Timeskips in Anime

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While I was watching recent anime, I noticed the use of timeskips in two of the series I was following. Timeskips can be effective when used correctly to push forward the plot in order to bypass uninteresting details while characters are aging or events are being developed.

The first example, Kemono no Souja Erin, makes use of this twice and does an excellent job of it.

At the start of the anime, Erin is only 10 years old as evidenced by the image above.

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Then later on a timeskip of 4 years occurs, and Erin is shown to be 14 years old.

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In the most recent subbed episode (30), another timeskip of 4 years is used and Erin is now 18 years old.

Timeskips are extremely effective in Kemono no Souja Erin considering the fact that the story is similar to an epic/heroic journey. The anime chronicles the life of Erin, so there are bound to be uninteresting moments in her life – which are skipped.

Another example is found in Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom.

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Cal Devens first appears in the series resembling a young child. Then a timeskip of 2 years occurs and she becomes the woman shown below.

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I guess she must have grown up very quickly or something weird happened.

Both are excellent series and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 20 episodes of Kemono no Souja Erin.

3 Comments to “Timeskips in Anime”

  1. Koji Oe says:

    Hah! Interesting. You set this post up nicely. Wasn’t expecting that kind of conclusion. That is kinda weird growing up so fast like that.

    I personally hate time skips. The time skip in Gurren Laggan turned it to shiiiiiit.

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  2. Chiaki says:

    Timeskips=Loli killer XD

    btw Gurren Lagann ended at ep.8!

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  3. Reltair says:

    @Koji Oe: Thanks! Time skips can be cool in certain situations, but yeah…Gurren Lagann…

    @Chiaki: Haha, loli killer indeed.

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