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Annals of Anime: Kenshin Sells Out

posted Dec 14, 2012, 12:37 AM by Douglas Sun

It seems that, on night on which the rest of the known world will be going to the premiere of the first Hobbit movie, enough iconoclastic souls as will fill the Egyptian Theater will see the American premiere of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie. I know this for a fact because I couldn't get a ticket. It had sold out by the time I'd made up my mind to go.

As I wrote here, I was initially skeptical that Kenshin would be worth seeing. I'm inherently skeptical of live-action adaptations of anime, except in rare cases. But the stills on the LA EigaFest website persuaded me that the casting and overall production values gave it a fighting chance of doing justice to the original. And there was no refuting the eternal, all-purpose wisdom in Martin Scott's counter-argument: "How bad can it be? Can't be any worse than Jackie Chan's City Hunter." But by the time I'd decided to pull the trigger and buy a ticket online, it was sold out. Echoes of Mikunopolis and Anime Expo 2010. And unlike Mikunopolis, nobody is trying to scalp tickets on Craigslist.

So, unless anyone wants to drag me out to see The Hobbit Friday night (I'm feeling a little too old these days to go out into the cold and damp  and fight an opening night crowd filled with cosplayers all by myself), I will stay home. Maybe pop in a couple of the anime DVDs to compensate, and marvel once again at Yuji Ueda playing a tough guy and actually pulling it off quite well. 

Or maybe I'll open up the iPad and browse through the manga — I've actually replaced all of my paper copies of the graphic novels with digital versions bought from Viz's app store. In fact, I've decided that I will use the various publisher app stores for as many of my future manga purchases as I can, mainly to save shelf space at home — but that is another topic for another post.