Lost Girls and Fairytale Requiem: Eros and the Evolution of Shared Stories

It’s been a long time since there’s been an eroge that’s affected me as deeply as Fairytale Requiem. It’s rare that I ever read a comic, but because I played Fairytale, I was interested in Lost Girls. They both operate on a fairly similar premise – erotic, adult tales of girls who are either inspired by or actually are the girls from childhood stories. All of them involve an Alice, a Wendy and a Dorothy, while Requiem adds Gretel, Rapunzel, Gerda and Odette and Odille to the mix. They both have surreal art (and in the case of Requiem, surreal music) and are easily billed as “fairy tales for adults.”

I wish to compare them. How Japan and America interpreted stories written in Europe and added a sexual dimension to them, filtered through their own lens. They’re both equally passion projects, but one was decidedly more commercialized. All credit to Top Shelf Publishing and Liar-Soft for making them.

Also, given the subject matter, this is clearly not safe for work. Though I will try to discuss it as tastefully as I can.

Below the break things are NSFW. Also, spoilers for both the graphic novel and the game(s). I need to discuss Fairytale Encore if the full context of this is going to be covered, and Encore assumes you’ve played Requiem. 

Let’s take a deep dive.

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Anime Through My Filter


A wise man once said that just because someone likes anime doesn’t mean they like all of anime. They often enjoy certain themes or concepts that, while common in anime, obviously don’t make up the whole of it. This occurred to me because, after coming across a chart that was a list of worthwhile anime for the average Western fan, I realized just how little those actually applied to me. The list does acknowledge that people have different tastes, and while a select few of those series on the list interest me (I’ve seen Gurren Lagann and know that I enjoy the genre Azumanga Daioh helped cultivate. Read or Die looks nice too.), the majority of it doesn’t. I get my news from Japanese blogs (I can read Japanese somewhat okay, mostly through years of exposure) more than American ones, and my taste tends to align with the Japanese fanbase, mostly, though even that’s prone to personal variables. While I was hoping the blog entries would paint a picture of who I was, there’s no harm in saying who I am upfront. That way, the playing field is open. Let’s begin.

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Neko Neko Douga’s Gone MAD

We live in a world where three-minute anime are increasingly becoming a viable method for studios to adapt manga. With the 30-second theme songs removed, it’s closer to 2:30. Every second counts when you’re working in a time frame that small. Most jokes should land (naturally, most of them are comedy), and the animation should have as much motion as the small budget will allow. This is the most notable form of short anime, but it’s existed pretty much since anime (and DVDs) began.

DVDs, mostly. The incentive of director’s commentary or bonus features are a major part of what makes those Limited Editions so tempting to buy. Additional media on a separate disc, such as soundtracks or character songs, also play a part, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on the bonus features. The animated equivalent of a 4-koma manga on the back of a volume jacket (sometimes literally), these may flesh out the universe a bit or comment on things that even the creator found a little odd about the workings of their universe. A place for self-parody and blowing off some steam.

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Milky Holmes and Success Through Failure

I’ve written more words about Tantei Opera Milky Holmes than just about anyone. The creators of the show know exactly what they’re doing, and while the four voice actresses may be promoting the show like nobody’s business, they’re promoting something that’s worth it. The show’s got a world that can introduce the most bizarre elements without warning and still fit them into the larger scheme of detective homage, a set of quirky characters with varying degrees of insanity, and a genuinely captivating villain. It’s even developing something of an arc with Mori Arty, as the second season gave just as many questions as it answered about the Azusa to the group’s Houkago Tea Time. It’s also absoloutely nothing like its source material.

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