With the increasing popularity of Anime and Manga Comics, we are experiencing very interesting formats and story structures in this genre. While there are a lot many different reasons to enjoy anime, the level of difficulty one faces, to produce anime from Manga comics is noteworthy.
These days as the number of anime fans is increasing, the story structures are also changing. With this, the use of fillers in a series is also increasing. Now if you don’t know what a filler is, don’t worry! This article will discuss in detail what a filler is and which of the top 25 Anime series with the most fillers are.
Since anime is often derived from manga comics, fillers are those episodes in the series unrelated to that particular manga. During the production of anime, the story of each episode partly covers manga and partly fillers. Fillers might or might not be related to the original story. They don’t even affect the original story but just add some crisp fun to the narration in visual formats.
The most popular anime series Naruto has the most number of fillers. These fillers could be related to the characters’ past or daily lives.
Anime with Most Fillers are:
- Dragon Ball Z
- City Hunter
- Black Cat
- Sailor Moon
- Fairy Tale
- Shugo Chara!
- Soul Hunter
- Black Clover
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- Fate/ Stay Night
- To Love Ru
- Detective Conan
- Naruto Shippuden
- One Piece
- Zatch Bell!
- Fullmetal Panic
- D Gray-man
25 Anime with Most Fillers- List in Detail
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is an anime production that is based on the manga series Dragon Ball, written by Akira Toriyama. It is one of the best-known anime and covers the story from volumes 17 to 42 in manga comics. This anime series is the story of Son Goku and his adventures (in his adult life) while he and his friends come together to defend the Earth against villains such as aliens, androids, and magical creatures. While the series has a lot many action sequences, it is also full of various emotional themes of respect, death, and even reincarnation.
When it comes to fillers, what is interesting about this anime is that while the fillers exist, even its manga content is stretched out. Thus if Dragon Ball Z is 291 episodes and Dragon Ball Z Kai can cover the same material in 167 episodes, it becomes pretty evident that this series has a lot of fillers.
Watch Dragon Ball Z on Fuji TV or Cartoon Network and CNX (for English Cable Network).
City Hunter is a Japanese Manga based series illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. The protagonist of this series, Ryo Saeba, is not only a sweeper but also part of a gang called ‘City Hunter’. This gang does all trades of work and can only be contacted by writing the letters “XYZ” on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station. This series has a lot many fillers and one can also state that it is because of these fillers that this anime has also been one of the most popular anime series. In fact, in 2005, City Hunter was voted among the 100 most popular animated TV series.
You can watch City Hunter on Anime-Planet.
A Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi, Claymore is a story about Clare who lives in a fantasy world, full of deadly creatures called “youma”. Clare’s job is to train female youma half-breeds into warriors. During this period she comes across a kid Raki and the story narrates Clare’s journey after Raki’s entrance into her life.
In this series of 26 episodes, almost 3 episodes are fillers which makes the story even swifter and gripping. Watch Claymore on Hulu and Nippon TV.
Rated 7.1 on IMDB, Black Cat is about a famous assassin, Train Heartnet. He works for an organization that secretly controls the world. The series is about Black Cat’s journey when he begins to question the morality of his actions after meeting a bunch of friends called Saya, Sven, Rinslet, and a young girl called Eve.
Black Cat was on the air from 2005 to 2006. In total 24 episodes of Black Cat were aired, out of which nearly 4 episodes are filler episodes. Black Cat has nearly 17% of filler episodes.
You can watch Black Cat on platforms such as Animax, Adult Swim, and Funimation Channel.
Sailor Moon is a 1992 Japanese superheroine anime television series produced by Toei Animation. The protagonist of the series, Usagi Tsukino once saves a cat that had some kind of mysterious Crescent Moon on top of its head. Eventually, we come to know that by saving that cat, Usagi has gained the power of Sailor Moon and it is her job now to save the world from monsters. Apart from that she also has to find the lost princess of the Moon Kingdom and with the help of other Sailor Guardians, she has to defend the kingdom more efficiently. Nearly 49% of episodes of Sailor Moon are fillers that won’t exist in its manga comic version.
