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Old 2004-01-04, 18:31   Link #31
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Originally Posted by gho
I don't think Wolf's Rain is anything close to dark and it tends to be something more like a fairy tale instead of facing any questions or problems more complicated than that. The only thing dark is the setting (post apocalyptic future). But the script is all childish and lame really...they always come up with softer and milder ways of describing the actuall things that might be happening, not to offend or pervert the little children that might be watching...
They spend the whole series being abused and ostracized and hunted, beaten down and used, eternally questing for a safe place...ok I won't post a spoiler but if you've seen the end you get what I'm saying.
I think there's more meaning to it that you might see on the surface...i.e. the individual's quest to belong and yet maintain individuality, overcoming adversity and deciding when it'll overcome you...etc.

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Originally Posted by gho
As for the violence note... well, violence might be just a way to measure how much of the story is being told, just like sex and the materialistic interests behing it all. I most animes I saw the "evil character" is someone that just woke up one day and decided to be a bad person...and nothing more to it.
That's just lack of character development. Has very little to do with light and dark, just skill of the writer.

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Originally Posted by gho
In other words, violence is just one of the most common elements you would find in any story, so it is a little strange not to see any and a little boring when it is always concealed or sugar coated. If you want to tell a story, just tell it! Don't make lame allusions to what is really happening.
Why would a story need violence?? There are plenty of great animes that have little or none. It's not a big element in the life of anyone I know, do you really think that people have to make their stories violent to be "good"???
I mean, if it's a part of the story, that's all well and good...but I've seen some anime where people are constantly gushing blood and losing body-parts and heros and heroines are constantly doing things no "good person" would ever do to another living being. Flamethrowers and woodchippers and eaten-by-bugs, oh my.

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SEX for instance... tens of millions of people are doing it right now and why is it that sex is only shown in hentai anime or labeled like that? It is so common in any ones life!
a) the hell it is. b) it's only shown in Hentai because that's the only way most people would ever see sex from a third-person perspective. You just don't watch people having sex unless you're getting off on it. Would you have writers putting in scenes of diarrhea or gyno visits, too? The theory here is that this stuff is some kind of art, and some things you just don't show in art unless there's a specific reason, a point of some sort.

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Cowboy Bebop, for instance, when Faye was pursuing someone, she found him in bed with another guy. That's something that can happen but it is more usual to anime scripts to show perfectly decent people just brushing their teeths when their doors is broken down. I don't take more than 15 minutes a day brushing my teeth, what are the odds?
Er, and exactly how much time per day do you spend in bed having sex?? Really, average it out. I mean I understand your point but I think that the door being broken down while people are having sex shouldn't be any more common than say, while cooking dinner, or paying bills, or talking on the phone to a friend/relative. If you wanna go for realism, you gotta go all the way.
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