Make it Anime!

As it seems to be even more popular to attempt to transform successful anime into live-action series and movies, it seems only fair that this tag tries to do the opposite. I should thank Ya Boy Jack for including me in this tag. It looked like a lot of fun when it first appeared, so I’m excited to put my two cents in.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
  • Choose 1 Book, Movie and TV show of your choice that you think could work as an anime. (A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games)
    • If you want to pick more than 1 from each section that’s fine. Or if you can’t think of one for a specific category that’s fine also.
  • Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime. Maybe the advent of animation would enhance it, maybe the different anime genres could help expand and improve the story. Just go crazy with it.
  • Link back to the original post (this post) so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  • Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  • Nominate around 5-10 bloggers.

Now, let’s get down to business.

Book: Sailing to Byzantium by Robert Silverberg

I’ve been waiting for an adaptation of this classic novella for ages, but it still doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. So, someone somewhere, hear my plea because this would make a fantastic anime.

The story follows a man ripped out of his time and pulled into the distant future. A future where technology has advanced to such a state that it appears as magic to him. All that is left of humanity travel between several recreated cities from history and mythology. Each city is populated with artificial life and everything is for the benefit of the tourists.

But each city only exists for so long before being replaced with another, opening up new experiences and sights for these eternal travellers. Charles has long since forgotten his home time and enjoys the dinners, parties, and exuberance. He has a group that he travels with and a girl that he loves, but she disappears one day, leaving Charles to search the world to find her.

If you ask me, there are so many elements that scream anime. The wondrous sights of Valhalla, Alexandria, or of a future New York could be spectacular. There is a love story, time travel, futuristic technology, and the sort of dream-like existence that would feel completely at home in this format.

Movie: Predator

So, at first glance this might seem ridiculous. After all, there have been how ever many Predator reboots and sequels, but hear me out. I’m going to employee a time honoured tradition of anime. Are you ready for the… wait for it… gender flip?

I’m not talking about the actual Predator, although that could work too. What I’m envisaging is a cast of strong female marines with masses of firepower on a mission through the jungle, where it’s hot and wet, only to be attacked by an alien.

Come on. You can see it too. It would be incredible. I just don’t see how this can go wrong. Ultimately, there’s not going to be any groundbreaking story-lines, but that’s fine, it would just be girls with guns. Explosions, hot girls, guns, hot girls, lasers, hot girls, predators, and hot girls with Gatling guns!

TV Series: The Shannara Chronicles

At first, I was sure I would select A Game of Thrones, because it’s the best, but then I realised that was a mistake. Why remake something that is perfect? In reality, this should be something that had potential, but for whatever reason didn’t quite hit the mark.

Well, for me, that is The Shannara Chronicles. It’s set in future Earth after some sort of event brought life as we know it to an end. In this new world elves, dwarves, gnomes, trolls, and demons exist. That’s right, it’s a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure.

I enjoyed the first season even though it didn’t quite hit the heights I was expecting, but it does have everything you’d want from an anime series. Strong female leads, a goofy yet determined hero, dark and sinister monsters.

So, who are you going to nominate? I think I’m in fairly early, so I should be able to nominate bloggers that haven’t already been included which is a nice change. Here we go.

No pressure, if you don’t want to do it. I don’t mind, this is just me saying thanks for the support and the entertaining posts. Keep it up, and thanks for reading.

Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Season One)

A hero of questionable decency smuggles the daughter of a Dark Lord back to Earth in order to protect her and keep a promise to an old foe.

What did you watch and why? This was the first title from my A to Z Anime Challenge. I picked knowing that it had one season which was twelve episodes long. Other than that, I went off the title image. That’s generally how I plan on making my picks. So this one had a hero, a hot dark lord, and a massive sword. Winner!!!

What’s it about? Interestingly, the story begins with our hero, Akatsuki running through the woods where a group of well-endowed warrior maidens attack him. He fights them off with ease, immobilising them by expertly removing their undergarments (bras and panties!). Once clear of the embarrassed maidens her goes through a portal back to Earth.

There he opens the duffle bag he was carrying to reveal a beautiful naked girl concealed within. It turns out she is Miu, the daughter of a Dark Lord and Akatsuki is sworn to protect her. Having been summoned to another realm, they are placed in a special school for people gifted with combat based magic.

Akatsuki soon takes over the place with his charm and general badass nature, but it’s not long before the rulers of Alayzard realize where the Dark Lord’s daughter has gone and sent warriors to retrieve her.

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Animercise

Animercise – When anime and exercise fuse to form a better, more enjoyable way to get healthy! Not endorsed by anyone!

