For those of you who have already read the comic, seen the movie or played the game it goes without saying that it’s a really compelling story that grabs you and doesn’t let go. It’s obvious that the format of fighting several bosses through the story up until a big boss in the end is straight off taken from video games but it’s also very reminiscent of manga, shonen manga to be precise. On this About.com interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim, there are a few interesting tidbits about the indirect influence manga had on the story.
t wasn’t like I had read a whole lot of shonen manga before then. (Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga) described the structure of shonen mangaplots kind of like it’s a shish-kebab, where there’s meatball, meatball, meatball on a stick, with each meatball representing a fight; that’s how it explained what shonen manga really is. (laughs)So that just kind of stuck in my head.
Yeah, that about sums up every good game, manga and anime out there. It may be formulaic but it works.
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