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Question: Do you prefer hard or soft magic systems?
What? - votes: 2356 (64.1%)
Soft - votes: 352 (9.6%)
Hard - votes: 970 (26.4%)
There were 3678 total votes.
The poll ended: January 25th 2020
I'm glad some people looked at the explanation! Now you should look up hard vs. soft science fiction. Or maybe high vs. low fantasy.
» calstine on January 25th, 2020, 11:06am
It depends on the genre, FFS. Obviously, I like unrealistic fighting in fantasy/supernatural and realistic fighting in sports or series with a completely mundane cast.
» Sosseres on January 25th, 2020, 1:19pm
If it is a near earth world where people can do things like that I prefer a fight that is realistic to the limitations of that system.
Sometimes the totally over the top and unrealistic ones can be fun but it doesn't hold long term interest for me.
» VawX on January 25th, 2020, 6:54pm
If I have to choose Unrealistic Fights is a bit more enjoyable and it's easier to pull out in manga form since it usually using huge effects that's easy to understand in a drawing mmm...
Though a good realistic fights can be very exciting since you can actually feel the weight of each punch mmm...
» HikaruYami on January 26th, 2020, 2:09pm
» residentgrigo on January 25th, 2020, 8:46pm
» zarlan on January 26th, 2020, 6:41am
Realistic fighting, in manga, is almost non-existent, as most combat that is presented as realistic, isn't.
Also I find the separation of categories, and/or choice of words, to be quite wrong.
There are tons of examples of completely unrealistic fighting, set in "the real world" (this world) or a separate but equally "mundane" world, without any supernatural elements or anything like that
...and fighting can be realistic or unrealistic, in fantasy settings with magic and the like (with those being involved in the fighting), the fighting being realistic/unrealistic, within the rules of that setting.
The poll seems to ask about fighting being supernatural or "mundane", rather than being, at all, about being realistic or unrealistic. (and, again, I'd say both have their separate charms)
These are two very separate categories.
» wotonito on January 26th, 2020, 8:03am
For me, a "realistic fight" is one that follows its own rules. An "unrealistic fight" is one that doesn't follow its own logic. If there's magic in their world, and there is no indication given that humans are any more durable than they would be in our world (or that magic-barriers or whatever are up), it's safe to assume that someone getting thrown into concrete would be severely injured. Yet, so often does the concrete break instead.
» zarlan on January 26th, 2020, 11:21pm
That's a rather good way of putting it.
I usually talk about it being internally consistent/inconsistent, but "following its own rules" may be a bit more easy to understand. (though meaning the exact same thing)
I always hate it when people say you can't talk about something being unrealistic, in Fantasy, just because there is magic.
Of course you can!
Non-magic stuff needs to work the same as in the real world, and the supernatural bits need to be internally consistent (though the more vague and unexplained it is, the more you can get away with, without being sure to be inconsistent), to be realistic within the world that the work is set in.
If it strays from that, then it is unrealistic.
Vinland Saga has zero supernatural stuff, but is preposterously unrealistic.
Hajime no Ippo may seem fairly realistic, but punching people several feet up in the air, as HikaruYami mentioned, is hardly realistic. (and I am certain that is just the tip of the iceberg, with even a lot of the less obviously extreme things, being unrealistic)
Indeed, most sports series tend to be rather unrealistic. Some in obviously exaggerated ways, some in ways that many might not realise.
Sadly, I have a hard time thinking of any realistic Fantasy series, though... It can be done. I just can't think of any cases where it has been done. (or which are relatively realistic)
» hkanz on January 26th, 2020, 9:11am
» SSJR2 on January 26th, 2020, 3:55pm
Plus i may be a bit biased cause I do prefer fantasy manga the most.
» zarlan on January 26th, 2020, 11:25pm
You talk about having some sort of logic in it and not being completely ridiculous, and then you cite those series, as examples? Dragonball, especially...
» redlinks on January 27th, 2020, 12:10pm
» blackluna on January 30th, 2020, 12:51am
» hiji-kun on January 30th, 2020, 10:14am
» achyif on January 31st, 2020, 10:53pm