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The biggest issue is reliance on franchise familiarity to know and understand the character relationships since there just isn’t time to properly establish them within the story. This isn’t a problem with the live-action aspect per se, it is more a generic example of a compressed adaptation. Continue reading
Chihayafuru part 2 is probably not as strong a film as part 1, but is still definitely worth seeing. It is also the film where Chihaya gets her emotional arc. That arc is highly satisfying, but involves substantial compression of material covered in the anime, as well as a significant change in focus.
These are necessary changes due to the time constraints of fitting within movie length, but may be disconcerting to fans of the Chihayafuru franchise, especially fans of the manga. Continue reading
Chihayafuru part 1 is a film that leaves you wanting more. Much more. Fortunately I’ll be able to see part 2 tomorrow at the Japanese Film Festival. There are significant spoilers ahead for both the movie and season 1 of the Chihayafuru anime.