Sometimes you are not alright. Sometimes you struggle.
We all do.
Some more than others.
Some people face everyday as a struggle.
I hope you find that thing that helps you hold on.
For some that is music, or books, or anime….people have things that inspire them to keep moving. I hope you find yours.
Just remember: Even though it doesn’t feel like it right now, things will get better. And even if you can’t see it, you are not alone.
Full Metal Alchemist and Gintama
(The live action movies)
Recently I have had the pleasure, and displeasure, of seeing a couple of live action adaptations of beloved anime.
Now I am a fan of anime, and animation in general. I like seeing the art and the skill in which the animated story is expressed. That being said, I approached these two adaptations with a bit of caution. I wasn’t really sure they could pull it off.
Full Metal Alchemist
I’m sorry if you liked this adaption, but in my mind they really didn’t pull it off. It was kind of a train wreck. For several reasons.
Take a look at it, it’s currently available on Netflix. See if you like it…you may? I definitely had issues with the movie and thought it was a poor adaptation.
I saw this one in the the theater. I overall liked it. As an adaption I thought they did a good job. This, I actually recommend seeing.
- The story. It was good. Followed the show pretty well and was a cohesive enough of a story that you wouldn’t feel lost not knowing the source material. It was touted as a retelling of the Benizakura Arc and did a pretty good job.
- The comedy. This was one of the movie’s weaker points, in my opinion. There were times when the actors were really trying to emulate the anime/ manga comedy faces, etc that kind of fell flat for me. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it felt forced. There were some bits of self aware comedy that were quite funny as the movie poked fun at itself or made reference to other anime.
- CGI and costuming. I wish they had more budget for this. Some of the Amanto looked kind of hokey and some of the CGI could have been done better. But, time, budget, etc all falls into this…so I kind of just accepted that going in.
- The casting. I thought the casting was amazing. Everyone were really good choices. I loved the choices for the Shinsengumi!
- The action. Great fight scenes. Nice visuals. a high point.
- Dramatic moments. It wouldn’t be Gintama if there wasn’t some dramatic monologue thrown in somewhere among the silliness. The movie did this and did it well I thought.
I would recommend seeing this one. Will you like it? Perhaps? I would think so…at least more than Full Metal Alchemist…
Until next time: Happy viewing!!
Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet or Summoning From Any Anime
This was honestly a harder one for me to answer. I couldn’t think of many, but I would have to say one sticks out more than the rest.
I suppose whether Sadaharu is a pet or a full member of Yorozuya Gin Chan is arguable, but he’s my choice. An Inugami (Dog God) that had lost his original place to guard after the Amanto came, Sadaharu, no longer being able to be kept by his original owners, ends up on Yorozuya’s door step and is taken in.
Although everyone helps take care of him, he’s mostly Kagura’s (as she is the only one who can handle his strength).
He’s giant. He’s cute. He’s good comic relief at times. He’s a master of disguise.
And he can play a mean game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.
That’s all I got today.
Until next time: Happy Viewing!
Favorite Male Anime Character Ever
Even though I haven’t even come close to finishing the series, Gintoki is my favorite male character.
Loyal to his friends, honorable (in his own way), fierce warrior, lazy, pre-diabetic, inappropriate, and prone to rambling nuggets of wisdom. Gintoki is just an awesome, faulty, comedic hero.
I don’t have much else to say. Gintoki speaks for himself. Now go watch some Gintama!
Until next time: Happy viewing!