Madara – Anime Abandon

Because this anime needs to have SOME kind of internet presence…

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  1. This OAV was part of a much larger, multimedia mess. I’m rambling down memory lane.

    Madara wasn’t a manga at its core, but a bigger project with a comic among other things growing out of it. The manga ran in a video game magazine because it was all planned at once, and Nintendo Power style video game comics in mags were a norm. It came out every bit a disjointed Fankenstein crime against nature as the protagonist.

    The most notable product was Konami’s first jRPG which just happened to have 108 macguffins. So it might count as an inbred ancestor to Suikoden. It was advertised by tossing a severed, twitching human arm full of wires into into kids’ shows commercials, which was rad.

    But more than anything, Madara resembles Tezuka “God of Manga” Osamu’s comic, Dororo, about a cyborg swordsman having to regain his own 48 body parts from demons. It had to be cut short because everybody could tell that was way too many macguffins. Everybody except the Madara Project, which told Japan to hold all their beer.

    Madara deserves to be mostly forgotten, but not its hubris. It’s one of those things Japan must always remember to never repeat again. Aside from tossing in mangled cyborg body parts accompanied by screaming and loud music into the middle of kids’ shows. That was a conversation starter.

    • Wait, no, 108 wasn’t macguffins, it was chapters. Part of why the story’s so dumb is it tried to fit the 108 gimmick across multiple media, which I don’t think ever completed.

      I may have forgotten some things about this convoluted, forgettable franchise after twenty-some years.

    • I don’t think that’s quite what “McGuffin” means. A McGuffin is not a random quest item; it is a plot device that, in and of itself, is completely unimportant to the story but serves only to get the ball rolling, so to speak. A McGuffin’s actual nature is completely irrelevant, because it doesn’t do anything except drive the characters.

      An example of a McGuffin would be the Maltese Falcon. While it seems to drive character motivations, the thing itself never actually factors into the film itself.

      Another example might be Rosebud from Citizen Kane. Rosebud drives the reporter’s investigation, but if memory serves, he never actually discovers what the thing is. Sure, it has symbolic significance, but it doesn’t really serve a function in and of itself.

      An example of what a McGuffin is NOT would be the Death Star plans from A New Hope. Some might call them a McGuffin because they drive character motivations for the first two acts, but in the third act, they actually have an important function: they reveal the Death Star’s weakness. Ergo, what they are is actually important to the plot; ergo, not a true McGuffin.

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