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jsc315



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:58 pm Reply with quote
do we really need a remake? The original manga was amazing and very well done. Unless this is going to be more realistic but even then i do not see the point.
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Toddler Naruto



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:59 pm Reply with quote
I'd rather have an anime adaptation, but I know that's never gonna happen Sad.
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Egan Loo



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:09 pm Reply with quote
jsc315 wrote:
do we really need a remake? The original manga was amazing and very well done. Unless this is going to be more realistic but even then i do not see the point.


As noted in the article, the new manga will not be a remake, but an all-new story.
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KENZICHI



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:19 pm Reply with quote
i... i don't think i like that... Confused
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Lann



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:03 pm Reply with quote
I take it this is his much talked about 2nd novel that he wanted to produce as a manga. in that case- ABOUT FRIGGIN TIME!!
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Psycho_Despair



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:21 pm Reply with quote
I all we got to do to is wait and see.
And will Mioko Onishi's art fit with this new Battle Royale manga?
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ZipZapZopTitania



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:53 pm Reply with quote
Huh. A kid in my Language Arts class was talking about this book a few weeks ago. He said it was really good...I immediately recommended The Hunger Games to him after he described it and thought about looking for it. Now I'm gonna have to.

...Debating...do I tell him about this or not? o_O I might get another "Wait, you like anime?" look again~
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Monumension



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:09 pm Reply with quote
Psycho_Despair wrote:
And will Mioko Onishi's art fit with this new Battle Royale manga?


Well, I expect it to at least be better than Hitoshi Tomizawa's involvement in Takami's Blitz Royale. That was a total trainwreck if you ask me.

The one thing I immediately thought of when I read this was: Will Keith Giffen do the translation? Rolling Eyes
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Colour Blind



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:17 pm Reply with quote
Oh, god, I really hope they will keep the moron Keithy far away from this.

I really, really anticipate this. I wonder if it's a prequel with the Battle Royale characters, or a sequel with a new class, or a totally unrelated spin-off story set in the same universe.

The BR manga is still my favorite manga. I wonder what Mioko Onishi's art style looks like?
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Spinal Cord Fluid-kun



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:59 pm Reply with quote
Monumension wrote:
Well, I expect it to at least be better than Hitoshi Tomizawa's involvement in Takami's Blitz Royale. That was a total trainwreck if you ask me.

It had some interesting ideas, but choosing Hitoshi for the artist was a big mistake. Can't have a cast of 30 something characters who all wear the same clothes and all have sameface.

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I wonder what Mioko Onishi's art style looks like?

Generic looking shonen from what I've seen but I'd imagine he/she will probably change their style for this manga.
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The Xenos



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:38 pm Reply with quote
Well, I dunno how interested I am in another manga. All depends how much new material is in it guess. The artworks too, I guess.

ZipZapZopTitania wrote:
Huh. A kid in my Language Arts class was talking about this book a few weeks ago. He said it was really good...I immediately recommended The Hunger Games to him after he described it and thought about looking for it. Now I'm gonna have to.
It's weird. I'm seeing all these teens talking and raving about The Hunger Games and it's become the new hot IT book. Hollywood is eying it like the next Harry Potter or Twilight. (I guess having a glowing recommendation from the author of Twilight and thus having her legions of zombie fans buy up the book helps.)

Meanwhile, I'm scratching my head. How is this not at least somewhat of a ripoff? Hell, even Steven King in his review said it tread on the same ground. (He also mentions earlier work The Running Man by some guy name Bachman. Wink ) So when i see kids talking about this and thinking it's so new and edgy due to the violence and topic, I have to laugh at them. I'm sorry, where were you almost ten years ago when Battle Royale was all the buzz among Japanophiles and fans of violent films and books. Hell, the thing was nearly black listed because of Colombine and you pretty much had to get a bootleg. Hell, you still do. Luckily Viz published the book and TokyoPop the manga adaptation.

At the same time it's nice to see we've got a current teen book that still has that Lord of the Flies type of violence in this post Columbine atmosphere. I just hope the book itself is decent. I hope it can it can live up to Battle Royale, the precursor in this sub-genre of teen books. Comparably, Twilight is a complete let down from its precursor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from my time or even Anne Rice novels from a little before that.
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championferret



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:17 am Reply with quote
The Hunger Games is the poor man's Battle Royale. Not only does it feel like a bad ripoff in places (there are several things that are almost exactly the same), there's none of the moral conflict that made Battle Royale so interesting in the first place.
The deus ex machina in Hunger Games for the sake of eliminating moral dilemnas was ridiculous. Plus the random romance thrown on seemed tacked on at best.
Granted I only read the first one and gave up, I don't know if it improves at all.

To actually stay on topic, I'm interested in how it turns out. The first Battle Royale manga was okay (over the top and ridiculous and creepily sexual...why do most of these these 15 year olds look like 30 year olds? But a fun read none-the-less and kept me glued to it just to see what happened in the end). 'Battle Royal II Blitz Royal' was apalling, and had horrendous art, so I'm hoping it's at least better than that.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:35 am Reply with quote
Wikipedia wrote:
It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where North America once stood. This is where a powerful government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death. The Hunger Games exist to demonstrate not even children are beyond the reach of the Capitol's power.

Wow... this is the first I've heard of "The Hunger Games", but that is such a farking rip-off of Battle Royale that I literally laughed when I read this. The only thing different is that instead of having an entire class chosen, the government chooses only one boy and girl at a time (why always one boy and girl, is this some sort of gender supremacy book?). Wow. That's terrible.

Anyways, what made Battle Royale (the novel) awesome, or at least one of the reason, was how it showed how some friendships in primary education are merely for looks and nothing else. It also showed some of the carnal nature in the more violent kids.

I love the novel, so I hope this spinoff is good. Not really a fan of the manga personally though.
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passer by



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:23 am Reply with quote
jsc315 wrote:
do we really need a remake? The original manga was amazing and very well done. Unless this is going to be more realistic but even then i do not see the point.


yeah
I hope this one will deliver
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Colour Blind



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:49 am Reply with quote
This. Is. Not. A. Remake.

Also, please stop going on about Hunger Games. It's totally off-topic.
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