We’ll Fix it Later

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I am starting to wonder if it is even worth watching the television versions of anime anymore. In recent years, the industry seems to have an ever increasing practice of improving their television versions for the DVDs and BDs, and it is really starting to become very tiresome. Initially it started with harmless things such as fixing some frames here and there, or maybe even having a few extra scenes. Touching up on the quality to make sure the fans are getting their money’s worth is something I certainly can find agreeable. However, originally this did not mean the television versions were that different from their later revisions; you didn’t feel like you were missing out just because you saw it as it aired. This has changed in recent years for the worse.

Just this last weekend I was trying to watch the penultimate episode of Fate/Zero, something I was highly anticipating, only to become so frustrated I had to pause to not ruin the whole experience for myself. At one point during the episode there is a clear, sloppily edited in scene transition that visibly cut out the majority of one of the final and most important conflicts in the entire show. The delicious drama, characterization, and action we all were really hoping to enjoy were deliberately edited out of the show because it could not fit in the confines of a television format. Oh but don’t worry, these scenes will be on the blu-ray (along with a bunch of other ones throughout the show)!

Companies censor anime deliberately so you’ll buy the uncensored DVD/BR.

Maybe some aren’t that bothered by this, but this is totally and completely unacceptable. It is simply not professional of the anime studios to deliver an unfinished product to their audience. I’m sure the expectation is to gall the audiences into buying their obviously overpriced DVDs and BRs for these extras, but unlike in the past, what’s being added to the DVDs/BDs are no longer really extras. Instead, essential pieces of the story that had been left out from the initial TV run are critically inserted. The television audiences are actively losing out on their entertainment experience and the only way to avoid this is to fork up some cash.

I guess when your industry for late night anime is so dependent on pushing out these overpriced discs they will use any underhanded tactic they have at their disposal. But if these companies are not willing to give their best effort in the television airing, why in the world should I believe they will do differently on revised products? The expectation here is that you enjoyed the television airing so much that you would gladly pay for it, but this just seems completely wrong to me. Was it not that when you watched a series you could see exactly what was being sold?

Perhaps the most egregious example of this to me was the original airing of Bakemonogatari. The poor scheduling by SHAFT ended up being so terrible that they later had to air the last three episodes on the internet. If you only watched anime on TV, you would never have been able to see them, and if you had gone into its sequel Nisemonogatari without seeing the last few episodes of Bakemonogatari, there would be quite a few details that you definitely find confusing. As always you could just buy the DVD or BD, but how would someone know if the last few episodes were even worth paying for? To me, this just isn’t right.

I’m not actually shown in the original television airing of Bakemonogatari.

Of course, big franchises like Fate and Monogatari can get away with these things because they have huge fanbases who are ready to cough up as much cash as the creators would like. Moreover, after a few years the product that will end up being remembered is not going to be the television airing, but the actual finished one. Particularly in Fate/Zero’s case we have seen enough effort put in by Ufotable that it’s all but assured that the final show they put together will be as glorious as many expected. The canon version of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner we all know today is actually a director’s cut with tons of extra footage, so this is not unheard in the movie industry.  But the reason why someone like him redid that movie was because he was unhappy with the initial theater release! This was not an excuse to be lazy or to deliberately not give the audience the absolute best they had.

So now when I consider the fact that my initial viewing experiences of shows are souring by unprofessional practices which directly affect the quality of a television show, I’m starting to find myself less inclined to check out certain shows as they are airing. If their best effort is being saved for the DVDs and BDs then there is no reason to watch anything but that. I simply have no interest in viewing unfinished products that are becoming no better than glorified commercials.

16 Responses to “We’ll Fix it Later”

  1. Oh please.

    There is really no incentive for animation studios to produce any kind of polished product for TV broadcast. They’re not making any profit, and people like you (and me) don’t pay a cent to see the results of their many hours of hard work. After all, these people aren’t altruistic anime enthusiasts. Their work is their main source of income. Would you work your hardest on something if you know no one’s going to pay you for it? Probably not.

