Ghost in the Shell – Live Action (Adaptation)

So I got to see the ghost in the shell live action movie. It is not as bad as everyone ranted about. I will say being a fan of the Manga/Anime franchise, this was not a bad adaptation. I will say that I think there were a few issues that they could should have done instead. Everyone speaking one language for consistency they had “Beat” Takeshi Kitano as Chief Daisuke Aramaki and he was speaking Japanese the entire time. It does throw things off a bit when there is a language switch off/on from time to time, that was something that kind of bugged me as a fan.

 

 

I like the way it does combine, the three movie storylines into one story arc, with a clean clear ending. I was a bit saddened they did not change the ending with a twist this time with project 2517/Kuze being restored, joining section 9 or some other twist. There were other cool moves added from in gits – innocence, the relation between Motoko and Kuze which was a bit unexpected but well received by me at least.  I am not sure if the origins between The Major and Batou were ever addressed originally, and how he got his implants but this movie really did a great a job with showing the audience how Batou got his cyber vision replacements.  Who else liked or disliked the movie?

 

I think the whole “whitewashing” bitching and moaning was rather overdone and it is a matter of opinion when it comes to retells or alternate versions of a Fave Fandom.  This one is no different, it just could have been looked at in a impartial view, but as all things we know that could not and would not happen.  Next review will be DeathNote Live Action and then on to Full Metal Alchemist Live.  Oh and hopefully the Bleach live action will be as cool as some of the other productions that have been brought into a live action edition.

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New Gundam being placed at Tokyo Diver Shopping District

So currently it seems, the first assembly of the upper body of the Unicorn RX 0 Gundam is being fastened down and secured as well as the right arm assembly, at the Tokyo Diver Shopping District where the Former RX-78 2 Gundam which had been guarding that shopping sector for a number of recent years has been removed for fittings and new hardware installations and upgrades.

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While the RX 0 will takes its place for the time being. and thanks to #moneyrighteousness of website #GameOver and @Yutori_custom ‘s twitter feed for providing such excellent photos of the new RX-0 Unicorn Gundam taking its place as the new guardian of the Japanese Shopping District #TokyoDiverPlaza . Also Please stayed tuned as This month we will be pod-casting again, and will have Video Footage from our own #DavidTrehame on Location in Tokyo! Enjoy the Slideshow of the Both the RX 78-2 & The RX 0 Gundams. And thanks to

Yasuhiro Suzuki  for informing us  about this.

And of course Feedback and Comments/Questions are welcome.

Graveyard of The Fireflies Novelist passes away

A tragic announcement yet another great icon in Anime and Manga industry is taken from us. Akiyuki Nosaka, the Naoki Prize-winning author of Grave of the Fireflies, was discovered unconscious by his wife at their home in Chiyoda, Tokyo after 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, an ambulance rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead around 10:30 p.m.

The Novel Grave of the Fireflies was based on the experiences of his post-war experiences, where during which his real-life little sister died.

Studio Ghibli had adapted Nosaka’s Graveyard of the fireflies into a Anime Movie back in 1988, and this writer/podcast personally loves the movie. There was also a Live action Special made for television back in 2005.

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He received the Naoki Prize, Japan’s most well-known literary award, in 1967 for this novel,America Hijiki, and other writings. In addition to his novels, he wrote the lyrics for the children’s song Omocha no Chachacha (Toys’ Cha-cha-cha).

A scene that brings rain to the windows of your mind.

 

 

Nosaka was born in Kamakura City in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1930. He was 85.