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Post Reply What is the difference between anime and western media in terms of story-telling?
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Posted 3/1/18 , edited 3/2/18

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MysticGon wrote:
Um, I'd say Japanese storytelling follows the 5 step arc better than Western storytelling.

Like one follows the arc of life and the other the arc of sex.

I see more falling actions leading to resolutions in Japanese storytelling (like in life) whereas in the West after the climax the writers roll over and fall asleep (like in sex).

That's just my take.


Hmm, could be the other thing with western shows: They're not written to end. They're written to squeeze out every last drop until the show is a dead husk of its former self shuffling through yet one more season before its inevitable cancellation. When you don't actually have a beginning and end the story is bound to get uneven and meandering or run out of ideas.

Although conversely anime is known for its status quo resets so it can have a classic arc without actually changing anything.


That's a good point. You can see how badly things turn to shit when Japanese studios do the same thing with filler or non-canon stories. Even mangaka. If Toriyama would have ended at the Cell saga the story would have been Shakespearean. Instead we ended up with Buu.
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MysticGon wrote:
That's a good point. You can see how badly things turn to shit when Japanese studios do the same thing with filler or non-canon stories. Even mangaka. If Toriyama would have ended at the Cell saga the story would have been Shakespearean. Instead we ended up with Buu.


Inuyasha.

Takahashi is the Queen of stretching a story out as long as possible while likewise ensuring it never, ever actually goes anywhere.

Buu is notable for having a character design that manages to be less threatening than a single episode Sailor Moon villain.





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