It was the groan heard ’round the internet. Back in September 2017, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions announced it had picked up the live-action rights to 2016 anime megahit “Your Name.” Reaction from anime fans online was not exactly positive.
To be fair, they had been burned before. The history of anime and manga properties being adapted into live-action Western films is a bleak one. Some are announced only to get stuck in development limbo for years (“Akira”), others feature offensive recasting of Asian roles (“Ghost in the Shell”) and some are just offensively bad (“Dragonball Evolution”).
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