Without spouting too many assumptions, there's always been a common belief that live-action adaptations often fail to entice with the same charm as their anime counterparts. Whether it comes down to constraints within the budget, or even downright poor directorial choices, it would seem live-action adaptations are simply destined to fail. But while there's definitely a list of adaptations that I personally believe outshine their anime equivalent, such as Assassination Classroom, I probably align very closely with this unfortunate belief that things will usually work out poorly.
Possibly one of the most debated unreleased live-action adaptations of all time, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, the film has already gone on to spark massive debates about the current state of anime adaptations. When it was first announced several months ago, film footage hadn't even been released and it was already being slammed by online communities all around the world. What was set to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Japan's most beloved manga series, instead threw fuel onto the fire of anger towards poorly executed live-action films. It's been about seven months since then, and while the internet still seems extremely confused as to how to feel in regards to the film, I at least personally feel a little more at ease watching the trailer.
With less than one more month until release, I can only imagine the Warner Brothers Japan is probably going into full marketing mode for the upcoming film. Finally showcasing a lot of what we can really expect, rather than some fluff footage skipping over the all-important details, I can easily say I feel a lot more at ease in regards to my personal opinion on the film. It definitely took a while for me to conclude this, but I've come to realize that as long as a film at least portrays the story I love without jeopordizing the fundamentals, I probably won't have any issues with it. Anything else including the quality of the CGI is simply icing on the cake.
Quickly scrolling through the YouTube comment feed for the trailer presents a pretty unanimous vote from Japanese viewers however, bringing forward their issues with both the cast and acting -- though that comes as little surprise. What they are enjoying however is the overall look of the film, with some even going as far as to state that they enjoy the look of the CGI. Personally, as long as they can nail Josuke's hair, I'll have absolutely no complaints. With just under a month until screening in theaters across Japan, I'm excited to see how it all pans out, as well as if the outrage of online communities is actually warranted or not. I mean afterall, nobody wants to see a poor entry into one of their favorite series', right?