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About Elegy

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  1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica x3, it's pretty amazing once you get over the art style. The film is great as well. The writer, Gen Urobuchi, has also created the dystopian sci-fi anime Psycho-Pass, which is worth a watch as well - as long as you stop after the first season (the only one that Urobuchi wrote). That one is self-contained though, so no worries about cliffhangers! Baccano! and Durarara! are both by the same creator, set in the same world, and the style is rather similar. If you like one of them, chances are you'll enjoy the other as well. The former is more story-driven, the latter is more loose in its story-telling. I recommend both, but Baccano! is short and tight, and I personally liked it a bit more. If you're into surrealist stuff, Paranoia Agent by the great Satoshi Kon (the creator of Paprika and Perfect Blue, among others) is a must. Monster is a calm thriller drama and my favorite series in general. Very character-driven though, and clocks in at 74 episodes, so it's a commitment.
  2. Johann Liebert, from Naoki Urasawa's manga (and anime) series Monster. It's a thriller/crime drama set in Germany, and Liebert is the driving force behind it. Everything in the manga happens because of him. He has an unreal presence. My favorite. Naoki Urasawa is fantastic at writing villains, and I want to add that the antagonist of his other big manga series, 20th Century Boys, simply called "Friend", is also worth a mention. Mephistopheles from Goethe's Faust (both parts), to name a classic. The writing and nuance are phenomenal. The tone and metre of his lines alone are enough to tell it's him speaking. Also one of the Trope Codifiers for those manipulative jerk antagonists that are everywhere today. Another one from a manga is Griffith, from Berserk. His whole story is very NSFW and I won't get into it. But man, it's just complex, well-woven and devastating and the hate is real. Sadly, the manga is not as compelling as it used to be. As far as television series go, Gus from Breaking Bad has left an immense impression. Everything about him is so respectable, charming, and intimidating, all at once. These are a few from the top of my head. I might add some more later.
  3. Honestly, I think it's Alcatraz. He has such a distinctive tone and he's a great example of a person that's not the nicest guy ever but still makes it easy to sympathize with him. Stephen Leeds probably deserves a mention as well.
  4. I've played the Prime trilogy and Zero Mission, all fantastic. Perhaps that's not enough to be a "fan" but the overall atmosphere, design and music have had a lot of influence on me. Prime 2 is the most well-rounded of the bunch, it's just best at what it's aiming at, but Prime 3 was the most fun to me back in the day.
  5. I agree with the observation about Adonalsium's "uncorruptable" Investiture, but you're assuming that the stars are definitely red because of corruption, which doesn't have to be the case. While it's true that red Investiture means that it's corrupted, these are stars, not Investiture. They can simply be red for the same reasons that stars in real-life are red. I tried finding out these specific reasons several times but the results were kinda conflicting, so I'm not quite sure about this (maybe someone on here knows his stuff about astronomy?), but this is what Brandon said about the Rosharan star being white: So, not canon, not entirely reliable, but it's at least a hint in a direction. If a white star is younger than a yellow one (the most usual star color in the cosmere), then a yellow star might be younger than a red one. Which is why personally I believe that the red stars are simply the very first ones to be created back in the day. In turn, the white stars are the youngest and show Adonalsium's late attempts at experimenting with astronomical stuff (Drominad being very crowded, Taldain being binary, and Roshar being all kinds of stuff). Maybe he got bored with the good old traditional star systems.
  6. The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart, and illustrated by Chris Riddell, was the first book series I was obsessed with. Riddell has since gone on to illustrate covers for Neil Gaiman among others. I love his drawing style, so clean and rich in detail. The Edge world reeks of bizarre alien biology and doesn't make much sense in retrospect, but has so much personality. It's also the only other fantasy series I know, apart from Mistborn, to show a civilization develop from one era of technology to another (although it never gets beyond steampunk).
  7. It's confirmed that they are not related: Also, the phrasing of this WOB makes it sound like the Sleepless are not originally from Roshar, because they "settled on" it rather than stayed there. I personally believe they are both originally from different worlds we haven't seen yet.
  8. The answer has to be no. In 10 years of being a fan, I have never seen anyone accuse Brandon of sexism (and most of the Brandon fans I know in person are progressive females) - this is a first.
  9. I still believe that Sora is kinda likely, but on the other hand, we have a lot of swordfighters already, so they might pass on that one. I wouldn't mind Dixie Kong since it feels kinda wrong that's she's not in there already. There's mostly 2 things that I hope they don't do: More meters (we've got enough of those by now) and (while this is more of a personal thing) edgy, gritty gunmen, since I don't think they belong in Smash.
