Manga Mavericks @ Movies month continues as the Mavericks discuss two 2017 films with the word “blade” in their title: Blade Runner 2049 and Blade of the Immortal! But that is not their only connection; both films feature acclaimed directors using their distinctive styles to bring a fresh take to a beloved story. Is Denis Villeneuve’s exploration of how to define humanity as artificial intelligence increasingly resembles genuine consciousness superior to Ridley Scott’s original take? Beneath its bloody chambara stylings, does Takashi Miike’s adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s manga cut to the heart of its meditation on the futile cycle of revenge and the moral paradox of taking a life to protect another? The Mavericks discuss how these films reflect upon the themes of their original work and expand on them to communicate new ideas – their ideas – through them!


00:30 – Intro
01:26 – Blade Runner 2049
48:12 – Blade of the Immortal
1:19:55 – Wrap-up

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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