When I was a child, Dragon Ball Z was one of the most popular anime series at the time. Kids would go nuts about Goku’s developing superpowers and all his adventures with his friends and family. The kids also went nuts about the villains, specially that pink alien dude whose name I can’t recall.
Anyway, I’ve always loved anime. I’ve always been drawn to the extreme violence and bold storylines (I’m obviously talking about the more adult anime series, though I must admit I was a sucker for Sailor Moon). The drawing techniques have developed in a way that’s made anime visually more beautiful and the integration of 3D with traditional 2D animation has reached a point of perfectly seamless rendering.
I, however, never got the Dragon Ball Z love. I learned about the live action version of Dragon Ball a few months ago and I was horrified.
Why? WHY? Why would they make a live action version of an anime series that spawned years of monotonous storylines where Goku or one of his buddies would fight the villain of the moment, displaying all their super powers, to have the losing character say at the end something along the lines of “You think you’ve won? You haven’t seen what I can do yet!” in every single episode?
I’m perfectly aware that a lot of people won’t agree with me about Dragon Ball. The fact that the live action version of this anime has the participation of someone as awesome as Chow Yun-Fat should bring a little hope to the table. But I’d like to name a few anime series that are a whole lot more deserving of a live action version, though I’m not really sure if I’d like to see them made into live action films:
The story of a mysterious organization with the task of protecting
This cyberpunk series is my favorite anime ever. It’s a complex story about the creator and its creations, sometimes more introspective than action packed. This would make a wonderful cult movie, but I think it could potentially marginalize audiences because of its complexity. Many have suggested Amy Lee (from Evanescence) should play Re-l Mayer, one of the leads. My guess is Megan Fox would be cast for being a closer physical match to this character but the character requires the acting chops of Angelina Jolie. As for the other lead character, Vincent Law, an incredibly versatile actor would be required; someone who could pull off playing a dumbass, a reluctant hero, and a vengefull loner in one film. I don’t think there are many capable of doing this.
One of my favorite animes, its live action version has been in the making for years. I hope whoever writes the screenplay gets it right because this is about as complex as Akira. There was a time when I thought Lindsey Lohan would make a great Asuka. But it would probably be better if the whole cast were Japanese.
The story about the city of
Blood, the Last Vampire:
Set shortly before the Vietnam War, this is the story of Saya, a vampire –the last of her kind – who hunts bat-like creatures for a
This is quite possibly the most important anime in the history of anime. When I heard a live action version was in the making I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about it. It has a tremendously complex story. I was scared when I learned the screenplay is being written by a first timer. The director is also a first timer. The story will be set in New Manhattan, not New Tokio. These little details are a little unsettling. I can only hope the end result is worthy of having derived from the wonderful work of Katsuhiro Ôtomo.
This wonderful episodic series about revenge and the girl that makes it happen would make a great HBO mini series if focused a lot more on Hell Girl’s back story. I’ve only seen a handful of episodes and loved every single one of them.
As for why I’m not sure I’d like to see these titles be made into live action films or into mini series, it’s very simple: A lot could be lost in translation. And if you’re a fan of anime, you know how passionate the fans can be about the integrity of the core of these stories.
So to all Dragon Ball Z fans, I might not see what you see in this anime, but I sure hope you don’t end up disappointed.
And that’s all for now.