05-06-12, 6:54 AM
There are some themes I kind of liked somewhere, but lack findings I don't know yet.
- Anything with my character fetish: females, who are feminine, elegant, seeming quite intelligent, but not annoyingly arrogant, with a strong aura or charisma. Perhaps verbally very eloquent if nescessary in the situation at that. Have strong a character both physically and mentally and often enough just look "badass", without ever losing to much of their elegant aura.
- Romance, which is not lived out, because it can not, due to a proper (!) reason and the bitterness that follows.
- Setting is mainly in the air. Something a bit like "Last Exile" or "Allison to Lilia" in non-fail version.
- Kind of "madness to protect ones mind from the real madness" or "madness to get back on track to normality in a twisted world"
Somebody who seems somewhat twisted and mad, but as things turn out, all the other "normal" people are in fact (becoming) insane and this one who first seemed to be a lunacy turns out to be the most sane person of all
Examples: Pandora Hearts (manga) has several characters who fit in, Mourou no Hako (Anime) even specially says it out about one character that a certain incident made him mad and his mad behaviour is actually some kind of an attempt to get back to a normale state. Kaori Yuki has quite a potion of such characters in her works going towards this and there would be the doctor in Shiki.
I can't quite think of many more...
- Titles of the "sekai-kei" genre. TV Tropes decribes that somewhat, but I know pretty much all the examples listed there.
- Variation of the "sekai-kei" genre:
Above linked description of the "sekai-kei" genre has this "saving the world" plot point, but I would be interested in more like one that has the same melancholic feeling, but without the general world ending. (More like ones personal world is breaking or so.)
Soubi Yamamoto mentioned something into the direction in an interview:
Your work primarily features younger male protagonists in close relationships with one another. You've also done some work in the past creating opening movies for doujin boys-love games. Would you say that boys-love titles have had an effect on the way you tell stories?
Yamamoto: What surprised me when I first read boys-love stories was how few characters appear in the average title. The "just you and I" situation in them is similar to sekai-kei stories, and I was amazed when I discovered that you could create a full story in such a narrow world. Shonen and shojo manga I had read before then featured a lot of characters, with a protagonist, their friends, their rivals, and so on. Instead, boys-love stories featured just two people, a protagonist and someone he loves, and the story proceeds from there. You don't see many friends and such, but the story is still interesting and works, and that surprised me. My stories also have a small number of characters, and I think that it's due to the influence that boys-love has had on me.
Many of your works seem to draw influence from the genre of sekai-kei, and one of your earlier works is actually titled Sekai-kei Sekai-ron. At the same time, the endings to many of these works also shift away from typical sekai-kei narratives, ending in more positive, upbeat, and social ways, acting in a way as a response to the genre.
Yamamoto: I think that sekai-kei, the idea of a story of a closed world where only "a 'you' and an 'I'" exist, is very beautiful. At the same time, people can't live with that alone, and there are a lot of kind people outside of a "you and I" relationship, like family and friends. Sekai-kei exists by ignoring these kinds of other relationships, but I wanted to come to a different conclusion. I do enjoy sekai-kei works where only a "you" and an "I" exist and the world comes to an end around those two, and really think that they're beautiful. However, I wanted to go in a different direction, with more of a happy end, adding in the kindness of others and of the world, creating a story where life outside of a closed-off world isn't so bad after all.
Just that I am not wanting BL titles.
Basically searching for something with this "narrow world" scenario and SOMEWHATof a "limited scope" of characters. 1000 years in your eyes fits into that pretty well. The works of Yumeka Somomo/Mizu Sahara also. There is also this Robotica * Robotics ONA from Soubi Yamamoto herself. Also the independant animation "Anemone" goes to that direction.
- Stuff about "time". Flashforwads and Flashbacks mixed up in a nice manner (not too messy that is), Time loops, alternate futures/pasts etc.
Examples: Little Queen (Kim yeon joo) is pretty full of it, Platina and Nabi form her have some mixed flashbacks/forwards as well, The Tatami Galaxy (Anime) has is about alternative timelines, Suzumiya Haruhi has time travel, most recently Steins;Gate, 20th Century Boys and Monster (Naoki Urasawa) jumps forth and back between time levels, Baccano (Anime) jumps between time levels as well. Mawaru Penguin Drum (Anime) goes a little bit into the direction, Pandora Hearts (manga) has quite a potion about time warping, too. Arcana has it too, but that one was too unnescessary messy and cryptic. (Her other title Horror Collector as well.) 1000 years in your eyes was very nice too. Makoto Shinkai's "Hoshi no koe" and "5cm per Second" deal with that somewhat a bit, too.
Especially loop topics would be nice. Not even nescessarily about just time.
- "Masks". Person who hides behind this mask and the reader/watcher is left to interpret whatever emotion may be hidden behind it and the focus is somewhat on this and the mask is not just an ornament/gadget to go unidentified by the crowd.
example: Hotarubi no mori e, does this very very well.
Darker than black on the opposite doesn't do what I mean too well.
- A hell lot of titles deal with "future", "moving on", "get done with the past", "getting an optimistic look ahead" etc.
What I would be interested is, if there is actually something that deals just with the past or present without this "we mustn't forget" the future thingy.
As example I only know about a novel that goes closest to it, that would be Charlotte Bronte's Vilette.
- "Love is a sickness! (And makes hilariously stupid)"
I am not talking about Yandere and the kind, who get somewhat mentally ill, mad and psycho etc. More like how Boa Hancock from One Piece is just hilariously to look at in her lovesickness (the only series I know of that actually directly marked it as a deadly sickness!). Another one would be Kazuya from Bakuman, he is about almost as hilarious. Basically seeking things to overexaggerated it just makes you roll on the floor.
Nosatsu Junkie goes a bit into this direction, too, but only a bit.
- "I pretty much don't care about the world at all, I just want her/him (back, happy, ...)"
Probably another lovesickness, but not nescessarily one. Like the world for the certain character is just this one person. Can be a bit psycho. (But no crazy yandere...) "Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere" does this in a more (trolling?) humourous way (his love is to be executed, but preventing it would kind of mean war and he says, he doesn't care). Pandora Hearts features quite some folks as well. Folks may not be "brainwashed" to get the better world view, through.
- A description In once read somewhere a while ago was about like this:
"Creators put the character into a meat grinder, take whatever is left, burn it, and use the ash to smoke."
Somebody who is continuously put through some situation in a quite cruel manner; he can't do anything, because he simply not posesses not the power/capacity to that, on the edge of despair, his psyche most worn out, even trying to run away by just dying is no option (he is not allowed or it doesn't help), has to continue for he doesn't know how long yet.
This description I read a while ago was about Okabe from Steins;Gate. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica has quite such an atmophere with all that "Urobochi Despair". Fate Zero goes a quite into the direction as well. Shion from Please Save My Earth would fit into that a bit as well. There are also quite some of the like in Pandora Hearts. Nabari no Ou goes somewhat a bit into the direction. Variante from Iqura Sugimoto goes to that sheme as well. Monster, 20th Century Boys and Bokurano have quite some of it too.
I don't want it too realistic, through. "Watachi-tachi Shiawase no Jikan" would fit into that pretty well, too, but that was a bit to realistic and hard to digest. Also no realistic war-scenarios (World War 2 stories usually have a lot of such hopeless despair stories), also no to brutal splatter settings. (Variante is already stretchig its splatter component quite to the limit of what my taste allows.)
Another thing is, not too emo. Neon Genesis Evangelion would be a bad example at that.