If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Finding out the news that an anime was going to be translated to the American silver screen, my first impression was “YES! FINALLY, NOW AMERICA IS TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY!”; unfortunately, when I heard what was being adapted (Look at my review for Bakugan for more on this subject), I was slightly disappointed, but still glad that we are taking anime into film, weather good or bad or absolutely terrible. There are numerous choices of anime that could be perfect for certain directors, of our generation, that can make for very good films or better yet classics, so I have a list (not in particular order) of what can be adapted, who could adapt it, and how I think would be the result if it isn’t affected by the BAD Hollywood (Friedburg/Seltzer movies, Little Fockers, and so on and so forth)
. Some will be blank, because I have no flipping clue who would direct it, so I'll leave those that are blank up to you Anime Freak Spillios. Good luck :D
Let us begin with
Plot: A young lady named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea house when she is harassed by a band of ruffians. Another customer, Mugen, offers to take care of them in exchange for food, but ends up instigating a brawl. Jin, a stoic young ronin in samurai garb, enters the tea house in the midst of the fight. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent and they begin fighting one another, ignoring a fire that started during the brawl. With help from Fuu, they escape and Fuu asks them to travel with her to find "the samurai who smells of sunflowers," a mysterious man Fuu can give little description of, but who she insists she must find as she thinks he's her long lost father. They agree to join her, with Fuu making only one condition: they are not to duel one another until the journey is done.
Director: Edger Wright
Why?: If you don’t know, Samurai Champloo is actually a combination of modern day pulp culture and samurai. Edger Wright is practically the pitch perfect choice to combine samurai fights and hip hop
What Would Happen?: Probably it would be Edger Wright’s pulp culture classic on the level of the instant foreign classic “The Seven Samurai” for obvious reasons.
Plot: It centers around the life of Guts, an orphan mercenary warrior, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk (鷹の団, Taka no Dan?). As he ages, Guts changes from a solitary boy into a man who realizes the value of camaraderie. The story contains elements of both fantasy and horror, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature.
Director: Ridley Scottt
Why?: This is a great anime that combines European Concepts with fate, curnal desire and divine purpose with a presentation of Roman tragedy. A possible perfect pick for Mr. Scott
What Would Happen?: A great movie, with amazing action sequences and symbolism, and, if the director sees it as well, will FINALLY give Berzerk! something that a certain Coen Brothers movie doesn’t have; an ending.
Plot (even though I think most of you know what Cowboy Bebop is): Cowboy Bebop revolves around a crew of bounty hunters living in the spaceship named Bebop. They are a team of bounty hunters who travel the Solar System trying to apprehend bounties.
Director: The Coen Brothers
Why?: Cowboy Bebop, at least what I’ve seen, is about 4 Bounty Hunters doing their job to simply meet ends meat, not to mention a story about its music. I believe the Coen Brothers can make a stylistic story and can handle with its characters pretty well
What would happen?: They can pull off that slick humor and atmospheric moments that each episodes Cowboy Bebop had, including an end as well. Personally, I would also like to see what the Coen Brothers would do to put the awsome musical style into the theater.
Plot (interpretation): A women is completely paranoid and, like a virus, everyone is also affected by it.
Director(s): Darren Arranofsky
Why?: Arranofsky is a great director that has a great sense of dark twists and really grewsome imagry that makes you wonder if it is real or not. Also, Paranoia Agent has the greatest quality that would make this Arranofsky’s “Rear Window”; sanity. Paranoia Agent makes a point that says that fear is what makes AND breaks person sanity, and once you see it, you really do see why.
What Would Happen?: Another Black Swan with MORE insanity and imagery that makes you want to get out of your seat and flee out of the theater and hide under your bed.
Plot: A writer named Drosselmeyer, whose stories became reality, had his hands cut off and was killed by those fearing his power. With the story left unfinished, the prince and raven from one of his stories were trapped in an eternal battle. The raven broke free from the story into the real world, and the prince pursued to seal him away again. To do so, the prince shattered his own heart with his sword. Drosselmeyer had written about himself before he died, and managed to continue to control events despite his death. When he sees a duck watching the sad, heartless prince Mytho dancing on the water, he decides to let the story take its own course and transforms the duck into a human girl named Duck so she can help the prince. If she quacks, she becomes a duck again, but if she comes into contact with water, she returns to her girl form.
Director: Brad Bird
Why: Princess Tutu is a Pixar-Leveled anime that is for kids, even though its dark enough to be for adults. Why not have the best Pixar Director do it?
What Would Happen?: Another fantastic Pixar film and Anime wouldn’t have to be adapted to live action; allowing other animated film industries to adapt some anime (whether good or bad).
Plot (interpretation): In a world where Digimon is more a game than it is considered a reality, 1 kid created, and found, his own Digimon, trains it along with 2 other tamers while the government takes notice and tries to destroy the digital world.
Director: Neil Blomkamp
Why: Not only Digimon’s best season, but also one of the darkest “children” anime ever to the point of where it feels like it was made for more the teen/young adult ages. Neil Blompcamp has proven that he is able to have actors act very well around CGI and is able to make a really good story while doing so (TAKE THAT STAR WARS!)
