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2012-11-24 07:57:43 PM
I don't mean to nitpick, but that should be spelled "KAAAAAAAANEEEEEEEEEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA".
 
2012-11-24 08:18:36 PM
CAUCASIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 
2012-11-24 08:20:24 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: CAUCASIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


HAHAHAHAHA
 
2012-11-24 08:26:44 PM
Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.
 
2012-11-24 08:31:44 PM
Tetsuo still always meant to be asshole.
 
2012-11-24 08:37:05 PM
Hello boys. And girls.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-24 08:38:01 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I don't mean to nitpick, but that should be spelled "KAAAAAAAANEEEEEEEEEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA".


TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I'd swear, if they had stopped shouting each other name at each other,they might have been able to get a kill in.

As it were, I'm glad this movie got shiatcanned. Akira is very much a Japanese story that requires a Japanese cast. To do anything else would be like putting Doctor Who in America or Les Miserable in Mexico.
 
2012-11-24 08:46:01 PM

Adjective Bird Whiskey: CAUCASIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


El. Oh. El.
 
2012-11-24 08:47:35 PM

PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.


It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.
 
2012-11-24 08:51:19 PM

Darth_Lukecash: I'd swear, if they had stopped shouting each other name at each other,they might have been able to get a kill in.


I think each shout constitutes a moral victory.

Or padded time for the film.

Whichevs.
 
2012-11-24 09:02:13 PM

Summoner101: Tetsuo still always meant to be asshole.


So, it's an allegory for the U.S. and Canada.



It's even better if Kaneda speaks French, since that's the best part of Canada.
 
2012-11-24 09:17:53 PM
Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
 
2012-11-24 09:24:06 PM
Um... yo, random blogger dude. It's not the race changes or even the setting change that is going to cause this movie to suck. There's no element of the story that references race, it's not like the Airbender movie where a pallete swap actually alters the meaning of something. Modern cities (i.e. cities in the last century or so) have always been pretty poly-racial to begin with, economic distinctions being more important.

It's that everything from the long development cycle to the various actors and directors suggested scream "this movie will suck".

//Also the fact that the Cold War has been over for more than two decades now is gonna deprive it of some vital context.
 
2012-11-24 09:34:11 PM
If you are no longer casting actors of the same race, using the same locations, and you've altered massive elements of the story and characters so that they no longer represent the same themes...
Why did you bother buying a license to produce that story?
 
2012-11-24 09:34:52 PM
Christian Balezzzz....Nathan Fillionzzzz... fanboy wretching goes here....

i agree..should be made in asia, with asians, by asians....
 
2012-11-24 09:35:48 PM

Rwa2play: PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.

It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.


The die was cast when they decided to make a live-action Akira in the first place. I've got just five words for anyone who thinks it isn't gonna be 10 tons of fail in a 3 ounce bag:

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR
 
2012-11-24 09:37:10 PM

Rwa2play: It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.


Well, now that I know they've crapped all over Akira, I can go back to worrying about whether or not they'll ruin Neuromancer.
 
2012-11-24 09:41:15 PM

way south: If you are no longer casting actors of the same race, using the same locations, and you've altered massive elements of the story and characters so that they no longer represent the same themes...
Why did you bother buying a license to produce that story?


Name recognition. Many more people, especially fanboys, will go see a movie "based on the famous animated movie Akira". Certainly many more than will go see "New poorly produced movie with tired, reused themes, a dated premise, cheap as can be CGI, and horrible casting decisions".
 
2012-11-24 09:49:13 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

Most Kanedans are white, eh
 
2012-11-24 09:55:23 PM
Whitewashing gets the cool tag now? I feel like this is the best executed troll I've seen in a while, or I'm overestimating the subtlety of my fellow Farkers.
 
2012-11-24 10:31:39 PM
There's nothing wrong with using non-Japanese actors. This idiocy about having to cast the exact same ethnicity for the parts is idiotic.

And it's funny because Japanese went into a hissy fit when Zhang Ziyi was cast as the Geisha in the Memoirs movie.

Also, where were you when Kingpin and Heimdall were cast as black? Oh that's alright, I guess.

And you're telling me Ralph Fiennes wasn't an actual German Nazi psychopath in Schindler's List?

CHRISTIAN BALE ISN'T BATMAN?

What?
 
2012-11-24 10:47:27 PM

H31N0US: Hello boys. And girls.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]


nah, she's playing sailor mars.

sorta nsfw
 
2012-11-24 10:50:30 PM

PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.


If you haven't, you should read the graphic novel. Super awesome.
 
