Madoka Magica, RWBY, Akame Ga Kill
none of you probably heard of them but here’s what they have in common
and lets not forget…well okay I think thats all I can think of
now what do they and the RWBY cast have in common?
Color Palettes of Technicolor portions that rival the Peter Curshing Daleks
Each one is unique and nothing else like them(more or less)
Dynamic personalities and likable (even some of the villains)
And they suffer the same problem
Their creators see them as expendable puppets to have dance about and then when their done, throw into the wood chipper one by one
Now before you give me the “Sunshine and Rainbows” schtick let me make something perfectly clear
I don’t mind grimdark horror level anime, if I didn’t I wouldn’t have enjoyed Hellsing Ultimate or Vampire Hunter D
They just don’t dilly dally or try to put riddles in songs to hint the tone shift, they make it clear day one.
But still, now the idea of such colorful lively and strong characters who are relatable to us to struggle and all if not most of them make it and have a happy ending is considered by modern audiences, almost ‘abnormal’ or even ‘uninteresting’ because they have the audacity to say the problem with a escapist story is its not 'realistic’ or 'too traditional/outdated’ and whenever someone says otherwise we call them 'shortsighted’, 'selfish’, 'asking for too much’ to 'get over it’, 'deal with it’, 'its time to MOVE ON’, or 'we must accept it’ and to 'get with the times’.
I may be exaggerating But I find that very disturbing
Ever since George RR Martin and whoever the manga equivalent is, got their works televised its been influencing other stories in what I consider very eerie and strange ways and when it happens we either just disagree and then 'accept’ it
or worse, we start white-knighting it
And when its not a slaughterfest tone shift, its a harem one
we all know Kirito and Asuna right and their foster daughter?
A devout wife, a loving husband, and the most adorable foster child, all in the first season, they upheld virtue, they overthrew tyrannies, they ruled as fair and just leaders and made difficult choices together, 2nd season, the writers throw almost all of it out the window, for a forced harem which seems like nothing more than the writers putting the poor family into some messed up sexual escapades, and the lucifer-eque villain did NOT to be a super rapist. his hunger for power and overthrowing cyber-god was enough, honestly did Asuna’s mom even give this guy a background check?
And none of this feels like the characters fault, (please spare me the rationalization of rwby volume 3 for those on the forum who know) in RWBY outside of Adam(though I thought he would be more a Sesshomaru-like villain) I don’t really blame any of the other villains, not even Roman or Cinder, it more feels like the Writers are to blame for this, they seem to be just dropping it on them for greed of either money or attention, sometimes both.
character death, and revival are fragile things in escapism that need to be handled with care, and morality should never be compromised to breasts, butts, or gams(not saying female protagonists can be attractive)
None of these characters are expendable, not their lives, not their morals, not their romance, and certainly not their stories and “reality is cruel like that sometimes” is not acceptable to me or others like me
But they keep droning on holding the " its not Sunshine and Rainbows" guilt trip over our heads
they feast on the characters blood and drink their tears all while our audiences voice falls of deaf ears
it makes me so ANGRY and FRUSTRATED, and this has never happened to me before, honest. And I try to keep myself from becoming triggered like a Social Justice Warrior Snowflake, but Im getting more sick and tired of watching people defile escapism
How much escapism can you take out of escapism, until its no longer escapism
They don’t listen for having an opinion thats one thing, but they don’t want anyone else to listen, they want everything and everyone to be like them
I cant help but hear the cries and pleas of characters of their slaughter (metaphorically, not in a creepy literal “I think characters are literally alive” way)
I swear there is less and less virtue every year, and now they mock the likes of JK Rowling, CS Lewis, George Lucas, even Tolkien all because their characters(the vast majority of them at best) made it in the end regardless of the absolute Hell they’ve went through
These heroes-especially the relatable ones-represent us, who we want to be, who want others to be, to do good for others and fight against darkness, and the good things can happen to us via consequence? Maybe not like a fairy tail, but the fairy tail is a nutshelled allegory of the idea.