In anime, first episodes are usually very short and the length of any other in the series (20-30 minutes), and therefore demonstrate a different use of pace to that of western programmes (some of which even include pilots of extended lengths). Because of this, it could be argued that some audiences are put off by opening episodes in anime that seem rushed or simply do not contain enough content to be immediately appealing. Explore reception to anime pilots and the importance of continuing watching a series even if not entirely convinced by an opening episode. It may also be interesting to look at anime that breaks convention by featuring longer pilot episodes (e.g comedy series Great Teacher Onizuka).
Another long anime pilot is the one from Fate/Zero. The first episode is twice as long. I actually found it very off putting, because I didn't realize when I started it that it was so long. For me, it felt too long. – OddballGentleman7 years ago