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2017


Welcome To The Desert Of The Real: The Live-Action 'Gintama' And 'Bleach'
There's always the chance the live-action 'Gintama' and 'Bleach' movies will be good, but right now they appear to embody the deadliest, most literal sins of such projects
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How The Future (Of Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations) Can Be Female
'Ghost In The Shell' fizzled, but there are tons of other worthwhile anime/manga titles with strong female leads that could be adapted excellently for English-speaking audiences
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They're Going To Film This (On TV): 'Cowboy Bebop'
A bad idea? Maybe not -- in big part because Cowboy Bebop doesn't have nearly the same number of obstacles to live-action adaptability as other shows
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'Wolf Guy': Bark At The Moon
A truly strange specimen from Sonny Chiba's filmography, and an illuminating early example of how manga adaptations were a perfect fit for 1970s exploitation cinema from Japan
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Netflix's 'BLAME!': Killy Walk With Me
Recast into a two-hour movie, Tsutomu Nihei's metamorphic cyberpunk hellscape manga emerges all the more as a graduate of the 'Mad Max'/Man With No Name school of drifter/loner heroes
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Little Miracles, Done Dirt Cheap
Hollywood doesn't need blockbuster-sized live-action anime/manga adaptations. Here's some projects that could work on modest, manageable budgets, are easy to adapt, and could win over Western audiences handily
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The Soul Of A New 'Ghost'
Very little is known about the recently announced 'Ghost In The Shell' animation project, but the people on board so far are about as good as you could ask for
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The Cracks In The 'Shell'
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
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'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko
The most fascinating thing about the Western remake of 'Ghost In The Shell' is how what seemed most problematic about it -- Scarlett Johansson in the lead role -- is leveraged as a thematic element in the film itself
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They're (Probably) Going To Film This (Again): 'Attack On Titan'
After the dismal live-action version produced in Japan, a Western remake of 'Titan' seems a no-brainer, but not merely because the story is easy to re-localize
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Let's Film This: 'Cowboy Bebop' (2017, Post-'John Wick' Edition)
'Keanu Reeves as Spike Spiegel' is not a death sentence, and 'John Wick' is Exhibit A for the defense
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Patreon Ways To The Heart: Four Manga Adaptations Of Sōseki Natsume's 'Kokoro'
Four manga adaptations of Sōseki Natsume's classic novel range from mere Classics Illustrated versions to a radical modern-day reinvention that rediscovers the story's heart of darkness
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2016


'Neji-shiki'/'Screwed': A Peek Into The Pit
How to film Yoshiharu Tsuge's landmark work of surrealist comics? Leave it to master of weirdness Teruo Ishii, albeit with mixed results
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Is This The Real Life, Or Is This Just Fantasy?
Live-action adaptations of anime are arriving at a head-turning pace. Is that great news for fans, or a portent for a flood of mediocre cash-grabs to come?
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'Barakamon': The Problem With Getting Away From It All Is You Always Take It All With You
Having a city slicker hit the sticks isn't an innovative story by itself, but 'Barakamon' has heart, humor, and some surprising insight into what makes creative people tick
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'Lone Wolf And Cub': The Boy And The Beast
Kazuo Koike's perennial manga classic was adapted for the big screen in this cycle of six pop-pulp masterpieces, where father and son slash, stab, shoot, and slice their way through hell
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Let's Animate This: 'Musui's Story'
This riotous 19th-century memoir of a ne'er-do-well samurai's life and times, available in English, would lend itself wonderfully to an anime treatment
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'Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV': The State Of One Of The Arts
As an introduction to the newest FF universe, it's perfectly adequate; as drama and storytelling, it's serviceable; as a technology demo, it's a triumph - much like the other FF films before it
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Patreon 'Aoi Bungaku: Kokoro': The Heart Of The Matter
Natsume Sōseki's unsentimental, heart-wrenching classic still hits hard a hundred years later; its Aoi Bungaku anime adaptation restructures it to intriguing if unsuccessful effect
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Five Things About Those Five Glimpses Of The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell'
A few short snippets won't provide us with the whole flavor of the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' project, but they have given us some tea leaves worth reading
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Let's Animate This: 'Dune'
Twice filmed, and twice flawed in the filming, maybe the wise way to bring Frank Herbert's space (and spice) saga to the screen would be via an anime adaptation
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'Harmony': To Extreme Remedies, Extreme Sickness
Project Itoh's 'medi-pocalypse' dystopia is all the more poignant in the wake of the author's untimely death, with a glossy (if also icy) anime adaptation now to accompany it
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In Defense Of 'Berserk', Both Old And New
The new 'Berserk' is a welcome extension to the original TV series, but it doesn't come at the expense of the '97 original -- what could?
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'Tokyo Tribe': Last Night A DJ Kicked My Ass
Sion Sono's freeform rap-stravaganza adaptation of the hip-hop turf-war manga splits down the middle between being silly fun and being too mindless for its own good
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'Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace': Darker Than You Think
Edogawa Rampo's 'erotic-grotesque' horror stories are remixed for the (post)modern day in this sinister, surreal, and colorful adventure
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Let's Animate This (Again): 'AKIRA'
A new animated version of 'AKIRA', one that treats the entirety of the original story, would be far more welcome than a misconceived live-action version -- and wouldn't ding the reputation of the original movie, either
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2015


