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Old 14-01-2002, 12:35 AM   #1   [permalink]
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Talking Harry Potter's Anime-Like Structure

I'm not sure if JK Rowlings has watched any anime, but her Landmark Fantasy Franchise Harry Potter bears an uncanny resemblence to recent Sentimental HIgh School Romance/Drama Anime such as To Heart , Battle Atheletess and Kare Kano.

Not convinced, let us look compare the character archtypes of popular Romantic High School Anime to the leads of Harry Potter. :

Harry Potter: The cool, outspoken and ultimately good hearted hero who has suppressed his feelings, and yet has great hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Comparisons: Fujikata Hiroyuki of To Heart. Kanzaki Akari of Battle Atheletess. Arima Souichiro of Kare Kano.

Ronald Weasley: A not so cool yet kind and lovable "second man." Has a lot of potential, maybe surpassing that of our hero's, and yet is hindered by his insecurities. Bless the poor sweet soul.

Comparisons: Satoh Masashi of To Heart. Anna of Battle Atheletess. Maehara Shinobu of Love Hina.

Hermione Granger: The lovely Bishoujo who is destined to be the love interest of our hero. She is highly intelligent, extremely beautiful, often exapseratingly moral or refreshingly immoral, frighteningly tempermental, yet ultimately loyal and loving.

Comparisons: Miyazawa Yukino of Kare Kano. Souryu Asuka Langley of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Fujisaki Shiori of Tokimeki Memorial. Kamigishi Akari of To Heart.

Draco Malfoy: The horrifically evil yet devastatingly beautiful rival of the lead hero. Comes from a higher social station than our man, accomplished and elite in every aspect of his life, and is usually filthy rich. However, he is ultimately a cowardly, amoral and spiritually shallow bastard who is more pathetic than despicable. This is not to mention that he is often the subject of Yaoi fanfics that also involve the hero on the internet, written by very bored high school girls.

Comparisons: Myranda of Battle Atheletess. Mizuha Miyama of Magic Users Club. Kentaro of Love Hina. Princess Aeyaka of Tenchi Muyo. Izawa Maho of Kare Kano.

Groundskeeper Hagrid: The mature, senior confidant whose shoulder the hero and his friends can cry on.

Comparisons: Urashima Haruka of Love Hina. The boss of ABCB from Orange Road.

Headmaster Albus Dumbledore: The stern yet kind mentor who is a pillar of strength and spiritual support for his students.

Comparisons: The stern student guidance counsellor of Kare Kano. Amawa Hibiki of Strawberry Egg.


Even the basic story of striving for your hopes and dreams, faced with innumerable odds, and yet persevering with the strength of courage and the love of your friends is classical anime.

Feel free to flame/correct now.

Till Next Time Take Care Of Yourselves And Each Other.
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Old 14-01-2002, 01:00 AM   #2   [permalink]
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I never did the Hairy Potter thing so I wouldntr know... It sounds interesting enough!
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Old 14-01-2002, 01:05 AM   #3   [permalink]
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interesting...

coincedence?
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Old 14-01-2002, 01:12 AM   #4   [permalink]
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Since Clow Read of Card Captor Sakura is a mage himself, the possibilities of crossover-fanfics of his school days at Hogwarts Academy are endless!!
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Old 14-01-2002, 01:14 AM   #5   [permalink]
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Oh wait, wait, better yet....

Sakura-Chan and Lee's admittance into Hogwarts Academy to refine their magical skills, and the further development of their romance, not to mention the love Polygons when Harry and Hermione enter the picture, would be simply delicious.
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Old 25-01-2002, 05:47 AM   #6   [permalink]
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Funny this...

Draco was not even particularly handsome in the novel. He was more of a tall, sickly thin, nasty, whiny little worm. Gathered from watching past films of this genre (namely, kids movie), my expectations of Draco's actor was that of an ugly kid actor whom the director knows is not going to be famous and hence is cast as a villain.

Instead, we have a devastatingly handsome boy (Tom Felton) who bears the strikingly perfect Aryan features of villain actors like to Dolph Lundgren and Rutgher Hauer, and who would no doubt grow up to be quite handsome in a Sean William Scott sort of way.

All I can say is that Chris Columbus, the director of the movie, is definitely an otaku to pick such a bishounen for a part that is traditionally ugly in the west.
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Old 25-01-2002, 04:33 PM   #7   [permalink]
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Harry Potter's characters are just simple formulas that authors often use. It's no surprise that similar characters are found in anime.
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Old 25-01-2002, 04:44 PM   #8   [permalink]
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Ronin you really are awesome you know that? I'd have to agree for most of them except for the comparison of Akari to Hermione. Akari may get angry, but she does it in a way that its not very obvious to the others, and barely obvious to the viewer. Other then that, I thought it was rather funny. But just as it has been pointed out... simple equations are being used which accounts for the similarities (maybe or maybe not)
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Old 26-01-2002, 12:11 AM   #9   [permalink]
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Well, since there are six more films, we will have to wait to see if Hermione really becomes a pretty Bishoujo by the time she is 15-17, or be replaced by a prettier girl by Chris Columbus. After all, not all kids age gracefully, and angels at the age of ten more often than not become Roseannes by the age of 15.

And anyhoo...

Akari and Herminone rule!!
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well she was supposed to have looked stunning in the ball in the 4th book

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Maybe its just me, but dosen't Hermione's actress bear a striking resemblence to a younger version of Asuka Langley? Hopefully she will be equally as delicious by the fourth film.
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Did ANYONE read what I wrote? Don't act all excited that there are parallel characters; you should be surprised if there AREN'T formulaic and often used characters in a children's book like Harry Potter.
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Old 26-01-2002, 04:16 PM   #13   [permalink]
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Come on mate!! I was merely admiring how pretty the actress who played Hermione in the film was!! And with a little bit of luck, she'll be as stunning as Asuka Langley in four years time!!

And don't give me those stares, comrades. Admit it, like Charlie Brown, we've all had fantasies about that pretty red haired girl who we can never get to, haven't we.
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yes i can see what you wrote and how much we took notice of it while talking about the askua ness of herminoe

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