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06 May 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Fake OAV  

Long awaited (?) Fake OAV review.

It's on YouTube:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six


I went from dubious about the whole idea to utterly addicted to Fake in about one volume. It has it's flaws but it's a really compelling mix of action, soap opera, and comedy with characters that I adore. When I found out that there was an OAV I immediately went to Netflix and moved it to the top of my queue.

I may have expected too much based on the awesomeness of the manga so don't let me scare you away from seeing this for yourself but I was disappointed by this, especially given that it turns out to be the pilot for a series that didn't get made and not a direct to video movie.

I assume that if there were a direct to video movie made based on a book or comic book that it would be aimed squarely at people who are already fans so you can get right into the action with out all that pesky introduction stuff. However a TV series is a different thing entirely.  You can't expect most of the viewers to be familier with the source material. The OAV pretty much fails totally at being a stand alone introduction to the series. If I wasn't already familier with these people I'd be totally lost.

It's not that they chose a story arc from the second volume, that was actually a good choice for a dramatic start to a series, it's that they chose to include a flashback to when Ryo and Dee first meet but do not include anything at all about who Bicky is, that he is Ryo's foster son, who Carol is, or even why JJ would hop a trans-Atlantic flight at a moment's notice. Still I'd read the original story and knew all this so I could get along.

The thing that bugged me the most was the freakishly bad facial animation. At times it's like Dali tried his hand at the whole Big Eyes animation style. Seriously check out Ryo:


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And did Dee meet up with a witch doctor? Little bitty head - Big body.

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Then they changed the ending. In the manga the VOW corners Ryo and nearly kills him but Dee comes to the rescue just in time. He beats VOW into a bloody pulp and he is carried out on a streacher. In the anime Dee comes to the rescue just in time on a motor cycle that he jumps THROUGH THE WINDOW INTO EXACTLY THE RIGHT ROOM even though he doesn't know for sure Ryo is being threatened and hits the VOW with the bike. VOW is not dead however, he is lead out in handcuffs repenting his evil ways.

Uh huh.

At least he didn't grumble that he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids.

We did get a couple of good kisses so it wasn't a total loss.