Anime: The World of Fake Romance | The Artifice
Love is everywhere. Here, there, wherever you’re reading this excerpt
from, even in the fictional world… right?
I stumbled upon this article and was fascinated by the title simple
because I’ve been having the same feeling recently. At first I thought
it might be I built an immunity to the love, like it was some kind of
drug, since I do watch quite a few romances. Later, I began to realize
that there is this lingering stench of falsehood to a good chunk of
Although the excerpt coming from the link doesn’t say much about it, the
content give nice examples of the bad, or fake, romances and the good;
it flows pretty well making for an entertaining read that ties both
opposites within a similar context — that being the harem genre.
An interesting thing that popped into my head while reading this was the
formula that was set in place strictly because, on the manga and anime
side, the writers wanted to keep an engaged audience — for example
adding new character or more conflict between establish relationships.
This formula, like many other mediums, ended up becomes what romance is
known today and the new form is anything but realistic or believable. It
has gotten to a point where I sometimes catch myself saying thing like,
“I expect these characters to fall in love”, so when they do — even
without any kind of development — you trick yourself into tightening up
the loose ends yourself.
So if you are interested in a deeper look at the romance genre, I’d say
give this one a read.