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Joey and AkiDearest list a few reasons why live-action adaptations of popular anime and manga aren't very good.
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29 Mar 2017 - 2:29 PM  UPDATED 29 Mar 2017 - 2:29 PM

Every Monday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!

In the latest episode, Joey and Aki tackle a big question that has plagued anime and manga for years - why do live-action adaptations of anime and manga suck?

While live-action adaptations of comic books, such as Marvel, generally works well on the big screen, adaptations of manga and anime haven't fared anywhere near as well.

Joey and Aki postulates that tone and sensibilities is the big difference between why comic book adaptations work while anime adaptations don't. Manga and anime generally involves exaggerated gestures and unrealistic ways of speaking, and translating this to the big-screen featuring actors has resulted in nothing more than corny messes.

Aki thinks that in an attempt to maintain the tone and feel of the original manga or anime in order to satisfy fans, the live-action adaptations fall victim in trying to replicate the over-acting and exaggerating mannerisms of manga and anime as opposed to bringing in a new interpretation of the source material.

It remains to be seen whether the upcoming live-action adaptations of Ghost in the Shell and Death Note will buck this trend, and Joey and Aki are keeping a close eye on both!

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