Here are my notes from the Revenge of the Tropes panel yesterday at Continuum X: Carneval of Lost Souls. I enjoyed doing this panel again, and hope that everyone else involved did as well.
Brendan Podger (@tintinaus)
Candice Schilder (@spaetleselexia)
a) Brief description then segue to
b) Earliest usage that the panellists can remember
c) Best usage that each panellist can remember
d) Is this trope generally a good or a bad thing to see included
e) Is this trope a trigger to flee screaming
|Description||Character names that carry meanings or significance, and should alert the watcher to what the character is likely to be or do. Often missed by western viewers who can’t read the kanji.|
|Earliest||Magic Knight Rayearth||Fruits Baskets||Sailor Moon – all of the characters|
|Best||Nagi no Asukara (“Centre” and “Beautiful Ocean”)||Sailor Moon||Sailor Moon|
|Good or Bad?||Useful signal||Can be useful||Can be useful|
|Description||One guy (or girl), many girls (or guys). At least 3|
|Earliest||Ranma? Urusei Yatsura?||Fruits Basket||Fushigi Yuigi|
|Best||Ouran High Host Club||Steins Gate||Brothers Conflict|
|Good or Bad?||Bad||Neutral||Good – reverseBad – normal|
|Flee?||Not quite||Not yet||Not quite|
|Trope||He Has To Be The Hero|
|Description||The hero’s journey type of story, but sometimes the character shouldn’t BE the hero, or maybe a no more than a sidekick. Can ruin a series done badly.|
|Earliest||Robotech||Zoids: Chaotic Century||Card Captor Sakura|
|Best||SDF: Macross||Zoids: Genesis||Card Captor Sakura|
|Worst||Gunbuster||Garden of Sinners (ruins the show at one point)||Sailor Moon / Miaka (need to pull it together)|
|Good or Bad?||I tend to favour this||Bad, esp when done badly.|
|Description||Fanservice for all! Filler ahoy!|
|Best||Arpeggio of Blue Steel||Yamato 2199 (made sense in context)Full Metal Panic||Ouran High Host ClubHanakimi|
|Worst||A Certain Scientific Railgun||Naruto had a bad one|
|Good or Bad?||Generally bad||Generally Bad||Generally Bad|
|Flee?||Yes||Wouldn’t tend to watch these shows anyway|
After this the panel moved on to some fairly general discussion of tropes, particularly around mecha, the One True Pilot, excessive fanservice, and bunch of other things.
I had a lot of fun doing this panel. I hope the audience and my co-panellists did as well. I thank everyone for putting up with my moderation.
Plug For Monday (but not for me)
Unfortunately I’ll be at the airport by then but Candice is putting on a superb Visual Tropes in Anime presentation on Monday at 4PM. I strongly recommend seeing this presentation, especially if you’re at all interested in the visual language of anime. I saw it at SwanCon and I’m regretting not being able to see it again.