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Why Are New Anime Series Getting Shorter?

If you haven't noticed yet, there has seem to be a number of anime series which only span for about 12 episodes while some do not even reach at least 20 minutes per episode. Anime titles like Miss Monochrome, Mahou Shoujo Taisen and Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desu Kara which runs about 4 minutes per episode.

YouTuber The Anime Man, shares his views as to why some anime series for the past few years have become shorter. Watch it for yourself and check if what you have in mind coincides with his theories.

Do you have any other theories as to why some anime series have become shorter that is not covered on the video? Do you even agree with the YouTuber? Let us know by using the comments section below.

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3 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    I don't know what animes you watch, but I'm watching Cardfigth Vanguard and Yugioh Arc V and Yokai watch, and Pretty Cure all with hundreds and hundreds and years and years of content lol. Also I watched Inazuma 11 seasons, which lasted years and had hundreds of episodes. Pretty much, if you want a long running anime, it has to sell toys and games and appeal to young children in order to keep them entertained for years every week.

  2. I don't like anime I stick with my live-action Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, etc just can't get into stuff like that

  3. Ono Says:

    I haven't seen that video, but the answer to that is pretty obvious. In fact, I think ANN has covered it once, if I'm not mistaken.

    The cost of production for a longer duration or more than 12-13 episodes are MOST CERTAINLY waaaay higher than those with shorter length. This has been an issue in Japan, who still relies heavily on hand-drawn animation, when compared to the western that now focuses more on 3D CG graphics. Another strong reason, is the production time as well. This is because unlike the treatment in other countries, Japan airs their shows in a fixed weekly schedule. That's why the deadline to finish each episode is very tight and short. Creating a shorter animation, requires a shorter amount of time to produce, hence the studio can focus on getting more titles, which in return more revenue to pay more for their workers.

    Yes, working in an anime studio isn't as wonderful as one would think, in fact it is common for animators to spend most of their time in the office, and rarely get a holiday due to deadlines. Quite similar to the work of a mangaka.

    Those are also the main reasons, why animes with multiple cour usually relies heavily on stock footage, or repeated animations. If not, the quality of animation is usually sacrificed, by either making as fast as they could, or outsourcing to a low-rank animation studio (mostly located in the South East Asia region). It will later be fixed for the bluray release though, since they generate more revenue for the studio. - Buy Video Games for Consoles and PC - From Japan, Korea and other Regions
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