Category Archives: Live Action

America’s Greatest Otaku – Episode 1

It’s finally arrived: Tokyopop’s pseudo-documentary/ANTM hybrid show.  As expected, there are some aspects to AGO that are facepalm worthy.  The word “otaku” is used many, many times.  Almost in a dry-heave inducing amount.  And there are plenty of quotes and moments that just made me shake my head.  However, there are also scenes that are either informative or impressive.  Cringing certainly outweighed any other reaction in most of this episode, but Tokyopop at least didn’t make this a complete disaster.  Well let’s dive right in, shall we?

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AKB49 – Renai Kinshi Jourei Manga

Nope, this isn’t the live action cast of the students in Negima.  AKB48 is a super-sized pop girl group in Japan that started in a theater in Tokyo’s Akihabara section.  There’s three teams within the group (A,K,B) with 16 girls per team, and “research” girls who have the opportunity to make their way up the ranks to the main teams.  Plus, there are multiple sub-groups that have spawned, including Not Yet, French Kiss and Itano Tomomi’s solo single.  There are also other “48” girl groups in Nagoya (SKE48) and Osaka (NMB48).  What does this all mean?  Well for one, somebody’s making a shitload of money off these girls, but also that AKB48 has finally hit the mainstream music industry in Japan in a big way.

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Immoralist – Horie Yui PV (Dragon Crisis OP Song)

PV Link (Megavideo)

Ahh, I’ve been waiting for the full version of this song to come out!  Maybe it’s because I just watched Threat Level Midnight on The Office, but the fight choreography in this music video is making me laugh pretty hard.  I think Horie’s doing her own “stunts”, so I can’t knock the action scenes too harshly.  After all, who doesn’t want to kick someone’s ass and get filmed doing it?  Though she should have done a bit better on “hitting” the bad guys – some of those guys were a good foot away from her punches and kicks, but they’re flying back like she went Jackie Chan on their asses.  Oh, and I wish her hair was long like it is for the CD cover in the music video.

Edit: Video link fixed.

嵐 – The Manga Storm

Arashi is currently one of the biggest pop boy bands in Japan right now, and the group has been around since 1999.  Its five members are not just singers: they’ve long had a presence in TV series, films and their own variety shows.  While they’ve never had any of their songs attached to an anime series, all them have at some point been attached to anime or a Live Action version of a manga series.

This week, several mangaka banded together to produce “Arashi Meets Manga” – a feature section in the Asahi Newspaper that portrays each of the Arashi members in the art style of the series that they acted for.  Below are each portrait, along with other manga series that they have been involved with.

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Live Action Koukou Debut (High School Debut) Trailer

ANN Summary: Haruna used to play softball in middle school, as a result she’s a muscular tomboy whose never had a boyfriend. Now that she’s entered high school she’s determined to change all that by becoming feminine, get her first boyfriend and fall in love. There she meets handsome and popular Yoh, who reluctantly agrees to coach her in the ways of men and dating, under one condition: Haruna cannot fall in love with HIM.

Ehhhhhh….  As someone who read this entire manga series and knows how quirky the characters can get, I feel like the actress (Ono It0) is overdoing it.  That kind of acting worked for Nodame Cantabile’s LA only because Nodame’s practically an alien with her weird crazy behavior.  Also, Ono’s hairstyle isn’t like Haruna’s at all.  *pout*  Yoh’s actor (Mizobata Junpei) isn’t giving me any “oh wow!” feelings, but maybe he’ll grow on me in the film.  Only other thing I’ve seen with him was the HanaKimi LA and he just had a bit part in that.  But if the whole movie is a lot like the trailer, I feel like this is heading for Love Complex LA levels of disaster.