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Musing about Storytelling in Anime



The Selfish Sacrifice

Anime, like all fiction, is full of tropes. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as storytelling has been around since before the advent of writing. Certain archetypes and motifs proofed to be effective enough that they persisted and developed into recurring devices. Tropes are not a bad thing per se. After all, if our basic needs, desires and flaws had changed dramatically over the past centuries, great storytellers such as Shakespeare, Homer or Cervantes would have lost their significance long… Continue Reading →

Berserk, or the Beauty of Tragedy

This essay contains spoilers for the main themes of Berserk. While not disclosing crucial plot details, you might want to refrain from reading on if you prefer to enjoy your fiction completely unspoiled. In case you’re wondering why you should watch this old, incomplete manga adaptation with questionable quality control and a very limited budget, this essay hopes to assist with that decision. I am in blood Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as… Continue Reading →

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