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 animation student at the School of Visual Arts. Currently residing in NYC, the icy cold, snow-covered neighborhoods of Minnesota will always be his home. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, he has turned his passion towards being both a creator and a critic. He credits his love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined his artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to his local comic book shop, he is an avid reader and collector, and is particularly fond of manga. His favorite comics include Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything Deadpool.