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Stain at 4:32AM, July 14, 2006
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Is it just me, or have anime, manga, and games been spawning a lot more live action movies than they used to? I've noticed a drastic outburst, and I've decided to list some examples: (The red ones are the ones I was told were missing.)

Transformers
Deathnote
Blood-Rayne
Dororo
Evangelion
Tomb Raider
Aeon Flux
Silent Hill
Resident Evil
Resident Evil Apocolypse
Super Mario Brothers
DOOM
Halo


13, 12 of which were within the past few years. That's a lot more than you would've seen back in the 1990's. If there are any I left out of the list, please tell me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fact that this is happening, I just thought it seemed as though it was unnoticed.
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SpANG at 5:12AM, July 14, 2006
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You forgot Aeon Flux

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Inkmonkey at 6:20AM, July 14, 2006
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Well, Aeon Flux isn't an anime, manga, or game. Well, for that matter, neither is Transformers, but whatever.
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SpANG at 6:23AM, July 14, 2006
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Aeon Flux isn't an anime
They were animated shorts on MTV (Liquid Television). Why doesn't it qualify as anime? Is anime specifically Japanese or something?

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Stain at 6:36AM, July 14, 2006
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Aeon Flux isn't an anime
They were animated shorts on MTV (Liquid Television). Why doesn't it qualify as anime? Is anime specifically Japanese or something?
Well, it's German but I'd say it's German anime. The style for both art and plot are similar, and I think it was done by an asian who lived in Germany.
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Inkmonkey at 7:25AM, July 14, 2006
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I'm pretty sure Aeon Flux is an American series.
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kitsunekage at 7:33AM, July 14, 2006
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Most american cartoons are animated in korea. Like Family Guy and Clerks the series.
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kitsunekage at 7:47AM, July 14, 2006
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the mario movie wasn't recent
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Stain at 8:20AM, July 14, 2006
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the mario movie wasn't recent
That's why I put in the first post that 12 of the 13 were recent.
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isukun at 8:43AM, July 14, 2006
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Aeon Flux was the brainchild of Peter Chung, a Korean American animator who previously worked on a number of American animation projects (including Transformers the movie and Rugrats). Although he's worked as an overseas supervisor for American animated TV shows, his style is based more on Western comics. Creating some character designs for the Alexander Senki (Reign: the Conqueror) series in Japan is pretty much the extent of his work on anime.

There are some movies which did get made in the US, though. The Guyver had a couple of American films, as bad as they were. Crying Freeman also got a film, which was likewise pretty bad. There has also been mention of possible live action adaptations for Kite, Tetsuwan Atom (Astroboy), Monster, Dragonball (not sure if this was cancelled or not), Gunm (Battle Angel), and Kiki's Delivery Service. I also recall hearing something about Akira, but I'm pretty sure that one didn't make it to pre-production. God only knows what happened with the Lupin movie. It was announced in 2003 with an expected release date of Spring 2006, but I haven't seen anything written about it since.

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AQua_ng at 9:29AM, July 14, 2006
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Not recently but still:

Mortal Kombat
Street Fighter

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Inkmonkey at 2:21PM, July 14, 2006
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In relation to Dragonball, I remember reading somewhere that no DB movie has ever been in production, pre-production, or really gotten to anything beyond someone mentioning in a meeting, “Hey, can we make a movie out of that weird cartoon where they shoot big balls of light from their hands?” Apparently one rumor about Fox working on a DBZ movie got so out of hand that a post was put up on the official DBZ site saying that Fox in no way was working on anything DB-related.

Edit: Well, in America, at least.
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Mimarin at 4:50PM, July 14, 2006
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none of which are live action.
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Terminal at 4:54PM, July 14, 2006
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I'm still waiting for that Crazy Taxi movie.

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Inkmonkey at 5:40PM, July 14, 2006
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none of which are live action.

Also, none of which were produced in America.
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SarahN at 6:15PM, July 14, 2006
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A couple upcoming ones are Battle Angel Alita….and….ugh…Dead or Alive.
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ccs1989 at 7:05PM, July 14, 2006
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Dead or Alive is getting a movie? Who green-lighted THAT?!
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Terminal at 7:35PM, July 14, 2006
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Corey Yuen, that guy that made all those kung-fu movies like Hero, So Close, Enter the Eagle and The Transporter.

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Inkmonkey at 7:36PM, July 14, 2006
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I think DOA could make a decent movie, but apparently it's been rewritten so all the girls are friends (or at least are forced to team up at one point) and use both handguns and katanas.

At least they did a surprisingly good job of getting the actresses to look like their characters.
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isukun at 11:02PM, July 14, 2006
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Also, none of which were produced in America.

