I haven't said that it's good. I have just said that it's bleak and depressing.The Omnipotent One wrote:While I agree that shifting the atmosphere of a show from positive to negative is evil, it doesn't exactly make something better than something else. In my personal opinion, the weight of something is measured by the dedication from its creator. Gen Urobuchi used the reality we know as a basis for his story with an addition of science-fiction. Martin created an entire world with its own history and cultures using history as a basis. There is a reason why people praise JRR Tolkien a lot and it's not because of how good his work is; rather it's that he dedicated a lot of time to make an entire language for his stories. When I go into an anime or a manga, I determine what is being shown to me: a created world, a alternate timeline, an adventure in the cosmos. I doubt most people are willing to go the extra 100,000 miles that many respected authors take when they make up a story. The reason the Star Wars Extended Universe has been declared null and void is because it was devised by people who were not George Lucas, thus what was once thought to be the definitive history of his creation is in actuality not. Whatever Lucas had his hand in is what is canon.Tako wrote:And worst of all, the story is initially presented as a funny, silly story about japanese schoolgirls becoming Magical Girls with cute talking pets. Compared to that, A Song Of Ice and Fire is all fun and giggles. That's why I said that Gen Urobuchi is much worse than GRRM.
As much as I hate Avatar I will admit that it was clever to create a language and culture that most likely was only going to be used once. If I am measuring the greatness of literature, I try to find out how dedicated the creator was when they started the project. In my personal opinion, few can measure up to Tolkien. Martin could have come close if he had determined how long his series was really going to be, as he initially meant it to be a trilogy. Now, he says it might be eleven books. The guy can't figure out when he will end his series, despite knowing how he'll end it.
I'm not trying to change your opinion, if that's the vibe I'm sending out. I'm trying to tell you that greatness is measured in so many ways it's hard to tell what is truly greater than something else. There's a reason why wars have been fought solely on religious purposes. To me, greatness in literature is measured by how many years an author dedicated to creating the story.
A Song of Ice and Fire may be fun and giggles to you, but as it is essentially a reflection of pre-Renaissance Europe, it shows just how shitty the world once was.
It just anime. You shouldn't think too much about those details, or it falls apart.Lerianis wrote:Yeah, when you put it that way, Puella Magi does not make sense in the real world. First of all, I seriously doubt that in the real world, a super-advanced race would just not be able to use 'magic' full-stop or that magic would be the only solution to their issuesTako wrote:...an alien race, having discovered that magic exists, but being unable to use it themselves, came to Earth in order to dupe naive children into becoming living magic batteries for them. They disguise themselves as cute talking pets, offer little girls to become Magical Girls in exchange for a single wish (wish that usually backfires).
The mission of the Magical Girls is to fight the Witches, evil magical beings who feed on human souls. The catch is, the more they use their magic, the more corrupted their souls become, until they are transformed into witches themselves.
The only way to stave the transformation is to kill witches and give their souls to the aliens. So the aliens turn little girls into monsters, and later make other little girls kill them and offer their souls, and that other little girls do it only to slow down the process that will turn them into witches that will in turn be killed and have their souls removed...etc.
It's as if the humans were cattle for the aliens, but the aliens make their cattle butcher and process each other in exchange for living a bit longer.
And worst of all, the story is initially presented as a funny, silly story about japanese schoolgirls becoming Magical Girls with cute talking pets. Compared to that, A Song Of Ice and Fire is all fun and giggles. That's why I said that Gen Urobuchi is much worse than GRRM.
Gen has some serious problem in his psychology and he has been called out on that and just says "Hey, deal with it!"... which is his right to do, I guess.
Doesn't make his stuff any less crappy or fail-fodder in my opinion.