Posts tagged Cuanta Vida
Posts tagged Cuanta Vida
I should have done this picture earlier (this is like the fourth version I made), because a year ago this comic gave me the inspiration to actually play the game. If you havent met with it yet, go ahead and read it, the story and the characters are very awesome.
Is it weird for me to reblog this? I hope not.
This is awesome :D
holla if you remember cuanta vida
SPOILERS FOR ALL FICS INVOLVED FOLLOW
I’ll be going just about in the same order as my favorite fic question. However, not all fics from that question will be discussed because I’m so focused on the more recent ones.
Thus, we start with Cuanta Vida. Actually, the first two scenes I’d like to talk about are not favorite scenes, but for me, they were pretty profound and I’d like to talk about them as a testament to their power. Any fellow readers have heard me tell these stories before and even feel the same.
Yes, pages 68 and 88. Despite the spoiler tag, I think I’ll just talk about the reactions without talking about the events. Because I want to entice you all. Seriously, though. I remember the days those pages were posted. Before reading page 68, I had the first of many pre-page reading freakouts. Two years in a row now, I’ve… observed that page’s anniversary by wearing as much red or off-red as I can. I do the same for page 88, but with blue. Actually, that’s this week. Page 88 was posted two years ago to the hour at 2:00 this morning.
Actually, I didn’t freak out before reading page 88. I was actually pretty happy, so its events seemed to come out of nowhere, which really amplified the effect. How much? Try so much that I was literally up all night, crying so hard that my face literally hurt. I have never had a reaction of that magnitude before or since (though another scene I’ll talk about in a moment comes pretty close).
My real favorite scenes of that story come more towards the end. On page 134, I believe, the villain finally starts to get what was coming to him for dozens of pages, and it is glorious. I was so happy that day that I just wandered all over campus in sheer glee.
Then, on the penultimate page, THEY KISSED. That’s all you need to know. :D
In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, we have another profound-but-not-favorite scene, involving one Doc Met. Or… Doc. I just keep calling that particular Metool “Doc Met” ‘cause I’m strange. Anyway… In terms of magnitude of reaction, this is the closest a story has ever come to matching that of my Sleepless Night up there. I mean… it happened, but… it didn’t have to happen, and… ;_;
Sigh… anyway. So far, my favorite episode in that series has, without a doubt, been “Brothers”, the most recent one. I’m deeply in love with pretty much the first half or so of it because, like in its source material, Bro Bots, it has Proto Man on our side, but it also has him seriously considering ditching Wily’s plan. My mantra while reading this fic is “There is always hope”, and I’ve said it more in this episode than in any other, even the Gamma episode, and I say it in regards to Proto Man more than any other character.
Particular scenes that stand out include MegaBauer’s expansion on the conversation in the park — my favorite moment in the original series. That’s the point where Proto really begins to question things, and it helps that it ends with just a touch of sadness. Then there’s when Proto Man finds out what the scrambler chip really does — and how it relates to his first moments of being alive. Seriously, my mind was blown. Finally, there’s a scene where it’s all fallen apart to the point that I forgot for a little while that there is always hope. When the brothers are fighting, they’re both in danger of falling into the lava around them. But they save each other. It speaks volumes.
There is always hope.
Oh, God, how do I pick a favorite scene out of Mega Man Recut? There’s so many that stand out to me! Um… a few that I can immediately recall… Oh, man, there was the scene from Bot Transfer where Snake Man (as Mega Man) and Roll in the van and they just start going on about Proto Man. It’s so awesome because Snake Man is clearly attracted to Roll, but Roll just thinks she’s bonding with her brother over trash-talking a robot whose guts she already hates. In Mega-Pinocchio, there are several scenes where Proto Man and Mega Man have pretty extensive conversations. They’re acting like brothers, but on the wrong side. Twists me every time. Oh, God, and then in The Big Shake, a lot of the final part is focused on Roll and Proto Man when they’re trapped underground together and, oh, shit, at one point Proto Man was about to reveal his life story, but Roll doesn’t care and she says so and he stops and I’m just like “FUUUUU—!”
…Actually, Proto Man’s entire characterization in Recut is… gripping. He once outright said that he hated acting good (which, like Mega Man in that scene, I can’t wrap my mind around), and he is pretty apathetic (exemplified in that scene more than ever up to that point), but… there’s still something there. I honest to God think there’s a trace of good in him.
