My computer has been on a major fritz lately so instead of the regularly scheduled program of the Renegade Project… you get an off the wall tangent.
1. I’m an artist who loves cool artwork:
Need I say more?
2. The most convoluted plotlines I’ve ever encountered have been in anime. Some of the crafters are excellent at “recycle & reuse” as well as stacking the odds against the hero(es).
3. They thrive on twists. Maybe it’s just a cultural thing, but I often feel American shows and books are predictable – sometimes too predictable for me to really get pulled in. Certainly few of them actually manage to surprise me. In anime, good guys are found out to be bad, “bad guys” are really good, characters switch sides and the “objective” often turns out to be something entirely different than what you expect. One series they spend most of the time on a quest to rescue/save a certain person, but in the end find that the only person endangering the person is themselves. The big bad “villain” was actually the man she loved trying to protect her from what she must do. What can I say, I like being challenged.
4. In general I have found more emotional and deeper characters in anime. True, there are airheads and jerks, but I’ve run into many that are deeper than they seem. I’ve also found this true of many of their plots.
5. I’m a female – Sometimes I love the theatrical drama and overblown emotions more than the slapstick that American Cartoons seem to favor.
6. Only in anime can you have half or even all the main characters die and still have a “happy ending”
7. Death is rarely the end. Sometimes you can kill the same character multiple times, or copies of them in some fashion, but even if they are truly dead, ghosts are well known to visit frequently
8. Deities and religion are often artfully woven into the storylines, but I rarely feel like they are trying to convert me. Half the time I seriously doubt they believe it. They explore the fantastic elements of their own culture but also folklore across the world and “what if?” Found one series taking artistic license with Norse Gods and another odd portrayal of Arthurian Legends. Granted, I’ve seen lots of American or Europeans stories retell such tales, but never with such crazy abandon – so again, the unpredictable twists.
9. Eight out of ten times the male hero cooks better than the female who struggles hard to do simple recipes. What can I say, I can totally empathize.
10. Because you just can’t beat their “Laws of Physics”. Talk about some serious suspension of disbelief. Just a sample:
#5 – Law of Mechanical Mobility, Second Law of Anime Motion- The larger a mechanical device is, the faster it moves, Armoured Mecha are the fastest objects known to human science.
#6 – Law of Temporal Variability- Time is not a constant. Time stops for the hero whenever he does something “cool” or “impressive”. Time slows down when friends and lovers are being killed and speeds up whenever there is a fight.
Want to see more of their laws? Check out: http://generationotaku.net/comment.php?comment.news.368.5
Disclaimer Note: Not all anime is made equal and plenty have been made specifically to be explicit or violent. This is definitely a “No Lifeguard present. Swim at own Risk. Use caution.” situation.
Meanwhile, hopefully my computer will co-operate with me and I can get the next Renegade Project up in the next couple days.