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Tomikohara

  • Canada
  • Joined Dec 23, 2007
  • 29 / F

I grew up on Dragonball Z. I mostly enjoy person-in-a-strange-world, post-apocalyptic, adventure, martial arts, survival, fantasy, medieval, melancholy, slice of life, romance and shoujo genres. A solid story is more important than graphics for me, and subs over dubs any day! I love anime soundtracks and have spent many hours listening to anime OSTs on Animenfo Radio -> animenfo.com/radio.

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Kilplow says...

So how was your trip to Anime North and the convention scene?

May 31, 2008
Kilplow says...

I tagged along with him to the one in Toronto (a rather small one) back in December and one in Columbus in Jan, but it doesn't look like I will this time around.  Apparently, he booked his hotel last August and with all the logistics of other people Freewind wants to haul around, I'd basically have to drive myself...oh and I have an awful sense of direction.  I had talked a bit to another friend about driving up to it together, and though he was interested he's decided to decline.  To make a long story short, I don't think I will barring a friend changing his mind or my own resolve not to get lost really strengthening.

May 12, 2008
SatoshiJiro says...

No.. :(  I'm kinda lacking the funds to do much right now - though I may be able to make the Atlanta Con in September.. Maybe.

Btw.  Thanks for rubbing it in.  T_T

May 12, 2008
Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono Spoilers

Aruruu's death and the way it was handled was effective in invoking emotions from me, but I already explained that previously. Maybe it was the track record of killing characters off to force change in the remaining characters. I think that might be the variable...when a character passes away, the ones left alive should be noticeably changed by the passing. I can‘t think of anyone I know that wouldn‘t impact my life if they were removed. And anime often doesn't want to deal with consequences. Or even try. And that's where Utawarerumono succeeds very clearly. I think I can forgive clichés plots and poor villains because the fact it is amazingly effective with its character driven story, realistic despite the fantasy setting, and the force of the philosophy behind the scenes.

That's completely why I loved the new growth scene in the city. For most anime, it would have been boring and a waste of screen time, but it was one of the pinnacle moments. Hakuoro rejects the idea of re-inhabiting the city because of the city's tainted past. It is a parallel to his own character--he cannot fathom who he is and is plagued by his own past. It is Eruruu that shows him that with work and determination he can push his way out of the dirt and sprout new life, like the plants. And us, the viewers, realize, it isn't just Hakuoro that can to this, we too can do the same. Powerful, uplifting, and inspiring.

May 4, 2008
Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono/FMA Spoilers

The literary phrase you are looking for is "Deus Ex Machina". It basically means a plot twist that is contrived to change the outcome. Often it is outside intervention by a powerful force and it used when writers get themselves into a corner.

Death in Utawarerumono was done very well overall in my opinion. The villains were all predictable enough. Tusukuru was surprising because of the swiftness of the event but it was acceptable because she was the trigger for the plot. Because of her death, I thought Oboro might die when he attacked the fortifications by himself. Especially after Teoro died later in the show, I felt that any character could die on any mission. I didn't even realize he was dying in his final scene until his village was shown razed.

The consequences of death are something rarely seen in anime, especially in a realistic way. I actually really liked the scene with Aruruu and Eruruu being put the sleep after the death. It was touching in a way because it was so very sad. I think it let Hakuoro's character grow...the scene with him watching over Eruruu as she sleeps and tucking her in and holding her hand...is very touching.

Contrast this to Full Metal Alchemist. Hughes especially seemed like he was set up from day one to be the likeable meddler who is killed off. This is actually ok on some levels. But how his death is handled is awful. The scene with his family at the grave doesn't change anything for anyone...not even Mustang that's there. And the main characters don't find out about it until much, much later in the show, and they don't really go through grieving periods, just anger. The rest of the deaths are even more ineffective.

May 4, 2008