2012-11-24 11:05:29 PM

way south: If you are no longer casting actors of the same race, using the same locations, and you've altered massive elements of the story and characters so that they no longer represent the same themes...
Why did you bother buying a license to produce that story?


So no one else can make it. Common practice.
 
2012-11-24 11:06:50 PM
They can't screw up Akira because I'm not going to watch their crap re-make.
 
2012-11-24 11:07:37 PM

King Something: Rwa2play: PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.

It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.

The die was cast when they decided to make a live-action Akira in the first place. I've got just five words for anyone who thinks it isn't gonna be 10 tons of fail in a 3 ounce bag:

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR


So you're saying it's already dead?
 
2012-11-24 11:17:59 PM
I wish a live action Knight Sabers/Bubblegum Crisis movie would happen, that's been in development hell for like decade or more. Much rather see that than a bastardization of Akira.
 
2012-11-24 11:25:52 PM
This is worse than whitewashed; this is honkyfied.
 
2012-11-24 11:52:20 PM
They already made a live-action Akira. It was called Chronicle.

That final showdown is probably better than anything they would have come up with for Akira.
 
2012-11-24 11:54:40 PM

rocky_howard:

And it's funny because Japanese went into a hissy fit when Zhang Ziyi was cast as the Geisha in the Memoirs movie.



Interesting that Rob Marshall (or whoever did casting for that movie) cast a real-life prostitute to play a geisha.

/Understand that geishas weren't whores, but still funny.
 
2012-11-24 11:57:30 PM
They've changed his name to "LeShawn Xiao Ramachandran Kaneda" anyways so this discussion's academic.
 
2012-11-25 12:05:39 AM

Rwa2play: It's being set in Manhattan man.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-11-25 12:11:24 AM
Still waiting for her movie.

i.imgur.com

/cannot possibly be set in any contemporary city.
 
2012-11-25 12:23:14 AM

Honest Bender: If you haven't, you should read the graphic novel. Super awesome.


I did...about 20something years ago.
 
2012-11-25 12:33:12 AM

King Something: Rwa2play: PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.

It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.

The die was cast when they decided to make a live-action Akira in the first place. I've got just five words for anyone who thinks it isn't gonna be 10 tons of fail in a 3 ounce bag:

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR


Yeah, pretty much. Never count on Hollywood to do a live-action version of an anime; they fark that up eight ways from Sunday.

/Thank God Cameron never got Battle Angel Alita off the ground
//Too focused on his "Dances with Smurfs" sequel
 
2012-11-25 12:35:23 AM

not5am: H31N0US: Hello boys. And girls.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]

nah, she's playing sailor mars.

sorta nsfw


Sigh...when is the pr0n industry gonna stop doing this?! Good God, and they wonder why the industry's going to hell in a handbasket.
 
2012-11-25 12:37:26 AM

Rwa2play: not5am: H31N0US: Hello boys. And girls.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]

nah, she's playing sailor mars.

sorta nsfw

Sigh...when is the pr0n industry gonna stop doing this?! Good God, and they wonder why the industry's going to hell in a handbasket.


Oh and I almost forgot: Doesn't that technically count as some form of child porn? (FYI: They're all supposed to be 14 years old.)
 
2012-11-25 12:43:12 AM

Honest Bender: PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.

If you haven't, you should read the graphic novel. Super awesome.


Uh, yeah. You think the movie's mind-blowing, the novel multiplies that by 10.
 
2012-11-25 01:21:12 AM
who cares, lets see the Clown Bastards
 
2012-11-25 02:06:56 AM
i.imgur.com

RIP Kaneda
 
2012-11-25 02:10:24 AM

fluffy2097: Still waiting for her movie.

[i.imgur.com image 560x878]

/cannot possibly be set in any contemporary city.


Hasn't James Cameron been sitting on the rights to that for a couple decades now?
 
2012-11-25 02:30:51 AM

FVendetta: Whitewashing gets the cool tag now? I feel like this is the best executed troll I've seen in a while, or I'm overestimating the subtlety of my fellow Farkers.


wait...there are white people on fark?
 
2012-11-25 03:18:08 AM

Bennie Crabtree: FVendetta: Whitewashing gets the cool tag now? I feel like this is the best executed troll I've seen in a while, or I'm overestimating the subtlety of my fellow Farkers.

wait...there are white people on fark?


White people? On my Fark?

Well, shiat.

If anyone needs me I'm moving over to Reddit.
 
2012-11-25 03:22:25 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Bennie Crabtree: FVendetta: Whitewashing gets the cool tag now? I feel like this is the best executed troll I've seen in a while, or I'm overestimating the subtlety of my fellow Farkers.

wait...there are white people on fark?

White people? On my Fark?

