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New home for Gintama and "real" version(s) of character(s) 
8th-Oct-2011 01:37 am
Well, after thinking it over, I've decided to post Gintama-related entries on kanaratama from now on. (Other Shounen JUMP series might also show up there from time to time, especially if Gintama has parodied them.)

And just so this entry has something, I'm tagging this on.

I'm wondering, which is the "real" version of a fictional character? Would it have to be the one written by the original creator only? Or would the various incarnations of this character in official adaptations/derivative works be considered "real", too?

For example, mangaka C created and wrote character A from series B. Then series B got adapted into an anime. Now we get a director (or several) working on anime B. Would the version they write of character A in an anime filler (i.e. that is, not based on a manga material), be considered "real"? And, hey, what if there is a crossover and staff (anime or manga or both) from another series has to write character A (and/or other characters from series B)? Will they get series B's characters' characterizations correct? What are the odds that they won't?

I don't know. I might be thinking too much about this. Maybe all I mean is whether the character is canon in an official adaptation (or a collaboration in the case of a crossover, because I assume the two anime studios (and/or the mangakas from the two series) are (probably) okay with how the other series' staff portray their character(s)), in which I would say yes in most cases since I'm a canon compliant and consider whatever the official people put out to be canon. However, there have been instances where fans say a character is written horribly out of character in one or more official sources. But then again, who decides what is out or not out of character? Fans, or official sources/creators? Do fans know characters created by someone else well enough to declare them out of character? Are the people working on official adaptations familiar enough with the characters they work on that they would know not to allow anything out of character to pass to the public eyes?

I think the part under the cut is somewhat confusing (I don't know how to express it better at this moment), but hopefully not totally unreadable...
Earth Day
8th-Oct-2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
You know, I believe you worry too much about being a bother to people, this is your Lj and you should be able to post whatever without worrying if anyone likes what they read. But I suppose in the end it's your decision and if making a comm about it will make you post more about Gintama, I don't mind at all XD

As to the other theme in your post, I'm kind of confused about it, too. Usually I would think that the original manga is the most real version, especially because manga usually is better than anime. But when the anime is more popular than the manga, it gets difficult to remember that the manga is actually the original and the source of the anime...

Maybe there is no real version, there are just parallel versions of the character that exist in each variant of the series.
11th-Oct-2011 08:57 am (UTC)
It was a response (overreacting, perhaps) to what someone did, but I've decided to let the matter go now so I would rather not go into details... In any case, I definitely have a better peace of mind posting Gintama stuff over there. Thank you, though, for your kind words. :)

You raise some good points. Still, I kind of wonder what the criteria is to determine which version is better. Familiarity? Enjoyment? Understanding? Relatability? Having favorite (3-D) people working on it? Perhaps the real version to someone is simply the version they like more...
11th-Oct-2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
If you feel better that all your posts are there, then it's all good :)

Perhaps the real version to someone is simply the version they like more... Lol, you know, I think this is actually the most likely explanation, everyone considers true version the one they like best :)
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