Or, So What does Ravajava actually like?
I think I may make a series out of this actually...
I've made a lot of posts over the years over the fiction that I dislike or that frustrate me (everything from Warhammer to MLP are on my naughty list for one reason or another). With my personal Three Golden Rules (no fan art, no fan service, no tracing, the last is a bit dated now) I've never uploaded fan art (and never will). As such, I often actually don't know what interests I do have in common with my fellow members of this website. So, I thought it would be interesting to just throw the fictional settings out that I enjoy or have gotten really into and see if anyone else happens to share any of those interest. Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind
. Who doesn't love Miyazaki. I remember first seeing Spirited Away
in theaters. After that, my family just went back in time through all of his films every Saturday (we never got through Grave of the Fireflies
, my younger sisters couldn't handle it). Nausicaa
stuck with me though. When I saw the collectors edition of the Manga at the local book store on sale several years later, I was all over that. It was then that I really got into that setting. If you haven't read the Manga yet, I highly advise it. It's not even the same story as the movie, Nausicaa
isn't the same person at all, I'd even venture to say the worlds aren't even the same. Nausicaa
is also one of the biggest inspirations behind the Unus Solum setting. The movie was quite limited in exploring the world. So Unus Solum, when I first imagined it some 5-6 years ago, sprouted from personal headcannon of what the world looked like beyond the movie. US ultimately grew into its own monster when I began to ram it together with my other interests at the time for a school project. The airships, the weaponry, the initial image of the world I had, all of that sprouted from the movie. (those who have been around a while know that a round of Empire Earth II also played a part, but I may explain that in another edition of this)
The manga came in later, having read it about a year ago. The morals of the story, what it had to say from topics ranging from the environment to religion all became more influential, both to me personally and in turn what I wanted to do with Unus Solum and my other work. In many ways, at least for myself, I've used Unus Solum as a means of talking my way through what I interpreted as the meaning of that manga. (I'm interpreting because the author is dead as I often say, so what Miyazaki intended to say is irrelevant imo. All that matters is what I got from what he said)
Hopefully, as US2 progresses, since it's going to be a bit more coherent and organized than US1, what I'm talking about with the Unus Solum universe will become more apparent. It isn't just airships, guns and fancy uniforms people!
Seeing that it took me that long to just talk about Nausicaa, this is going to have to be a series to hit everything I want to. So, stay tuned for next week I guess? CatzK3
totally challenge you guys to do something similar to this, seeing that you are the two people I can think of with cohesive and complex settings.