on Genre (in Anime)
the essay as a prose piece in the form of a poem... 'on narrative'
the essay as a mix of eclectic styles... 'more on the core'
the essay as a mix of logical positivist & poststructuralist forms... coming soon
the essay as a series of vignettes... coming soon
the essay as a academic paper under questioning... coming soon
now, for the essay as a collection of fragments... a briefer form for the briefer
interest of the internet... simply the core points... let us see if this can be a
bit more widely read than its' predecessors... this essay on genre
or 'why illumination imperative ?'
or why madoka 'incomparable' ?
inherent just know just feel it subjective ?
illume academic rational objective !
mahou shoujo Derrida
genre: magical girl ergo deconstruction
understand method ok
understand popularity no
decon or declicheing
or does it even matter
unique to whom for how long
new becomes old yet still
abandon: genre element
accept: genre mood ie, mood structure
puella magi? no
kinetic intensity? yes
of intensity affecting heart breaking gut wrenching
emotional powerful meaningful
not melo-- real drama good drama
of kinetic must see must marathon next ep. now
last second reveal cliffhanger omg
maybe... steady build-up slow & sure subtle flow
however over less eps. compressed always accrue
same effect structured focused driven fate
hard to call but not definitely not a database element
not: magical girl
rich history: geass, note, fullmetal , action
with a plot
so many hits so many greats so many top 10s
popular beloved genre of genre (to many)
AND MADOKA IS THE BEST
the most intense the superlative impact the new favorite
why madoka 'incomparable'
wrong genre clouds the reading
right genre answer the 'why'
examining the genres not all genres
in anime those that need fleshing out
(could apply other mediums
but today, simply )
the classic view of much to be desired
poor view of nature of japanese anima-- the market
our modern demographic
our failure to communicate
now let us redefine not 1-to-1 no single core
always a complex core
consider the question
before? or after the art?
of the artist? or of the critic?
formulae? or understanding? grouping? simplifying?
artist free unrestrained formless bs! fantasy
goals constrain create form reality
constant change multiple forms inescapable
'hack' goals forced path petty concepts same end
nobility of goals
genre, all the same
genre: before + of artist + formulae (internal or external)
of artist for art
not for criticism
not for classification
classification of genre
by critic? ✓
report: 1 error
to understand not if misread misused
fix genre how?
when will it be clear enough?
wrong idea to begin with?
nobility of effort
so why not
balance v. bias
there is no secondary
no 'sidecar' only a driving force
active genre front & center
not current not considered
(of earlier considered later;-)
it is to be included & to be pursued (1/2hearted ? fully)
it is to be judged & assessed completely
it is to be judged only when it is ( : occurs)
hilarious always? lol no
hilarious when jesting all right
dramatic when engaging all sound
beautiful when romancing all pure
beautiful always... needed? all biased
and we are all biased
balance of the core...
...the genres (within a work)...
...the moods we call genres (within a )...
exit -> 'objective' escape
to dispute balance moods liked or disliked > biased*
to dispute balance moods on basis of execution < biased*
(* instead: improve it)
to dispute balance affecting execution of the core unbiased*
(* still biased)
realistic bullshit vs bullshit realism
suspension of disbelief
note the difference
quality inherent genre? no
again, what is
genre != quality
degree of difficulty
action & attitude /10
oh, you card!
but is it give respect
where they would not
cap their reviewer potential let it go
but i angry
return to argument
moe difficult? just a db really?
greek tragedy just a db how postmodern of homer!
tsundere; rei-clone; milquetoast lead; childhood friend; &/c;
let's take #2
progenitor v progeny
meaning behind the archetype
enjoying the outward appearance
a better than b?
more nuanced = better? depends on the situation
mood to be stroked
deep philosophical /10
few would argue even those that cannot feel
"don't enjoy do respect"
(that ole game)
just for fun /??
just how difficult is 'fun'?
slap together x y z boom! intellectual genius?
brew together a b c poof! boundless jollity?
CAME NOT HARUHI BY SIMPLE MATHEMATICS
if the formulae were so easy
why is She alone at the top?
here the 10
action & attitude /10
all genre are equally difficult
artsy ...art? art!
w/o rules free creative
(free to follow the ?)
(didn't i just ?)
(remember suspect scale?) (no?)
