Any fan will tell you that live-action versions of anime series normally end up falling into one of two categories: laughably bad or unforgivably awful. You need look no further than Dragonball Evolution for proof.
While that might be scraping the bottom of the barrel, recent attempts such as Ghost in the Shell and Death Note also failed to garner significant praise for their efforts. Or lack thereof.
However, it seems that even live-action anime flicks in Japan are known to suffer the same fate. Just look what happened to Attack on Titan!
OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!
But it seems there is still hope on the horizon, and his name is JoJo.
In what you could call a “bizarre” twist, the recent live-action adaptation of the series’ fourth arc, Diamond is Unbreakable, hasn’t been burned at the stake by longtime fans. In fact Kotaku managed to assemble a series of tweets from Japanese fans who praised the film. That’s right, legitimate praise for the movie that dared to try and bring Josuke Higashikata’s hair to the big screen.
“It was supremely great! I thought that they couldn’t make a live action Jojo, but recently, I wanted to go see it, and upon seeing it, it was really enjoyable.”
“I went to see the live-action Jojo movie. It was better than I thought it would be. The Stand battles were particularly good.”
“Impressions of the Jojo live-action movie: the fight scenes had more intensity than I thought they would- It stayed close to the source material more than I thought it would- Yukako Yamagishi is one tough gal- The Stands come to life, no complaints”
“Waaaaaan…Ryunosuke Kamiki was cute! I had always watched the anime, so it seemed abundantly interesting. The ending hints of a sequel, and I want to see the next one at a sneak preview. Ahhhh, I dig Kamiki.”
Are these the words of easily-pleased fangirls? Or does the mild success of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Chapter 1 mean that there is hope for anime adaptations down the line?
After all, how much lower can the bar be dropped?
Check out the trailer for the live-action JoJo movie below.