My boyfriend watches a lot of anime and for a while I was totally against it. Eventually it became a "if you can't beat-em join-em" situation. So, I slowly started to find things that I liked. I soon came to realize that with reality TV, which I hate with a passion, taking over the majority of air waves, anime was the way to go.
The one thing I have always wondered though is why the most popular length for a show is around 24 episodes. Unlike sitcoms, animes have the luxury of the characters aging only when the artist changes what they look like. My favorite TV shows are things like Boy Meets World (follows Cory from like the age of 13 to the end of college), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (beginning of HS, through college, and then after), and Gilmore Girls (again, all through high school and into college).
Why is it that animes rarely seem to last this long? And when they do, they're not these types of plot lines; instead they are things like Naruto, which as much as my boyfriend likes it, I just can't get into it.
An example of a great show that could've gone on longer would be Ouran High School Host Club. While I would scream if Haruhi didn't end up with Tamaki, we are left with a bit of a cliff hanger. I mean they didn't even end the show with a kiss. The writers definitely could've come up with at least a second season!
Anyways, that's just my opinion. I'd like to know if anyone has any ideas as to why anime shows are usually only one season long.