    Plus, anime studios don’t censor scenes so they can deliberately un-censor them. They censor them because there are these things called broadcast indecency laws which prevent broadcasters from showing titties on the air. C’est la vie.

    Were you a true fan, you’d sit through the TV broadcast (in order to boost the show’s ratings) and then buy the BD box. Think about it from the producers’ perspective for once, okay? They’re not here to serve our every whim. They’re trying to get by in the world, and in order to do that, they must add in all kinds of extra bells and whistles to convince consumers that purchasing a BD box is a good idea. That’s all. Simple economics.

  2. @Akira

    Oh but I do purchase anime, of course R1 licensed. Perhaps I’m not the customer they’re worried about at all (That’s a whole other topic), but it’s not like I am not paying anything. I actually do plan to purchase Fate/Zero after everything is said and done (Assuming they release the blu rays here), though what Ufotable did here does peeve me.

    Anyways very late night anime aren’t obligated to censor to the degree you think, this is a common misconception. It is true they make scenes overly explicit or hint at explicit things to get people to buy stuff, but they also don’t have to go as overboard with light beams as they do sometimes. Star Driver showed a naked butt on television, why weren’t they forced to censor it? The answer is obvious. That wasn’t the selling point of the series, so there was no need to.

    And yeah, I’m not a producer. Sorry. I know exactly why they pull this shtick and to me I find it annoying. As a fan I would be more pleased and assured while watching if I actually got to see the true product and then I’d actually bother purchasing it. One thing is improving the quality of it, like fixing frames, another is actually cutting out essential parts of a story that you wouldn’t be able to view otherwise. Like I said in the article, I’ll just watch if the BD and if I like it, then perhaps I’ll purchase it. But I have no reason to gimp my personal enjoyment by seeing a significantly lesser TV version.

  3. I don’t think they deliberately removed them at least in this particular case, the most likely scenario is that it got cut do to time constrains since the weren’t finished yet.
    People forget that on TV you don’t have all the time in the world and that is especially so in 2 cour,even if they waited a(few? don’t remember) season they might not had the time frame to finish completely.especially since it’s a quality show.

  4. Regardless of how much sympathy you have for the industry, the fact of the matter remains that they put out a crappy product on air. I haven’t watched Fate Zero yet because I saw they did this shit in season 1 already. So I just decided to wait for BDs.

    I hate this practice because if I don’t want to be annoyed by censorship and omissions, I miss out on fan discussion, which is one of the factors important to enjoy anime today (because producers make anime that depend on it).

    And I highly doubt this situation is only a product of tight schedules, even though that’s no excuse to churn out a crappy product. I think anime producers are starting to apply the same logic to marketing animation as they have with marketing manga. With manga, it was “if you liked the anime and want more story, buy the manga,” but now it’s like “if you liked the anime, buy the DVDs to get a better version of this anime.” Simply put, the TV airings for certain shows are indeed unfinished products and feel even more like an infomercial than ever before. And I’m not a fan of infomercials.

    Lucky for me, I have the ability to simply ignore such shows, and I’m not certain I will even start watching Fate Zero at this point, because that hype train has already left. Whether or not I’m a “true fan” (lol, Akira, seriously?), they won’t get my attention and they won’t get my money. Their loss.

  5. The anime industry has been financially strapped and barely scraping by for years, and I certainly won’t begrudge them adding extra value to nudge fans towards actually giving them a bit of cash, rather than simply watching the TV broadcast and moving on to the next relatively free thing.

  6. I think the disagreement lies in the disparity of the producers’ and fans’ incentives. Akira gives a small insight into the producers’ goals, whereas this article explores the fans’ frustration with those goals. Exploring the bigger picture, one must question when producers have or have not the liberty to discard fans’ opinions. Many businesses with a niche market pay very close attention to their fans in order to not lose touch with their small consumer base. Businesses with wider appeal tend to focus less on the consumer and more on the product or revenues. Anime, I believe, belongs in the latter category (unless one believes it’s dying). As such, the onus is no longer on the producer to create the perfectly appealing work of anime; whereas, the onus does lie with the producer when selling BDs, since they attract a more niche community.

