Difficulty of simplicity

As what somebody else said, simplicity is hard to get it right. Especially in storytelling where it’s easy to embellish a lot of things in the story but harder to simplify and omit what’s unnecessary. This is possibly also true in animation and illustration.

Especially in 2D where it would be that hard to get details right that you have to simplify things instead. (You could get away with detailed textures in CGI and stop motion.) The same principle applies and it works to a generous extent. Especially where it has to be done well enough.

Not much difference

I think out of all the characters, the easiest to redesign without changing the presentation much should be Black Canary. In the animations, it becomes evident that character designers would swap fishnets for opaque tights that it’s not a big loss anyways. What if she has several pairs of tights to wear in her closet that aren’t always fishnets that it makes sense this way?

It seems some people figured this out with Wonder Woman that if she can’t wear shorts, it would be a short skirt instead. (Strange as it sounds, they came to that conclusion.) It’s always possible to do alter the appearance much without significant changes. In the case with animation, it’s done for simplicity but it’s always doable.

Though that would be realising it’s not that big of a change.

He’s a mad, mad God

I still think God acts more like nurses who’re tired of being mistreated and not supported by colleagues as well as being bullied by colleagues, family and patients a like that it makes sense why he’d be that quick to anger. To put it this way, what if Caitlin Snow’s caught dead killing people in wolf form but gets attacked by Wonder Woman and Black Canary for it? What if Tim Drake gets beaten by Stephanie Brown a lot for killing her pets?

That’s God’s anger in action and he’s sure to confiscate or attack people. He’s a vindictive character that people ought not to screw with at times (if they have panic attacks, that’s pitiful so). God is not a calm character. In fact he’d be the least likely to be put up with people’s antics at times that he’s going to lose his cool anyways. So it’s one of those situations where people really need to take it seriously.

Whether in the context of nursing or sports coaching, it makes sense this way.

Practical to fight in

I have a feeling when it comes to making some outfits truly practical by deriving real life inspiration, some might be this radically altered. Actually even if some wrestlers do pay homage to superheroes, such outfits may have to be altered to be doable in close combat. The same principle goes in sprinting, football and rugby where you get an idea of what the Flash would actually wear.

But that does make one wonder whether if some people’s points of reference is so narrow that it does miss out what an athlete would actually wear. Actually and parsimoniously, Black Canary could easily pull off what other wrestlers wear. I swear, some wrestlers do dress up like her without even trying.

It seems what’s practical in wrestling and to some extent, sprinting and football differs from what others expect it to be.

Something they found in

I still think that writer has a point about wrestler outfits. Actually it can also be said about whatever athletes wear. Though this depends on the given sport to whatever extent. It’s like the difference between a certain American football team where the women until recently wore rather impractical outfits considering they get into close contact.

Sprinters are excused as it doesn’t involve close contact at all. Wrestlers do have some protection, be it limb guards or masks (if they want to). I suspect if we were to draw those characters for inspiration, we get a good idea of what such a character would wear and what they would be in reality.

Besides there are female wrestlers who do wear tights (including fishnets) that Black Canary’s outfit might not be much of a stretch. There are even wrestlers who do dress up as superheroes (Flash, Carol Danvers among those I’ve seen) that wrestlers give the best idea of what such outfits would be like.

If not them, then dancers and probably even gymnasts. They also wear tight outfits. The more radical ones are probably footballers/soccer players, tennis players and the like. I suspect if Barry Allen’s caught dead dressing up like a footballer, that would be too radical.

Even if it does make sense running in shorts and special shoes rather than a catsuit and boots. But then again what’s practical in sports fashion may differ from what others expect to so.

Something like armour

I have a feeling when it comes to contemporary superhero costumes, there’s the aim of making them look more like military uniforms. Actually some army and police uniforms already do put on armour, this makes such sentiments and designs not much of a stretch. Especially when it comes to protection and the odd fact that most superhero costumes look terrible in the flesh.

If I’m not mistaken, somebody said that wrestling costumes do resemble superhero costumes but do blur the line between what’s sexualised and what’s practical. It’s pretty much up to the individual wrestler if they want to show skin or not but still have to be protective enough to avoid mishaps in combat. In fact those wrestling outfits are actually fought in.

Not to mention, unless if it’s in places that permit more modest clothing, they need to be breathable and allow the fighter to cool down. The wrestling costumes are good but I suspect the armour like outfits in superhero films have the pretension of belonging to government bodies (like armies and police) that it won out in superhero media.

The perils of redundancy

I suspect when it comes to making a lot of derivative characters, there’s often the risk of redundancy especially if writers don’t make much effort in differentiating them. There are likely writers who did put effort in differentiating characters and practically got away with it. But that involves treating them as individuals.

It’s as if Barry Allen’s own son went on to become a footballer but his own son decided to become a businessman instead who jogs on weekends. All three men have super-speed but only one of them’s a dedicated superhero. There are likely Flash writers that do try to address it to some extent.

But that would involve putting a lot more effort in their characterisations. Like what if Don Allen became an athlete for good, wouldn’t that involve using super-speed outside of superhero acts for playing games? That’s actually not much of a stretch as the sprinter Usain Bolt also does football.

(There are also people who jog on weekends, even if they’re not actual athletes that it’s not a stretch for the businessman Bart Allen to do the same.)

That still involves any real effort in differentiating their personalities to the point where you evidently give a damn about what they like to do in their free time, if at all. To put it this way, you and your child are good at sewing and sometimes good at dressmaking. But your child learns to make puppets.

That still proves my point really.

Something for the family, after anime

I suspect if anime were to come to an end, if confirmed by a mangaka, I have a feeling anime and manga’s own demise might be a blessing in disguise. However for non-Japanese Asian countries and even African countries who all have their very own comics industries (comics do get published in Africa and I’ve seen some of them), they could all flourish in anime’s absence. As in more space to replace what’s left.

That’s not to say there aren’t any adult comics of these. But I suspect given government restrictions in some countries that they might constitute the majority of child and family friendly media. Actually it’s already happening to some extent today. If you look hard enough, Uganda’s even got the Katoto cartoons and even has a comic featuring a character resembling Samurai X’s Sanosuke Shigara.

Likewise Cote d’Ivoire’s got Aya de Yopougon which even got adapted for animation. (Same with South Africa’s Supa Strikas.) Kenya’s got Tinga Tinga Tales. Then you’ve got India which claims the likes of Motu Patlu (also adapted from comics) and this other production on Ganesha. Most of these are fairly clean family-oriented productions.

To stick to Asia-Pacific, the Philippines does have several comic strips going for it like Pugad Baboy, Kikomachine and Love Nuts. There’s also Trese and Darna, which the latter got several live action adaptations. There’s also Malayasia’s Upin and Ipin, which I’ve seen some on telly. Though not all of them are child friendly, they’re mostly notable enough to warrant mention.

Who knows as I think Africa and most of Asia are catching up real quickly. Though anime’s demise might actually be a good thing as it allows other countries in fill in a big gap.