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Review: NANA (live action)

August 11, 2008 Review 4 Comments

I’ve had this movie sitting around for a while, but I finally decided to watch it yesterday to distract myself from the epic tragedyfest that was episode 18 of Code Geass R2. I’m not usually much for shoujo, but I think this was a pretty decent choice of distraction.

(this review contains no spoilers!)

NANA

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I wasn’t expecting the rumor mill to kick into gear so soon, but it looks like some “reliable source” has said that Keanu Reeves has been “attached” as the role of Spike Spiegal in the recently revealed FOX Cowboy Bebop live action movie. Huh. Well, that’s interesting. I don’t really think anyone expected any big name actors to sign on for any of these upcoming US-made anime live action movies. I certainly didn’t, anyway, and I’m not quite sure that I want Mr. Reeves to be Spike. I’m having a hard time picturing it — what about you?

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The Next Big Thing — Live Action Anime?

July 24, 2008 Editorial Comments Off on The Next Big Thing — Live Action Anime?

With three ridiculously popular Death Note and the NANA live actions still in recent memory, it seems like everyone and their mom is making live action adaptations of anime, including some by American companies. The Dragonball movie’s finally got a confirmed release date in 2009, and Fox has just confirmed having acquired the rights to a Cowboy Bebop live action, not to mention that there are rumors floating around about an American adaptation of Death Note (do we really need more?), though I’ve forgotten where I read this. As well, both TOKYOPOP and Viz have recently restructured to include a new media branch that will supposedly focus on pitching properties to Hollywood. I find all of this somewhat surprising considering Speed Racer’s abysmal failure (though I don’t think it really deserved to bomb as badly as it did), but I’m curious — if even one of these live actions manages a mild success in the US, could that open the gates for many, many more, just as 2000’s X-Men and 2002’s Spider-Man seemed to have opened the floodgates for endless comic book adaptations?

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Doragonboru 2009

July 19, 2008 Commentary 2 Comments

So they finally gave us a poster with Goku on it.

I can’t decide whether or not I’m excited about this movie. I’ll probably go see it regardless, and I had renewed faith when they announced that Stephen Chow would be involved. But they’re still using a white guy as Goku. ._. To be fair, I don’t remember any of his other roles well, and thus can’t judge him much as an actor, but it just seems weird? Orange gi sure looks weird in real life — isn’t it funny how we never realize these things? I hope they never make a live action Naruto, but if this movie’s even a minor success, it wouldn’t be all that surprising if someone tried to do the same with DBZ’s grand successor. I can’t remember, are they planning sequels for this Dragonball movie? Anyway, I’m glad they finally have a date on this after kicking around in the rumor bin for years after years.

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