The aniblogging community is fantastic. Many sites (even this one, not to toot my own horn, which is a strange phrase if you think about it, because who else's horn would I toot?) publish lists of others' blog posts just to draw attention to them. Other bloggers nominate each other for interesting and cool tags, like the 'Make it Anime' tag!
And guess what? I got two nominations for that tag! From two great bloggers! Cactus Matt from Anime Q and A and Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime both tagged me, and I want to thank them for the honor. I also want to apologize for how long it's taken me to respond -- Cactus Matt nominated me back in January 2019 and Irina in February 2019. So, sorry about that, and I hope my answers make up for the wait!
Without rules, there would be chaos. Or at least in this case, there would be confusion. And who wants that? As they were given to me, so I give them to you:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
- Choose 1 book, movie and TV show 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.
Book into Anime
If you haven't read this book yet, if you like hard science fiction at all, I highly recomend it!
Have you read Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky? I've been heavily reading over the last couple of years in preparation of getting back into novel writing. I've read probably 25 or 30 novels (okay, audio books -- sometimes a long commute can be an asset!), and hands down, without a doubt, this book is the most complex, interesting, thought-provoking, and engaging book that I've read. It would also likely stumble as a live action because of the subject matter: uplifted species on a planet settled by a dying empire. Doesn't that sound cool? If you're not familiar with the term "uplift," may I direct you to <>, written by my favorite author ever, David Brin? He wrote the original Uplift Trilogy (Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War). You think I get excited by some anime series in this blog? That ain't nothing compared to my reaction to that trilogy. Taken together, they are heart-breakingly good. For me, it has risen to the level of myth; I almost can't distinguish its reality for real life sometimes. It was written that well. I kid you not.
So when I tell you that Children of Time actually references Brin's works in the beginning, as part of the mythos of that world, you'll understand why I was all in, from the first chapter.
And then it just got better.
The story's told from three main perspectives. The first is the perspective of a tribe of uplifted jumping spiders. They would look magnificent given the anime treatment -- think Madhouse or Shaft. The other two perspectives, humans fleeing the dead empire and an AI/human hybrid refugee from that same empire, and you end up with a story that I'd love to see in anime form.
Movie into Anime
I was tempted to suggest something like Blade Runner The Final Cut, but it's practically anime anyway, so what would be the point! Instead, I'd like to steer you towards one of my favorite all-time movies -- a series that I rarely see discussed, and that makes me sad. The movies are based on a series of books by the Russian writer Sergei Lukyanenko. Think Midnight occult civil servants on steroids. Lots and lots of steroids. The books are stupendously imaginative, and the movies follow suite. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the movies Night Watch and Day Watch redefined what I expected from urban fantasies. There are only the two movies; there are many more books. But they would look great in anime form.
The movies are available to rent or purchase from Amazon (via the provided links) or iTunes.
TV Series into Anime
This show is so close an anime anyway that I almost feel like I'm cheating!
When you read my suggest for converting a television series into anime, you might lodge a charge of cheating against me. And you know what? I'd have no defense. Farscape, which started airing all the way back in 1999, at times seemed like a mild harem drama. But it was a lot more than that. From heroes like the flawed Everyman John Crichton and disgraced Peacekeepr Officer Aeryn Sun, to unabashedly selfish characters like Rigel XVI to the freakishly well developed and sympathetic (yet wildly evil) villain Scorpius, the show had some of the best characters I've ever seen in televised science fiction. The technology at the time (driven by The Jim Henson Company) was cutting edge, and non human characters like Rigel looked great. But an anime treatment could make the experience even more immersive.
Because I'd love to know how these bloggers would answer these questions, I nominate these folk:
- Ty-chama from Watashi Wa Bucho!!
- railgunfan75 from railgunfan75's Geek Blog
- Rocco “Mallow” B from Secluded Observation
- Naomi from Naomi's Anime Blog
- Ayano from KAWAIIPAPERPANDAS
Of course, I won't be in the least bit offended if you choose not to participate. But I would like to know your answers!
Thanks for reading!