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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My Top Five Narratives in Anime!

Anime has the potential to be many things.  It can be pure entertainment, it can provide social commentary, and can spark extreme amounts of emotion.  It can be many different things, but one of the things I’ve loved seeing the most has been a good, strong, narrative.

Narratives have often been associated with literature- epic, iconic stories passed down through the ages.  From the Epic of Gilgamesh, to Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, we’ve come a long way.   And now, I believe such stories can be told through mediums like video games, manga, western animations, and of course, anime.

This will be an opinionated list, as to what anime I consider to have the greatest narratives.  I’ve looked for symbolism, thematic consistency, a concrete story, and enjoyable characters to follow, in judging this list.  Also, I will only be including anime I have personally watched fully- so sadly, I will not be including some old classics that I haven’t gotten to watch quite yet.  All that being said, let’s start it off!

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Some of My Favorites: Five Emotional Anime!

Anime is a great thing.

And I don’t mean that purely as a memetic statement, I think it’s  great that Japan embraces animation as a means of expression.  Cartoons in America are exemplified by Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, with a mainstream focus on kids, rather than adults.  Even the animation geared towards adults in America are comedies, like the Simpsons and Family Guy.  However, over in Japan, we can get stories that are, without a doubt, on par with the best TV shows America has to offer.  Through animation, it has become possible to tell thematically intricate, powerful stories- stories that have the ability to touch the hearts of those who watch them.

There are many, many such stories, too many for any one person to watch all on their own, but as someone who’s watched a decent amount, I’d like to share the anime that made me teary-eyed at points.  There’s too many to name, and more waiting to be discovered, but this won’t be a comprehensive list.   This’ll just be a quick list of some of the best (in my opinion) anime to get those emotions stimulated!

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Why YOU Should Read Goodnight Punpun

I was at a loss for what to write about for a while.  Should I go back to something something Xenoblade Chronicles, should I talk about another anime I’ve been watching, should I enter the world of visual novels on this blog?  After all, this IS still a new blog.   But then, I revisited this old gem, and damn.  I feel like I’ve been saying nothing but either positive, or analytical stuff, but I’d like to indulge myself one more time to talk about one of my personal favorite stories of all time, Oyasumi Punpun, or Goodnight Punpun, by Inio Asano.

This post will be heavily, HEAVILY based on opinion, and opinion alone, so if that doesn’t interest you, then.  Well.  Eh.  What can ya do.  Regardless, for those who continue onward, let’s get talking about life, humanity, and what exactly makes this story one of the all-time greats.

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