Baines (baines) wrote,

Random thoughts

I haven't posted anything here since last September. Almost no one I know and no one I followed still posts to Livejournal. I never really found an alternative. Facebook is for a different thing. I never bothered with Google+. And I'm not a Twitter person. I'll post thoughts here for old time's sake.

The manga Kaibutsu Oujo (Princess Resurrection) ended. I knew it was ending a while back, but it slipped off my radar. I'd previously wondered if re-reading it would make sense of all the time travel/alternate timeline stuff, but I've a feeling that it won't. It ended, well, kind of like I'd expected and somewhat unexpected. It wraps up the original Hime story, but leaves a new story with Sherwood untold. I'd still like to see this series remade as a decent anime. This was a horror series, but the anime series that it got removed the darkness and turned it into a comedy.

I finally watched Dredd, the 2012 film based on the Judge Dredd comics. It wasn't bad. It was pretty faithful to the source material, unlike the Stallone version. Unfortunately, it didn't make enough money to field a sequel. And, honestly, I couldn't see the film being a success. While it is faithful, it is too low scale. It just doesn't feel like a box office film, it feels like an episode of a high budget TV series. You've got a whole Mega-City in a post-apocalyptic world, but everything happens inside a single apartment complex, and Dredd goes after a single criminal who waits at the top. I'm not really sure what could have been done to fix this though. Fans would likely cry for Judge Death, but that is not the way to start a movie series (because you likely only go downhill from there) and it might be too much thrown at non-fans for a solo film. (It's like Nolan saving the Joker for The Dark Knight, instead of using him for Batman Begins.)
Tags: anime, comic, movie, review
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