When I began Final Fantasy 7 Remake, it was a wierd feeling; every part was completely different, however the identical. Shinier, prettier maybe, with some pictures being a one-for-one of the unique. There was one thing acquainted about it, which was clearly the purpose. I’ve had that feeling once more just lately, with Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, an anime tackle the traditional comedian sequence. I’ve watched the reside motion movie extra instances than I can rely (I’m unhealthy at maths), so the primary episode required a little bit of an adjustment interval. And then, very similar to with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, one thing new occurred.
Spoilers forward for Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
Comic creator and co-writer on the anime Bryan Lee O’Malley had stated in interviews main as much as the discharge of the anime that some adjustments had been made. After all, each the comedian and movie are dated in locations, so it might make sense to modernise these components. Except it turned out O’Malley lied. It wasn’t just some issues that modified, a discovery I made on the finish of the primary episode the place Matthew Patel, the primary evil ex Scott has to face off in opposition to… wins?
Hang on, that may’t be proper, Scott gained that battle within the comedian? And within the movie? So what’s taking place right here? Then comes alongside the second episode which differs even additional, absolutely trying to persuade the viewer that Scott is, in truth, useless. More than that, with this third adaptation of the comedian, Scott’s love curiosity Ramona Flowers takes centre stage.
I believe by this level you’ll be able to see the place the Final Fantasy 7 Remake comparability comes into issues. In truth, you can also make an equally robust comparability with the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, themselves remakes of the 90s anime that strays from the canon at a sure level and by no means seems again. The Evangelion similarities aren’t misplaced on the crew both, there’s a couple of reference to be present in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, together with the casting of Fumihiko Tachiki, the voice of Shinji Ikari’s father Gendo in Eva, in a task for the Japanese dub that I will not spoil.
With this modification, O’Malley and co then have the chance to current the comedian’s characters in a brand new mild, which is strictly what it does. We get time inside Ramona’s head as she tries to determine herself out, and even the seven evil exes get fleshed out – perhaps they don’t seem to be so evil in spite of everything? It’s lots more durable to name Ramona a manic pixie dream lady this time too, a little bit of criticism that type of missed the purpose of her character in earlier iterations anyway.
It’s self-reflective in a approach that may solely occur by way of altering the canon, and asks you to have a look at the story in a brand new approach. Consider alternate views, perhaps even rethink your relationship to the unique comedian. Scott Pilgrim’s first quantity launched approach again in 2004, there’s simply no approach that you are the identical individual as you had been then, and the identical could possibly be stated about characters like Scott, Ramona, and the remaining.
That is not to say all of those characters have immediately grown to be higher individuals for a contemporary viewers. Everyone remains to be type of horrible in their very own, particular methods, Scott is clearly nonetheless courting a high-schooler, and sure everybody nonetheless thinks it is bizarre – however this was, and nonetheless is, the purpose.
Media like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, the Evangelion movies, and now Scott Pilgrim Takes Off ceaselessly have me enthusiastic about what creatives owe to their characters, and in flip their viewers. We’re nonetheless but to see the conclusion of seven Remake, and the Eva movies outright refused to reside within the distress the sequence steeped itself in. Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, too, refuses to remain the identical, why would we need to see the identical factor once more anyway? It’s a lot extra thrilling to expertise one thing new that is constructed from one thing previous, and Scott Pilgrim Takes Off has spades of freshness.