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Let's make a harem show!:

 101 chihuahua 0, Wed, 5th Oct '11 10:06:22 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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Maybe we should gather together what we have so far?

And maybe arrange a meeting time?

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 103 Wheezy, Thu, 6th Oct '11 10:23:53 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
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That's what "writing committees" usually do, except with ideas instead of tropes?

Also, it's fine to write based on what tropes would be the most fun to use if you're writing something intentionally campy, over-the-top, and troperiffic, but you still need to decide on a plot and mood, then stick to it and build the story around that.

And having 20 people yelling ideas at you, then taking all their suggestions and sticking them arbitrarily onto your story like Lego pieces will really make a mess of things.

edited 6th Oct '11 10:26:17 AM by Wheezy

 104 fruitpork, Thu, 6th Oct '11 1:24:47 PM from in a bowl of candy
So, do we have a consensus on the two main characters? This is what I picked up:

I think we need to flesh out both of them a bit more. Also, I have a few suggestions for other parts of the story:

edited 6th Oct '11 1:25:56 PM by fruitpork

 105 Archereon, Thu, 6th Oct '11 6:44:04 PM from Everywhere.
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After the End + (background elements of) Fighting Shonen + Magical Girl (and boy)?

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 106 chihuahua 0, Thu, 6th Oct '11 7:09:52 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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I think he was joking about the After the End part, but I think we should to Twenty Minutes into the Future and Alternate History, where people can wield magical powers and duel for their honor.

 107 fruitpork, Fri, 7th Oct '11 1:14:52 PM from in a bowl of candy
Well I wasn't quite serious about the After the End idea, but I thought it was a cool idea at the time. Also, I don't know why, put the idea of making this partly a fighting series really puts me off. Can't we just put it in a regular (if Alternate History ) school setting?


edited 7th Oct '11 1:15:03 PM by fruitpork

 108 Wheezy, Fri, 7th Oct '11 2:47:43 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
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[up] I agree. I really prefer my romance stories to be Slice of Life.

However, I think a generic Japanese high school setting is even more cliched than a fighting-based story, although it might be an improvement.
 109 Oh So Into Cats, Fri, 7th Oct '11 3:50:08 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I don't see why "people have magical powers and fight for honor" necessarily translates into "fighting anime." Look at Gankutsuou. Duels for honor and such, but I wouldn't really call it a "fighting anime." The thing one would need to remember is to have the fights be short and decisive, like real duels, and to not create a plot tumor out of training or individual fights.

I do like the idea though, and maybe with the magical powers, most of them could be Mundane Utility evil grin
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 110 fruitpork, Fri, 7th Oct '11 5:47:54 PM from in a bowl of candy
Well, how about we put in a Wrong Genre Savvy character who thinks everyone has superpowers, but only they do? I believe the Wrong Genre Savvy part was mentioned earlier.

Here's an idea - what if some of the haremettes were non-human?

Crickets chirping Hey, c'mon, it worked in SHUFFLE!. And the whole non-humaness doesn't have to interfere with the Slice of Life story - after all, Love Hina had a cursed sword and a girl who gained an Older Alter Ego whenever the moon was red!

If the haremettes WERE non-human, though, I think there should be some variety. Like in Negima!, where there's a Cute Ghost Girl, a Half-Human Hybrid demon, a Time Traveler, a Robot Girl, and a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire.

edited 11th Oct '11 1:44:14 PM by fruitstripegum

 112 fruitpork, Fri, 14th Oct '11 3:12:25 PM from in a bowl of candy
[up] That a good idea, though I think we shouldn't make them all non-human.

Also, sorry for the late reply. Are you guys still alive?

 113 Wheezy, Sat, 15th Oct '11 5:05:45 AM from Tampa, FL. Again.
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Personally, this has gotten too campy for me. Sorry.

edited 15th Oct '11 5:07:56 AM by Wheezy

[up][up]I know. That's why I said some of the haremettes.
 115 fruitpork, Sun, 20th Nov '11 3:42:29 PM from in a bowl of candy
...I hate necroing threads, but does this still seem interesting? I mean, I got a bit off track, so If any one is still interested, what's a more organized way to think of ideas?

Well, think of what makes up a harem anime:

1) First, we need a —>setting<—

2) Then, we need a —>protagonist<—

3) Then, we need the —>people in the harem<—

Easy enough. Then you can add whatever you want. Plot, gimmicks, hijinks, your call.

Then, we write. cool

 117 fruitpork, Mon, 21st Nov '11 3:05:22 PM from in a bowl of candy
[up]Well, we have the two protagonists sketched out, but the rest is still unknown. Any Ideas for the setting, at least?

Well, Tokyo Is The Centre Of The Universe, but if you wanna be original, how about setting it in a different country? Maybe Greece, or Portugal, or Sweden, or France, or Russia, or Germany, or Scotland, or Australia, or...well, you get the idea.
 119 fruitpork, Sun, 27th Nov '11 7:49:23 AM from in a bowl of candy
Tokyo with a dimension portal that leads in several other cities.
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 121 fruitpork, Mon, 28th Nov '11 3:17:02 PM from in a bowl of candy
[up]...Including Manhattan.

Hmmm - what if the harem consisted entirely of the hero's exs, and they all wanted to win the hero back?

Or maybe one of the harem members could be a single parent? How would THAT affect the harem?
 123 fruitpork, Thu, 1st Dec '11 3:25:45 PM from in a bowl of candy
[up] Well, since we've already got the two harem leaders worked out to (presumably) high school age, so that second one might be a bit squicky.

[up]could shift them up to college age, opens it up a lot more to 'exploration' of themes and setting and it's done far less.
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Yeah, that's a good idea. After all, apart from Ai Kora, there IS no Harem Series set in a college.

Although, we'd have to justify the heroes and harem members living together in a college enviroment. Hmmm...does college offer co-ed dormatories?

edited 2nd Dec '11 3:42:27 PM by fruitstripegum

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