March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sayaka Miki, a character from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. She is a character of principles, moral, and justice; a stereotypical heroine. However, she is not the main character, she is the best friend, a secondary character, a mere tragedy to push the main character into action. Thus, she chose to redefine her self as a method of denial. It is her arrogance that cause her to fall to her demise. Thus, making her the tragic magical girl.
The root of her problems is the very wish she made to become a magical girl: restoring Kamijou’s hands. Although a selfless wish on the surface, it really has to be selfish. Not only did she ignore Mami’s warning, she did not thought through her wish thoroughly enough. In order for her wish to be considered a truly selfless act Sayaka must be willing to accept the consequences, not so much being aware of them. It is because of her vague understanding of the gravity of her wish that she is forced to deny all allegations of the sort when confronted by Kyouko and become arrogant. Being innocent, Sayaka took it upon herself to become the advocat of justice despite not being credible, which makes her overly righteous to the point it was almost sickening to watch her. For example, when Kyouko explains to Sayaka there has to be a balance of happiness and despair, Sayaka chose to ignore her invaluable words because she could not be trusted (represented by the declining the stolen apple). Yet, Sayaka herself is a hypocrite, saying she will protect those with no gratification, when she initially made her wish hoping she would recieve Kamijou’s gratitude. Another example is when Homura tries to put an end to Sayaka’s foolish rampage of witch hunts: instead of taking the grief seed, she tosses it because it was an action indirectly meant to protect Madoka rather than purely being focused on Sayaka. In these context, Sayaka’s righteous parade could be seen as a mere act to get people to notice her because her unrequited love doesn’t (mainly because she wouldn’t allow him to after discovering her physical condition.) Sayaka may also feel shadowed by Madoka. As the secondary character, it was hammered down onto her by her fellow magical girls, and kyubey that she is not the strongest; Madoka held unimaginable amount of power and could do greater things. So it is reasonable to view her actions as arrogant. It is because of her arrogance despite being a hypocrite that degraded her sanity. All of this is proportional to her deteriorating relationship with Kamijou. When she finally comes to the conclusion that not everything is rainbow and sunshine is when she falls into true despair and turns into a witch. By the end of episode eight, she has come to a full understanding of what it meant to be selfless: saving countless of lives won’t always bring you satisfaction. Of course, this comes too late when she has already made the wish to heal Kamijou’s hands. Perhaps if she had known she would have not chosen to become a magical girl, perhaps if she had known she would have found another purpose, perhaps if she had known she would have been happier; yet, she did not and the regret from her despair allowed her to see just how truly she was a fool.
This disasterous (yet predictable) fall due to her faults that makes her the tragic heroine of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.
January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
I think what was lacking in the movie was the characterization of the ELS. By character, I mean, give them more substance or purpose than to be used as a way for Setsuna to save the world. This lack of character is easily seen by the non-existant one on one confrontations which would have given them more purpose. Even Descartes ended up not doing much before dying. All the writers did was just stick the theme on like a post-it. If the ELS were communicating via metal transformation, then what good does Setsuna being able to tell the difference do to the world and the ELS? Nothing! The fact that he understood seemed to be a good enough reason for the ELS to stop communicating with the humans and transfigure into a space flower. This also had no correlation with his desire to visit the ELS’ home. Some people are going to disagree with me, but I think that was the most disappointing aspects of the movie and what would have significantly made the movie better. They could have easily done a traditional Gundam movie and still have same character development and the same theme. If they wanted to pull of an alien threat movie, the writers would have needed to introduce the element more thoroughly. It’s a waste of a plot device if not otherwise.
