Friday, January 01, 2010

Avatar Sequel




KZ Posted: I like this better.


or this

10 comments:

Krayonzilla said...

Funny. Another so so attempt to bring anime classics to live action. Some of it looks ok but I'm not crazy about it. So far they have done Devilman, GeGe No Kitaro, Tetsujin 28, Dodoro and Casshern. Too many changes to accommodate the live action format. It doesn't really work. Interesting to look at but it's lost in translation. Plus I see too many NEW BS Galactica influences which kills the whole look and feel of the original concept of Space Battleship Yamato.

MrGoodson2 said...

I thought you would drop dead in ecstasy. Instead I've angered you.

Krayonzilla said...

No. It's cool but they don't have the budget and they violate the concept by changing it too much. Out of all the anime out there this is a no brainer translation. Concept is perfect...story is perfect. Nothing to change...just make it an even translation to live action. I also noticed they grungy up the ship too and it's proportions are off.

Tom Carroll said...

hurm ... I liked Blue Submarine No. 6 best. ;-)

http://images.google.com/images?q=blue%20submarine%20no.%206&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

Krayonzilla said...

An FYI. The Yamato is not a submarine even though it has submersible capabilities. It's a converted WWII battleship.

rickart said...

I never saw Yamato when I was a kid, so I have no existing attachment to the show.

This looks like a mediocre reboot of the property, but I can't muster up any indignation as I don't know how wonderful the original is.

Tom Carroll said...

I know 'bout Yamato. And Blue Submarine No. 6 can't fly into space. But I do still very much like the combination of anime and CG ...

rickart said...

I have to ask... what is the rational behind using an old, sunken WW2 warship as the framework for a spaceship?

Krayonzilla said...

The first season began airing in Japan in October 1974. Set in the year 2199, an alien race known as the "Gamilas" ("Gamilons" in the English Star Blazers dub) are raining radioactive bombs on Earth, rendering the planet's surface dead and uninhabitable. Humanity lives in refuges built deep underground, but the radioactivity is slowly infiltrating the underground cities too. Earth's space fleet is hopelessly outclassed by the Gamilas and all seems lost until a message capsule from a mysterious crashed spaceship is retrieved on Mars. Blueprints for a faster-than-light engine are discovered inside the capsule, and an offering of help from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar in the Large Magellanic Cloud, who says that she has a device, the Cosmo-Cleaner D (Cosmo DNA), which can cleanse Earth of its radiation damage.[5]

Krayonzilla said...

it's Japanese symbolism, plain and simple.

With finally a ray of hope ahead, what's left of the Earth Defense Force decided to convert the ruins of the ancient Japanese battleship Yamato, a symbol of bravery and sacrifice (in the Japanese eyes), into Earth's ultimate space battleship and humanity's last hope of survival.

Yamato is also one of the names that the islands were called in ancient Japan after the introduction of Chinese into their language.

So when the rebuilt ship rises out of the wreckage of the old WWII ship it's a symbol of the rebirth of the spirit of Japan against an overwhelming enemy.
Creator Leiji Matsumoto's fondness for WWII and combat history is accredited to a lot of the story elements and overall designs.

Remember this show was meant to be for Japanese culture and nobody at the time figured it would have gone worldwide 35 years later.