(Hm. Speaking of cooking -- I just noticed that クッキングパパ (Cooking Papa) doesn't seem to be listed in the AniDB. Anyone feel like adding it? If not, I suppose I'll have to do it... -_-)
Anyway, back to the topic of Genre::Fantasy::. Since no one commented on what I wrote before, I suppose I'll have to go into more detail.
The current Genre::Fantasy::-branch looks like:
Genre::Fantasy::Dungeons and Dragons
As far as I can see, there's room for improvement. ::Dungeons and Dragons is a bad name for a genre, and I'd much prefer it if commonly used fantasy subgenres were used instead. Among those, the ones most commonly seen in anime are:
- Comic Fantasy
- Contemporary Fantasy
- Dark Fantasy
- High Fantasy
Thus, I propose that the ::Fantasy-branch would be modified to look like this:
(Descriptions from Wikipedia)
"Comic fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that is primarily humorous in intent and tone. Usually set in imaginary worlds, comic fantasy often includes puns on and parodies of other works of fantasy. It is sometimes known as Low Fantasy in contrast to High Fantasy which is primarily serious in intent and tone."
Examples: Slayers, Gokudou-kun Manyuki, Akazukin Chacha, Mahoujin Guru Guru...
Of course, the same result can be achieved by adding both Genre::Fantasy and Genre::Comedy categories to an anime, so it could be argued that this one isn't needed.
"Contemporary fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, also known as contemporary urban fantasy, modern-day fantasy, or indigenous fantasy. These terms are used to describe stories set in the putative real world (often referred to as consensus reality) in contemporary times, in which, it is revealed, magic and magical creatures exist, either living in the interstices of our world or leaking over from alternate worlds. It thus has much in common with, and sometimes overlaps with, secret histories."
Examples: Tactics, Chiccha na Yukitsukai Sugar,...
"Dark fantasy in this context refers to stories that focus on elements usually found in the horror genre but which take place in a setting more alike sword and sorcery or high fantasy. Dark fantasy includes "grittier" fantasy, conducted in settings which represent the brutality of the medieval period more truly than the traditionally idealised representations of conventional fantasy, generally with a dash of supernatural horror. It may or may not take place in its own fantasy world."
Examples: Berserk, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust,...
This is what I propose as the replacement for the current ::Dungeons and Dragons.
According to The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, high fantasy is 'Fantasies set in otherworlds, specifically secondary worlds, and which deal with matters affecting the destiny of these worlds.' Basically a catchall for animes that feature fantastical races (such as elves and dwarves), wizards, and such.
Examples: Lodoss-tou Senki, Final Fantasy Unlimited, Words Worth,...
It has been said before that Genre::Fantasy::Magic is redundant, since fantasy already implies presence of magic. That's true, but it might still be of some use to keep that category, to categorize anime in which magic plays central role -- such as Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto.
'course, the problem with those is that a large majority of fantasy anime just can't be categorized with regular fantasy subgenres. Fe. Juuni Kokki, Gensou Maden Saiyuuki, Groove Adventure Rave, Palme no Ki, ...; so it's possible that my suggestions are next to useless..
Oh, and I have an idea for one other new category. We already have Characters::People::Mystical People::Goddesses, but what about male gods -- such as ones in Ragnarok? ...and animal gods and such (Princess Mononoke)...
So I was thinking if there should be Characters::Deities, (...and ::Goddesses would be a subcategory of that, like this:
Characters::Deities::Goddesses.) Opinions? ^_^