I don’t usually much care about live action adaptations of Anime. These past few years a number of them have come to my attention, and word of mouth generally make consensus; they’re bad. There is something about the inherently over the top mannerisms and animation of these shows that makes a transition into live action a tough sell for me personally. In this instance, the timing just so happened to line up. I had just finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood on Netflix and low and behold a live action version popped up on there too. I wasn’t quite ready to be done with the series so I thought I’d give it a go.
People like this show. I struggle to understand why. Okay, that’s not nesseserily true. I still watched this show to the end, and after finishing it I felt, I dunno… Bummed out, depressed, headachy?
You see, I recently started watching anime again and was hearing a lot of buzz about Netflix’s new show; Devilman Crybaby, I thought “what the hell, lets give this a go.”
So, to clarify. I don’t regard myself an expert on anime by any stretch, I know what I like and that’s what I tend to stick to. I usually like my anime over the top, bombastic and silly. So I basically watch a lot of Shonen. I went into Devilman Crybaby pretty blind, not knowing much about the manga’s origins in the 1970s and how it went on to be incredibly influential and go on to inspire things like Evangelion, a show I also didn’t really like. I’ve looked into it more after the fact, but It didn’t change my opinion a whole lot.
My prior knowledge of Ghost in the Shell consists of the following: There was a game on the Playstation 1 in which you drove a red ladybird tank and that the original story is supposed to be kind of a big deal. That’s pretty much it. I ended up deciding not to colour my opinions the movie by searching out any of the source material beforehand. In part because a lot has been said in the build up to this movie and little of it positive. I realised that much of this was to do with the choice in casting and differences in tone. In the end, I thought I’d be better off just going to see the movie and judge it by its own merits, not involve myself in any of the debate that seems to dog the film.