Now that’s the question we are all here to try to answer!
In filmmaking, video production, and other media, live action refers to cinematography or videography that does not use animation (though sometimes based on an original animated series). As the normal process of making visual media involves live-action, the term itself is usually superfluous, but it makes an important distinction in situations in which one might normally expect animation, as in a Pixar film, a video game, or when the work is adapted from an animated cartoon, such as Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, 101 Dalmatians films, or The Tick television program. The phrase “live action” also occurs within an animation context to refer to non-animated characters: in a live-action/animated film such as Space Jam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, or Mary Poppins in which humans and cartoons co-exist, “live-action” characters are the “real” actors, such as Bob Hoskins and Julie Andrews, as opposed to the animated “actors”, such as Roger Rabbit himself.
As you may have noticed in the wiki definition, the examples are all Hollywood-based movies and actors.
As an intro, please take the survey below [poll] with 5 particular live action adaptations featured – Hana Yori Dango, Death Note, Hana Kimi, Kimi ni Todoke, Nodame Cantabile and you’ll be asked which are your personal bias and favorites.
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To put it simply, in the Japanese scene, live action adaptation refers to movies based on manga and anime. Aside from Japan, the US and France belong to the top 3 producers of Live action adaptation based on original manga and comics. I’m not going to go deeper into the differences or similarities of manga and comics, but would like to concentrate on the following:
 An introduction to Japanese live action movies; popular genres of manga and anime; a journey down the live-action lane;
 Statistics on live action films through the years; survey on favorites and list of top 10 live action movies [based on manga and/or anime]
 A look at future productions and mentions of filmmakers, innovators, manga artists (and actors who made waves in the live action scene, including voice acting); and finally answer the question: Do most live action adaptations suck?
In Part 1, we’ll take a bird’s eye view at the current state of live action affairs!
Continue reading “On Live action adaptations: Favorite live action through the years + Is there a point to the making of Japanese live action adaptation? So what’s the point if it sucks? [ Vol 1, Part 1]”