Author has written 1 story for Sailor Moon, and Ranma.
7m/19d/12y (or 19d/7m/12y for those of you in the uk)
Back to working on fics... sorta.
So, yeah, still working on some new fics. Yes, actual work. Trouble is my muse keeps coming up with new ideas, just never for the same fic. Ugh.
Anyhoo. So yeah, those of you that follow Ozzallos' work might have seen him post a mini review of Ranma 1/2 the Live in his bio. Yeah, I'm the one that inflicted it on him.
As far as I can tell, this was a one off special, so there may only be the (roughly) 2 hours that I found and tossed Oz's way.
For the most part, he took the words right out of my mouth as it were. While we go back and forth on how bad Ranma and Akane are to each other, we both agree that Male Ranma is generally an ass in the live version. I do want to add, though, that only only does the female Ranma look more the part of the character then her male counter part, her character on the screen is a little more even. Not as much a jerk, more friendly in a way.
Akane is an odd one. The first moment you meet her, she is performing Kendo with the last student of the Dojo, and scares the dude of with her strength. I rather like this moment as we are given part of the reason for the lack of students in a more active way then the manga gives us. Sadly, right after that we get the 'domestic terror' version Akane, though over all not as bad as the manga version, it's more concentrated at once, making the moment feel forced. Worse, it never comes up again for the rest of the special. The good news is that she is a fair bit more calm and normal then her manga counterpart. Sadly, this is also a problem as she comes across a bit too sedate as well. It's not till the final confrontation that we see much of her strength from before. True, we do get the small morning fight, but it's interrupted pretty quick. All in all, while I like this characterization of Akane a touch more, it's more for the moments of drama she is given more then the action beats. Given that, while not the best of the Nerima crew, she is supposed to be one of the action girls of the series, it's not that much better.
Genma is a mess. There are one or two moments where I felt it was him; but the rest of the time the guy just didn't seem like Genma. Panda-Genma I'm split on. On the one hand, I agree with Oz, it's a suit, you just can't get away from that. However, I would have been more forgiving had the action scenes been better with him.
Soun grew on my slowly. He never felt like Soun in full, but I was able to tolerate him a touch more then Genma. Generally, I felt both the fathers had been miscast.
Tofu was a weird one. Elements of his character showed through, but in the end, he too felt flat and incomplete. I never felt like he was the doctor. I think he didn't really feel comfortable in his role, perhaps. I will add in his favor that I was amused and felt it was a nice change to have him as the school nurse. XD
Kasumi... With her, I liked the actress, but I felt she wasn't really given much. What she did get was good though.
Nabiki... Oh I loved her. I approve of everything they did with her. What's funny is in a way, this is the fanon Nabiki we all know and love. While it is never said that she is the bread winner for the family, she is far more job minded. When I first saw the cast photos, I was confused by Nabiki's look. Very classy, kinda rich looking. Now I know why: she is a hostess! And yes, money makes her world go round. She even lets Ranma 'make a tab'. She actually helps Ranma out with the adventure in typical mercenary style. Later, as payment, Ranma ends up playing the part of a Hostess for a night, Naturally bringing in some more customers (or at least that is implied). I like how what little we see is less the fanon ice queen that we love to hate and less the canon gold digger (seriously, it's not till way later in the manga that we get anything close to fanon Nabiki the bookie/yakuza wanna-be, most of her early stuff is just jacking a little cash or favors from those around her and not much more. I talked with Oz about that and he stated : "yeah, she goes from gold digger to straight out evil by the end of the manga" ... at least more or less. Remember: Coin Operated Helicopter.) Basically the short of it is: I might actually toss in -this- version into my fics from now on. XD
Kuno. He is generally still a touch delusional, but far more even in his actions. As the show continued he got worse, but it felt a bit more of a natural progression then the crazy we usually see in the manga... At least that's what it felt like to me.
Gosunkugi... was Gosunkugi for the most part. He didn't feel like he fully fit in his character, but it wasn't bad.
I think the first of my main problems is Half the cast looks too old or just wrong for their parts. Kuno felt kinda old and too mellow in his acting; he didn't need to scene chew, but a little more fire would have been nice. Akane looked right be also lacked fire. Male Ranma was all wrong to me, not bad, just poor lines and not the right face. Kasumi looked too much like the Tendo mother. Soun looked like he was wearing a wig (I'm sure the actor would have had wear one, but there are ways of making it look right. here it didn't). And of course Panda-Genma...
The second major issue is the focus. The first five minutes is a distillation of my biggest problem with the manga: Too much focus on gags. I make it sound worse then it is, but it was more then enough. After that, the story felt more like a drama... Which is funny cause that’s what I kinda wish Ranma 1/2 was more like. The problem is that while the drama parts are good, there never seems to be a good mix of the silly and the dramatic. I've seen it done, I know it can work. Here there is more drama, the manga is more silly. Though, I will say, I'm glad they did tone down Akane. Her anger works in the manga cause of the rules of slapstick. In a live action it would have come across too silly or down right as abusive as many see Akane. So, kudos on that at least. The short: they tone shift, just too far.
