After last week’s column on the “trapped in an MMO” genre, I was feeling pretty frisky about genre analysis, so I went back to sweep up the shows people mentioned that I didn’t address. This time, however, I’m playing around with the idea of genre and “gamified world” settings—it gets a bit more theoretical and less pointed than last weeks, but I think the post is more fun because the ideas are more adventurous.
Phew, this is the last time I ever do an Aniwords without a question in the title. The response to this piece has been way weaker than last weeks and I’m pretty convinced that the title has a lot to do with it. Lesson learned—the average internet reader is attracted to really simple things.
Once again, I don’t have all that much to add, as I’ve said a pretty much all I have to say about the topic in this post, so instead I’ll plug selector infected WIXOSS, the show I cite in the article as something of a deconstruction of the very idea of a gamified world. WIXOSS was a messy show (as most Okada-written productions are) in a lot of ways, but it also was pretty darn smart and consistently entertaining and engaging. It probably won’t be a show for everyone, but I say—give it a try! I like it pretty well, and intend to review it for Otaku Review in November when Funimation’s BD release comes out.
Anyways, I guess I might as well as for some feedback at this point—what do you guys think of the Aniwords columns so far? This week’s installment was my tenth piece for Crunchyroll, so I’m curious to hear what you, my most favorite readers, have thought about this new adventure to this point.