It’s no secret that anime fans do not like rags. No matter what kind of fans they are or what genre they prefer, everyone hates when a favorite series piles up on lots of unnecessary episodes that do nothing to promote the action. Many series have become notorious for complementary episodes, especially when they contain an entire arc full of nothing but.
But as much as fans try to avoid it, rags are not always a bad thing. In fact, there are many times when rags can enhance a series, giving audiences funny stories, while giving more depth to the characters.
10 Shugo Chara’s Filler adds lovable new characters and interesting story mechanics
The anime adaptation of Shugo Chara stayed pretty true to the manga all the way. Since it was originally aired while the manga was still going on, the series eventually recovered and ran out of material. Like many other anime before, Shugo Chara then resort to anime-only bows that contain almost nothing but rags.
Although filling arches are not a favorite among fans, Shugo Chara‘s filler is surprisingly nice. It introduces a new antagonist to the series called Lulu, which brings with it a new type of egg called Mystery Egg. The addition of Lulu and Mystery Eggs adds a new layer of interest to the story and keeps fans engaged while the main plot remains paused.
9 Bleach has many interesting filling arches that add depth to the characters
Most will argue that Bleach has a lot of unnecessary filler that viewers should try to skip. While it is true that the series has more rags than most people can handle, these extra bows are some of the best examples of rags in anime.
From the Bount Arch to the Zanpakuto Arch, the Bleach anime has many exciting and action-packed stories that only make the series better. They give the audience an in-depth look at the characters and extra information that the manga omits.
8 Naruto’s dense filler gives bifigures a chance to shine
Naruto is notorious for its many filler episodes and bows. The back end of the first series has countless filler episodes that precede the final battle, making it difficult for many to continue. However, these episodes are a great opportunity to get to know side characters who get very little screen time later in the series.
If it weren’t for these filler episodes or the bows in Naruto Shippuden, many characters would never come into the limelight and would be virtually non-existent. On top of that, Naruto filler gives fans many fun and memorable moments with the lead role, and further develops them and their relationship. They are not always the best, but the filler in both series actually serves an important purpose.
7 Dragon Ball Z’s Filler Take the characters on fun mishaps
Dragon Ball Z has its fair share of complementary episodes, and although many fans would think to just skip them, many are too good to miss. The series has some crazy filling plots, each of which adds a unique flavor to the series. The most important thing that does Dragon Ball Z‘s filler so good is the comedy behind them.
These storylines are some of the funniest in the series, with many ridiculous episodes bordering on the territory “so bad it’s good”. While most fillers are gentle, Dragon Ball Zis nothing but fun and makes a great series even better.
6 Cowboy Bebop has an episodic format that works
Although most people define anime filler as episodes not canon for the manga, this is not always the case. Cowboy Bebop had no manga for anime to customize, so technically there was no filler in the series. However, it had an episodic format that often strayed far from the main plot.
As such, many episodes felt more like rags, and few had any connection to the overall story. Still, this format works well for the 90s classic, and keeps fans interested with fun action lines that go further into the characters.
5 Yu-Gi-Oh!’S Anime-Only Arcs is a memorable part of the series
It is well known by fans that the anime adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh! often comes a long way from manga history. There are several arches in the series that are nothing but fillers. But despite the fact that they are not canon for the source material, fans can not help but love these extra plots.
From the Virtual World arc to the Grand Prix arc, there are many fun and exciting stories that only make the anime series even better. Although these arches often derail the overall plot, they are a nice detour and add development to side characters that are often put on the sidelines of the main story.
4 90s Sailor Moon is better thanks to the filler
Moonies are often torn when it comes to their opinions on 90’s adaptation of Sailor Moon. But no matter what they think of it overall, no one can deny that it contains many filler episodes. In fact, the series has even an entire season dedicated to something other than rags. Although some may argue that the filler pulls the story down, it often makes the series better.
The characters go through a lot of development during these episodes, and the fans get to see sides of them they would never have known otherwise. Usagi and Mamorus’ relationship also improves thanks to the filler, as they allow the couple to slowly develop their feelings over time and feel like a more natural couple.
3 Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Filler is as effective as the main plot
It’s not often Avatar: The Last Airbender have a filler episode, but when it does, they are as good as any other. Very few episodes are nothing but pure filler, but even they add value to the overall story. However, most of the time, Avatar‘s filler throws in a little plot to connect it all, which is a nice change of pace for filler episodes.
To this day, Avatar is considered one of the most well-written animated series of all time, so it is no wonder that it excels itself with the filler. In fact, some of the filler in Avatar consists of the biggest and most emotional episodes of the entire series.
2 Inuyasha’s many arches are worth seeing
When fans complain about too much filler in an anime, many list Inuyasha as one of the worst offenders. While it is true that there is a significant amount of filler in the series, none of it is that bad. Inuyasha is an epic journey, and these extra bows often enhance that experience.
Although technically they can be skipped, Inuyashatheir complementary arches give fans a lot of great character development and build on each of the relationships, making them even more rewarding as the series progresses. Although they tend to pull out, they are still worth the fans watching.
1 One Piece Filler adds fun adventures in between the main arches
With a series as long as One Piece, it is only natural that there is some filler. Filling bows often appear in the series between the main points of the plot, giving fans a fun little side quest to ease the excitement and build characters. Due to the length, it’s no surprise that many will try to jump on filler episodes to catch up, but One Piece actually has a surprisingly low number of filler episodes in total.
Because of this, One Piece‘s filler never exceeds the welcome and instead gives fans a nice little break from the main story. Although not all the filling arcs in the series are good, many episodes are loved by the fandom and are as good as the canon story.