There is a part in the "bible" I don't like in regards to "continuous episode numbers" vs "seasons".
Our goal is to replicate how the TV series were originally released on their original network. [...] In most cases, the original airing order (how it was first released) will correspond to the order used by the official Japanese website (how it was supposed to be shown).
But then there is this part setting on arbitrary numbers for what is a "long-running series":
Long-running series with continuous episode numbers (e.g. 867, 868, 869) are added as a single season.
Somehow the latter gets is used as an excuse to overwrite ANY show displaying episodes with absolute numbers on their website (in part also with unannounced split cours) regardless if they're sectioned into seasons or even being close to "long-running" and continuously airing.
IDK how exactly that came to be in the "bible" but the intent was clearly to handle said long running shounen shows like One Peace, Naruto, etc. which were sectioned into arcs, and such on TVDB (mainly because of technical limitations) and served as a basis for TMDBs TV DB... No where does it say (or should) that absolute numbering = same seasons.
Only because they count the episodes up doesn't mean they were intended to be "one season" when it's clearly not how it aired or was marketed. Western shows also have absolute numberings where this isn't applied (ie the Netflix Sabrina mess), if anything in recent years Japan has adopted their terminology to be more similar.
It's also far from future proof as most of these show listings get screwed over after the fact since they get promoted as new seasons and are only moved around when like the 8th episode of said season aired - not good at all for a metadata provider!
Shows where this is incorrectly applied for example:
Bungo Stray Dogs - continuous numbering, clear season namings on http://bungo-stray-dogs.jp/story/ --> first two cours were split, then returns after 2.5years and somehow gets lumped into S1.
My Hero Academia - continuous numbering, clear season namings on http://www.shbhawani.com/tv/65930/discuss/62167460fe5c9100432b750c / http://www.shbhawani.com/tv/65930/discuss/61aa541ad2f5b500657577f8?page=2)
Rent-a-Girlfriend, Ascendance of a Bookworm, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, etc...
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