It’s hard to engage in the hobbies you enjoy when the world’s on fire. Hyperbolic? Yes. But is it that far from the truth? These days . . . no, not really. The many hobbies and activities people participated in … Continue reading Appreciating My Manga Collections More in a COVID-19 World
When you’re an anime fan long enough, you start to come across major debates either on the Internet or even talking to fellow fans. Classic debates like subs vs dubs are pretty frequent, but another long fought debate that gets … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist vs Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
So this probably feels like cheating, especially after we blurred the lines last time by featuring music from Steins;Gate. That music was legitimately in the game, though, so you’re probably wondering, “What the hell is the video game connection?” That’s … Continue reading Music to My Ears: Brothers
Let’s get this out of the way up front: It’s not that Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is a bad movie. Far from it. But when Brotherhood set the bar so high, this movie (which takes place in … Continue reading Review: The Sacred Star of Milos
Frequent show contributor and At the Buzzer movie review Gary Sundt and I are working on a few scripts to break our way into Hollywood (admittedly, Gary is doing a better job than I). I need this to happen, because right now I feel like I’m the only person on the planet who knows how to write a good ending.
Good endings aren’t hard. All you need to do is find the right blend of the ENDING TRIFECTA (patented by me). The ending trifecta is composed of resolution, satisfaction, and artistic closure. Like the perfect recipe, you need a little of each to really have a great ending. If you resolve everything by explaining what happens to every character, but the resolution is that every character is killed in a horrible fashion, this satisfies the resolution and artistic closure of your ending, but offers no fan satisfaction (unless the fans hated your characters). Likewise, if you attempt to satisfy your fans by offering a cookie cutter happy ending, you might sacrifice true character and event resolution, as well as the final exploration of your artistic themes.
It’s a tough balance. Except it’s not. Watch me cover some universally maligned endings and demonstrate how they easily could have been made better. Continue reading “Watch Me Make Endings Better (Spoilers)”