Indeed, some fillers expand on the world or backstory of a series which is really great for fans. I remember someone mentioning to me before that the recent adaptation of Sailor Moon “Crystal” didn’t include a lot of world-building because the fillers were snipped out from the first anime adaptation. That’s a good point, I think. Thanks!

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      1. Depends on the fillers. In Bleach I ended up skipping a lot (awful, I know), but then I really enjoyed a lot of the fillers in One Piece. Usually I tend to watch things that don’t have many fillers. Or just read the manga/novel instead.

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      2. A very reasonable approach. I prefer your method than, ahem, those annoying fans who just constantly complain, you know? Thus this post’s argument. It’s better if you skip the filler and read the manga instead, if you don’t really like the fillers. Oh well. Each of us is different.

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  10. Bleach has some very badly placed filler. A part of the main story would just get interrupted mid-battle and all of a sudden there’s a filler arc longer than some entire series, that can’t possibly actually take place at that point in time, and may not fit anywhere else either. In that case you actually don’t have to have any knowledge of the manga to recognize those as fillers or be annoyed by them.

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    1. I know. Bleach and Naruto are both infamous for this loooooooooong filler arcs taking up entire seasons. They’re the exception. My point in writing the series is that not ALL fillers are crappy, so it’s more fair to judge the quality of the episode whether the episode is canon or filler, instead of the episode being labelled as filler. Besides I didn’t say in this post that I “like” all fillers and hate those people who complain about fillers who haven’t really read the manga. What annoys me are those who complain about fillers without even watching the episodes themselves in addition to not even bothering to read the manga. They’re just complaining because other people are complaining, you know? And besides just like @krystallina said in her comment, fillers are best when they’re spread out.

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  11. I take it on a case by case basis. Both Naruto and Bleach don’t just have filler episodes, they have entire filler seasons, which interrupt the main story line for months on end, keeping us waiting, without contributing anything we need to know. One Piece and Fairy Tail, on the other hand, tend to weave the filler into the fabric of the story a bit more smoothly, without interrupting it. Heck, Fairy Tail simply stopped broadcasting when they caught up with the manga, instead of interrupting a tense, climactic moment with three years of filler. Of course we don’t care about the movies being filler, as the movies are not randomly inserted into the anime itself.

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    1. That’s true. Just like what @krystallina said in her comment, I also think that fillers are best when they’re spread out and not pumped in large chunks that hog entire seasons like Naruto and Bleach. And you made an excellent point with ONE PIECE & Fairy Tail. I’m a huge ONE PIECE fan and I’m just glad that most of its fillers only lasts for a couple episodes or so and placed mostly after a story arc finished and before a new one starts. Although when it was just starting, ONE PIECE was guilty of too much review/summary episodes but I’m glad that they’re not doing that anymore.

      As for the movies, there are fans who care a LOT about them. I don’t mind them too much. I watch the films from my favourite series and don’t care too much about the ones that I’m not that fond of.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinions about fillers. Cheers!

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  12. For me, it depends on the filler. Whether or not the story arc happened in the manga doesn’t necessarily have to matter, it’s more to do with the overall quality. You can have good filler episodes and you can have bad non-filler episodes.

    Complaining because it’s done thing is daft in my eyes. By all means complain if you genuinely dislike something, but don’t do it for no reason other than that other people are.

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    1. My thoughts exactly! That’s one of the main purpose for writing this post. Complain about the quality of the episode, not because it has the label of filler. Not all fillers are crappy, in the same way that not all regular canon episodes are incredible. Thanks for sharing your opinions. Cheers!

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  13. I am not anti-filler. In fact, although I dislike some of the filler in the original Sailor Moon anime, the removal of some of the world-building is really felt in Crystal. Cross Game is another anime that added a couple of episodes not in the original manga but adds a lot to the series. Heck, the one episode of Naruto that really stands out to me is a filler (Kakashi’s face episode).

