Culture Clash and reused stories?
A while ago, it occurred to me how there are a LOT of stories in Japanese manga about teenage kids in school, and usually stories of them gaining a higher understanding of their physical and/or mental self. But in America, our most famous comics are superhero comics, where people (mostly in later teens/adulthood) understand they have a great power and must handle with great responsibility.
Is it because of the importance of culture? I mean schoolgirl uniforms are cute, and when I walk into the comic bookstore, there’s a mad section of post apocalyptic or corrupt and money-driven settings. Even in the scifi genre, a lot of it in Japan is mostly piloting giant mechs, wheras in the american comics I’ve read so far, it’s more of a psychological factor (like bending of the mind in any sort).
All sorts of things come to mind. When you tie someone up on a chair, are they metal cuffs or rope? When you go to school, are you wearing a uniform, a tshirt, or a hoodie? How often do you see a normal person walk around with a tattoo? When you talk, how do you address them? All sorts of tiny things like this add to the comic. But it also leads to consistent stories in a country different from another. I think one interesting one would be ‘Ketchup Ninja’…I have mixed feelings about it, but I know if I tried to make a japanese schoolgirl comic it might just turn out to be the same thing all over again.
So I was just thinking, as you know practically all stories derive from something…just take some japanese manga’s storyline, and stick it in your own country’s setting/culture. How different do you think it will end up like?
(I’m from the US): If I reimagined Bleach, I would say the main character would be holding guns instead of knives, and they would be dressed like they were in ‘The Matrix’ and maybe call them ‘cleaners’ instead of ‘death god’. If I reimagined Sword Art Online it would be a bloody ass battle every time, and the characters would be more in the 18 year range (i wanna say more about directing the thing entirely, but for this conversation I’m just talking about the setting and culture). And if I imagined Gantz, it would take place in New York and the school Kei would go to would be totally different. Stuff like that.
Just to spark your creativity. And I think about stuff sometimes.
Shounen comics about games but not…gaming?
Today I noticed how there are a lot of shounen sports comics. But no shounen comics about the sport of computer gaming. I don’t mean ‘i’m stuck in a virtual reality game and my life depends on it because i could die playing it’ (as practically all the ones I’ve read aren’t even that great). I just mean…well, pick up a joystick and play it like you wanna beat them. Lighthearted determination. I’m not a heavy gamer, but I know the feeling of arcade games. You wanna win, you really want to win. The adrenaline is INTENSE. I felt like i would get a heart attack at Southtown Arcade a few times. The atmosphere next to the SSF4 machine was murderous.
I’ve decided I am going to make a shounen comic about one of the games I really admire: Dance Dance Revolution (cept I’d call it ‘feet beat’ or something), about a guy who will become an epic 2-up freestyler. And it’s not gonna be anything like ‘The FP’. Well, that’s my idea/pilot to submit to Revolt komiks. But hey, has anyone thought of that concept yet? :D
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