Western Animated shows, on the whole, are fundamentally different from anime in a number of ways.
The tropes they employee, their general reputation, the style they use–it all combines to create a more lighthearted, comedic atmosphere in comparison to the Japanese medium many know and love. This has led to a format where most Western cartoons tell their stories sporadically. With lots of independent, unrelated stories in between, compared to anime, which continue a single plot without interruption.
However, there are times when these shows choose to focus on a single story, over the course of multiple episodes. These are the episodes that get plot-heavy really quick–the ones that oftentimes are responsible, for creating the most high-stakes, memorable situations of a show. And today, I’ll be talking about my top ten favorite story arcs!
I tried to stick to two criteria for this list. First, only one story arc per series, and second, the arc has to last at least five episodes, or at least be addressed over the course of a series. This was to rule out those hour-long specials, which are so common in Western cartoons. That said, let’s get to it!
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Though a protagonist’s eyes, we experience new worlds.
Playing a video game for the first time, the main character provides a means, through which we experience the world of the game. If the game is fun, dramatic, action-packed, the protagonist should generally reflect that. And of course, some protagonists do this job far better than others, bringing far more to the table than most.
These protagonists are my favorites in all of gaming. Their individual personalities, the ways in which they let the player experience the game, their general design, all combine to create memorable characters that stand as some of the best of the video game medium–at least, in my eyes.
Having said that–here’s my personal top ten protagonists of gaming!
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Some video games have the ability to create wonderful memories, even if they aren’t exactly perceived as great.
These are the underrated games–titles that have some quality, some merit, but are perceived by many as terrible or bad. For whatever reason, these titles end up being hated by the fanbase, or just hated in general, when I believe they deserve far better treatment than that.
Today, we’re going to talk about five of these kinds of games. This list will be based purely on my opinion, so if we disagree, well. I’d love to hear what your thoughts at the end of it!
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The ending of an anime is what separates “great” from “legendary.”
An ending is the last hurrah, the thematic synopsis, the final moments in which an anime can distinguish itself from the rest.
These are some of my personal favorites, not the greatest literary, thematically satisfying, most powerful of all time. So, other endings that would probably be considered the “top” might not be here! Also, obviously, be prepared for spoilers!
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