  7. I think we have to separate this into two discussions. One is the intentional omission of key material a la Fate/Zero, and the other is the “in life, stuff happens” category Bakemonogatari’s tortured production is in.

    I really have no great sympathy for productions that willfully withholds materials. I get that this is a business, and the production committees consider that BD purchasers their real audience, but given how tech savvy their audience is it really won’t work and they are needlessly gimping their initial artistic vision out of hopes that they can squeeze a few more sales (that don’t exist) by making their physical releases extra special with added content.

    In the case of productions like Bakemonogatari, I have a completely different stance. Though one should expect some level of professionalism from a product that is ultimately asking its audience to pour an exorbitant amount of money for the BDs, most anime companies basically operate like small startup businesses where lots of stuff goes completely bonkers or end up in flames. Due to a combination of small budgets, insane production schedules, and whatever drama boils up within the artistic crew, it’s actually kind of miracle when everything goes out the door in a polished state. In these cases, I’m more than willing to give it a pass.

  8. I’m not too sure why it’s necessary to watch the entire show in its perfect incarnation to know whether you’re interested in buying the Blu-Ray. Are you saying that the show as it aired was good enough to watch on-air in its entirety but not worth buying, but that seeing the improved version may be enough to change your mind (and make the whole show worth buying), but you can’t decide until you see it all? Somehow I’m not sure how much sense this makes.

    In addition, the last three episodes of Bakemonogatari were never intended to be part of the 12-episode TV Airing of the show, and were not omitted due production scheduling problems. Of course they did have production problems that resulted in the streaming and eventual BD/DVD delays, but the 12-episode show as aired had one completion, and the Blu-Rays had an additional broader completion. They made it available online so that most people wouldn’t miss out (which, given the time when these shows aired in the first place, isn’t by any means much less likely to be accessible).

    The fanservice censorship example is also not that clear-cut. You will often find that, in fact, the censorship differs from station to station that’s airing the show, and I’m not even talking AT-X or other Pay TV stations. The censorship is often (but not always) applied by the TV stations at their own discretion. As for why there may be inconsistent standards, it stands to reason that a TV network is carefully screening shows that they figure will contain a lot of objectionable content, but they may not pay as much attention to shows that usually don’t contain it. They have also been known to be remarkably inconsistent in what gets censored from episode to episode for whatever reason. Of course it’s true that producers choose to allow their shows to air on TV stations that say they’d have to censor it, and this can work in their favour if it’s clear that this will compel people to buy the BDs/DVDs… which isn’t necessarily clear if many people believe as you apparently do.

    Don’t get me wrong… I sort of understand the frustration of feeling like you’re wasting your time watching an inferior version when you know that a superior version of a product is coming later and you can just pirate it all the same (which, granted, could be seen as part of the issue)… but I think the rationalizations used here are rather paper thin, and make you sound incredibly entitled — like “not only should I be allowed to watch the whole show for free, I should be allowed to watch the *perfect version* for free, and if they don’t give it to me, then I may just not watch or buy at all, so take that“. With that sort of attitude, I really wonder if the producers will believe you were ever going to buy in the first place.

    As someone who routinely buys the Japanese Blu-Rays of the shows I like, I honestly don’t think this factor has ever dissuaded (or persuaded) me from buying a show I was interested in. Then again, I routinely commit to buying shows without even seeing the whole thing, as a taste is usually enough to say if I’ll like it. Not seeing “the perfect version” just gives me incentive to watch it again, which I might want to do if I went through all the trouble and expense of buying it. But I wouldn’t necessarily be persuaded to buy a show for this either; I see it as a bonus.

