Now I don't know about you, but I for one have noticed an almost formulaic approach to that typical seinen-shounen style scifi that's popping up every so often, lately it's been Deadman Wonderland, before that it was Mirai Nikki and 20th Century Boys to an extent, although that last one deviates enough for it to be a wholly original plot. Before then it was Noein. Also examples in other works of fiction would be in the Mortal Engines quartet by phillip reeve (which I highly reccomend reading). Now what I've noticed is less of a trope but a template almost. If you disagree please feel free to tell me, I am unsure of my opinion really, the purpose of this post is to confirm it or prove it wrong.
Anyway, if you don' mind reading what I have to say please carry on but be warned the next few paragraphs will maybe contain MASSIVE SPOILERS you have been warned.
the template they follow appears to be this: All the storys start off in a mysterious world and if it doesn't seem mysterious at first glance it certainly is under coser inspection. In fact the story will usually use the first few chapters/episodes to either demonstrate the oddities of this world or hint at the bizarre nature of what lies just beneath the surface. After this there is the turning point. Here the protagonists are threatened by the oddities present and discover more (even if only a little) about them. A little more is revealed and then the story pans out with only that much having been revealed, and bits and pieces emerge over the course of it but generally no major revelations occur. So far so standard. I realise many many storys start off like this, but once the story gets going, and especially toward the end a strange familiarity can be felt when experiencing it...
As the story nears it's final stages everything will have changed around, the Big Bad will have revealed more of his plans, or there have been many twists turns and false truths etc planted along the way. Plus the early minor antagonists will either have become protagonists or at least changed their view. No one is sure of their role anymore and there is a lot of indecisiveness.
A Major point at this stage is that the story's world will have changed/be changing into something else, either in perception or physically, and certainly in how it's portrayed. the dangerous giant building, full of horrors and danger, becomes just another stone on the path of the hero and isn't so big.
Then comes the big reveal, and the final battle, usually at exactly the same time, but I find that good series tend to have the reveal after or during. How a story handles this sets them apart from the rest. Also the general 'feel' of the story is noticeably different from starting. sometimes i've realised that with this less mysterious feeling i almost don't care about the reveal anymore, the air of mystery is gone, the story doesn't carry that feeling all the way to the end. Even if it is done well, this point becomes the make or break for such a series. The whole end can become straightforward and clear cut, sometimes losing the magic it started with.
This is really just an idea I had, and frankly I'm not too sure if there's any point in it, but please tell me if you think this is a load of balls or of other series that you think fit the bill. please bear with my first posts, I'll get better in time!
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