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New Poll - Live Action Adaptations
Another poll suggested by residentgrigo. The last time we did this poll was back in 2009 after Dragonball Evolution came out. And in a couple of months is the release of Ghost in the Shell. Please don't suck. Just, please.

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Do you listen to anime OSTs?
Choices:
Often - votes: 1922 (28.6%)
Occasionally - votes: 2939 (43.8%)
Never - votes: 907 (13.5%)
Used to, but not anymore - votes: 942 (14%)
There were 6710 total votes.
The poll ended: January 21st 2017

The OST from Howl's Moving Castle makes for some great study music
Posted by lambchopsil on January 21st 3:07am Comments ( 17 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» Moirae on January 21st, 2017, 1:22am

Depends on the genre/demographic for me. I'm always wary of shounen live actions, but shoujo/drama/romance, I am usually willing to give a chance.

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» strawhat1987 on January 21st, 2017, 3:28am

I tend to watch if they are Japanese adaptation, Hollywood productions of anime/manga those I avoid like the plague

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» Suxinn on January 22nd, 2017, 1:16am

Quote from strawhat1987
I tend to watch if they are Japanese adaptation, Hollywood productions of anime/manga those I avoid like the plague

Ditto this.

Though I generally have lackluster feelings of live-action adaptations in general. Unless I'm enormously fond of the franchise, I tend not to watch them. And some things are just too, well, anime to see replaced with real people.

(I remember being legitimately surprised at how good the Ace Attorney live-action adaptation was. Takashi Miike, you truly are an amazingly versatile director.)

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» KaoriNite on January 21st, 2017, 5:42am

It's case by case. It really depends on how the trailer looks. I used to be super excited any time I heard of an adaptation, but now I approach them cautiously.

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» svines85 on January 21st, 2017, 9:57am

Yeah, mostly avoid, sorry, the overall track record for 'em is just so bad (my opinion) that it's kind of like throwing good money after bad to keep giving them a chance only to waste even more time on disappointing products.

That said, to this day I'd still very much like to watch the live action adaptation of Hoshi no Furu Machi ........if I'd ever find an English subbed version that is >_<

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» drunkguy on January 21st, 2017, 3:24pm

Live action adaptations of anime done by Hollywood generally fill me with the same dread I have of video game movie adaptations. Some of the japanese adaptations of manga like Cromartie Highschool or Battle Royale were alright though. Moyashimon, not so much.

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» MinatoAce on January 22nd, 2017, 11:22am

I may or may not look at them on my free time.
Last time I took a look at AOT Live Action Film only because it was on TV and nothing else better was happening. It was mediocre...meh.

P.S. I normally never watch TV form last few years. So, it was kinda rarest of rarest thing.

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» cmertb on January 23rd, 2017, 9:07am

It actually helps a lot when you don't know the source material. Otherwise, you sit there noting every single deviation from the story and grumbling that "in the manga this was explained better".

Of the live actions I watched recently, I quite enjoyed "I Am a Hero" because I haven't read the manga, but when watching "Chihayafuru", even though I realized that the movie was very well made, I couldn't help but be annoyed about how much was cut out compared to the manga and the anime. Ditto for "Montage".

The main weakness of Japanese drama and other live actions though, is the terrible quality of acting. I don't know how that came about, but sometimes the performances make me cringe. Let's not point fingers at "Saki", as a recent example.

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» svines85 on January 23rd, 2017, 9:26am

Quote from cmertb
It actually helps a lot when you don't know the source material.


Yeah, this right here. I thought later, after I'd made my first post, that in all fairness I'd began avoiding most any kind of "adaptation" long ago over just this point. In my case it began with novel/short story/whatever written form adapted to film, and I probably still apply that personal rule to this topic.

I think it's in large part just human nature, if you've seen/read/heard the "original"...... and in particular if you really liked it......I think it's hard to then give much of a fair shot to it being presented in a different form/format.

The earliest thing I remember for this was a big-screen adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining, which, done by Stanley Kubrick, was by all accounts an outstanding film.........yeah, hated it, it was just too different from the novel, avoided the scenario ever since biggrin

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» NightSwan on January 23rd, 2017, 9:26am

Nope, no way.
Keep those as far away from me as possible.

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» F_J on January 23rd, 2017, 5:59pm

Some of them are ok. Just depends on how "out of the ordinary" it was originally. I mean, Liar Game's adaption was pretty good, but then there's Death note... *shivers*

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» mysstris on January 24th, 2017, 10:22pm

kdramas do a pretty good job on adapting webtoons and good mangas. Of course they change the storyline which is also a smart move because a strict adaptation that is loyal to the story line is likely to fail. The audiences are different not to mention the medium itself is completely different so one can't expect loyalty to the storyline. However when I disagree with choice of actor....it takes me a long time to actually motivate me to watch it. I'm currently having that issue with Cheese in the Trap. Han Hyo Joo would have been a great lead after seeing her work in W Two Worlds (not to mention Dong Yi).

