Ranma 1/2 is a love story. There's a field of ponds in China that is cursed. Each pond causes someone who falls in to turn into a hybrid of themselves and whatever drowned there. A martial arts expert falls into a pond where a woman died, so he morphs sexes whenever splashed with water. His father, also a victim of the cursed springs, attempts to arrange a marriage for his son with a dojo owner's daughter. The humor and entertainment factor is off the scale. At times it's quite serious. When you've finished reading it the first time, you'll be sure to remember it forever. Don't judge the books by the show though. Vastly different...not to bash the show.
Where did all this artwork, merging people with animals come from?
Are they meant to be People dressed as animals, or animal people?
I find some of the Japanese game character graphics to be a bit on the "disturbing" side. They look far too much like children, dressed in adults clothes. Maybe they're meant to be in their 20's or something and everyone seems a lot younger, the older you get. Dunno.
Post by CdrPlatypus on Oct 13, 2014 20:48:29 GMT -5
Cg the merging people with animals comes from Japanese culture. Some Kami spirits/minor-god are viewed as anthropomorphic. Some anime like Spice and wolf are specifically about the interaction and sometimes possible romance between a kami and a human, so in the context of the culture it's not weird. There is also sub culture fashion of people dressing anthropomorphically (but not the same as full furry sub culture in the united states) Whether the character is dressing like an animal, dressing like a kami, a kami (animal person), or its just that characters thing is dependent on the anime.
Re age. Federal law in Japan the age of consent is 13. Some prefectures (like a state in the USA) have upped it to 16 in recent times. In general they are expected to mature faster than people in the united states. A man-child aka otaku/neet is very low on the social totem pole in japan.
Sometimes its also just an art style thing. You look at the characters profile and the age listed will be hihger than what it appears.
Post by CdrPlatypus on Oct 13, 2014 21:12:25 GMT -5
Cg Oh and I just wanted to add that anime is just a medium with a huge spread of different genres/topics/ and art styles There are some very serious anime like space brothers & Nana. Space brothers has a realistic art style and nana has a stylized art style.
So Anime is all over the place. There is probably at least one show you could enjoy watching. Gimme some guidelines and Ill try to come up with some recommendations for you.
It explains a lot about why many anime image looks so "kiddiefied". Saying that though. I've noticed that quite a lot of manga art is more "adult" in conception. Though the characters bodies tend to be dis-proportional and distorted, like some marvel comic artists styles.
Post by CdrPlatypus on Oct 15, 2014 22:30:06 GMT -5
I want to throw out an opinion for discussion if anyone is interested and information for newcomers to anime, Sailor Moon (now being remade in HD and with updated art style (drool) as Sailor Moon Crystal) Is in my opinion the most progressive main stream anime, but is often overlooked as being so.
It is arguably the first Shojo-action anime. It is the first mainstream anime to feature an openly gay and an openly lesbian couple and the way these relationships were approached was very mature and progressive. They just were and taken at face value. None of the characters made a big deal out of it. A showing of Love is Love.
In a sideways way approached the topic of being a young mother (since they are all reincarnations they are all thousand+ year old highschoolers lol) and also showed the idea that a woman (superheroine) can have a child and be successful.
I could go on and on about fairly deep subject matter approached by the series that is woven in between super hero stuff, slice of life and comic relief, but it is there. You have a super heroine ass kicking episode of the week and then when you get to the last few of the season you are tearing your heart out sobbing on your knees in front of the screen. Ok end of rant...someone insulted me for watching sailormoon today...
Sailor Moon! Yet another classic I've never seen all of. Didn't know about the gay and lesbian couple. If I saw any of those episodes, I may not have picked up on it. There are some things as a kid you don't catch, like Khyron's Invid flower munchies. Dude was high most of the time. Didn't get that till I was older. I can proudly say I have almost the complete 160 card set of the CCG. All first edition!
Post by CdrPlatypus on Oct 15, 2014 23:26:44 GMT -5
I grew up and live about an hour north of san fransisco ca. And grew up with openly lgbtq friends so I picked up on. Anyways I just love the way the writers approached the subject. The lesbian couple is two of the sailor scouts and it was basically "so are they together?" "yep" "cool they seem good for each other" Lets move on and kick ass
Also the show has many different female characters with different personalities. It was like hey girls you don't have to follow one stereotype! You can be feminine, romantic and kickass. Or you can butch, or anything in-between. Not mutually exclusive. You can be smart, ditzy, or normal. So long as your a good person and put in effort its cool.