Tokei Shikake Tenshi wrote:I feel as he relies too much on despair to add depth to a character, which doesn't really work for me. IMO despair doesn't add any depth. That's just me, though. Still love the characters to bit <3
The "death' thing... I already replied about it so I'm not going to do it again.
But about despair... well, if you disagree that death can help explore a character and develop them then it's okay.
But what despair does isn't just that. It also gives the certain character as well as the watchers : sadness, the feeling of loss and the feeling of meaning-less, as well as the wish to change and further: hope of tomorrow.
When one character feels despair, usually it ought to affect other characters which in terms would bring you to that troupe I said: "We will become stronger" etc etc.
Or even if it doesn't, usually something ought to happen to the story that would help the character and the story progress.
It's because leaving despair just like that in a story tends to have a... "half-bitten" feelings. Like: the story isn't complete etc etc and writers of television shows often don't dare to take the bet and do that, because it usually won't be accepted well by people who have been spending their time on a regular basis watching it and expecting a proper ending.
If it's a movie, it's different, though.
Tokei Shikake Tenshi wrote:
Also, I'm a Kamen Rider fan. So maybe you need to read this before you completely understand my dislike for Madoka's popularity (rather than the show itself):
I... don't have to explain this, am I?
It's symbolism, and also a troupe(s) that has been used for years, and Kamen Rider isn't the first to package it that way, either.
(I watched Kamen Rider Ryuki, too. Don't watch many of it because I don't like Kamen Rider but I have to admit that despite everything, Kamen Rider Ryuki is pretty decent and actually got me expecting it.)
Sorry, I'm too lazy + a bit too busy to open some reference and talk about it, after all.
But I'd like to recommend reading some of the inspirations for these two shows: Stephen King works, and of course, Nietzsche.
Not that you'll find the reason for the similarities there, but you'd understand why two shows with same inspirations can end up with the same progression.
ps.: Oh shit I ended up writing a reply long enough for an essay. I have to cut a lot of things out.