I might as well let out the secret of how much Japanese anime has been an inspiration to me in my writing. Now, I'm not talking crappy anime with a lot of brainless girls crawling over a guy, or tons of ridiculous gore, or plots that go nowhere. I'm talking the good stuff, the cream of the crop. Stuff like this:
Okay, you're probably thinking. That looks way to cute to be intertesting. Well, that's just what a show like Puella Magi Madoka Magica wants you to think. Sure, it starts out so very nice, with only the slightest hint of what's to come hidden behind fluff and rainbows. There are magical girls ala Sailor Moon, and a cute little cat thing that recruits them, and pretty colors, and oh the lights and friendship! And then this happens around episode 3:
You might be able to guess what happens next. (Or maybe not). Either way let's just say I nearly dropped my proverbial teacup and paid very strict attention to everything that happened in this show from that point on.
I'm not going to wax poetical about Madoka Magica just yet. But I do encourage anyone who is bored with television in general--and who won't mind a darker, thought-provoking story--to check it out. And this is whether you're an anime fan or not.
Yeah, it's that good. If you don't believe me, read the loads of blogger praise all over the net that goes on in much more detail than me.
So why I am talking up this show as an author? Well, mostly because I'm so impressed by it as a writer.
This show took chances, it played with and deconsructed a genre that's been done to death without batting an eyelash, and, well, its just all around awesome. 12 episodes of pure magic, and I'm still in shock and awe at the genius of the ending of this anime. I very much encourage anyone who likes a good story to check out Madoka. And if you have no patience for subtitles,the American version comes out on DVD/Bluray in February.
Now what was that announcement? Ah, yes! Madoka Magica will be getting its own trilogy of movies now!
I'm so thrilled I could make my own ice cream. :-D