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65% of People are Not Pleased with Live Action Adaptations of Anime and Manga

by dtshyk
Nov 30, 2011 3:18 AM | 70 Comments
According to a poll conducted by Oricon, 65% of people are not pleased with the live-action adaptations of anime and manga. 70% want the producers to make a proper choice of the cast.

Chart: How do you feel about live action adaptations of anime and manga?

What do you want from live action adaptations?
*1, 69.6% Careful choice of cast suitable for the original works
*2, 49.5% Faithful representation of the original story
*3, 33.7% Incorporating the opinions of the original authors in the scripts and the cast
*4, 29.7% Reproduction of scenes crucial to the story
*5, 22.7% Paying attention to the props of the characters

According to Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, the live action movie of Rurouni Kenshin will be premiered on August 25th 2012. A picture of actor Satoh Takeru playing Kenshin was revealed in the magazine.

Himura Kenshin played by Sato Takeru

Source: Oricon News

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Rofl. Gotta love live actions.

The only decent live action I ever saw in my life was Casshern.

May 10, 2012 10:05 PM by Ardamaeus

don't Americanized/Hollywood it.

May 10, 2012 7:24 PM by tembikai

i think anime should not be done in a "real-life" kind of version like these movies and dramas, it just doesnt work out

May 10, 2012 7:15 PM by supermegasonic

leeahseng said:
well Dragonball movie was pretty GREAT wasn't it?


You did actually see DB evolution? Right?

May 10, 2012 4:55 PM by JBranch

Live actions are actually pretty much stupid. Anime should stay anime, manga should stay manga or become anime. The japanese style of art has it's specific norms and characters look different that real people (big eyes, small nose, small mouth, coloured hair). These all aspects would look really stupid on human. For example: light green hair may look very nice in an anime, but look terrifying in real life.

Dec 3, 2011 11:17 AM by Saraph

I despise live action. The only ones I found decent are Battle Royale, Nodame, and LIFE.
#2 and #1 are both important. I think #1 should be like "Please choose actors/actress with good acting..."
Why hasn't anybody mentioned Bloody Monday? Is it not an adaptation?

After seeing how the casts look like in Dragon Ball's poster I don't bother watching. I don't want to destroy my fantasy...my realm...

Dec 3, 2011 6:32 AM by petalshreds

Some series just don't seem to translate to live action well. For me, I really loved Nodame Cantabile, but the gags at times are off-putting. It ended up being a great series though because the cast was great and because the premise itself worked as live action.

On the other hand, the Honey and Clover movie, which REALLY should have worked as live action ended up sucking because it changed way too many things about the characters. Morita wasn't even remotely like his manga counterpart.

Dec 3, 2011 4:11 AM by adamantine

Animated characters and scenes tend to be able to do some really impossible shots. This really sets some scenes. This is the biggest killer for me - there are just some things that actors can't do.

OFC there is a lot of hate for really bad live action adaptations like Dragon Ball.

Dec 3, 2011 3:49 AM by JesusMcAllah

The 35% who are pleased with live adaptions clearly have not seen Dragonball Evolution.

Dec 1, 2011 1:57 AM by mitch3315

SergioSource said:
Worst is when live actions end up being ridiculous by trying to mimic anime specific characteristics :/ For example, myself I couldn't watch Ouran High School live action, all that pinkiness just doesn't match with the live action in my eyes... or Lovely Complex
I actually liked Lovely Complex. The live action worked out as an average love comedy. But for Ouran? The trailer alone was disturbing as it is.

Nov 30, 2011 5:20 PM by Jujika

JBranch said:
leeahseng said:
well Dragonball movie was pretty GREAT wasn't it?

Seriously? Did you even watch that movie?

*sarcasm*

I don't think there was any live action worse than that!!
Back to the topic, now that they know what the people want, will they fix it? I know it's highly unlikely, but hopefully it'll make them be more true to the manga/anime.

Nov 30, 2011 5:02 PM by Samurai_

well , i think beck live action is pretty good

Nov 30, 2011 4:51 PM by azzyzx

live actions are complete fail unless they stay faithful to the story andthe story isnt too fictional >.< most sport,jousei LA's tend to be decent xD horrible CG doesnt make a good move people forget this

Nov 30, 2011 4:39 PM by Corpse69



Worst is when live actions end up being ridiculous by trying to mimic anime specific characteristics :/ For example, myself I couldn't watch Ouran High School live action, all that pinkiness just doesn't match with the live action in my eyes... or Lovely Complex

Nov 30, 2011 4:31 PM by SergioSource

KoizumiRisa said:
Well, the main reason why I don't like live action adaptations because I find the acting simply... awkward. ^^; What works in anime, doesn't work in real life.


This it just doesn't work out... at all

Nov 30, 2011 4:18 PM by pillsburyXV

JBranch said:
leeahseng said:
well Dragonball movie was pretty GREAT wasn't it?

Seriously? Did you even watch that movie?


If you'll excuse me, I'm pretty sure that comment was played for sarcasm~

~~

Anyway, I, personally, am indifferent toward live-action adaptations; I just don't care for them~

Nov 30, 2011 3:17 PM by BL2W

JBranch

That user was beeing sarcastic.

Nov 30, 2011 3:14 PM by Seny

leeahseng said:
well Dragonball movie was pretty GREAT wasn't it?

Seriously? Did you even watch that movie?

Nov 30, 2011 3:07 PM by JBranch

#2 is pointless, since the only way you can surpass the original is by making some changes to it. I don't, and will never understand the people who want an adaptation to be exactly the same as the original. I don't even see a reason to see that adaptation in this case since I already know everything that's gonna happen.

So the #1 is definitely more important. And following #4 is enough to retain the essentials of the story.

Nov 30, 2011 2:45 PM by seishi-sama

I agree they're usually pretty shit, but not always. I enjoyed the DMC movie, Nodame, Hana Kimi. Plan on watching Arakawa soon. Oh, and Atashinchi no Danshi was good too.

Its things like Honey-senpai's shrinking in OHSHC that ruin them. Strange things they add in the drama for no reason at all. And are totally creepy.

Nov 30, 2011 2:32 PM by scrotey