Harry P

Harry P

I enjoy reading and analysing literature, film, and animation. I enjoy deep analysis of WHY we like media and WHAT is good about it. I seek to extend this joy to others.

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    The role of fillers in anime: Is there a way around them?

    Analyse the role fillers play in anime to protect long running anime series from running out of source material. Fillers in anime are used to prolong a certain stage of the anime without affecting character relationships or the main plot line. Typically, they are used when an anime series catches up to the manga it is based on, and seeks to give the manga time to "catch up". For example, Naruto Shippuden is a popular anime series that ran from 2007 to 2016. In that time 500 episodes were aired with 205 or 41% of them being considered filler. There are many examples of this (One Piece, Bleach, etc), which have led viewers skipping fillers in their pursuit of the rich storylines these series have to offer. Whether or not a viewer likes or dislikes filler episodes, skips or pushes through them, they are clearly a significant flaw in the process of anime series adapted from manga. Perhaps, it is better now? Or perhaps it is the same? What alternatives are there for writers when the adaptive material overtakes the original? Since in essence it is an adaptation, should it expand on its own? Or should producers of these large anime series go on hiatus to allow the manga to catch up?

    • This is super interesting! "Filler" happens in a lot of TV shows, mostly animated ones but not exclusively anime (though anime is certainly the most extreme filler to content ratio!). Would love to read an analysis of what it says about shows that need to insert fluff to fill out episode counts. Is it an industry problem? Do shows need to run longer than their stories are capable of carrying them? Or should everything be like the mini-series that are a few hours long and all plot all the time? Great topic :) – SBee 1 week ago
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    Harry P

    You are absolutely right! Journaling is extremely helpful in many ways. My journal is a mix-mash of mindfulness and gratitude journaling with the occasional additional of a “mini analysis” of the book I have recently completed reading. I feel like my emotions can escape and I can more clearly see what is causing my stress as it is literally written on the page. In regards to my “mini analysis”, I find it extremely satisfying to write what I liked about a book and see where it takes me. Sometimes, it simply ends after a brief recap of my favourite scene or ideas in a novel, but other times it can transform into an impromptu essay which allows me to appreciate a book further and help me remember it for more than just its entertainment value.

    The Impact of Writing on Well-Being and Self-Development
    Harry P

    This article has filled me, and most of this comment section, with much enthusiasm and resolve to combat these various thoughts and personas that attack us during the writing process. I particularly resonated with your depiction of the Gatekeeper, which you describe as an archetype in its own right but with the ability to incorporate other internal critics in an attempt to stop the writing process before it even begins. Indeed, throughout my entire undergraduate I was in the intense vice that is this fear of writing. This was to the point that I would rather succumb to deeper (and darker) feelings of depression and self loathing than force myself to even THINK about writing. For me, it was only the looming threat of deadlines that urged me to push through and finish anything. I hope as I move onto my Masters I improve in that regard and I think recognising these “voices chattering in our heads” for what they really are can help remove the power they hold over us.

    A Short Guide to a Writer's Imaginary Critics
    Harry P

    Great article! I too am interested in alternative mediums of storytelling that can be incorporated into the classroom alongside (or in some grades replace) traditional modes of storytelling. Perhaps, as comics are both visual and literary, they can be analysed for both content simultaneously. What I mean is, literary analysis as well as techniques specific to the medium such as composition, colouring and art style, which all contribute to story and impact.

    Comics in Education: Benefits and attitudes