dangermousie: (Kenshin: kiss by roninhonor)
I am getting a bit bored with both GetBackers and Saiyuki. I’ve realized I can’t watch them in more than small doses. And when I wondered about why (after all, I enjoy the individual episodes quite a lot), I realized it’s because they are very close to normal American TV shows: they are episodic (though they have cumulative character development). They are not just one (albeit very long) story with a beginning, a middle and an end, an anime version of Babylon 5 or Farscape. They have no narrative imperative, no driving force. Saiyuki ostensibly has a goal: going to India to fight the experiments to revive a powerful demon, but that is not what the show is about. The ending hasn’t even been written yet and doesn’t even show up in the anime. It has no clear ending it is working towards. It could, arguably, run indefinitely. And as for GetBackers, since the concept is a recovery agency, it does not have one storyline by its very definition.

And that is why I lose interest. That is why I don’t marathon. There is no sense of urgency, no ‘how does it end?’ I am not much of a TV person, but I am a huge book person and my tastes generally reflect that: I love something that is one narrative, one story, basically a very long book put on screen. Anime as different from each other as Fushigi Yuugi, Trigun, Escaflowne, Ceres, and RahXephon have that. And while I like some of them better than others, they kept my unflagging attention to the end because of that.

Lengthy thoughts on narrative structure )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: kiss by roninhonor)
I am getting a bit bored with both GetBackers and Saiyuki. I’ve realized I can’t watch them in more than small doses. And when I wondered about why (after all, I enjoy the individual episodes quite a lot), I realized it’s because they are very close to normal American TV shows: they are episodic (though they have cumulative character development). They are not just one (albeit very long) story with a beginning, a middle and an end, an anime version of Babylon 5 or Farscape. They have no narrative imperative, no driving force. Saiyuki ostensibly has a goal: going to India to fight the experiments to revive a powerful demon, but that is not what the show is about. The ending hasn’t even been written yet and doesn’t even show up in the anime. It has no clear ending it is working towards. It could, arguably, run indefinitely. And as for GetBackers, since the concept is a recovery agency, it does not have one storyline by its very definition.

And that is why I lose interest. That is why I don’t marathon. There is no sense of urgency, no ‘how does it end?’ I am not much of a TV person, but I am a huge book person and my tastes generally reflect that: I love something that is one narrative, one story, basically a very long book put on screen. Anime as different from each other as Fushigi Yuugi, Trigun, Escaflowne, Ceres, and RahXephon have that. And while I like some of them better than others, they kept my unflagging attention to the end because of that.

Lengthy thoughts on narrative structure )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: kiss by roninhonor)
I am getting a bit bored with both GetBackers and Saiyuki. I’ve realized I can’t watch them in more than small doses. And when I wondered about why (after all, I enjoy the individual episodes quite a lot), I realized it’s because they are very close to normal American TV shows: they are episodic (though they have cumulative character development). They are not just one (albeit very long) story with a beginning, a middle and an end, an anime version of Babylon 5 or Farscape. They have no narrative imperative, no driving force. Saiyuki ostensibly has a goal: going to India to fight the experiments to revive a powerful demon, but that is not what the show is about. The ending hasn’t even been written yet and doesn’t even show up in the anime. It has no clear ending it is working towards. It could, arguably, run indefinitely. And as for GetBackers, since the concept is a recovery agency, it does not have one storyline by its very definition.

And that is why I lose interest. That is why I don’t marathon. There is no sense of urgency, no ‘how does it end?’ I am not much of a TV person, but I am a huge book person and my tastes generally reflect that: I love something that is one narrative, one story, basically a very long book put on screen. Anime as different from each other as Fushigi Yuugi, Trigun, Escaflowne, Ceres, and RahXephon have that. And while I like some of them better than others, they kept my unflagging attention to the end because of that.

Lengthy thoughts on narrative structure )

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