From the winter of 2019 to the spring of 2020, the four-frame manga “The Crocodile Dying in 100 Days” showed great excitement on Twitter. After the information that “I will die in 100 days” is clearly shown to the reader, it is a work that depicts the daily life of the crocodile hero who lives in the story without knowing that and the characters around him. The movie “100 Days Live Crocodile” is a project to make such a cartoon into an anime movie.
However, since the release of this work started, it has been exposed to opposing opinions in some parts and has been forced to struggle in the industry. Why did the original movie, which became a big boom a year ago in the spring and gained popularity, falls into such a situation? Here, I would like to consider the reason and evaluate how this work was actually.
The movie begins with a reproduction of the final episode of the original manga. In the spring scene where cherry blossom petals dance, the character named “crocodile” ends as previously announced. From there, we look back on the 100 days in which the crocodile lived, inflating the numerous scenes depicted in the original story.
And this work further talks about the later stories of the characters around the crocodile that the original did not draw. The first thing that comes to mind is the creator’s intention to provide a video work with a convincing balance to the fans of the original “Alligator dying in 100 days”. What is interesting is that there is a part where the original image is intentionally corrected for that purpose. The intention can be understood from the fact that the original title “Die” was changed to “Live.
.”The first episode of the manga “The Crocodile Dying in 100 Days” first attracted attention, as it was just a picture of a crocodile laughing “Hahaha !!” while watching a TV program alone in the room. It was from the time (Day 1) was posted on Twitter. An ironic gag with the motif of “death” that a crocodile destined to die in the next few months is wasting precious time without knowing his destiny. Even though you have a short life expectancy in other early episodes, you have to be careful of chicks who book products on TV shopping that will not arrive until a year later or ignore traffic lights and try to cross the road. I’m dead !! It can be said that the original was a series that provided a disturbing laugh at the beginning. Four frames were provided every day, and as the crocodile’s life expectancy decreased, “whether it really dies in 100-day show, it dies” became a hot topic on the Internet. Indeed, due to the live feeling unique to SNS, “crocodile dying in 100 days” spread widely and became hot as the days went by. Send the workThe number of followers on Yuuki Kikuchi’s account has grown to a maximum of about 2 million. As the work gains popularity far beyond expectations, the style will change. The content that turned death into laughter gradually became a cut-out of everyday moments and eventually expressed a warm feeling for the crocodile. The movie version inherits the changed policy and eliminates the part that makes “death” interesting. By drawing the crocodile’s death initially, he lost interest in what the crocodile’s death would be and decided to abandon the live feeling of the crocodile’s death completely. Thus, this work became like an album looking back on the remaining 100 days of the crocodile. If you think about it now, if you wanted to deliver “100 Crocodile” widely as a movie, you would have had to make such a landing point ethically.
The highlight is the latter half, where you can see the new original development.
This work had to be quite heart-warming because it was exposed to a lot of criticism on the Internet after the end of the original manga. The cause was that immediately after the final episode, commercial developments such as goods sales, collaboration with cafes, and tie-ups with famous bands were announced one after another as if they had cut a weir. This animated film project was one of the commercial developments. Immediately after the depiction of the crocodile dying, it was revealed that various businesses had been operating under the water’s surface, and there were indeed a lot of excited people. This would also be a detrimental effect that pushed the series to a moving line. In addition, the fact that the original author himself drew a picture of an angelic crocodile as an illustration of the development of goods and stated that the motif was the death of a friend seems to have been a factor that made his feelings worse. The criticism heated up, and there was even a conspiracy theory that a central advertising agency was involved from the beginning of the work. In fact, there was a spectacular “stealth marketing” that deceived the reader.