Monday, 5 August 2013
Manga and anime character tropes are a lot like gravity in that they can be said to follow a kind of unwritten law; the silver-haired pretty-boy, the bespectacled brain, the plucky but naive hero.
These archetypes stay in circulation because, for the most part, they work. But for fans drawn to the medium for its idiosyncrasy, these cookie cutter characters, though comforting, can get kinda tedious.
Sadly, I know people who have given up on manga and anime altogether out of sheer exhaustion at these recurring clichés - and Japanese anime fans are getting just as fed up as everyone else.
Labels: Anime, Books, Honey and Clover, Japan, Josei manga, Manga, Manga/Anime, Nana, Nodame Cantabile, Paradise Kiss, shojo, shoujo
Sarah is a professional copy-editor from the hills of Northeast England. When not reading, playing adventure games or befriending all dogs within a 5-mile radius, she procrastinates writing her novel. You can follow more of her ramblings on Twitter at @Inky_Squiggles.