Charlie lent me eight tapes of Escaflowne. I can’t tell if I’m warming up to it, or if I’m just getting used to it, but the show is full of anime cliches.

  1. Teenage protagonists (especially schoolgirls)
  2. Impossible hairstyles
  3. Cheezy themesong about highschool “love”
  4. Lack of internal logic
  5. A cat girl
  6. Love at first sight
    • which facilitates another cliche: Love triangles, squares, pentagons and other n sided love polyhedrons where n is an integer approaching infinity
  7. Unnecessary, unlikely technology, like giant robots

But since one of the stories that I’m working on for the RISING STARS OF MANGA contest is a parody it’s all fuel for the fire.

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