So I’m reading ‘Flame of Recca’ and it reminds me about how tournaments show up so often in animes and manga. Dragonball, Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter, Negima, and so many others have this tournament story arc. Not so much in American stuff, so it might be a cultural coming of age/proof of strength thing. Though, I do enjoy how it helps to introduce a ton of characters and abilities that would seem out of place if you simply run into them randomly. The tournament gives a reason for characters to interact and improve themselves. Many times, the reason for entering isn’t even to win, but to reach an other goal. Money to pay for something, revenge, rescuing someone, earning respect, hand in marriage, and the list keeps going.
So, where are the questions going to go with this?
- If you were a character who entered such a tournament, what would be your reason?
- What would be your fighting style/special move?
- How would you treat a defeated opponent?
To explain that last question: Some heroes win and move on while others adopt the goal of the defeated. Much like there are multiple reasons for being in the tournament, there are various ways for this go. Just have to flex the imagination and think beyond the basics.