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Mark Morgan Jr.
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The other day I was talking to a friend of mine about animation story. It seems my friend is a fan of more modern anime which usually tends to stretch a single story over about twenty or more episodes, while my favorite batch of anime is the original Tezuka stories that would often squeeze feature length stories into twenty two minute segements.
Now I will say that the elongated storylines do allow for a more focused approach to the art and setting, and the Tezuka-esque stories are very tricky to handle, because if you aren't careful you end up with a rushed story that does not live up to its potential.
However, if handled right (And there are only a very few writers I've ever seen who could handle it right) The Tezuka-paced storylines can be thrilling and much more satisfying from the point that you've gotten in an entire range of story and character emotion in a short period of time, while the longer stuff just keeps dragging on and on and on ... kind of like this build up to my question.

Anyway, which do you guys prefer? Longer, dragged out stories with a better focus on background and character art, or fast paced theatrical episodes that can leave you breathless in twenty-five minutes or less?

Voice your opinion now!

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Kevin
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I've tried to watch a couple of highly recommended anime series that apparently followed the "stretched out" approach. If the character animation and acting had been excellent then I probably would have enjoyed them, but in both cases I was so bored and starved for something to keep my interest that I stopped watching halfway through the second episodes.

It really didn't seem like an artistic choice. More like a simple business decision to stretch a limited amount of work into lots of programming.

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Trondheimfan
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Yeah, you're right Kevin.

Just look at what they've done to Dragonball. I LOVE the comics, and all the other stuff Akira Toriyama has made, but that tv-show....
About every comicbook-episode of Dragonball is stretched out to, like, 5-10 episodes in the tv-series. Usually half of every episode's time is devoted to characters "powering up".
All the timing, which was exellent in the comics, was destroyed in those series, which were full of badly written fillers, and the before mentioned power sequences...
I like my stories to keep moving, and I don't mean I want super-fast-paced action all the time, I just want to see something interesting happen, in stead of having to look at ten minutes of two frames shaking back-and-forth.

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Trondheimfan
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Oh, and stretching Dragonball was definitely NOT an artistic choice, because, well, look at it!

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Renart
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Then again, adapting from Manga to anime isn't always the best.
Akira on paper was sooooo much more complex and interesting.
Same for Miyazake's Nausicaa (love love love the book, but simply like the movie)

I don't mind long drawn out serie...as long as the story quality holds up along the way. If I take Nadia and the Secret of Blue water, about halfway throought the serie, it was as if the writers realised "crap! We still have 13 episodes to go through but only material for 8...let's create some filler material for 5 eopisodes".

Short or long, as long as the pacing is good, I have no preference.

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Eric Hedman
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Anime....well.....

Someone tried to sell me on "Noir."

But I was left with the feeling....

I want my 22 minutes back.

I'd rather watch a Scooby Dum and Scrappy Doo XMas Special.
And that should tell you something.

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