March 19, 2006

Comic Book Movies We'd Like To See, Japan edition

According to Animaxis, Japanese entertainment magazine Oricon Style recently took a survey to find out which titles manga readers in Japan wanted to see adapted into a live-action movie.

The actual poll results are posted on Oricon's site. I was able the wrangle the rankings into English and the results are as follows:

Top 20 manga that Japanese readers want to see as a live-action movie

OVERALL
1. Slam Dunk
2. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
3. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame)
4. Monster
5. Silent Service
6. 20th Century Boys
7. Doraemon
8. Hachimitsu to Kuroba (Honey and Clover)
9. Urusei Yatsura
10. Zipang
11. Ouran High School Host Club
12. BECK
13. Fist of the North Star
14. Kogyoaika Volley Boys
15. Tensai Bakabon
16. Master Keaton
17. MAJOR
18. Kinnikuman
19. Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac)
20. Wangan Midnight

WOMEN
1. Slam Dunk
2. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
3. Ouran High School Host Club
4. Hachimitsu to Kuroba (Honey and Clover)
5. Urusei Yatsura
6. Monster
7. 20th Century Boys
8. Doraemon
9. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame)
10. BECK
11. Tensai Bakabon
12. Fist of the North Star
13. Zipang
14. Master Keaton
15. Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac)
16. Silent Service
17. Kinnikuman
18. MAJOR
19. Chobits
20. Naruto

MEN
1. Slam Dunk
2. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame)
3. Silent Service
4. Monster
5. Zipang
6. 20th Century Boys
7. Doraemon
8. Detective Conan (Case Closed)
9. Kogyoaika Volley Boys
10. BECK
11. Fist of the North Star
12. Master Keaton
13. Urusei Yatsura
14. MAJOR
15. Tensai Bakabon
16. Kinnikuman
17. Wangan Midnight
18. Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac)
19. Naruto
20. Mahou Sensei Negima!

Observations:
- Titles that made the women's list but not the men's: Ouran High School Host Club, Honey and Clover*, Chobits (!)
- Titles that made the men's list but not the women's: Kogyoaika Volley Boys, Wangan Midnight, Negima
- Naoki Urasawa and Kaiji Kawaguchi had the rare distinction of multiple works showing up on the list (Monster, 20th Century Boys and Master Keaton for Urasawa; Silent Service and Zipang for Kawaguchi).
- Long-running, classic, and childhood-nostalgia titles hold as much sway as anything that's "hot" right now.

*Well, they won't have to wait that long.

March 11, 2006

Manga Coast Rising

Snap judgements on the candidates for Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga 6 (online voting):

10 Simple Rules: Damn, this was great! I'm a sucker for good goofball comedy.
Another Jewelry Box: Pretty to look at, but seems lost in a story with no real direction.
Bomango: Terrific characterization, almost Flight-esque in its approach, but in danger of substituting quirkycute for real depth.
Charlatan: Ending a story with shock/speedlines = TEH WRONG. If this were a chapter in a longer-running series, it'd work, but this feels like it stopped in the middle.
The Chronicles of Big Feet: I almost didn't get it, with the vague dialogue and messy layouts, but the premise is a clever reversal.
Dear Jack: GOD. Boy's Love is so EMO.
Departure: Very cool and mellow; does a great job of capturing a mood.
Feast of Grass: I like how this one blends modern and fantasy (so many other stories fail at it), and the dorky awkward action scenes kinda work.
Girl/Boy: Those big jumps in time really hurt the pacing, but it smooths out once it gets into the college arc. If it were any more shoujo it'd come with stickers and a cell phone charm.
Little Miss Witch Hater: Dramatically beautiful, if not so visually confusing in the middle. Had to reread a lot of sequences.
Mushroom Frenzy: Beautiful fantasy backgrounds with traditional touches, but tried to be two stories at once, I think.
NecrOphealia: I would probably enjoy this with its frantic energy and moe style but THE FONT IS WAY TOO SMALL.
The Orphans: Font is way to small again, and this time I DON'T think I would enjoy it because it looks dark and serious.
Phoenix: Dead people, angels and demons? Yaaaaaaawn. Good message though.
Rain or Shine: Cute, but too much copying of Japanese stuff: names, school setting, even the customs of umbrella-sharing ...
Saint of Heart: Boring fantasy in a slightly pseudo-Vasquez style is still boring fantasy ... with a really small font.
Samurai Zombie: I can't say much about this now that it's been discovered it's a rather blatant copy of Blade of the Immortal.
Semidevine: More boring fantasy ... and without any artistic quirks to save it. Looks like webcomic material, and not the good kind.
Tastes Like Greedy: Fantasy AGAIN ... but with good snappy dialogue, and a pretty clever resolution.
Wind Dancers: While I appreciate the humor involved, this one is just weird. I don't understand the characters' fashion sense, and the anatomy seemed really stiff.