Three little points stand out: 1. Proto Man was introduced to us by a list of his crimes. I think what’s more important there is what he hasn’t done. Assault’s not on there. Battery’s not on there. Murder’s not on there. It all boils down to theft, property damage, and abduction. 2. When Proto Man explains how his leaving Dr. Light’s lab and joining Wily was “better for everyone”, he does so like this: “Wily got a new robot, I got an upgrade, and Dr. Light isn’t in prison.” [emphasis mine]. This line blew me away the first time I read it (like so many other lines, but I’m focusing on Proto right now). I still think he gives a bit of a damn about Dr. Light. I would also like to cite the last part of Bot Transfer in this. At one point, Dr. Light has a chance to ask Proto Man why he’s doing this. The scene:
“Why are you ruining the Conference? This is really important,” he implored, looking at Proto Man searchingly.
Dr. Light looked stricken, his eyes widening.
“I’m mean, it’s personal for Dr. Wily,” Proto Man clarified. “He’s pissed he didn’t get an invite to your little science shindig, so he sent in the troops to crash the party…you understand.”
But Dr. Light didn’t understand. He never had.
Dr. Light watched despondently as Cut Man and Guts Man ignored him. Then, his face tightening in resolve, he looked back at Proto Man. “Proto, please…” he begged again softly.
Proto Man’s voice dropped too. “C’mon Doc, don’t do this,” he whispered in a tired voice.
Just… just look! I can’t describe what I picked up from that! I mean… GAH!
Sigh… 3. In Incredible Shrinking Mega Man, Proto Man appears to show some sympathy for the people in the shrunken cities. At the very least, he seems pretty weirded out by the plan. I think this line encapsulates it: “That’s oddly considerate of you. Then again, living in a bubble…that is hell.”
There’s also one thing about him that tells me there’s more to him than we’re told: His entire conception of family dynamics. He honest to God doesn’t know what “brother and sister” means until Rock tells him, he’s the one who starts the whole “Mega Man’s my brother” deal, and he cares what Mega Man thinks of him — he’s despondent when he’s so sure that Mega Man hates him at the end of Ice Age and I’m just like “SO COME HOME ALREADY!”
I mean… okay. He says he went into crime because he hates acting good, and he says he joined Dr. Wily because it’s fun, so he comes off as a guy who just enjoys his freedom, which is an important part of Proto Man’s character in the game canon, but he also lies a lot. A fucking lot. And he’s good at it. Oh, God, I don’t know. There’s something about him that we don’t know. I want to know it because then I can understand him. I don’t understand him and I want to and it drives me up a wall.
Seriously. I lost count of how many times I just had to pace and flail about the room while collecting my thoughts here.
Cuanta Vida. I turn to it first because it was always so profound for me. It was late July, I think, but it only had 61 pages when I found it. Page 61 is a minor cliffhanger, which definitely helped, but I was also dreading my senior year of high school, so it was another little perfect storm circumstance. Regardless, I cared about what happened to these people, if they would escape, so I committed to the story, soaking up every page. This would, by extension, lead me to gain a loyalty to Kytri comics as a whole. When she started TWIYEH!, I hopped right in.
I got into Mortal Kombat rather randomly, but I still remember how it happened. I just looked up the fatalities one summer afternoon, and once I went through them all, I realized that I kept mixing up some of the characters, so I started looking into them to clarify things. Their stories drew me in. I think the fact that so many of their stories are so interwoven really got me into thinking about personal emotional depth. I began to realize how important characters were to the overall story. Even if I fade in and out of the fandom, it’s still a very important franchise to me.
Then there’s The Protomen. When I went into the night’s venue last November, I just knew there was no way I was walking out without becoming a full-blown fan. Three moments stand out: Funeral For A Son, The Will Of One, and after the show.
During Funeral For A Son, K.I.L.R.O.Y. took Protoman’s helmet and gun through the crowd. This walk was in two parts: about halfway through the audience, he paused, turned to the backstage passage, and started parting the crowd there.