    It’s also hard to categorize what makes a “filler”. If one small plot device is briefly mentioned, is the episode a filler? Or is it only when it has nothing to do with the main plot, but that could be a lot as not every chapter in the original manga/light novel is super-important.

    I do think fillers work best when they’re spread out and not in one large chunk and then the main story is pushed together suddenly. But some awesome episodes are filler.

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    1. Same here. Writing this post does not mean that I “like” all fillers. I just want to convey my opinion that not ALL fillers are crappy like so many people who complain seem to think. And yes, I agree with you. I haven’t watched Crystal yet so I can’t really say any specific opinions but based on my impressions, it seems that the newest Sailor Moon adaptation is more concise compared to the original anime adaptation, so I understand what you mean.

      For me, filler is an entire episode where everything that happens in it did not happen in the manga. Of course there are filler episodes that tries to connect with the manga because the characters used are still based in the original manga, so they can’t really change everything, especially if they’re still planning to continue following the manga’s plot when the filler episodes finally end.

      And I agree with you. Fillers are best when they’re spread out like in ONE PIECE. The fillers in this series are usually one to two episodes, or 6 episodes at most, that are placed after a story arc ends and before a new one starts. It’s more a pace and atmosphere balancer, unlike the ginormous filler episodes in Bleach & Naruto.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing your opinions about fillers with me. I appreciate them. 🙂

      P.S. The filler about Kakashi’s face was one of my favourites too! 😉

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  14. I think they have the right to complain when there is bad storytelling.
    One of my all time favorites is Rurouni Kenshin, but the last season was almost all filler. This made the “ending” even less satisfying than the terrible ending was.

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    1. Yeah, even if you haven’t read the manga of a series, sometimes there are times when something just feels obviously wrong or off; the show’s tempo or tone drastically changes. One of the most jarring, perhaps, was the original Hellsing TV show; of course there it was because only two volumes of the manga had been written and would not be finished for nearly a decade.

      I think part of the frustration of (western) anime fans is that in most cases outpacing the manga would not be an issue if Japanese broadcast used either “seasons” in the way that American broadcast does or “series” in the way that British broadcast does. The need to come out with a new episode every week can easily stretch content to the limit, requiring either lots of filler (bleach, naruto) or incredibly slow pacing (Dragonball Z) to keep the show running in its timeslot. Of course, there is so much content vying for broadcast time, shows producers don’t dare put a series on “break”, because something will spring up immediately to take its place. It really comes down to a different broadcast model that I don’t think most western fans really appreciate.

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      1. Indeed. But just like I mentioned in my response to Denny’s comment, bad storytelling also applies with regular cannon episodes and not just with fillers. I’m not saying that I “like” all fillers and people shouldn’t complain. My point in writing this post is to convey that not ALL filler episodes are crappy and reeks of bad storytelling. Even regular episodes can sometimes be crappy. Granted, there are crappy fillers out there, but not all of them. Some are so good that I wish they were part of the canon plot.

        I agree with you. Good point. Now that I think about it, I’ll assume that most of the people who don’t like fillers are the ones who are used to the Western way of seasons. Anime that follow this seasonal format appeal greatly to them because they contain minimal to zero filler at all. But in the case of Naruto and Bleach which are insanely popular, I don’t think the animators can afford to put a stop to them. Just like you said, they don’t dare to put a “break” on the series because another one will take it’s place and it’ll be another hassle to retake their place again when that happens.

        Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions. I appreciate it. Cheers!


    2. Of course. But I think that bad storytelling also applies to regular canon episodes and not only to those labelled as filler. Like I said in this post, I think it’s fair to judge on the quality of the episode whether it’s canon or filler and not because it has the label “filler”. And one of my points is that there are many people who complain about fillers who haven’t really watched the episodes, so complaining about bad storytelling doesn’t make sense when you don’t even know the story since you haven’t even watched it, you know?

      I don’t really remember much of Rurunouni Kenshin because I was literally a small kid when I watched it. Sorry. Not really familiar with the fillers of that series.


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