hijabi: photo of hinata smiling gently. (hinata gentle smile)
after a while you notice a trend with your favorite characters. generally speaking, we like protagonists that face challenges. they don't even have to succeed, we just wanna see them make a real effort. and it won't feel like it counts if there's nothing actually at stake. we expect the main characters to make it through, yeah, but there has to be an actual threat. there have to be constraints. something has to stand in the way.

somehow even shounen manga and anime manage to pull this off, even with their ridiculous power ups and implausible physical abilities. (then again we gotta suspend disbelief any time we're watching animation or looking at illustrations.)

there are other factors that go into making solid characters. they need to be convincing. they should have backgrounds, opinions, motivations. characters drive the story forward. at least, they're supposed to. figuring out how exactly they're going to do that is half the fun of writing.

personally, i like characters that...
  • struggle with insecurities and/or mental illness
  • go the famous "bad guy turned good" route
  • change their perception on the world or the people who live in it for the better
  • despite their own shortcomings do their best to pull up those surrounding them, friend/foe/stranger
  • are big sweethearts
characters should have flaws that balance out their strengths. their human after all. if they don't they probably fall into some mary sue/wish fulfillment category and the former is particularly alienating to fans. to rule out wish fulfillment altogether strikes me as silly. after all, there are many elements of escapism in all types of stories, acted or animated. a little indulgence is fine, it just has to make sense and not go overboard.

character creation is pretty fun. i've had lots of projects that hardly get past the character and world building stages because of how fun it is. anyway, i've got stuff to be doing. seeya!
hijabi: photo of zuko looking away, clearly tired and uncomfortable. (Default)
i can see why shounen anime has such an appeal. the themes of adventure, strong friendship, and overcoming trials resonate with pretty much everyone on the planet. there was a time where all i ever wanted to watch was shounen. though i have my gripes with certain tropes and characteristics of the genre (like with any genre) one anime keeps sucking me in over these past few days.

it's hunter x hunter. the 2011 reboot.

at the moment i'm almost done watching the arc with the hunter exam. this show doesn't play around with plot or characterization. it's so refreshing--i think there's only been one filler episode so far. so many moments take me back to the time when i got sucked into the chuunin exams when naruto began airing in the US. i was hooked.

i'm not a fan of violence, cartoon or otherwise. i think revenge is dumb, useless, and a waste of time. but watching naruto was a surreal experience for me as a kid because so many of these characters with their crazy designs had just as ridiculous backstories. but they were relatable. it taught me that people suffer. that everyone suffers, and people rely on vastly different coping mechanisms to deal with their past... whether that's burying your memories, living in denial, isolating yourself, or resorting to violence, trying to recover from trauma, or whatever myriad of techniques one might attempt.

so if i don't like violence then why do i watch these shows fraught with fighting and animated murder? well, there are a few reasons. it certainly isn't for entertainment. gore and blood gross me out. the violence, for me, is nevertheless mostly ignorable. it's fake and the audience knows that. no one in reality is summoning giant frogs and snakes and slugs and using them to fight one another. (i hope so, anyway. keep your oversized animals in the wild, please.) i mostly enjoy seeing people get out of sticky situations. i might learn a thing or two along the way about psychology or other common escape tactics. it's surprisingly enriching. while the excessive explanation sometimes breaks immersion for older audiences as a kid i appreciated the time taken to analyze the situation because half the time i was too young to synthesize that on my own.

hunter x hunter is reminding me of that time. no, not because there was also an exam with overpowered children in a tournament-style event involved. it's moreso the storytelling, character development, and seat-gripping plot twists that get me excited. these are the kinda shows i cherish forever. it's also the reason i'm actually considering reading the naruto manga from start to finish.

i saw the original anime (minus some filler) plus some shippuuden before i got bored and decided to wait until the series finishes, like many other naruto fans who weren't following the manga. i've been spoiled for the end of the manga and other major plot points as the series was slowly wrapping up but there's still so much i don't know. that's the thing about shows you watch when you're young--you get really invested. it's like seeing old friends. you wanna know how they're doing, even if it's too late to see them progress in real time. i also started reading boruto (i know, bad practice) but it honestly made me suck on my pride and decide okay, i intend do it. i'm gonna try to actually read the whole manga series in one go. (more or less)

72 volumes. that's a lot of manga. and a lot of money. but i think it's worth it. masashi kishimoto's art and story make me feel. it forces me look into myself. it silently encourages me to find the same strength the characters do to triumph over the seemingly impossible.

