History GenreDeconstruction / AnimeAndManga

16th Nov '17 10:14:16 AM MasterN
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is, for the majority of the series, a pretty thorough deconstruction of the MagicalGirl genre. The premise starts simple. Young NaiveEverygirl Madoka Kaname and her WideEyedIdealist friend Sayaka Miki are approached by MentorMascot Kyubey, and the relative CoolBigSis and TeamMom Mami Tomoe, where they are given the opportunity to become {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s and fight to help [[SaveTheWorld save the universe]]. They are granted [[MakeAWish one wish]], that can be anything they want; in exchange, they will have to battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called [[WitchSpecies witches]] for the rest of thier lives, culminating in a final battle against BigBad Walpurgisnacht, a powerful witch who will soon destroy the world. A DarkMagicalGirl, Homura Akemi, is opposed to this deal, and is constantly trying to prevent the two from making a contract. Eventually, they come into conflict with ''another'' DarkMagicalGirl, Kyoko Sakura, who is selfish, bratty, and doesn’t give one lick about saving people or the universe. Sounds reasonable enough. Then the show demonstrates exactly what happens to those young girls who are forced into fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with no chance at a normal life.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is, for the majority of the series, a pretty thorough deconstruction of the MagicalGirl genre. The premise starts simple. Young NaiveEverygirl Madoka Kaname and her WideEyedIdealist friend Sayaka Miki are approached by MentorMascot Kyubey, and the relative CoolBigSis and TeamMom Mami Tomoe, where they are given the opportunity to become {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s and fight to help [[SaveTheWorld save the universe]]. They are granted [[MakeAWish one wish]], that can be anything they want; in exchange, they will have to battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called [[WitchSpecies witches]] for the rest of thier lives, culminating in a final battle against BigBad Walpurgisnacht, a powerful witch who will soon destroy the world. A They also fight against a DarkMagicalGirl, Homura Akemi, who is opposed to this deal, and is constantly trying to prevent the two from making a contract. Eventually, they come into conflict with contract; and ''another'' DarkMagicalGirl, Kyoko Sakura, who is selfish, bratty, and doesn’t give one lick about saving people or the universe. Sounds reasonable enough. Then the show demonstrates exactly what happens to those young girls who are forced into fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with no chance at a normal life.



** Kyubey [[spoiler:shows exactly what kind of "[[TreacherousAdvisor mentor]]" would knowingly send girls off to their death, without giving the full details, and more importantly ''why'' he would that - it's revealed that he [[ManBehindTheMan sets up magical girls to turn into]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the very monsters they fight]], getting innocent humans killed in the process, so he can harvest humanity’s despair as energy. And even his seemingly noble goal of wanting to save the universe is deconstructed, as he is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with BlueAndOrangeMorality: he's [[PoweredByAForsakenChild gathering that energy to stave off the heat death of the universe]]]].

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** Kyubey [[spoiler:shows exactly what kind of "[[TreacherousAdvisor mentor]]" would knowingly send girls off to their death, without giving the full details, and more importantly ''why'' he would that - it's revealed that he [[ManBehindTheMan sets up magical girls to turn into]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the very monsters they fight]], getting innocent humans killed in the process, so he can harvest humanity’s despair as energy. And even his seemingly noble goal of wanting to save the universe is deconstructed, as he is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with BlueAndOrangeMorality: he's [[PoweredByAForsakenChild gathering that energy to stave off the heat death of the universe]]]].universe.]] So Kyubey has a noble goal, but manages to be the villain because of [[TheUnfettered a willingness to stoop to any means deemed necessary]], [[MoralSociopathy with no regard to anyone’s feelings or lives.]]]]



** And then, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' comes about and finds more things to deconstruct: [[spoiler: Madoka's HeroicSacrifice turns out to be a source of much pain and regret for both her and Homura, [[IronWoobie Homura]] finally breaks and ends up using ThePowerOfLove to take away Madoka's powers not despite, but rather because of her devotion to Madoka, and to culminate it all, an ending that is extremely objectionable from a purely moral point of view [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends up with most of the cast happier and the world a better place than it has ever been]]]]. In addition, [[spoiler: the Incubators’ noble goal [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist is ultimately revealed to be self-serving]], as they’re willing to resurrect the witch system that brought so much pain and suffering just because they find the new system too “inefficient” to save the universe.]]

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** And then, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' comes about and finds more things to deconstruct: [[spoiler: Madoka's HeroicSacrifice turns out to be a source of much pain and regret for both her and Homura, [[IronWoobie Homura]] finally breaks and ends up using ThePowerOfLove to take away Madoka's powers not despite, but rather because of her devotion to Madoka, and to culminate it all, an ending that is extremely objectionable from a purely moral point of view [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends up with most of the cast happier and the world a better place than it has ever been]]]]. In addition, [[spoiler: the Incubators’ noble goal [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist is ultimately revealed revealed]] [[{{Hypocrite}} to be self-serving]], as they’re willing to resurrect the witch system that brought so much pain and suffering just because they find the new system too “inefficient” to save the universe.]]universe]]. In fact, a major theme throughout the series is that noble intentions, no matter what they are, do not justify extreme methods that disregard the rights and feelings of others; and intentions can become corrupted if the underlying motive is [[SecretlySelfish ultimately selfish]].
14th Nov '17 10:21:09 PM MasterN
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is, for the majority of the series, a pretty thorough deconstruction of the MagicalGirl genre. The premise starts simple. Young NaiveEverygirl Madoka and her WideEyedIdealist friend Sayaka, are approached by MentorMascot Kyubey, and the relative CoolBigSis Mami, where they are given the opportunity to become {{Magical Girl}}s. In exchange, they are granted one wish, that can be anything they want, but they will have to fight demonic entities called witches for the rest of their lives. In addition, a DarkMagicalGirl, Homura, is opposed to this, and is constantly trying to prevent the two from making a contract. Sounds reasonable enough. Then the show demonstrates exactly what happens to those young girls who are forced into fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with no chance at a normal life.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is, for the majority of the series, a pretty thorough deconstruction of the MagicalGirl genre. The premise starts simple. Young NaiveEverygirl Madoka Kaname and her WideEyedIdealist friend Sayaka, Sayaka Miki are approached by MentorMascot Kyubey, and the relative CoolBigSis Mami, and TeamMom Mami Tomoe, where they are given the opportunity to become {{Magical Girl}}s. In exchange, they Girl Warrior}}s and fight to help [[SaveTheWorld save the universe]]. They are granted [[MakeAWish one wish, wish]], that can be anything they want, but want; in exchange, they will have to fight demonic entities battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called witches [[WitchSpecies witches]] for the rest of their lives. In addition, thier lives, culminating in a final battle against BigBad Walpurgisnacht, a powerful witch who will soon destroy the world. A DarkMagicalGirl, Homura, Homura Akemi, is opposed to this, this deal, and is constantly trying to prevent the two from making a contract.contract. Eventually, they come into conflict with ''another'' DarkMagicalGirl, Kyoko Sakura, who is selfish, bratty, and doesn’t give one lick about saving people or the universe. Sounds reasonable enough. Then the show demonstrates exactly what happens to those young girls who are forced into fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s with no chance at a normal life.



** Kyoko [[spoiler:had a hard childhood. As the daughter of a disrespected priest who’s radical ideas were seen as crazy, she and her family struggled just to get something to eat. Her wish was for people to finally listen to her father, and they did- but it’s implied she was unwittingly putting them under MindControl. When the father found out, he rejected his daughter and called her a witch. Soon, he became depressed and eventually killed himself and his family. This convinced Kyoko that being selfless only leads to disaster.]]



** Kyubey [[spoiler:shows exactly what kind of "mentor" would knowingly send girls off to their death, without giving the full details, and more importantly ''why'' he would that - it's revealed that he sets up magical girls to turn into the very monsters they fight so he can harvest their energy. And even his supposed villainy is deconstructed as he is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with BlueAndOrangeMorality: he's [[PoweredByAForsakenChild gathering that energy to stave off the heat death of the universe]]]].

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** Kyubey [[spoiler:shows exactly what kind of "mentor" "[[TreacherousAdvisor mentor]]" would knowingly send girls off to their death, without giving the full details, and more importantly ''why'' he would that - it's revealed that he [[ManBehindTheMan sets up magical girls to turn into into]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the very monsters they fight fight]], getting innocent humans killed in the process, so he can harvest their humanity’s despair as energy. And even his supposed villainy seemingly noble goal of wanting to save the universe is deconstructed deconstructed, as he is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with BlueAndOrangeMorality: he's [[PoweredByAForsakenChild gathering that energy to stave off the heat death of the universe]]]].



** And then, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' comes about and finds more things to deconstruct: [[spoiler: Madoka's HeroicSacrifice turns out to be a source of much pain and regret for both her and Homura, [[IronWoobie Homura]] finally breaks and ends up using ThePowerOfLove to take away Madoka's powers not despite, but rather because of her devotion to Madoka, and to culminate it all, an ending that is extremely objectionable from a purely moral point of view [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends up with most of the cast happier and the world a better place than it has ever been]]]].

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** And then, ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' comes about and finds more things to deconstruct: [[spoiler: Madoka's HeroicSacrifice turns out to be a source of much pain and regret for both her and Homura, [[IronWoobie Homura]] finally breaks and ends up using ThePowerOfLove to take away Madoka's powers not despite, but rather because of her devotion to Madoka, and to culminate it all, an ending that is extremely objectionable from a purely moral point of view [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends up with most of the cast happier and the world a better place than it has ever been]]]]. In addition, [[spoiler: the Incubators’ noble goal [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist is ultimately revealed to be self-serving]], as they’re willing to resurrect the witch system that brought so much pain and suffering just because they find the new system too “inefficient” to save the universe.]]
3rd Oct '17 7:53:46 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Secret Plot'' and [[MeaningfulName "Secret Plot Deep"]] initially/ostensibly comes off as another TeacherStudentRomance H-manga series about {{Hot Teacher}}s and the various boys they seduce, specifically [[BiggusDickus Masaki]], ''then'' it sets in how much of a CrapsackWorld they live in:

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* ''Secret Plot'' and [[MeaningfulName "Secret ''[[MeaningfulName Secret Plot Deep"]] Deep]]'' initially/ostensibly comes off as another TeacherStudentRomance H-manga series about {{Hot Teacher}}s and the various boys they seduce, specifically [[BiggusDickus Masaki]], ''then'' it sets in how much of a CrapsackWorld they live in:



** It is to note though that being TrappedInAnotherWorld, getting superpowers there and becoming a famous hero etc. is just as realistic as being TrappedInAnotherWorld and none of it happening: None at all.

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** It is to note though that being TrappedInAnotherWorld, getting superpowers there and becoming a famous hero etc. is just as realistic as being TrappedInAnotherWorld and none of it happening: None at all.all.
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16th Sep '17 6:58:28 PM Bartzv
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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Emiya Shirou's life story is a quite literally an embodiment of a deconstruction of MartyrWithoutACause, ChronicHeroSyndrome, and other related "hero" tropes.

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Emiya Shirou's life story is a quite literally an the embodiment of a deconstruction of MartyrWithoutACause, ChronicHeroSyndrome, and other related "hero" tropes.tropes deconstructed.
30th Aug '17 11:24:39 PM Bartzv
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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' deconstructs the MagicalGirl genre to the point of MindScrew. In particular, it deconstructs the fairy tale archetypes of [[PrincelyYoungMan the Prince]], [[PrincessClassic the Princess]], and the WickedWitch. [[http://etrangere.livejournal.com/318410.html?nc=17 This essay]] goes into more detail on the subject.

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' deconstructs the MagicalGirl genre [[{{Shojo}} Shōjo]] conventions to the point of MindScrew. In particular, it deconstructs the fairy tale archetypes of [[PrincelyYoungMan the Prince]], [[PrincessClassic the Princess]], and the WickedWitch. [[http://etrangere.livejournal.com/318410.html?nc=17 This essay]] goes into more detail on the subject.
14th Aug '17 11:29:34 PM Bartzv
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** Furthermore, being a {{NEET}} with only minor hand-to-hand combat skills in a world full of powerful people means he's too weak and unskilled to fight anyone himself. His power doesn't lend itself to combat and he isn't skilled enough in magic to use it effectively.[[note]]He does gain some potent magical abilities later in the web novel, but they're such a double-edged sword that he can't use them often[[/note]] As a result he has to rely on his wits and people that are stronger than him to make it out of battles alive (and this typically only happens after he's gone through several loops of dying first).

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** Furthermore, being a {{NEET}} with only minor hand-to-hand combat skills in a world full of powerful people means he's too weak and unskilled to fight anyone himself. His power doesn't lend itself to combat and he isn't skilled enough in magic to use it effectively.[[note]]He does gain some potent magical abilities later in the web novel, but they're such a double-edged sword that he can't use them often[[/note]] often.[[/note]] As a result he has to rely on his wits and people that are stronger than him to make it out of battles alive (and this typically only happens after he's gone through several loops of dying first).
14th Aug '17 11:28:21 PM Bartzv
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** Furthermore, being a {{NEET}} with only minor hand-to-hand combat skills in a world full of powerful people means he's too weak and unskilled to fight anyone himself. His power doesn't lend itself to combat and he isn't skilled enough in magic to use it effectively.[[note]]He does gain some potent magical abilities later in the web novel, but they're such a double-edged sword that he can't use them often[[/note]] As a result he has to rely on his wits and people that are stronger than him to make it out of battles alive (and this typically only happens after he's gone through several loops of dying first).
14th Aug '17 9:59:38 PM Bartzv
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** What may very well be the biggest, most [[{{Anvilicious}} unsubtle]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped but most important example]] of this comes with Subaru's massively [[TearJerker tear inducing]] self induced TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, where he comes to the conclusion that no matter how hard he tries, he's not be the hero that he thought he was due to being trapped in another world, in how all his goofy moments where he comes across as a complete moron and a self serving jerk are the only way to mask how empty he feels inside, how he has, and I quote, "no character", essentially becoming a massive TakeThat at the idea that being a {{NEET}} in another world and having gained some sort of power doesn't make your life automatically awesome as a result. The speech in question:

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** What may very well be the biggest, most [[{{Anvilicious}} unsubtle]] [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped but most important example]] of this comes with Subaru's massively [[TearJerker tear inducing]] self induced TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, where he comes to the conclusion that no matter how hard he tries, he's not be the hero that he thought he was due to being trapped in another world, in how all his goofy moments where he comes across as a complete moron and a self serving jerk are the only way to mask how empty he feels inside, how he has, and I quote, "no character", essentially becoming a massive TakeThat at the idea that being a {{NEET}} in another world and having gained some sort of power doesn't make makes your life automatically awesome as a result. The speech in question:
27th Jun '17 8:11:51 PM Stinkoman87
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** One of the characters has the power of being able to see and hear duel spirits, a staple of heroes of the franchise and others like it. That character is [[BigBad Z-ARC]], who is partially motivated by hearing the spirits cry over having to fight for other's entertainment.
25th May '17 2:45:24 PM WillBGood
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* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' somewhat lightheartly deconstructs Mecha and especially Yamato. As shown in the first arc alone just because you have an advance state of the art ship with the latest in hardware and the best, yet quirky crew, doesn't mean you can OneManArmy an army that's nearly limitless and GenreSavvy about the flaws of said ship, the young Captain isn't emotionally prepared to handle SadisticChoice, the Fanboy HotShotPilot gets killed in a mutiny in an non-heroic manner, the other HotShotPilot is an emotional wreck who wants to be a cook AND has made a very unhealthy LoveTriangle. Oh and a colony blew up, so nearly two weeks of nothing to do but handling the funerals of the THOUSANDS of people on board, and the crew nearly mutiny because their contracts don't allow them to pork. And to top it all off they failed in their mission and are only alive by SHEER LUCK. It only gets worse from there, [[spoiler: Especially when the true nature of the Jovians is revealed.]]

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* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' somewhat lightheartly deconstructs Mecha and especially Yamato. As shown in the first arc alone just because you have an advance state of the art ship with the latest in hardware and the best, yet quirky crew, doesn't mean you can OneManArmy an army that's nearly limitless and GenreSavvy about the flaws of said ship, the young Captain isn't emotionally prepared to handle SadisticChoice, the Fanboy HotShotPilot AcePilot gets killed in a mutiny in an non-heroic manner, the other HotShotPilot AcePilot is an emotional wreck who wants to be a cook AND has made a very unhealthy LoveTriangle. Oh and a colony blew up, so nearly two weeks of nothing to do but handling the funerals of the THOUSANDS of people on board, and the crew nearly mutiny because their contracts don't allow them to pork. And to top it all off they failed in their mission and are only alive by SHEER LUCK. It only gets worse from there, [[spoiler: Especially when the true nature of the Jovians is revealed.]]
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