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Title: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: GATSU on September 29, 2016, 11:21:13 pm
Details here (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-09-29/lupin-iii-inspector-zenigata-gets-his-own-live-action-show/.107063), courtesy of @FoxHounder1014. BTW, this is not to be confused with the live-action schoolgirl detective series, 'Keitai Deka Zenigata', which you can find clips of on Youtube.
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Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on September 29, 2016, 11:32:15 pm
I don't know how to feel about this... :-\
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Post by: VampireNaomi on September 29, 2016, 11:42:40 pm
I think it could be fun. I assume the other characters won't show up, at least in main roles, so I'm interested in seeing what they do with Zenigata without Lupin.
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Post by: Shin Lupin Sansei on September 30, 2016, 09:19:14 pm
I can't meh hard enough....
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Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 02, 2016, 08:23:00 am
I dig it, can't hurt anyway. I get the vibe/guess it'll be tongue-in-cheek and pretty cute.

I liked some of that cop show Densha Otoko from a few years ago.
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Post by: Reed on October 02, 2016, 12:18:15 pm
I dig it, can't hurt anyway. I get the vibe/guess it'll be tongue-in-cheek and pretty cute.

I liked some of that cop show Densha Otoko from a few years ago.

Densha Otoko? The story about an imageboard (2ch?) user falling in love with a girl on a train? I didn't realize it qualified as "cop show" material, but I admit I haven't watched it...
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Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 02, 2016, 04:01:11 pm
Ha good call, my brain had a moment there. I did like Densha Otoko the romance comedy, but the cop show I had in mind was another name I forgot. Looking it up now it's Odoru Daisousasen aka Bayside Shakedown.  8) Also funny looking it up, it's from the 90s, though it had movies into the 2000s, I thought it was newer (saw it in the mid-2000s).

I blame DekaRanger for this mix-up.  ;D
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Post by: SolHerald on October 02, 2016, 06:01:25 pm
Meh, I have always wondered if Zenigata could hold a series on his own, with Lupin never actually seen, only mentioned to drive Zenigata's actions. But this show sounds terribly generic. Especially the characters, I have never read such cliche and boring character synopses. Hopefully this doesn't kill the chance for an animated Zenigata series.  8)
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: GATSU on October 03, 2016, 12:52:38 am
When you think about it, they kinda already did a thinly-veiled animated Zenigata show. Except it was called Inspector Gadget.  ::)
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Red Dear on October 03, 2016, 05:59:51 am
Gadget and Zenigata don't seem good equivalents to me, in spite of a few common traits.

Back to the topic, while drama adaptations are a lot hit-or-miss with me (cough-Detective Conan-cough),
and the premise of this live-action Zenigata series looks indeed pretty unoriginal, I am all aboard to see Zenigata
step as his own characer, strong enough to evolve out of the usual formula of the franchise.

Plus, live-action series are a novelty for Lupin III so it's always interesting to see the franchise go into new territories. ^^
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Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on October 03, 2016, 10:38:53 am
I'm not against this. A solo Zenigata series definitely has a ton of potential, but I don't know if I like the idea of a live-action adaption of anything Lupin-related. It kind of limits what you can do with the characters IMO.

If it turns out to be great, then I will be very happy. Anything new in the Lupin series is exciting to me. However, I am currently far more excited for "Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon" than I am for this.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: SSJ3_Goku345 on October 04, 2016, 05:11:52 pm
Well, at least the characterization is pretty decent. Nothing to do with that korean City Hunter dorama.

Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Psycho_Kenshin on October 05, 2016, 01:23:37 am
Well, at least the characterization is pretty decent. Nothing to do with that korean City Hunter dorama.

Another one I felt lacked the characterization was the GTO (Great Teach Onizuka) live action show. He was way too normal, in comparison to the over-the-top epic maniac he was in the manga/anime.

Live action adaptations are often too "normal", I don't think Zenigata will be running into the crazy out there sci-fi and other weirdness we've come to love in Lupin over the years. But I'd be happy to be wrong, watch him encounter a giant evil sentient computer or something in one of these episodes.  ;D
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Post by: Reed on October 05, 2016, 02:11:46 am
I've long felt that Zenigata would make a good subject for a traditional cop show. Just a police inspector solvin' crimes and deducing the crap outta stuff. He may not be an ultra-genius, but for him to get close to Lupin as often as he does he must have a pretty decent head on his shoulders. Thankfully the Yamadera-voiced Zenigata has largely gotten this right, but seeing him solo will be an interesting twist.

