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Review of Soukou Akki Muramasa

SubjectSoukou Akki Muramasa
ByVote: 3plisken on 2021-09-26
ReviewI have no idea why this is rated so highly. It reads like an angsty 12 year old wrote it, and his friends are patting him on the back for creating such "art". It's mean-spirited, cliched to hell, and is reminiscent of the Last Jedi in its blunt force efforts to "subvert expectations". A deconstruction of VN tropes can be good, but you damn well better be a FANTASTIC author to pull it off. Otherwise it comes off as pretentious and douchebaggey.

Muv-Luv Alternative this ain't. That VN was the PERFECT example of how to do deconstruction the right way. This one is an example of what to avoid.
MLA was smart enough to still tell "The Hero's Journey". There's a reason why that story formula has been around for so long. It WORKS.

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#1 by plisken
2021-09-26 at 07:23
< report >Addendum: Read Joseph Campbell's "Hero With a Thousand Faces" for more info on The Hero's Journey.
#2 by pnbn-a
2021-09-26 at 09:53
< report >"This is not a hero's story. Those who aspire to become heroes are not needed."
#3 by flvbycjctnheheh
2021-09-26 at 11:47
< report >There's a reason why most people love it and why this story is so highly rated. The hero's journey formula isn't necessary to tell a good story in fact the standard formulas are the reason why mainstream movies are so bad nowadays. It's enough to look at any new Star War movie. Most of them just follow the same plot over and over again.

Muramasa is like a breath of fresh air for those who got tired from all those fake heroes who don't face any moral dilemmas on their journey. Comparing it to MLA is strange, it's closer to the last season of SnK only without teenage bullshit. I'm not sure how you can consider Muramasa as written by an "angsty 12-year-old", maybe you think the same thing about The Catcher in the Rye? It just means that you aren't mature enough to understand works with non-standard protagonists who are not one-dimensional good guys. Stop self-inserting yourself so much. MLA is good, but its protag is a very primitive character. The same can't be said about Kageaki.Last modified on 2021-09-26 at 11:49
#4 by killbay
2021-09-26 at 14:12
< report >
Muramasa is like a breath of fresh air for those who got tired from all those fake heroes who don't face any moral dilemmas on their journey

Why everyone that tries to defend Muramasa actually sounds like a 12 year old teenager that likes Tokyo Ghoul? I
guess OP was spot on in this regard.

To consider every "hero tale" that is not Muramasa "one dimensional good-guys" or to think the great majority is like that is so idiotic too, even Iron Man questioned Captain America morality at some point in those "garbage mainstream movies". Read something aside from porn games I beg you.Last modified on 2021-09-26 at 14:15
#5 by airmage72
2021-09-26 at 15:08
< report >I've dropped Muramasa after Kageaki sister chapter started because I've got tired of graphomania of scenarist and amount of unneeded details + twists aren't even explained like when someone close to Kageaki dying.Last modified on 2021-09-26 at 15:10
#6 by nano201102
2021-09-26 at 15:16
< report >It's bizarre why you choose to compare Muramasa to MLA when it literally has nothing in common with it. Like #3 stated, it's more in line with the latter half of Attack on Titan but without the crap shonen tropes that ruined its ending.

I also don't understand why you say Muramasa seems juvenile and angsty when it explores the dark reality of the WW2 era, a period where true heroism and justice simply do not exist, so it just presents the era as it is without any form of sugarcoating. The story also does not get too grim dark as there are hopeful uplifting moments within it especially with the true ending, so I don't get your complaint of it being "mean spirited".

From your review I get the impression you barely have experienced any stories with darker themes and only read stories that are more black and white, thus when you do encounter something that is more in the gray area you dismiss it as "angsty". Have you read more morally gray works like Berserk or Game of Thrones? Muramasa is similarly written as those stories and they definitely aren't written by a 12 year old lol.
#7 by edumax
2021-09-26 at 19:15
< report >Classic bait.
#8 by flvbycjctnheheh
2021-09-27 at 03:18
< report >@4 A person quoting Marvel has no right to claim that "someone sounds like a 12-year-old". Even Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, and MHA are more mature than any Marvel movie. Do you also think that GoT is "edgy", too? Dark and edgy aren't the same thing, well duh.
#9 by killbay
2021-09-27 at 10:39
< report >A person that thinks that GoT is not edgy and threats citing Marvel as an automatic "you're the kid here" card (even though it is viable to the context and I didn't even brought it up in a positive light) is literally just an 12 year old edgelord. Blame is a dark series, Texh is a dark series, Berserk is a dark series, this is just a shounen with a twist and you're 12 to think this is deep.
#10 by vninfohata
2021-09-27 at 18:36
< report >Weak ass bait.
#11 by flvbycjctnheheh
2021-09-28 at 02:25
< report >@9 Lol dude. Muramasa more or less follows the same path as Berserk. You just randomly call shows you like "dark" and shows you dislike "edgy" for no reason other than your likes and dislikes. Just like kids do.
#12 by misternice
2021-09-28 at 17:38
< report >I wish I could write something like this when I was 12 year old
#13 by edin
2021-11-13 at 20:08
< report >Lmao.
これは英雄の物語ではない。