Story Vs Life: Going into the darkness

Ever love someone so much that you would kill for them? How about  manipulate them so they start to get isolated?

No?

Good.

Cause that is some crazy S*** right there.

However, in our watching a reading I find that these kind of manipulative romances are a huge draw for readers (*cough cough Twilight). And that is 100% okay! Reading about it and saying that it is healthy are two different things.

To get to the point one of my favorite Webtoons recently is “My Deepest Secret.” It is about a guy named Elios who will do anything for his girlfriend Emma.

Elios Deepest Secret Kill

See here Emma things he is being hyperbolic…

Now this is were sometimes stories make me feel like I am crazy. I read this webtoon and I LIKE Elios. I like this guy who is manipulating her to be alone and hurting others for her. Does this mean I want a sociopath boyfriend? No, it does not.

I like the story. I like his character. In real life this would be a run for the hills situation. But Emma doesn’t know this yet. She doesn’t know what he is doing and only the reader does.

Deepest Secret hug

This is something the writer really does well. We can feel frustrated at Emma and yell at our screen for her to get out but she doesn’t see it. She only sees the side of him that cares about her.

I think that is something we need to remember when we want to judge others to harshly. When you are in that situation of manipulation you really don’t see it.

Elios and Emma

When she sees this Elios is just a kind caring boyfriend. When we see it we think “Oh god he is gonna kill someone.”

I think my point is that stories like this are great when they are just stories. I think there is a fine line to walk when we romanticize  abusive relationships. I think it is harder to see the manipulation sometimes. I didn’t think Edward in Twilight was manipulated the first time I read it as a young woman. Now as an adult my brain screams “Warning Warning Danger!”

However, like I said before there is nothing wrong with enjoying it as a story. Hopefully in your life relationships like this just stay in the story and not in your real life.

I think this post got away from me a bit. I didn’t want it to be a discouragement to read this webtoon. I really want you to! I think it is a great story with great characters! It is very thrilling and honestly every week I’m frustrated since I want to find out what happens!

I just also find it fascinating that I find this character sympathetic. Which is honestly… Hats off to the writer. If you can make me love a killer… Well, you did your job.

Elios Deepest Secret

This scene didn’t hurt either.

Since I’m shallow like that 😉

In the end this is an interesting story and I think we are all waiting for the ball to drop when Emma finds out who Elios really is…

Happy Watching!

(Warning:  This webtoon has harm happen to an animal at the start, just to warn you. That was hard for me to read).

Okay Caligula… You’ve got my attention…

So far this season I’ve watched three shows that were based of games (that I know of) and I think the one that has me the most interested is Caligula. I haven’t played the game and until I’m the lucky owner of a PSVITA I will have to just live in the anime world.

Most of the time when I watch anime that was a game I’m left with a slightly confused feeling like I’m missing something that the ones who played the game would only know. However, as I watched Caligula I really enjoyed the set up and I was confused but in a good way not the ‘something is left out that I should already know’ way. If that makes sense.

First off the visual reminded me of artwork which is always nice. The coloring was quite beautiful and it is a peaceful setting. There are some tidbits of information that seems like something it not as it seems and it keeps you curious as you watch.

In my mind the set up was perfect. Nothing was rushed in the climax of the first episode and it made me want to watch more.

This anime looks like it is going to be an interesting psychological ride something that I was hoping for last fall but wasn’t delivered.

I’m really enjoying the quotes from and the references to psychology I think that give this anime a sense of real-ness and legitimacy of what is happening.

In the end, I’m curious about this anime and I’m excited to see the next episode. I hope it pays off since I was disappointed last year. I’ve seen a lot of good first episodes this season but this was the first one that really had my full attention. Sometimes with turning games into anime it is lackluster so I hope they keep it up. This has an interesting world and set up with a bit of a matrix feel.

This looks like this anime should be an intense ride… Hopefully… Happy watching!