A segment of anime, whether it be an entire episode or part of one, which does not appear in the manga of the title. Fillers
, as the name implies, "fills" an episode with non-canonical material which has been written usually by the same company which animates it. Animation companies utilize fillers
for a number of reasons:** If the companies feel that the anime is catching up
to the manga too quickly, they will insert entire filler episodes to allow the manga writer to write more chapters.** Anime versions are usually able to adapt
at least two manga chapters per anime episode. If the anime writers feel that a crucial
chapter should not be aired in the last part of an episode, they will add a filler segment to make up for this, and air the crucial parts in a fresh episode.** If the anime gains huge popularity amongst the viewers, anime companies often add fillers to extend the anime, capitalizing off the popularity (one example of this is Naruto, airing
fillers for over a year, turning the anime stale).
A member of a social group who has little/no popularity and is merely involved to make numbers, rather than to add to the group. Fillers
have no intellectual or comedy value and any attempted input
is usually ignored
or completely disregarded. A Filler is the sort of person who you wouldn't be seen with dead.
Woman: who's that random bloke stood behind watching us?
, just some filler
Bloke 1: Why's he following us round?
Bloke 2: Dunno
, he's game for filling gaps
In t.v. series that are derived from other forms like books or comics, fillers
are episodes that did not appear in the book or comic. The creators of the television show make up episodes (that are normally really bad) and air those episodes that because they just needed to air an episode and they couldn't use a real one
can also be used to give the television show creators more time so that the book or comic creators can get farther ahead of them so that they don't catch up
to the book or comic.
Something that is would like to point out
is that the anime Naruto
which was derived from the manga
Naruto has had about 3 seasons of fillers because the anime nearly passed the manga.