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Review Central: Dragon Ball Evolution

Adaptation is a tricky business, isn’t it?  Different people have different views on what the goal of an adaptation is.  In the case of manga to anime, most people lean towards absolute faithfulness to the source material, but a copy and paste can’t be the end goal.  In most cases, regardless of intent, the goal of an adaptation is to expose an existing work to a wider audience, and in doing so, some changes are necessary, whether it’s to fit a new medium or to fit a different audience.  Seven Samurai was westernized into The Magnificent Seven, and it did pretty damned well for itself.  So, why can’t a live-action, westernized Dragon Ball adaptation work?  I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?  Goku gets turned into a teenager and the prom is tomorrow?

Whatever the case, I’ll be taking a look at Dragon Ball Evolution from a different stance.  I’ll try my best to Devil’s Advocate here.  At least until my mind shuts down.

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