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Saint Seiya Live-Action Adaptation in the Works

MY COSMOS IS BURNING! For today, it was announced that a live-action adaptation for Saint Seiya has been green-lit. The Eiga.com reported that Toei Animation will be co-producing the film with the Chinese distribution company, A Really Good Film Company (ARGF). In addition, the director and producers for the film were revealed during the announcement. The Saint Seiya film will directed by Polish director, Tomasz Bagiński. Bagiński, best known for his Academy Award-nominated short animation, The Cathedral, and the Witcher series intros. Then Toei Animation‘s own, Yoshiyuki Ikezawa and Kozo Morishita will serve as producer and executive producer. Kozo Morishita has served as director, producer, and planner for most of the Saint Seiya animated series and feature films.


Saint Seiya is an original manga series written by Masami Kurumada published from 1986 to 1990. The manga series was quickly adapted into an anime series. Since its conception the series, has had three animated series, several anime films, various OVAs and spin-offs. In addition, the series has been distributed worldwide becoming popular in Europe, South America, and North America. Viz Media published the original manga as Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. The original anime series two dubs and distributions through ADV Films and DIC. ADV Films was the more faithful dub of the series, whereas DIC the more publicly known dub was not. This lead to the series having trouble becoming in North America until New Video Group re-released the series on DVD, as well as becoming accessible through Crunchyroll’s streaming service. Now, one can only hope for the best with this production!


Source: ANN

Ben Watches: Good Morning Call

Trying something new for the site. This Thursday segment is going to be me talking about what I’m watching for the most part. This week I want to talk about a series I recently watched, Good Morning Call, which is on Netflix. For those who are unaware of the series is it a live-action adaptation of a manga series created by Yue Takasuka, and stars Shun’ya Shiraishi, Kamen Rider Wizard, as the male lead which drew in several I know. Now in this series, he along with our protagonist portrayed by actress, Haruka Fukuhara (ToQger’s Lady), play two characters who are forced to share an apartment together in secrecy while attending high school.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this show. This was my first J-Drama I watched start to finish and it was a fun experience. Many in my watch group dubbed this “Kamen Rider Wizard S2” for obvious reasons, however other Kamen Rider actors appear in the show too. Plot-wise, it’s a J-Drama so at times I felt things were happening for the sake of drama. When in reality some of the things could have been talked about with a simple conversation, but I guess that’s why we watch J-Drama.

In some episodes I found the pacing to be slow at times. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I could understand if someone new to watching J-Drama’s would feel like we’re not going anywhere. The show is very much done like a “Slice-of-life” at times. Which for me is refreshing when watching something. Given my own television choices, it’s nice to watch something that’s a bit more grounded than up in the air sort to speak.

I don’t want to spoil what happens throughout the series. So all I can really say is check it out whenever you get a chance too. I would love nothing more than to really talk about Good Morning Call with some other Club Members.

Overall, give the series a watch. With this being my first J-Drama, I loved it. It did take some getting used to seeing drama performed by another country as here in America. Depending on what show you’re watching. It can be very slow or fast paced. With Good Morning Call I felt it was just right when it came to its pacing.

All that said, let me know what you think down below. Have you watched Good Morning Call? Let us know in the comments. Until the next show, I’m still XBen3000 and I’m out!