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Posted 2/12/17

Roboteki wrote:

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It's not so entertaining to watch realistic things, unless it's really a compelling story or the character is somewhat funny or cynical.


I know. But is having a balance good?
Posted 2/12/17 , edited 2/12/17

qualeshia3 wrote:


Roboteki wrote:

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It's not so entertaining to watch realistic things, unless it's really a compelling story or the character is somewhat funny or cynical.


I know. But is having a balance good?


I think so, I love seeing relateable characters that have flaws and are realistic-ish. Put a realistic character in an ecchi anime and that will be fun to watch. Heck putting a realistic character in a totally fantasy element is fun to watch. I think the key is to make them relateable.
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Posted 2/12/17

Roboteki wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Roboteki wrote:

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It's not so entertaining to watch realistic things, unless it's really a compelling story or the character is somewhat funny or cynical.


I know. But is having a balance good?


I think so, I love seeing relateable characters that have flaws and are realistic-ish. Put a realistic character in an ecchi anime and that will be fun to watch. Heck putting a realistic character in a totally fantasy element is fun to watch. I think the key is to make them relateable. Just because they're realistic doesn't make them relateable imo anyway.


Alright then.

The day they add a relatable character in a harem/ecchi anime. Wouldn't that be something?
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Posted 2/13/17
I do not relate to characters in media, but it looks to me that people have unrealistic expectations about realistic characters.
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Posted 2/13/17
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.” - Mark Twain

Maybe don't look to fiction for inspiration but real people with real stories.
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I think it would help if people gave examples of characters and their excessively detailed biographies so it becomes more obvious where "realistic" begins and ends.
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I´d love a fantasy setting(like medieval high fantasy or something) where the main character ends up struggling with PTSD or something because what he/she went through was not fucking normal by any standards. Also, I feel like the writers aren´t using the sacrifice/injury aspect enough. It´s just natural that the main character of such a film/anime/book/etc would get wounded from time to time, maybe even in a more permanent manner than usual. I really don´t like the "struggled through fire and war but came out unscathed" bit.

But I also like the stories where the main character(or a major character) dies, so..
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Posted 2/13/17
.....define "realistic"......
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Most good fictional badasses have realistic or at least relatable traits. Compare Wolverine to Superman. Wolverine is a very flawed, ugly individual who suffers and gets run through the ringer time and again. Superman is an unstoppable flying brick who typically needs kryptonite for an enemy to even approach his level. Wolverine is unmistakably a badass, superman is more a force of nature.

Without flaws and vulnerabilities a character does not typically come across as badass because it's that fight back up from odds they shouldn't stand a chance at that makes them look badass.
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Posted 2/13/17

TheGrandAlliance wrote:

.....define "realistic"......



How I personally define realistic is a character who is real. A character who is flawed, imperfect, and overall human.
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Posted 2/13/17 , edited 2/13/17

qualeshia3 wrote


How I personally define realistic is a character who is real. A character who is flawed, imperfect, and overall human.



What is "flawed"? What is "unflawed"? How are anime characters, therefore, not all "inherently flawed" by definition? What makes them "unrealistic" to such regards?


Even the mahou (Magic) Girls have "realistic flaws" thereof. Even the non-humans....
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TheGrandAlliance wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote


How I personally define realistic is a character who is real. A character who is flawed, imperfect, and overall human.



What is "flawed"? What is "unflawed"? How are anime characters, therefore, not all "inherently flawed" by definition? What makes them "unrealistic" to such regards?


Even the mahou (Magic) Girls have "realistic flaws" thereof. Even the non-humans....



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camay1997 wrote:

The only thing I don't want in a main character they unrelatable. This usually means what the majority of anime main characters are, high schoolers who make poor decisions based on emotion without all the facts. Other than that it's all about how the characters fit the context of the story. Shinji Ikari works in Neon Genesis but wouldn't work in Iron Blooded Orphans, just as Mikazuki Augus wouldn't work in Neon Genesis.

But I do want to ask, What does character development mean? A character who's thoughts and feelings change over time? Because that's not exactly realistic. Most people change opinions but fundamentally remain the same in behavior and habit.


Not true peoples behaviour usually changes over time with their feelings.
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.....'nough said


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TheGrandAlliance wrote:

26/F/New Jersey

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.....'nough said





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