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Manga artists have one great advantage over live-action film directors: They can fantasize and satirize and otherwise have fun with their characters without worrying how flesh-and-blood actors will interpret them. As American comic artist R. Crumb once told his readers, “It’s only lines on paper, folks!!”

Instead of making manga characters more realistically human, actors in Japanese film adaptations of popular comics typically imitate the originals, which leads to a lot of odd, over-caffeinated performances.

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