Been fiddling with the story, testing mental scenarios of how the characters would actually act vs how I’d prefer them to act, and in general doing a TON of writing in the background to take a break from bashing my head against a small art block (Philleas and Dolly continue to ELUDE MY GRAPHITE TOUCH). As of last week, I started doing something I haven’t done since… well… since midway through MDC, and started watching anime directly again.
Don’t get me wrong. I’d watch the occasional bit here and there, but nothing really put it’s hooks into me like they had a while back and I’d kinda drifted away from it. Between Toonami’s temporary death, 2 animes that I did enjoy ending (Full Metal Alchemist [Saw both the original and Brotherhood and I gotta say, they are both equals to me. The original spun a very large tale that, granted, can be hard to follow if you missed even the smallest thing occasionally from some episodes, but was fairly epicly sewn together while brotherhood removed the more confusing bits, put things in a nice order, but was kinda a letdown for me here and there due to the re-casting and the action scenes] & Big O [I absolutely don’t care what anyone says, PART 3 HAS TO BE MADE IN SOME FORM AT SOME POINT. THE STORY AS SUNRISE AND CN LEFT IT CURRENTLY HAS NO DEFINITE ENDING. Till those come, I will cherish the season 1 & 2 dvd sets that are sitting next to me]), and Syfy’s Ani-monday/tuesday/weekday thing being pulled from the schedule, the drive to watch any kinda died off.
Then came Saturday, June 22, 2013. My mom and dad bought a condo/timeshare quarter-way up the state some years before I was born and my family have been going to it just about every year since. This year, my mom signed the condo over to my father and this will be our last year going up to it. To try to make it somewhat special, I spent our first night up there up late to catch the new toonami. I’m actually quite happy they brought back tom and the crew. The animes that they show now are kinda a mixed bag. Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, and Blue Exorcist looked neat. Bleach and Naruto almost put me to sleep though. Why those two are still around, I can only guess. Was about to turn it off when One Piece came on.
For the record, last time I saw one piece was around the time they recruited the cook and was being dubbed by 4Kids. I saw that it was on the schedule and it made me scratch my head. It was one of those anime I was going to lump with Bleach, Naruto and Dragon Ball Z. Everyone should know those. The ones where the story is about as strong as a toothpick about 80% to 90% of the time and it’s all about who has the flashiest attack against a baddie who will be replaced very quickly by yet another baddie with about 8 to 12 episodes of sheer dialogue dump followed by about 15-ish episodes of the characters “powering up/training” then roughly another 3 to 5 episodes of the actual fight, followed by 3-4 episodes of banter between the protagonist and antagonist then 2-4 episodes with the conclusion of the fight, just to start the cycle over again with the dialogue dump? The action scenes in those? Great and usually quite memorable to me. The rest? I honestly hated. The presentation just really felt horrible. I know that some dialogue HAS to be there, but did they honestly have to have such long winded drawn out explanations of why x was going to kill/conquer/destroy y because of z and have it drawn out over multiple episodes?
Man did I get off point there… Either way, I was expecting essentially a pop anime like naruto or something. What I got, well, Let’s put it like this. If it wasn’t for 4Kids and the way they initially showcased the series, I might not be as far behind on it was I am now. Most of the character designs are very strong and portray not just the role, but usually the personality of the character. The story is split up into manageable chunks that is usually SHOWN instead of TOLD (What a novel concept, showing stuff in a visual medium instead of just telling the audience), and the pacing is pretty good too. A few slow points here and there, but those usually are well spaced to give the viewer a bit of breathing space between one hill and the next. While catching up on the series last week, it had me enthralled with the story. Granted, I started with it around the Water 7/Ennies Lobby arc, but it wasn’t hard for me to play catchup online to see what all I missed and where the series is now.
This past monday, a week after I started watching the series again, I came to a realization about what I am working on story wise. As strange as this may sound, It’s within the same vein as an anime. I suppose I should clarify that. I see animes NOT as being animations from Japan/China/Korea/The orient in general. Granted, a good many come from there, but that is not what defines an anime to me. An anime is an animated story that has a definite beginning and a definite end that is told by the chapter. It defines a world, it’s characters, and it’s story and, while the world can be picked up in new stories, but does not rely on those stories to be told (sequelitis) or any other gimmick. There are many shows that fall into this odd range for me. ThunderCats and Code Lyoko are two that come immediately to mind, one being made, granted in Japan, but written by a couple of americans and the other being done by a french studio.
The point I guess I’m getting to is that the story has been forming, chapters have been put together, I’ve got a fairly large and definite ending in mind that will hopefully NOT be posted on here due to spoilers and the whole story, with how it’s fitting together and coming out, is starting to feel like it is something like one of the good anime. Whether or not it actually will be one is up in the air, but it is getting stronger day by day.
Pardon the slight ranting. I’m writing this at a time I should probably be sleeping so I may not be thinking entirely straight. Just felt the need to type and put something out.