  10. I'm a Lucina and Palutena main in Ultimate. I don't play that often either anymore for a number of reasons, but Melee and Brawl are my two most played games ever by long, long shots.
  11. Thank you so much for this - I didn't know there were so many additions, and it's oddly satisfying to see things from the prose version that didn't make the cut find a way out of that one's obscurity. The first Khriss chapter, for instance, is one of my favorites of the book and its omission really hurt the story's flow at the beginning, in my opinion - in the GN, she's just a random character showing up with the panel size trying very hard to make sure the reader knows she's important for some reason, while the prose introduces both as parallel stories and has you wondering when and how they will start to interact. Ah, well. Maybe this will eventually replace/expand the GN as canon?
  12. The names of Tanavast and Rayse haven't appeared on Roshar though, so by that standard, I kinda doubt there's a Cremilla in the cosmere. But it's an interesting idea! Yes, but he has since confirmed that it's not her: I personally like to think that Reya's Tear is Ashyn (since it's bright and Ashyn is close to Roshar) and Reya was a queen/an important person that lead the people to Roshar.
  13. Don't do it Brandon, they will find a way to ruin it. Anyway, I'm only half joking, but on a more serious note, I'm very skeptical. You'd think that someone who writes good books would also write good screenplays, but that's not necessarily the way it works. They're very different mediums and I'm not convinced that Brandon's way of writing translates well from one to the other. After all, adapting one of his fantasy epics to a Graphic Novel didn't work well either. I'm certainly not the one to question his work division decisions, but I'd rather have him work on something else.
  14. It's mostly a formatting thing of the Elantris novel (similar to how there's going to be 10 Stormlight books etc) that originally made me think this. From the Coppermind Elantris trivia section: Then, as you mentioned, the three continents/three empires, but also the Aons usually having three phonemes, which also makes all those important words work in a similar way, like Dor, Aon, Sel itself. Then a few reasons that are admittedly rather esoteric,, like the Dor acting as the "third" thing that was a result of Devotion and Dominion mixing, rather than what happened to Preservation and Ruin, which are still not fully combined. I'm sure I overlooked an important one, but I can't seem to remember . . . Anyway, "very dominant", as I phrased it, is admittedly a stretch, but it's present, especially considering that Brandon went such great lengths to make the whole book 3-based.
  15. So, in the last weeks, two interesting informations surfaced regarding the Reckoners multiverse, and since I haven't seen people talk about them, I thought I might just share them. It’s been confirmed from the get-go that Apocalypse Guard would take place in the Reckoners multiverse. Now, it has been uncertain for some time whether or not Apocalypse Guard would actually ever be released, since Brandon had a bunch of problems with it. Even after getting Dan Wells on board, he still wasn’t sure about it. So the story that was meant to expand on the multiverse was almost scrapped. Also, Snapshot, which was originally intended as taking place in one Core Possibility (the only one besides the Reckoners series up to that point), was pulled out of the continuity for film rights reasons. So the multiverse as a project seemed to have come to a halt, and I always thought that him writing Skyward as a new big YA project was meant to make up for that. Then this WOB surfaced: So, albeit momentarily uncertain and non-canon, there is a connection between Skyward and Reckoners, which would be elaborated on in Apocalypse Guard? That would make Skyward part of the multiverse. Then there was also the reading with Dan Wells in February, with Brandon stressing that they will get Apocalypse Guard released eventually. Dan Wells’ went on to read the beginning of the first chapter (which has now been reworked). And, behold, this chapter features another hint on something else a few paragraphs in, which I will leave to you to hear for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfd5zIA0SYU&t=1940s In case you missed the connection/don't know what I'm talking about: So: Brandon seems to be confident about Apocalypse Guard eventually being released, and if he manages to keep these things in there during the process, the multiverse will be very alive and breathing at last - much moreso than I would have thought! Actually, this seems to be heading towards insane "Canon Wielding" with it. Who knows which other works he will combine? Peter once suggested that Alcatraz would also be a contender for a Core Possibility. This raises some questions: With Apocalypse Guard apparently connecting a whole bunch of Brandon’s non-Cosmere works, will the forums adopt to that in any way? Will there be a “Multiverse” section along with the already existing “Cosmere” section, and then a third, "Other Works" section instead of the current "Non-Cosmere Works" section? I kinda fear the multiverse will give this forum’s (and, in some ways, the Coppermind's) structure a hard time in the future.