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This is an image of Ganba no Bouken or The Adventures of Ganba. The anime debuted in the mid-1970s. Now, they’re making a CG version, and damn, it looks tragic.

I quite like Ganba! So do many Japanese people. No wonder it’s one of the country’s most beloved anime. Ganba was originally based on a children’s book, but as with Kiki’s Delivery Service, the anime version is one that that has stuck in people’s minds.

[via FandomPost]

Ganba is about a rat who goes on sailing adventures with other rodent companions. The opening theme, with its New Orleans jazz style riffs, is catchy and fun.

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There was a movie in the 1980s and the 1990s, both of which stayed true to the look of the original anime. The upcoming CG version is trying something new and looks like this:

[Via AnimeAnime]

Yeah. And here’s a comparison with the original:

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[via FandomPost]

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[via FandomPost]

Via AnimeAnime, here’s the trailer:

The original Ganba was so striking, so visually interesting. Forget that the designs have changed, the biggest travesty of all is that this looks bland! All of the personality and fun of Ganba look been sucked out by pedestrian computer animation and a lackluster vision. That’s a shame.

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Top photo via Naver

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