  9. The fact that you only know this because you are watching the fansubs only makes the point of your complaints invalid. I don’t know why you would think you are entitled to a “complete” product when at that point the complete product IS being aired.

    Television schedule deadlines do some times result in sub-par quality when it is being rushed, but if you railing on that as if the production team is INTENTIONALLY withholding content…

    I would politely suggest that you stick to watching anime when the licensor in your region brings it over.

  10. @adrix89

    Ufotable has had the reigns the entire two cours, they decided what was in and what was out for the television. They decided that loli rin, one of the most irrelevant chapters in the entire LN, deserved on its own an entire episode instead of a better produced King’s Banquet episode. They decided multiple times throughout the series to expand on less relevant scenes instead of the conflict I’m talking about. Maybe by this point they were like shucks we can’t fit in anymore so they made do with what they could, but the only reason they were in this position in the first place was how they decided less relevant material like lolicon fetish was more important than one of the most important damn conflicts in the show.

    @Cyth

    The only reason I’m going to purchase F/Z is because I’m a huge type moon fan, and the product is at least almost guaranteed to be as good as it gets in the end. With something I don’t like nearly as much, Bakemonogatari, I would never purchase it after what they did.

    @s2012k1993

    I acknowledge full well what the producer incentives are, but I feel there is a line they shouldn’t cross, which they have edged over too comfortably lately. Like I said I think there’s a huge difference between providing extras and things that are not extras in a DVD/BR. Are we supposed to forsake the television only audience? This is an unfinished product which they professionally presenting on air. If the job is unprofessional, I think that is just plain wrong.

    @Shadowmage

    Well Bakemonogatari was just a disaster of a production, and I can fully sympathize sometimes when a production goes wrong. My favorite anime NGE was probably one of the most glorious examples of this and yet they managed to still get out what they got, which was pretty amazing. I think the difference here is what that production staff went through was not entirely their fault (They lost a bunch of sponsors sometime through the show because of violence and other material). SHAFT has historically had constant issues with maintaining a consistent production that is on schedule. When Madoka episodes got delayed there were a lot of comments about how this was good since they weren’t ready to release the episode (What the hell?).

    Even Denpa Onna which aired after that had the final episode just cut out and left for DVD/BD. You actually could not see the final episode of this SHAFT show because they ran out of time, and it wasn’t like they couldn’t of hurried the pacing of the show.

    In SHAFT’s case, I think the studio itself only has itself to blame.

    @relentlessflame

    Fancy seeing you here :p.

    Well let me clarify since there might be misunderstanding since you may not have seen the Fate/Zero episode in question. My entire point was that the product they delivered on air was unsatisfactory because they cut stuff out. They robbed the audience of one the most important scenes towards the end of the show, something that closed out the arc of the titular character of the Fate franchise itself. This wasn’t a minor cut, it was a HUGE one. I actually felt like I walked out of the room for 8-10 minutes during this cut because it was done so sloppily.

    I actually do plan to purchase Fate/Zero when everything is said and done, but that’s only because I know what will be added later and I am a huge fan. Because to me these sorts of very essential cuts made the product a lot less attractive. This show has been very high quality in general, so it gets away with it, but I know for a fact that this deters me from purchasing “lesser series.” I used SHAFT’s Denpa Onna as an example in a reply ot someone else. I quite liked that show, and I might’ve considered it worth my money eventually, but the finale of the show wasn’t even aired on TV (Or the internet even I think). I decided I didn’t feel it was worth it, and to this day I haven’t even seen the last episode because it came out so long after the fact.

    In Bake’s case, yes they did air on the internet in some pretty subpar visual quality. Maybe you could say I am picky but I would like to see something I quite liked in the quality visual quality it was given to us before. But since the DVD/BD took so long to release I didn’t even watch these 3 episodes for over a year when I decided to just up and rewatch the entire series. The original version was not something I would have purchased, but the later product was actually something I would truly consider purchasing. Unfortunately there are now other shows I rather save my money for.

