Blog Commentary #1: Character Design

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Blog Commentary #1: Character Design

Postby Wp on Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:08 pm

To try to add some life into these forums, I will be occasionally linking some anime blogs that have interesting anime commentary. Please discuss this:

http://anime.miao.us/archives/2005/11/30/510/

Where is the imagination in character design? Why is it that half of all shounen manga heroes have spiky blond hair? Why are the heroines cutesy ditzes armed with just a heart of gold?

The hell, where is my imagination? WTF? My characters suck too! Maybe I shouldn't have read this...
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Postby Black Sparrow on Sun Mar 05, 2006 2:16 am

Yeah, anime is depressingly packed with repeat character designs:both in appearance and personalities. That's why we have the tough job of breaking away from cliche and presenting the audience with something new.

The question is, what can we learn from these repeats?
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Postby JessicaRaven on Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:46 pm

a lot of my characters can be considered to be homages/parodies/ripped off of some well known characters or character archetypes myself :P

I think if done right it can be quite interesting


now if I can only figure out how to do it right :P
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Postby Risky on Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:55 am

That's it, I quit my comic and keenime.
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Postby Wp on Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:45 pm

Well, it's understandable to ditch Keenime since it's already half dead. Although I can't see why you're giving up your comic.
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Postby Risky on Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:53 pm

Shounen manga spiky blonde haired heroes?
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Postby Cope on Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:43 pm

*restarts the spiky hair debate*
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Postby Wp on Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:11 pm

Ohoho! You were kidding!

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Postby Forelli_Boy on Sat May 06, 2006 6:16 am

I remember this one book called "How NOT to draw Manga" which theorized that practically every character in anime and manga can be derived off any of 6 archetypes, 3 male and 3 female. There were a few sub-archetypes, too.
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Postby Qwanderer on Sat May 06, 2006 9:31 pm

I could only find the pages with thefirst two types online, but none of my characters particularly resemble either one! Hooray!

And the character who most resembles the blond, rambunctious, spiky-haired hero is a girl. That's something.
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Postby Brockway on Tue May 16, 2006 12:06 pm

Hmm, welp, my comic cast is like 5/7 female. It seems my comic is closest related to magical girl anime >_<. The only reason one of the guy's is there is as a mcgufin, and I haven't even gotten there yet.
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Postby Dotty on Tue May 23, 2006 6:45 am

I like my characters. This blog can go to hell.

Cutesy ditz/super intelligent "herbal" coffee addict heroine ftw!
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Postby Rosediamond on Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:56 am

I think basing characters off of real people may save people from falling too hard onto stereotypes. Then again, a lot of people follow their given stereotypes, so that may be a moot point . . . :shifty:
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