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Japanese films based on manga (Japanese comics) are so common now that if I were a young Japanese writer ambitious for a big movie payday, I’d skip the scriptwriting classes and learn how to draw.

Manga movie adaptations usually try to stay faithful to the source material, and if the actors are over-caffeinated, it’s often because they’re doing their damnedest to imitate a cartoon character. Also, since popular manga can go on for thousands of pages, films based on them are typically crammed with characters and story lines to please the manga’s fans.

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