It's universally acknowledged that most anime fillers suck. In fact, some people hate them so much that they skip whole arcs of long series like Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto. While there's plenty skippable filler out there, people who avoid it entirely might be missing out on some good anime filler.
Yes, it might seem unbelievable, but there's actually some genuinely good anime filler arcs and good anime filler episodes out there. While some studios are just filling time until the next chapter of the manga drops, others use the opportunity to further develop characters, fill plot holes, or just have fun. Vote up the filler episodes you love, and if you skipped some of the episodes on the list, go back and watch them – you'll be glad you did.
Changeling - 'Fairy Tail'Photo: Satelight
What do you get when you make the Fairy Tail Guild swap bodies with each other? A hilarious episode that will have you laughing your head off. In the anime's 19th episode, Natsu accepts a strange quest that causes the guild members to switch bodies. Seeing characters like Gray being stuck in Lucy's body made for amusing scenes. But Happy being in Erza's body takes the cake for the most ridiculous and funny event to occur in the series. It's moments like these that remind us why we love the characters.80480Is this enjoyable?
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Like most long series, Bleach has a lot of filler... and it can be hit or miss. The Zanpakutō Rebellion is frequently cited as one of the best, as it focuses on the Zanpakutō – living swords that form intimate bonds with shinigami.
In the Zanpakutō Rebellion arc, the sentient swords stop obeying their shinigami's commands. It's a great arc because it explores the concept of their agency, and it's also great because of the bad-ass fight scenes.2,278429Is this enjoyable?
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Despite its poor reputation, Naruto actually has some really great filler episodes – so many that it's hard to choose just one. There's the cinematic masterpiece that is the Chikara arc, there's that one arc where Mizuki drinks a potion that turns him into anime Tony the Tiger, an episode where Kotetsu decides he'd rather let himself be destroyed by an ostrich than be separated from Izumo for more than ten minutes... and so much more.
It's hard to choose just one, but let's zero in on "Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei's True Face!" – the episode where Team 7 tries to figure out what Kakashi is hiding under his mask. Their guesses include huge, swollen lips, a devastatingly handsome face, and massive buck teeth. After several failed attempts at tricking him into removing the mask, Naruto finally asks outright. Kakashi peels off his mask to reveal... another mask. The comedic timing is perfect, and it's refreshing seeing Team 7 focused on something childish for a change.3,032649Is this enjoyable?
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Samurai Champloo isn't based on a manga, so filler here doesn't mean that isn't anime original, it means that it has nothing to do with the main storyline. Baseball Blues is one of those episodes. While some viewers might be frustrated by the way it interrupts the narrative, others love this episode. Why? Because the anachronisms are hilarious.
Baseball was invented in 1839, while Samurai Champloo takes place during the Edo period. While there's a little bit of overlap, it's unlikely that baseball would even have existed in that period. In fact, there are so many anachronisms in the episode, you could probably make a great drinking game out of it. Also, it's just great seeing Mugen and company do something other than sword fighting.1,168212Is this enjoyable?