Damn, I forgot the Japanese name. I knew it was missing something!
I never actually got around to playing BG&E and by the time I wanted to, saw the way it was being mistreated by its makers and just kind of lost heart in checking it out. I go through that enough with tv, thank you!
She might dress skimpy, btw, but I think my personal favourite RPG heroine has to be Millenia from Grandia II. Game Arts’ other characters are good, but also really cliche’d intentionally. Game Arts has a thing about doing Cliche, but doing it WELL
such as in flagship series Lunar. Millenia is different from the way they normally write though, she’s a demon that while quite a bloodthirsty kinkydomme (just check out her specials sometime) she is more loving and considerate and self-sacrificing towards her nakama and innocents than the so-called ‘chaste and noble’ priestess chick, or any of her pseudo-Catholic flock that condemn her and want to burn her are, really. And yet her completely-at-odds-with-self personality doesn’t lead her to mope or be somber about everyone’s mistrust and hate, she giggles and takes it in stride. She is like the Pinkie Pie version of Planescape’s Falls-From-Grace. (in fact, before the bounty hunter main hero is defrosted, he basically gives no fucks about a child whose life is threatened, while the DEMON’S
response is along the lines of “How dare you threaten that blind child you fanatical bitch, IF YOU HURT HER I WILL TEAR OUT YOUR FUCKING RIBS AND STAB YOU IN THE EYES,” but of course in more kid-friendly E-rating printable language) She was just all kinds of amazing.
Ah ok. I rarely keep up with TV either but these were sorta like MLP to me, I got rec’d over and over, then I started watching mid-season of 2, archive binged, became a fan of everything from background gags, well constructed story arcs, snappy dialogue, really got into the fandumz etc. If you’ll excuse the tl;dr explanation here is basically what went wrong in S4
My post ran pretty long so I decided to pastebin the actual S4 commentary.
All that in there is basically why I hate mainstream styles of writing. My guess is studio execs were like “Make it more like X which has twice your viewership, couch potatoes aren’t smart enough to continue following this plotweb.” ignoring the fact they probably dropped long ago, and then it’s just instantly ‘lel randumb M Night twist’ and loads of people getting killed for no reason. Those two series started out being written more like good books, and then all the expository scenes got cut down, fights occurred more often, guns came out faster, etc and so forth. All felt like crutches to avoid having to actually plot out intelligent sequences. I never watched Firefly but if what its fans said was true about Fox’s involvement, if they hadn’t canceled it outright then it would be going this route. Space Above and Beyond was the last primetime series I remember having an interest in, and it went that way for exactly one ep, then was completely canceled after the viewer revolt.