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Posted 2/22/14
depends i guess. i always like anime reboots that stick closer to manga (FMA, HxH), but some of the superhero movies have been lame (those Spiderman movies... why...). Some have also been good. i think the fans that boohoo over reboots that don't strictly adhere to the source material are a minority, they just make a big fuss.
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When an interpretation of a popular franchise does poorly, alienates fans of the source (and isn't a bigger success because of it,) has been ret-conned by later parts of the series, or needs significant improvement, it's great to see a reboot.

Fate / Stay Night's anime kind of mashed different arcs together. Fate / Zero's anime (prequel) didn't end the same way that Fate / Stay Night started. As such, I'm quite glad that its anime is being rebooted.

When something is rather old and is slowly being lost to time, it's great to see a reboot.

The Mummy was a very good 1932 film. In 1999, a reboot of it was made that greatly altered the characters and parts of the story. Thanks to this, The 1932 Mummy managed to ride the hype train and became widely available on television channels for a short period of time.

When something can be done better (thanks to technology or budget) or reach a wider audience if a reboot is made, or if the original talent wishes to make a better interpretation of their own work, it's great to see their reboot.

Evangelion #.0 films work this way, the movie versions of most of the Gundam series work this way, the first two Madoka movies work this way. I'd even say that sequels that are released around 10 years later can fall under this category. I want to say that the anime/movie versions of Persona 3, Persona 4, Devil Survivor 2, Hyperdimension Neptunia, anything based on a licensed card game, etc are this as well.

When the original talent behind a movie, show, game series, etc simply will not or cannot make any more of the franchise, it's great to see a reboot.

Devil May Cry 2 & 3 worked this way, the new Star Trek movies work this way, etc. Mighty No. 9 is basically Inafune's reboot of Megaman since he doesn't own the character, etc.
Posted 2/22/14
Reboots are meant to bring back an old series back into the modern audience. Some examples of this would be "Theif", "Strider", "Tomb Raider" and "XCOM: Enemy Unknown. They're more of a re-imagining of the original game and keeping intact of what made those games unique.

I think reboots are great if the game they're trying to reboot adds something new rather than copy+paste. I'm looking at you Psycho (1998) remake. Deus Ex: Human Revolution was such a phenomenal game. Not sure if that's a reboot or not.
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Posted 2/22/14
Some reboots are awesome, while others are awful.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is not a reboot. It's a prequel to the other Deus Ex games.
Posted 2/22/14

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I mean how many Iron Mans, Supermans, Batmans, and etc movies are out there for instance? Some are good, some are awful.


I will never get over the rubber nipples of George Clooney's Batman.

Posted 2/22/14
I'd say Full metal alchemist Brotherhood was the best reboot I've ever seen in my life . if only all reboots could be that good ?
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I have mixed opinions on reboots. Take the Star Trek reboot. The new movies are good, but I hate that they rebooted it for a few reasons.

1. I've seen those characters in a series and several movies for decades
2. They went beyond those characters to 4 other series with 4 other sets of characters. The ST universe is huge.
3. Because the universe is so huge, there are many other ideas they could have done besides starting over. That shows a lack of imagination.
4. What came before the reboot was done very well, and even though it is now old, it remains very good. I don't feel it needed a reboot.

I fear that one day Disney will do the same to the Star Wars universe. God help me, no. Leave the mistakes, annoyances, and bad acting where it is. It is still great overall. Just keep going and make it better as the story develops. I want to know what happens next, not how it could be retold.

I do support reboots when the feel of the universe needs to change. Take Batman for example. This has been redone several times, and the feel of the story has changed to reflect the time it was done in. Movie goers were not ready for the Heath Ledger's Joker 20 years earlier when he was played by Jack Nicholson. The 80's and 90's movies were fun and silly, fitting that time period. The movies today are much darker and more serious, fitting this time period.

Also, sometimes the story just falls apart and has to be redone. I'd love to see the Matrix rebooted. The second and third movies were just bad.
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Posted 3/13/14
I'm not really a fan of reboot why mess with the original. Damn hollywood and their greediness.
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Posted 3/13/14
I love the idea of a reboot. It brings an older franchise to a newer audience. That's great. But as others have pointed out, with a reboot always comes the risk of alienating a franchise's existing fanbase. Now, from a business standpoint, if you think the new fanbase will outweigh the old fanbase, then go ahead with your reboot ideas. But it'd be best to find a middle ground that all parties can enjoy.

It's also kind of sad when the existing fanbase of something holds back a director from taking creative license with a franchise. New ideas are a good thing. Keep an open mind. If you don't like it, then just pretend it never existed and go on your merry way. No need to bash a director for trying something different. Same goes with adaptations into a different medium - there's bound to be differences, so don't get all high and mighty when the new material is not exactly the same as the old.
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