Last Saturday I mentioned some of the video games that inspired me. Today I’m moving on to anime, which are Japanese cartoons.
This is a longer list since I was introduced to anime around the same time I started creating Windemere. Though I watched Sailor Moon before high school since it was the only thing on in the morning for a kid without cable. I got into Dragonball Z, Tenchi, and the others that Cartoon Network had in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. Then I moved on to the videos that my friends and I could find. One incident resulted in us discovering the darker side of this hobby, which is an event that still lives on in infamy. Anyway, here are a few of the big ones.
Rurouni Kenshin had swords, action, and was a lot of fun. It also had a habit of switching times and disappearing from the lineup when it was on TV. Kenshin influenced many of the noble and goofy heroes that I use. Since he is a character who tries not to kill his enemies (Trigun too!), I found him interesting. This inspired a future character because I think writing a hero with the power to kill and the desire not to kill is a challenge. Especially in a world where slaying your enemies is common.
Somehow Greg and I got involved in the manga of this one and then the anime. This is called a ‘Harem Manga’, which means one male character surrounded by female characters. In this case, Keitaro is clumsy, kind of dumb, and cursed. So he isn’t the typical male lead, but ‘Harem’ tends to revolve around a guy who you typically wouldn’t think is interested in women. The inspiration here affected some of the female relationships because there’s a strange openness between those of Love Hina. A common event in anime is all the female characters bathing in a hot spring and goofing off. I guess you can see this a lot in the Sari/Nyx friendship. This series also helped me realize that my male heroes can be flawed and still work in the story.
I guess this is where I fess up that many of the series that I was initially shown were chosen by a girl. This one is a strange series and I’ve yet to revisit it because it’s really long. I think part of my concept of destiny came from this because it’s a big factor in the story. Also, I gained a love of supporting cast and strove to work on fleshing out those in my books. (Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach affected that too.)
Great Teacher Onizuka . . . I kept trying to design a school-based story and it never worked. Main reason for this one on the list is because it made me want to give substitute teaching a try. That didn’t go very well, but I still love this series.
That one is there only because it’s another favorite. I can really keep going with videos, but I think I’ve done enough (one more at bottom though). The list keeps going here. Outlaw Star, Louie the Rune Soldier, Neon Genesis Evangelion (make that two at the bottom), Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, Saber Marionette J, Samurai Champloo Vampire Hunter D, Jing, and I’m really only reading off my DVD shelf right now. Heck, I just finished watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex this afternoon, watching FMA: Brotherhood when the wife is free, and Trinity Blood is on deck as my background noise for tomorrow. So I guess this anime/manga is the core of my influence in several ways. Now for the two videos I mentioned: