The Animation Crossroadsnote Working titles included "The Keeper Of Cartoons", "The Keeper of Animation", and "the Animated Lands Chronicles" is a Deconstruction Crossover trilogy being developed by Pumpkin Lore. It follows Dedra Rockwell, an ambitious young girl in Thalia, the capital of Anima. Due to her dream of being an Inter-Universe explorer and a vague childhood memory, Dedra has been stalking tracking the Scarecrow, a mysterious figure who is a powerful Seeker, one who can track down and even create worldgates. One night, Dedra gets up the nerve to approach the Scarecrow, revealing that the Scarecrow is Terrence Skellington. He wakes up from sleep walk and doesn't remember anything to do with his Scarecrow persona. Terrence asks Dedra to help him regain his memories, which she eagerly agrees to.However, the recent worldgate shifts have made Terrence both potentially powerful and dangerous, and there are many people who would do anything to control him and his powers; King Gregory, who is desperate to find a cure for the worldgate shifts; Morgana Circe, who thinks King Gregory is unsuited for the throne and wants to overthrow him; and a mysterious La Résistance, whose purposes are unknown.Suddenly, it's up to Dedra to protect Terrence and for both of them to stop The End of the World as We Know It, diving deep into political intrigue, meeting many famous animated characters, and braving many dangers while dealing with the growing affection they have for each other.Expect major changes, as this is a developing project.
Carnivore Confusion: This is a bit of a problem in Anima. Where there's times of famine, things can get very messy. In normal circumstances, Carnivore Confusion is dealt with as thus:
Some animals are non-sentient, and while for the most part it's okay to eat non-sentient animals, it's considered very cruel to eat the flesh of a non-sentient animal in front of a sentient animal of the same species. Also, the arguments of if having a pet is slavery or not varies from sentient animal to sentient animal. If there's plenty of farmland and if a creature can live on a vegan diet, the case is usually so. In the case of where the land is infertile, in the wild, and in the case of prey and predators, however . . .
Carnivorism happens, and we have to deal with it. It still expected that if it's possible to control their instincts, that the predator check and make sure that the prey is non-sentient. Unfortunately, that means that with predatory animals having a lesser sentient rate then prey animals, sentient predatory animals are often discriminated against.
Important / Traumatic Haircut: When the first kidnapper comes back to the cafe that Dedra's uncle owns, he grabs Dedra by her ponytail, forcing her to grab a knife and cut off her ponytail to escape. Unfortunately, this provides Jun's steed a smell to track her and Terrence down.
Magic Versus Science: Played straight with scientists like Jimmy Neutron and wizards like Merlin not getting along well, but otherwise averted, as things like worldgates run on both magic and technology are more efficient then magic or technology on its own. However, science is more regulated by government then magic.
Mama Bear: Amelia, Morgana, Sawyer, and Sally all don't like people messing with their kids.
Die or Fly: Terrence's first time trying to take control of a worldgate is when a worldgate shift threatens to destroy Thalia. Terrence stops the worldgate from destroying Thalia entirely, but the shift still destroys part of Thalia and Terrence nearly dies.
Super-Powered Evil Side: Terrence's Scarecrow persona. This is caused by when Terrence was injured in a worldgate breakdown that cracked open his skull. A rogue spirit was forced from the in-between of the worldgates and, needing a body to keep safe, possessed Terrence while he was weak from injury. Using Terrence natural Seeker abilities to gain energy from worldgates, the spirit, Limbus, have been keeping himself secret from Terrence so he may take over Terrence's body and stop the abuse of the worldgates. The secret is blown by Dedra.