‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’, developed by Bryan Lee O’Malley and BenDavid Grabinski, reimagines the beloved comic series in a vibrant, animated form. The series, now streaming on Netflix, features a star-studded cast including Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Initially, the show mirrors the original comics, but it soon takes an unexpected turn. The narrative shifts from focusing on Scott Pilgrim to exploring Ramona Flowers’ journey. This twist, initially surprising, adds depth and maturity to the storyline.
Developers O’Malley and Grabinski have successfully updated the original story, enriching Ramona’s character. Her confrontations with her past bring a fresh perspective to the series. Winstead’s vocal performance enhances this deeper portrayal of Ramona.
The anime’s return of the original film’s cast adds familiarity and depth. Each character is given ample screen time, allowing for a more rounded understanding of their personalities. The voice performances are engaging and add dimension to the animation.
However, newcomers to the Scott Pilgrim universe might find the series less accessible. It’s advised to familiarize oneself with the original comics or the 2010 film before diving into this anime adaptation.
The animation, done by Science Saru, is a standout feature. The comic’s video game aesthetic is beautifully translated into a colorful, retro animation style. The action scenes are particularly engaging, keeping viewers glued to their screens.
Complementing the visuals is an exciting soundtrack by Joseph Trapanese and Anamanaguchi, including licensed songs that enhance the viewing experience. The music contributes to the series’ overall fun and dynamic atmosphere.
‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ is a bold reimagining of a cult classic. While it takes creative liberties, it retains the essence of the original comics. The series offers a refreshing adventure, making it a must-watch for fans and newcomers alike.