1-to-1 style 1-to-1 *style*
1-to-1 plain? simply familiar
the aesthetic delicacy
the deconstructive lens
the semiotic touch
her head is now a reflective teapot
cover it w/ maedax
sunlight shines in geometrical patterns
shoujo stained glass
single shot styles like ben-day dots
x marks the yuno
used typeface for image: HGP mincho B
craft a witch's barrier
dat shaft angle over the shoulder head tilt
sure is shinbou up in here
lesser engagement -> art
1-to-1 -> 'artsy'?..............................................
1-to-1 = a mood
'artsy' = a mood
moods = genres
all moods are equal objectively
LONG LIVE THE ART SHOT!
Fanservice, read simply as the word appears, denotes 'pleasing the fans'. Is such
an act a mode of mood that we call genre? No, for this is every genre. Every work
aims to please its' fans, even those works that make no specific claim as to who
their fans are, if the artist even knows who they are.
From denotation to connotation, we may expand the reading to 'pleasing only the
familiarized fans at the expense of the casual observer'. Now this is more
specific a mode, one that we may call a mood, aka a genre.
To go a level deeper, the basest connotation is to 'pander to the fans'. And with
that reading, we lose the meaning, as 'pander' is merely a baseless negative
application of 'pleasing' (see 'on narrative' section 2: issues dictionary \
mistranslations). And definitely not genre.
Finally, one cannot ignore that other obvious connotation: 'sexuality'. If genre
is mood than a sexually charged mood would qualify... but with one caveat: we
would be better with a more specific label. How does 'sexually charged' sound as a
descriptive tag? Speaking of needing a more accurate label...
(Wait! Before you go, I've snuck in some 'fanservice' for you up above; this
section only, highlight the section to peal the white dress off this text...)
s o l
questionable idiom debated ad nauseam
day by day is
tiny tragedies pain of living daily struggle
supine & sublime cake & tea laughter & happiness
boundlessly passionate my pace enjoyed fully everyday
trivial ups & downs daily do-nothing genuinely pointless
romance drama action comedy everything, really
all narrative is a 'slice' out of someone's life
or life artistic
efface the term
slice of life
no more never was applied to everything anyways
yet still never dies:
"slice of life anime are impossible to rate & rank"
"essence is in emotion [...] atmosphere [...] captivation [...]"
makes them diff
all narrative emotion, atmosphere, captivation
all rating considers these
all in the realization
if day by day is
cute how cute?
soothing how soothing? how healing? how heartwarming?
K- we feel the love
-Channel phony by plot necessity belief unsuspended
"slice of life anime are impossible to rate & rank"
by numbers production oversaturation
"anime is dying"
yeah ok, buddy
all the bases.
* * * *
derivative tired * cliche no longer funny
databasic (lol azuma) * yelling not any funnier
positive * positive
fresh take memorable * clever keep offguard
unique traits pleasant design emergent exploit the setup
* * * * * * * *
ingenuine him? seriously? * forced freytag said so!
in circles going nowhere * histrionic power of friendship
positive * positive
dashing lead not an insert * mature no easy choices
action 'getting serious' or avoided keep it lighthearted
* * * *
amongst the collective
draw the line
from a relationship?
then romance drama
from tragedy seen through a relationship?
then not romance drama
key rarely touches
shoujo where it's at!
romance + comedy = romantic comedy
absurdism + comedy = absurdist comedy
cynicism + comedy = black comedy
cuteness + comedy = don't call it slice of l---
nothing but comedy = pure comedy
to each laugh, its' own unique emotion
lonely poor tortured souls!
suffering a world so cruel!!
they just don't understand!!!
(oh! spare me your grittiness
it's all overdone
it's all overblown
it's all become comical
grimdark is not its' own genre
it's just intensity done wrong)
<--------- (like authentic manga!) <---------
signification normative and interpretation defies
reason readable incorporate or sense make to 'fails'
? statement artistic an craft to different
? different be to just different or
comprehension escapes often postmodern the
genre escapes never postmodern the but
mood a still is 'nonsense' -may i if- for desire a
execution in measured be still can that mood a
? center off you throw it did much how
? you challenge decentering this did much how
? challenge that taking for rewarded you were much how
intellection ? think you make work the did what
emotion ? feel you make work the did what
poeticism ? see you make work the did method what
same the all functions still criticism art's pomo
this efface cannot elite critical the and
this obscure to try they hard how matter no
( : madoka)
( : shiki)
( : lagann)
( : bebop)
( : bleach)
( : afro)
or do you?
no. only 1 type of
For this, I shall return to the familiarity of prose, or should I say the
prose of familiarity.
