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Almost Otaku: Bootlegs, Live-Action & What Keeps Me Coming Back

What keeps YOU coming back?

  A lot of you weren't feeling this. And, coincidentally, this looks like an HK bootleg.
 A lot of you weren't feeling this. And, coincidentally, this looks like an HK bootleg.

We’ve got a trifecta of questions this time…

Constanzadellarosa: How do you feel about live action adaptations (Japanese and American ones)?

This was something I actually covered a while back. My opinion’s maybe fluxuated a little bit after enjoying SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD so much. Generally, I’m a believer in medium-specific storytelling and I’d really rather see something new and original than something I’ve already seen before. I rarely get to the end of an anime and think, “Wow… I really need to see this in live action.” If it’s good enough as is, then what more do you need? That being said, this is really a case-by-case thing. There’s just many examples of two artistic visions meeting and producing something noteworthy as there are examples of somebody totally botching the translation.

I’m actually going to be watching the live-action DEATH NOTE movies on Blu-Ray over the weekend. I haven’t read the manga, but I’ll be curious how they compare to the show.   

N15PCA Have you ever bought a Hong Kong DVDs of an anime before? 

Like a bootleg? I did when I was kid living in Singapore. I didn’t know what was what back then. There were bootlegs of everything. Although, I’ve been noticing that they’ve been slowly getting phased out at conventions over the years (although you’ll still find them in abundance in China town.) I really don’t like to get boots, out of principal. Are HK DVDs a big deal? Please elaborate.

D34dM4n What is it about manga and anime that keeps bringing you back to it?

This question actually ties back to the first one. Watching and reviewing anime for this site has been a real breath of fresh air, creatively. What I’m really enjoying is that this is all relatively new ground for me. Western entertainment can all-too-often be predictable and over-developed, but everything I’ve watched so far has been a revelation because I simply can’t predict where it’ll go. None of these shows can fit into a box and, as I’ve said, the Japanese are generally less constipated about suspensions of disbelief.

That can be all the questions we have left. I’m sure you Anime Vice lunatics must have more. I’m sure you have hundreds, so keep the questions and topics flying. I’ll answer and address them here. C’mon… this is too much fun to stop. Keep going! Participate!

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Hunter114on Aug. 22, 2010 at 8:15 p.m.

I wasn't that keen on Dragonball: Evolution, it didn't stick to the actual plot of the original series, nor did it have the same feel... and I don't even like the series that much. The truth is that the actual fans deserved something much better than what they got: a real disappointment (at least those who I have heard from.)
Naruto79on Aug. 24, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.

It’s all about balance!!! The most important thing that needs to be done, movie makers must stick to the spirit of the source material. Of course changes can be made to deepen the overall story or to close plot holes but when you basically throw away the source material, you’re failing!!! The Japanese adaptations stay to the spirit of the story but do not have the BIG budgets for customs, sets and special effects that American studios have. In the end, I think it takes a creator having a STRONG convention and POWERFUL voice to make sure live action adaptations end up as good as they can be. In the end, most anime cannot be viewed as “’kung fu’ flicks”!!! Most are about individuals, journeys, friendships and families set in different context. In the same light that a show like The Sopranos is not about gangsters but about a family and how they deal with living in that world. 

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