    As for the fanservice thing, I admit I made this seem a little more black and white, but I was just trying to point out at more things that studios may intentionally put in that they know full well won’t be shown on TV to encourage viewers to purchase the DVD/BD. Case and point, the adaption of the VN Majikoi (I actually loved this, but the anime was unsatisfactory,but that’s a whole other story).. Throughout this adaption you’d constantly see scenes that were censored in overt ways, constantly teasing the audience to purchase the uncensored version of what clearly was just nudity. Now I’m not the intended audience here for that sort of purchasing honestly, but I still found it hilarious how they were doing such a thing in an overt way. I know for some people fanservice is a big deal, and they have become very frustrated with TV airings of them since they like to constantly put explicit material that doesn’t get through the censoring.

    Anyways, it’s not really a sense of entitlement I’m trying to express here. I’m simply saying that the treatment of the television audiences has just become unprofessional. Furthermore, I don’t know why studios expect I’ll be purchasing something they show on TV when all I see is a flawed, incomplete product. As I tried to explain earlier, this had affected me decision in purchasing some series (Like Bake and Denpa Onna).

    Like I said, I do purchase anime, but even if I didn’t I still find their practices unprofessional. That fact doesn’t change to me.

    @Kurogane Shiroikaze

    No no no…

    I didn’t even need fansubs to know that this episode had cut out such a major scene in my Fate/Zero example (and I’m only vaguely familiar with the LN). The editing scene was so jarring I don’t think many could have missed what happened during that time. And Ufotable clearly expanded on less relevant material throughout the show! This didn’t need to happen, this was completely intentional. The production had enough budget, time, resources, and planning to be able to make these decisions. They were not rushed! So yes, they intentionally gave us something incomplete and this is what I say is unprofessional.

    Like I said, what are the television airings these days? Infomercials? Or is this actually what they are supposed to… Television shows?

  11. @Reckoner:
    Your concept of what is “unprofessional” seems a bit off to me. The airing is being provided at no particular cost to you (especially because you are pirating it). You may not appreciate the fact that, in certain limited cases, content is being withheld from the broadcast and that it is thus seen in some ways as an infomercial to buy other products (which, technically, is what it usually is)… but that doesn’t mean they’re being “unprofessional” about it. There is no contract between you and the show’s producers, and if there were, don’t think it would necessarily specify that you’d have the right to see the full, unaltered, final version of the product at no cost prior to any sort of purchase commitment. Of course, if this sort of action is really dissuading you from buying, that is the key point you needed to convey, because it would seem to be counter to the intention of the producers. I think that point got somewhat lost in the rhetoric.

    I still find your logic a little bit suspect, though. Keep in mind that neither Bakemonogatari nor Denpa Onna have been released on English Blu-Ray yet. So even if you had seen the full 15 episodes right away, it wouldn’t have changed the fact that other shows have become a higher priority in the meantime because the option to purchase the series wasn’t even there for you. This is a problem with licensing, not the TV release format and limitations, and is honestly probably a much bigger problem than the one you’re addressing here. It would be a different story if you were considering buying the Japanese discs, as the domestic market does. Keep also in mind that we’re not even really intended to see the TV broadcast in some cases, and we can often only do it in those cases by breaking the law. So it’s hard to blame the anime directors in such cases for not keeping our considerations in mind. All I can say is that I personally have not been dissuaded from buying a show I liked because of these issues. Obviously you feel differently.

