Assignment 6 : Mahima Singh
April 7, 2017
With Rupert Sanders‘ Ghost in the shell getting mixed reviews because fans kept comparing it to the original anime, I decided to do a comparison of anime with their live action counterparts.
I took the ratings from IMDB and plotted it in this mixed bar chart.
The data entry into the JS code was easy enough, but formatting the original chart after that was a nice challenge.
I experimented with D3’s categorical colors and the charts’ axis formatting by writing a function of my own to make sure the ‘Rating” axis didn’t read negative values.
If you are familiar with pop culture and know a little bit about good cinema then you will know that James Wong’s white-washed adaptation of Dragon ball Z, Dragon ball Evolution was one of the worst live action remakes of any anime ever. So it is no surprise that Dragon Ball Evolution has the worst rating.
What is surprising to me is that Sailor Moon’s live adaptation (tv series) got the closest rating to its anime version. The Sailor Moon anime is a tough act to follow. But according to IMDB ratings, it looks like ‘Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon’ comes close enough.
Another obvious trend is the high ratings of the phenomenally successful anime, Death Note. While the anime did a little better, the film came pretty close and I say this from experience. Shûsuke Kaneko’s 2006 Death Note, had its pitfalls but it was a good movie. I doubt Netflix’s adaptation, set to release in August this year, will be able to live up to the hype. But we can only wait.
Here is a list of live action films (based on popular anime) in the making. Some names like Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan have a lot riding on them because of their incredible fan base.