seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Thirty Days of Anime -- Day 19: Change you'd like to make to any one anime

And on we go. I have to make one more post tonight to be caught up fully.

This one is tough for a number of reasons, not the least of them being there's two different kinds of changes one might do. One is a single, specific change -- one event, one character, etc. The other is a general change (I wish they'd spent more time on X than they had on Y). And in either case there's a lot of possibilities -- removing the infamous "Island Sequence" from Nadia: Secret of Blue Water; changing Mihoshi in Tenchi Muyo! to be something much more palatable, generally forcing Evangelion to select a particular story concept and STICK WITH IT, etc.

However, I'll have to pick one of each and stick with it myself, so:

1) Specific change. I would eliminate the single sequence in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden in which dialogue implies that the Toad Sage Juraia used some sort of jutsu on a woman for his pervy purposes (the exact translation escapes me but it's variously implied that he knocked out or merely changed her mind, but either way it's dispicable). While he's certainly a man of overexaggerated interest in the ladies, such an event is utterly out of character for the man we come to know later, especially given his background in the sequence "The Tale of the Gutsy Ninja"; he likes to think of himself as a hero, takes up a mission which literally requires him to wander the world simply because he believes in a prophecy, and despite his clownish and lecherous exterior is clearly a man who spends a lot of time thinking about the world and its ultimate future. Moreover, he's a man of power, not  bad looks (for the Narutoverse), and reputation; he would not need to use force in any way to get young ladies to accompany him. That one event makes me (and of course Kathleen, and I presume many other people) wince and find it hard to look at him positively. So I would eliminate it from the anime and manga entirely (in fact, I ignore it myself, specifically because I *do* find it completely inconsistent with his character).

2) General change. I would have Akira Toriyama NOT focus everything on the Saiyajin Brigade as Dragonball Z continued. Make Goku personally the best... well, okay. He was originally based on the Monkey King, it makes sense that he stays the absolute top. But one of the worst parts of DBZ was that the other characters became increasingly irrelevant to the battles and, consequently, also started to fade out of the show except as sounding boards and comic relief. I would much rather have seen a continuing and significant progression both in character interaction and development and in power/skill with all the main Z-team -- Kuririn, Yamucha, Tenshinhan and Chouzu, and of course Piccolo -- and maybe even Kame-Senin, the old master showing people that "I taught Goku everything he knows. I didn't teach him everything *I* know". The diversity of the world suffered as Toriyama went forward -- something which may have been due to him continuing the story after he wanted to finish it, but which was a lessening of the world all around.

The List:
Day 1 - Very first anime:Saint Seiya
Day 2 - Favourite TV series: : The Vision of Escaflowne
Day 3 - Your anime crush: Belldandy, from Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess! and Shun from Saint Seiya
Day 4 - Favourite Film: Tonari no Totoro/ My Neighbor Totoro
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were): Shikamaru from Naruto Shippuden
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character: Mihoshi, Tenchi Muyo!
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap: Sasuke, Naruto Shippuden
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever: End battle of YuuYuu Hakusho: The Poltergeist Report Movie
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene: Belldandy erasing herself from Keiichi's life in Ah! Megamisama/Ah/Oh My Goddess!
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Koko wa Greenwood
Day 11 - Favorite mech series: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like: Nihao My Concubine
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like. Dragonball GT
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper: Picture of Son Goku with Shen-Long done by my wife Kathleen
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like : Power-warrior anime and internal sanity/consistency!
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you: Neon Genesis Evanjellydonut... er,, Evangelion
Day 17 - Best Background Music: Giant Robo: The Day The Earth Stood Still
Day 18 - Best Five-team: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors (no link, too expensive)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime: Specific Change: Eliminate one nasty action from the history of Juraia-sama in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden. General Change: Eliminate the Saiyajin focus and expand capabilities and screen time for all major characters in Dragonball Z.  
Day 20 - Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite anime companion/summoned creature
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme

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