This probably pertains more to anime and manga, but tournaments and festivals are nearly impossible to avoid. Just finished watching Shakugana No Shana Season 2 and a few episodes went to a festival. There was also one in Rosario Vampire, Negima, and a few others. Tournaments are a lot more common though like Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Shaman King, Negima, Fairy Tail, and Flame of Recca. I guess these allow two things depending on the path:
- Festivals allow for character interactions within dramas as well as tension in regards to setting things up. It’s typically in a school setting too. Once the event happens, you get various antics and payoffs on the relationships you had been pushing. Festivals are where people confess their feelings or apologize for past slights. It’s definitely a setting built for character development and expression.
- Tournaments can have this too, but it’s mostly about fighting. You get to see how strong characters have become over the course of a series. Its an excuse to have grand battles that connect to the plot. It’s also possible to introduce a ton of new characters with rival fighters. Utilizing banter and flashbacks, you can really draw a newcomers personality out while the fighting happens. Works best for action-based series though where you learn to judge characters by how they operate in a fight (cheaters or fair play) and how they handle the results.
Beyond all of that, I wasn’t sure what else to say. I felt like opening up the floor with an old type of post by asking 3 questions:
- What do you think of Festivals as a setting?
- What do you think of Tournaments as a setting?
- Which one would you use in a story and why?