more than anything, it makes me happy. it fills me with hope. and those are the kinds of stories i really wanna write.
hijabi: photo of zuko resting his head on his chin in boredom. (zuko bored)
ever go on a video watching spree that entertains, enlightens, and elucidates so succinctly that you're bursting with inspiration and articulation?

i just did. i'm talking about the youtube channels Now You See It, Digibro, and Mother's Basement. mostly the last two.

storytelling fascinates me, whether in film, literature, or animated series. sometimes i just open up tvtropes and go to town learning the terms and archetypes that define my favorite genres. i also take an unreasonable amount of pleasure in opening a bunch of tabs in google chrome. sue me.

the channels i mention mainly focus on film or anime. they're audio/visual mediums with lots in common and capable of imparting genuinely beneficial experiments.

so now for the inevitable list of things in anime that bother me!
  • fanservice and sexualization of minors
  • excessive explanation
  • drawn-out and insultingly obvious exposition
  • excessive jargon
i'd like to go more in depth but fatigue is telling me to not finish this sentence and post this entry already so i can sleep
hijabi: photo of zuko looking away, clearly tired and uncomfortable. (zuko grumbly)
if the spoilers i'm seeing on tumblr for harry potter and the cursed child are accurate (and many of them line up with each other) then i'm glad i decided NOT to preorder the book (screenplay?) because... yeah. just. wow lol.
hijabi: photo of zuko looking up at the sky in humbled awe. (zuko looking up)
my expectations weren't that high, but man. i'm still a bit disappointed.

while the game was certainly fun the first few days and the slew of unavoidable bugs and server errors are understandable, this game definitely feels rushed. nintendo probably felt pressured to release the game to coincide with the summer holiday. nevertheless no piece of media is free of constructive criticism or input from consumers.

pokemon go, as it is, feels unbalanced. just look at this reddit thread. it points out pretty much all of my problems with the game so far. living in a suburban area next to a park isn't as bad as living in a rural area, but it discourages me from playing the game amid the slew of errors and bugs.

people are already quitting because of the unrewarding nature of the game. if the developers don't work on this soon... nintendo could lose significant profits.
hijabi: photo of hinata looking over her shoulder in disgust. (hinata disgusted)
fanfiction. comics. picture books. chapter books. webcomics. short stories.

throughout my life i've always liked reading. like with most kids, the pretty pictures never hurt. i used to swallow books whole. sure, i was easily distracted, but certain reads managed to pull me in for hours without pause. i became obsessed with finding (and occasionally writing) what i considered "good" stories.

over the years i started becoming more aware of my limited time on this planet. i figured if i'm gonna read a book or webcomic it better be good. anything that didn't fit my personal idea of excellence earned the shelf or the drop. after all, i owed it to myself to only find the best, right?

of course in the back of my mind i knew that wasn't totally true. there's as much, if not more to learn from bad literature as there is from the good. note: that just because conventional standards indicate something is well-written, it may not be entertaining or meaningful. the same applies in reverse. think about your favorite kid shows. looking back, you may realize some of them are kinda terrible. but you enjoyed them nonetheless. there's more to writing a gripping story than merely checking a list of agreed upon grocery items.

the majority of work out there probably isn't worth your time if you're looking for a well-written, meaningful read. but that doesn't mean it's not a useful learning tool. humans more easily point out flaws than points of praise. most of us have sat down to check out the latest show or trilogy only to come back disappointed, perhaps even thinking we could write something much less cringe-worthy ourselves.

personal taste and experience will dictate how much you enjoy certain works, but overall the idea of a perfectly written book is the most unrealistic fantasy one can have. we're human. we've made mistakes and will continue to mess up spectacularly for the rest of our time on earth. but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

so i kinda wanna make a goal for myself right here and now. read more. read stuff i hate. read stuff i wouldn't usually pick up. read stuff i like. read read read to get a better understanding of what works, what doesn't, and how i can improve myself.

i suffer from perfectionist tendencies that lead to unnecessary procrastination. i forget that the best writing doesn't come out in the first or second or third draft, but after multiple thoughtful revisions. i'm gonna write stuff that sucks and that's alright. what matters is that i keep making content.

that's part of why i like journaling. takes the pressure off creative processes when i can just say whatever i'm thinking. warming up is only half the fun, and creating art is one of the most rewarding and touching things a human being can do to connect with the rest of the world. i pray that i'll be able to craft stories that matter to people for all the right reasons. now i've just gotta start.

oh. about the title. i don't like light novels. at least, not their translations. the style is a bit bland and the writing can sometimes be comparable to stories i wrote for school assignments in middle school, but that's okay because even though i wrote some awful prose i clearly had ideas and drive. the execution may have lacked but looking back i can appreciate the effort i put forth. some pages i wrote back then still impress me! i want to get back that burning fire i used to have, and to do it i think i should readopt the same attitude i had back then.

take a cool idea and do your best to make it come to life. sprinkle in as little or as much wish fulfillment as you'd like--and don't pretend it's not there--but make it interesting. more importantly, have fun. and don't lose sight of what makes your story shine.
hijabi: photo of hinata with open mouth and eyes in shock. (hinata shocked)
i always like seeing games in early development stages, whether hailing from big names or indie devs.

