Den of the Cyphered Wolf

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I Don't Want To Live in A World Where A Story Can't Be Told

Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar being a show who's entire purpose is fan service has stuck in my craw. I have very complicated feelings about the nature of fanservice, the most obvious one being that when the entire point of a show is fanservice it becomes bad porn. I don't have a problem with porn, but I do have a problem with bad porn, but alas talking about that would mean seriously examining the nuts and bolts of how I feel about know and I really don't want to do that in public.

So let's take another angle here. Anime along with video games and the internet are still very young media. There are a lot of people out there who believe that nothing produced through these media can be artistic or even of merit. And screw them! I have nothing to prove there.

I don't have to defend these media they defend themselves, the bloggers, vloggers, developers, pencilers, inkers, and animators through the history of these media have pushed themselves and on the whole have crafted visages of their spirits. That is enough for me.  I don't really care so much about my media of choice gaining critical acceptance and through it my own acceptance as much as I do about the lack there of closing the door on a particularly fascinating project. I don't want the next hungry Steven Spielberg, Shigeru Miyamoto, Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki, or Stan Lee to give up on a project because they never considered animation or sequential art as a visual media, the power of interactivity to create empathy, or the potential to use fantastical, humorous, kinetic, or melodramatic elements to discus larger scientific, historical, political or even philosophical truths.

But I feel I must point out that the the people behind the lens represent who kid in the front row chewing popcorn wants to be. He often wants to do what they do. He wants to surpass them. But more importantly they gift him with the toolbox of his expression, creating the language that he and we all have to communicate ideas that words alone may not.

I don't want people to ever be able to say this story doesn't have a way to be told or this idea doesn't have a way to be explored.

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