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> Why create the Legend trilogy?
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    Posted: Mar 2 2015, 12:43 AM


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Some of the fans questioned what really is the point of remaking First Stage again in the form of a trilogy movie format. I am not trying to place the spotlight on them. It is a legitimate question.

They recast all voice actors, swap out all the Eurobeat music and those catchy BGM that helps builds suspense. They even took the time to changed the license plate on all the cars. Why go through all these troubles? It seems the Legend trilogy committee made it clear they want nothing to do with the original First Stage. Sure, the story line remains largely intact, but in a much more condense and quicker pace. As a trade off, they lost that magic touch that made the first few episodes of First Stage so addictive.

Of course, nothing is absolute. There are benefits as well. The music selection and the art style made the new movie cater to a much broader audience. And the most important of all, it doesn't require the viewers to have any prior knowledge of Initial D.

If you watch Legend 1 purely as a reboot in an alternate universe, then it isn't that bad. It is the same argument with the Live Action movie. Majority of the fans that hated the Live Action movie is because they viewed it and expected it to be canonical and follows the spirit of the original plot when in fact it is a reinterpretation from the director's point of view.

At the end of the day, the trilogy movie will no doubt keeps us talking about Initial D again. For some of us, it means we get to revisit the early days of Initial D again.

Are you ready to go back to the beginning?

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Posted: Mar 2 2015, 12:50 AM


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Posted: Mar 2 2015, 01:11 AM


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I was paraphrasing. tongue.gif But yes, your post inspired this post.
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Posted: Mar 2 2015, 01:20 AM


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Well, props for bringing this up. I was one of the old fuddy duddies that refused to like the trilogy, as it was altering something that I've known and loved for over ten years. Recognizing that it's a bit of a reimagining of the same basic events, and could potentially be a way for Avex to test the waters for interest in an actual reboot of sorts, got me to embrace it as yet another way to enjoy the "franchise".

In short, I got the bug out of my ass.
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Posted: Mar 7 2015, 04:35 PM


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QUOTE (Tessou @ Mar 2 2015, 05:20 AM)
Well, props for bringing this up. I was one of the old fuddy duddies that refused to like the trilogy, as it was altering something that I've known and loved for over ten years. Recognizing that it's a bit of a reimagining of the same basic events, and could potentially be a way for Avex to test the waters for interest in an actual reboot of sorts, got me to embrace it as yet another way to enjoy the "franchise".

In short, I got the bug out of my ass.

It'd be interesting if they're testing the waters as a few months back there was a survey in Japan regarding which manga series geared towards men in their 20s+ would like to see continued, Initial D topped the list with 12.5% of the vote.
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Posted: Mar 7 2015, 05:59 PM


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I'm surprised that businessmen are interested at all in a series that aped to a droll routine for years on end. I guess that's how business goes.
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QUOTE (Tessou @ 24 minutes, 56 seconds ago)
I'm surprised that businessmen are interested at all in a series that aped to a droll routine for years on end. I guess that's how business goes.

Unless I am mistaken seinen type manga like Initial D are geared towards late teenage years to 20 and 30 year olds as well.
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Posted: Mar 7 2015, 07:25 PM


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Geared towards that in the beginning, sure. The series took a hard right turn into soap opera territory for over a year during the Shinigami "arc", then Takumi went up against a kid. I don't see how that's really appealing to adults, especially when the adults here have been picking the series apart for years.
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QUOTE (Tessou @ 25 minutes, 47 seconds ago)
Geared towards that in the beginning, sure. The series took a hard right turn into soap opera territory for over a year during the Shinigami "arc", then Takumi went up against a kid. I don't see how that's really appealing to adults, especially when the adults here have been picking the series apart for years.

That's true, but then again the series wasn't really geared towards people outside of Japan...
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