Fillers are unavoidable when it comes to anime like Naruto and Bleach. So what is filler? Filler are episodes that don’t follow the source material. Some filler are obvious when the characters were doing something and then the story suddenly deviates into another story randomly. So characters could be in the middle of a fight and the next episode would be them doing something completely different and then the episode after they’re back to fighting. However, it can be easily disguised, this is common when a filler series is placed after a story arc ends in an anime.
Now you know what fillers are… so let’s explain why most anime fans hate filler. Firstly, it’s interrupting the storyline when it’s used in the middle of an arc. Secondly, it’s not the best. It can be boring (however I have seen good filler) and it’s irritating, especially when it’s in the way of a good fight.
It doesn’t add anything to the storyline either (unless the anime is deviating into filler, such as Tokyo Ghoul), so it’s a waste of time to watch. It’s definitely annoying when it’s used when there’s plenty of source material (or the source material has finished). The best example I can think of is Naruto, the manga finished a while ago and they made filler (still making filler now, at the time this article is being written) which was pointless because it’s not like they’ve caught up with the source material and need to wait for more to be released. They were milking the series to get more money. Even after they’ve finished the canon storyline (finally) they’re making filler.
Admittedly, I haven’t seen filler in a while. I use the internet to find out when filler episodes are and I skip them. I hate them, unless it’s an anime like Blue Exorcist where it diverts into a filler-ending, because it tends to be bearable then.
So why is filler made? It’s mainly created when there’s no more source material left, and they create filler to either finish a series (examples are: Blue Exorcist, Fullmetal Alchemist 2003) or while the studio waits for more source material to be created (like One Piece and Bleach). However, it can be created when a studio is trying to make as much money out of a successful series as possible, like Naruto (I don’t know if this is true, but it seems like it is purely because they created filler when the manga ended and they’re still creating filler even after they’ve finished following the manga).
So what do you think of filler? Leave a comment below!