I previously asked how to count episodes but I forgot to ask how to say "series". How can I say

I watched 13 episodes of season 1.


You can use 期【き】, シリーズ, 部【ぶ】, or シーズン, all of which are common. Here are the examples taken from Wikipedia (I haven't confirmed, but presumably these reflect the official namings):

These are basically interchangeable, but here's my impression:

  • 期: very common
  • シリーズ: next common
  • 部: orthodox, serious
  • シーズン: technical/formal, relatively a bit uncommon, fits well with foreign dramas

You can use these words to count the number of seasons, too, by just removing 第:

  • 「けいおん!」は2期に分けて製作された。
  • 「3年B組金八先生」は32年間、8シリーズにわたって放映された。

And we have another unit to count TV series, クール, which roughly corresponds to 12-13 weeks (episodes), starting from April (春クール, and so forth), July, October and January. It's either from German Kur or French cours, according to Wikipedia. Virtually all Japanese TV dramas and anime are produced under this クール system, and in many cases 1クール exactly corresponds to 1期/シリーズ.

It's unlikely that broadcasting companies officially use クール (it used to be jargon only used by professionals). But now it's widely used among anime/drama fans. For example, you can say:

  • 「けいおん!」は2期に分けて、合計3クール製作された。(Indicates there are approx. 36-39 episodes. cf. List of K-On! episodes)
  • 第2クール
  • 分割2クール (24-26 episodes in total, but with a certain interval after broadcasting the first 12-13 episodes)
  • I only saw シーズン used w/ foreign (basically US) shows. Jul 30 '15 at 18:04
  • Some very popular 日本のドラマ such as 古畑任三郎 and 相棒 use シーズン.
    – naruto
    Jul 30 '15 at 18:10
  • Wow, thank you. I'm surprised that there are 4 different words! Jul 30 '15 at 22:45
  • Fair enough. For what it's worth I dodged Japanese TV like the plague for ages. ;) Jul 31 '15 at 12:06
  • I think 期/シーズン and シリーズ have different connotations. シリーズ sounds to me more like "franchise" where they put same core characters into different places, settings or plots etc. rather than ordinary sequels. Jul 31 '15 at 21:43

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