Sword and Sorcery influences
I'm currently two episodes in, and I'm really loving this - the animation is amazing even when it's economical, and the direction is delightful. I'm particularly tickled by the roguishness of Favaro - his delightfully amoral take on like brings to mind sword and sorcery classics like Lieber's "Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser" and some of Moorcock's less operatic Eternal Champion worlds.
Do you think that Keiichi Hasegawa was influenced by Western fantasy? I'm seeing a lot of elements here that focus on Wonderous Worlds, with Mundane Heroes, and from looking at his previous writing credits (some of my favorite episodes of The Big O, The Pheonix, etc) I see someone who seems to **get **narrative tropes from outside of Japanese genre conventions.
Is anyone here more familiar with the development of this work?
My opinion of Favaro is that he is what would happen if Lupin the III and Space Dandy somehow were merged together and took fashion advice from Ronald McDonald. ^_^