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2017


Anime Roundup: June 11, 2017 
Project Itoh's 'Genocidal Organ' hits theaters next month; peek at the new 'Gintama' live-action trailer; and 'Kino's Journey' wanders back into print
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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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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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Anime Roundup: April 14, 2016 
'Perfect Blue''s source material is seeing an English release for the first time; 'Ghost' bombs at the b.o.; and 'your name.' makes a modest splash in the U.S.
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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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Anime Roundup: March 24, 2017 
'Ghost In The Shell''s opening scene; the first U.S. 'Death Note' trailer; 'Outlaw Star' and 'Big O' are headed back onto shelves
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'Attack On Titan: The Movie': A Dead-Action Film 
Misguided, tone-deaf, ugly, and erratically paced, this is one of the rare occasions where a promised Western remake might actually be just the response we deserve
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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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2016


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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The First Full 'Ghost In The Shell' Live-Action Trailer Is Remarkably Promising 
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
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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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Anime Roundup: August 22, 2016 
'Bleach'? 'Haruchika'? 'Pokémon'? 'Gin Tama'? We'll do it live!
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Anime Roundup: August 16, 2016 (Post-Otakon Edition) 
'Turn A Gundam' on Blu-ray, 'Tiger & Bunny' feature film gets a writer, Funimation rounds out its back (and front) catalog.
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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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The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Is Further Evidence Hollywood Has No Idea How To Adapt Anime 
With all the anime/manga projects out there to choose from, why does Hollywood insist on choosing the ones that give it the biggest cultural difficulties?
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They're Filming This: 'Fullmetal Alchemist' 
You heard right - a Japanese live-action version of the now-classic manga and anime property is coming our way, with all kinds of interesting implications in tow
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2015


Patreon 'Rurouni Kenshin': For The New Age, A New Man 
When the first film in this live-action trilogy is among the very best adaptations yet of an manga/anime property, we can forgive any weaknesses in the whole
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They're Going To Film This: 'Tiger & Bunny' 
At last, a Hollywood adaptation of an anime property that makes sense -- but it's at least as much about the current comic-book craze than anything anime-related
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Let's Not Film This: 'Naruto' 
Of all the anime/manga projects to film as a Western live-action production, you could scarcely find a harder sell or a worse fit than 'Naruto'
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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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Why Sony Should Remake 'Macross', Not 'Robotech' 
Sony should use its live-action 'Robotech' remake as a way to free 'Macross' from the smothering legal quagmire that's kept the franchise in limbo for too long
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How Gary Whitta's Live-Action 'AKIRA' Screenplay Got It All Wrong 
An interview with the screenwriter for the Western remake of 'AKIRA' only underscores all the more why such a project makes no sense
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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


'Helter-Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly': I've Got You Under My Skin 
This caustic satire of the meat-market beauty industry works as both a manga and a live-action production, although it is more concise and less distractingly glamorous on paper than it is on a screen
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'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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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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