while reading this answer it said in one of the quotes

After the first season of Beast Wars (comprising 26 episodes) aired in Japan, the Japanese were faced with a problem. The second Canadian season was only 13 episodes long, not enough to warrant airing on Japanese TV.

however i have a number of series which don't have even 20 episodes like Puella Magi Madoka Magica (12 episodes), Black Rock Shooter (Series) (8 Episodes), Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (the original series and A's, 13 episodes each) and a number of Monogatari series have less than 10 episodes

So i am wondering if what the quote says is accurate and if so how does a series, like the ones i mention, get aired on TV if they aren't long enough to warrant airing on Japanese TV?

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    closely related. Pre-90's they were a lot stricter in series lengths.
    – Dimitri mx
    Apr 29, 2016 at 12:30
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    I'll be honest - looking at the original Wikipedia page and where the reference comes from, I'd slap a huge [citation needed] sticker on that bit.
    – Makoto
    Apr 29, 2016 at 23:06

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No, 13 episodes are enough.

Wikipedia page in Japanese have different note for it:



Originally this anime (Season1) and "Metals" (Season2) are same series. but at the time Season1 finished in Japan, "Metals" is not created yet. then, they create and aired original seasons called "Beast wars2" and "Beast wars neo" before "Metals". Many user complain it.

Based on aired date table in wikipeida, It's always aired weekly in Japan but not in US. Episode 1 in Season 1 is aired 9/16/1996 in US, and 10/1/1997 in Japan. But Episode 26 is aired 4/1/1997 in US, and 3/25/1997 in Japan. Japan side needs more episode for 4/8/1997.

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