HOLD IT. THIS IS NOT THE SUPER BLOG I HAD PLANNED. That idea was scrapped but the general idea of that blog is here: the Doom picture.
Ever have two things that are nothing alike, so radically different that the thought of being able to compare the two would make even the most stern person laugh? Ever notice one teensy, tiny similarity? thus causing you too find more and more as time goes on?
Well before we get on to that, please excuse me while i finish some old buisness:
Had this for a while, isn't it great? been meaning to upload while back blah blah blah moving on.
OK. as most of you smart people may have figured out, (with my user pic and all) i'm a fond fan of the Twisted Metal series, but did you know i am a proud Otaku and purveyer of fine anime? yes it's true. A few months back, i finished watching the anime "Elfen Lied" which was really good and i recomend to anyone over the age of 18 with a fine love for anime. Anyway, after seeing the ending finale, it kind of struck me. I had seen this somewhere before, but where?
Oh i should probably mention that grande spoilers lie ahead for both Twisted Metal and Elfen Lied...
Now, just after E3, i was alie with nostalgic flair for a little game called Twisted Metal. i had long since parted with my copy of Twisted Metal 2 but the nice men and women at sony made it available on the PSN network. it wasn't until i finished the game as Grasshopper that i realised where i had seen that ending before. and soon that one little tick had set off a chain reaction that caused me to connect the perverbial dots. here are some of the major bits i found.
a small similarity between plot central characters:
Take a look at this picture and you will see four boxes. the two on the top row are in fact, the same person. the two on the bottom are aswell. Cosmetically, the top and bottom rows have nothing in common with each other, its the traits of the characters that makes them similar. in the top left we see the lovely Marcus Kane, a homeless crazy with amnesia and a split personality. His alter-ego? the man too his right, Needles kane. Better known as Sweet Tooth. Bottom left, a sweet girl, wait, no, a girl named Lucy. Known for her tendency to kill people and look terrifying at the same time. She too, has a split personality, the girl to her right, dubbed "Nyu". While as Nyu, it's as though she has reverted to an infantile state With no previous memory or knowledge. Though there are other similarities, they are broad statements that could be applied to any two things. the major similarity ends there, and even calling that a similarity is a bold thing to say.
The Ultra-violence of both is notable, although in terms of gore, Elfen Lied dwarfs Twisted Metal. no question. (seriously, take the bloodiest thing you have seen, multiply it by ten and sprinkle some exploding bodies for good measure and you've got Elfen Lied) Twisted Metal is centered around a tournament with the sole purpose of causing destruction and turning people into roadkill and Elfen Lied explains the "what would happen if angsty children with superpowers murdered people?" question very oppenly. Regardless of reason, people die, often. A difference however is that in Twisted Metal, any deaths that take place outside of a car are usually shown off screen. Elfen Lied never once shys away from the gruesome details (even if i had too). Twisted Metal black took a darker approach to the series. any contestant wishing for revenge got their wish, usually in the form of an ironic death trap.(for example, junkyard dog kills the pilot who ruined his life by rolling a crop duster plane into him, proppeller in full revolution.) but these sequences usually cut out before any dammage is done
Both series' use cheery imagery to hide darker themes.
I think that this one is rather hard to explain and the title doesn't do it justice, especially if you are afraid of clowns. I am terrified of clowns and Twisted Metal pushed this fear over the edge, but clowns are supposed to be bringers of laughter and cheer. this is why i say "cheery imagery" clowns are supposed to bring smiles. Sweet Tooth and his carny of freaks do the exact opposite. Taking and ruining the lives of many. Now shift your attention to the girl on the Left, Nana. Doesn't she look absolutley cheery? i'd go as far as saying that she is the series' punching bag, she gets brought to edge of death more times than any other character, viciously beaten, arms and legs ripped off like an insect. (see previous picture) despite all that, she doesn't die. and she goes on for more. Elfen Lied is a brutal thing to watch, to see the extremeities of the violence acted out on not just Nana, but many others aswell. At this point i would like to point out that in the anime, the "diclonius" (mutants with telekinetic powers) all have pink hair and eyes. in the Manga, the hair color of Diclonius was varied. the fact that all the hair color is pink, makes it look as thought all these pictures feature the same character but that is not the case. Generally, when violence and blood is present, i usually expect typical action fare, beefy men with grit on their faces, but seeing a pink haired girl violently beaten time and time again is kindof a backwards notion which is why i find it so hard to watch. it's not expected. many other disturbing themes are explored than just ultraviolence. Child abuse, intolerance and moral dilema are just some of the ideas that pepper the stories of Elfen Lied. Twisted Metal also explores heavier themes like depression and suicide and resorting to extreme actions to solve the problem at hand.
Now then, these are just some of the few things i picked up on, for all i know i could be so far off that i'm in space, i don't expect anyone to agree with me. but there is one similarity that can't be ignored. the one i mentioned earlier. Now then before we continue, this is by far the biggest spoiler so far, revealing the death of plot central characters from the two. but it is the only concrete similarity between the two
An ending of sorts:
I don't want to go too far with this one so all i'll say is that a daughter is believed to be dead but this is not the case, the daughter confronts the father with feelings of hatred but eventually gives in to the love of the parent. Tender moment then Plooie. thats it.
IF YOU ARE BRAVE HERE IS LINK TO EACH SCENE
Grasshopper's ending (TM2)
That's pretty much it. Again, and i can't stress this enough, there is no real evidence to prove any of this. it's just me. And even then, I'm not the figuring type. i'm more of a supposer.