Archive for July, 2007

Bullets over Tears

My internet connection has been wonky ever since I got back from China – or more accurately, ever since I got back from China, I’ve become lazy about my internet connection. So posts will continue to come few and far in between. I don’t even know if that makes any sense, but here’s one thing I was drinking to this weekend:

More Manga Movies

I had no time while at Anime Expo to view the Death Note movies, so had to wait until I got back from SoCal to view them at the New York Asian Film Festival closing/Japan Cuts opening this past weekend where a fountain of Sapporo was flowing. Yay! (THANKS, GRADY!)

But my big cheer goes to Freesia, which I knew was going to kick some Death Note booty. Boy am I happy I was right! I don’t know how faithful the adaptation was as I’ve only glanced, ahem, at the manga, but director Kumakiri does a phenomenal job crafting a narrative in what could easily be a stand-alone film. Additionally, both lead characters are so numb to feeling, as a viewer, it was difficult to identify with them – but somehow, Kumakiri makes sure that empathy towards them is felt. Wow.

My argument about manga to movie adaptations is not a fan argument of following the storyarc per se, but of adding to that arc by representing it in another medium – at which Kumakiri does a fine job. My other argument is for the beautiful hotness of Tetsuji Tamayama – yes, he will do nicely.

So here’s to frigid killers with calculating stares in blue leather. Drink, drink!


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What can I say about this manga series except that I’ve been obsessed about it for the last two years, blog about it on occasion, force myself to read it in Chinese (even though all I really read are the pictures…) and regularly harass Chris Oarr of ADV about it.  “Hey Chris, what’s up with GANTZ?  Are you guys licensing it or what?”

Well, here’s to dreams coming true.

Dark Horse Manga just made the announcement that they will be bringing this series from Japan, to the U.S.  Along with MPD Psycho, another Japanese comic that is gore galore and showered in spine-tingling violence, GANTZ is one of those manga that has wide crossover potential, but because of the naked girls, and other trivial licensing issues, has been shut out of the American market.

ADV licensed the anime a while ago and I sincerely thought it would go to them.  But GANTZ will find a happy home at Dark Horse.

So Chris, what’s up with GANTZ?

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