Another anime recommendation! Uchouten Kazoku, or The Eccentric Family. It has that same whimsical, magical feeling that permeates through Ghibli classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. It follows a family of shape-shifting tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) as they interact with tengu, humans, and other tanuki families.
Yasaburo, the main character of the show, and his brothers all live in the shadow of their deceased father—who was the greatest tanuki in living memory. Much of the plot of the series is spent deciphering who their father really was and the mysterious circumstances behind his death.
Underlining the plot is an emotional exploration of how the father's death has left his family shattered. Each of the brothers has dealt with his death in different ways. Yasaburo has dedicated his life to having fun—only doing what he wants to when he wants to do it. One of his elder brothers has become overly serious, trying to live up to his father's legend; the other elder brother has withdrawn from the world and lives as a frog in the bottom of a temple well.
And then there's Benten, who is easily the series most enigmatic character—which is what makes her so thoroughly enjoyable. While neither tanuki nor tengu, she has mastered tengu magic and is not afraid to use it on a whim. Moreover, despite the appearance of obvious bad guys, she remains the series’ most threatening character; no one is capable of stopping her.
All in all, The Eccentric Family is a complex, multi-layered anime. On one level, it is a carefree adventure in the magical world hidden within our own. On another layer, it is an emotional tale, diving deeply into the concept of loss and how it affects a family. On yet another layer, it is an exploration on how to live life and find what is truly important.
I'm getting genuinely curious: Did have any rules or buffer weapons or anything, or did you just point at each other and go "bone lazers pew!"? Or just focus on the social elements rather than fighting.
Vegedus wrote:I'm getting genuinely curious: Did have any rules or buffer weapons or anything, or did you just point at each other and go "bone lazers pew!"? Or just focus on the social elements rather than fighting.
Alright before I begin formalizing this idea I'm going to be conducting an initial interest poll for a Shakugan no Shana RP. Please tell me if this interests you enough that I should do a full idea write up.
It will revolve around an original plot involving a group of humans with hougu in them (mystes that don't disappear essentially) and the plans of a couple organizations involving them. The RP will take place at the same time as the anime and progress in parallel with the anime's storyline, though in a different location.
In line with what I said a few pages back this RP will have a little different structure and pacing; I will be heavily involved in early chapters both as a GM, directing the initial story at regular intervals and introducing the various elements in play, and as a player. However the decisions and actions of the player characters will choose the direction of the story branches as it progresses along what I'm currently envisioning as 1 arc comprised of 3-4 chapters covering roughly the time frame of the first series. This could be extended depending on interest but I would like to try a RP where everyone knows it will have an 'ending' to play towards. Some of the components of the initial setting will also be open to vote by players.
It would be wise to think of this as an experimental RP, there will be a number of unusual meta-game elements like those above involved in it. Also while I don't plan to sacrifice fun for the sake of trying make a 'successful' RP, I am seeking players who can at least make a minimal level of commitment to this group activity. It's only fair to all of us that I ask that people who are unable to make at least lean (~50-100 words) posts once per week to not push this into the next stage.
Interesting ideas, Sentios. I can only applaud experiments with the form, it's what I do as well. I know nothing of the Shakugan no Shana universe though, and am not sure I would be particularly interested in playing in it.
In the SnS world the primary (but secret) conflict is the battle between this world and the parallel world of Guze. Entities from Guze (Guze no Tomogara / Crimson Denizens) can manipulate an essential form of energy called 'power of existence', which allows all living things in this world to exist, in order to achieve their own varied goals. To be deprived of your power of existence is the same as you never having existed and creates distortions in the world itself. There are some entities from Guze who find humans to become vessels for them, granting them power to fight against Tomogara, in order to protect the humans in this world from such an end and preserve the balance between worlds. These select humans are called Flame Haze, their duties ranging from seeking out and killing the Tomogara who eat humans' existence, to softening the damage done by said Tomogara through the use of Fuzetsu / Seal and creation of Torches. The first a method of essentially freezing a place in time so that anything in it can be remade following a battle with a Tomogara while the second is a method used to fade a human who's existence has been eaten from existence instead of them just suddenly 'not existing'.
Also of note are Hougu / Treasure Tools, which are artifacts made from power of existence which possess a wide variety of magical abilities. Tomogara want them while Flame Haze at the very least don't want Tomogara to have them, Hougu can be protected by putting them inside Torches (called Mystes when they possess Hougu in them) because the Hougu will jump around to a new Torch every time it's current one fades from existence as such finding any Hougu, especially a specific one is a great ordeal.
That's some of the basic SnS knowledge, not sure if that will pique your interest or not.
Going to try and make a reappearance. What's been going on lately, and what should I be paying attention to?
Zath: Behold, Karo: The only woman in existence who can make Fenix shut the fuck up. Redsnow: That, and, frankly, if Karo doesn't like you that much, your character is probably going to die soon after his acceptance anyway. Keiran: Bad RPs don't get picked, unmemberable RPs get ignored. Zelosse: I don't usually laugh at blatant attitude, but when I do. It usually involves Karo.