    Regarding Fate/Zero, I know about this case. I think you are making an assumption that they are using the “we’ll fix it on Blu-Ray” as a crutch (sort of like “zero-day patches” have become an excuse to release buggy video games on the market). I think, in this case, you could also look at it in the opposite way: the constraints of the TV airing are a liability, and the Blu-Ray Box is the way they intended to release the show (after all, that’s the product that they are selling). Keep in mind their previous Type-Moon project was a series of movies where they didn’t have this sort of rigid time constraint. I don’t think it’s unprofessional for them to release a “TV Cut” first, and then to put the “Director’s Cut” on the Blu-Ray (though of course I do think you need to judge the TV Cut on its own merits). Otherwise, if you preclude that option, then the alternative could be just that the scene was cut short, and is gone forever. That is just what happens in a lot of other shows, suffice it to say. I have seen the other “solutions” fans have tried to offer (like “they should have cut this part shorter, so that this other part could be longer”) but I think that’s an overly-simplistic view. Ensuring each individual episode has its own sense of flow is critical as well, so it’s not like the whole show is one giant sequence and you can just cut it arbitrarily when the clock hits 21:00 (or whatever). I’m sure there are other things that could have been done as well… but, in the end, the director made a decision that not all will agree with. At least the door on that decision is not closed forever.

    Though your intention may not have been to express your sense of entitlement, it’s rather hard to avoid with the amount of things I think you take for granted about the way you expect to be able to watch anime. Combined with the way your post was muddied by not-entirely-clear or accurate arguments/examples, I don’t think you presented a very convincing case. “I’m so annoyed that they made me wait for the Blu-Rays to see the big fight I was waiting for in Fate/Zero” would probably have been a lot clearer. :p

    P.S. Regarding fanservice shows that seem to come up with ways to show things they’ll explicitly have to hide on TV… I think in some cases they are almost trying to parody themselves; it’s a sort of “inside joke” to the fans that, granted, some don’t find funny. It plays on this idea people have that “producers censors things only to sell the DVDs”, and plays that up on purpose to make it part of the joke. You could say, in a way, that it’s actually a tacit acknowledgement of the fans (like “breaking the fourth wall”). So it annoys people, sure, but I wonder how much of an impact it actually has on sales one way or another — hard to say.

  12. @relentlessflame

    I am not sure how I matter to this. That doesn’t change anything about what the native watchers or crunchyroll subscribers experience. But in any case, we seem to have differing ideas what being professional means. They’re providing an entertainment experience, there’s a lot of money involved, this is business. In business oyu are expected to be professional and as far I have understood, professionally providing entertainment means to make sure oyu ensure you give the customers the best quality product that you can feasibly (Financially agreeable) can do. I’m not saying to cut into their profits or anything, just you expect that this is the product that they could best offer in a business sense. To me this clearly isn’t the case.

    Now in the case of Bake BDs, you’re right about the licensing thing and that’s a whole other problem… I guess I never even bothered to check in this case since I got dissuaded from buying it.

    As for what you said about Fate/Zero… I don’t have a problem with them having to cut stuff out. A parallel I’d like to make to our very own Hollywood is the LoTR movies. The extended versions were definitely more rich and enjoyable, but the edited cuts made for theaters didn’t make you really feel it that much really at all. They were quite enjoyable in either version. But in the case of Fate/Zero, they’re actually cutting out big chunks of critical scenes, things that directly damage the entertainment value.

    You allude to internal episode flow, and sure, you that is a consideration, but you cannot forsake the entire series flow either. By not compacting certain details earlier (More superfluous ones), they caused a lot of pacing issues in certain episodes later like the aforementioned penultimate episode of Fate/Zero. You have to realize this was essentially like one of the, if not the most important episodes of the series and I think it was pretty damn near objectively flawed. The story literally cut out for 8 minutes in an important scene.

    But anyways… Yes I am annoyed as you said. I wouldn’t be annoyed though if this wasn’t a critical scene. It’s like having a mystery story but then you opt out of showing the scene where they finally solve it saying “purchase so and so if you want to find out!” Now of course you could find out through other means, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.

    I think to understand my viewpoint, I see the television airing as part of their job. They’re delivering a product to you on the television. It’s kinda like the difference between seeing a movie in theaters and later buying it on DVD, is this an excuse to have a badly done product in the theaters compared to the DVD? I don’t have a problem if they make improvements, but it shouldn’t be necessary to make a purchase.