To watch Sailor Moon online, here are the available platforms: ABC, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network, etc.
Fairy Tail is the story of Natsu, a former dragon slayer and member of the community Fairy Tail. The story covers Natsu’s journey to find his father, Igneel. However, the fun part comes in when we find that his father is a dragon of the Dragon Kingdom, which eventually opens a set of new adventures for Natsu. Nearly 63 episodes out of about 200, in this anime series are fillers.
Watch Fairy Tail on TXN (TV Tokyo), Animax Asia, and Funimation Channel.
Campione is an anime series about Godou Kusanagi, a young man who travels to Italy to return a strange Tablet that his grandfather has asked him. However, during this mission, he gets into a fight with the Heretic Gods and after defeating one of the gods, he becomes a Campione or as we know it, the God Slayer. His sole job is to defeat these Heretic Gods and fulfill his grandfather’s wish. Out of the total of 13 episodes, Campione has 3 episodes dedicated solely to the fillers.
Watch Campione at Tokyo MX, Sun TV, and Anime Network!
Shugo Chara! also known as My Guardian Characters, is a Japanese manga series created by the famous manga author duo, Peach-Pit. The story of this series is about an elementary school girl Amu Hinamori. While her classmates consider her fun and cool, in reality, she has a very introverted personality. Dejected by her plight she wishes to be re-born but fate awaits a new journey for her when she finds three colorful eggs which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su. Shugo Chara has 45 fillers out of 127 episodes, which makes a filler percentage of 35%.
Watch Shugo Chara! on Crunchyroll.
Soul Hunter is a story about a young wizard who is sent to earth to save humanity from Black Magic and Evil wizards’ destruction. Out of the total of 26 episodes in this series, nearly 11 episodes are fillers, separate from its manga version. Watch Soul Hunter on Anime-Planet.
Ranma ½ is a story about Ranma Saotome, an excellent and swift martial artist, who once falls into a Cursed Spring. This fall gave him a curse that made it so that Ranma can change into a girl or a boy depending on the water’s temperature. It is the journey of Ranma to figure out this curse and deal with his father who has fixed his marriage. In this series nearly 76 episodes are fillers, differentiating between the anime and manga versions.Watch Ranma ½ on Animax Asia.
Trigun is a series about Vash the Stampede who is known for his merciless killing around the world. However, what people don’t know is that Vash is a very caring person. He is being followed by 2 secret agents who will bring a situation of life and death for him. Nearly 17 episodes out of the total of 26, Trigun has nearly about 65 % of fillers. Watch Trigun on TV Tokyo & Adult Swim.
Reborn! Has nearly 29 fillers in its anime version. It is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Amano. Reborn! is a story about Tsunayoshi Sawada, a young boy who is going to be the next boss of the powerful mafia group called the Vongola family. For this very purpose, the family sends their most powerful hitman, called Reborn to teach Tsuna how to be a boss. Watch Reborn! on TV Tokyo and Hero TV on the English networks.
This anime series follows the story of Asta, who was born with no magic. Even after training for years, he could get no magic. Therefore he and his friend, Yuno go to the grimoire. It is here that we come to know that Asta has got the 5-leaf grimoire, which implies that he has gained the ability of Anti-Magic. Black Clover has about 17 episodes with just filler information. You can watch Black Clover on Adult Swim Channel.
A Certain Scientific Railgun
This anime series is about our protagonist Mikoto Misaka who lives in this futuristic Academy City. It is a city of students who possess unique psychic powers. Mikoto is a Level 5 esper also known by the name of electro-master. The series focuses on the experience of Mikoto and her friends; during the events of A Certain Magical Index. A Certain Scientific Railgun has 15 fillers out of 73 episodes. You can watch A Certain Scientific Railgun on Funimation Channel.
Fate/ Stay Night
The protagonist of the series fate Stay/Night is a young boy by the name of Shirou. At a young age, he loses his family to an Inferno attack. However, he is then adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya who teaches him magic. Years later when Shirou is attacked by creatures called Servants, Shirou uses magic to summon his Servant and fight back. This series has 3 filler episodes and you can watch it on Anime Network and Animax.
