The new big hit online, the newest anime movie is out without much of an emphasis on Jiu Jitsu. There's quite a few scenes of kicking, punching, slashing, explosions, more explosions, and martial-art-type fighting. However, there's very little actual Jiu Jitsu.
In a way, it seems to have been purposefully done that way. Director Mike de Leon did produce a martial arts movie, Kickboxer, but it focused more on the kickboxing. With the new version, they're giving a lot more attention to the martial arts and it seems to be working. The first movie in the new timeline, Jiu Jitsu, was an online hype-fest just like the ones we had when online movies first started. It was full of hype, celebrity involvement, and just the kind of hype you'd expect from a movie involving martial arts. With the new release, we'll see if the online hype is real or if this is just a marketing move to get people interested in watching the movie.
The new cast includes: Will Ferrell as Master Splinter, Emmannuel Chriqi asFiorella, and Maureen Lipsey as Rachel Jones. The movie is based off of the manga by Kazuaki Aoyagi, who also created the original Japanese manga series. The manga was turned into a twelve episode series of action-adventure TV show. While the anime series is not widely available in the United States, it has gained popularity in other countries. This makes the possibility of a full movie version of Jiu Jitsu all the more likely.
The new series is not without its own controversy though. Due to the online streaming media coverage, the "Master Splinter" costume that was worn in the movie became infamous. The costume depicted a white-clad master grappling with a deceased opponent using a sword. Many assumed that the scene was meant to be symbolism for the death of a practitioner of jiu jitsu full movie. However, the character was named "Master Splinter" in online sources and merchandise, and costume retailers have since removed the costume from sale online.
Regardless of whether the "Gi vs. No Gi" movie will receive a sequel or not, the buzz it created is certainly good for the sport. Not only did the movie help boost ratings for the Gi category on Nickelodeon, but it also helped raise awareness for the sport in general. Those that may not have been able to attend competitions in person can at least watch movies online to gain more insight on how the sport is performed. That alone is worth the price of admission.
As far as the future goes, there are still plenty of shows available to watch online. An example of this is the anime series "The Garden of Eden", which adapts the famous Beethoven piece "Ode to Joy". It was written by Japanese maestro Takashi Marujo and features the most renowned performers in the world of alain Marri's Jiu Jitsu such as Kazushi Sakaraba, Mitsuyo Maeda, and Tatsuo Yamashita. subtitled in English, the series can be viewed free on Crunchyroll. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, you might want to start right now!