And only one of which was actually a movie. There were other DBZ movies that made it out in the states, though. As was stated before, though, they weren't American made or live action.

but apparently it's been rewritten so all the girls are friends

Wasn't that kind of how it worked in the beach volleyball game? At least I don't recall any scenes where Ayane was trying to murder Kasumi. All of the game have been pretty light on the storyline, though. I'm surprised the Japanese never made an anime out of the game. The game's more popular in Japan for the character designs and fan service than for the gameplay.

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Inkmonkey at 7:35AM, July 15, 2006
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The game's more popular in Japan for the character designs and fan service than for the gameplay.

You say that like it's any different in America.
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isukun at 5:36PM, July 15, 2006
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That's because some people think it is. I've seen quite a few people argue that the game actually has strong gameplay mechanics as opposed to being your average button masher. Personally, I don't see why they have male characters in the game at all. Virtua Fighter, Tekken, and Soul Caliber all have better game mechanics. Play those for the gameplay, play DOA for the bouncing boobs and panties. I'm still surprised how much porn exists based on the franchise in Japan when only like 10 people own Xboxes over there.

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Inkmonkey at 6:35PM, July 15, 2006
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Whoah now, who says the game mechanics are sub par? I've enjoyed playing DOA a lot more than Tekken, because I feel the controls are more intuitive and friendlier to inexperienced players. I'd even wager to say I enjoy DOA for its gameplay moreso than I do Soul Calibur. I get the impression that this is another game and/or franchise you have some sort of vendetta against.
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SarahN at 7:00PM, July 15, 2006
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Kind of off-topic…but I've felt all recent fighting games are not as “flexible” as they used to be. Like Battle Arena Toshinden, you could jump really high and move fast…same with Power Stone.

I wish they'd make a really off-the-wall fighting game… :(
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isukun at 7:20PM, July 15, 2006
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I have no real vendetta against it, I just don't find the game mechanics to be all that deep compared to other offerings in the genre. That's why it's so easy for the newcomers to pick it up. Plus, Techmo doesn't seem to have much desire to change anything in the game. Once you've played one, you really don't need to pick up the next one.

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Inkmonkey at 9:00PM, July 15, 2006
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I wish they'd make a really off-the-wall fighting game… :(

Smash Bros.?

Ahem, back to the topic at hand, I find it unfortunate that, because movies based on existing franchises have something of a guaranteed niche, film-makers tend to be a bit lax in their standards (at least, that's what I believe to be the case). You don't need to spend months searching for the best actor to portray Dr. Doom; you can grab the first guy who seems okay, deal with a few angry posts on the internet from geeks, and rake in a fat paycheck from ticket sales. They won't know he's not right for the part until they see it, right?
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Hawk at 2:46PM, July 17, 2006
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I ended up with Dead or Alive 2 when I got a packaged set of fighting games off eBay for my Dreamcast.

If I can say one thing for the game, it's solidly built with responsive controls and crisp graphics. Its fighting system, though different than what you'd expect from a 3D fighter, does work.

The thing is, I can't fight the idea that the system is shallow. When I played it, I'd just hit buttons and win. It was when I tried to get creative and figure things out that I started losing. I too have heard people tell me it's actually quite deep, but I can't see why I'd take the trouble to study the system when repeatedly hitting the kick button works just fine.

The problem is that no matter how much deeper or better the game gets, it will never be taken seriously again simply because of the way it caters to the otakus and fetishists in a porn-like way. Sexy changeable outfits? Extreme Beach Volleyball? Exaggerated boob physics? Life-sized Kasmui pillow? If it's a serious fighting game, Itagaki doesn't want us to know it.

isukun
I'm still surprised how much porn exists based on the franchise in Japan when only like 10 people own Xboxes over there.

Funniest thing I've ever heard from Isukun.


Shoot, I'm just steering this discussion further off course.

Movies.

I sincerely hope that some day they make a great videogame movie. It just needs to be something done well enough that other directors look at it and realize the level of attention and care required to make a good videogame movie. That's right, the same amount it requires for any other good movie. No shortcuts.

Dead or Alive won't be that movie. Postal won't be that movie. Could Halo do it? Or Max Payne? Beats me. We may have to wait a while.
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Hawk at 2:52PM, July 17, 2006
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If there are any I left out of the list, please tell me. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fact that this is happening, I just thought it seemed as though it was unnoticed.

Videogames:
House of the Dead
Alone in the Dark
Dungeon Siege
Driver
Hitman
Spy Hunter
Street Fighter
Mortal Kombat
Double Dragon
Max Payne
Castlevania

(This is not counting the anime movies)
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Hawk at 11:11PM, July 17, 2006
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I remember reading there was going to be a Max Payne movie in the manual for the first game, way back in like 98 or 99.

I had no idea it was still coming.

I saw it once there, too. They “re-announced” it several months ago.
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Mimarin at 3:05PM, July 24, 2006
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Rumor has it Splinter Cell is in the works.

I cant wait to watch a guy with lights on crouch in the dark for 90-180 minutes then occasionally hit someone on the head.
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