Isaac Bernamont

Isaac Bernamont

Casual writer of Anime and Manga reviews, I've started contributing/editing for a new review site named G4meover. Check out some of my work here: http://g4meover.com/tag/isaa

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Whatever Happened to the Happy World of Magical Girls?

Investigate and review the uprising of horror which has slowly leaked into the Magical Girl genre. Don’t get me wrong, there were some dark themes in Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura considering they were primarily aimed at a younger audience, but looking at series such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Magical Girl Apocalypse, I think it would be interesting to think about why horror works so well in what should be a story about cutesy manga girls wielding bright and colourful powers.

  • Great topic! These diversive stories you mentioned makes you look back on your childhood and series like Sailor Moon/CCS under a brand new light. – Allthefujoshiunite 5 years ago
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  • I believe thing are changing because the audience have gotten more mature and have begun to be uncaring of the redundant happy go lucky idea leading to writers having more option on how they decide to make their work to attract a different audience. – trojas1 5 years ago
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  • While that may be true, you have to realize anime is more of a consumer product more than anything else. You might see 'popular' magical girl anime because it never really picks up viewership that well since these shows are tailored specifically for children. Stuff like Ojamajo Doremi among others were like Super Sentai versions of anime for Shojo audiences. I haven't seen anything of these horror based magical series so I don't really have much input there. – AtkMode 5 years ago
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  • Madoka Magica might have popularized the "dark magical girl," but the earliest example I am aware of is Arina Tanemura's "Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne" (now published by Viz under the title "Phantom Thief Jeanne"). It seems very straightforward at first, but the more you progress in the series, you start to realize that there's something else going on. (Spoiler: Kyubey was not even a surprise to me because of this series.) – sydneyschulte 5 years ago
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Isaac Bernamont

Sandman would be an incredible addition to the DC Cinematic Universe, and you never know, if the Lucifer TV shows pick up some steam upon release, they may even think about it as a viable option!

I also agree with Vaughn that Saga probably wouldn’t translate well onto a Film format, the story is outstanding and the art is beautifully done, but I think the casting and CGI used in the film would have to be absolutely perfect, otherwise you’d lose something special and fans would end up being overly disappointed.

Comics That Deserve Their Own Show/Film
Isaac Bernamont

I completely agree that the use of death in comic books serves as an important source of inspiration, and I think if Superman hadn’t come back to life in such a fast-paced manner all those years ago, we’d probably have a greater respect for it in nowadays comics.
I’m more of a DC reader so I can’t vouch for how much Marvel messes around with the personification of Death, but over the years DC seems to have thrown it around like a bad joke, I even remember reading a Flash (Wally West) comic in which he is outrunning the Black Racer (the personification of Death for Speedsters) and he ends up running so far forward in time that Death no longer has meaning, and therefore he escapes its cold grip.
That being said, the idea of Death, dying and resurrection was key in the 2009 DC series Blackest Night, and that was an extraordinarily good piece of storytelling.

Death as Inspiration in Comics
Isaac Bernamont

Fantastic article!
I see why they changed the slogan to have the inclusion of “The American Way” during World War II, but I now feel that years later (even after Superman renounced his citizenship), Superman’s connection to the Red, White and Blue is just being replayed over and over again as a political point in comics and film.
Take the recent trailer for Batman v Superman; for each section in which we see Batman, we are shown some exciting back-story information or some dark consequence of how he deals with villains. Then we go to the cuts of Superman, and it’s shots of people with “ILLEGAL ALIEN!” and “GO HOME” banners, only then to show Superman bowing before a leader in the form of Lex Luthor.
Superman is so much more than just “is he truly American or not?” and I can’t wait until the new writers begin to remember that.

Superman: Symbol of Hope Overshadowed by Nationality Identification