The animation were merely an upgrade from Gundam SEED with multiple laser shots in various colours making the screen look like a double rainbow party. It was gorgeous but I would have prefered the high paced, interestingly cheographed action scenes from the first series. One of the more obvious comparison is when Lock-on activates trans-am on his Zabanya and begin’s targeting the ELS and then unleashing multiple lasers in the same fashion as the Freedom’s HiMat system. Even when the ELS transfigured into cruiser ships, none of the fancy cruiser driving skills or strategy involved in the television series were evident. Hard to believe when the Celestial Beings were only able to efficiently take action because of the creative executionsunorthadox strategies. In general, a significant amount of action was displaced in the movie, which was what made Gundam 00 originally the better Gundam series. Some of the action was even confusing! Especially from when Setsuna comes out in his Gundam 00 Qan[T] to when he makes it into the epicenter of the ELS. That entire section was purely laser spams everywhere.
The inapproriate insert song about forests and rivers while in the middle of a battle for survival was not appreciated at all. Sure it led into Setsuna’s dream sequence, but they could have at least had something with a more turbulent start since the song started with Andrei’s death. There are no songstress in Gundam 00, so there shouldn’t be vocal lyrics playing during the battle. It uneccessarily made it more Macross/Gundam SEED like, just to lighten up an atmosphere that shouldn’t be because the situation at hand was very grim.
This movie tries very hard to distinguish itself as something that is new, and traditional Gundam. Yet, instead of being a new progressive Gundam movie, it ends up straying away from the franchise. To sum this movie up, it is a terrible version of Eureka Seven; it would have been a Macross movie if there was a pink haired idol singer. I commend it for trying to be a thematic film, but if it’s going to create more plot holes and diffuse its strength, then they might as well have done a Gundam SEED movie instead. Especially since they announced that one first and has not announced anything new since.
May 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
Not recently, but in the past I had a sudden urge to read a lot of shoujo manga. What I noticed was that I was more attracted to the cool type characters, than the supposedly drop dead gorgeous looking ones. I consider tsundre as a cool type as well as the stereotypical lone wolf. When I travel to livejournal or forums, and read comments by fangirls, I realized that this might be a trend….
Maybe because the cooler you are the more you burn scenario.
January 25, 2009 § 1 Comment
Some notes from the Panda General.
I have great timing, since semi was last friday (mind you I didn’t go cause I’m an antisocial emo person.)
Anyway, I didn’t look over it a lot, so if it’s badly written, my apologies. I will fix it.
Obviously, because I’ve never been to a school dance, I wouldn’t know what it was like, so I just assumed it involved a lot of people talking, and a lot of loud music, and a lot of people in dresses and suits.
This part of the story was set when Kino and Yuki are 2nd years (Grade 11) at Grandia School. Around third term. Essentially it’s a very prestigious school with a lot of rich kids, and a few students who are on scholarships, Kino being one of them. Basically this is the beginning of a lot of shit that happens later.
Originally, I was planning for Kino to end up not going because Yuki was already taken or busy. It be something like, he was busy so he told Kino he wouldn’t be able to come. But then I didn’t know how to make her cry (yeah I’m mean, I wanted to make her cry.) So I went with the he was already taken route cause then I could have someone else make her cry instead of Yuki.
Someone who read the story commented on how he always says she’s cute. The main reason was because I suck at writing so I repeat the same word OVER again. Really need to fix that. Uhh but then I thought later maybe it was a form of habit, because Kino does really see herself as a person but a monster, or a burden. Man, I’m making him out to be a sweet person with a girly name.
Like I mentioned last time, everyone’s names are four letters long XD Except Nadako…and Keith who only makes a minor appearance.
Here’s a list of everyone mentioned in this story FULL name:
Rolland Eric Lea
So Eric’s actual name is Rolland, but again, four letter short names are my thing.
Since I skipped the 1st term part of the story, I’ll give a brief descriptions of the characters
Mayu: daughter of some goverment official in the states. Used to be Yuki’s fiance but yeah that didn’t turn out well. It was an arranged marriage.
Nadako: daughter of a Japanese family who won the lottery.
Eric: Son of the director of Grandia College (the school). The school’s Prince.
Keith: Mayu’s stalker, he’s fairly rich too.
(to be continued…)