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Shortest Route to Studio Badge: Lesson 7: Shaft

So you want to collect all of the studio badges and become an anime master? But you simply don't have the time to spend watching an infinite number of episodes? Well, this list will tell you the shortest way to get the 25 anime needed for the Shaft badge. This one was a little tougher, since Shaft really likes to just add seasons to its main series. Hidamari Sketh has 11 entries, the Monogatari series has 12 entries now, and Despair teacher has a bunch too. So, I took a few of the main series, a couple specials, and tried to keep it pretty short. If you watch all the entries on this list, it will still take 2 days, 8 hours.
1 Shina Dark

Shina Dark

These music videos run for about 7 to 8 minutes, and they are promotional openings and closings for an uncreated Shina Dark, a four-volume manga from 2006. There is some nudity, and some bizarre scenes that probably only make sense to those that have read the manga. 

2 Kino's Journey: Byouki no Kuni -For You-

Kino's Journey: Byouki no Kuni -For You-

3 REC

REC

4 REC Special

REC Special

5 Arcade Gamer Fubuki

Arcade Gamer Fubuki

This 4 episode OVA has a run time of about 96 minutes. It features magic panties, arcade games, and some very odd comedy. This is one of the lower rated entries for Shaft for some pretty good reasons. But, maybe you'll like it?

6 Hidamari Sketch

Hidamari Sketch

7 Hidamari Sketch Specials

Hidamari Sketch Specials

8 Hidamari Sketch: Chou Hidamatsuri Special

Hidamari Sketch: Chou Hidamatsuri Special

9 ef: A Tale of Memories.

ef: A Tale of Memories.

10 ef - a tale of memories: Prologue

ef - a tale of memories: Prologue

11 Katte ni Kaizou

Katte ni Kaizou

12 Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl

13 Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: The Nighttime Sun

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: The Nighttime Sun

14 Dance in the Vampire Bund

Dance in the Vampire Bund

This 12 episode anime runs around 5 hours and is honestly geared towards loli lovers. The main character is now the servant of an immortal vampire with the body of a twelve year old and a skimpy wardrobe. But the action is interesting, at least. 

15 Dance in the Vampire Bund Recap

Dance in the Vampire Bund Recap

This 24 minute recap is pretty much the same entry as the one above, but it's a quick entry. maybe watch the recap right before you review the main entry?

16 Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

This 12 episode anime (run time 5 hours) took the anime community by storm when it first aired. It takes the idea of magical girls and asks "what are the consequences of giving volatile teenage girls super powers?"

17 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings

This 130 minute movie covers the first half of the Madoka series. It will feel like a recap, but at least the artwork is a Shaft kaleidoscope. 

18 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal

This 109 minute movie covers the second half of the Madoka series. Again, it's basically a recap, but now that you've seen the series, maybe look for clues and things you might have missed in the series. 

19 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 3: Rebellion

This 117 minute movie occurs after the main series, and expands on the emotional state of the protagonists, as well as retcons one of the antagonists from the series. 

20 G-On Riders

G-On Riders

21 G-On Riders Special

G-On Riders Special

22 Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

With 15 full length episodes, it will take about 6 hours to fully watch Bakemonogatari. This makes it one of the longest anime on any of the Short Badge lists. If you want to catch all of the auxillary dialogue, have the pause button ready for thia anime. It is also one of the best examples of the Shaft art style, which is often abstract for no reason. The story follows former vampire Koyomi as he interacts with various supernatural women. Alternatively, you can watch the prequel movie trilogy and Nekomonogatari, which is also a prequel. 

23 Bakemonogatari Recap

Bakemonogatari Recap

This 24 minute episode recaps the Bakemonogatari episodes 1 through 5. It covers the first two arcs of the show. Not really any new information added, but a decent refresher before you start the third arc. 

24 Nisemonogatari

Nisemonogatari

25 Nekomonogatari (Black)

Nekomonogatari (Black)

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