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Despite its various flaws, Lupin III (2014) still has a lot of visual appeal. It doesn’t fully deserve the flame it received upon release.
Most critics, including Japanese ones, slammed Lupin III (2014) after its release. To be honest, while I agree with their criticisms about the action sequences and plot holes, I didn’t feel the movie was that unbearable. After all, most of what I expect from a Lupin Anime movie were in this live-action adaptation.
A high-tech stronghold. In an exotic land.
Lupin III’s endearing cheekiness. And boy-like infatuation with Fujiko.
Jigen’s astonishing marksmanship.
Goemon slicing the most impossible things with his Zantetsuken.
In my opinion, the reason for Lupin III (2014) receiving such damning reviews is that many elements from Manga and Anime just do not feel right when played out in real-life. In this case, the characters’ signature but impractical costumes, Zantestuken decimating everything and anything, Fujiko’s inexplicable betrayals, etc. Yet these things are still expected to be present in any live-action adaptations, the absence of which would bring on a different wave of criticism. Going by this, I think it’s perhaps best to stop adapting Manga and Anime for live-action because it’s seldom going to end up well. But of course, business would dictate that this practice continues. And so we can look forward to more unsatisfactory adaptations for years to come.
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