I get that, I also get why it's always useless, carefree bags of retarded pies in the driver seat. But appealing to the audience is the lazy way out. Look at some of the most loved and famous main fictional characters in media: Solid/Naked Snake, Edward Elric, Dante (sort of), Nathan Drake and others. (My mind blanked the second I put myself on the spot.)
. Can't say there are many like them that have their impact. Sure there are pretenders, but they mostly fall flat. It's good writing and careful planning that spawn some of the most loved character. Even if my example is very........ loose. Mostly it's bad writing and lazy commitment to how the character was first written.
The trope can be pulled off, don't think I completely dismiss it. Evangelion is a perfect example of good character writing that doesn't feel sloppy or rushed, I really feel sorry for Sinji at times. But with most others, I just want to slap some common sense into them before they blunder into another changing room or fall into evil hands and putting more pressure onto the super powered (in most cases female and unfortunate love interest) to save them. I just can't cheer for such a stupidly oblivious cretin. Sad thing is, it probably happens more than once.
But it's hard to miss the creepy self-insert feel a lot of them give off. I mean these meat bags we call protagonists are bloody babe magnets. I don't even want to get started on love triangles and how that one other girl (you know the character's CHILD HOOD FRIEND or ADOPTED SISTER.
They just love to make that clear.) Somehow have even less personality than the main character.
I may be getting a little broad here, but I tend to just out and out avoid a lot of modern anime, not even giving them the chance of the first episode trail.
All you need is this. If the promo art shows nothing but girls or a girl and (in some cases) is named after one of them, then the description say's: "So and so is an awkward young boy" or stuff like that, you can pretty much give an accurate blind summery of it's entire 12 or so episode run.
I can go on about the other naive, generous kind, but I dislike them much less.
ari-6 wrote:Tony, I was just wondering but how come I never see you around anywhere but here, if you don't mind my asking?
I started here and just never really ventured out, I sometimes do, but I avoid the most crowded places. The Bleedman forum especially seems to spawn some really odd and obsessive people.