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Anime and the Art of Adaptation: Eight Famous Works from by Dani Cavallaro

By Dani Cavallaro

Exploring a variety of anime variations of recognized works of either jap and Western provenance, this ebook is anxious with appreciating their importance and charm as self sustaining texts.

The writer evaluates 3 points of anime adaptation—how anime variations boost their unique resources in stylistic, aesthetic, and mental phrases; how particular beneficial properties of the anime medium influence alchemically at the unique assets to convey into being inventive works of an self reliant nature; and which features render an version in anime shape a exceptionally detailed inventive construction.

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Deprived of both their mother and their home by a catastrophic air raid inflicted on their native city of Kobe, and further abused by a rapacious aunt entrusted with their care who is solely concerned with exploiting their services and appropriating their few remaining possessions, the two kids make an escapist attempt to find refuge in an abandoned hillside bomb shelter amid deceptively idyllic rural bliss and firefly-lit nights, only to find that the hellish reality of their times cannot be eluded and starvation is their ineluctable fate.

In addition, Belladonna of Sadness is indebted to numerous musical modes, and particularly the soulful style of 1970s rock opera. This is clearly evinced by the opening segment, where the action focuses on the protagonists’ wedding ceremony and the local baron’s rape of Jeanne as the payment he exacts when the groom admits to not owning the required marriage tax. Intensely, indeed viscerally, erotic throughout, Belladonna of Sadness does not, however, in any sense deteriorate into unsavory sexploitation thanks not only to its delicate handling of the human tragedy but also, even more crucially, to its sophisticated and strikingly original visuals.

Count of Monte Cristo, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo In its handling of the journey of a hugely popular nineteenth-century novel to the TV screen, Mahiro Maeda’s series Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004–2005)— where “Gankutsuou” can translate as “King of the Cavern”— promulgates the idea that in a satisfying adaptive process, the source text and its offspring should illuminate each other. It accomplishes this feat by showing persistently that a filmic adaptation can help us grasp a book more comprehensively or from a greater number of alternate angles, while the book, in turn, can help us assess more insightfully the adaptation’s thematic and aesthetic import.

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