To Love Ru
One of the highest number of filler episodes to ever have, the series To Love Ru is a story about Rito Yuuki, who is finding it difficult to confess his love for his classmate, Haruna Seiranji. The situation worsens when a girl comes flying from the sky and hits him. It is then that their life with Rito changes after he meets this girl from the sky. Nearly 21 episodes of this series a total of 38, are fillers. Watch To Love Ru at Anime Network.
Hellsing is An organization that manages all the supernatural threats in England. Once when a village is attacked by a vampire, turning all the villagers into ghouls, Hellsing’s leader, Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing sends his most powerful weapon, Alucard, to take care of the problem. Of all the 13 episodes of this series, nearly 6 are fillers to give a detailed account of this scene from the manga. Watch Hellsing on Fuji TV and Encore Action.
Detective Conan is a story about Shinichi Kudo, a famous detective who has turned into a child. But even though he is a kid now, the mysteries he solves are still challenging. This series is about 1000 episodes long and has always pleased its viewers with suspense and thrillers. Nearly 457 episodes of this anime saga were just fillers that cover some of the most unconventional mysteries to the series, thus adding color to it. Watch Detective Conan on Animax, Funimation Channel, and Adult Swim.
The most famous anime series, Naruto, and its companion anime series, Naruto Shippuden are the stories about Naruto Uzumaki and his journey as a ninja. This part explores the complex bond between Naruto and Sasuke. A 500 episodes long series, Naruto Shippuden has nearly 204 episodes as fillers. Watch Naruto Shippuden on Funimation.
With nearly 1000 episodes long, Pokémon anime has been one of the most popular and longest-running anime series. While the protagonist of the story is Ash, the side characters, their backstories, and the random one-off adventures not only hit home but also take the story forward. With nearly 200 filler episodes among the 1000 total, Pokémon is all about getting lost in the smaller details. Pokémon is exclusively available on Pokémon TV.
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Bleach is one of the highest ever recorded anime series with the most number of filler episodes. Let’s around 260 out of the total of 366 episodes. Bleach follows the story of Ichigo Kurosaki. Ichigo’s life changes when once his family is attacked by a Hollow. Hollows are evil spirits and to save his family from these, Ichigo gains the power of Hollow himself. Watch Bleach on Adult Swim and Animax.
One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The story revolves around its protagonist Luffy, who has a dream to become the Pirate King. Eventually, to fulfill this dream, he is on a journey to find a secret treasure that would make him a Pirate King. During this journey, he also comes across a few other companions. About 93 episodes in this series are just dedicated to fillers. You can watch One Piece on OTT platforms like Hulu.
Written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku, Zatch Bell is a story about Takamine Kiyomaro, who was bored with his life. However, things change for him when he is assigned to take care of a demon called Gash Bell, who is himself a fighter too. The anime version of Zatch Bell has about 30 episodes dedicated to fillers. These include additional subplots and characters not featured in the original manga. You can watch Zatch Bell on Cartoon Network.
Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series is about Sousuke Sagara who is a member of a military organization called Mithril. Sousuke has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl, to bring peace into this world. Nearly 33% of episodes in Fullmetal panic are filler episodes. You can watch this series on Anime Network and Funimation Channel.
D.Gray-man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. The story of this series is about a young boy named Allen Walker, who is set in an alternate 19th century where he joins an organization of exorcists named the Black Order. The organization’s sole mission is to save souls coming back to Earth from getting trapped by Akuma. According to this series, if a soul coming back to earth is stopped by Akuma, it stays trapped there forever. Hence, D Gray Man must destroy Akuma. Nearly 22% of episodes in this series are filler episodes. Watch D Gray-man on TV Tokyo and Funimation Channel.
So it is here that we now conclude our list of top 25 anime with the most amount of fillers. However, almost every anime series has fillers. While we have listed the top ones for you, it is important to know that the long series tend to have more fillers.
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