My specialty is about IT and physics, but I have a lot of interests different from this field. History, philosophy, studying various cultures, arts and especially literature - I pay them attention almost equally. But to be honest, I don’t even read many books that many people think as must-to-read, so I ask of your indulgence and understatement. Learning is my passion so I will always be grateful if someone will try to explain or just point out my mistakes ^_^ For most cases I listen people and try to understand them, so there is no need for silence, if you want to say something.
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I'm learning Japanese language and hoping to read ranobe and watch anime without "brilliant" translations. I'm quite interested in Japanese culture and history especially Sengoku period or Bosin war (right before Meiji Restoration). But I don't see Japan as ideal country as it has a lot of problems and social difficulties.
I find anime interesting because of influence of Japanese storytelling tradition where characters are main key of the story. It's approach to characters are less analytical and rational in comparison to modern Western culture. This is crucial for me as I prefer smart humane characters with wide range of emotions. I favor manipulative and strong willed characters over simpletons who wins only because of friends, moral superiority or some unique omnipotent power. I generally dislike shounen type of heroes and shounen genre itself.
Neither do I like piles of hidden meaning and symbols. For me unraveling them is just mind game which doesn't worth the time. And I also don't like modern detectives there you just can't figure out murderer from the beginning simply because of lack of information. And generally I just don't like then author hiding important information from audience only to heighten suspense or attract attention.
In short, my criteria for anime:
1) It should have naturalistic characters closer to real humans as possible. Huge plus if characters are changing as plot develops. Huge minus if characters are completely determined by one idea, desire or goal.
2) Story should be driven by characters only and not events or organizations with highly arguable goals. Huge plus if decisions made by characters have various subtle consequences for the plot. Huge minus if characters affect only the details but not the major current of the story.
3) Audience attention control techniques should be kept to minimum, suspense shouldn't seem artificial or misplaced. Huge plus if story flows naturally without any care about how bored audience may be. Huge minus if any aspect of story suffers for the sake of audience entertainment.
Just three criteria, lol. But they are quite difficult to match.
For now, these criteria matched by:
1) "Spice and Wolf" - аbsolute winner.
2) "Kino no Tabi" - quite good, narrative techniques close to classical.
3) "Dantalion no Shoka" - close but have some flaws. Still likes its focus on literature =3
1) Monogotari Series - best example of truly character-driven story. Plus Nisio Isin postmodern, brain exploding storytelling. Perfect match for first and second criterion but I'm still not sure about third.
And there are animes which I like just for certain qualities:
1) Irregular at Magic School - BEST MAGIC SYSTEM EVER. Hell, I don't care about plot, characters, music but setting is perfect blend of philosophy, modern physic and IT. I seriously wonder which academic degree has author of original light novels.
2) Sword Art Online - I know about how many flaws it have. But as IT-specialist I found depiction of virtual reality pretty believable. There is no AI in every corner, no talks about uniting real and virtual word and many other things which are ridiculous with respect to modern science. Author made setting pretty consistent with today computer science and I just grateful for that.
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