The Biggest problem though is the fight choreography, camera angles, and editing. The short version: Crap. Crap crap crap crap. They make a lot of amateur mistakes and edit choices, they keep the camera far too tight in on the action, makes it hard to see. What little action we do get is sparse, lacking energy, or lacking skill. I hate to rag on the actress for Akane, but you could tell that either her heart wasn't in the action or she had just been trained a little before they started shooting. Ranma is a little better, but not by much. The most dynamic of the cast is Kuno to be honest, and even he doesn't get much to do on screen in his fights.
This all goes back to my problems with the manga: There is an over emphasis on the comedy aspect over all else. Granted, the action looks cool, but at the end of the day, Rumiko Takahashi was going for a laugh more then anything else.
The Live has kinda an opposite issue: It's more drama then anything else. The best moments were between Ranma-chan and Akane just talking together. I really like it. But the comedy was forced and kinda fell flat half the time, and the action was crap.
I think in the end, this has the same issue that Sailor Moon the Live had: It smacked of being made by fans in bad cosplay on the cheap rather then being given the attention and work that they deserved. Of course, Sailor Moon at least had a better story going for it, even if the combat choked. Would I want to see this continued? No. Not like it is. I really think Ranma could do well as a Live action, but they need actual, very good martial artists and a better camera and editing crew before I considered another go.
The manga still reigns as better.
If you are curious, here: http://aveoh.net/ranma-12-live-action/
Knock yourself out. But I warn you, you might want your time back when you are done.
As for fics:
I am working on a few. Some more then others. Here is a basic run down of what I'm working on:
"Valkyrie in the Shadow of Truth": Working title for my Ranma 1/2 Wonder Woman cross over. Due to the massive amount of history, different canons, and time lines, I'm just going to be playing pic and pull with this one. The set up is simple: Ranma finds himself on Themyscira, the island of the Amazons. Eventually, He'll meet with Wonder Woman, and they will do a llittle superhero work before Ranma heads back to Nerima. The twist in this one is what he finds out about the curse. *evil laugh*
"Lost Princess": R/SM, a lock fic right off the bat. Time diverged somewhere and the Senshi are all grown up with jobs, save for Usa and Hotaru, who currently are in high school. Ranma shows up at the shrine looking for work as a Miko while she searches for a way to unlock her curse. When she had fought Herb, she won, but at the cost of the kettle. While things are going on with the Senshi and Ranma, there is a special group called 'Museum" that is looking for the Princess of the Earth. Their search is somehow tied into the new monsters attacking Tokyo known as 'Dopants'. This is one of a series of for fics that I'll be making Ranma a senshi. Canon senshi? maybe. maybe not. Lock in ever fic? No. Only two of the four. Pairings? I only have two of the four with parings, though not the same two as the locks. Also, I'll be lifting monsters from different Kamen Rider series and modifying them as I see fit. Generally, no Riders though. In this case, "W" is the series of choice.
"Fortunes of Wind and Tide": The rewrite of "Henko No Kaze". After the mess of the last adventure, Ranma wanders off and encounters Michiru Kaioh, as well as the Senshi. Meeting someone without pretense of obligation and seeing the team work of heroes (yeah, after series for both, so i'm going to give them a bit more skill. I mean, you don't go through what they did without figuring out how to work together at least somewhat.), Ranma begins to evaluate his life and current situation. While he tries to start growing up and see who are really his friends in Nerima, She takes on the mantle of the made up "Sailor Umbra" to see if he could get tips for a group that is obviously under skilled, yet work well together. During this time, a new enemy, utilizing 'Zodiarts Switches', searches for the 'Twelve Horoscopes'. Ranma/Sailormoon, with the baddies from 'Fourze'.
"Stained Glass Soul": An evil race known as "Fangire' are searching for the power of Void, and the newly revived Sailor Pluto must find a way to stop it. Ranma shows up to help, but our resident Time Guardian isn't having any of it. Not openly hostile, just not appreciative of our hero's presence. Even with Ranma's help, will it be enough to stop the energy sucking Fangire before they find their Queen and the power Void? End of Manga for Ranma and after second season for Sailor Moon. Kiva is the flavor of evil this go around.
"untitled": On the way to the Tendo Dojo, Ranma has a dream. A dream of everything. Every adventure, up to and beyond Saffron. His last adventure left just Sailor Moon and himself battling stronger forces then he could ever hope to match. With a bright light, he awoke. Did he actually live all that, or was it some strange precognition? All Ranma knew was that whatever it was, it was strong magic that carried a heavy warning. The good news is he as more then a year to prepare. The bad news? The magic seems to have done something to lock his curse. Ranma/Sailormoon with a watered down combo of 'OOO' and 'Den-O's' villains to rumble with. Starts at the beginning of canon for Ranma with some changes (remember my talk of Nabiki in that review above? yeah. XD )
I have so many more ideas, including one I came up with today based on the idea of Ranma and Kodachi taking the places of Cure Black and White... respectively. XD But for now, I have way more then enough to work on.
Speaking of which, I better start updating my docs so that Oz can have fun tearing my fic down and showing me plot holes XD
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