It’s impossible to be an anime fan and not come across this series. Fullmetal Alchemist is a popular 2001 shonen manga written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The first anime adaptation came out in 2003, the era of some of the greatest and most timeless animes, a big trigger for nostalgia. The story is set… Continue reading 鋼の錬金術師 (Fullmetal Alchemist)
The 'gloomy boy meets genki girl with terminal illness' is quite a common formula for the good ol’ tearjerker. Despite being a recurrent trend, a movie’s ability to touch its audience is no mean feat. I Want To Eat Your Pancreas successfully grabs the viewers’ attention with its peculiar title and manages to surprise with… Continue reading 君の膵臓をたべたい (I Want To Eat Your Pancreas)
Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?) is based on Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action movie of the same name. There are three reasons why I went to watch it on the big screen: 1. The film includes themes that are similar to… Continue reading 打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?)
Japanese films only run at our local cinemas for a limited time so in spite of my hectic schedule that weekend, I met a friend to catch the screening of Gintama’s live-action movie together. And it turns out to be one of the best viewing experiences I’ve ever had thus far! It felt like a… Continue reading 銀魂 (Gintama)
Tokyo Ghoul is one of this year’s most anticipated Japanese live-action films. However, fans have expressed their unease before its release. It’s hard not to worry considering the erratic results of live-action adaptations, the director’s unfamiliarity with the source material prior to making the movie, and the sudden controversial retirement of its lead actress. The film… Continue reading 東京喰種 (Tokyo Ghoul)
I attended a three-day ComicCon last month and I queued outside the Netflix booth where I successfully experienced the Death Note virtual reality game. I met Ryuk, held the infamous Death Note, and got to be "Kira" for a few minutes. I know very well how the story goes, but at that very moment my… Continue reading Netflix’ Death Note VS. The Previous Japanese Death Note Adaptations
Fervent manga fans are not so thrilled about the Hollywood remake of Ghost in the Shell. More worries ensue as Netflix releases the trailers for its adaptation of the psychological thriller, Death Note. In contrast to the cynical reactions towards Hollywood remakes or reboots, Asian adaptations receive more favorable responses. Such was the case when the producer of Meteor… Continue reading Which Hana Yori Dango Live-Action Adaptation Is Your Favorite?