Day 22: What is your favorite couple/OTP?
Uh…this is kind of a hard one for me. I like a lot of couples in anime, especially if they’re formed mid-series or from the getgo, so the couples like the one from-
Actually, you know what? Ranma and Akane from Ranma 1/2. I don’t think there’s ever been a couple that I’ve greenlit as much as those two.
23: Are there certain anime tropes that you prefer or dislike?
In terms of dislike, rather than talking about tropes I dislike I want to talk about the refusal to think on the director’s/writer’s part. See, you’ve probably seen time and again and again and again where a guy or girl will walk in on a girl or guy bathing, one of whom gets flustered and either runs out or, more likely, hits the other person and then runs out. Right? Of course you have, it’s been done literally hundreds of times.
See, but that’s not what bothers me.
What bothers me is when the director or artist, whoever really, plans these scenes out in such a familiar way that you could interchange the characters in the scenario and even the frames themselves with other anime and they’d overlay perfectly.
Because of course they would.
Because they’re almost all the same scene.
Meanwhile I’m over here trying to wonder what they feel like they’ve accomplished by adding this scene to their show. If it’s just for fanservice that’s one thing, but genuinely thinking that this provides insight into a character, or worse, thinking the audience is going to howl in laughter at this time tested trope…at that point do you even care what you’re making?
And to be clear, I’m not just talking about walk-in scenes, I’m talking about any scene where what happens is so perfectly mirrored by literally hundreds of other anime which include, but are not limited to:
- Hot blooded shounen boio running into a clearly stronger enemy only to not be able to get close and ultimately getting blown away as someone tells them not to off screen
- A girl of any personality getting flustered because boio may have possibly kind of sort have but probably not really implied a compliment about them. Or even looked in their direction.
- One character pratfalling onto another and land in a compromising where either forceful contact with a crotch or breasts is made-
This is a long post.
But to cut it short, I’m not hating on these tropes necessarily, it’s more how they’ve been executed in the exact same way, practically frame for frame, for decades without considering what the viewer even gets out of the scene by doing it that way (which is nothing, mostly, because by recycling it it becomes a soulless novelty).
I really do love anime guys please believe me