>>124699390 >implying hard fantasy is too subtle a concept Get off your high horse, it's a lot more inclusive than you seem to think. It stands for litteraly every story with a logically and rigorously developped universe based on some fantsay postulate and laws. Doesn't matter if you have elves or cat lolis with mecas, as long as the universe is rigourosly contructed, detailed, and it includes magic/postulates that don't work in our world, it is hard fantasy. And there are plenty of these in anime.
>Hard fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy literature that strives to present stories set in (and often centered on) a rational and knowable world. Hard fantasy is similar to hard science fiction, from which it draws its name, in that both aim to build their respective worlds in a rigorous and logical manner. The two diverge in that hard science fiction uses real scientific principles as its starting point, while hard fantasy postulates starting conditions that do not, and often cannot, exist according to current scientific understanding.
>Examples: >Lord of the Rings >Game of Thrones >Magic Inc.
Most anime would be soft fantasy, stuff like super heroes, fairy tales, Sabrina the teenage witch.
I think anime does have actually quite a lot of hard fantasy because of anime/manga's love of pretending complicated, tangled rules and any excuse for rule explaining exposition scenes = world building.
High fantasy is more rare because high fantasy is based largely on European folk stories, while Anime fantasy is generally based on Asian/Japanese folk.
>>124699686 Technically yes, it could. That's depends on whether you think the universe is rigorously contructed, so I suppose it's to be left to one's own interpretation. I personally think it would be hard fantasy, if it weren't for Gilgamesh being beaten by Shirou
>>124699556 I'm not very enthuastic about scifi, but doesn't hard scifi mean scifi that is plausible, meaning it could logically exist in futufe, like from anime front planetes or space brothers or some shit? Many, almost all have rules they follow and shit like mahouka and railgun would be hard scifi by this definition
>>124699943 High fantasy generally refers to either settings with lots of magic and supernatural powers, or epic scale stories where kingdoms are at stake. Low fantasy describes low magic settings, or tales where the players are mostly concerned with their own selfish desires rather than the fate of the world or the whims of the gods (sometimes also called sword-and-sorcery).
Science fantasy would be the term that's most interchangeable with hard fantasy.
>>124700576 >Internally consistent and varyingly explained world's are high fantasy. High Fantasy is where magic and supernatural events are extremely prevalent and ubiquitous, it is often the exact opposite of Hard Fantasy. Low Fantasy is where magic and the supernatural are so rare that they are often not believed in, and is often more associated with Hard Fantasy because of this.
I'm not sure where you and >>124700650 got your definitions of High and Low Fantasy from, but I have never heard it described that way.
>>124700737 It's not a matter of prevalence or scale. Large scale works more mythic in inspiration can be low fantasy. The only hard (ha, pun) demarcation between high and hard fantasy is the setting, with the former needing it's own world to operate in, while the latter can be set in what's ostensibly just our world.
>>124700737 >I'm not sure where you and >>124700650(You) got your definitions of High and Low Fantasy from, but I have never heard it described that way.
The fucking essay that coined the term defined it that way. "High Fantasy and Heroic Romance" by Lloyd Alexander. Meanwhile you got your definition from some dude on the internet who read it on TVTropes.
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