Crafting The Perfect Story: The Three Elements of Storytelling

Everyone looks at stories differently.  It’s why people have differing opinions when it comes to stories that we enjoy.  Some of us like anime, manga, or other similar Japanese stories.  Others enjoy the attachment of watching actors on the big screen, or experiencing stories first-hand through a video game.

Stories are universal, but as we all know, every story won’t work for everyone.  Knowing that, I’d like to introduce you today to what I consider my Three Elements of Storytelling–the three factors, that I believe makes a story great, from an objective point of view.

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Reading Between Manga Review: Boku Wa Mari No Naka

Reading manga is an interesting journey.

I don’t know what it is,  but every interesting manga I hear about tends to be one that’s psychologically, thematically, and ethically…weird, to say the least.  I’ve actually made a list of such strange stories in manga, for the simple reason that they’re so, so common.  And, with Boku Wa Mari No Naka, or “Inside Mari,”I can add yet another manga to that list.

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My Top Ten Favorite Stories: #1

Here we are, my favorite story of all time.  Let’s go.

So, up to this point, there’s been a variety of stories that I could call my favorites.  They, at least in my eyes, are some of the best stories of their respective mediums, and have all influenced how I view, and judge stories even today.  However, no story up to this point has influenced my view of storytelling in general than my number one, which I experienced for the first time three years ago.

Suffice to say, my view on stories has changed a lot since then.

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100 Posts: Why I Write, And Moving Forward

Holy shit.

Hey guys, Aaron here, and well, this is the 100th article, or post, on Reading Between.  I just wanted to talk a bit, reflect, on why, and how, exactly I started this blog, and what I want to do in the future regarding it.

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Mob Psycho 100: A Psychosocial Look at Shigeo Kageyama

Mob Psycho 100 is a fun series.

Centered around the story of Shigeo Kageyama, aka Mob, the overpowered psychic youth who just wants to live his life, Mob Psycho 100 wows its audience in multiple ways.  Animation-wise, it’s fantastic, conceptually, it is intriguing, and its characters are engaging and fun.  That being said, our main character is not quite like most other series.

Mob’s a very interesting main character- he’s not designed to be very attractive, he’s not funny for the most part, and comes off as disinterested, when other main characters are passionate and engaged.  He’s an odd one, and I think, given his odd personality, and very restrained nature, he’d be quite an interesting person to psychoanalyze.

Now, this post is going to be a LONG one.  There is a lot to explain about Mob’s psyche, but that just makes it all the more interesting.  Hope you’ll join me for the ride- let’s get into the psychology of Shigeo Kageyama.

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Reading Between Reviews: Attack on Titan Season 1!

Dude.  Attack on Titan, Season 2, drops in four days.  WHAT THE HECK.

That in mind, I’d like to take a look back at the season that kicked the series off, as one of the most popular mainstream anime in recent memory.  A thrill ride from start to finish, the hype for Attack on Titan was quite honestly unprecedented.  I haven’t been able to talk to so many people about an anime in my life, and EVERYONE had a positive thing to say about it.  So, honestly though, how good was season one?

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RB Weekly News #10: Sonic Forces, Sentai’s New Anime, and A Dota 2 University Course!

Hello friends, welcome to the tenth edition of Reading Between Weekly News, for all your anime, manga, and gaming news!  This week, we have some rather intriguing news on the popularity of manga, as well as on the creation of an academic course that directly deals with the huge eSport, Dota 2.  It’s rather interesting stuff, so let’s get to it!

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One Punch Man: Subversion, Storytelling, and Success!

One Punch Man is AWESOME.

I don’t think that’s a secret: it was released to hugely receptive audiences, and quickly rose in popularity almost over night.  An entertaining series that parodied the traditional action/superhero genre, One Punch Man was something new and innovative, with great production value to boot.  However, as many people know, the series did not start out with this great success.

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RB Weekly News #8: SnK Recap Movies, Switch News, and Pokemon’s 20th Movie!

What’s up guys, hope your day’s been going well.  It’s Ayron here, bringing you the latest in the animanga and gaming worlds!  The past week has seen some rather interesting developments, regarding some pretty big anime movies, and of course, has seen the advent of perhaps the most hyped-up video game console of all time.  Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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