kaigou: this is what I do, darling (1 kusuri-uri contemplate)
[ ETA: to clarify a term I frequently use (but may be unfamiliar to some), "animanga" is a portmanteau of "anime" and "manga", meant as a shorthand for "the Japanese illustrated-story publishing/production industries, including manga (graphic novels), illustrated 'light' novels, four-panel comics, animated television shows, animated miniseries/OVA (Original Animation Videos), and animated theatrical releases". Because there's often a great deal of cross-pollination between the two types (printed vs. moving), I tend to use "animanga" to refer to the entire ball of wax in one easy word. ]

We all know (and likely loathe, at least given the posts I see go past from most of you) the damsel in distress: she does something stupid, gets captured/hurt, has to be saved by the hero, and usually ends up clinging to him. I've been browsing some of the manga that readers have classified (on reader-tagging database sites) as "strong female lead" or "strong female character", and I think we need an intermediary.

Something like, "female character damselfied by the author", or "damsel with fighter tendencies," for a less anti-author spin on it.

The so-called "strong female characters" usually go like this: she's relatively outspoken, strong-willed, and ostensibly very good at whatever she does (even if in some stories we never see her do anything, we're at least told she's good). She's independent, and a common expression or thought among the transistional damsel is that she wants to 'stand on her own two feet'. She'll often explicitly state that she intends to fight [the big bad], alongside the hero, as his team-mate or equal. She doesn't see him as her rescuer, but as her mentor or her role model (and sometimes as the person she aspires to equal). )

All these are just more reasons on the list of why I love Balsa and Gen. Oliva Armstrong so much.
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We can blame this entire post on [personal profile] ivoryandhorn.

First: apprentices. It's a long tradition (West and East) of apprentices going through the chop wood, carry water period before ever being allowed to touch any tools of the trade. In the West, the real learning doesn't seem to start until one becomes a journeyman, having graduated out of the simplest practices and general grunt-work of the apprentice. A long way to say: I'm willing to accept that apprentices do grunt-work and are often just barely a step above slaves -- what gets me is when stories treat such extreme apprentice-abuse as funny.

This has been bugging me about D.Gray-man, which to be honest I'm only watching because there's little else right now that has my attention, and watching means moving away from the computer. In other words, it's a mental break, although I don't particularly care for the fact that I'm taking quite that much of a mental break. (I mean, honestly, is the entire first season nothing but freaking filler? I don't think I would've made it past about the fourth episode if I hadn't read the manga and knew it'd be getting better... well, sort of.)

Anyway, the manga implies a lot about Allen's time as an apprentice, while the anime goes into considerably more detail and flashback. Both treat Allen's experiences as a kind of joke, though Allen himself (at least in the manga) seems to withhold purposefully any further details, preferring to let any discussion pass with a hand-wave/smile rather than go into detail (where, it implies, he might not find it so easy to pretend like it was nothing). The anime-version, however, treats the entire thing as funny, in the narrative, I mean: other characters both reinforce the "it's so funny" as well as outright undermine Allen's own obvious reluctance for the telling and dislike of what he's telling. I might even be amused by the irony of a female character basically telling the male character right up that the male character's impression/understanding is wrong (because normally it's the other way around: male --> female )... if I weren't so annoyed by the narrative treating outright abuse as somehow a source of amusement, even of admiration!

...and a little more on that first thing, and then the second thing: hard choices, wherein yet again Arakawa shows me the way. )

Other thoughts as they come, again, with all blame due (for once, not on Duo) to I&H.


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