【Study of Today】Live action adaptations that did not suck!!
Few days ago a big bomb droped into the anime community, Netflix announce yet another live adaptation, this time they put their eye on the Mega Man!
After Netflix’s “Not so successful” adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, fans are worried that the Mega Man and other to be released works such as Gundam, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho will be ruined as well. Some even say that the best adaptation is no adaptation at all.
But, it's important not to generalize, there are still some adaptations are well repulated. To rebuild your faith in live action adaptations, I pick some adaptations that are proven to be successful and capture the spirit of the original!
My very subjective list (The list is arranged in a random order.)
■3. Gintama(銀魂) 2017~2018
Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama had two live action movies released in 2017 and 2018, "Perfectly replicated the comedy and emotional scenes from original work without any awkwardness." are the unanimous praise from the audiences.
■2. Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心) 2012~2021
For a story like Rurouni Kenshin whose very title is named after its iconic protagonist, it is imperative that he feels believable. Actor Satoh Takeru does a phenomenal job replicating Kenshin, not only the way Kenshin moves and fights, but also capturing the affectations of Kenshin's speech and the full range of his mood. All of this comes together with the beautiful costuming to make it look like Satoh really is the legendary Battosai.
■1. Death Note (デスノート) 2006
Not Netflix's failed attempt, but the original duet released in the same year. Although the original Death Note itself being a mystery thriller story made it relatively easy to adapt it into a live action version (refer to various detective films). Death Note and the sequel Death Note 2: The Last Name are impressive because they boldly gave the characters different endings and managed to bring the audience a more evenly matched intellectual battle than the comic! Death Note proved that live action adaptations can be bold and good at the same time!
■Honorable Mention. Alice in Borderland (今際の国のアリス) 2020
To be fair, live action adaptions are difficult to handle well even in Japan, out of dozens of live action adaptions, only a few are well repulated. Nevertheless, Netflix itself showed us its potential since Alice in Borderland is a big success. The series received 'positive reviews from viewers and critics for its visuals, cinematography, editing, and use of graphic violence'. Two weeks after the show dropped on the streaming service, Netflix announced a second season would be made.
Let's hope live action adaptations can get better and better, rather than a genre that the name alone fears some.
Do you look forward to live action adaptations in the future?!
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