What is happening? What bizarro world have I stumbled into? In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear, anime is Hollywood’s newest plaything. And like Madonna, I’m on my knees praying this will end soon.
Last month, Mob Psycho 100 and One Punch Man creator, ONE, announced via Twitter that Mob Psycho will indeed have a live action series. The series will premiere on TV Tokyo in January 2018. Because Netflix is Netflix, I’m sure we can all expect a delayed release.
Kōichi Sakamoto (Ultraman Geed) will direct the live action Mob Psycho 100 adaptation. And content providers Netflix and TV Tokyo will co-produce the series. On the positive side, we won’t have a white-washing controversy for once. Actor Tatsuomi Hamada will star as Mob.
For those of you who have been under a rock, in a coma, or suffer from chronic bad taste, here’s the low down. Mob Psycho 100 is an extremely successful and award-winning manga. In nearly five years, ONE has released 14 chapters. In the Summer of 2016, ONE parlayed the success of his manga into an anime adaptation. Viewers and critics alike fawned over the story and the artistic choices. The anime was a resounding success and a second season appears to be in the works! But god, who saw a live-action show coming…
I never bought into the “a live-action adaptation will bring new fans in” reasoning for any series. Additionally, every live-action adaptation has been a catastrophic failure so far (sans Tokyo Ghoul). As the failures keep piling up, fewer people are going to give an anime adaptation a chance. And at this point, I doubt any show is going to be the catalyst for the masses to start watching anime. But this is the world we live in now.
Is anyone excited for this? And I do mean anyone. Place your wagers below on how many episodes it’ll take for me to become 100% whiskey.