When he stopped, he stopped right. In. Front of me. With helm and gun in hand. So I was the first to step aside. My reaction was slightly delayed due to awe, so I ended up brushing him. But either way, it was incredible. It’s something I haven’t forgotten and can’t forget. I can’t help but wonder if something about it also draws me to Protoman himself…
The Will of One was simply awesome. When they started playing, I started crying. It was the only song of theirs I really knew at the time, but Panther was wearing the Mega Man helmet and it was all so loud and powerful and my voice wavered as I sang along and I’d never shouted that loudly and oh my god I feel it all now.
After the show, I had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with a couple of them, which really solidifed the entire experience. Murphy and I chatted a bit over Scott Pilgrim (I wore that shirt to the show because it was the only cool shirt I had that I was sure everyone would recognize), I bought my CDs from The Gambler (“I need both CDs, please!”), and K.I.L.R.O.Y. called me over personally to ask if one of my drunk friends was all right (he was. He would later tweet that he miraculously did not have a hangover). K.I.L.R.O.Y. even hugged me.
I’ve never consciously thought of this before. I’ve been mulling over this for a few hours now, but I’m struggling with examples and I’m still not quite sure how to answer this. All I can do is try.
I think a lot of it lies in the execution of the story and the opinion of the reader or viewer. For the sake of my answer I’m assuming that “good” means interesting (the definition of which varies from person to person) and well-executed (which is less ambiguous, but can still vary).
Assuming the story is executed at a level I find palatable, hero/villain dynamics are so widely varied that I can’t find many common themes over the dynamics that I’ve paid closest attention to. This is because the motivations of heroes and villains vary widely, too.
Link and Mega Man are fighting Ganon and Dr. Wily to stop them from taking over their respective worlds. Mario fights Bowser to save Princess Peach and the Mushroom Kingdom by extension, but clearly there’s more to their dynamic than that if they’re cool with going go-karting or even occasionally saving the world together. Hell, in Super Smash Brothers Brawl’s Subspace Emissary, Link and Zelda free Ganondorf so that they can all fight their common enemy Tabuu together, implying that this is a thing that could happen under the right circumstances.
Then there are heroes on smaller scales and even protagonists who probably wouldn’t self-identify as heroes by virtue of what their lives are normally like. I turn specifically to Kytri’s comics again for this paragraph. In Cuanta Vida, Bleu just wants to get out of 2Fort, but the inherent nature of the setting is the biggest antagonist — the character who would be considered the main villain isn’t introduced until page 73 out of 159, but when he is, there is suddenly a more concrete hero/villain dynamic, and it the entire comic is turned on its head. In TWIYEH!, the protagonist is a young woman who’s trying to live a normal life, and she ends up dating the villain of the first chapter because no one ever expected a villain to show up in their lives. I actually kind of liked the guy at first because I was fairly oblivious to the foreshadowing of his true colors until someone pointed them out to me.
There’s much more to discuss than this, of course. These were just the thoughts I know how to articulate on the subject. This is a pretty big question.
Oh, boy. This probably won’t even be all of them.
If I may count comics, I would like to start with Cuanta Vida by the amazing Kytri, found here: tf2.skyscrapersoup.com. It’s a fairly well-known Team Fortress 2 fancomic and one of my favorite stories in the world. Period. I had never been so affected by a story before or since. I actually remember the dates when certain pivotal pages were posted, and I make sure to wear red or blue on those days, depending. One such day’s just a week away, actually…
Also, I’m on a pretty big Mega Man binge right now, as some of you know and others may guess. XD I’ve absolutely fallen for two fanfictions based on the Ruby-Spears cartoon: Mega Man Recut, which can be found here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7003050/1/Mega_Man_Recut_Season_1, and Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7267136/1/Mega_Man_Defender_of_the_Human_Race Both add their own elements to the cartoon, but Recut is a straight-up adaptation of the cartoon while Defender not only blends the game and cartoon continuities but tells new stories, too. Both are well-woven and beautiful and make me really happy. …When they don’t break my heart. They will break your heart at points.
I’m also an open brony (I am a girl, but I consider “brony” gender-neutral), and I’ve seen some wonderful works out of bronies, some of which are known even outside the fandom. My favorite is My Little Dashie, for the sheer adorable factor: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/1888/1/My-Little-Dashie/My-Little-Dashie
It’s a little harder to remember fics from past fandoms, but one that comes to mind is Spectre in the Flame from the Mortal Kombat fandom (which isn’t really that past — http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3216100/1/Spectre_In_The_Flame), which focuses on Scorpion for roughly the first half of the Mortal Kombat timeline.