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  • Stank83
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    In the wake of the release of the Netflix TV series Cowboy Bebop, any thoughts about the upcoming adaptations (as live action TV-series) of incredibly popular anime/manga (One Piece, Avatar, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc..)???

    I’ll start, all of them could be pretty great, especially One Piece.

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    Elsa Korr
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    Thoughts about the upcoming adaptations (as live action TV-series) of incredibly popular anime/manga (One Piece, Cowboy Bebop, Avatar, Yu Yu Hakusho, etc..)??? I’ll start, all of them could be pretty great.

    First thing first: Avatar IS NOT japanese anime. Its Nicklodeon show set in Asia world and has similarities to Shounen anime.

    Im pretty conflicted on this one. One Piece has that kind of exaggerated style in its source material thats quite difficult to adapt into live action (Scott Pilgrim style is the one I could think of) though Eichiro Oda (The Creator of Manga) is directly involved in creative process.

    If we want to talk about movie adaptation too, Im quite excited for Gundam and Attack on Titan since Hollywood has the techs to make things work

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    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart, Thomasin McKenzie, Rooney Mara, Tessa Thompson
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper
    Best S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Diana Rigg, Anya Taylor Joy
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    First thing first: Avatar IS NOT japanese anime. Its Nicklodeon show set in Asia world and has similarities to Shounen anime.

    Came here to say this.

    I am mixed. Certain series are very exaggerated, and that will make them hard to do in live action. I get the impression a lot of anime fans expect very high end adaptations, and in reality that isn’t likely to happen until transitions at inexpensive and mid-level budgets can be mastered, and that takes trial and error. I do think who is involved counts.

    I think this is a case where in many cases they may actually be better served by handing over budget to Japanese studios. I suspect someone choosing an anime to adapt that is slightly less beloved might actually help because it won’t be so heavily compared to the source.

     

     

     

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    I’d really like an Attack on Titan live action film (the one that was already made was okay). It would need a huge budget and a design team that could make the Titans work. I think it could be brilliant and span over several movies.

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    I’d really like an Attack on Titan live action film (the one that was already made was okay). It would need a huge budget and a design team that could make the Titans work. I think it could be brilliant and span over several movies.

    To makes matter better, 99% of the Characters are Caucasian and set in fictional western world (Most of the names are German e.g: Eren Jaeger, Reiner Braun, Annie Leonhardt, Historia Reiss etc).

    The Japanese one is awful, like really bad. Andy Muschietti (Mama, IT) is set to direct Hollywood LA Adaptation. I believe production will start once the anime series is finished. And I’d like it to become sort of Harry Potter series with 8 movies at least.

    FYC:
    Best Director: Edgar Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, Jane Campion
    Best Picture: Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog
    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart, Thomasin McKenzie, Rooney Mara, Tessa Thompson
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper
    Best S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Diana Rigg, Anya Taylor Joy
    Best S. Actor: Kodi Smit McPhee, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins

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      I think this is a case where in many cases they may actually be better served by handing over budget to Japanese studios. I suspect someone choosing an anime to adapt that is slightly less beloved might actually help because it won’t be so heavily compared to the source.

    Its all depend on the source material. Adapting One Piece and Attack On Titan into Hollywood property wouldn’t be that problematic, at least casting wise since the former has already diverse cast and the latter has 99% of its characters as Caucasian. If anything, Hollywood adaptation of One Punch Man and My Hero Academia are far more concerning

    FYC:
    Best Director: Edgar Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, Jane Campion
    Best Picture: Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog
    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart, Thomasin McKenzie, Rooney Mara, Tessa Thompson
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper
    Best S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Diana Rigg, Anya Taylor Joy
    Best S. Actor: Kodi Smit McPhee, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins

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    Its all depend on the source material. Adapting One Piece and Attack On Titan into Hollywood property wouldn’t be that problematic, at least casting wise since the former has already diverse cast and the latter has 99% of its characters as Caucasian. If anything, Hollywood adaptation of One Punch Man and My Hero Academia are far more concerning

    Yeah, that’s what I meant – there are cases where it’s likely fine.

    I agree Attack on Titan should not be crammed in to a single film, it is far too dense.

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    Stank83
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    The main problem about adapting an anime/manga into an actual live action series is that animation is a radically different medium than films or TV, in fact due to its nature, it creates a lower threshold for the suspension of disbelief, and thus lets you do crazy stuff that would only look ridiculous and cringy in live action.

    And One Piece is the perfect example of that with its exaggerated style, its fantastical world, the surreal comedy, the various tone shifts, the absence of real life laws of physics, the action sequences, etc..

    I wonder how they will pull this off, but as a gigantic fan of both the manga and the anime, i genuinely hope they found a way.

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    The only acceptable anime adaptation ever made by Hollywood is Speed Racer, and that is saying a lot.

    Which sucks is that, just like Ghost in the Shell (thank you Scarlett and the guy who directed Snow White and Huntsman), Cowboy Bebop is one of easiest animes to adapt for “the Hollywood language”, because it takes a lot from western culture, from things like Blade Runner and Star Wars. Netflix actually managed to blow this like they did with The Witcher and Jupiter’s Legacy. They are awful with doing mainstream adaptations and Sandman is next on line.

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