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.
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 Naruto, I 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?”
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.
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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