Anime Underground 15 Times Anime Filler Was Actually Really Good  

Anna Lindwasser
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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.

Naruto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Times Anime Filler Was Actually Really Good
Photo:  Studio Pierrot

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 murdered 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.

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Go West Young Meowth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Times Anime Filler Was Actually Really Good
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Because Pokémon is based on a video game, not a manga, it can be kind of hard to tell which parts qualify as filler. For a series like this, the best definition of filler is episodes that don't advance the plot. Go West Young Meowth! might not advance the plot, but it's one of the most emotionally wrenching episodes of the whole series.

Meowth is rejected by his crush because he lives on the streets, so he tries to impress her by learning how to walk and speak like a human. She rejects him again, calling him a freak. This episode not only explains why Meowth can talk but also explains how he came to be with Team Rocket in the first place, showcasing his deep bond with them. Filler or not, it's one of the most memorable episodes of Pokémon

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Times Anime Filler Was Actually Really Good
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My Hero Academia has only one filler episode, and some would argue that it's the best episode in the whole series. Everyone's Internships fills audiences in on what was going on with the rest of the UA students while Midoriya, Todoroki, and Iida were facing Stain.

This is great, not only because it's something that viewers are legitimately curious about, but because it focuses on everyone's favorite frog, Tsuyu Asui, and her adventures at sea. Also, you get to witness Best Jeanist forcing Bakugo to straighten his hair. Who doesn't want to see that?

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Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Times Anime Filler Was Actually Really Good
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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.

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