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- Posted: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 23:07:03 +0000
This is very reminiscent of Disney's most popular movies. (Gaston, Hopper, Ursula, Hades, Scar, Evil Mongolian man from Mulan, etc.) . The idea of good and bad are black and white nodes planted into our minds from early childhood. We aren't often exposed to the grey areas. I remember in Cinderella 2, one of the "evil" step sisters turned out not to be evil but I can't think of very many cases where something similar happens.
I thought I was the single person int eh universe who liked that movie for that
I also took note that it is common in the anime/manga scene for there to be some flash back or side story that reveals the "bad guys" past. These stories usually inspire sympathy for the enemy characters and many viewers are able to see them in a different light.
It's hardly ubiquitous, but often enough that this is some cop out that say 'see! He's not one dimensional!' and then the past is barely alluded to again, if at all. I like it when these flashbacks make something of them.