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A Sorta Fairytale
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Sat, Nov. 11th, 2006 03:19 am
Series ending diappointment

Have you ever been watching or reading a series, and really enjoying it, and then you got to the very end, and, for one reason or another, it just fell flat? Maybe something happened that you didn't like--like a beloved character dying in a way that didn't feel fitting, or two characters you wanted paired up being separated. Or maybe there was just something that didn't quite gel--a plot twist that seemed unbelievable or felt like "cheating" on the part of the writers. Or anything, really, that left you feeling like you were robbed of your enjoyment of the series?

Tonight I watched the last disc of Samurai 7, the anime adaptation of Kurusawa's Seven Samurai. The well-known Old West film The Magnificent Seven was also derived from the same storyline. Anyway, that's pretty much how I feel right now. It's so annoying. I was very much looking forward to enjoying the series' denoument when I got the disc in the mail from Netflix this week, and now, *poof*, all my pleasure in the series is gone.

I suppose it was a mistake to watch The Magnificent Seven before getting to the end of the series, because it affected my expectations somewhat. But even apart from that...I think I still would have been annoyed by the very strange characterization-related plot twist that showed up in the last few episodes. That, coupled with the resolution of the young samurai's storyline that didn't take on the swords-to-plowshares theme that it did in The Magnificent Seven, added up to the romantic pairing I wanted getting destroyed. And all of that together led to me being disappointed enough in the ending to retroactively taint my enjoyment of the whole series. BLARGH!

*sigh* Now I want to find something to take my mind off of it. This makes me even more glad that the ending of Furuba is shaping up to be so deeply satisfying.

BTW, I don't always have to have happy endings, it's just that if there are unhappy endings they have to be fitting, and they have to be well-foreshadowed enough that I don't feel like the rug is pulled out from under me completely.


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Sat, Nov. 11th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)

Anime adapted from a manga series, a movie or a novel has a tendency to dissappoint. I have yet to see an anime series that is awesome beyond to the point where it is as good (if not better) as the story's original roots. Why is it that every time anime made a mess of things towards the end?

Furuba is ending beautifully -- much, much, much better than the anime! Although, I think the anime would have a chance if it did not end so suddenly.

Sat, Nov. 11th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)

That's true. I thought the anime of Full Moon had an ending that was about as satisfying as the manga, but that seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Samurai Seven wasn't based on a manga or novel, though. From what I can tell, the original Kurusawa film also pulled the plug on the romance, so I'm not sure it wouldn't have disappointed me, too. Although...I think maybe it wouldn't have been as bad, because from what I understand, there wasn't much to the girl's character in the original film, so it probably wouldn't have felt as much like there was something built up that needed to resolve a certain way in order to not be a let-down.

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Mark Aaron Brannan
Sat, Nov. 11th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Kurosawa's version

hehehe...I think you did get spoiled watching the Magnificent Seven first. It's very Hollywoodized.

You should still watch Kurosawa's version though and see how you feel then. It ends well, sortof, but not everything is going to make you feel warm and fuzzy. It really is supposed to be a story about desperate times where yet, 'the only winners are the farmers'...

Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: Kurosawa's version

Yeah, maybe someday I'll get around to watching it, when I'm not feeling so bitter. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded that he didn't get the girl in the end, if it didn't happen in such an UTTERLY WIERD WAY, which I'm pretty sure is NOT what happened in Kurosawa's version. You'll just have to watch the rest of the series and join me in boggling at this bizarre plot twist. Or maybe you will be smarter than I was and see it coming form a mile away. *shrugs*

As for The Magnificent Seven, I have heard these accusations of "Hollywoodizing" elsewhere as well, but I don't really agree. TMS still had a pretty dark ending, really. The only ray of hope--besides the farmers being saved in general--was that the young guy, who hadn't already given most of his life to the gunslinger's way of life, was sort of redeemed by giving it up and taking the girl instead. I thought that was actually quite supportive of this "the only winners are the farmers" theme. Anyway, I think it probably also added to my disappointment that the anime seemed to promise more of that "Hollywood" ending, because they played up the girl's role so much.

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Too cute for evil
Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)

I have that happen all the time (books, anime, TV series). It makes me sad. :(

that kind of girl
Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)

Hey! I thought I asked you to verify your address, but I haven't got a reply from you, so I'm guessing I totally didn't. I have the 5 Nov Hana to Yume, and I'll get the 20 Nov one when it's out, and then you should have the series that you want, but if you don't let me know. I can keep sending 'em to you, no problem. They are super easy to get.

Anyway, to do all this, I need your address! You can email me, or reply and delete this comment or whatever works. Sorry I've been delaying, I'm the loser. :(

Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)

Awesome! That is perfect. The Nov. 20th issue is actually going to have the final chapter of Fruits Basket, so I'll be glad to have that. I'll email you my address. Also, please let me know what would be the best way for me to reimburse you.

Sorry I've been delaying, I'm the loser.

Nope. I'm the loser, because I still haven't copied the .avi files of the shows I said I was going to send you. But I'm going to do it this afternoon. Last night I cleaned off my desk and I found your address that I had printed out a while ago, and it's laying in my stack of things to do today. :)

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