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Ultraklystron
May 19, 2010


It really depends on what you're liking in the new adaptation - the old version absolutely beats the new one on amping up the humor (Yuki's fan club introduction has so much more character,) and the original soundtrack, especially the OP, is a classic.

However, the new adaptation is probably a better fit for the manga as a whole - it's certainly more of a drama than a madcap comedy, and so far, the adaptation has been very good about rearranging things to maximize that emotion and play down the jokes. It feels much less situational/episodic like this time around. Even the animation, storyboarding & direction of the reboot lean towards realism over any sort of exaggerated style at every turn.

Basically, if you liked how goofy late 90s/early 00s anime could get, it's worth looking at the old show. Otherwise, sticking with the new show is enough, though definitely check out the manga if you've not already.

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Ultraklystron
May 19, 2010


Indiana_Krom posted:

I did catch a bit of temporal whiplash in the most recent episode when at school all the girls were taking pictures with smart phones, but there was a rotary dial landline at the house. I'm kind of curious what technology was present in the original manga/anime for those scenes.

Looking at the festival scene in the original, there wasn't even traditional cameras. The land line is also a rework as well as in the manga Hitori handed a note off to Tohru directly. I think that might mean they looked to put an intentional shift from the modern world and the isolated Sohma clan.

Ultraklystron fucked around with this message at 23:47 on May 11, 2019

Ultraklystron
May 19, 2010


Paracelsus posted:

The comedic timing of the original was impeccable. I hope the new version doesn't let us down with the visit to Hana's house.

Agreed! Akitaro Daichi is a legend of balancing pathos and with perfectly timed humor. He hammered that home with Kodocha, and while Natsuki Takuya wasn't happy with Daichi's adaptation of Fruits Basket, I really doubt the manga would've been such a big hit in the US without the anime. I really don't expect the new adaptation to capture that, but it's worth highlighting and revisiting because that snappy direction was a big part of it finding such a broad and lasting audience in the West originally.

Ultraklystron fucked around with this message at 23:46 on May 12, 2019

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