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  • Sachi 9:50 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adaptation, , Elfen Lied, , Hiroya Oku, , Kazunari Ninomiya, Kenichi Matsuyama, , Last Airbender, Live action, , Resident Evil, , Uwe Boll   

    The Live-Action Gantz 

    What is it about live action film adaptations that are just so inferior to their original counterpart? Without even including anything directed by Uwe Boll, I bet you can easily name five bad live action films that were adapted from either a video game, a book, an anime, or the like. It’s not difficult, is it? I can personally name five films simply from the last few years: Hitman, Dragonball: Evolution, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, I bet you can’t do the same for good live action film adaptations, can you? Off the top of my head now, I can give small kudos to films like Harry Potter, the original Resident Evil, and the original Spiderman. The point is that quality live action adaptations are far and scarce, while terrible ones are a dime a dozen.

    But what happens when you make a live action adaptation of something that was already bad? Will it be better than the original, or will it suck even more? This was the question I had when hearing about the new live action Gantz. (More …)

    • juliancan 2:03 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice review and oh if you know about Paprika, the anime film based about venturing into people’s dreams. Well it is set for a live action adaption by Wolfgang Petersen :D. I’m actually being optimistic with this movie knowing this guy’s promising track record unlike the sh*tty director who adapted my beloved pseudo-anime series, Avatar: the last Airbender.

      • Sachi 2:19 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Paprika is up there with my favorite anime films, and certainly my favorite work of the late Satoshi Kon. This is going to have to push Petersen out of his usual niche of directing if he wants to do this right. From the looks of it, it’s also going to be an American-made film, which already has me a little iffy about it, but I’ll reserve all judgment until I learn more about it.

        • juliancan 3:12 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Mmm says that he is going to have to make it “mainstream”. Many things could mean by that :/. He further says that it is going to be similar to the Matrix which is not a bad sci-fi film to be honest.

          Then again how can you go more wrong than Dragon Ball and Avatar? It’s going to be quite hard beating them two.

          I just hope that it will not be too similar to Inception, assuming that the latter has an almost identical device used in Paprika.

          • Sachi 4:39 pm on January 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Nolan has cited Paprika to be an inspiration/influence for Inception; the problem is that the general public isn’t going to know this once the live action Paprika premieres in the U.S., and many may criticize Paprika for being too similar to Inception, when in fact it is the other way around. The timing is just bad for this film.

  • Sachi 10:55 pm on December 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Gonzo, Hiroya Oku, , Kei Kurono, Masaru Kato,   


    In order to create a good story, one needs more than just a good idea; you could only get so far with nothing but an interesting premise. You need to be able to develop decent characters, themes, and most importantly: a plot to carry out all of the aforementioned. You can’t build a car with only the frame, and you certainly can’t build a story with only a good idea. I suppose nobody told Hiroya Oku this when he began publishing the manga entitled Gantz. But I digress; I honestly have no idea how amazing or how horrid the original manga is. I’m only here to tell you about the failure that was Gonzo’s adaptation of Gantz into an anime.

    Airing from 2004 to 2005, Gantz totaled 26 episodes over the course of two seasons, dubbed the First and Second Stages. If it tells you anything about this series, just know that I didn’t bother with the Second Stage— I may or may not get back to it sometime in the future. Anyways, here’s my review/beating of Gantz, the show that would be king. (More …)

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