What Does Canon Mean In Anime Terms?

If you are a new fan entering the popular world of Anime, you might not know what canon means. For that matter, you might also be unfamiliar with non-canon and what kind of adaptation anime is based on their mangas. Although it’s not really a difficult grasp but if you do not read the manga, you should know the difference between these two terms.

There are three categories in which you can place any anime episodes, canon, mixed canon/ filler, non-canon or filler episodes. Most of the anime and Shonen that we watch these days have all these in common. However, since Isekai and short stories are in trend, many are simply canon anime that do not have the other two categories.

What Does the Term Canon Mean in Anime?

What Does Canon Mean In Anime Terms
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Anime are adapted from manga and the term canon means that the adaptation is part of the main story of the manga (source material). Basically, it is used to describe the episodes that are part of the main storyline and do not divert from the adaptation.

While this does not generally mean that the filler episodes are non-canon, but they usually are. The filler episodes that appear in the manga as well are usually termed Mixed Canon/Filler Episodes.

There are numerous anime like Naruto, Bleach, and more that have high filler rates. However, many of these filler episodes are there in the manga as well. Since it is an adaptation of the manga, it’s still a mixed canon/ filler episode.

Although they are a part of the main story, fillers are still fillers and if you don’t want to invest your entire time in it, you can skip them.

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