Live action adaptations have always been a thing Japan has been known for. That’s just a fact. Whether or not people would complain about a “sudden” surge in adaptations, in-between the original content and novel adaptations alike, there’d always been at least some projects based around manga/anime. Some clearly turned out better than others, but that’s besides the point.
Japan wouldn’t be Japan, I guess, without them. The first few movies I saw as a kid were based on novels (Battle Royale, Ring), and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to come up with more than five standalone movie projects in the span of five minutes. I guess there’s Love Exposure? SPEC? Lately though there hasn’t been a week that’s gone without news of a new project, or at least a cast reveal. It can’t just be me who’s been wondering when the rush of LAs – which clearly started a few years ago – will end, or at least slow down. But I guess when you have a near bottomless pit of base material, you won’t ever really run out of ideas.
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