What Would Happen?: It would make a complex story about cute digital monsters and children with complex lives, and along with Neil's photo~realistic CGI style and themes of government involvment and so on, he could make a pretty darn good film.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Plot (interpretation): A young pain in the ass guy named Yusuke Urameshi is killed in a car accident is turned into a Spirit Detective and the fighting ensues.
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Why: Due to the fact that this story's main element is the supernatural, Gilliam Del Toro wouldn't have to just shove it into the story. Also, becuase Gilliam Del Toro's unique designs, he can make some convincing villains from the low classed Oni to the highly muscular not counting the spiritual powers.
What Would Happen?: A great movie with a dark, but not mean, tone, gray as hell villains, non cliché main character, and cool spiritual abilities and action sequences that can make you say WOW!
Plot: The story begins in 1629 Shizuoka during Tokugawa Tadanaga's rule. The daimyo staged a tournament where the participants fought with real steel Japanese swords rather than bokken ("wooden sword"), against his vassals' strong objection. The story revolves around the first match between the one-armed swordsman Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind samurai Irako Seigen and deals with the circumstances that led the two to participate in Tokugawa's tournament.
What would happen?: -
Plot: The story follows Dr. Kenzo Tenma as he persues a young psycopath/socialpath named Johan. who's life Tenma once saved.
Director: David Fincher
Why: Becuase David Fincher is good at making dark, gritty, psycological and stylish films, probably better than any other director. Along with his cinematography technique (or whoever does it for him), Monster will look darker and more realistic than any possible anime adaption on this list.
What would happen: An psycological live-action anime with the tone of Se7en. You do the math
Oroean Host Club
Plot: Haruhi Fujioka is a scholar student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictional high school located in Bunkyō, Tokyo. Looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi stumbles upon the Third Music Room, a place where the Ouran Academy Host Club, a group of six male students, gathers to entertain female "clients". During their first meeting, Haruhi accidentally knocks over and breaks an antique vase valued at ¥8,000,000 (US$80,000 in English manga) and is told to repay the cost in service to the club. Haruhi's short hair, slouching attire and gender-ambiguous look causes her to be mistaken by the hosts for a male student. The hosts all agree that Haruhi would be a good host, thus making her join the host club. Ultimately she agrees to join the Club as a host herself (dressed as a male) in order to pay off her debt.
What would happen?: -
Plot: According to an old legend, when the end of the world comes, Paradise will appear; however, only wolves will know how to find it. Although wolves are believed to have been hunted to extinction nearly two hundred years ago, they still exist, surviving by taking human form.
What would happen?: -
Serial Experiment Lain
Plot(Interpretation): You. . .tell. . .me (Even though it is one of my favorite anime(Maybe just my favorite, but I have to make sure), it is hard to describe what it truly is except a psycological wonder)
Director(s): Darren Arranofky
Why?: I have just recently finished this anime and it was odd that Arranofky came into my mind. At first, I thought Christopher Nolan; however, I havn't seen him do anything this. . .odd, so I can't say hes the right guy. Darren, however, is probably the best for this anime because, much more like Paranoia Agent, has alot of forms of symbolism and combines it perfectly with horror, reality, and technology that we today consiter more of a need than a want, and Mr. Arranofky is perfect for the job, at least how I see this and watching Black Swan and Pie.
What Would Happen?: A few things. One, it can give the anime alot more recognition, you would probably get alot out of it; simutaniously, you would be to terrified to watch it again because it will scare the living daylights out of you. Paranoia Agent will be the Care Bare's movie in comparison to Serial Experiment Lain, and Darren Arranofky could probably be, once again, recognized as a great surealistic, reather than melodromatic because I think thats B.S, director that he is.
There are A LOT more anime that can make a perfect fit for certain directors; however, I think these are the best conversions from the cartoon to the silver screen. I know there is more, and Iwill probably add more as I watch different movies and different anime, so don’t think it is it. I know you guys have more ideas on what could me translated and who would translate it, so I would enjoy it if you would comment. Also, if you care about my reviews anymore, they will be on the way, so don’t fret.
Wait, this wasn't done by 4Kids? God Freaking DAMN! It really looked like a 4kids animated series. Cartoon Network does pretty a good job with anime (TOONAMI!) and I wouldn't think it would fail like that. Now I have to look at it. I'm probably be like Korey because I will collect it because of how bad it is. I'm really looking forward to this because how bad it its :D. It isn't like M.D. Geist, because that is just plain unbarable, so this WILL be fun!.
Although I am against live action adaptations Iam really curious to see how Paranoia Agent would look like.Aronofsky is perfect for this(I want to see him do something different though).
Berserk could work as an action-character piece.Aronfsky or Nolan if they adapt the anime.Jackson if they adapt the manga.
I would love to see Peter Jackson to adapt the manga, because it actually has an ending. I wouldn't say Aronofsky or Nolan because they arn't real big epic period piece directors. Ridley would be better because we've seen him actually do a great job with something like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven (The Directors Cut).
Also, I might post this too, Evangelion is a great Aranofky movie, because Evangelion's main element is psycology. It has so much to a fult because it doesn't have any philosophy, making it kind of weak. I think Aranofsky can do a great job that can fix the mistakes that Evangelion had to where I can't say that it is "Fantasic" just "Good".