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.

11 Comments

  1. I really should get around to the Shanara Chronicles at some point. I liked the Shanara books so I’m interested in how it went as a series.
    I agree that the idea of Predator could make a great anime.

    • Yeah, Shannara was a lot of fun. At times the special effects and the pacing let it down. They seemed to be in a hurry when it deserved much more.

      Maybe, Magical Girls Predator could be on the horizon…

    • I would definitely watch an anime called Magical Girls Predator.

  2. Thanks for the nomination! Have added to list. Gender-flip Predator sounds like fun.

  3. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Thanks so much for the nomination! (But you’ll have to give me a few days to respond, as I’m really swamped with work right now. . .)

    • No worries, take as long as you like. I’ve seen people respond to tagged posts several months later.

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  5. These were awesome picks. The predator one sounds like a very interesting idea.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Thanks, I’ve been thinking about that one for several years now… wanted to make it into a manga or at least a similar premise. Pretty sure Predator would be copyrighted.

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