Usually the problem I see is that indeed the scenarios are too "normal" in live-action, but you can probably thank insanely tight budgets for that. Characterization (like Onizuka's missing insanity) is probably better left subdued in live-action... real human beings acting like exaggerated anime characters is honestly painful for me to watch. If they're doing "Zenigata = Inspector Gadget" or something similarly wacky, okay then fine, but please don't turn this Zenigata-centric cop drama into a slapstick comedy....
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: blackjacket on October 06, 2016, 10:15:30 pm
Oh, wow. So basically, a live-action spin-off with Zenigata, but without Lupin and his gang...
Unexpected and nothing too much to look forward to yet.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: GATSU on October 07, 2016, 11:02:51 am
black: Yeah, if you really want solo Zenigata adventures, I think they got manga you can import, now, instead.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Aelia on October 14, 2016, 01:56:03 pm
If they can't work up the cash to rent out cars for a Zenigata-style chase, then all hope is lost.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Red Dear on October 14, 2016, 09:31:26 pm
Live-Action drama series usually work on a tight budget (Television, remember), but they have been
acceptable car chases on TV so not all hope is lost. I just hope this will allow the franchise to continue its
recent regrowth. ^^
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: GATSU on December 26, 2016, 07:17:26 am
The site's gonna otherwise gonna be region-blocked, but you can check out a clip of the show via Hulu Japan's Twitter here (https://twitter.com/hulu_japan/status/813346122374623235).
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on December 26, 2016, 09:10:58 am
Well, I was mildly intrigued by this, but I don't like what I'm seeing here.

I think it's better to leave Zenigata (or any Lupin character) in animated form. I can tell the actor's trying to attempt some of Zenigata's goofy facial expressions, but it doesn't look like it's working.
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Post by: VampireNaomi on December 26, 2016, 12:31:30 pm
Can't say I care for that either. If they took a more serious approach, I think something like this could be very good, but it looks like they're going for pure comedy. For example, they could start the series with Lupin's disappearance and have it be about Zenigata discovering a massive conspiracy that he got entangled in, and have the whole thing end with finding out what happened to Lupin. I'd watch that.
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Post by: GATSU on December 26, 2016, 06:37:41 pm
Interesting. Via Crunchyroll (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/12/26-1/ryohei-suzuki-catches-crooks-in-inspector-zenigata-tv-drama): 
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It will also broadcast on Hulu Japan and on the satellite network WOWOW. Each outlet will have unique "case file" story episodes for the series, so that viewers can enjoy a different viewing experience on their preferred platform.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: DrFurball on December 26, 2016, 10:27:40 pm
Just going by that single clip, it's weird how jarring and out-of-place Zenigata looks in his own show. I mean, do police investigators even wear trench coats and fedoras anymore? I really think this would work better as a 60s-70s period piece. Then again, I feel that way about the franchise as a whole. (https://www.lupinencyclopedia.com/forums/index.php/topic,3479.msg34727.html#msg34727)

As for the actual concept of the series, part of me wants to say that I'm not interested since it feels like it's an "in name only" adaptation, since we've not heard anything about Lupin or his gang showing up, right? On the other hand, though, this is supposed to be the same Koichi Zenigata we know and love, and it might be cool to see him outside of his usual context. As long as it's true to the character and entertaining, I'm down for it.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Lupus Zeniga on December 27, 2016, 12:01:18 pm
I never knew about this till I heard about it on AnimeNewsNetwork.

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-12-26/live-action-zenigata-keibu-show-visual-previews-ryohei-suzuki-in-title-role/.110359
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6115012/

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it's great to see a Lupin show centered on Zenigata.

Unfortunately, it's on a low budget and is limited to Japanese crimes, and the odds are good that there may not be any direct appearance of Lupin or his gang, maybe just Zenigata rambling about them or something.

Still, Ryohei Suzuki looks like a great Zenigata.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: GATSU on January 17, 2017, 01:34:03 am
Nothing new, except for a poster (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-01-16/live-action-zenigata-keibu-project-unveils-poster-visual-for-wowow-series/.111124).
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Lupus Zeniga on February 15, 2017, 01:06:33 am
Has anyone seen this yet? How did they find it?
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on February 15, 2017, 08:28:13 pm
Has anyone seen this yet? How did they find it?
If you google "Zenigata Keibu Episode 1" you can find a few sources streaming it without subtitles.

