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Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 1:23 am
by sky665
Oh man I think this is my first post on this forum..exciting!

I wonder if there is a genre name for this yet? I bet not, but I wish there was so it'd be a lot easier for me to find these types of stores! I love bonding stories to bits, but not so much the romance focused ones you know? (Romance is fine - but usually when its a "romantic genre" it tends to be two characters meet and then start making out within that same day type deal.)

My favorite is when the two characters are extreme different personalities of one another, and still end up forming some sort of bond. (May it be friendship, rivalry, or a romantic one is alright too...as long as they really struggle to form this bond!)

So if anyone knows of stories with these kinds of things in them, I'd love if you could share them with me!

Some few good examples of webcomics I already read are Strays, Unsounded, and Nimona

Thanks!

(Bonus mention - also please share with me any animated movies/series you know of with these sorts of things to, finding those are always like a needle in a haystack haha)

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 3:07 am
by blankd
That sounds like character relationship writing in general?

I'm not sure... you could give my comic a shot, but I'm not sure if that is what you're looking for (characters have completely different ethical philosophies and behaviors towards each other because of this) .

Again, if you could you be more specific in what you're looking for? It really does sound like asking for drama/meaningful interactions between characters that actually has consequences, either to the plot, each other or both (aka "good writing" in general). :S

Best of luck in your search, but I'm really not sure how helpful this thread will be.

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 6:47 am
by eishiya
As blankd said, that isn't a genre, it is just competent character-centric (often but not always character-driven) writing.

I don't have any spectacularly good comic suggestions off the top of my head, but here are some movies you might be interested in:
The King's Speech
Hannibal (TV show)
The Green Mile
Driving Miss Daisy
Léon

Edit: Derp, you said animated. I fail at reading. Sorry! Unfortunately, I can only think of a few examples at the moment:
The Fox and the Hound (rather atypical for Disney)
Anything by Makoto Shinkai, most of his stories deal with relationships, some romantic, some not. They're usually not characters with extreme differences, but the way the relationships are portrayed is worth watching and learning from.

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 9:02 am
by asocialconstruct
You could try Mercenary and Sorceress, Princess Princess, Ignition Zero, O Human Star, Lovelyss (nsfw), Acanthity, Minor Actos of Heroism, Hemlock, and Plume. I've never read Strays, but the ones I listed have a similar antagonistic-to-friendship developing relationships vibe as Unsounded and Nimona. Sorry for the long list, I read a lot of comics and I like well done character dynamics too :) Hope this is helpful.

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 9:53 am
by blankd
Edited all the titles to be links to the comics. Some I could confirm were webcomics and did those accordingly, for others I got what I thought was the most related link from google.

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 26th, 2013, 1:15 pm
by sky665
Yeah, it really isn't a genre. But I wish it woould be! So I can find the type of stories I like a lot easier hehe. The closest to it would the Romance Genre, since that is a character-driven genre (Can't be a romance without two characters falling in love right?) But most of those tend to be more focused on the lust than the bond.

Thank you for the suggestions made so far! I'm looking through them :)

((And yes, Fox and the Hound is my favorite Disney movie! Followed by Lilo and Stitch.. not enough stories about oddball friendships! ;u; ))

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: August 28th, 2013, 11:30 am
by Varethane
Maybe 'oddball friendships' could sum up what you're looking for? I'm not sure I'd call it a genre so much as a trope (albeit one I like a lot too).

((Also: hi!))

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: February 15th, 2014, 2:16 pm
by thexeternal
My comic only just started out a few weeks ago, but if "character-bonding" is what you're looking for, you'll find it, lol! The main character really struggles to fit in with her family, so dealing with that and changing that is a big part of the story.

I'm pretty new here, and haven't read a whole lot of the comics on here yet, but that's a theme I'd be interested in finding, too! So far I'm liking a lot of the suggestions from everyone...!

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: February 16th, 2014, 1:05 pm
by Past-Chaser
joining in here with a "read my webcomic it has character bonding"

but also theres a webcomic out there called "grey is" thats pretty awesome in the character department

as for ANIMES i really recommend Kokoro Connect, Uchuu Kyoudai (aka space brothers dont let the name fool you its really great), Nagi No Asukara, Uchouten Kazoku(the eccentric family). (okay a couple of those have romance, but theyre not the typical "boy meets girl and suddenly THEY ARE IN LOVE" scenarios and the character development is the higher focus)

Re: Looking for Character-Bonding focus webcomics

PostPosted: March 3rd, 2014, 3:58 am
by ChibiSilverWings
This is my favorite kind of story too! My favorite show in terms of something like this is King of the Hill. I just really love all the deep relationships in the show, family, friend, and romantic. Honestly I wish there were more shows like it!

And I hate to bandwagon but a lot of the readers for my group's webcomic morphE http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/ have said they love the way the characters talk to each other. Though it might be a bit darker than what you're looking for, as a lover of strong character writing I try to make sure I always employ it in my own stuff. Good luck finding more!