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Taifood



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:32 am Reply with quote
“Hello, I am Hiro Mashima. And I am a manga god.”

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. People are enabling this stupidity.
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Snakebit1995



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:49 am Reply with quote
Taifood wrote:
“Hello, I am Hiro Mashima. And I am a manga god.”

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. People are enabling this stupidity.


Pretty sure it a joke friendo, he's probably not being serious.
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Taifood



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:00 pm Reply with quote
Snakebit1995 wrote:
Taifood wrote:
“Hello, I am Hiro Mashima. And I am a manga god.”

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. People are enabling this stupidity.


Pretty sure it a joke friendo, he's probably not being serious.
Wouldn't have been as bad if the next paragraph didn't continue to justify it, like popularity=quality of mangaka'ing or something.

"You can't fault him for his logic."

Actually I can. Easily.
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Punch Drunk Marc



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:03 pm Reply with quote
Snakebit1995 wrote:
Taifood wrote:
“Hello, I am Hiro Mashima. And I am a manga god.”

I don't want to live on this planet anymore. People are enabling this stupidity.


Pretty sure it a joke friendo, he's probably not being serious.


I like how you said "Probably"
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BlueBeast33



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:24 pm Reply with quote
Interesting interview, though there were a number of grammatical errors that I noticed.

I may not have cared for Fairy Tail much at all after a certain point, but I did appreciate Rave Master a lot as a series. So because of that I'm willing to check out Mashima's new work whenever it comes out.
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ultimatehaki



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:28 pm Reply with quote
"I really wanted to make sure none of my characters died"

So instead of writing out scenarios where they could have a chance of surviving, I just had them survive the most impossible crap ever and basically had the dragon balls in there as back up too.

It was a successful series tho so meh, more power to him I guess
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Bloodstrain



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:53 pm Reply with quote
Fairy Tail has 60 million copies in print, not 260. Might want to fix that. People Might think the series is good with those numbers.
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FackuIkari



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:42 pm Reply with quote
"The fact that I didn't know what was going to happen next was actually the best part of working on this serie"

And the big giant main problem, everything comes out of nowhere and feels like an asspull because guess what?... it was!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:50 pm Reply with quote
If Hiro Mashima ever creates something new, less fanserves would be highly appreciated. Neutral
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:02 pm Reply with quote
I could understand if you're relatively new to anime, and didn't already know how generic shonen stories play out, but for everyone else, you should be ashamed that you expected this franchise to be anything other than a straightforward "friendship conquers all, nobody really dies, all conflict is resolved by the protagonist throwing a single punch" framework.

You really should know better by now, and the people who do know better and still enjoyed Fairy Tail anyway did so because they had no preconceptions about what kind of series it was going to be. Next time, temper your expectations with reality, and maybe you'll have more fun with what was always going to be a pretty schlocky abs-and-boobs title.
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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:17 pm Reply with quote
ultimatehaki wrote:
"I really wanted to make sure none of my characters died"

So instead of writing out scenarios where they could have a chance of surviving, I just had them survive the most impossible crap ever and basically had the dragon balls in there as back up too.
Yeah he really took the piss when it came to character deaths or even being defeated.I remember when he squandered a great opportunity of having a main character die. It was the head of the guild who stayed behind to fend off a dragon and save everyone. But then they all came back and formed a friendship barrier.

I would never of had a problem with no one dying if the possibility had been teased so often. And it is nearly always overblown and dramatic.
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SpaceTheGamer



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:18 pm Reply with quote
So the reason why no one dies in FT is because he didn't like how sad Rave Master was....... I'm sorry what?!?!?! That's what was good about Rave Master!! Why would ever decide to throw that away and revive every seamingly dead characters with BS Deus-ex-machinas!??!
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AstroNerdBoy



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:47 pm Reply with quote
Though I do like Mashima-sensei, what I got out of this interview is confirmation of what I already knew. He makes it up as he goes and continuity be damned. Thus, massive retconning and deus ex machina moments.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:52 pm Reply with quote
I think I've spoiled myself with stuff like Evangelion, because I go into EVERY anime expecting every character to die. Even slice of life.

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MarshalBanana



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:53 pm Reply with quote
BodaciousSpacePirate wrote:
I could understand if you're relatively new to anime, and didn't already know how generic shonen stories play out, but for everyone else, you should be ashamed that you expected this franchise to be anything other than a straightforward "friendship conquers all, nobody really dies, all conflict is resolved by the protagonist throwing a single punch" framework.

You really should know better by now, and the people who do know better and still enjoyed Fairy Tail anyway did so because they had no preconceptions about what kind of series it was going to be. Next time, temper your expectations with reality, and maybe you'll have more fun with what was always going to be a pretty schlocky abs-and-boobs title.
I'm not ashamed at all, I had reasonable expectations. Like most long running battle shonens it started out rather formulaic. Other examples would be how Ushio & Tora started out as a standard monster of the week show, Hunter X Hunter started out as a simple kids go on an adventure, One Piece was a villain of the week type of show. It was just as I expected it to be,

But as the series goes on, you expect it to evolve and try new things. Not become stagnant and lazy. Needless was a show I knew would be schlocky, as it was incredibly obvious from the start, and even that was a bit more thoughtful with character development. FT had put some effort into it's world and seemed ready to expand into something.

I was never expecting fine art or even a well thought out epic adventure, I was expecting a competently put together action show with some character development.
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