'Fullmetal Alchemist': The Road Not Taken
Placed side by side with its anime and manga brother incarnations, 'Fullmetal Alchemist' deserves more to be seen for where it rethinks and reinterprets, and less for how it deviates from the playbook
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(Video) Gaming The System
Is it possible, or wise, to critique anime adaptations of video games as if they had come from from any other source?
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Let's Film This: 'Blade of the Immortal'
In which we ponder a live-action adaptation (in Japan, that is) of Hiroaki Samura's long-running classic manga -- a project that could be both cheap and relatively feasible
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The Live-Action 'AKIRA': Still A Movie Without An Audience
Yet another attempt at a live-action 'AKIRA' has geared up, but the main problem remains: who would bother seeing it?
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Why Sony's 'Robotech' Is A Better Idea Than It Sounds
Of all the anime-adaptation projects contemplated by Hollywood lately, 'Robotech' stands a better chance than most of surviving the transition
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'Tokyo Ravens': Of Magic And The Mundane
Shouldn't a show that entertains the idea that Japan's mystical past is an integral part of its present-day world not be so ... well, mundane?
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'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya': Her Life To Live
So much more than just a lavish Classics Illustrated story, Isao Takahata's brush-painted picture scroll of a movie asks where the real meaning of any of our lives lies
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Let's Animate This: 'Dogura Magura'
Yumeno Kyusaku's masterpiece of surreal horror has been filmed, and even adapted to manga, but its dreamy evil makes it perfectly suited to an anime version
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Scarlett Johannson And The Half-Shelled 'Ghost'
Casting Scarlet Johannson as Motoko Kusanagi is proof the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' is as misguided a production as any previous Western attempt to adapt anime
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2014


'Kite': A Girl, A Gun, A Remake
The live-action remake of the infamous 1998 anime OVA is nowhere nearly as repellent as its source material, but don't take that as a recommendation
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Live, Die, Remake: Four Different Paths Through 'All You Need Is Kill' / 'Edge Of Tomorrow'
Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel 'All You Need Is Kill' has been revisited no less than three times in other media, each version its own meditation on war, death, rebirth, and timelessness
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'Bayonetta: Bloody Fate': Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
It's as ridiculous, preposterous, and outlandish as the source material demanded, but there are side effects to being slavish to the very attributes that made 'Bayonetta' enjoyable as a game
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'Ghost in the Shell': The Dreaming Machine
Twenty-five years on, one of anime's seminal groundbreakers remains as alluring, intriguing, confounding, and problematic as ever
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'Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit': Have Spear, Will Travel
Unfairly overlooked by audiences, this engrossing and intelligent adventure fantasy deserves cherishing -- doubly so now thanks to its welcome re-release
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Should We Film This? 'Ghost in the Shell'
A good live-action version of 'Ghost in the Shell' may well be possible, but can Hollywood do it without draining all the blood (and electricity) from its veins?
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Let's Film This: 'Soul Eater'
It isn't just the Tim Burton-esque atmosphere that makes 'Soul Eater' ripe for a live-action version, but a lively and colorful cast of characters worthy of our attention
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Monkey Punch's 'Bōtchan': Laugh, It's A Classic
When the creator of 'Lupin III' decided to revisit a feisty Japanese literary masterwork, the results were as uproarious as they needed to be
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Let's Film This: 'Black Lagoon'
How is it that a live-action 'Black Lagoon' -- itself a loving homage to John Woo and Jerry Bruckheimer alike -- hasn't yet been put on the slate?
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The Wrong Kind Of Faithful
Should adapting something also mean attempting to improve it, even when its flaws are a big part of how it is what it is?
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Let's Film This: 'Claymore'
A massive budget wouldn't be needed to realize this most emotionally-powered of dark fantasies -- just proper attention to its story and characters
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2013


Let's Film This: 'Fullmetal Alchemist'
Done right, a live-action 'Fullmetal Alchemist' could be a 'Lord of the Rings'-sized hit
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