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.
I like just about everything there is to do with The Cloverfield Paradox, bar the movie itself. I think it’s really cool that these movies are all surrounded by mystery regarding their production and release. I like that Cloverfield has become a horror/science fiction anthology series and I enjoy the fact that they just seem to release very suddenly with very little fanfare.
The Cloverfield Paradox released with the least fanfare of any of the movies to bare the Cloverfield title, its first trailer being debuted during this year’s Superbowl, accompanied by the announcement of “and it’s on Netflix right now”. It was enough to cause me to slap my knee and say, “Gosh darn it J.J. you got us again.”
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.
I haven’t really written anything in a while, I’m hoping I haven’t gotten too rusty at it. I know I certainly don’t carry my tastes with the same pretension I used to. I’m more of a yay or nay kinda guy now. Either I liked it or I didn’t. When it comes to Marvel’s latest Netflix series, the Defenders. Well, I enjoyed myself.
When it comes to the Netflix Marvel shows, I’d say I’m a fan, to but it as bluntly as I can. The first three, I thought were amazing pieces of television. Dark and gritty character studies that went to the places we sometimes wish the mainline movie franchise could if it wasn’t held back by a PG rating. Continue reading “Marvel’s The Defenders is a different kind of show”
The Netflix produced Marvel series have fast become a highlight of the superhero yearly calendar for me. Both the first season of Daredevil and Jessica Jones knocked all other competition out of the park in terms of their story, tone and production quality. It was a given that I was itching to see season two of Daredevil as soon as I possibly could.
I wasn’t disappointed either. While a much less focused series than the first, the story is spread out amongst three primary characters in Daredevil, The Punisher and Elektra. This has the benefit of adding two new fantastic interpretations of known Marvel characters to the series. It’s not without flaws though, as the final few episodes of the series lack a solid goal or antagonist to rally against, especially considering the strength of the finales of the previous two Netflix series.