musings of the enigmatic

July 16, 2008

“ramblings of the heart”: slice of life

Filed under: Ramblings of the Heart — thenightsshadow @ 11:40 pm

You know, I never really understood Vargus’ addiction to anime. I never understood what drew him to 2d characters. I was raised as a upright and proper Jew, and as such I wouldn’t have tolerated watching what he did. Things like “anime” would only draw me away from my duty.

Except, something changed. And along the way me and my beliefs were horribly beaten. I was surprised to find someone more entrenched in his beliefs and more “right” using my materials than I was. I started to rethink some aspects of what I believed, and I turned again back to Vargus and his anime addiction. There had to be something there that allowed him to be so cheerful and yet so calm.

Now, I really never caught on to it like he did. I actually disliked most of what he watched. It was only those he called “slice-of-life” that I enjoyed the most. I prefer to explain my choice this way:
Series on television (examples from your century include shows like CSI) always have a recurrent plot theme. Every episode, it’s a problem of the week sort of thing. New episodes are always solve X, Y, and Z, and that formulaic approach in anime shows, as Vargus reports to me, are disliked.

I prefer shows that don’t have this predictability about them; I want to understand and not merely be a watcher. And yes, before anyone asks, my personal favorite show isn’t an anime, but what’s in it is sort of what I like in an anime in television form. Slice of life is a genre I feel many people dislike because it’s not familiar, and yet, I kind of think familiarity breeds contempt. I want to stop that before that happens, because disliking something, though I do it often unconsciously, is not something I do best.


One Response to ““ramblings of the heart”: slice of life”

  1. Turtly Says:

    I’m half and half on slice of life animes. As you watch the series the characters constantly grow on you until they become actual people to you instead of just anime characters. On the other hand, there is not always time to get into a good slice of life series, and the beginnings might come off as boring for some.
    Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. True, in some cases the same jokes and episodic formulas get old, but often enough we love a character for traits that show up often enough to be considered part of their personality. But this probably isn’t what you were referring to by familiarity ^_^;;

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