Well, shiat.

If anyone needs me I'm moving over to Reddit.


Everyone looks like they're black, sitting in a blue box, to me.
 
2012-11-25 03:25:49 AM

PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.


How? Akira was completed decades ago. It's readily available if you want to read it.
 
2012-11-25 04:16:52 AM

moothemagiccow: How? Akira was completed decades ago. It's readily available if you want to read it.


Just because the graphic novel is readily available doesn't mean the clowns responsible for the movies will follow it.
 
2012-11-25 04:16:55 AM

starsrift: Everyone looks like they're black, sitting in a blue box, to me.


I have Y-linked color deficiency issues too :/ Technically we're all grey user names with the sophomoric color of #696969

I'm just kidding, by the way. I'm not really going to Reddit. Some of my best friends are white.
 
2012-11-25 05:59:43 AM

fluffy2097: Still waiting for her movie.

[i.imgur.com image 560x878]

/cannot possibly be set in any contemporary city.



Well if you glue the three-part anime into a single film that almost counts, right?
=Smidge=
 
2012-11-25 06:05:17 AM

Smidge204:

Well if you glue the three-part anime into a single film that almost counts, right?
=Smidge=


That series never happened and I have dedicated my life to destroying every copy of it even though it does not exist.
 
2012-11-25 06:09:46 AM

King Something: Rwa2play: PacManDreaming: Please, please, pleeeeeease don't screw up Akira.

It's being set in Manhattan man. The die was cast as soon as that decision was made.

The die was cast when they decided to make a live-action Akira in the first place. I've got just five words for anyone who thinks it isn't gonna be 10 tons of fail in a 3 ounce bag:

FIST OF THE NORTH STAR


I'd have said it with only two words: DragonBall Evolution.

/ Hardly my favorite Anime, but man they took a giant shiat all over the source material with that movie
 
2012-11-25 09:42:27 AM

fluffy2097: Smidge204:

Well if you glue the three-part anime into a single film that almost counts, right?
=Smidge=

That series never happened and I have dedicated my life to destroying every copy of it even though it does not exist.


what is the name of that property?
 
2012-11-25 11:16:54 AM

starsrift: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: Bennie Crabtree: FVendetta: Whitewashing gets the cool tag now? I feel like this is the best executed troll I've seen in a while, or I'm overestimating the subtlety of my fellow Farkers.

wait...there are white people on fark?

White people? On my Fark?

Well, shiat.

If anyone needs me I'm moving over to Reddit.

Everyone looks like they're black, sitting in a blue box, to me.


Oh, now, my favorites among you are highlighted in green. My clever little aliens.
 
2012-11-25 11:31:13 AM

McGrits: what is the name of that property?


upload.wikimedia.org

Image pops to wiki article.
=Smidge=
 
2012-11-25 11:32:57 AM

Smidge204: McGrits: what is the name of that property?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 417x426]

Image pops to wiki article.
=Smidge=


Really well done series, too.
 
2012-11-25 11:44:07 AM

Smidge204: McGrits: what is the name of that property?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 417x426]

Image pops to wiki article.
=Smidge=


It's actually named GUNNM, but it's alright. Not everybody is a big manga connoisseur like me.

/LAST ORDER for the mothereffing win!
 
2012-11-25 12:07:06 PM

rocky_howard: t's actually named GUNNM, but it's alright. Not everybody is a big manga connoisseur snob like me.


FTFY :p

(A title by any other name)

Also, just to annoy you, here's what a "Last Order" might look like :D

media.animevice.com

=Smidge=
 
2012-11-25 12:39:08 PM
So no vampire hunter D then?
 
2012-11-25 12:59:28 PM

JolobinSmokin: So no vampire hunter D then?


What? You want Hollywood to fark that up too?! SADIST~!
 
2012-11-25 02:37:45 PM

Honest Bender: Really well done series, too.


I re-read the whole thing every couple of years. It sill makes me tear up in places. The whole world is just incredibly done, and the character development is absolutely stunning. You actually get to see characters grow up and change over time. It's a must read.
 
2012-11-25 04:17:15 PM
Pheh. I've seen even stranger things done to Akira.

www.kal01.comswatkats.info
 
2012-11-25 04:24:00 PM

Smidge204: McGrits: what is the name of that property?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 417x426]

Image pops to wiki article.
=Smidge=


thanks for the info. I was an anime whore in the late 90's and early 00's and didn't recognise it.
 
2012-11-25 04:29:57 PM

Rwa2play: Rwa2play: not5am: H31N0US: Hello boys. And girls.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]

nah, she's playing sailor mars.

sorta nsfw

Sigh...when is the pr0n industry gonna stop doing this?! Good God, and they wonder why the industry's going to hell in a handbasket.

