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One of the things that anime is surprisingly not very good at is creating a fully-realized fictional ‘world.’ When you open up a fantasy book (and fantasy is of course the best genre for fictional worlds) you are often confronted with a ‘world map’ right off the bat. You will be given details about all sorts of countries and locations and customs, etc., to bring this world to life as you read. The reason that this doesn’t really happen in anime is for the same reason it does happen a whole lot in JRPGs – time.
There are some seriously, seriously long-ass manga out there, and a lot of them are really great. There are some like Golgo 13 and Detective Conan that have been doing the same thing for decades and are still going strong, which is cool. There are also those with a continuing story that keep on truckin’, and some serious long-runners that ended somewhere along the line like the Dragonball saga. I want to talk about three long-running manga series that are very influential to me and what makes them so.
The above Mistakes of Youth comic rings especially true for me. Back in my early days as an anime fan, I liked all the same crap that most newbies do – Naruto and the rest of the Shounen Jump gang, the other stuff on Cartoon Network, and hell even a few years later I got really into Death Note when the manga started in the US. At some point these series all just kind of became passe – there was this huge flood of newbies getting into them that I didn’t want to be associated with, and it was painful to see people asking me if I ‘liked Naruto’ when I had gotten to seeing around 200 anime even then (now I’m up to, what, 700?) But I don’t think I can totally attribute falling out with these series to my own aging nor to the increasing popularity of the shows. I’ve started to wonder – do I really dislike overlong shounen action shows? With this question, I turn to an odd case – Bleach.
The fourteenth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku.”
Can you believe it’s been two whole weeks since “100 Characters For 100 Otaku” began? Neither can I! But it’s still a’runnin and heading on towards the finale! We’ve still got a good week more before that, though, so keep on stickin’ around! Today we have numbers 35 down through 31 to play with, so let’s get into it!
The eighth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku.”
It’s “100 Characters for 100 Otaku” part eight! Back in the comments to part one, Ghostlightning predicted that the series would end after the eighth part. Little does he know that the ninth one is already written and queued up! But that’s tomorrow’s news – today, we’ve got numbers 65 down through 61 to play with. So let’s have some fun!