Thursday, May 10, 2007

Backstory: The Tenchiverse

Backstory: I wanted this blog to be for new creations but I realize that most of my creative energies go into further exploring several recurrent characters, worlds, and ideas. Some of these recurrent ideas are personal. Oh well, I will just have to share it anyway. All of these recurrent ideas require me to rehash what I have already created in order for the new creations to make any sense (and I am lazy). Oh well, I will just have to type it. Besides, it may help me figure out something if I see my thought process in type.

Tenchi Muyo is my favorite anime. It was one of the first anime I ever watched and it hooked me immediately. After watching both movies and the OAVs, I started watching the TV show, Tenchi Universe, on DVD and Cartoon Network.

Part of the TV show centered on Tenchi and the gang going through various literary and TV show genres, such as 1920s mob crime or the Old West, and taking over the parts of stereotypical characters. I loved the fact that in each genre, a Tenchi character could play an appropriate part while still remaining wholly his or her own self. My brother and I referred to this as the Tenchiverse effect.

I utilize this effect with my own created characters, albeit in a slightly different manner. Each character remains himself in essence (personality and such) but the rules of the world change (the "real world" Eldric differs in capability from the "magic armor world" Eldric differs in capability from the "City of Dimension" Eldric, etc).

So if you see me reference the same character is seemingly contradictory ways, this may very well be why.

1 comment:

Eldric IV said...

One of my old characters is a superhero I invented while in biology class. His super/mutant power is the ability to take total, conscious control of any of his bodily and cellular functions. His brain differs slightly from the human norm, allowing him to juggle the functions of his entire cellular make-up at once (although it required a lot of practice and plenty of concentration to go that far).

Because of this control, he is as much at the peak of human physical conditioning as Captain America (and maybe even moreso since his is not a simple baseline but a constantly updating, interactive machine).

That is enough for the backstory. Today's creative thought came about, once again, while I was listening to the radio on the way to work. Unlike my last, my current car radio has a dial for adjusting the bass. And songs such as Invisible Touch by Genesis and Rock Star by Nickelback (not sure if that is the real title) sound exceptionally well with the bass at a higher level than normal (but not maximum; I want to hear the music, not be bludgeoned by it).

I noticed how my body involuntarily moved along with the music (swaying, foot-tapping, etc) and I thought about my biological super-soldier having a similar but problematic reaction. While he was still learning to use his powers (he started with controlling entire organs and worked his way to specific intercellular functions), he found that he would subconsciously sync his heartbeat to the rhythm of music.

That would be freaky.