I’m still catching up on the current seasonal anime, but a thought came to me while I was enjoying Hanebado!. Wow, that full stop is awkward…
But, um, yes, the stray notion in question has to do with episode previews. Hopefully I don’t have to explain what that is since it’s getting pretty late over here. I just want to write nonsense and uninformed opinions, not detailed explanations…
At any rate, I’m fairly certain that if I asked if you skipped or watched episode previews, the results of such an amateur survey would be mixed, if not split. I wouldn’t mind if you let me know about your stance on episode previews, by the way.
However, I’m more interested in wanting to know if you think episode previews provide a net benefit for anime (and other mediums which can be categorized as episodes). To make things complicated, the status of episode previews vary wildly between anime.
Some series avoid doing an episode preview altogether, which means people who skip the ED can just jump to the next episode or do something else once the ED starts playing. Hanebado! would be such a series.
Then again, some episode previews can also flesh out characters due to the inclusion of monologues or dialogues during the aforementioned previews. I wouldn’t have known my idol, Takakamo Shizuno from Saki Achiga-hen, feels conscious about her lack of physical development were it not for her shy words directed towards a similarly oblivious Ako during an episode preview.
There are also episode previews in which the featured character act out-of-character as a way to at least interact with the fourth wall. The first season of Maria-sama ga Miteru featured some of the wildest episode previews I have ever seen in an anime, in my opinion.
But say you do sit through episode previews. They can be less than five seconds long since the only thing that shows on the screen is an image or a background along with the title for next week’s episode. They can be 10 (or maybe 20? I don’t really keep track…) seconds long since a character is shown rambling or having a dialogue with other characters while clips from next week’s episode appear on the screen. This is no by no means an exhaustive list, by the way, but this should illustrate the point for the most part.
So…is seeing these clips worth it? I mean, the scenes that are being included in the preview are probably selected to get the audience excited or to summarize the next episode with what little time the studio has to provide an episode preview, but we the audience are also given no context. It seems to me the clips which make up this sneak peek consequently mean less to us since we’re not entirely sure what’s being shown on-screen.
With that being said, I still enjoyed the episode previews shown for Love Live! Sunshine!! since it usually entailed girls making funny faces. The fact that the title for the next episode gave me something to guess at as I waited for another episode was also a positive. Is that enough incentive to “endure” an episode preview? Depends on the individual, I guess.
Admittedly, wondering if it’s worth sitting through a short episode preview is actually silly. But it just goes to show that episode previews are probably not given that much thought even though studios do have to go slightly out of their way to include them.
Or something like that. I don’t know. I’m a little curious and it’s late and I don’t want to sleep yet even though it means I’m going to suffer at work. These are all the required conditions to make me write something like this in order to ask you all an open-ended question.
Q: In regards to episode previews, if I’m allowed to borrow the words of a concise individual who is fully aware of the fast-paced life that is emblematic of the year two-thousand eighteen in the common era, I must ask: “dey gud?”