QUOTE (vvalkingman @ Aug 31 2012, 12:10 PM)
The best example of a serious yet funny story in my opinion is One Piece. It will make you laugh, cry, and say %&*$!! It owes it all to superb character development. Even the townspeople in random town A have a backstory and dreams lol Just be careful not to be funny just for being funny, it needs to flow along with the seriousness. A random comment, bickering between characters while fighting bad guys or running away, the reactions of certain characters to serious situations...etc. Example, Luffy the main character stands before Whitebeard the strongest man in the world and declares that HE will be the pirate king not him....to the shock of 100 thousand soldiers and pirates that were in the middle of fighting a war. Serious yet hilarious moment, why? Because that's Luffy. He always says and does the craziest things. We know this because that's how the author developed his character. Just my two cents.
If you can find the right "cocktail" of seriousness & funny...you'll find yourself up there with the greats
Agreed. One piece carefully balances out Silliness and Seriousness which make their manga/anime so amusing. Naruto to me, also used to have this "balance" but after the time skip, the manga got a lot more serious.