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Hey everyone! I'm glad to moving on to the Day 7 prompt of the Nakama Campfire challenge, which was what anime clichés we actually like. These two cliché centered prompts are very interesing, they got me thinking a lot about these recurring tropes that anime use both in positive and negative ways. I think it was somewhat of a troublesome thing as well though because the more I thought about it the more I found myself remembering the bad things that I just don't like about anime. Which kind of sucks, because I really really love anime, with all my heart but I have to constantly see past these tropes that really hamper my experience that make it hard for someone new who hasn't had all the positive beautiful emotional responses that make it all worth it. Even the good ones I'm going to highlight get annoying and bothersome because a cliché is defined as an idea, notion, ploy, words or phrases that are used so much and so often they lose their weight and effectiveness. These that I'm going to highlight are really no different but they at least aren't as bad as most and can be done in original and emotionally significant ways that still are impactful, meaningful and brings something good to certain shows. I picked three that I will highlight. The first will be the moments of dire and surely unwinnable moments that a character becomes so much powerful than the moment before to ensure victory and it's generally based on the power of friendship or love. The second will be the orphans, no parents, just large number of kids that seemingly run around Japan without folks or adult supervision, and thirdly the good ol naming your move and shouting it in the middle of battle.
Alright first up is OP moments based on the power of love and friendship. This is one of my favorite clichés in anime. Don't get me wrong, it's overplayed like all the clichés, it can be done poorly and not evoke any emotion at all. However, the best example of it working even multiple times is in Fairy Tail. Generally, after awhile, Natsu or Erza or one of the more powerful wizards meet their match and get whooped up on, but Lucy or someone is getting whooped way worse and then inspires a surge of power that the other character uses to win by the skin of their teeth. And guys it generally still invokes an emotional response in me, I think it won't but then all of sudden bam the feels. Naruto is another example of a show that uses this trope a lot but can still get me everytime because they do it in just the right way. Sometimes yeah, it's a big cop out, and you know I wouldn't be opposed to once in awhile it not working. But usually, especially in the good shows, it's done well and makes me feel. And with Natsu and Naruto, their love for their friends is what makes their characters super noble and loveable, because they have a lot of flaws but when it comes down to those dire moments, the passion they have for their loved ones gives them the edge they need to step up and be exactly the people we love them to be. That quote at the end, featuring Yato and Hyori, bam , the feels. .
Okay so for the second cliché that I actually like a lot is the orphan hero, parent less kids that so predominantly occupy anime. Let me expalin, I don't like that these kids grew up a lone or seperate, and I don't love how soooooo many of them have this trope apart of their back stories, but I do love the feels associated when it's done uniquley, featured so strongly as a central core value that motivates our heroes to be more powerful and passionate for their loved ones. Agaim using Naruto and Natsu as prime examples of characters that had a real rough upbringing which makes them believe in their friends and do anything to protect them. I think it's beautiful. Owari no Seraph is another one that uses this but it fits in with the apocalyptic world the kids reside in. Everyone has lost someone, it makes them bonded closer as strangers and just as humans in general and it's powerfully well done. In Noragami I can't remember if Hiyori has folks or not but they sure aren't involved in her life much lol. I can also relate a lot to this I grew up with both my folks but my Dad passed when I was 18, hardly a kid but nowhere near an adult when I really could have used him. So a character with no dad, like Goku and Natsu. ah it just gets me, because I know it's rough but it also made me into who I am, and love those who still are here that much more and want to protect them. Just like my heroes.It also is over done though and kinda makes you wonder why it's so commonplace, are there lots of kids in Japan without folks? I don't think so, not as much as the trope is used in anime. But still, when done uniquely and properly it adds beautiful depth and motivation
Lastly to wrap up, a cliché I do like, well at least don't hate with a passion is the need for the heroes and characters have for shouting the name of their moves in the middle of battle. Lol, this one usually just makes me smile or is easy enough to see past that it doesn't take away from the story much. Especially in shonen, I guess young kids just get a kick out of it and makes playing pretend a little easier when you can shout what your doing so everyone your playing with knows what's up. It's done quite often, even in more serious anime. Also it's not often spoke about between the characters, it's not like they go and explain what :Secret Arts: is in Fairy Tail, they just say that when they use a special move they've never done before to like, give credit to the fact that they can do it to add legitimacy to it. which eh, they don't need to I would accept that they can do new stuff on the spot when they need to without the little extra justification. And it does start to bug me when all the moves or classifyers have never been explained or anything. Like when all of a sudden we go into "super maximum recall 97 move of the gods heavenly shadow Burts exteme" or some shit. chill out man, was that really necessary? it's kinda lazy writing when you do that. and then never ever explain how that works or hoe other characters can or can't do things like that. but still, who doesn't love it when Goku puts his hands in the position and start his Kamehameha move? and when Wendy does "Sky Dragon Roar" it's so kawaii I just can't even be mad at her lol.
Alright everyone that sums up 3 clichés that I like, and even love when done proper! Hope you enjoyed! (notice I didn't swear at all, this one was fun actually lol) Tagging my stand byes: @InVinsybll @hikaymm @tylor619cruz @BlackoutZJ @VoidX @ebethoven @AshChrimson @NinjaMouse @AdamDean @CreeTheOtaku @gabbycalzada @qveenknip @wakleyjj @assasingod @Danse @kawaiiporpoise @pervysagex @Colonellinguis @JessicaFerrier @AimeBolanos @NeckoNecko @ShinigamiSan @Silverfang @UzumakiJess @Yatosgirl