Treasure Tropes

What is it about alliteration? it’s not like it’s rhyming or anything fun like that. Why do I enjoy it so?

Treasure trope is a new series I’m hoping to actually keep up that where I will take a closer look at all my favourite anime tropes. Let me rephrase that, at all the anime tropes that catch my attention.

anime boyfriend meme

I get easily distracted

Anime s a medium particularly rich in tropes, some of which are so popular and longstanding that they are used in series completely without context. If you are not already familiar with said trope, whelp too bad for you! This can get particularly confusing for international fans which have not necessarily grown up with the same cultural tropes and references. Not only do tropes sometimes go over our heads, but occasionally we can’t even tell something is a trope at all.

To viewers not yet familiar with the medium, this can be a hurdle. Although I have not yet seen a series so dependent on tropes that it becomes unintelligible without the understanding, I noticed that it’s a common sticking point when I introduce new viewers to anime.

“Why did she do that?” Oh it’s just a trope of the genre. “That’s creepy, weird ect..” you can’t take it at face value, it’s a trope! “I don’t get it!” I think a lot of anime fans are more comfortable than the average person at accepting to exist in a mild state of confusion or accepting the seemingly incomprehensible. Maybe we’re just born that way or years of anime watching has conditioned us as such.

In any case, knowing about and understanding certain anime tropes can help you understand shows you watch a little better. And it’s just really fun. That’s not just me right?

DDLC pathetic

I can’t really deny it…

Of course, most of you probably already know the wonderful resource that is TV Tropes, if not, here you go. You’re welcome and I’m so sorry! No I am not going to do anything better than that and TV tropes is likely to be a source for research material. The main difference will simply be that I will tailor my posts to anime content. And TV Tropes is a dangerous website that can easily swallow you whole. You figure you’re just going to look up some little detail and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire afternoon on there….at work…

My site is much much safer! No risk in getting lost in the prose or anything like that. So why take any chances? And it’s nowhere near as complete so even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t be able to spend more than an hour, tops!

And you know what, my blog is a great place to learn stuff. Well at least it has been for me as I have had some wonderful readers who take the time to comment and fill in the gaps and provide wonderful context and discussion. For someone who really enjoys exploring the background and use if tropes, conversations around them and examples of use are just plain interesting. As such, I do hope you’ll join me on my little treasure trope journey. The more the merrier after all!

**my header gif brings a hole new meaning to “treasure chest”

might get uncomfortable Rini

join us!

Irina

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16 Responses

  1. Auri says:

    Ooooh can’t wait!

    Also those adorable avatars! Did you draw them Rin-san??

  2. crazyidiot78 says:

    It sounds like an interesting idea. Will it be comparing how the trope was used originally and how it is used today.

  3. foovay says:

    Oh boy! I’ll look forward to it. I avoid TV Tropes like the plague… unless I just HAVE an entire day to be lost…

  4. Dawnstorm says:

    TV Tropes really is a dangerous place. Looking forward to the feature, even though I currently have problems keeping up with anything that isn’t a mandatory deadline (of which I have few). I’ll probably reply more regularly again if I manage to settle down. 2019 was a pretty sucky year so far, and I tend to retreat when things get too much. (Doesn’t help that last anime season wasn’t that great for me – this season is great, though.)

    • Irina says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. I really do hope this sucky year ends on a high note for you. It’s been sort of rough for me too now that I think abou it so how about it ends great for both of us!
      I don’t really follow seasons but tonight has been quite he anime night for me. I just started Gakutsuou which I like a lot but I find unbingeable so I was looking for another show to watch along, I decided on Sarazanmai. I love it so far but after two episodes decided it also was the type of show I wanted to take in slowly, one peisode at the time so I switched over to Blood Blockade Battlefront. Don’t ask me why it was on my list since I fully expected it to be aweful but the first episode turned out to be mildly branless fun which I enjoyed. So now I can’t wait to watch more of all of these shows tomorrow!

      • Dawnstorm says:

        Many people seem to have a not-so-hot year. Well, things will get better, if not this year then the next. Just sort of sit it out.

        This seems like a good trilogy of shows to watch. I haven’t watched Gankutsuou myself – not a fan of the basic Monte Christo story, and something about the screenshots I’ve seen rings alarm bells with regards to my motionsickness/photosensitivity combo (more on the latter actually); but I’ve heard good things about it from just about anyone so it’s actually still on my list

        Sarazanmai is fun, but, yeah, I was quite fine with one episode a week. Same for Blood Blockade Battlefront, which I actually loved in small doses. It’s visually awesome; great sense of scale. Some of the episodes yet to come… It’s a show that grew on me; not exactly love on first sight. But I’m quite fond of it now.

  5. Lumi says:

    I love tropes. I should make a list of my favorites.

    Spoilers, number 1 is Xanatos Gambit. “I planned around your plan which was planning around my plan!”

  6. 7mononoke says:

    “A hole new meaning” I see what you did there. xD
    Also this is exciting! I love the TV Tropes website too and can can lost in it like you said.

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