Oh and I almost forgot: Doesn't that technically count as some form of child porn? (FYI: They're all supposed to be 14 years old.)


The nonexistent, ink-and-paint, very-not-human Sailor Scouts are from 14 to 18, yes.

The living, breathing, actual humans pretending to be them are 18 and over.

So, not child porn. Let's not crusade about/against non-existing fictional characters.
 
2012-11-25 05:28:39 PM
I'm wondering how badly they would screw up a live action Ghost in the Shell.
 
2012-11-25 06:21:19 PM

lordargent: I'm wondering how badly they would screw up a live action Ghost in the Shell.



"As of 2008, DreamWorks acquired the rights to produce a live-action film adaptation of the original manga with Steven Spielberg. Avi Arad and Steven Paul are confirmed producers; Jamie Moss was originally hired to adapt the manga into a screenplay but in October 2009 it was announced that Laeta Kalogridis had replaced Moss as writer."



Pretty f***in badly, but DreamWorks/Spielberg is not the worst possible person to do it. I can certainly think of worse options. If it comes to be I hope I've set my expectations suitably low. My biggest concern is that there may end up with an extraterrestrial-related deus ex machina twist ending... I will go absolutely frothy if that happens.
=Smidge=
 
2012-11-25 08:15:43 PM

erveek: fluffy2097: Still waiting for her movie.

[i.imgur.com image 560x878]

/cannot possibly be set in any contemporary city.

Hasn't James Cameron been sitting on the rights to that for a couple decades now?


He was going to do it after Avatar, but that was such a huge success he decided he had to do the sequels; Avatar 2: The humans come back and just nuke the planet from orbit, and Avatar 3: Three hours of the smoldering husk of Pandora in glorious 3D because theres still so much more $tory to tell.
 
2012-11-25 08:47:54 PM

Cyno01: erveek: fluffy2097: Still waiting for her movie.

[i.imgur.com image 560x878]

/cannot possibly be set in any contemporary city.

Hasn't James Cameron been sitting on the rights to that for a couple decades now?

He was going to do it after Avatar, but that was such a huge success he decided he had to do the sequels; Avatar 2: The humans come back and just nuke the planet from orbit, and Avatar 3: Three hours of the smoldering husk of Pandora in glorious 3D because theres still so much more $tory to tell.


Avatar 2: This Time We're Combining "Schindler's List", "Apocalypse Now", And "The Dark Crystal", With A Dash Of "Godzilla"

Avatar 3: This Time We're Combining "C.H.U.D.", "District 9", "Men In Black", And "Muppets From Space"
 
2012-11-25 08:54:29 PM

Keizer_Ghidorah: Rwa2play: Rwa2play: not5am: H31N0US: Hello boys. And girls.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x330]

nah, she's playing sailor mars.

sorta nsfw

Sigh...when is the pr0n industry gonna stop doing this?! Good God, and they wonder why the industry's going to hell in a handbasket.

Oh and I almost forgot: Doesn't that technically count as some form of child porn? (FYI: They're all supposed to be 14 years old.)

The nonexistent, ink-and-paint, very-not-human Sailor Scouts are from 14 to 18, yes.

The living, breathing, actual humans pretending to be them are 18 and over.

So, not child porn. Let's not crusade about/against non-existing fictional characters.


Not at all...just saying you don't want to veer into really creepy territory here.
 
2012-11-26 12:39:42 AM
So Kaneda now looks like a forty year old man instead of the teenager he's supposed to be. I don't think there are words in either English or Japanese for how lame that is.

Kaneda was badass, but not in the all-American "look at my muscles and five o'clock shadow" way. He was shorter than average and skinny. Like a barely-pubescent teen boy should be.

I hope they get Channing Tatum and 21 Jump Street the heck out of it. Then at least it can be ironically enjoyable.
 
2012-11-26 06:26:17 AM

PacManDreaming: moothemagiccow: How? Akira was completed decades ago. It's readily available if you want to read it.

Just because the graphic novel is readily available doesn't mean the clowns responsible for the movies will follow it.


They only used the first book, but it turned out all right. If you want the full story try the whole series.
 
2012-11-26 10:57:06 AM

lordargent: I'm wondering how badly they would screw up a live action Ghost in the Shell.


It depends on who would do the adaptation. If they got Richard Epcar (voice of Batou, did script work and directing for the dubs of the movies and Solid State Society), it might stand a chance. Then again, I hear there's talk of a third season of Stand Alone Complex, so he'd be busy.

/Attended his GITS panel at NebrasKon this year.
 
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