Have you ever read a book or have watched a television serial and thought to yourself, “Wow, this would make a fantastic anime!”? Maybe there was something about the story or the special effects that you believe could be heightened by the talents unique to Japanese animation. Well, today I’m going to share with you three titles across three mediums that I would absolutely adore as anime adaptations!
This is actually a tag called the Make It Anime Tag and I was nominated by four fabulous bloggers about 63 years ago to complete it. I’m sorry that it has taken me so damn long to get around to it. I’d like to give a gigantic thanks to Sam (A Nerdy Perspective), Merlin (Merlin’s Musings), Aria (The Animanga Spellbook), and YumDeku (My Anime 2 Go) for tagging me. If y’all are searching for some super talented bloggers, please go visit my friends!
The Make It Anime Tag was created by Average Joe, who is another one of my favourite content creators! So, if you’re interested in doing this thing, make sure to share your posts with theirs. Check out the rules and the rest of the tag down below!
- Thank the person(s) who tagged you and link to their posts. (See above)
- Choose 1 book, film, and TV series of your choice that you believe would work as an anime (a series of books/films is allowed).
- If you want to choose more than 1 or can’t think of anything to contribute for a specific category, that’s okay; no worries.
- Explain why you think your choices could work as an anime (animation could enhance it, different genres may impact the narrative, etc.).
- Link back to Average Joe’s original post so they can check out everyone’s ideas and suggestions.
- Nomination 5 to 10 bloggers.
Heirs of Ash Trilogy by Rich Wulf
This is a high-fantasy series from the Eberron universe (akin Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft). One of the reasons I think this would make a fantastic anime is because of the sweeping landscapes and use of magic. There are airships and even dragons in it. Classic fantasy is something that I haven’t seen a ton of in anime, at least not many that I have been able to get wholly immersed in. The versatility of artistic styles that is unique to Japanese animation could really make this trilogy come to life in brilliants ways.
My first choice was going to be Alien, but Sam chose that as one of her options, so I decided to go with my second-place pick, which happens to be another sort of horror film. I adored the anime series Another, and I feel if given the appropriate level of care and attention, horror is a genre that can thrive wondrously within the anime medium. Psychological Gothic horror is one of my favourite genres across all mediums and Crimson Peak is one of the creepiest and most-chilling. Once more, the versatility of the medium is what made me choose this film. However, I also believe that animation will allow the film to be portrayed as graphically and viciously as possible and that’s a huge part of the film’s appeal.
Are You Human Too?
Went with something a bit different here and chose a South Korean drama. Ghost in the Shell has shown us what hardcore anime involving robots and cyborgs can do. Are You Human Too? takes some of those elements and combines with the melodrama of a seinen or josei type narrative and tosses in some shōjo-esque fluffy romance as well. If I had to make a comparison, I want to say it would follow in a similar vein as Chobits, but with more serious undertones to the drama parts. I believe it’d make a wonderful anime. There isn’t many adult anime that are pure drama with a slight sci-fi twist, and fewer even with episode counts surpassing 12 or 13. I know this would be a fantastic addition to the category. As far as how the animation elements would enhance the series, I’d have to say that the robot character can be portrayed as doing many more inhuman things that he otherwise can’t do to the limitations of wires and real-life physics and etc. This could add a layer of intrigue and room for more incredible plot twists. Bring on the drama, I’m all for it.
It was surprisingly difficult to narrow down my list with the first two categories. So many options began to flitter into my mind with those ones. However, I had a super challenging time even thinking of one television series that I would love to see adapted into an anime. The tag was a lot of fun and is an excellent exercise in working the imagination muscles.
I’ve tagged some people below to do the tag. If you’ve done this, or simply don’t feel like partaking, that’s totally cool. Thanks again for everyone who tagged me and for Average Joe for creating this!
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I appreciate the support! Until next time, keep reading and keep otakuing. 🌸
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