Nony Posted July 6, 2009 Share Posted July 6, 2009 Anyone who's watched enough anime pretty much knows what I'm talkin' about here. It also easily applies to video games and other forms of entertainment. The drama. Any serious series needs some of it, at least, but sometimes a person's just gotta roll their eyes at the attempts these shows make. Whether it be because of an unbelievable setting, poor developemnt or because there's just been TOO DAMN MUCH OF IT (Evangelion, anyone?), the drama comes off as contrived and tired. In positive cases, however, where this sort of thing is well developed and not over the top, we usually end up with something that could top our favorites list. So what are examples that you guys have of both good and bad drama in anime? Any particular cliches and tropes you've noticed? As I've already referenced in this post, an example of too much drama (not to mention angst) is Evangelion. Yes, I know, [i]everyone[/i] always says Eva is way too angsty. Well, frankly, I think it's true. Shinji was always angsting, and towards the end of the series Asuka hopped on the drama train as well. It doesn't help that the direction of the plot was effin' confusing at times. But, a show that I'd say has good drama is Planetes. The show, in case you don't know, is set in 2075 and centers around space exploration. Not only does it have possibly the most realistic take on how far technology will have come by then, but the characters themselves feel very realistic. Most pertinent to this thread is the fact that the drama that is later sparked is overall done well and does not feel uncalled for at all. I mean, come on; when [spoiler]Ai ends up stranded on the moon with Claire, the moment where her "never harm another human being" and "always love" mantra seemingly cracks and she almost takes Claire's oxygen[/spoiler] is an entirely understandable reaction to the extreme situation and pressure she was under. Plus, [spoiler]she could have, you know, DIED[/spoiler]. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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