Almost Otaku: Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Preposterone

Topic started by No_name_here on Sept. 1, 2010. Last post by BobCat 3 years, 10 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 All this time... it was the preposterone that made the Saiyans super.
 All this time... it was the preposterone that made the Saiyans super.

SamJaz: Which do you prefer best, Deconstruction (If this fictional element were real, why would it suck ?), Reconstruction ( This   is why you enjoyed the stuff that waa Deconstructed, remember?), or a straight-up  Preposterone (PREPOSTEROUS AMOUNTS OF TESTOSTERONE!!), in terms of viewing pleasure, after-thoughts, or enjoyment? For reference, see Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, and DragonBall Z respectively, though Gurren Lagann also qualifies for Preposterone.

We might not be on the same page about the definition of these terms, but I definitely like the ring of “preposterone.” That’s a neologism I’ll definitely be using from here on out.

Variety’s a big part of what I look for in my entertainment. I can enjoy the earnestly-simple or the sophisticatedly-ironic depending on what mood I’m in. So I really don’t have a preference for any one of these sub-genres… provided that they’re being done intentionally.  

What does that mean?

 Isn't ALL mecha deconstructionist, anyway? It's about giant robots deconstructing cities. 
 Isn't ALL mecha deconstructionist, anyway? It's about giant robots deconstructing cities. 

As I’ve said before, part of the fun of writing for this site is that it’s allowed me to see commonalities I might’ve missed without the broader perspective I’ve gotten here. To that end, I know that I’ve seen Deconstruction, Reconstruction and Preposterone like in Westerns, in spy movies and even in rock. I think CountZero even drew a comparisons to superhero comics, describing EVANGELION and GURREN LAGANN as mecha’s answer to WATCHMEN and KINGDOM COME, respectively. So these "stylistic concerns" apply pretty broadly.  I think it all breaks down to the importance of not falling into habit. Tradition’s all well and good, but if you do it long enough that you’ve lost sight of why you’re doing it, it becomes a hindrance.  

Alan Moore wrote an essay about audiences demanding more of their myths as the years go on. So if you have several decades of straight-forward mecha, eventually you want to pick apart the old clichés and tropes, you get EVANGELION (right?) However, if people follow those inversions until they become cliché in themselves, then you need to rebel againt them by, ironically going back to the roots. You can see the Bond movies often going through a cycle of things getting too ridiculous (invisible planes, outer space battles and what not) so they have to go back-to-basics, until things get too serious and dramatic and they decide they need to lighten things up again. And so the cycle repeats.

These have all been great questions, so please, keep them coming, Anime Vice community! I will answer whatever’s asked.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &   UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon   here  & here.

Post by zaldar (1,239 posts) See mini bio Level 15

I've always considered deconstruction to be the taking apart of something and the examination of the peices.  Like in literature you look at the parts in detail that make something up.  Will find a better definition..need to go back to my english books, boy that has been a long time..
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I like my Preposterone and Reconstruction. Deconstruction is not my taste (especially Eva). 
 
Here's a question for you Tom: Can the soundtrack make the anime? From what you have seen and heard does the music impact your thoughts on the anime? What's your favorite anime song and what series has the best score in your opinion?

Post by SamJaz (11,858 posts) See mini bio Level 19
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Pretty much. Deconstruction is when you take the cliche's and apply realism, Reconstruction is when you take the new cliche's and ring them through the old ones to make something new, and Preposterone is when you take all the cliche's so far that no one cares that they've seen it before, they just cheer at how awesome it is.
Have you ever read Double K? It's a fan comic about Kittan and Kamina becoming partner's in a really cliche'd 80's cop show alternate-universe. That is a perfect example of preposterone used for the Buddy Cop genre. We've seen it before, we know the characters, do we care about it?
 Hell yeah we do.

 THIS SHIT JUST GOT REAL
 THIS SHIT JUST GOT REAL

Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@zaldar: That's pretty much what it is.
Post by nVision (114 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Just in case anyone didn't get the preposterone reference. 
  
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@SamJaz: Ha... that's hilarious.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@nVision: Ah-ha! I remember that, now.
Post by BobCat (95 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Tim "the toolman" Taylor says "MORE POWER! *GRUNT* *GRUNT* *GRUNT*"
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