Noragami got me thinking of a lot of stuff regarding shounen manga magazines and authors. It got me thinking about the underlying tone the story; about why I loved the first season more than the manga and why the second season may be the one to blame for the sudden forgetfulness of the franchise. This is the collection of those thoughts.
As I mentioned, I understand the appeal. It is an opening that can be quite a curve for drawing people’s attention. Although my criticism regarding the Manga comes from three things:
Earlier this week in our movie re-view, we were talking about how someone could make an hour and twenty five minutes film about something so random.
A few minutes into the film, we get the famous “Skirt” skit and my suspicion turned into fear, what I really was about to experience was:
The franchise of Ichi the Killer is much bigger than you would think. For the 2000s standards, Ichi the Killer was one of the few works that got made as a live action movie, as an animation and had a Manga at the same time.
These are keywords when it comes to Ichi the Killer: engagement and immersion. I cannot stress that enough and there is a reason why.
In terms of adaptation and as a standalone movie, Sakuran is one of the best I have seen.
If I were to describe this movie in a few words, it would be somewhere along the lines of, “Everything the Anime couldn’t do”
There are a lot of positive things I can say about this series, but...
To put it this way, I immediately realized why many of the reviewers that focus on the adaptation aspect of the material were trashing the movie.
The results are horror stories that come from the mind of one of the Kings of terror: Ito Junji.
It was fall 2015. The status quo of Shounen Jump animation series remained unchanged. The big three that defined a decade in the studios animation was no more.
The more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me that it was the perfect case of what he discussed earlier: while it was an amazing initiative; it was the implementation of those ideas that lacked the “anime punch”.
"Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking." - Ben Ramsey.
After many years of pressure and the resurgence of live action praise in 2011, Bakuman got its own adaptation in 2015… the question is, was it any good?