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Desc:Adapted from the Bard's classic. With uh...some..uh...additions...
Category:Trailers, Cartoons & Animation
Tags:Anime, Japan, shakespeare would hate you
Submitted:Rodents of Unusual Size
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Comment count is 20
mr666 - 2007-07-29
What's the saddest way to ruin a literary masterpiece? Why, with anime of course!
takewithfood - 2007-07-29
Its well animated, just not well written and the concept makes blood come out of my ears. Is that normal? I'm worried, and I can't get in to see my doctor until next week.

Seriously, there is a Shakespeare caricature character IN the anime. His name is Willy, he's a foppish, lazy, lecherous drunk. I shit you not.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2007-07-29
Oh, wow. I didn't know that and am not sure I'm better off for it.

Caminante Nocturno - 2007-07-29
There's a chance that this will be the first exposure to Romeo & Juliet many children will have. So shove that in your windpipes and gag on it, FAGS!!!
oswaldtheluckyrabbit - 2007-07-29
Shakespeare survived the Baz Luhrmann adaptation, so he sure as hell can survive some braindead anime.
Xenocide - 2007-07-30
No he can't! In fact, he's already dead! Thanks, Dicaprio!

Pandatronic - 2007-07-29
After the Count of Monte Cristo anime that took place on Mars and had a space vampire as the Count, this is relatively true-to-source.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2007-07-30
Sometimes I feel like I've learned too much here.

dead_cat - 2007-08-03

robotkarateman - 2009-01-04
Gankutsuou was brilliant compared to the Moby Dick anime.

zatojones - 2007-07-30
I sat through that whole thing with a wrinkled brow and open mouth, and that was just the trailer.
Xenocide - 2007-07-30
At least no one can say they skimped on the animation and music. But yeah, the concept and writing are pretty embarrassing.

Oh, and the Shakesphere analogue character is writing a play based on Romeo and Juliet's adventures. Japan will beat you over the head with its metajokes until you like it.
Feyd - 2007-07-30
Anime is awful, film at 11.
EvilHomer - 2007-08-05
Well, seeing as Shakespeare based his career around writing gratuitously violent plays filled with angsty teens and sword fights for a low-brow target audience, I think an anime adaption would be pretty true to form! - 1 star because there weren't any robots; that's a serious let down, and I hope when they do Hamlet they correct that oversight.
Shion - 2007-11-14
I agree, I think Shakespeare would dig it. He was all about the bread and circuses.

Additionally, I think we should posit a corollary to Rule 34: "If it exists, there is anime of it."

Pie Boy - 2007-09-19
And this from the makers of Hellsing and Last Exile. What happened, Gonzo?

Also, there is a Hamlet manga. It's icky.
Hooper_X - 2007-11-28
This is also from the studio that brought you the pretty mediocre Transformers: Cybertron, the generally awful GIJoe: Sigma 6, and a goddamn Linkin Park video.

Your point is?

Pacobird - 2007-12-10
The continued vitality of canonical literary works wholly depends on the ability of artists to present them in new contexts. For instance, I kind of liked that Troy movie a few years back up until the last 15 minutes, since it presented the whole story as a purely human drama without the interference of gods.

This looks kind of silly, granted, but the swordfights look cool and +1 star for the use of the overture of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet ballet and cutting it off before we got to the cliched part.
Pacobird - 2007-12-10
To further elaborate, I'd give this a shot solely on the basis of the fact that they've apparently cast Juliet as a Capulet warrior. The whole "my only love sprung from my only hate" bit becomes a lot more meaningful if Juliet has actually killed Montagues.

jmags - 2008-04-06
C.f.: "The Task of the Translator."

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