Nick and Chris are excited to dive into the brand-new adaptation of the fan-favorite comic, but they notice that something is missing…where’s Scott? Scott Pilgrim Takes Off can be streamed on Netflix. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. Spoiler Warning for discussion of the series.
Nick: Knock Knock Knock Hello, special delivery from Netflix. Are you uh….”TWIT?”
Chris: We’re, uh, TWIA. Is Netflix coming in the mail?
I have no idea what goes on in the frigid, barren wasteland of Canada and its godforsaken populace, but Scott Pilgrim is definitely an odd phenomenon. It was a manga-influenced Canadian indie comic that became a cultural sensation and then spawned a star-studded movie adaptation directed by Edgar Wright.
It’s exciting to see an anime version of the movie, especially since the original celebrities have returned to lend their voices. The new adaptation, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, has transformed the original premise and is seriously re-evaluating what kind of story to tell in a new time and place. The show has taken a bold move that has mostly been well-received.
The creators have decided to explore different angles and put the spotlight on other characters’ stories and perspectives. The show has strayed from being a faithful recreation of the original comic, and instead is focused on a new story put forth by the show and the presentation of it has been a joy to behold. It recognizes that while Scott Pilgrim’s main emotional thrust was fairly novel in nerd media when it first came out, that’s not the case now.
The new story has opened up room for other characters to develop and has given them closure. The absence of Scott Pilgrim has allowed the show to focus on the growth and development of other characters.
The show pays homage to the musical references from the original comic and incorporates them to give Takes Off the feel that fans of the source material know, despite the massively diverged story.
It seems that regardless of the major changes, the show still feels like Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim. It’s still thematically and tonally in line with the original version. It’s a story about 20-something screwups navigating their messed-up relationships and has the snappy and metatextual sense of humor.