I would love to see an adaptation of Kids on the Slope. That would be good I think.




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» calstine on January 25th, 2017, 2:44pm

I've never watched one, and I don't intend to, either. Well, I did seriously consider the adaptation of Fragile - Byourii Kishi Keiichirou no Shoken, but the female lead annoyed me so I gave up on it after seeing a preview. Pity the manga isn't being scanlated -- she's probably less insufferable there, and the plot reminds me of a Japanese version of House, which might be interesting.

The only Jdrama I've watched is the medical/mystery series Team Batista, which is based on a Japanese novel series (a proper one, not a light novel). I loved it, but I got the impression it's pretty one-of-a-kind, so I won't go searching for more of the sort. In fact, the movie adaptation of the first novel made the protagonist female (the original had two male leads), which is one of those repulsive-but-nevertheless-audience-grabbing things they do during the adaptation process that I despise; thank god the TV series was more faithful to the source.

Likewise, in the original light novel of Haruchika, one of the main plot points is that the two MC's (girl and boy, childhood friends) do not fall for each other, but are seriously competing for the attention of the same 3rd party. Of course, the live action which will be coming out later this year is going to change the entire thing into a romantic melodrama between the two of them roll eyes Once again, though, another medium came to the rescue, since its anime was pretty nice.

I've never watched a single Kdrama or anything Chinese, though. Do they even adapt manhwa/manhua into movies or TV series?

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» mysstris on January 29th, 2017, 2:43am

Yes Kdrama and Chinese do adapt manhwa and manhua into movies and TV series but mostly romances (Hana Yori Dango, Full House, Hana Kimi, Goong). But I know there is a kdrama version of Jin (the doctor who travels back to ancient japan) except I beleive they changed it to joseon instead of edo. Idk if Honorable Baek Dong Soo drama came first or the manhwa.

Popular these days for kdramas is webtoons and light novels. Chinese dramas are doing more light novel adaptations.

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» calstine on January 30th, 2017, 3:19am

Well, that explains why I haven't heard of any Kdramas adaptations, then. I hate live-action romances with a passion dead Weird 'cos I don't have a problem with anime, manga or novel couples, but seeing them being acted out by real people... *Shudders*

Thanks for the info, btw! I had no idea Chinese dramas did LN's, though frankly popular Chinese LN's aren't to my taste at all. Some of the more niche ones aren't bad, though.

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» residentgrigo on January 27th, 2017, 11:10am

Going with dread isn´t far from the truth but I'd mostly avoid them has to be it.
The latest Rurouni Kenshin trilogy (it should have been a penology) was shockingly good, which brings me to the biggest problem here. The Japanese film industry itself went to shit around the turn of the millennium and good films are now rare. This obviously dooms any small comic adaptation even more and these films have little international appeal too. Japan´s life action tv scene was also always rubbish, so these can fuck off on principle alone. The "acclaimed" Korean City Hunter K-Drama is lame too, before anyone brings it up but that country gave me Oldboy (it has almost nothing to do with the manga).
So get Park Chan-wook, or the Chinese John Woo or... as these 2 countries still have a vibrant film scene and world class directors.

US adaptations are obviously the devil but there are good adaptation of Japanese books, as Edge of Tomorrow and Scorsese´s latest Silence. EoT is even a LN adaptation, so i can see the US market cracking the formula in the near future. GitS won´t be it, as the trailer and film clips 100% managed to kill any interest on my side.

In conclusion: WB has the rights to Akira and they have Zack "Watchmen" Snyder, so do something with it! Death Note by Netflix has a solid foundation too. It´s thus only a matter of time till the US "beats" Japan at the life action adaptation game, as only one film or show has to get it right and the door for serious projects will then immediately open.
If a 2nd generation Ant-man managed to get a good adaptation, then so can anyone!

PS: The CW just put out a good Archie adaptation (the original harem comic?), so it can´t be that hard. It Really Can´t. Shame on you, modern Japanese film industry...

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» residentgrigo on January 30th, 2017, 10:02am

Jin got 2 adaptations. One is a J-drama and one a K-drama. Honey and Clover got a Taiwanese drama, so did Mars. I mentioned the K-drama for City Hunter and there is a Chinese film too. Then there is... The one thing they all have in common is the mediocre quality and that usually more than 1 adaptation exists if a country outside of Japan got involved. Gonna spread the misery and Korea is now even putting webtoons on tv!

Bewildering non-US foreign market adaptations are nothing new too. Married with Childern and Breaking Bad had their scripts repurposed nearly 1 to 1 for such. Cheers (nearly ?) got an Irish adaptation 3 decades later, confused . And how about all these crappy Marvel anime.

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