Wow, so below is my old profile and it kind of cracks me up (which is why I left it). I wrote it like 5 years ago. I no longer wonder why anime is short, I appreciate it for what it is and then when I want a story to continue, I read fan fiction. Yes, I'm a 27 almost 28-year-old high school teacher who watches anime and reads fanfic; often smut or lemon filled fanfic to be exact. The boyfriend I mentioned in the description below was my boyfriend up until a year ago when I moved from Washington to New Mexico. We had dated for 10 years and it wasn't going anywhere so when I had an opportunity to move away from home, I took it. We are still best friends and talk all the time, but it's weird to see it on here like this. I'm not on this site as much as I used to be; life has a lot more going on then it did 6 years ago when I joined. Well, maybe next time I check this I'll get a kick out of this description. :-p -- 08/05/2016
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.