So my husband and I got onto an anime spazz yesterday when we binged on some Tenjo Tenge, and this led to a discussion about the ideal length of an anime series. I told him anywhere between twelve to twenty-six episodes is ideal, however he said that he thinks an anime needs more than that to have a decent depth to it's story. I can give him toat in some regards. FMA and Soul Eater were both phenominal anime and definitely in my top ten, despite being fifty one episodes long.
Our dispute lied in the longer anime such as Naruto (original and shippudden) and One Piece. I hated One Piece with a passion. The art style scared me away within the first five minutes, Naruto however I thought was alright. I think if they had saved on the monologuing and filler they could have cut the series down to at least one hundred episodes. The last third of it was unneccessary.
Sorry, I digressed. Essentially he's saying that despite the fact that a series may span for hundreds of episodes it possible for it to continue to be good, without crossing into the realm of ridiculous filler and just things they don't need to be said or shown.
If you managed to read this far (and if you even cared enough to visit my page) then here's a cookie for you. And maybe you could comment posting your thoughts on the matter. :3