What does anime filler mean?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Anime is usually not the first form of media that a story comes out on. For example the Bleach and Naruto anime both have a manga that came out before them. The Melancholoy of Haruhi Suzumiya had a light novel that proceeded it. And Kanon and Higurashi both had computer games that were released before an episode of anime was shown.
As you may or may not know, the anime is often not identical to the original source material. It may cut scenes out, change scenes, rearrange scenes, or even add new scenes completely.
While a lot of these changes don't go over well with the fans, the thing most hated are the addition of so called filler episodes. Filler episodes can be as short as 1 episode, or as long as an entire season of the anime. These episodes were not a part of the original story line, and serve NO PURPOSE in furthering the main story line.
One of the two main reasons that we see filler are to buy time if the anime catches up with the source material, and would otherwise need to wait for the manga/game/novels to get further ahead. After all, you can't really adapt something to an anime if it hasn't been made yet.
The other reason for fillers are to simply milk an anime for more money. If a company makes 3 or 4 episodes of filler in a season, a fan may have to purchase 6 DVDs for that entire season instead of 5. Thus the studio sees an increase in profits.
Fans don't like filler at all. Why? Because the storylines in filler often have one or more of the following aspects:
1. They are pointless. Nothing worthwhile happens.
2. They sometimes add contradictions that conflict with the actual kanon storyline
3. They aren't written by the same person who makes the normal storyline, and thus the filler episodes suck in comparsion to the rest.
4. They often take you on a completely new tangent taking your mind away from the exciting and important parts in the main storyline.
- 1 decade ago
Because you can tell a lot more of the story in an anime episode than in an manga, when an anime follows a manga, it ends up catching up with the manga story and then overtaking it. so to give the manga writers more time to write manga and make the story longer, they make anime episodes that aren't shown in the manga, kinda like side stories, Naruto is terrible for this, something like 40+ filler episodes. most people hate fillers but they're not always bad, you can learn more about the characters and see fun episodes. but once the manga has gotten far enough ahead, they stop the fillers and go back to the main stories.
Filler=side story that does not follow the manga, giving the manga writers enough time to write more
- Anonymous5 years ago
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- 5 years ago
Fillers are episodes that are irrelevant to the manga! ;) I know that this is 7 years old but, I'm still answering!
- 1 decade ago
What the person above me said... Also, they come out when the anime catches up with the manga and has to make time so the manga artist can get a head with the story.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
They Are Episodes That Aren't Part Of The Main Story.
- PewpewLv 41 decade ago
They are basically random events/episodes/arcs/characters that do not happen whatsoever in the manga. :3
- 1 decade ago
They are anime episodes that do not occur in the manga.