Every year brings out hundreds of new anime series. Anime tackles such diverse topics that it really feels like there is a show for everyone, no matter how niche the interest or genre. Another way anime plays by its own rules is the vastly different lengths of series.
It’s never good for an anime to fill itself up unnecessarily with filler and diminish its quality, but it’s also heartbreaking to fall in love with a series only to find it only has a dozen episodes, or even fewer. Anime often proves that less can be more with a series, but on several shows it feels like their story is just beginning as they come to an end.
10 Kaiba’s fleeting persistence of memory has greater heights to reach more than a dozen entries
Masaaki Yuasa is one of anime’s most ambitious filmmakers. Movies and TV series like The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, Ping Pong The Animation, and inu-oh are witnesses to his eclectic talents. The similarity between all Yuasa’s work is the human need for connection. kaiba, one of Yuasa’s earlier endeavors, explores love, identity, and memory through a 12-episode Android adventure.
kaiba combines deep themes and surreal designs to create a unique special story. kaiba feels complete by the end of the 12 episodes, but the themes are evergreen and have returned in Yuasa’s subsequent projects.
9 Death Parade just scratches the surface of its existential Death Games
Death Parade has such an interesting concept that makes it easy to explore endlessly. The series cleverly takes recreational activities such as billiards, darts or air hockey and transforms them into stressful exercises to determine the fate of the souls of two deceased individuals. Death ParadeThe anthology structure puts two new souls at risk each episode, while the setting and puppeteers remain the same.
In the end it’s for the best that Death Parade doesn’t wear out its welcome, but 12 episodes still seem incredibly short for such an inventive idea. An extra season or two of emotional melodrama would help Death Parade a greater legacy.
8 Cromartie High School’s educational hijinks have room to graduate to greatness
26 episodes is enough for a tightly plotted action series, but it’s shocking how quickly it goes by in more comedic affairs. Cromartie High School is one of several anime series that address the awkward dynamics of a no-nonsense school for juvenile delinquents. This will be the new stomping ground for Takashi Kamiyama.
It takes time for Cromartie High School‘s unusual sense of humor to come together completely, but these risks culminate in more laughter. The lack of an overarching storyline makes it for Cromartie High School to end up in two dozen entries, but the same freedom makes it feel like it could take years.
7 Paranoia Agent is a groundbreaking deconstruction of social phenomena and unreliable storytellers
Satoshi Kon was one of the most brilliant minds working in the anime industry. The Excellent 13 Episodes Paranoia Agent could have been an ongoing anthology spanning several seasons. It’s hard to argue with the perfection of Paranoia Agent. The series is a psychological drama that perfectly dissects the phenomena of mafia mentality and the “broken phone” nature of information.
Each episode breaks down the Lil’ Slugger epidemic from a different character’s perspective. This, in turn, adds crucial context to the larger story being told, which can be explored further.
6 Even with its sequel, too little FLCL content is available
FLCL remains the gold standard for adult character studies with mecha mayhem and frenzied action that puts the fate of the world on the line. Few anime conjure up such a distinct voice and energy as FLCLin which fast-paced music and visuals are combined with Naota’s humble quest to feel comfortable in his own skin in six episodes.
Fans of the sequel series Progressive and Alternative will be glad to hear there are two more FLCL expansions are on the way. However, new spin-offs are not the same as a longer version of the original story with Naota.
5 Katanagatari is too efficient with his sword based stories
There is certainly a sense of cathartic closure that Yasuri and Togame experience at the end of this Katanagataria‘s 12 episodes, but it’s at this point that the rhythm of the reflective action series finally finds its way. Too bad it has to come to an end immediately.
Conveniently, the 12-episode samurai story in Katanagataria includes the collection of 12 legendary swords, but it wouldn’t be hard for this journey to last twice as long and present its compelling characters with greater levels of conflict. A little durability of this adventure won’t weaken the message.
4 Gunbuster and Diebuster leave their galactic battles too soon
gunbuster and the sequel to the tenth anniversary, diebuster, emphasize the grueling deployment of mecha combat. This becomes the priority of this six-episode series in which Noriko excels in her field, but gradually loses her humanity. gunbuster and diebuster achieve what it takes in their cumulative 12 episodes.
However, it’s easy to imagine a long-running version of the same story that takes a closer look at the training process, the costs of war, and the reflective twilight years of these characters. These OVA series are powerful in their scope and restraint, but this story would arguably be even more impressive with the right space to breathe and participate in smaller spectacles.
3 Didn’t you hear? I am Sakamoto could keep up his antics over several years of schooling
Didn’t you hear? I am Sakamoto takes its premise and successfully extrapolates it into a 13-episode experience that continually draws new humor from the same idea. The titular Sakamoto unknowingly uses his eternal coolness to help others, like a boastful Robin Hood.
The series shouldn’t work as well as it does, but each episode is full of intense fits of laughter. The last twist needed, though completely unnecessary, makes for the perfect conclusion. It is appreciated that Didn’t you hear? I am Sakamoto never let his joke get old, but 13 episodes don’t do justice to how ridiculous Sakamoto’s powers can get.
2 Wonder Egg Priority’s introspective trauma has even more lives to heal
Wonder Egg Priority follows Ai Ohto and several other girls who heal from abuse, neglect and grief. These girls acquire incredible powers and their magical girl antics become a tangible way for them to overcome their metaphorical demons. With only 13 episodes, two of which act as summaries, there aren’t many Wonder Egg Priority.
The final episode is considered the weakest of the series and undoes much of what the rest of the series has accomplished. For this reason, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to expand this story and give Ai and the company another chance.
1 Space Dandy Lampoons Genre and storytelling with brilliance and grace
admitted, Space Dandy has two seasons of 13 episodes covering an exceptional range of genres and stories, but a series with this much potential feels like it could take hundreds of episodes before showing any signs of compromise. The unfathomable sci-fi series sees Dandy and his eccentric bounty hunter crew engage in endless unpredictable adventures as they jump between planets.
Space Dandy builds a compelling universe and its seemingly episodic approach gradually evolves into a brilliant multiverse story that connects everything. There is no weak link Space Dandy‘s 26 episodes, but it’s a cruel plague on how much more the Aloha Oe crew could achieve.
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