Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Linkdump October

As I catch my breath from the overly long L5R article I posted over the last couple of days. Sidenote: feeling slightly better, certainly less pain or at least more manageable. We'll see how this plays out-- I had planned on going back for another round of tests, but if the Prilosec's finally having an effect, I'll finish out the course of this and then check in.

* Here's a nice article on Japanese Storytelling conventions and ideas- in manga and anime. Sherri's an I were talking about this the other night after we watched Princess Raccoon. That's an unapologetic and strange movie. I've watched some anime recently where I tried to figure out what was subtext and what was text...at least in the case of Shikabane Hime, I hope there's some ironic commentary, if not I feel dirty.

* I've mentioned my love for the Shin Megami Tensai video games. This is an interesting article from the design team behind Persona 4 talking about what they thought went right and wrong with the product. I always like seeing those behind-the-scenes posts.

* Steamcon! and more Steampunk!

* I like the new Modest Mouse EP and there's a bizarre fan-made art project video for my favorite song from it.

* Tempting...

* A bookstore I'd like to visit.

* A link to a linkdump-- a nice collection of articles on role-playing.

* More of Robin Laws' insightful take on narrative and rpgs, the idea of The Win Space.

* Video games and the commodity model of sex.

* The Free RPG Blog is worth following as is gameplaywright.net which I linked to yesterday.

* Autotune Sagan plus.


  1. Wow, so much stuff! The cake is brilliant, and could be done in as little as two colors (Goth birthday cake!) and in various patterns. Yin yang, marbled, etc. Or with ganache melting bombs, etc. Fun concept. The bookstore is pretty awesome, but the aisles look tight.

    I think one of the oddest influences on Japanese storytelling is the weekly manga anthology print schedule. While this shouldn't cause problems in TV and movies, the mannerisms do creep in. The quick, approx. 7 page chapters with 3-6 panels means that things are done in broad strokes. As the medium gets more formulaic, I find these strokes less interesting. I much prefer manga from 50s-70s because the best of the time deeply explored characters and was ruthless in inflicting horrible events on characters. There is some great current stuff you've shown me (Death Note, Yotsuba&!) but I wonder if this just means that the mature stuff isn't getting translated and printed here.

  2. I think you're right about how much the time pressures dictate certain effects on the medium-- on the other hand I have seen some manga following the same troes that clearly has a longer time frame in the stories between publication-- I wonder how much is weekly and how much monthly theses days. It reminds me a little of the difference quality between some American and some British TV-- where in the latter there's a focus on much smaller runs and generally there's a higher standard. I remember some commentary about Homicide, one of my favorite shows, where clearly the pressure to produce a full season really affected the whole of it.

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