  13. This debate seems to devolve into a fight over what levels of professionalism must be maintained for a TV show, specifically for Fate/Zero. But, this fight is not meant to take place in forums; it takes place in the form of TV ratings and distributors’ willingness to consider future shows. Because once viewers stop watching a show because of its lack of professionalism, the studio is at risk of being discontinued in the future. Since I know this argument won’t satisfy you, I want to take about professionalism between good and average shows.

    An average show cannot risk aggravating the viewer further by using a bait-and-switch tactic; whereas, a superior shows can take risks, intended or unintended. In fact, superior shows are more inconvenienced by reality than other shows. Think about it. If you are writing an essay for a class–the time constraints, people problems and the fallibility of self–all come in one’s way of achieving perfection. Without all those problems, one is bound to write a better essay. However, if one has a set achievable goal in mind, (e.g. write an essay for an average grade), one can’t go wrong because one never had in mind of achieving perfection. I want to say that you might be unfairly critiquing higher-quality shows instead of the industry as a whole. Now, we can argue the merits of pursuing perfection at the risk of facing problems, but that would open up an entirely different of questions.

    In Fate/Zero’s case, I believe Ufotable is genuinely trying to provide the best experience to the viewer. Yes, Lancelot and Saber scenes were cut, but they were cut only to include fabulous Kirei/Emiya and Holy Grail scenes. In addition, Saber had been sidetracked for a while now, and it would only make sense to side-track her further in order to focus on the main characters. This might be a case of planning error for a relatively young anime studio or an intentional ploy, the former I am more inclined to agree with. Either way, Fate/Zero is an amazing show and viewers are more than able to forgive Ufotable for its mistakes, like viewers did to SHAFT during Bakemonogatari.

    As for the fanservice part of the argument, I am more inclined to agree with relentlessflame. It really doesn’t add much to your argument.

  14. @Reckoner:
    In the end, as I said before, this all comes down to criticism of a directorial decision. To make a certain decision about what to include or not include in the “TV Cut” is a judgement call the director had to make. You just disagree with his decision in this case. But I think you have to concede that your opinion about the direction is not the only possible valid one. It could be that the director and other show staff believed that making the fight longer, while enjoyable to the viewer, wouldn’t contribute significantly to the progression of the narrative and plot, and so they chose to sacrifice the former for the latter. Again, you might not agree with that decision… but that doesn’t mean they were objectively wrong, or that they necessarily made that decision out of malice or contempt for the customer.

    I don’t think show producers are bound to make a good TV airing of a show due to “professionalism”, as they can put whatever they damn well please on TV if they’re paying for the airtime, and your choice is whether or not you’ll watch it. These are late-night shows where ratings generally don’t matter, so they aren’t being held to account for that. Instead, they have internal motivation to appeal to viewers because they want them to buy products. In a sense, that motivation is much more real than any sense of “professionalism”, which is subjective. If they make decisions that lessen the appeal of the product and make people less likely to purchase, they lose. So this is why I will say again that I think that’s your best argument here, not this bit about “professionalism”. The more you dig into that argument, the more it just sounds like you whining because you thought you were going to get a certain toy under the Christmas tree but got something else instead. Just how important you felt the scene was is an argument for a content review not, IMO, an example of unprofessional behaviour.

    Anyway, I will leave it at that.

  15. Bakemonogatari webcasts were not a result of poor planning.
    The problem is that you can’t buy 15 episodes worth of TV slots. It has to be 1 cour – 12 or 13 episodes. Initially, Bakemonogatari was planned to be 12 episodes, but as the production progressed it became obvious that to present story better they need more and so the webcast was decided upon. And the key thing? It was announced :before episode 1 even aired:. Nobody was tricked out of anything.

    Moreover, the webcast was free of charge.

  16. I would have to disagree with Akira that only a ‘true fan’ buys the BD. Simple economics aside there is no need to buy the BD box unless you plan to watch it again.

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