Are you still going? You didn’t think the A to Z Anime Challenge was enough to keep me going on its own, did you? There is lots of room for more challenges, so here’s the next one.

A little while back I read a blog post by Blackatron about how he used his love of anime to help him lose 50+ pounds. Any way you look at that, it’s amazing. It got me thinking and after a quick glance down at my belly, I was pretty sure I could benefit from losing 50 pounds too. My current weight is 250 pounds, so getting down to a nice even 200 would be amazing.

I’ve noticed everyone making their New Year’s resolutions with a mix of blogging and personal goals. Now, I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions, I prefer challenges, so I’m not resolving to lose 50 pounds, I’m going to challenge myself to do it. This is just my way of making myself accountable.

So, first things first. How can I use anime to inspire me to exercise? I can’t very well watch and walk. That would be disastrous. Now, if I had a treadmill, things would be different, but I don’t. For help, I searched the internet for anime exercise…


Can someone please find this lady some support?

I don’t think that helped… Back in New Zealand I used to be able to go running all year. Even in England I would run in the freezing rain, but now I live in Canada and there’s no way I’m running in subzero temperatures. For a while there, I used to go swimming on my lunch break at work, but now that I’m staying at home with my youngest, that’s not possible.

So, I need to come up with something short and easy that I can fit in around my busy day to day life. Then it came to me. Last year, I watched over 1,000 episodes of anime. If only I had done ten push-ups, sit-ups, or squats after every episode, I would have completed more than ten-thousand individual exercises. That’s a hell of a lot more than I did in 2018.

Why not twenty or a hundred, I hear you say. Well, as with anything, making small bite-sized adjustments is easier to integrate into your regular life than massive changes. Not to mention that it all adds up. How many push-ups did you do last year? Was is three-thousand?

My plan is to alternate after each episode. That means if I watch four episodes, I will have done twenty push-ups, ten sit-ups, and ten squats. Easy! I will log my progress with each of my reviews and keep a handing running total.

Also, during my internet searches, I found these handy motivational gifs that show you how to complete each of the exercises. It might help to bookmark this post so you can come back and follow along.

Push-ups. Added weight is optional!
Sit-ups. Don’t forget to stop at ten!
Squats. Is this really the best angle to record instructional videos from?

Remember to wear something comfortable that you can watch anime and exercise in. Good luck to everyone that is trying to improve themselves in 2019.

A to Z Anime Challenge

Seriously, what now? This shouldn’t be a surprise, I mentioned it in my last Author Journey update for December 2018, but as you clearly weren’t paying attention I think it’s best to give a complete overview of the challenge.

The goal is to watch an anime series or movie beginning with each letter of the alphabet. I intend to do this with anime that I haven’t seen before. One of the things that I really enjoy with watching seasonal anime is that I find myself watching shows I wouldn’t normally consider, and often end up loving them.

I’ve not seen any timelines attached to this challenge, so I’m just going to set my own. My plan is to watch all twenty-six series/movies this year. That’ll be one every two weeks, which should give me plenty of time, even with the longer series.

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Tanka Anime Poetry (The T.A.P. Tag!)

What on Earth are you doing now? Well, would you believe it? I appear to be writing anime inspired poetry in the Tanka format… that’s where the poem has a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7. And here I was thinking my poetry days were a thing of the past!

Thanks, A Winter’s Reverie for nominating me to give this a go and awakening a slumbering titan…

What are the rules? They are pretty simple, even I could follow them.

  1. Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
  2. Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
  3. Make sure to mention the person who forced introduced the tag to you!
  4. Pick 1-3 of your favourite anime.
  5. Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
  6. Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing.

Shall we get down to business? Absolutely, here they come!

Wind whips through her hair

Apron flapping by her side

Exposing black thong

Standing on top the Humvee

Saeko Busujima rocks!

Highschool of the Dead

Puberty syndrome

Causes all manner of strife

Mai wears bunny suit

Sakuta has more lewd thoughts

He does dream of bunny girl!

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Be a harem king

It’s his only goal in life

Surrounding himself

With buxom bouncing beauties

But only if Rias lets him!

High School DxD

So, there you have it. Thanks for taking the time to read my groundbreaking poetry… Surprisingly, it was more fun than I thought it would be, but then it’s hard not to be with these shows for inspiration.

Who are you going to nominate? I’ve given this a little thought and tried to pick bloggers who watch shows that I would like to see used as inspiration. No pressure though.

  • Cactus Matt – I feel that the world needs more lewd poetry and you’re just the person for the job!
  • Yomu – I’m sure your A to Z challenge will have opened up some interesting avenues for inspiration.
  • WhoAmI – I remember you saying you would like a challenge and you also know poetry, so this should be right up your street.