Since it just came out as a live action film how does the original 90s Beauty and the Beast compare.
The tale as old as time is about a prince cursed to become a beast among the many servants who are cursed to become his furniture, over time as the petals fall more of their humanity goes away until someone can love the beast for who he is; enter Belle who is classed as perculiar for wanting to spend all day reading and dreaming of adventure. When her father becomes prisoner for ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time Belle replaces him at the castle only for a series of events to unfold which ends in Beast saving Belle's life from wolves. As the two become closer leading up to a romantic ball scene, the town finds Belle's father Maurice guilty and is about to be sent to a mental asylum until Beast decides to let Belle go which ends up mistakingly leading Gaston and the town to the castle to destroy the Beast. After the confrontation ends and Beast is wounded by gun shot and Gaston falls to his death, Belle declares her love for the Beast and he's brought back to his human form along with his servants.
Hardly a spoiler the live action movie is pretty much word for word, song for song bar alot more story explanation from the live action film on why certain things are as they are, which gives the live action film some considerable edge over this animated counterpart, but the animated version is still very much whimsical and still remains one of only two animated films to compete for a best film oscar, the other being Up.
So in comparison both have their merits but compared to how CInderella went in Live Action it's far much superior in quality.
In conclusion I do wait to see what can be done next with other live action versions of popular Disney movies but is this live action version better than the animated?
Yes on the better story
Yes on improving and adding side characters
Not quite on whimsical and scale, as that ballroom scene is still hard to beat in any media let alone a faithful live action recreation.
So having reviewed the series Blue Exorcist time to look at the movie.
The story begins with a storybook as a flashback sees Fujimoto read a story about a demon who got everyone to stop working and have fun leading to the demise of the village until an exorcist drove the demon away, from then every 11 years a festival celebrates this event and guess what, that's happening in this movie.
Before the festivities can begin, Rin Shiemi and Yukio are after a sinister Demon Train but a series of events cause part of the city to collapse releasing a rabbit demon child from a shrine.
As the barrier is being restored demon attacks start becoming more common while Rin is forced to look after the demon child having taken blame for screwing up the mission but while Rin and the rabbit demon bond it becomes more apparant that the rabbit demon is causing these problems.
The story was careful not to play the same card that it's been playing the whole series which is of course, demon bad, must kill, while it technically still does, it tries not to make it too much about that and focus more on the humanity and bonding between Rin and the Demon Rabbit Child, however while I like the direction and risk that it took to not play the obvious Shonen mistake and just make a giant battle, it did take up it's entire budget showing off how much it can fit on screen and not look like a giant graphic mess, don't get me wrong, it's impressive but it's just distracting.
Dub feels more polished this time and I don't appreciate the baiting in making me read the manga by introducing characters not due to appear yet. Yes I am aware that there is a season 2 airing at writing time, I write that in the sense that it hadn't been announced yet and it was still 2012.
Final Verdict: A nice change of pace from the boring overused Shonen movie plotline but spoiled a bit by it's ambition to try and make a graphical masterpiece.
Food is a glorious thing and the Japanese take pride in it. So today's list is part one of a double list which showcases the best and worst cooks of Anime starting with the best cooks.
Honorable Mentions to the cast members of Yakitate & Yumeiro Patisserie which only missed this list due to only covering bakery, along with Ranma 1/2 whose great cooks only cook specialty dishes and nothing else.
Extra: Honorable Mention to Blue Exorcist's Rin Okumura whose cooking is his only talent.
10. Hayate from Hayate the Combat Butler & Sebastian from Black Butler
Tied for 10th but only because they're both on this list for the same reasons. As butlers both Hayate & Sebastian need to be proficient in cooking as well as all their other household tasks. Although it makes me laugh as to why they need a team of servants when both butlers can do all the tasks alone.
9. France from Hetalia Axis Powers
Comes with the stereotype believing the French are the best in the world at cooking, as an Englishman I disagree.