I'm gonna wait to watch the whole episode until it gets fansubbed or legitimately subbed, but I did watch a bit of it up until the title sequence. I have to admit, I like what I saw. I was initially skeptical of the show, but it seems like it could be pretty fun.

I really like the show's title sequence. Whenever you watch it, you'll see (and hear  ;)) what I mean.
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Post by: Lupus Zeniga on February 17, 2017, 04:14:57 am
I have to admit, I like what I saw. I was initially skeptical of the show, but it seems like it could be pretty fun.

I really like the show's title sequence. Whenever you watch it, you'll see (and hear  ;)) what I mean.
I'll have to wait till someone is kind enough to upload it to YouTube, but what you've said is encouraging indeed. Thank you.
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Post by: DrFurball on February 18, 2017, 12:37:07 am
I'm gonna wait to watch the whole episode until it gets fansubbed or legitimately subbed, but I did watch a bit of it up until the title sequence. I have to admit, I like what I saw. I was initially skeptical of the show, but it seems like it could be pretty fun.
Agreed. I think the dude playing Zenigata looks a bit young, but he really nails his mannerisms from what I saw. And I couldn't really tell what was going on, but I assume the first episode's plot is about
(click to show/hide)

I really like the show's title sequence. Whenever you watch it, you'll see (and hear  ;)) what I mean.
Also agreed. Put a huge smile on my face.
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Post by: Akai Shuichi on February 19, 2017, 05:15:39 pm
Actually watching this in its entirety is a bit of a mess. NTV Aired the 1hr30m movie version. And then Hulu JP has the NTV Movie streaming on its site + is rolling out 4 exclusive HuluJP episodes. AND THEN WOWOW aired the NTV Movie + has 4 exclusive episodes of its own rolling out as well.

The NTV Movie version is basically intended to break you in I believe and then the Hulu and WOWOW episodes are kind of self-contained after that.
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Post by: VampireNaomi on March 22, 2017, 03:28:53 pm
I bought the soundtrack for this series, and it's pretty enjoyable and makes me way more eager to see the show than I ever expected. There's a track with some western influence that makes me wonder how an alternative universe story taking place in the wild west would go with the Lupin characters. Something like Gun Frontier for Harlock.
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Post by: mikezilla2 on March 22, 2017, 04:20:56 pm
is the Show any good ?
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Post by: Red Dear on March 22, 2017, 06:53:01 pm
By God it is ! Well I've only watched one episode but the pilot was good enough for me to give a recomendation.
I know many fans think the lead actor is too young for playing Zenigata but that's really not an important feature. He has
all the maneurisms and attitudes down to near-perfection. The plots and crime cases are not ground-breaking but pretty
solid for a relatively cheap live-action series. The actors are good and you even have Yamadera Koichi (the current voice of Zenigata)
as a guest-star. Seriously, give it a shot.
Title: Re: Zenigata does the live-action Tick thing.
Post by: Thief in a Red Jacket on March 22, 2017, 08:29:53 pm
By God it is ! Well I've only watched one episode but the pilot was good enough for me to give a recomendation.

I also have only seen the pilot, but I will recommend it as well. I was initially quite skeptical, however the first episode won me over. I like the actor who portrays Zenigata quite a bit. While I can see why some would say he's too young, I think his performance overshadows that. He absolutely nails it at Tottsan IMO. The overall tone of the show is what I was hoping for as well, it strikes a good balance between serious and cartoonish. I was also very happy to hear Yuji Ohno's Zenigata March during the episode's opening titles.

The actors are good and you even have Yamadera Koichi (the current voice of Zenigata)
as a guest-star.

Not to mention Kanichi Kurita as the opening sequence narrator!  ;)
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Post by: Lupus Zeniga on March 23, 2017, 07:02:21 am
I also have only seen the pilot, but I will recommend it as well. I was initially quite skeptical, however the first episode won me over. I like the actor who portrays Zenigata quite a bit. While I can see why some would say he's too young, I think his performance overshadows that. He absolutely nails it at Tottsan IMO. The overall tone of the show is what I was hoping for as well, it strikes a good balance between serious and cartoonish. I was also very happy to hear Yuji Ohno's Zenigata March during the episode's opening titles.

Not to mention Kanichi Kurita as the opening sequence narrator!  ;)
They got the current Lupin and Zenigata voices in this? I love casting gags like that!
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Post by: GATSU on June 04, 2017, 11:40:57 am
Here's the listing for the Blu-Ray (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/871389162020229121), if you don't mind importing.