meta: Live-Action Anime
'Death Note' (2017): D.O.A. August 28, 2017
This isn't 'Death Note'; it's barely Cliffs Notes
Welcome To The Desert Of The Real: The Live-Action 'Gintama' And 'Bleach' July 11, 2017
There's always the chance the live-action 'Gintama' and 'Bleach' movies will be good, but right now they appear to embody the deadliest, most literal sins of such projects
How The Future (Of Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations) Can Be Female June 28, 2017
'Ghost In The Shell' fizzled, but there are tons of other worthwhile anime/manga titles with strong female leads that could be adapted excellently for English-speaking audiences
Anime Roundup: June 11, 2017 June 11, 2017
Project Itoh's 'Genocidal Organ' hits theaters next month; peek at the new 'Gintama' live-action trailer; and 'Kino's Journey' wanders back into print
They're Going To Film This (On TV): 'Cowboy Bebop' June 8, 2017
A bad idea? Maybe not -- in big part because Cowboy Bebop doesn't have nearly the same number of obstacles to live-action adaptability as other shows
Little Miracles, Done Dirt Cheap May 8, 2017
Hollywood doesn't need blockbuster-sized live-action anime/manga adaptations. Here's some projects that could work on modest, manageable budgets, are easy to adapt, and could win over Western audiences handily
Anime Roundup: April 14, 2016 April 14, 2017
'Perfect Blue''s source material is seeing an English release for the first time; 'Ghost' bombs at the b.o.; and 'your name.' makes a modest splash in the U.S.
The Cracks In The 'Shell' March 31, 2017
Whatever my own readings of the film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' is still problematic in ways that are potentially a bad model for other live-action anime
'Ghost In The Shell' (2017): The Americanization of Motoko March 31, 2017
The most fascinating thing about the Western remake of 'Ghost In The Shell' is how what seemed most problematic about it -- Scarlett Johansson in the lead role -- is leveraged as a thematic element in the film itself
Anime Roundup: March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017
'Ghost In The Shell''s opening scene; the first U.S. 'Death Note' trailer; 'Outlaw Star' and 'Big O' are headed back onto shelves
'Attack On Titan: The Movie': A Dead-Action Film February 6, 2017
Misguided, tone-deaf, ugly, and erratically paced, this is one of the rare occasions where a promised Western remake might actually be just the response we deserve
They're (Probably) Going To Film This (Again): 'Attack On Titan' January 19, 2017
After the dismal live-action version produced in Japan, a Western remake of 'Titan' seems a no-brainer, but not merely because the story is easy to re-localize
Let's Film This: 'Cowboy Bebop' (2017, Post-'John Wick' Edition) January 16, 2017
'Keanu Reeves as Spike Spiegel' is not a death sentence, and 'John Wick' is Exhibit A for the defense
Is This The Real Life, Or Is This Just Fantasy? December 20, 2016
Live-action adaptations of anime are arriving at a head-turning pace. Is that great news for fans, or a portent for a flood of mediocre cash-grabs to come?
The First Full 'Ghost In The Shell' Live-Action Trailer Is Remarkably Promising November 13, 2016
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
Five Things About Those Five Glimpses Of The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' September 22, 2016
A few short snippets won't provide us with the whole flavor of the live-action 'Ghost in the Shell' project, but they have given us some tea leaves worth reading
Anime Roundup: August 22, 2016 August 22, 2016
'Bleach'? 'Haruchika'? 'Pokémon'? 'Gin Tama'? We'll do it live!
Anime Roundup: August 16, 2016 (Post-Otakon Edition) August 15, 2016
'Turn A Gundam' on Blu-ray, 'Tiger & Bunny' feature film gets a writer, Funimation rounds out its back (and front) catalog.
'Tokyo Tribe': Last Night A DJ Kicked My Ass June 1, 2016
Sion Sono's freeform rap-stravaganza adaptation of the hip-hop turf-war manga splits down the middle between being silly fun and being too mindless for its own good
The Live-Action 'Ghost In The Shell' Is Further Evidence Hollywood Has No Idea How To Adapt Anime April 16, 2016
With all the anime/manga projects out there to choose from, why does Hollywood insist on choosing the ones that give it the biggest cultural difficulties?
They're Filming This: 'Fullmetal Alchemist' April 4, 2016
You heard right - a Japanese live-action version of the now-classic manga and anime property is coming our way, with all kinds of interesting implications in tow
'Rurouni Kenshin': For The New Age, A New Man November 30, 2015
When the first film in this live-action trilogy is among the very best adaptations yet of an manga/anime property, we can forgive any weaknesses in the whole
They're Going To Film This: 'Tiger & Bunny' October 12, 2015
At last, a Hollywood adaptation of an anime property that makes sense -- but it's at least as much about the current comic-book craze than anything anime-related
Let's Not Film This: 'Naruto' August 3, 2015
Of all the anime/manga projects to film as a Western live-action production, you could scarcely find a harder sell or a worse fit than 'Naruto'
The Live-Action 'AKIRA': Still A Movie Without An Audience June 10, 2015
Yet another attempt at a live-action 'AKIRA' has geared up, but the main problem remains: who would bother seeing it?