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The ‘Make it Anime’ Tag!

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!

The Rules

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:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog post.
  2. Choose 1 book, movie and TV show that you think could work as an anime.
    1. A series of books or movies is allowed e.g. Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Link back to the original post (this post) so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas.
  6. Include Make it Anime in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily.
  7. 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

Konstantin Khabensky as Anton Gorodetsky, who gets mixed up in some decidedly dangerous business. Capture from the movie's trailer on YouTube.

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

Yep -- not in Kansas anymore! Ka D'Argo makes a lasting first impression on John Crichton. Capture from the Amazon Prime stream.

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.

Nominations

Because I'd love to know how these bloggers would answer these questions, I nominate these folk:

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! 

19 thoughts on “The ‘Make it Anime’ Tag!

  1. Children of Time sounds like a whole lot of fun in anime form. I’ve heard of it, but haven’t read it. (I wish I were still reading SF regularly, but I buy all my books in bookshops, I don’t buy translations [I’m Austrian], and ever since the internet took over much of the book sales, importers buy fewer books than they used to (everyone buys special interest stuff online anyway). SF magazines criculate almost exclusively through subscriptions, too, these days, so I’m mostly out of the loop.

    When I heard uplifted jumping spider I squealed a little; sounds like fun. However, my heart also sank a little. They’re going to make a CGI show out of it, and it’s going to make me ill, and I won’t be able to watch it… I’m a bit grumpy lately. Never mind the grump in the corner. (Heh.)

    Night Watch was a great movie. I never saw Day Watch, though I always wanted to go see it. They’d definitely make a fun anime.

    I love Farscape, but the Henson work is such an integral part of the experience, that I don’t think I actually want an anime. It’d just not be the same for me, and I’d be comparing unfairly. (That’s why I almost never think of wanting a movie/series in anime form. Nightwatch works, because I can just see it as an alternate adaption of the books.)

    There’s quite a bit of SF I’d love to see in anime form, though. Neal Asher’s Polity universe comes to mind. I’d love to see a gabble duck animated.

    1. “They’re going to make a CGI show out of it,”

      I saw that! I wish I could get excited about it, because I’ve always loved science fiction and special effects. Well, until The Phantom Menace. Too much of a good thing, maybe? The shots of Naboo just looked, I don’t know, off.

      Do you remember Logan’s Run? Remember the fight between Logan and Francis in the old House of Representatives? Most of that was a mat painting, and for me, it represented the pinnacle of special effects shots.

      Huh. Looks like you’re going to have to make some room in that corner. My inner grump is starting to become an outer grump…

      “I love Farscape, but the Henson work is such an integral part of the experience, that I don’t think I actually want an anime.”

      That’s a good point — the animation would have to be right. I mean, really right!

      “Neal Asher’s Polity universe…”

      Can you recommend a good first good as a sampling? I’m always looking for new stuff to read! Thanks!

      1. @Neal Asher: I can’t, I’m afraid. I’ve only ever read one novel (Dark Intelligence, I think it was called), and a few assorted short stories here and there, so I don’t know much about the greater context. The stories are grimdark but with a fitting sense of humour. It’s about a future where AI run the show, and they’re alien – really alien. There’s a lot of technology, there are crab aliens who had a major war with the polity, and the characters tend to be outsiders from either side. It’s very camp; very pulpy, and good fun. But it should make for great visuals, which is what I based it on.

        While I was still reading SF regularly (I still read SF when I can get my hands on books, most recently the Three Body Problem trilogy), I always found SF was most alive in short fiction.

        I love Logan’s Run. Even as a kid, I thought Box was so goofy. And Peter Ustinov and his cats stole the show. The scenery’s great.

        That’s part of why I love Farscape so much. The Henson creature shop is exceptional at animating Aliens (from the Henson stuff like Labyrinth or Dark Crystal, to Yoda), and the masks took a good deal of inspiration from those, too.

        I’ve, in general, never done well with cartoons based on TV series/movies. Star Trek? Highlander? (I think the latter was even anime?) Generally not a fan.

  2. Farscape would make an excellent anime. The show had a lot of energy and really committed to being what it wanted to be. Thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

    1. I’m glad SciFi gave them budget to do The Peacekeeper Wars. It was such a perfect cap to the series.

      “But it feels better when I shoot!”

      1. I know. It was great how the brought everything together and gave the audience a satisfying conclusion. A lot of people haven’t heard of it or seen it but Farscape is a truly fantastic show to get into.

    1. iTunes had Farscape on sale. No, my self-control was not up to the task!

      Fifth Element would absolutely rock as anime! In fact, in the post Irina made on I Drink and Watch Anime (where she nominated me for the tag), she chose Fifth Element as her movie. Great minds and all!

  3. Lukyanenko!!! I would love seeing the “World of Watches” novel series as an anime. Supernatural fantasy horror in a contemporary Russia? Yes please!
    I find it funny I’m just seeing this tag and recently posted something similar. Didn’t even think of that series, but now? It would be amazing

    1. Really? Not even Farscape? Well, it’s on Amazon Prime if you have it; and I think iTunes has it, too. Honestly, it’s just like watching a live action anime at time! Most of the time, in fact.

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