8. Miss Howmei from Nadesico
Despite the fact that Akito is the main character, it's Miss Howmei who steals the show when you hear her backstory in wanting to give soldiers their last meal and has an encyclopedia of spices at her disposal to make sure it's possible.
7. Shinji Ikari from Evangelion
Not so much the original but the rebuild movies show off his great cooking skills in more detail showing that there is more to him than just a whiny emo little snot rag.
6. Makoto Kino from Sailor Moon
Pretty much her best trait outside her tough outer appearance, here's hoping this is still the case come reboot.
5. Sasami Jurai from Tenchi Muyo
Turns cooking into such an art form that she slips into the role without even being asked to, and considering that this is a harem series it's often the one who cooks the best that would get the first kiss. Ryoko & Ayeka beware.
4. Sunako Nakahara from Wallflower
Considering she's being trained as an elegant lady and she's really a crazed girl into the occult and morbid horror who'd be more at home with the Addams Family than a mansion of pretty boys, she's the best cook in the entire series.
3. Satsuki Yotsuba from Negima
At a school of over 3000, she's the best cook to all students and staff alike and commands total respect from even the most abrasive of characters such as Evangeline.
2. Sanji from One Piece
Luffy can pick good crew members, a showcase in how good Sanji really is, is shown in the filler arc G-8 in which Sanji defeats a team of top level navy chefs using the leftovers of the food they just cooked.
1. Pretty much the Entire cast of Toriko
The only thing that makes the plot of having to hunt down the rarest food ingredients is to have them owned by the greatest chefs alive, and like everything else in Shonen Jump it's blown up to epic proportions.
Previously on this review channel, I lost faith in anime following Magic Kyun Renaissance and I wanted to find an anime to restore my faith, to test it, I chose Blue Exorcist.
One night during an exorcism, blue flames consumed the many priests during the ceremony, this was the work of Satan himself. 15 years pass and Rin Okumura, a delinquent discovers he is the son of Satan following a tragic night that sees his adoptive father Fujimoto die in the same blue flames of Satan.
After calling on a charismatic demon named Mephisto, Rin declares that he will kick Satan's ass; amused, Mephisto agrees to take in the spawn of Satan but a thorny path awaits Rin on his journey in becoming an Exorcist, especially when his younger twin brother is his teacher.
So having gone into this series blind I wasn't sure what to expect but what I saw was actually quite enjoyable, the pacing was good, the comedy was refreshing, it's really good at tugging at the heart strings and rather than make Rin a complete delinquent they gave him a good skill to not make him look like every other character of his type. Mephisto is the most intriguing character since Xellos Metallium, Shura comes in completely left field but the show benefits from it, heck Yukio despite being a killjoy is a lot more welcoming than other characters of his type.
But there's a glaring elephant in the room and quite a large one, it can't seem to stray from it's most basic premise, which of course is Rin is the spawn of Satan, line up to try and kill him and it took 26 episodes to break free of it, which is lazy writing when you leave so many unanswered questions from so many other characters.
What is Mephisto's real goal?
Why does Shiemi's power come so easy to her?
What's the deal with Izumo's past?
Who is the kid with the Puppet?
Is Shura human or demon?
While most of these questions are simple to answer and I dare say the Kyoto arc currently airing will help but the big one of course is Mephisto himself and his goal, I want to know but it keeps getting slapped away by the story reminding me that Rin is the Spawn of Satan someone wants to kill him. YES I KNOW!!!!! Give me a proper story damn it.
Dub is comfortable but can be a little weak in places
So has this restored my faith in anime? Yes, a little bit but the jury is still out on the subject for now and at the very least I want to continue watching this series to see if it gets better.
Final Verdict: If Blue Exorcist can resolve it's overly basic plot then it can achieve a much higher standing among other anime and with season 2 airing, there's time to improve.
To keep up with everything I've ever reviewed since the beginning I've produced a quick guide saying which Anime and Cartoons I've reviewed, a one line synopsis and a one line verdict for each one. It'll be updated in the near future.
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