< Piro >
Monday - September 18, 2000
I think i was suffering from excessive visual stimuli and a quirky caffeine haze on Saturday when I commented on the fate of some of our favorite anime characters. Someone pointed out to me that the characters really don't belong to us, so we shouldn't complain about their fate. That may be true, but still, we do take these things *personally* sometimes. Like it or not, it really matters to us - even when it doesn't to the studio that produced the show.
so, what is a fan to do? your favorite character has been mauled, devastated, destroyed, or altered in ways that you do not like. Do you have any recourses? Can you do anything at all?
If you have enough fans who are totally outraged, and can swell en masse like an angry mob, a studio can find itself forced to change the ending of a show. This happened at the end of the Evangelion TV run - fans were stomping mad at the way the show wrapped up, so Gainax promised to change the ending for subsequent releases. Actions like this are rare. You have to REALLY piss off a LOT of fans to do this - so generally you can much rule this option out.
You can re-write the story - go back to where things were right, and continue from there. Doujinshi (fan art works) area a good medium for this. Doujinshi usually expand upon a story, continuing beyond the end of the show to increase the 'life' of the characters. But they can also be a chance to re-write things in the character's past to try to 'fix' things. If enough fans buy into it, you can change the collective history of that character.
Sadly, tho, many doujinshi actually do more abuse to the characters than the TV show did. Ruri has been excessively abused in doujin titles for years, which to me is unfortunate. So, if you are looking for doujinshi titles that might remedy the problem, and can't do it yourself, you may be out of luck and in fact end up feeling worse in the end.
The next step, of course, is to create your OWN characters and your OWN story... and the HELL with everyone else! This way you control the fate of your characters, and then nothing bad can happen to them.
The creative process, however, can take on a life of its own. When you create a story and a framework for characters to live in, things can develop in ways that you didn't expect. An element of the story grows and falls in to place so well that it really HAS to stay - yet the consequences for a particular character can be dire. I suppose this is how these things happen.
(sigh) I often hope I never end up doing that. Yet as I look at scripts and story arcs for the future of both Megatokyo and Warmth, I am beginning to wonder - will i be guilty of the same thing? I wonder... why am i sitting her chuckling? This is not good... bad piro, bad...
Maybe I should just go finish that Eva/Nadesico crossover doujinshi fanfic i was working on, where Asuka ends up ok in the end...