Nerd Rave – Of Live Actions and Comic Book Adaptations

DISCLAIMER: I am no manga, anime or comic book expert. I read them, watch them, and appreciate them, I can go full on geek mode if I have to. But despite of those facts, I do not claim to be an expert on the stuff, so please spare me your bashing


The world just recently geeked out over the Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most of us sighed and looked lovingly at Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk and Black Widow. Some of us gasped when Captain America, ever so slightly, lifted the Mjolinir. We somehow felt their seeming helplessness, as they plan on defeating Ultron. I, for one, smiled when Vision appeared right before my eyes (pun intended), because well, Paul Bettany, need I say more. The world was somehow engrossed over the Avengers and someday soon we will go gaga over Batman v. Superman, and hopefully the Justice League (fingers crossed).

bvsHollywood is rife with comic book adaptations, that we see superheros coming to life at a Flash pace. There would probably come a time when a movie house would be showing superhero movies from both Marvel and DC all in the same day. However, this trend was somehow shaken when Warner Bros. distributed, internationally, the film adaptation of one of the world’s favorite samurai, Rurouni Kenshin a.k.a. Samurai X. The movie may not have shattered records or billed as a top grossing foreign film, but it made waves all over the world. For those of you who are not familiar with the series, the first installment was titled Rurouni Kenshin, and was released last 2012. It was followed by Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, both was released on 2014.

Rurouni Kenshin

The film was unpretentious, it wasn’t dubbed, it wasn’t even a big budget movie (I think), but it tried its best and it delivered. The cast was well thought of, case in point, Takeru Satoh as Himura Kenshin and Emi Takei as Kamiya Kaoru. Hats off to Takeru Satoh for playing the lead role so well that one would think that the manga/anime character was a real historical figure. Kudos to the cast for portraying their characters so well that even non-believers of live action movies were converted. Live action movies were prevalent, even before Superman was introduced to the lime light. But because of Rurouni Kenshin, other live action movies are being appreciated more, now than it did years before. The series paved the way for an upcoming live action movie, Shingeki no Kyojin, or for some of us who are not as fluent in Nihongo (Japanese), Attack on Titan.

Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan

Now, I’m not gonna sit here and lie to you and say that I haven’t watched the whole anime series, because I did, I watched it and had nightmares because of it. I also read the manga, and it was worth all the sleepless nights and titan nightmares. It was so good that it got me wishing that someday, somehow, someone would give it life in the silver screen. And presto, some genius by the name of Yusuke Watanabe decided to write a screenplay, and Shinji Higuchi was asked to direct it. Now I am hoping and wishing that it would be at par with the Rurouni Kenshin series. So what’s the point of all this shenanigans? The point is, no matter what movie adaptation we choose to watch, be it an anime or manga adaptation, or a comic book adaptation, at the end of the day, we would get to see our favorite heroes come to life. We just hope that the high standards that were set by the movies that we have watched would either be followed or surpassed. So here’s to wishing that Hajime no Ippo, Slam Dunk, Injustice, and Lazarus would be brought to life.

Phoebe is the Gladiators’ latest recruit. She is a lawyer wannabe and occassionaly dips her hands in the mystical world of writing and art. #Awesome


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