E3 is always exciting. game previews excite me even if i don't have the right console. fandom activity trickles into my tumblr dashboard, tickling curiosity. you can feel the energy, warmth, and fun fans exude as they share inside jokes or discover easter eggs. hearts flutter and fanworks pour in.

the latest pokemon installment is no exception.

the E3 gameplay showcased such pretty graphics. the features seem useful and i love what they're currently doing with the UI.

as for aesthetics, i'm SO HAPPY this region is based on an indigenous culture. we get to see new faces and cultures based on real-world peoples. (this can be tricky as you don't wanna overstep boundaries or appropriate/misappropriate living cultures so i hope we get input from hawaii'an natives.) there are so many dark-skinned characters. finally, we get to choose a wider range of skin tones! and the characters in-game aren't all pasty or based on euro-centric values of beauty!

although i think it'd be better if light skinned + dark hair and light skinned + light hair weren't separate options... THANK YOU NINTENDO FOR THE MUCH-NEEDED POSITIVE DARK-SKIN REPRESENTATION. but seriously, you guys couldn't have let us choose hair and skin color separately?

nintendo's a bit slow on applying fan feedback but i'm happy with the new features thus far. have i mentioned i love the art style, and the trainer animations? i do. i certainly do.
hijabi: photo of zuko with eyes open and mouth open wide in surprise. (zuko shocked)
well that episode just ripped my heart out.

only two or three more to go from episode 10, i'm guessing?

i don't wanna spoil anything for anyone who may not have seen it yet but... man, mari okada knows what she's doing.


Jun. 7th, 2016 06:33 pm
hijabi: photo of zuko with eyes open and mouth open wide in surprise. (zuko shocked)
i'm hooked? i'm so pleasantly surprised at how this is written. AND it's animated by studio TRIGGER. (almost typed tigger. sorry, winnie the pooh.)

a visual feast. so fluidly animated, and the show doesn't lag behind too much in terms of visual quality as the episodes go on, absolutely stunning. now this doesn't mean i totally recommend the show.

it is a bit cliché (though the archetypes were selected on purpose and they let you know that straight from the bat). plot elements and upcoming scenes are predictable if you've watched a decent amount of anime before. nevertheless, the pacing fits the characters well and it doesn't feel overrun with filler.

also, a main character i don't hate! oh, the characters. i love them. even the annoying pretty-boy character that typically forces a groan from me any time they pop up isn't as annoying or shallow. the relationships form naturally and true to life. maki had the strongest character development, however i sense each character will also answer their own wake-up calls.

agata katsuhira and hajime tenga, two characters after my heart. the more i type the deeper i realize just how much the characters have grown and how they don't entirely stick to their initial archetypes. is this the work of the kizuna system? lol.

a bit tired of the whole love triangle thing (even though it's not a major focus yet) but becomes more like "love spaghetti" as one commenter phrased it. thank God this isn't a harem anime or i would be out SO FAST.

i just finished up episode 9 and 10 is supposed to come out soon. my mind is racing with thoughts and theories and

hijabi: photo of hinata smiling gently. (hinata gentle smile)
  • all girls school
  • more positive cultural/racial diversity
  • no stupid romance
if you read my entries you'll quickly realize one of my pet peeves is romance in literature. nothing will make me roll my eyes and skim paragraphs faster than hormones and crushes. i get it, it sells. people love romance. it's just not my thing LOL.

but seriously, how empowering would that have been to see schoolgirls just totally take down voldemort? imagine how the atmosphere of the books would have changed. imagine how far from canon we could diverge, imagine how many little girls could have looked up to so many heroines from so many backgrounds and relate to all of them instead of frowning at yet another token minority.

imagine the possibilities.

am i getting ideas for an AU? maybe. i don't doubt someone's had the idea before and wrote thousands of words in this alternate world. i'd like to see how the wizarding world--and the cultures these girls come from--would be an absolutely breathtaking adventure.

they always say "write a story you'd want to read."

something for me to think about while planning my novels.


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