Freytag's phantom: that dramatic structure taught in school as if it were a
mathematic equation, overused as if it were the only way to write a plot, called
'phantom' here for its' stubborn resistance to death in the minds of even those
who should know better and its' continued haunting of the narrative arts, and my
sworn enemy within *criticism*
(as a device among others, it works fine enough).
Freytagism states that drama shall (1) introduce,
(4) fall, and
(5) resolve. Freytagism is taken to mean
that any work that works against this rigid structure shall be termed
incomplete... lacking... a failure (O, how much fail lies within these silly
Freytagism rusteth the chisel
Freytagism rusteth the craft and the craftsman
Freytagism slayeth the child in the womb
(Ok, enough of Pound's rantings; I've
paid my usury to him.)
The danger in worshipping this false idol can be glimpsed in the annihilated
endings of too many a promising narrative, for with Freytag we need a climax, and
a grand one at that.
See the lightsome tale of girls without pants... I'll give you a minute...
ahem! see them adventure across sea-like and aureate skies, the exhilarating
excursion amidst the greater campaign, the laughter nesting within the repose
between engagements; see the jocund mood so light and airy, but then... see the
invading plot crash through the ramparts of subtlety for now must come a decisive
culmination of overwhelmingly impassioned emotion for THIS IS THE CLIMAX and it
must be austere this grave danger that wrests seriousness into silliness and it
must volley a thematic missive right into our whimsical atmosphere and this
poignant life lesson must fit the mood that developed it so LOVE & FRIENDSHIP must
triumph over all adversity and then... wait! where are we now? for our fun little
run has lost its' legs and gone lame;
see me cringe
for this example
is by no means a rare example
it is the rule and not the exception
it is the common malady
and I see the noble narratives wounded on the battlefield:
need every episode turn a card
need there be climatic final battle
contrived & unconvincing
darker than black
90% is better than ending
climax again dictates fate of the world
r.o.d the tv
1st half full of day by day is difficult
is charming & enjoyable
2nd half full of $#!%
dramatic end painful to me, not them
better as a slice of l--- better subdued
(and video games!
oh video games! how they are ruined
must the fate of the world
be our only climax?
if we had no climax
could we concern ourselves with something else?)
I grow weary...
I grow weary...
( think you get the point by now)
sometimes I wonder
is plot criticism
nothing but anal retentiveness
let it go unattended
saw a chain of posts
of missing the point
of compiling a curriculum
most important to view
to experience anime
of personal faves
trying to grasp a greater spectrum
to cover all the bases
to be relevant
but structured eduction is so irrelevant
a dinosaur not yet fossilized
the year is 2011:
the internet is
& it has changed everything
GO FORTH WITH FREEDOM
liberated thought that will not be quieted
for you we have displaced order
no, we have regained reason
from the few to the many
from the group to the individual
from the other to the self
for there is no one pathway
there is no curriculum
grope around the darkness
and see where it takes you
the web is a web of protruding possibilities
follow these possibilities and find what others haven't
AND BE OPEN TO EVERYTHING
what is up with moe? find out for yourself
try out for yourself and
explore all angles
moe as feeling moe as aesthetic moe as narrative
cute as feeling cute as aesthetic cute as narrative
(as sixten says cute makes right)
now repeat this for
no whatever tickles your fancy
for the complete critic
everything will tickle your fancy
for all the rest of you
you need only what tickles your fancy
for you are only trying to have some fun!
now go forth into the void
and let you be your own guide
now let the dumbshow end
and our real debates can begin
Hahahahahahaha. It's clever. It's evil. It's probably more evil than clever, but do I love it, oh do I love it! Sure, I slip back into poetry by the end, but how do you like that fragmentation at the beginning? This essay would have been massive; now, it's but a fraction of the length. How do you like my long essays now, Internet? This not what you had in mind, huh... Hahahahahahaha!
*ahem* The inspiration behind this style comes from at least four sources: A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance (by Stéphane Mallarmé), The Cantos of Ezra Pound, some cut out novel I haven't even read by some overrated author famous in literary circles today, and my own essay drafting style (but spaced out a bit differently, of course).
none! I kept this essay simple...