When it comes to popular anime, one thing that’s never lacking are the epically lengthy plots that usually leave nothing to desire. Make no mistake though, if you choose to embark on a marathon of titles like Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach, it can definitely suck the life out of you. It’s times like these when episodic anime are a refreshing remedy to flush out those shounen parasites out of your system.
Stories fully told within the time constraints of an episode usually make up what are known as episodic anime; that’s if you’re fresh off the boat into animeland and didn’t already know that. Episodes in a episodic anime are independent of one another and do not usually tend to play a hugely significant part in a larger plot. Perhaps it’s even better to say that they’re characterised by a lack of sustained plot throughout episodes.
And what’s all the fucking rage about them?
Its most appealing aspect is probably that it introduces a whole lot of diversity to the series. Since each episode is different, the tone of the anime can change rather quickly. Maybe one episode’s brightly comedic and full of action while the next is sombrely dramatic and packed with dialogue. Thus having a string of varying atmospheres in a title really keeps things interesting and fresh for viewers.
- Title: Mushishi
- Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural, Seinen
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: 2005-2006
The series follows its only protagonist, Ginko, as he wanders in search of supernatural problems to solve. Set in what looks to be ancient Japan, episodes tend to be more mellow in nature with slow paced stories throughout the series. (more info)
Samurai Champloo follows the adventures of its three distinctively different protagonists as they journey through Edo period Japan in search of an elusive Samurai. In this crazed mix of ancient history and contemporary hip-hop culture of a series, episodes are often full of fight sequences and sharp-tongued dialogue. (more info)
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