Yoko Taro can't write, he can only emotionally manipulate

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User Info: RollingSkull

RollingSkull
8 months ago#1
Yoko Taro does not write stories about characters. He writes vignettes where mechanically precise cosmological forces terrorize helpless children and the children sobbing uncontrollably as it happens. Sometimes the children are literal, like the machines, and sometimes they are children in adult bodies like Nier and 9S. But they have no agency or ability to change their situation and we are treated to lengthy cutscenes of them crying all the same.

These are not stories. They are nihilist anti-stories. Their value only comes from the crass manipulation of emotions involved in seeing cute and charming things suffer.

(At least until Ending E which is such a goofy tonal about face that it rings of Square execs pulling Taro aside and saying "Dude! Seriously!")
"I mean, come ON! Kill me?! Who HASN'T tried?!"
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User Info: Bl00dY_ReApeR

Bl00dY_ReApeR
8 months ago#2
Yoko Taro does not write, he insert feels directly into our souls.

User Info: NettoSaito

NettoSaito
8 months ago#3
What about the stories in the novels and manga? They are all pretty well written I'd say
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Hiei_the_Stern
8 months ago#4
The characters in NieR looked pretty damn well-written to me.
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User Info: RollingSkull

RollingSkull
8 months ago#5
I can't fault the character interactions in Nier 1 but when the rubber hit the road it always came down to cry and die.

Emil managed to do both like twice which is pretty impressive.
"I mean, come ON! Kill me?! Who HASN'T tried?!"
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User Info: Hades192

Hades192
8 months ago#6
Topic title alone.

Good enough for me!

User Info: immortaltech6

immortaltech6
8 months ago#7
Hiei_the_Stern posted...
The characters in NieR looked pretty damn well-written to me.


He didn't write the first NieR, only direct. 2 other people did.

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Hiei_the_Stern
8 months ago#8
immortaltech6 posted...
Hiei_the_Stern posted...
The characters in NieR looked pretty damn well-written to me.


He didn't write the first NieR, only direct. 2 other people did.

:O I see
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User Info: Miraboreasu

Miraboreasu
8 months ago#9
Well, isn't all writing, music, art, film... the whole spectrum of entertainment emotional manipulation? Happiness, sadness, excitement, disbelief - any and all emotions and feelings are manipulated to bring the audience more emotion, more feeling.

It'd be pointless if it didn't. Even the thought provocation a piece can deliver is a response to emotional manipulation.

User Info: Ein_Soph

Ein_Soph
8 months ago#10
You can write... and as you insidiously put it, "emotionally manipulate."

I'm not sure why you would say this is an "anti-story" either. Sure seems to have the elements of a story in them. Nihilism and hopelessness are just themes in it.
Lo que sera sera.
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