Yes, I like anime fillers. Especially Naruto fillers. I would like to share my understanding of them.
I get into so many discussions with people from different fandoms. All of us, passionately expressing what each anime means to us. I respect all. I might not like all, but I respect all. All goes well until we get to the subject of fillers. Everyone hates them. More so, if they started the story from the manga.
Not only are fillers hated, it seems Naruto fillers are hated more. Now I love Naruto. Naruto is the epitome of anime in my opinion. Naruto is life. I’ve been analyzing this filler resistance for a while. This is my take on it.
When one decides to adapt a manga into a show, you don’t necessarily have to worry about securing initial fans because you’ll already have the readers of the manga. The core followers of the story have already been taken care of. The circumstance that will have to be overcome is winning an initial viewer and satisfying the core follower. One can not assume that just because they follow the manga, that they are going to love the show. The new fan will be experiencing the story for the first time. The core follower, on the other hand, already knows the story. You will have to win them over visually and accurately. Which is why followers of the manga are harder to please, and they also critique the hardest.
For this reason, the newbie is taken care of. The core fan, however, will be expecting
to see what they’ve been reading. From the story to the look of the characters, the
buildings, etc. Simply animating the reading isn’t going to keep them intrigued for long.
Well, not all of them anyway. So, what is a way to win a new fan base and respectfully
satisfy the core fans? FILLERS.
Anime fillers serve two purposes. First, while the newbie enters into the fandom, experiencing one episode after the other for the first time, the core follower can learn more about the characters and their individual worlds through things like side missions and so on. The second purpose they serve is that when you adapt a manga to an animation, the animation progresses is much quicker. I mean the manga can literally be used as storyboards. So the fillers help maintain distance so the animation doesn’t catch up. Especially if the manga isn’t completed yet. This was the problem with AOT. You can’t animate if you don’t have a story.
Side note: I am one of those people who was always curious about the characters in the
background. Even when I would play video games, I would always try to go off the path to go in the mountains and wanted to open locked doors and stuff like that.
There you have it. My take on anime fillers.
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