The mini movie 3 parter started on tuesday, so if it is daily, you have missed the first 4 episodes. I only saw adverts from it when at a friends house, but I believe they aired the 3 parter in one go. If they have split it, you have only missed 2 episodes.
I have now caught up with the episodes I missed and shall now spend the rest of the evening catching up on the four I've taped.
Unfortunately, only one person had uploaded Home is Where the Spark is (straight from a DVD, complete with menu and copyright notice on screen throughout) and the second of three segments refused to play properly.
On the basis of Transform and Roll Out: I love this series! Best series since Robots In Disguise.
Fairly slim if they are looping I would have thought. After all, what they are calling "Season Two" starts this weekend in the US according to what I have heard. (Which makes me doubt it really is a second season as such - running straight from one to the other without even a slight mid-season break doesn't seem much like separate seasons to me. Besides - sixteen episodes in TV season? Seems a little short, more like an inflated OAV run than a TV season.)
Animated seasons are much shorter than traditional tv - more often than not 13 episodes a pop.
I'm showing my age now. I'm used to thinking of animated shows in terms of single seasons of twenty to thirty episodes, with a clip show or two lobbed in if you just can't make an air date. But then, I am a bit of an old fossil aren't I?
Indeed. Even the expensive stuff ("Stand Alone Complex" for example) tends to run in the high twenties of episodes a season, with the cheaper end ("Pocket Monsters" et al running longer) With the odd outliers like Galaxy Force and Superlink of course, which were of absurdly mammoth size by any reckoning.
See, 13 episodes (and multiples thereof) is a season because if you show one new episode a week, that's 13 weeks, which is one quarter of a year, which is a season of the year (spring, summer, autumn, winter). 13 episodes is a pretty standard number in animation, and it was even back in the 80s. Take G1 - Season 1 is made up of a three-episode pilot miniseries, plus a full standard seaons worth of episodes made under different production codes. It's the same for Animated - three-episode movie, plus a standard 13 more, and Season 2's set for 13 more too.
Often, once you got your first thirteen out of the way, making multiples of 13 went out the window and 65 total episodes became the target, because that's the magic syndication number, allowing for one episode to be shown every WEEKDAY over a thirteen-week programming season (65=13x5). Again, take G1 - with 16 eps in the can, Season 2 is a very arbitrary-seeming 49, but it makes 65 in total. Some shows just plunged into this setup head-first - He-Man, Thundercats and MASK, to name three, that I can think of off the top of my head, just went ahead and produced 65 episodes out of the gate (and then He-Man and Thundercats made 65 more for their next season). Thing usually wind up this way... even something like Gummi Bears, which was annually renewed over six years with different numbers of episodes made each season, still wound up totalling 65 eps at the end of its run.
Multiples of 13 are often the case in anime, too - a LOT of shows go for 26. Galaxy Force, Energon and Armada are 52 eps (13x4). You don't see a lot of 39ers (13x3), but "Robots in Disguise" is one. Of course, things don't always last that long, but they usually come close to one of the numbers.