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.

The perils of perfection

I still think holding God as the standard of moral perfection would be downright intimidating to a lot of people. To put it this way, not too many people would feel good about being compared to somebody better looking that them. Being this austere, benevolent and self-controlled would be just as intimidating.

It seems logically inevitable that people would rather patronise a flawed, if you will perpetually sinful character over somebody seemingly sinless. If you say God is perfect but the narcissist isn’t, even if it’s true I don’t think people will be comfortable about being compared to him. That it seems becoming like him would be too much.

It’s not that he’s not imperfect but that comparing somebody to something held to a much higher standard of morality would be too intimidating and shameful.

It looks good on paper

The thing with trying to make such an outfit practical and feasible in real life’s that some things really need to be changed in order to be doable. It’s like how and why costume designers tried to make a Mickey Mouse costume tolerable in real life that they have to change it to something consisting of a mask and suit. This might not be the only instance of such.

When it comes to superhero outfits, this is something costume designers have tried to make them doable in real life. It doesn’t help that the only other option’s make the characters dress like actual athletes (I swear making Barry Allen dress like a footballer would’ve been a bigger departure from the comics than the live action costumes are/were).

But that would involve a true redesign. There are characters who could get away with what they’re wearing as wrestlers are known to wear similar outfits. But fans might not like those so costume designers are stuck with a weird compromise. (Barry dressed up like an actual athlete would be too radical.)

Even if it were possible to be mostly faithful to the character’s presentation, when made more practical alterations will be made.

Something to bell about

I think with the 2017 Beauty and the Beast movie (and possibly also with Cinderella to some extent), there’s understandably a desire to make things grounded in the time periods they’re in. For most of the part in the former film, it’s generally good. It’s likely even the costume designer wanted a more historically faithful version of Belle’s yellow gown and certainly some fans felt the same thing too.

However due to Emma Watson’s insistence she eventually compromised. (This could also be true for almost any other production adapted from animation and comics where sometimes costume designers may have to follow the actors’ demands.) So it seems whatever the costume designer wanted in mind got compromised.

Though that may not be unique to that production alone.